Darko started his life on a rough note. As a halfling foundling in Daggermark, his chances looked bleak, but the poor and kind woodcarver Govias Gepetto, a lonely halfling widower, his wife Thereni having died during child-birth, took him in, and raised him as his own.
In the shady streets of Daggermark, Darko hang with a rough crowd, and learned how to defend himself with his trusty daggers. Sometimes him and his peer would serve as errandboys for the mighty Assasin’s Guild, the namegivers of the city. Darko and the other boys were never allowed inside the Hawk’s Nest, the guild school of the Assasin’s guild, but he often wondered if the way of secrecy and swift revenge for a large bag of gold coins would be the right for him. Eventually Govias forbade him to have anything to do with the guild (and the Poisoner’s Guild as well). Darko felt it was strict but did what his father demanded and turned his focus towards his sleight of hand, mostly practiced through wood carving and the occational petty theft, and he learned to run away from trouble. His short halfling legs could outsprint every halfling he knew in town, and most humans too.