The Orphans of Waterdeep
Buck was orphaned early in life, and knows little of his parents except that they were poor, and he blames them for dying young, and even more he blames the city for killing them. His parents lived in the slums of Waterdeep, and the crowded living conditions and lack of sanitation made it a very unhealthy place to live. His parents were killed during a disease outbreak when Buck was only 3 years old. He remembers little of his time before coming to the orphanage, except that it was a scary, nasty, dark world for a kid.
Buck has cultivated a hatred for the city that he believes killed his parents and left him an orphan. Therefore, he has always loved anything that wasn’t the city. Beginning quite early in life Buck would escape the city for adventures in the surrounding forests and countryside. Often disappearing from the orphanage for weeks on end, Buck would live off the land. In fact his fondest memories are of the summer he spent living for 3 months with a badger family when he was 8 years old. They taught him much about hiding, finding food, and most importantly about how to defend your home and hearth when cornered. However, they never taught him to read, in fact Buck is deeply suspicious of books and book learning. He is conflicted about it because on the one hand he sees it as a mark of the civilization that he hates so much, and on the other hand he is in awe of the complexity, power, and magic of the written word.
For several years Buck has been taking his long trips into the surrounding lands and eventually befriended several forest guides who help caravans or travelers on their dangerous treks through the untamed wilderness. It was through meeting these ranger guides that first inspired Buck himself to think about taking up that trade as a vocation. And it was through his bravery when facing down a pack of dire wolves that were attacking a caravan that his friend Bjoereth gifted him his beloved sword and axe, both of which Buck now wields with such skill and ferocity.
In addition to hating the city for taking his parents from him, Buck also has some deep issues with his parents. Rather than just blaming the city for taking his parents, he also blames his parents for “leaving.” This in part explains Buck’s deep hatred for all things undead. When going into battle against the undead, on some level, Buck feels that he is getting back at the dead for leaving their loved ones behind. Since the dead cannot be punished, the next best thing are their undead cousins. This makes Buck a formidable foe when battling undead, as he seems to have no fear because his hatred burns out any cold shivers that usually accompany a visit from the walking dead.
However, no matter how much Buck tries to turn his back on the city, something keeps bringing him back. There is some strange pull that this place that he hates so much, (and that he believes has caused him so much hardship) has over him. In this regard Buck is deeply conflicted. Not only does he have many great friends from his days at the orphanage, but he also on some subconscious level loves the city and wants to help save it and the people in it from ruin.