Grizbal is a hunter from the steppes of Caladria. He never really paid attention to the happenings in the world. He just rode around on his lowly sumpter horse he had raised since childhood, practicing his skill with a bow and arrow and hunting for fur and food to provide for his family. They never noticed nor cared for the politics of the Swadians and Vaegirs and the various other groups roaming the area.
Then tragedy struck Grizbal. His family had come under attack by Khergit raiders while he was out hunting, and they kidnapped his sister and mother. They returned later, demanding a ransom for their return. Grizbal had no idea how he could get the money to save his family. But then, he met up with a caravan of traders from Zendar. They told him of the war that broke out, and how mercenaries were flooding the area for work. He decided, he'd go do some work for them to get the money. He left with the caravan to Zendar, where he began his adventures.
He started out doing oddjobs for the residents there. Hunting pirates, escorting caravans, etc. But, he soon amassed the wealth needed to save his family, and got them back from the Khergits, who were surprised he actually managed to do so. But, instead of returning to his previous life, he had been swept up by the politics and potential for wealth of the war, and decided he would be a roving mercenary for a living, and become wealthy and give his family a better life.
By this time, he was riding a spirited courser, and fighting with a long bow with a large pack of bodkin arrows, and a balanced falchion. He rides down enemies, trapping them in a circle, while his entourage of Swadian skirmishers and Vaegir Veterans and wipe them out. He has met up with two new friends, Borcha, and Marnid. He stills wears just a simple Gherkin.