The Gloomer. A large, mindless, and savage water rat whose very name would send icy fear coursing through even the most villainous of vermin. Tales told around the campfire frightening even the bravest warriors. Only this monster was no tall tale, he lived.
Captured by Lord Verdauga long ago, he was trapped in the caverns beneath Kotir. Many seasons of swimming in the dark underground waters of the great lake caused him to grow nearly blind and embrace his instincts as a killer.
The tyrant, Tsarmina the Ruthless, used Gloomer as a weapon against the Woodlanders only for the Greatrat to lose his battle with the otter crew’s large pike, Stormfin, sinking to the depths of the River Moss below. The woodlanders rejoiced as the Gloomer was lost forever to a watery grave, or so they hoped…
Even as a young dibbun, Gillig the otter craved adventure. He loved to swim and play, but most of all, he wanted to be just like the other brave otters of Mossflower. He admired Skipper, the otter crew leader, who had served as a surrogate role model after the traumatic death of his parents. It was Gillig’s hope to make Skipper proud and be just like him. But clumsy, constant mistakes persisted, confirming his worst fears, and making him inwardly timid. While dreading his next failure, he could do little but pick himself up and hang his head.
Internally he was at a crossroads, teetering between being courageous at heart and cowardly in action. Now, the young otter finds himself up for exile from the otter crew, and has nowhere left to turn. Skipper always believed that someday Gillig would grow to be a brave otter, worthy of being a part of the crew. But, in order for that to happen, Gillig needed to believe in himself. One fateful day later, Gillig finally received the chance he had been waiting for.