Name: Heron Massie
Birth date: Sakra 9th, 1782
Age as of 1826: 44
Heron was a successful doctor who was born in the Killbraugha, but was raised in Ferdern. He returned to Shiva at the age of eighteen and joined the KLA as their chief medical officer. After the death of James Connor, Heron and another Killer, named Rory Montivelo, became leaders of the KLA and unleashed a bloody terror campaign while Shiva was embroiled in the First Shadow War. The Shivians met with them on Janus 6th, 1807 and signed a treaty. Rory and Heron agreed to halt their terror campaigns and help fight the Shadows in exchange for a Free Killer State once the First Shadow War was over. Rory and Heron both enlisted in the almost purely Killer army and participated in the famous Battle of Trippé. This battle has been claimed by many historians to be the turning point of the war, because the Killers single handedly held back the Shadow Army long enough for the Shivians to convince the Ferdarians and Korens to enter the war. However, it came at a steep cost as the Killer Army suffered seventy-five percent casualties. Forty percent of those casualties were killed while the rest were grievously wounded.
The Shadow War ended in 1808 and the Shivians refused to honor the treaty. The KLA was shattered because of the war, Rory had lost his hand during the Battle of Trippé, and Heron returned to Ferdern in disgust. However, he did not stay long before returning to Shiva and resuscitating the KLA. He personally recruited many members such as Siegfried Von Hult and Sandie Cavanaugh, and kept a firm grasp on his young, reckless charges. However, tension grew within the organization as Siegfried started to question many of Heron’s decisions. This tension threatened to tear the KLA apart and, it was only because of Heron’s good nature, that Siegfried was able to take command. It is at this point that Kingsley's memoir begins.
“Did you know that a traveling Ferdarian once asked me why we did what we did? He couldn’t understand why we didn’t simply move to another country. I looked at him and I said ‘How far away do you have to be to ignore an attack on your homeland, against your own people? I remain in Shiva and I help anyway I can, because my people deserve better. Would you do anything else if your government tried to suppress you?’”