Iyam's Page

Pentatina 7, 964 PC - Methyltina 1, 1000 PC

Iyam is a simple person. Simple and good-hearted.

Iyam was found near a nomadic psion commune as an infant, abandoned in the middle of the night during a rowdy festivity.  Adaka, his adoptive mother, a githzerai egoist, tripped over the bundle on the way to a nature call in the woods.  Adaka would not have thought much of the little accident, thinking it merely a very large stone or tree stump and went on her business.  It was her keenly perceptive psicrystal, Spot, that brought to Adaka's attention that the object of her distraction was not inanimate.  The moment she uncovered the bundle, finding a note, "Please be kind and loving to Iyam Pathpounder - accept him into your heart," their fate was sealed as mother-and-son.  Had it been a human (with human sensibility) to discover Iyam, she would have thought twice seeing the child's unadorable face.

Adaka was different, for lack of a better word, from other githzerai, believing that her psychic being was reborn into the wrong body and she goes as far to say into the wrong race.  For all practical purposes, she was a female human, and in her mind, with all the needs of a human woman.  By joining the commune, which consist of hermetic psions who had disavowed material possessions and social connections, she hoped to learn and understand "the human psyche" in its purest form.  The commune was immediately receptive and supportive of Adaka's "disposition" and her plight furthers the members' belief that everything is "in the mind" and thus can be overcome and "corrected" through mental powers.

Iyam spent his formative years with his identity-confused mother and multiple surrogate hermit "fathers", none of whom was a paragon of social graces or skills.  As a boy, his mother often comforted him, "You are wise and kind, my little Iyam.  You are too wise for you age and you do not know your own strength.  That is why the other kids do not want to play with you.  Their mothers are nervous to let them near you as you have often unintentionally hurt them during horseplay."

What Iyam lacked in his social skills, he excelled leaps and bounds in his psionics and combat.  As he grew older in mental and physical maturity, he became the commune's default guardian against raiders and pirates: his strapping, towering presence was often all that was needed to deter intruders and have them reconsider their initial ill-willed intentions toward the commune.  As the protector of his "family" against such unscrupulous elements, Iyam often found it necessary to initiate combat, subdue or rid threatening forces and then ask questions later.

Through the benefit of a group collective wisdom and a nurturing mother, Iyam learned to "step into others' shoes" and exhibit a great deal of compassion for those around him, especially helpless children.  As a bedouin, Iyam's life is simple and communal: sharing is not only encouraged but a form of survival within his commune.  As such, when in   Iyam's company, one was never left to feel alone or left out.

Iyam Pathpounder