Lauker was an orphaned halfling. He grew up in a Halfling settlement called “Drewshire” which was attached to a larger human hub called “Drewstown.” His parents were victim of a robbery gone wrong (Very batman-esque I know) when he was young. The culprits were never found. Drewshire was a very close nit settlement, priding itself on how it takes care of its own. Many different Halfling families tried to take Lauker in, but they found it to be quite difficult. He was openly disobedient and was becoming vengeful as he aged. He began taking up stealing once he stole money from a “foster” mother once. Realizing he had a knack for it, he began to become more daring with his larceny, breaking into homes and pickpocketing in broad daylight.
When he was 15, he tried to prove himself by pickpockiting a guard in Drewstown. Not knowing that the punishments were more severe than they were at Drewshire, he was careless and got caught. In Drewstown, any crime committed on a guard had, no matter the age of the convicted, involved a time served in jail, and a branding. The brand for stealing from a guard was the tail side of a coin, because having the face of an authority figure branded on a criminal was insulting to the figure on the coin. Lauker was branded on his right hand and was sent to jail for 60 days.
During his time in jail, Laukers roommate was an elven mute. The mute did not eat, did not sleep, and never left his spot in the cell. This went on for 2 weeks. One night, to make sure that the elf was even alive, Lauker tried to steal a hidden dagger attached to the elves waist. It was hidden from the guards, but with two weeks of observation, Lauker knew what it was. Lauker had his hand in grasping distance of the dagger, when in one swift motion, he was on the ground with that exact dagger on his throat.
The elf straightened up and let the Leauker up, all while having a smile on his face. Through the last 36 days of his time served, the mute elf taught Lauker how communicate with him through sign, and quickly, a friendship grew between the two.