Born long before the living memory of many, the being who would become Orikalkos was drafted from the ranks of the Lawgivers, those who served the ancient society known as the Aurumai. Their realm was centered in the city-state on the Hellenic Peninsula known as Arcadia, which lent the name to their empire.
In secret archemical laboratories, infused with the rawest essences of thaumatic power itself, Dannik ascended in power and size to become Orikalkos... a living weapon, army-of-one, conqueror, and symbol of the Aurumai's unmatched control of life and order itself. He was as a god.
It also blinded him to the grounds he once walked, and made him literally unapproachable, lest he obliterate accidentally a subordinate or a colleague underfoot. It became lonely at the top.
...and then the Rebellion happened.
When humans armed with thaumatic power overthrew the Arcadian Empire, Orikalkos had little choice but to lead a regrouping and establish his own temporary tyranny.
Since those dark days, the avian colossus has lived in an aerie high above the land, biding his time for the day men will look once more to the sky with stopped hearts.
(artwork by ArgusWulfe)