Roper & Lanalee
Roper and Lanalee got married when they were very young. Roper didn’t have a job, and spent much of his time drinking with his friends and racing kodos, but when he married Lanalee, all of that changed. He took up herbalism as his main trade, and made a good living selling herbs in the auction house. He was able to buy his wife a new tent in Bloodhoof Village, and to buy his pet kodo a new saddle.
Then one day, Mulgore was raided by a band of elves from the alliance, and they burned the ground all around Bloodhoof Village. It was impossible for Roper to gather his herbs, but day after day he went out to search anyway, as their store of food dwindled. Finally their food was gone, and Lanalee brought up the horrible prospect of eating the family kodo. She found a flyer promoting a kodo race in the Shimmering Flats, with the prize being fifty gold! That would be more than enough to live off of until the land healed itself, and the herbs grew back. Roper brought his kodo down to the track on the day of the race, and met his competitors—the thuggish members of the Grimtotem Clan.