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Old 10-06-2018, 11:27 AM
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:25 AM
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Ronald ĎOne-Boneí Devyn
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Race: Human (Variant)

Class: Barbarian

Appearance: Some men are blessed with a handsome face, a body that makes them desirable to women and a mane of hair that makes them the envy of other men. And then there is Ron. He has a face only a mother could love, even if his didnít. He has a large, bulbous nose, a jawline that never looked quite right after getting broken when he was a boy, and a mouth full of crooked teeth. His hairline started receding before he hit twenty and he is now almost completely bald. He isnít very tall at 5í8Ē, but quite broad and muscular and tough-looking.

He tends to wear filthy pants and a west, showing off his scarred, bare chest and tattooed arms. He is rarely seen without his massive hammer, the weapon heís used to forge his reputation as an enforcer in the criminal underworld of Stilben, and his unusual nickname, One-Bone.

Alignment: Neutral.

Background: Urchin

Personality Traits:
- I tend to find the smartest person around and try to do what I think would make them like me.
- I donít mind risks and am confident that no matter how grim the situation, things will work out, somehow.

Ideal: People. I donít care about rules or classes or society. I just like having people I think are my friends and will do what I can to keep them.

Bond: Even if Iím not formally a member of the Clasp I have been working for them since I started running errands for crooks as a small urchin on the street. I owe them everything and they know it.

Flaw: I am quite gullible and often take things people say a little too literally.

Personality: Even in the criminal underworld of Stilben there arenít many people who call Ron their friend. Most tend to make fun of this dim-witted thug and try to see how far they can push him without him realizing heís being played with. This is why he values people who really want to be his friends above anything else. Although he is normally quite calm and collected, he can get angry when he thinks his friends would want him to.

Ron isnít really a moral person, nor is he instinctively bad to others. He tends to take after one person that heís around, mirroring that personís behavior and outlook on life. If they are nasty to others (and they usually are) he tends to follow suit. Should he start following someone with a bit better outlook on life he might try to see if that suits him as well.

 

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Name: Verdigris
Race: Dragonborn (Bronze Ravenite)
Class: Druid (Circle of the Land)
Alignment: Neutral

Appearance: Verdigris's bright bronze scales give way to a green-ish grey rime along the edges, giving him an oddly mottled look. He is broad shouldered and stout framed, but he is whipcord lean with no spare flesh, giving him an illusion of size and strength that he doesn't really possess. He is dressed in a strange mishmash of cast off clothing and leathers that he has scavenged or borrowed from others on the barge.

Background: Sailor. Before the fall, the masters lived above, and we toiled below. We did not leave our lands, but we sailed the seas to glean its riches to feed those above. I rode the waves and fished the waters. It was all I knew. When the cities fell, some of the masters sought to flee the destruction and commanded our ship to sail west. We still languished under Draconian rule, unaware of the fate that befell our brothers and sisters.

Along the coasts of Tal'Dorei, the masters sought to preserve their power and influence in a new land. But one day, news came to us of our homeland, and we learned our people were free. The crew rose up and claimed the ship, free of reprisal. They debated a return to Draconia, or a new home in a new land. But for me, the seas had always been my home. I stood at the railing, faced with infinite freedom and heard the ocean call to me. I dove overboard, swimming away and never looking back.

I have fended for myself well enough, but there is something missing from my life and I am not sure what. I found myself coming closer and closer to the human cities, watching them warily. I traveled the coastlines and the rivers until a woman named Addison found me and offered me work. I am no stranger to work, but now they pay me for it. It truly is a strange new world.

Personality: Verdigris is still trying to adapt to a rapid culture shock. He was a slave until one day he suddenly wasn't any more. He's heard of the fall of Draconia, Vorugal and the Ravenite rebellion, but they all seem so distant and unreal. He isn't exactly worried about his old masters returning to re-enslave him, but nor has he fully adjusted to the changes. The magic rising from within him has also filled this period with turmoil. At first the call of sea and land was overwhelming, and he used his newfound freedom to to answer the call. But now he seeks to balance his life, weighing freedom and his magic against his more social natures. The barge work has been his way to dabble his toes in Tal'Dorei society without immersing himself fully. He isn't sure he's ready for that yet, and feels more comfortable learning about these people while also spending endless lazy hours on the river.

Trait: I have spent so long as a slave that I have little practical experience dealing with people in the outside world.
Trait: Nobody stays angry at me or around me for long, since I can defuse any amount of tension.
Ideal: Sincerity. There’s no good in pretending to be something I’m not.
Bond: I am still seeking the enlightenment I pursued in my seclusion, and it still eludes me.
Flaw: I follow orders, even if I think they’re wrong.

Stat BlockVerdigris | Ravenite | Druid of the Land | Level 3
HP: 24/24 | AC: 15 (Hide) | Initiative: +1 | Speed 35
Attacks: Primal Savagery (to hit: +5, damage: 1d10) ; Frostbite (60' ; to hit: +5, damage: 1d6 + disadvantage on next weapon attack)
Abilities: STR 10 (+0) | DEX 13 (+1) | CON 15 (+2) | INT 8 (-1) | WIS 16 (+3) | CHA 12 (+1)
Proficient Skills: Athletics +2 | Nature +1 | Perception +5 | Survival +5
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Spell Slots: 1st (4/4) | 2nd (2/2)

 

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Name: Bellamy “Doc” Hannan
Race: Half-Orc
Class: Cleric (Blood)
Age: 17
Background: Hermit
Alignment: Neutral Good
Ideal: Survival. Bellamy places nothing above her own hard-won well being.
Bond: In her heart of hearts, Bellamy knows that Mother Lucinda and the patrons of her orphanage will one day find her…
Flaw: Bellamy sees the worst in people and is deeply distrustful of overly benign or altruistic persons. She refuses help, even from those with good intentions.

Personality:

A cynic to the bone, Bellamy is most comfortable in the inn room which doubles as her makeshift clinic and semi-permanent home. Affectionately nicknamed “Doc” by Stilben’s seedy lowlifes who make up most of her clientele, the young half-orc is caustic, critical and impatient with euphemisms. Not known for her bedside manner, you can trust the good cleric for efficient healing and discretion. She’d rather not be talking to anyone anyway.

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Name: Ada Proudwind
Race/Class: Human, Cleric - Light Domain: Dawnfather
Gender/Age: Female, 32
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Background: Guild Artisan (Brewers Guild)
Motto: "There is always another dawn."

Personality/Backstory:
Upbeat, humble, and always willing to share an ale, most folk would not suspect Ada to be a Cleric of the Dawnfather. Anyone who knows her would tell you that she's much quicker to talk about the blacksmith's new baby daughter or her latest blend of hops than about her sworn deity. Ada lives in the now and focuses on what can be done immediately to solve problems or help people. She has an independent spirit that has driven her from formal worship of the Dawnfather, and she knows she does more good in the world whilst rubbing shoulders with common folk. (They're more interesting anyway!)

Ada grew up in Emon with her family. The only child of a poor shipbuilder, she found opportunity studying the calls of the Gods. The Dawnfather's mission to foster and preserve life resonated with her own natural spirit, and she devoted herself to his will. In her 20s, she felt the pull to leave the cloistered life of the temples (against the wishes of the priests) and left to pursue work amongst the common folk. Ada's late 20s saw plenty of work delivering children and blessing poor folk, whilst brewing ales alongside the Brewers Guild masters. The masters took to Ada's charm, honesty, and willingness to *sample* the bounties of the Gods, qualities they had rarely seen amongst missionaries and clergy. Recently, she has wandered far afield from Emon, in search of places that needed her skill and help more than her home.

Currently, Ada finds herself in Stilben, contracted to help smuggle goods for coin. While the method may not be entirely savory, she plans to use part of the generous spoils to free a local family from their debt. With a little extra silver, they will be able to leave Stilben and found a homestead away from coin sharks and the fumes of the marshes.

Ideals/Bonds:
The cycle of life and death is essential and balancing. Ada will protect innocent bystanders, but has no qualms ending those who live by the sword.

Ada has a knack for building a home and family anywhere she goes. Even rough-and-tumble types find her manners endearing, especially after they try her heavier brews!

Flaws:
Ada is trusting and willing to stick her neck out for others. More than once she has been forced to leave a town after some bureaucrat or crime boss' status quo was disturbed. This tendency sometimes creates more problems than good, and Ada is not without the guilt of ruining the lives of people she was trying to help.

Chronically low on coin and often indebted to shady people.

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Name: Talia Cat

Race: Shifter - Longstrider

Class: Rogue - Swashbuckler

Appearance: Talia is a mix of pretty and odd looking. Luckily the race she takes after is of a hairless variety so she has little to no hair on her body save her head. She has thick black curly hair atop her head that she fusses over as she has a hard time keeping it in any manageable shape. Her ears a large and shaped too unlike elves, gnomes or halflings for her to pass for them. And at 5'1", she often does at first glance. Also, she doesn't wear shoes. At first glance, it looks like she files her fingernails into long spiky things, but a closer look reveals that they grow that way.

Alignment: NG

Background: Criminal

Personality Traits: The best way to get Talia to do something is to tell her she can't do it.

Ideal: She doesn't steal from others in the trade as she's loyal to friends, not ideals. Everyone else can take a long walk off a short pier.

Bond: She has aspirations to become the greatest thief over the greatest thieving empire the realm has ever heard of.

Flaw: If there's a plan, she'll most likely forget it, and if she does remember it, she'll find flaws in it and do her own thing.

Personality: Talia really loves two things, besides herself of course, and those are wealth (to buy nicer things), and a good fight. She loves a good fight, especially those she wins and doesn't get hurt or wounded, but even those can be fun. She doesn't say much if she doesn't know you, but if she does, you'll hear her opinion and usually with some friendly barbs and comments thrown in.

 

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Name: Cyprian Thoros
Race: Human (Variant)
Height: 6'1
Weight 165lbs
Class: Rogue - Assassin
Alignment: True Neutral
Background: Urban Bounty Hunter
  • Traits: Slow to trust: Those who seem fairest have the most to hide, and therefore calls for caution. High standards: Mistakes get people killed.
  • Ideal: I am loyal to friends and family, not beholden to idealistic schemes.
  • Bond: Born into a long line of generational assassins, my bloodline is guilty of terrible crimes. I hope to escape it.
  • Flaw: I judge others harshly, and myself even more severely. I am a keeper secrets and rarely, if ever, share them with anyone.
Appearance:
Cyprian is a man of few words, often only speaking when necessary. He generally keeps his appearance hidden under a hood but he has the face fit for a successful charlatan. With his intelligent blue eyes, strong features, and long brown hair tied back and out of the way, many would find him rather handsome. Unfortunately, his personality is as chilly as the grave and that fact tarnishes his good looks. The cold, deadly aura he exudes tends to put discomfort in mortal hearts. Cyprian is far more content watching those around him, calculating their actions and assessing them. Only few have ever been lucky enough to catch sight of a tattoo of a spider on his forearm. Even fewer have witnessed the tapestry of scars that mar his body-- none look like wounds won from battles, but earned though other horrors of the blade.

Cyprian wears dark clothes and leathers, opting to blend into the background until the right moment. A small inconspicuous armory of daggers and darts are strapped to his chest, legs, boots and back. You never know what situation or position you'll find yourself in. Best to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Poisons are near and dear to his blackened soul. While he is as charming as once-slumbering wyvern, he has other...Persuasive means to get things done.

Personality/Background:
Cyprian has been called many things. A professional being one of them. He has traveled in all corners of the land, dispatching those with bounties on their heads. Be it for political reasons, old grudges and rivalries, or simply as examples, the lifestyle has lead to him to be frigid and compartmentalized since youth. Although quiet, he has a dry sense of gallows humor that is often delivered deadpan. The delivery often leaves people confused if he's serious or not.

Being a silent observer serves him well as an assassin, but his general paranoia amplifies his disconnected, distant behavior. He is almost phobic of unwanted attention, however years of practice has made it difficult to read his discomfort. Despite his near indecipherable demeanor, nothing gets his blood boiling with rage more than a risky mistake, especially one that has jeopardized his life, that of his team, and gaining too much notoriety. Collateral damage is reserved for most dire situations, and needless deaths that can be avoided is a high priority objective. Regardless of his dispassionate traits, he is committed to whatever motley team he has found himself in, and whatever the job requires.

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Name: Alys, sometimes Alys of Drynna
Race: Water Gensai
Class: More brawler, reallyMonk - Way of the Four Elements
Background: Urchin


Trait: I have a quick temper and a quicker mouth; it's gotten me into trouble more than once.
Trait: I have a soft spot for kids, especially those in a tight spot. I can't help but go out of my way to help, even if I'll complain about it.
Ideal: I get to define myself; nobody else gets to do it for me.
Bond: I left my friends behind, but I'd still do anything to help them.
Flaw: I'm impulsive and rash, seasoned with a bit of ambition. I don't want to be controlled.

Appearance: Alys is marked as an oddity most everywhere she goes by appearance alone. Her skin is pale, closer to an icy blue than any human tone, and her hair is a shock of white that hangs around her shoulders. She's also young, and her short height and slim build make her seem younger than she is. It's a stunning effect, clashing spectacularly with the bright white of her hair. Still, there's a pugnacious edge to her; her movements are graceful and fluid, exuding confidence. She tends to smirk frequently, and her nose is slightly crooked, as though it has been been broken at least once.

 
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Race: Human variant
Age: 48
Class: Wizard, School of Divination
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Background: Archaeologist
Personality Traits: When I get interested in something Iím like a dog with a bone.
Ideal: Truth. No matter the cost, the truth should be spread to the world.
Bond: They mocked and ridiculed me. Well, Iíll have the last laugh.
Flaw: I can never admit when Iím wrong.
Appearance: Zara is tall and lanky, with the unfortunate habit of getting a little too close and looming over people when talking to them. She doesn't worry much about her appearance and is often seen with things caught in her tangled and matted hair for days at a time.

Personality: Zara is always moving, bustling around her study or pacing the lecture hall, or simply jogging around the campus, she simply never stops until she eventually falls asleep some time in the middle of the night. She is a no-nonsense type with little in the way of a sense of humour (although she will chip in with bad puns at odd moments) and she doesn't deign to pollute her body or befuddle her senses with alcohol. She considers her sexuality to be an unwelcome distraction and will, once every two weeks without fail, find a suitably junior sexual partner to relieve that distraction so that she can get back to more important things.

Zara considers herself more of a "big-picture" person and prefers not to get bogged down in the details of the day-to-day running of the department. Her assistant, a cheery little halfling man called Nersum Froom, ably keeps the majority of the problems from her door, for which, if only she knew, she would be eternally grateful. She has an intense distaste for the students whom she has to teach, considering them similar to a larval stage of true academics and not really worthy of her consideration until they have proven themselves (i.e. graduated).

Her personal life has been almost non-existent since she split up with her husband, a renowned historian called Professor Gumfrey Hewsmith, twelve years before. They split amicably and agreed a fair split of their possessions; she took the house and he got their friends and pet dog (since deceased). She was more than happy with this arrangement because she already had tenure by that time and so she was very much ready to let the networking part of her job slide.

Outside of work she only has one passion; she is an avid collector of shells. Her proudest possession is a conch shell which is three feet across and has been fitted with a mouthpiece and reed to act as an impressively loud musical instrument. Zara herself has no musical talent and she will not let anyone else touch it, but she will assure anyone who will listen of its beautiful tone in the hands of an expert. She also has at least one example of most types of shelled-creature which she knows about, preferring unusual examples (either unusual colouring, extreme size or particularly rare). The collection is not considered to be worth very much money, but Zara would be devastated if anything happened to it.

Backstory: Zara is the head of the archaeology department at Westhall Academy and a Scion of Yuminor. She knows of the Sight Shepherd and the Astural Scrolls. She has grown impatient with Headmistress Estella Ladimara's reluctance to do what is necessary to face the looming threat. Estella, as the head of the order and the Academy, sees their role in a broader historical context as custodians of the knowledge contained in the Scrolls, as well as watchers for the encroachment of the nameless horrors the Sight Shepherd described in his writings. Estella has always viewed Zara as impatient, rash and undisciplined, qualities not befitting a scholar. And so the two have been at odds.

But recently, world events and the observations of the Scions have convinced Estella that something is indeed happening. She still disagrees with Zara on how best to handle these developments, but she did relent and allow Zara to send an expedition to an ancient site in Marquet that Zara believed was described in one of the Astural Scrolls. That was the expedition that recovered the tablet. Erden Marck, her subordinate and leader of the expedition, is not a Scion and is unaware of Zara's true motives in sending them. Young Sammel Watters, an initiate into the order, was her agent on the expedition. When she learns of his fate, she will be saddened. But as you said, she cannot admit when she is wrong, and she will believe it to have been a necessary risk.

Speaking of Erden Marck and the expedition, you'll remember his letter was addressed to Professor Malfait. There is no Professor Malfait at Westhall. The party will have discovered this when they try to contact him. It was an arranged alias with Professor Marck in case any of their contraband were intercepted. Marck thought it was an unnecessary precaution (which is why he uses his real name in signing his letters), but he is used to the eccentricities of his boss and abides by it. The letter and the artifact were actually intended for Zara.
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