Life-stealing techniques were prized by many within arenas of all kinds, whether that be war or politics. As time passed, Raphon found less and less which impeded his survival. He also found words unnecessary; his polished skills with the sword were enough to earn him ample provisions. Things such as circles of friends or kindness were unnecessary; he was confident that as long as his had his blades and his talents, the trials of his youth would never return.
See Raphon, Born to Kill.
Raphon was an ancient city of Gilead (a mountainous region east of the Jordan River), perhaps identical with Raphana, which is mentioned by Pliny as one of the cities of the Decapolis ("Ten Cities"; Greek: deka "ten" and polis "city"), that is now in modern Jordan.