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Introducing THOK!

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You may not know it yet.. but Thok is one of your all time favorite characters ever. He is a PvP brawler to the core. He will fight anything... monsters, great dragons, trees, mountains, rain, metaphorical concepts, and even himself! Good thing he is on our side. Thok is a NPC (non-player character) from our new mobile game BattleGems which we are building right now as you read this. Like BattleGem's facebook page to follow our  progress and be the first to know when the game is ready to be released!

CHARACTER QUESTION!

Thok never backs down from a battle. He is not scared of fighting anything, ever. He is brave and loyal to his friends... but he will spar with them at a moment's notice just to prove how tough he is. So my question to you is... why is Thok like this? What made him this way? Why do you think he needs to prove himself against everything?
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daneil
daneil: brand new thok like im
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daneil
daneil: why does he have a bandage on his nose??
daneil
daneil: Artix this question is for you what is a discription of how your avatar in battle gems look and what about the blinding light of destir it would have to really tiiiiiiiinnnnnyyyyy
daneil
daneil: oh i know he ran into a tree to much and doesnt he have same name as warrior trainer in aqw maybe thok jr.
Tonemaro
Tonemaro: When Thok was young, he was always the shortest, the smallest, the weakest. He was so helpless that even a slime could beat him up and steal his lunch money. After a few years of missing out on his lunch, Thok decided he had had enough (and so did his banker--Thok was no longer able to get any loans, his credit was so bad after being robbed so often). He worked hard and long, day and night, week day and week end, and twice as hard on Friday the 13th, to become the stronget, feistiest little brawler there ever was. Still scarred by his childhood of being bullied, and still shorter than most other Artix Entertainment characters (although that may have more to do with art style than anything else), Thok has finally come into his own and is constantly trying to prove it to everybody else. And with the release of Battle Gems, he's going to do just that.
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Joegreenbeen
Joegreenbeen: My idea is that he had some sad,or horrible, experience when he was a child that left him with a weakness that he feels he needs to compensate for by acting tough.
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Joegreenbeen
Joegreenbeen: Here is a list of things that may have happened to him.
Joegreenbeen
Joegreenbeen: (Sorry I keep hitting enter.((Could you merge these into one post, please.)) -First, In his childhood his village was attacked by the main adversarie(s)of the game,an army, or a group of monsters. -Second He got lost somewhere when he was very little and came in contact with some animal and had a traumatizing experience. -Third he grew up in an orphanage when he was young and had to learned to be a little tough and mean because someone used him by promising him a new life and instead just put him back when they were done. Thanks for listening. I won't be mad if you don't like my ideas if they are too generic, it's fun too be able to give input on the games anyway.
DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Ha hey! That first one is like mine! Brilliants minds think alike, do they not?
daneil
daneil: derpy it not so artix and edison dont think alike
The_AntiJaso
The_AntiJaso: Thok was a young adventurer that delivered items to dangerous places alongside his closest friend. One trip they were captured by an evil wizard that promised to let them go if they could prove their strength. The wizard needed their strength to perform a powerful spell. Thok's friend tried first, the wizard drained his strength almost instantly and was upset by how little the strength was.
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draconiceclipser
draconiceclipser: Does this Thok have any connection to the warrior trainer of the same name in AQworlds?
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: I know right!? I noticed that similarity too!
Artix
Artix: You two get bonus points for noticing this :-) :-) :-)
The_AntiJaso
The_AntiJaso: (continued) Thok then was up for the Wizard's test. The wizard said, " I hope your stronger than your little friend. If not I will have to trap more people for this spell." Thok tried to show his strength but the wizard said he wasn't strong enough for the spell either. Thok used his remaining strength to throw a book across the room and distract the wizard. Then he ran out of the room and escaped. He then decided to get as strong as he could and stop the evil he had been exposed to.
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pennocki
pennocki: When Thok was young he wanted to be just like his father one of the most successful adventurers ever known, thok vowed that one day he will be the best warrior he travelled to many competitions and tournaments and was undefeated until his final league battle against ragnar bloodfang an orc chieftain, after his defeat thok almost went crazy now he fights anyone and anything to prove he is the best until one day he can defeat ragnar and become the greatest warrior ever known
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Kalithar
Kalithar: Maybe because of the fact that he got hit in the nose? There are plenty of possibilities!
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Necrosis
Necrosis: cause he dint get sleep last night. you can see it under the eyes.
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zantor36
zantor36: Cuz his mommy didn't buy him enough candy when he was little :P
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SuperSaiyan142
SuperSaiyan142: Thok is this way because he has seven siblings, and he is the youngest. All his other siblings got all the attention with their achievements, but Thok was a quiet kid. He didn't really do much. But when the time came that he had a great achievement, there was no more attention from his parents left. So, naturally, he wants to prove he is better than everyone else and gain attention now.\
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: Thick trees pressed against me; their blackened leaves whipping my arms and face as I ran. Ran where? I didn’t know. All I knew is that I had to keep going forward. The only sounds to be heard were my harsh breathing and my feet crushing twigs and wet leaves that stuck to my boots. My chest burned, but I didn’t dare scream for fear of being heard by whatever sinister creatures could be lurking behind my next turn. Reaching out in front of me, I grabbed two branches to push them aside, only to reveal a large clearing in the middle of the forest, devoid of any plant life including grass. I stopped running and calmed my breathing. “What is this place?” I asked myself. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a small, blue wisp of light. I ducked behind a tree. It made a soft sound of a resonant bell and spoke in a mans deep voice, “Why are you hiding, my boy?” I held my breath. That voice…Where had I heard that voice before? Warily, I crept out from behind the tree. The wisp was floating serenely in the middle of the clearing. “That’s it now, come on, don’t be shy,” said the wisp. “It has been far too long, Thok.” I took a reluctant step back. “So you do know me. We have met before?” “Oh you don’t remember?” The wisp tilted to the side in an almost comical way. “Perhaps this will help?” The sound of the bell, which, somehow, had slipped my mind, instantly grew louder, and the wisp began to glow bright white…painfully bright, blindingly bright. I shielded my eyes and turned my back to the wisp that glowed brightly as a star and rung louder than church bells. Slowly the sound and the light faded as one. I blinked to rid myself of the blurred image burned into my eyes. Where the wisp once floated now stood the luminescent, translucent figure of a man; long dark hair draped his shoulders and framed his lightly tanned face, finely sculpted and holding a pair of light brown eyes. The many furs and leathers he was wearing could not disguise the muscular figure underneath that wore them. He held out his arms, as if saying “Well?” I hesitated. “No. I still don’t remember.” The man sighed. “Well, do you know, at least, why I’ve brought you here?” “What do you mean ‘you brought me here’?” I yelled frustrated. “I don’t know what I’m doing here!” The man chuckled. “Have I taught you nothing?” I crossed my arms. “Obviously not since we’ve been talking for all of five minuets.” He motioned me over. Ready for a fight, I walked. “I’m not supposed to do this, but maybe this will help.” He placed his hand on my head and one hand over my heart and closed his eyes. “What are you-“ Images flashed before my eyes; battle scenes, hideous creatures, people I had never met; spells and incantations, treasure troves and battle gems, weapons and so much more I couldn’t take in. These memories passed, in what felt like hours, had taken mere seconds. When the world around me stood still once more, I, quite the opposite, was flat on my back in the clearing, making no effort to cease my heavy breathing. “What was that?” I asked, holding my head. I waited for a response. I heaved myself off the ground. “Hey! Huh?” I was…alone? I rapidly looked around for the man who was here two seconds ago. He couldn’t be far ahead. I stood up and turned around and was met by a blazing inferno. “WOAH!” I jumped back but was again met by fire. It was eating the entire forest around me and was slowly creeping into the clearing. I looked up to grab a tree branch but was met by black nothingness. “What the-?” Everything moved in slow motion; the ground gave way beneath me. I was falling into darkness, leaving the devouring flames above me. I sluggishly lifted my hand to reach the ground above, knowing I would never return. I felt pressure compressing every inch of my body, and a voice echoed, “Remember what I’ve told you!” I screamed and rolled onto the floor, wrestling with my blanket that held me in place like a straight jacket. “Let me go!” I screamed. “Let me go!” “Thok!” A mans voice shouted. A rough pair of hands grabbed my flailing arms. “Thock, it was just a dream! Just a dream!” I forced my vision to focus in the darkness of my room and saw my father, his emerald colored eyes bright with worry. He stroked my head with one hand. “Are you alright?” He asked. Catching my breath, I said, “Yah, I was just… just… having a nightmare,” I lied. “Are you going to be able to go back to sleep?” He asked, helping me to my feet. “Yah, I’ll be fine.” I said, balling my fists to stop my arms from shaking. “Alright. I’m going back to bed. Good-night.” “Good-night, dad.” I said. After taking a backwards look at me, he closed the door. I didn’t bother picking up my blanket, I knew I wouldn’t go back to sleep. I buried my face in my hands. “That’s the third time this week,” I sighed. I never learned anything different every time I had this dream. The only thing I remembered was the face of the man, a few of the monsters, because I had battled them before outside of my twisted dream world, where life actually made sense. And, something the man didn’t tell me, I’m going to have to fight my way through life….prove myself in some way or another…I gripped my hair. But why? Why? I shouted and hurled my fists down on my pillow. I couldn’t take it anymore. I had told my friends about this dream and they were curious too. Tomorrow I would get them together and ask if they would help me find this person. I don’t know how, but somehow we would find him.
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Duuuuuuude...
fithindel
fithindel: this is amassing art how do you do it?
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KingDedede
KingDedede: With lots of skill and practice. ARTIX RULES!!!!!
KingDedede
KingDedede: With skill and lots and lost of practice. ARTIX RULES
MarioDM481
MarioDM481: @below ????????????
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Butkicker255
Butkicker255: Thok was born in a small country village. His elders consisted mostly of farmers. His peers were contempt with living their entire lives as farmers. Thok was different. He believed that somewhere in the world someone was waiting for a person like him. On his tenth birthday Thok ran away from home, taking with him only his wooden sword and a blanket. He left in the middle of the night. Thok's parents woke early the next morning, they were suspicious when Thok did not appear at breakfast, but overlooked this as it was his the day of his tenth birthday and they thought he deserved to sleep in. Meanwhile Thok was already far into the mountains by the time his parents awoke. By 9 a.m. Thok's parents were worried that Thok still had not left his bedroom as this was highly uncommon for a member of their community. As the door to Thok's room was opened they were not greeted with the usual "get out of my room!" This is when they knew something was wrong. When there was no trace of Thok in his bedroom his parents ran into the middle of the small village alerting everyone of Thok's disappearance. When Thok awoke it was late in the afternoon and he was in the back of a cart full of hay. "Ugh, where am I?"
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Lionfang
Lionfang: Is Thok the warrior trainer from AQW his dad, or him in the future? QUESTIONS EVERYWHERE!
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Phoenixia Fira
Phoenixia Fira: Once he realized what he was meant to fight for, he promised himself he would never stop fighting.
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Jackal
Jackal: Lol, the chibi image is way too... chibi to be given a deep, sad background story like Galanoth or something. If I had to come up with something, though, I'd say that Thok is from a barbarian or a raider-like tribe that just goes to wars and attacks little Moglin villages (and takes their ice cweam), things of that nature. I think that even if he's this ruthless fighter, he's kind and compassionate on the inside, and he finds purpose in protecting his friends. That would also separate him from his warring society, which would allow for him to join you as a companion.
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Hmm... Why is Thok the way he is you ask? Well, he could have been born into a warzone... And maybe when he was a child a group of soldiers lead by a general could've destroyed his home and vilage. He may have been one of a hand full of survivers... Perhaps he had clashed with those soldiers and had been teased and mocked because of how small and weak he looked. Maybe he is the way he is because he is constantly being pushed by a voice in his head saying; "You're not good enough. Not strong enough. You never were and you never will be....." Oh and by the way I've noticed you thanged your profile picture back! Always did prefer that one over the other.
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Changed* O_O
Malitias
Malitias: So.. he wants recognition. Alot of it, obviously. So he is actually not very confident about himself or his strength. This has to have a reason.. reasons for this are usually: being told he is weak, but should be strong, facing a memorable situation in which he was powerless or just getting no recognition at all for a long time, until he beat the crap outta some monster. My Nr.1 reason for this kind of issue is the rival/idol, someone wants to surpass. Problem with this is, you need a second character for it. So, I guess we could stick with the usual recognition thing. For excample him being a ward or orphan. These kids often face a hard childhood in which they need to prove their worth to others and themselves. This results in not having alot of friends, but cherishing the ones they have more than people usually do, placing them above themselves. A combination of having to prove your worth and having a strong bond to friends may often also result in feeling the urge to protect them. My english sucks, I am awake for 46 hours now, so I'll go to sleep, bye.
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Jorin
Jorin: There are many tales as to why Thok is a fearless fighter. Some say that he grew up the smallest of many brothers and has been trying to make up for it, others say that he wanted to be like his father, and there are people who speak of great tales filled with tragedy. These are all nice and fun to say, but none are true. What is the real reason? I'm sorry to say that not even Thok knows why he is the way he is.
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jaredjuh
jaredjuh: i guess thok just has some daddy issues: his father left him and his mother when he was only 7 years old, so he had to be the one to provide everything for them both. back then he also had a little brother about 3 years younger then him. thok provided for his whole family until his brother was old enough to do it for him. then he went out into the great big unnown to find glory fame and a bit of money so he can help his poor mother and brother. he also hopes to find his father and show him what it means to have a family. because he wants to chalenge his father, he trains every day and fights whenever he can. he will always help his friends because he wishes to not become like his father.
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Zhing
Zhing: He ate the moon, of course.
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Butkicker255
Butkicker255: Part 2. Thok was outside of the biggest city on his entire continent. The name of this city he did not know, but he still spent the next eight years of his life here. He became part of a gang of thieves entitled "the club of misled teens" He became the ruler of these thieves in almost no time. The thieves stole mostly bread and cheese, and drank only water from the nearby river. As the years progressed Thok became a strong, mean adult that knew how easy it was to empty the riches pockets.
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Daracas
Daracas: Hm...i would think that Thok would have a personailty like this because of failure. Everyone is afraid of something, so although thok has no fear of battle or defeat, It can be assumed he gains his lack of fear from a even greater one, a fear of failure. It could be completely possible that thok was not strong enough to protect his friends and family while he was younger, leading to their demise, or capture. As a result, he blames himself for this failure to protect his loved ones, and seeks to become so strong that he will never suffer a torment like that again, beilieving that his lack of strength is what caused him to fail. That would explain his willingness to fight anything or anyone, beilieving that if something stronger then him remains, he still isn't strong enough. That would also explain his bravery and loyalty to friends. After all, he has already lost one family. Wouldn't you do everything in your power to make sure you didn't lose another?
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reallysillydude
reallysillydude: I think that he probably lost a fight against someone when he was younger and was forced to give up his precious magical plastic taco, so now he wants to be really tough so that he can win it back in a rematch.
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phlynch
phlynch: Thok is not human, he is half elf, half dwarf. As such, both races consider him weak. He has spent his entire life trying to prove that even though his parentage cancels out most of the bonuses that elves and dwarfs get,(except for the huge life-span,)he is just as strong, if not stronger as normal elves and dwarfs.
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KingDedede
KingDedede: I don't see any Elf in Thok
KingDedede
KingDedede: I can't wait for battle gems!!!!
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protronicus
protronicus: when thok was a child, the people at his gladiator school, his house, even at the crippled heroes retirement home laughed at him, mocked him, called him "hard-knock thok" because he wasn't good at anything tat would help him in the arena. he got tangled up in his own net, he'd whack himself with the mace when he took a swing, and the trident? it was given a nickname whenever thok used it: the catapault. after 16 years of enduring this and not finding any true stress relief, thok's spirit snapped. the next time he fought the students, he charged at him, roaring like an angry bear. within a matter of seconds, his opponent lay on the ground, whimpering like a scolded dog, with the ocasional "please don't hurt me." with that, he screamed at the other trainees " WANNA FIGHT?!" from that day, he has made sure to nip any possible taunt or humor about him by proving his power. the pain that he had endured in his past will not fade, and will not allow thok to endure that again.
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Epfmaster
Epfmaster: I Think Thok grow op alone in the forests(except for the animals).
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Epfmaster
Epfmaster: Part 2: So he had to get food for himself, but always helped abd shared with the the animals.
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Berke111
Berke111: Guys , Im waiting like that candy crush but i hope ae will do it cool a game )
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: a night when the moon was full... young Thok was walking through doomwood forest.He overheard undead... yes you heard me correctly talking undead.Thok was going to warn the shadowscythe emperor,but the undead saw him and the hunt was on.The undead skeletons were about to slay him.Suddenly, Artix jumps in and saves Thok from certain doom.Artix saves Thok. From that point on Thok decided to train untill he was the best.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: to put it short artix and thok are rivals
Tiamaat
Tiamaat: Thok started out as an average kid in an average village. Just like all the other kids he’d get up early, do a day worth of chores, and run off eagerly to play some games. His favorite game was King of the Mountain and he was one of the best at it. One day he wondered “where did this game come from; is there a real king of the mountain somewhere?” The other kids all said “hey it’s just a game, who cares, let’s play already!” Still curious, Thok sought out the village elder. The elder having lived long and gained the insights of village elders past, indeed knew the origin of the game. “Long, long ago, in a land far away” started the elder. “There was a great roc bird who nested on a special hill made of special gems. No other hill was quite like it. As such, all the other rocs became envious and would try to knock this roc of the hill. Each day the roc on the hill would fight to hold its spot. And every time there was a fight, rock feathers (as roc bird feathers were made of rocks) piled upon the hill. Eventually the hill became a mountain, Rock Feather Mountain. As time progressed the great roc bird not only had to defend against other birds, but beasts and people as well. For word of the powerful gems within the mountain had spread far and wide. No matter how many came to challenge it, the great roc bird held on to the peak. This great roc became known as the King of the Mountain. It is said that anyone who can manage to knock the great roc off of Rock Feather Mountain will become the new King of the Mountain, gaining great fame and possibly riches.” “And that is what inspired the game” said the elder. Thok became excited and declared “I’ll become the King of the Mountain!” The elder chuckled “That is an admirable goal indeed” he said. “However, one would need to be stronger than the great roc bird to win, and to stay King of the Mountain you would have to be prepared to fight every day of your life.” “Then that’s just what I’ll do!” Thok said. “Just tell me where this mountain is and I’ll see how tough that old bird is!” Again the elder chuckled “Oh? Didn’t I mention that nobody knows where it is anymore?” Undeterred Thok replied “Then I’ll just have to find it and defeat any who come before me!” With that Thok, at the young age of 12, set out on his quest to become the King of the Mountain.
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Stealth
Stealth: Because once upon a time when Thok was just a regular kid, he looked up to a hero. 8 years later, he's now a hero looked up by others but there could only be 1 hero to take the title of justice, so he challenged the person he wanted to be when he was 7, the current holder of 'Hero'. He was confident that he could win against him he bought super expensive and high leveled items and went to battle against him. He got defeated. The hero was disappointed with Thok. So he told him something.
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Stealth
Stealth: "No matter how much stuff you buy, you cant put a price in experience and justice" from that day forward he swore he wouldnt let anyone defeat him until he fought with the hero again
daneil
daneil: Maybe he got beat up by a banana and he wanted revenge so he ate to much bananas and got constipated and kept on getting beat up so he had to fight and his raged look probably comes from his constipation here is his look ><
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Fife M
Fife M: Throughout his life Thok had always wanted to be the greatest warrior of all time, and when he was a tween, he found a weapons master who would teach him to be the greatest soldier and leader ever. So Thok took the position. Soon, he found out a dark secret about this weapons master. He was a High Agent of Evil, yet Thok found he didn’t mind. This High Agent, after all, was keeping up his end of the apprenticeship deal. Thok was powerful, and he LIKED it. He spent his teenage years and his early 20's learning and working his way up the power pyramid of Evil. At some point he took a leave of absence from Evil and semi-retired to a peaceful village. He had confirmed with Evil that they could call on him when his "retirement" was up. Thok met a girl named Kaya Rhapsody Enchant in the village and they became best friends. Thok kept his Evil alliance a secret, wanting to keep his friendship with Kaya, knowing that she was fully allied with all things good, in her heart and actions. A few years later Thok awoke to a burning village, and rushing outside of his house, he saw that the agents of Evil had come to pick him up. He was stricken by the flames coursing around him and the horror. He ran off, fighting his way through the heat and fleeing people, in a frantic search for Kaya. Thok was disorientated and scared. Then he heard the voice of the High Lord of Evil himself snarl, "Hello, Thok. We've missed you in the industry, and we'd like you back." "Why now?" Thok screamed. "Why Thok, our deal was ANYTIME. At ANYTIME we would come and take you back. Besides, your skills are suddenly... needed." Thok squinted through the smoke and saw a dark, tall figure approaching. Thok stumbled toward the figure in confusion. As he came upon it, he saw the High Lord of Evil standing tall. "Why?" Thok shouted as he stumbled at the High Lord. "Halt!" Thok stopped. "Have you gone soft?" The High Lord of Evil continued. Thok looked at the High Lord, straightened, and said "No." "Good, then come." Thok walked forward, slowly at first, but then more sure of himself and followed the High Lord of Evil out of the village. He didn't look back.

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About 2 years later Thok chose to go on a mission with a raiding party to raid a village made of precious ores. When they got to the beautiful location, Thok called the men to attack, and they dropped down into the town. Chaos reigned. Screams echoed. Thok fought his way through the confusion and rush. He felt himself smile. He stood in the very center of the town, where a waterfall of all colors flowed down out of the high peak of a plateau to the sky into a peaceful pond of lily pads and cattails. He stood watching the people flee and be cut down. And then he felt a sharp pang on the back of his head. Thok blacked out for a moment, then, next thing he knew, his face was in the grass and the screams were deafening, and he felt a weight on his back, holding him down. Thok flipped out from under the weight and began to launch an attack, but froze. He stumbled back, shocked by the face that stood before of him. Kaya glared at him with a hard gaze. "Kaya..." Thok's disbelieving gasp was cut short be a sudden slash delivered by Kaya. Thok dodged back as Kaya went into a series of powerful attacks, in the end, pinning the powerful Thok down by the edge of the pool. "Why?" Thok cried. "I could ask you the same thing, Thok the Evil." Kaya's words rang true and cut deep. "Kaya, I..." "Can it. I'm gonna ask the questions here." "But... How?" "I knew what you were from the beginning, the day you first walked into that village." "Why didn't you-" "I thought you could change. The others wanted to kick you out. I convinced them you could change. That you had." "Whoa... But wh-" "Why? Everyone can change. You were skilled, you were nice, and you needed a friend. It looks like I miss-judged. Now, Thok- I want to know. Did you look back?" "What?" "On that night, when your leader burned down our village. Don't you remember?" Kaya mocked. It all came back to Thok like a burning arrow. The flames, the screams, the fleeing citizens, all of it. Thok gently pushed Kaya off of himself and stood. He saw behind the face of his rightful accuser and beheld what he had helped to cause. Flames, screams, chaos, fleeing citizens, it all was on him. He turned in a circle, dazed at what he had done. Not once, not twice, but what he had done tens of times. And then he looked once more at Kaya. “No. I didn’t,” the words chocked and fell out of his dry throat, “but now I am. Kaya please. I am looking back now. I regret it all. I am… sorry. So sorry.” Kaya’s gaze softened. She stepped forward and gave him the one thing he’d never had- forgiveness.

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Then Kaya was lying on the ground and the lake was red. “KAYA!!! NOOOOO!!!” Thok wailed. He whirled around to find an archer standing on the other side of the pond. Thok unsheathed a dagger from his waist and chucked it at the archer. He missed, but the archer got the point as Thok went to grab another dagger. The archer fled back into the flames. Thok whirled and knelt by Kaya. “Kaya… Oh my gosh. Let me help you. I can save you.” As Thok fretted over Kaya she put her hand up and weakly pushed him away. “Thok, stop.” “But I can…” “Stop. You cannot. I know I am going soon, and you know it too. Count your losses, Thok. I have begun counting mine.” “No! I won’t let you give up.” ”I am not giving up. This is what I’m trying to say: I have so much faith in you. You have life and talent. You can see what is around you. Your eyes are no longer closed. You have the power to stop all this. And this is why I helped you all those years ago, and why I wish to help you now.” “How?! Why?!” “If you look inside yourself you will know how. And if you search you will understand why.” “Kaya…” “Do me well. Prove me right. Always fight and choose the right.” “Don’t leave me. Don’t go, Kaya.” “I must. I will always be with you…” Kaya gasped for a breath, and then died. “NOOOO!!!” Thok howled. He stood and turned, tears rolling down his face. He was shocked to find a wall of Evil agents coming at him. He stood his ground and fought off every last one until they had all fled. Once again, Thok looked around himself in the ruins of what was once great. And his heart was forever changed.

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“Bring him here.” “Yes sir.” The apprentice bowed low and walked out of the bleak court of Evil. When he emerged once again, he only came in long enough to open the door and let the archer in. And the archer told of the betrayal. “What do you wish to do now, my High Lord?” “Let him go. He wasn’t near important enough to make a fuss over.” “But, grand sir, he will hunt me down. He will kill me.” “As if you didn’t know that when you killed the girl!” “Sir, I was only trying to serve you!” “You will serve me better by getting OUT of my sight, and not letting me see your pitiful face again!!” The archer fled from the room. When the hall was once again empty the High Lord murmured to himself, “Curious…How curious… The events that befall my kingdom… are so very curious…”

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Thok salvaged the remaining villagers and alongside them, rebuilt the haven he had destroyed. When all was said and done, he bit a fond farewell to the people who had, as he found out, been the ones to save him so many years ago, when he last tried to do good. Before his departure he took one last stroll around the town, for once not wondering what the precious building blocks of ore were worth. And he paused at the spot his friend had fought him, forgiven him, and died because of him. And he knelt and placed a begonia under the tall weeping willow in front of a single silver stone surrounded by a field of lilies of the valley, a stone that held one name and one phrase: Kaya Rhapsody Enchant. Friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil - but it needs a little mulch of love and smiles and small silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely. And he stood and left. And Thok looked back with a small smile, and he felt that, somewhere in that village, someone had seen it. And someone had returned it.

Thok went on and used his years to learn what Kaya had known he was capable of, to help others learn their destinies, and to protect those who needed it. But once, every year, when the breeze is ripe, the flowers are blooming, and the season of new beginnings has come, Thok makes the time to return to the village to pay his respects to the person who unleashed the good within himself.

(Okay, for those of you who are raising your eyebrows at me, this is for you: )
And, as for that archer, over the time that Thok was repairing the village of precious ores, Thok found it within him, as one of the many things Kaya knew he could do, to move on and forgive that man that had shot Kaya down. But, that’s not to say that if Thok ever sees that filthy creature’s face again he won’t hunt him down and make him pay. That’s for all of you who want a “real” ending. Make up your own story of what happens to the archer if you don’t like that extra wrap up. Thank you. For the record, I LOVE all the other comments. Original stories and great thoughts. -Fife M, Hero of Lore who is grateful for lack of character/word limits.
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daneil
daneil: maybe this is thok in the aqw but younger he wanted be a warrior trainer so he learned how to fight and was the one to be the warrior trainer on adventure quest worlds how old is he in aqw
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KingDedede
KingDedede: Artix is a really awesome Dev.!!!
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KingDedede
KingDedede: Artix, why do you have a fear of pink? You can slay a lot of horrible scary monsters, yet you have a fear of pink.
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Indeed... Awesomeness of Artix's level would come with a price...
Damian_N.
Damian_N.: I hate pink more than the villains in the game
undeadarti
undeadarti: First answer: HE IS A BRAWLER, DUDE!GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD! Second answer:Maybe he watches wrestling and tries to do the same. Third answer:I have no idea.
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yoshiguy9
yoshiguy9: I think he got that black eye and other injuries from a magic attack
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