"Life as a bandit is even more hollow than life as a crusader of Celestia."
When the chartered began their infiltration of the fort, Akiros realized almost right away what they must have been up to. However, Akiros has come to the realization that life as a bandit is even more hollow than life as a crusader of Celestia, and when the chartered made their attack on the fort, he saw in them an opportunity for a new life and, perhaps, even redemption.
Outside the Stag Lord's room, Akiros tore his stag amulet of office from his throat, cast it aside, and then swore to fight with the chartered. After the fort was taken, he showed them all it's secrets. He has been kept in the cell formerly holding the owlbear while the chartered decide what to do with him. Carrigan and her wardens have been feeding him and questioning him.
Simple farmers in a proud rural area in Gastonne, Akiros’s parents wanted nothing more for him than life as a protector of the town—as a crusader of Celestia, no less. Every moment of Akiros’s life was spent in preparation for his acceptance into the order, yet not one month after he achieved his parents’ dream and became a paladin, Akiros fell in love with the married daughter of one of his hometown’s wealthier merchants, a woman named Rosilla.
The affair ended all too soon when Rosilla’s husband found out what she’d been up to and threatened to divorce her. The thought of losing the life of luxury was too much, and she told her husband that Akiros had raped her. Furious, he took Rosilla to the temple of Celestia to confront her attacker. The young crusader was flabbergasted, but when Rosilla took things too far by spitting on him and publicly denouncing him as a rapist, a heretofore unknown rage woke in Akiros’s heart.
All of his repressed frustrations and anger poured out in one powerful blow, and with that blow he snuffed out Rosilla’s life. As she crumpled to the floor, Akiros knew his life had been snuffed out as well. He turned on Rosilla’s dumbfounded husband and killed him as well, and with the temple guards still in shock, he fled the city. He barely made it out of Gastonne, stowing away on a merchant ship bound for Temegen. Akiros switched ships dozens of times as he fled south, living as a bandit, a vagabond, and a criminal, and growing to enjoy his newfound rages.
Eventually, his wanderings took him into the Stolen Lands—he’d heard of the Stag Lord, and still unsure of where he needed to be in life, he sought this new liege out.