Rock was born Nathaniel Williams Adams in England, and recieved his
nickname because of his strength. His father, William Adams, ran a curio
store specializing in rare weapons and always had an eye for strange
antiquities. His mother loved him very much, and Rock's childhood was as
idyllic as one could hope for.
That all changed one fateful day. William had attended a secret
antique auction where he had purchased a mysterious sword called Soul Edge.
William had been searching for the legendary sword most of his adult life,
and was thus proud to show it to his son. He stored it in the ship's cabin
for the voyage home. A storm began to brew, and suddenly the Adams' ship
became the target of a pirate's attack. Cervantes,
the dreaded captain of the Adrian, had been commissioned by Vercci
to find the sword. William ran to the storeroom to hide the sword, and Rock's
mother ran after to stop him.
That was the last Rock ever saw of them. The cannon fire buffeted the
ship, and the ship sank. Rock awoke to find himself alone on an unfamiliar
shoreline. Realizing that he had lost his parents forever, Rock learned to
survive in the New World by discarding old habits and learning to live off
the land. It was many years before Rock ever had any other human contact.
After he had grown to adulthood, he came upon a native tribe. The natives
were afraid of the "white giant," and the only one who would associate with
Rock was an orphan named Bangoo. Rock found himself drawn to the kind boy,
who's parents had been killed during tribal warfare. Gradually the others
began to speak to Rock. From them, he learned of the "land across the ocean."
As he listened to their descriptions, he began to remember his former life.
Memories came back to him, the most prominent being a mysterious weapon called
Soul Edge. Rock came to the conclusion that if he could find Soul Edge, he
could recover his past and perhaps even find his parents. So, with ax in hand,
Rock set out for the Old World.
Rock was natuarally unfamiliar with the European landscape, and had
no idea where to begin his search for Soul Edge. He eventually stumbled
upon another that was looking for Soul Edge, the Greek warrior Sophitia.
Through some misunderstanding, the two began to fight, but then soon realized
their mistake and called a truce. Sophitia speculated that Rock's heart was
not in the battle, that rather he had left something that was far more
valuable than what he was searching for. Her words stuck with Rock, and
he came to a realization. He
had ventured to the Old World to find the past, yet it was the present that
mattered to him. His thoughts turned to Bangoo, and he realized that this
boy was his only remaining family and that is where he should be. He bid
farewell to Sophitia, and set sail for the New World, his home.
After a year of travelling, Rock finally returned to his life with
Bangoo. He knew he had made the right decision, because he never wanted
Bangoo to experience the lonliness that Rock had. He decided to stay with
Bangoo until the boy became a man.
A few years passed, and a rumor began to circulate about mysterious
lizard-like humanoids were wandering the land. Rock ignored the rumors, but
one night the monsters attacked. Rock mowed them down easily with his
battle ax. Realizing that even their tough scales were no match for Rock's
weapon, the lizardmen retreated. Rock was victorious, but when he returned
home he discovered that Bangoo was missing. The lizardmen, knowing that they
could not capture Rock, had kidnapped the boy to lure Rock. Even though he
knew it was a trap, Rock followed the trail of the lizardmen so that no harm
would come to Bangoo.
The trail led him once again to Europe, but once he arrived in the New
World the trail dissapeared. Thus, Rock wandered the continent searching for
Bangoo. He eventually traced the lizardmen back to Kunpaetku, the grand
priest of a heretical order called Fygul Cestemus. Bangoo's abduction had
been nothing more than an attempt to lure Rock with the ultimate goal of
taking the warrior's soul. Rock had never met Kunpatku or had any dealings
with the Fygul Cestemus, so it was a mystery to him why he had become their
target. After a grueling ordeal, Rock was successful in rescuing Bangoo and
the two returned to their home.
Bangoo assured Rock that he could take care of himself, and within a
few years the boy had grown into a strong young man. Rock assured Bangoo that
when his time came, Bangoo would set out on his own quest.