As a human, Marcus of Shadowdale is 5'11" tall and weighs 165 pounds. He is lean and hard-muscled with a handsome face. His clothes are fine quality but show the wear and tear of a ranger's life. In battle he favors chain mail armor.
As a dog, he looks exactly like a little mixed-breed terrier.
King the dog has only vague memories of his former life as a ranger and no ability to communicate so he tends to hang around local adventurers and wander the town looking for familiar things from his former life. He lives off of handouts from the townspeople who mostly treat him as a minor hero. He has foiled quite a few robberies and pickpocket attempts by barking or biting the thieves and even saved a child from drowning once. His taste in food is noticeably different than a typical dog and he is fond of approaching pretty girls. He often accompanies Ambassador Carrague around town and stays with him in his underground home during inclement weather.
In 1352 DR, Marcus of Shadowdale was looking for adventure with some friends in the mountains between Ravens Bluff and Procampur. They had heard of an abandoned keep which formerly belonged to an evil witch and thought they might find something of value in the ruins. As it turned out, the keep was not abandoned and the witch killed the entire party when they trespassed. She was quite taken with the young ranger's good looks and decided to keep him. She brought him back to life with a druidic reincarnate spell and he came back as a dog. She kept him in a cage while researching a way to restore his humanity but Marcus escaped and eventually made his way back to Ravens Bluff where he has been ever since.
- Vince Garcia and Dave Gross (August 1994). “The Ambassador and the King”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #98 (TSR, Inc.), p. 8–9.
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