Orphaned at a young age, Anton grew up in the streets and alleys of rough frontier towns. Gambling carousing, and fighting were all he knew.
At the age of about 20, Anton had a fight that would change his life. Trying to recover a small amount of money owed him by a gambling partner, Anton was beating the man senseless on the main street of the town in broad daylight. When a monk from the Sun Temple of Pelor tried to intervene in the fight, Anton flew into a rage, beating the brother to death.
The people of the town wanted to lynch Anton, as did some of the more hotheaded brothers of the temple. But the Cleric of the Temple intervened, saying that Anton could find sanctuary with him and his priests and monks and work off his sin and guilt through service to the temple.
At the frontier temple--a grand term for what amounted to a ranch with a few dozen men who were part religious order, part ranch hands--life was hard, and many times Anton considered leaving in the middle of the night. But as the months and years wore on, felt the grace of Pelor growing within him. His shame, fear, and anger began to be counterbalanced with forgiveness and love
During the Infernal War, Anton began to wish fervently to be initiated as a full Cleric of Pelor, but the Cleric of the Temple would not let him, asking Anton to stay and serve the frontier people. That changed a year ago, when Anton and the Cleric both received a vision from Pelor of Anton rooting out the remnants of the Infernal forces still in the world, and spreading faith and light to the allied races.
Now, after having been trained in the ways of a battle cleric and with the blessing of his god and his mentor, Anton is again looking for trouble, but in the name of that which is good and holy.
So I'm happy to alter this to better fit the world and timeline, gods & mythology, etc. that Richard has in mind. My main concept is that he's a bit older than your average first-level character, and perhaps a bit excited/scared to let his wild side out again on some Asmodeus-worshipping motherfuckers.
In terms of crunch, I've already statted him up as a balanced STR/WIS cleric, but with the idea that he'll go more the STR-battle route as he levels up. I painted a mini already because I'm like that.
I 'm guessing on Saturday we'll mostly be making characters. I have the core books (PHB, DMG, MM) for 4e, along with the Rules Compendium and some other stuff. I have the Player's Strategy Guide out from PPLD, which I'll bring for the illustrations if nothing else. Between my kids & me we have assembled a decent collection of minis and dungeon tiles, and some cardboard counters, so those are available once we start playing.