Håkon spent his early days in school, doing rather poorly, and his free time at his father's country home. Håkon and his father would often times take hikes into the mountains, and go camping in the forest. His father, a slight alcoholic, was good at heart, and had an odd obsession with history. He would collect old weapons and books such as Heimskringla, or the Sagas of Norwegian Kings. His mother was a school teacher in the next municipality over, and was a kind and reserved woman, from whom Håkon inherited his innate quietness. Once older, and out of school, Håkon would take odd jobs at the surrounding farms, caring for the animals, clearing fields, and logging. He also took up the hobby of hunter, and would even at times sell the game he hunted, to earn a little money on the side. This skill, as he would learn later in life, would prove itself quite useful.
Later in life, Håkon's father, Torkild, was killed in a squabble with one of his rather dubious friends. While the loss was quite hard, he had been anticipating it for a while. To cope with said loss, he took to the life of a hermit, he would spend his days in a cabin him and his father built when he was younger. He would hunt for food, get water from the surrounding streams and live off the land. This continued for around four months, before Håkon got tired off it all. He decided to strike out into the unknown and see the world. He would visit friends of the family in France, Britain and other European countries. He made a friend in The Netherlands, who considered himself a bit of a fancy traveller. He told Håkon of a nation on the shores of the Black Sea. They decided to journey there together, perhaps find some work there and stay for a while.