Dreams of the Nightshard

Character backgrounds

Here’s a quick rundown of the character creation meetup we had the other day.

Sara is playing Prolyxa Aloutta, a soon-to-be bard. Known to be talkative, and a distant descendant of a famous halfling family, the Brandywines, she is in possession of a very thorough genealogical history of her family. Her little sister, Terran Aloutta, works in the brothel, the Red Light Bar and Restaurant in Waucheega. Her immediate family hates the fact that Terran is a working girl, and takes their anger out on Prolyxa, who attemps to be the family diplomat, for not talking her out of it. While Prolyxa doesn’t care about her sister’s profession, she does care about her family being pissed at her all the time, and takes her family drama out on Lil’ John.

Aaron is playing Little John, a goliath barbarian from the Frozen North. He works as a miner full time, but also works as a bouncer for the Red Light Bar and Restaurant in Waucheega for a little extra cash (and booty) on the side. He is a regular customer of Jovian’s during the summer, having a fondness for freshly slaughtered meat. He deals with racism every day in town, being a member of one of the “savage” races that threaten Waucheega semiregularly, but everyone who knows him knows that Lil’ John’s allegiances lie with whomever has the freshest pussy and the freshest venison – which happens to be Waucheega. Lil’ John harbors a minor crush on Yalicia, and thinks Prolyxa is being overprotective whenever Prolyxa takes her anger out on him. Lil’ John has a fondness for partying and getting in trouble, which will likely rub Himaaja the wrong way.

Nathan is playing Jovian, a hunter who makes a good living in the summer hunting venison in the mountains near Waucheega and near the Hunter’s Screen outside of Waucheega, mining for the town in the winter when it’s too cold to hunt. Baron Von Schteuybin killed Jovian’s father years ago during a failed revolt. Due to Waucheega’s proximity to the Frozen North, and due to its history with barbaric invaders, Nathan is distrustful of goliaths, although his best customer in town (Lil’ John) happens to be one.

Mik is playing a silver Dragonborn Paladin named Himaaja Uroboros Winterheath. Himaaja once lived in Waucheega where, after reaching adulthood, he was stationed as a bodyguard for Baron von Schteuybin, unaware of the evils perpetrated against the serfs. Even when he discovered von Schteuybin’s true colors, Himaaja stayed his post, convinced his devotion to his clan’s orders meant silencing his convictions. When the revolt that killed [Jovian’s father] occurred 17 years ago, Himaaja made a pact to his dying friend to protect his son, Jovian, from harm. In the weeks that followed, Himaaja struggled with his conflicting values of duty and righteousness, and was forced out of town as Baron Leopold Taulfinn overthrew the regime. Years passed as Himaaja wandered the borderlands of the Frozen North; too proud to return to his birthhome of Niffel, and too ashamed to assume his duties to his honor-bound. Two weeks ago, his father, Lyod, discovered him ‘by chance’ in Viphex, a seedy wilderness town: drunk, disheveled, and one snide comment away from being thrown out on his ass. In other words, Lyod found his son in a deep state of opprobrium. Lyod admonished him and gave him an ultimatum: redeem himself in the eyes of the clan or face death. He instructed Himaaja to follow and report back on a stranger, a human named Dion Yarville, who seemed to be a perfectly ordinary beggar…bound for Waucheega. By the time Himaaja realized Lyod had tricked him into facing his past by returning to this forsaken town it was too late to turn back.

As of yet, he has had no contact with Prolyxa, Lil’ John, or Jovian, so his interactions with them are not well defined, but he is known to be irritated by talkative folk (i.e. Prolyxa), is strongly honor bound so will likely be trying to persuade Lil’ John closer toward the “Lawful Good” end of the spectrum, meeting resistance every step of the way. Finally, since Himaaja feels responsible for Jovian’s upbringing (and was not there for most of it), he is uneasy around the man, and can be unreasonably critical of his decisions, as if he were judging himself, not another.

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