Heroes of Asgard
When young Malekith of the Black Bile Clan saw his 12 older brothers’ heads tossed to his mother, Lady Mazerot promised he would not go off to die uselessly in a never-ending war like his siblings. Instead, she sold him into slavery for two sacks of snake livers and a barrel of pickled toads.
Though not a soldier, he still witnessed the full ravages of war as a corpse burner who would go ply his craft after battles had been waged. If some of the soldiers happened to still be clinging to life? Well, he didn’t get fed to save anyone. Before long, the trolls captured Malekith and tossed him in a cell with an old wizard who helped him escape.