Around the year 2950, Thalimar Xilomar, an elven ranger, and Tuber, a barbarian from the Grey Mountains, met in the wilds near Mirkwood. It was on a fateful day when Tuber was fighting wargs in the edge of Mirkwood. Thal, attracted by the noise of a fight, sprang into action and helped the huge half man defeat the wargs. They became companions of sorts surviving in the wilds. After some time together their adventurous like-mindedness led them to seek excitement. They began by entering a tavern near Iach Celduin located well south of Dale.