#11 Allen Rakers
A millennium ago, in the land of â€¦ire, there was a shaman named Fintan Mac BÃ›chra. On a cool and gray early spring morning, the fog hung in the sunken valley of Fintan Mac BÃ›chra’s hut like a large and lazy peaceful white stream. Fintan Mac BÃ›chra moved up the hill towards the docks like a salmon through that stream. He would accompany a group of merchants for commission on a voyage across the angry North Sea.
The crew was a surly group of men, as sailors of the era were wont to be. All were weather-beaten, battle-tested, and life-scarred. All, but the young deckhand AllÃ‹n RÃ‚kers. He was a boy, having lived no further than past his twelfth year, yet already he had a full-grown beard and could lift over 400 pounds. On the voyage’s second night the mizzenmast snapped and pinned the captain to the deck. AllÃ‹n RÃ‚kers lifted and held the splintered mast long enough for Fintan Mac BÃ›chra to pull the captain to safety and treat him with medical elixirs. Weak with age, the ship was taking on water and clearly on its last journey. The crew all took to the life raft and fled the ship while the captain still lay injured. AllÃ‹n RÃ‚kers and Fintan Mac BÃ›chra stayed to heal the captain as best they could while the ship sank lower into the watery abyssal beyond. Like his ship, the captain was weak with age and it became undeniable that he would perish with his ship. Fintan Mac BÃ›chra took the form of a salmon and for the sacrifice of the noble AllÃ‹n RÃ‚kers, he too was transformed into a salmon. Fintan Mac BÃ›chra swam to the shores of home.
Saying “Fuck it,” AllÃ‹n RÃ‚kers swam West until he discovered the shores of America. He reached Florida long before the conquistadors and drank deep from the Fountain of Youth before Ponce de LÃˆon could discover it. Ever since, he has been plush bright with salmon strength and the glow of eternal youth. Allen Rakers, as he is known today, is a true legend in the midst of heroes. Yet for all his supernatural wanderings, his truest gift is of the quality he possessed when he was mortal; he would lay down his life in sacrifice for his crew.