Born into the Warrior caste of Orzammar, Ghorik began training at a very young age to serve as a guardsman for Kyrgiz Bishkek, the head of a minor noble House. Kyrgiz appointed Ghorik to his wife Freywid’s personal bodyguard, and despite being forty years her junior, a romantic interest developed between Ghorik and Freywid. Since Kyrgiz paid more attention to his ambitious machinations than to his wife, the relationship flourished for years before its discovery by another retainer of House Bishkek. With the threat of blackmail expediting his decision, Ghorik left Orzammar on a self-imposed exile to diffuse the situation (and keep his head).
In the year and a half since his exile, Ghorik has found occasional work as a merchant’s guard or mercenary. Through his concurrent losses of homeland, love, and honor, his favorite activities have become drinking and smashing.