Chaiyal "The Heretic" North is a character in the novella titled Title Fight by co-authored by Scott Sigler and Matt Wallace. The character is initially introduced in episode two of the serialized podcast.
North was raised the son of a Purist Nation minister. His father named him Chaiyal which means "solider" in one of the old faith tongues. His father did this so he could point to Chaiyal while preaching and call him God's little soldier. His father would challenge his congregation to wrestle his scrawny, fourteen year old son, using him as a grappler in his act. As his father went on about the power of the High One imbued in his son, his helpers collected money for bets from the congregation. At first his father fixed the fights but soon realized Chaiyal was so strong that it wasn't necessary.
Chaiyal only cared about fighting, not about religion or money so the Crusaders promotion offered his father a twenty fight contract for Chaiyal, he was eager to go. It was an opportunity for Chaiyal to test his skills against real fighters and for him to break free from his father's ministry. In less than a year with the Crusaders, Chaiyal decimated the heavyweight ranks, earning an 11-0 record and the nickname "The Holy Hammer". His incredible record, allowed him to fight for the Crusaders top title of First Templar at Tang Arena in Buddha City. The Crusaders championship holo-cast was the largest event in the Purist Nation next to PNFL Championships and Chaiyal got the chance to meet the Purist Nation elite, such as Stedmar Osborne of Mining Colony VI. Chaiyal sent the attendees into a frenzy when he beat his opponent in 39 seconds.
After winning the fight, Chaiyal wanted one last drink and randomly picked a bar. While most people to excited to see him in the bar, he ran into three Quyth warriors who weren't. One by the name of Brocka the Razor-Barbed called Chaiyal a "school yard bully" in the Quyth language which led Chaiyal to start a bar brawl. Having never fought a Quyth, Chaiyal was beaten to within an inch of his life. This altercation caused Chaiyal to bust his contract with the Crusaders and leave the Purist Nation. Three years later, Chaiyal fought Brocka for the GFA championship. In the first minute of the fight, Chaiyal dealt out a swift and brutal attack but Brocka refused to walk on all fours in front of the human challenger and that led to his death. Chaiyal broke Brocka's back to win the fight, then broke the Quyth warrior's carapace, pried out his heart, squeezed it, then took a bite out of it.
North was trained and guided by Marcus Diablo, who was also a former GFA fighter. While it is assumed North would also have a physician and an electrical man, no details of his other team members have been given.
North's record reflected 12 wins and no losses after winning the First Templar title. Subsequent to winning the title, North quit the Purist Crusader Promotion in favor of the Galactic Fighting Association (GFA).
Details of North's career GFA record is not currently known.
Chaiyal North is a Human fighter. He is described as having an ancient Earth mohawk warrior with inverted crosses painted on either side of his head. He also painted inverted crosses on his shoulder pauldron and on his codpiece over his shorts. His team wore tunics with the words "The Heretic" written across the back.
As previously mentioned, Chaiyal prized only his fighting career. Religion, family, racism, money, and titles meant nothing to him. His only desire was to fight and win against the best fighters in the galaxy. Chaiyal would do anything to get the fight he wanted including spewing Purist racist remarks against his opponent, even though he didn't follow or believe in the Purist Religion.
Chaiyal also believed in the warrior spirit - something the Quyth prize as well. This meant that he believed in the honor of the battle and that it was acceptable to kill a beaten opponent. This belief lead Chaiyal to kill Brocka the Razor-Barbed in such a brutal fashion at the end of their bout. It also led Chaiyal to respect Brocka for the beating he gave Chaiyal during their initial meeting at a bar. Chaiyal considered Brocka his first teacher and would honor him for the rest of his life, although he would never admit it to another living being.