Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Red
Place of Origin: World?s End, Saldaea
Mikalen was born in the desolate World's End region of Saldaea to an ice pepper farmer and a weaver. His childhood was rather uneventful, so much so that he decided, at the age of 14, to enlist in the Saldaean Army, lying about his age. He succeeded only because he appeared much older than 14 and because written records were rare and hard to come by in the World?s End. The administrators in Maradon knew that tracking down records of his birth would be next to impossible, and the prospect of a wild World?s Ender was too much for them to pass up. Stationed with the 1st Queen's Cavalry on the Blightborder, Mikalen seasoned his lance and blade early on the blood of Trolloc raiding parties, acting as a squad leader in a kind of advance guard for the Maradon Highway. Faced with the opportunity to re-enlist at the end of his three year term, Mikalen decided to feel out his options. He learned from his commander that re-enlistment meant a transfer to the cavalry training school, where he would instruct new recruits on the ways of the Saldaean horseman. Most would have seen this as an honor, but Mikalen did not. The life of a warrior was his life, and garrison duty would have surely driven him to the brink of insanity. Instead, he decided to try his luck with the White Tower. The stories of the Gaidin had intrigued him from an early age, so Mikalen set out to Tar Valon at the end of his enlistment, a veteran cavalryman at seventeen, armed with his flamberge and the clothes on his back. He has no contacts in the Tower and no expectation that they would either take him or believe his story.