Rise of the Demon Lord
Thorum Rocksmasher Adisanaksa was a Goliath monk who lost his family during a raid by the Blood Lord. His surviving tribesmen banded together and waged an attack of their own against the Blood Lord, but to no avail. Everyone, including Thorum, was killed. However, the Blood Lord was so impressed with the Goliath’s power and combat prowess that he raised Thorum as one of his Undead minions.
Thorum grudgingly obeys the Blood Lord’s commands until he is finally allowed to die and rejoin his wife in the afterlife.