Tuesday, 27 December 2011

NPCs of Walrus City - the Merchants


These five non-player characters are all part of the collection of merchants who run Walrus City in the Walrus Freehold. There are other merchants who are involved who keep a lower profile or maybe just aren't as interesting.

Sir Nestorius Arken

11th level fighter, Align Unaligned, Gender Male
Str 12, Int 16, Wis 12, Dex 13, Con 8, Cha 15
Equipment: Plate mail +1, Sword +2, Bag of Holding, warhorse + barding
Sir Nestorius is probably foremost of the merchant barons of Walrus City, and he not only bankrolls the rather small city guard, but also has a sizeable mercenary force of his own whom he can command in battle. Sir Nestorius is still quite brave and hardy, and regularly travels out into the wilderness to visit fur trappers, walrus hunters and lumberjacks to enquire about their goods and prices. In the event of a major threat to Walrus City, he sometimes acts as default commander of the city forces. 
Appearance: Sir Nestorius is a burly middle-aged man, standing 6’2”, 220lb with greying blond hair and a big handlebar moustache. He does not normally wear armour around town, instead preferring the tunic and robe of the rich gentry and lesser nobility.

Gelbrennor

8th level Elf Spellsword, Align Neutral, Male
Str 12, Int 15, Wis 15, Dex 10, Con 10, Cha 13
Equipment: Chain mail +2, Sword +2 (allows fly 1/day for 1 turn), wand of acid arrows
Gelbrennor has left his birthplace in the Silverbow Clan and joined the humans in Walrus City because, unlike most elves, Gelbrennor enjoys the merchant lifestyle and is more interested in making money than magic. He has had mixed success both financially and socially. Among well-educated and cultured people he thrives and is eager to tell stories from his elven background and own experience. Among common people he comes across as insufferable arrogant, aloof and annoying.
Appearance: Gelbrennor is 5’1” tall, weighs 110lb and has jet black hair kept in a pony tail. His face is not quite as handsome as some elves, but it reflects wisdom, age and perhaps a little cynicism. He often wears his chain mail, even around town.

Lady Sarderozi

11th level thief, Align Chaotic, gender Female
Str 10, Int 14, Wis 14, Dex 16, Con 13, Cha 16
Equipment: Cloak of Protection +2, Bracers of Defence AC 4, shortsword +2 +4 if backstabbing
Lady Sarderozi is a merchant who does whatever she wants to stay ahead of the competition. She is prepared to deal with the Red Hand, pirates and even chaotic humanoids if she thinks they are willing to do business. She is not afraid to undermine and damage competitors if she can get away with it. Like many merchants in Walrus City, she makes most of her money in ivory from walruses and mammoths, but is quite happy to make money in other ways.
Appearance: Lady Sarderozi deliberately looks as inoffensive and innocent as possible. She is 5’4”, 120lb and has shoulder-length blonde hair and grey eyes. She looks very pretty and sweet, and very few folks see her ruthless side until it is too late.

Sir Magnarrus Hearthbaker

10th level halfling defender, align Lawful, gender male
Str 15, Int 12, Wis 14, Dex 10, Con 13, Cha 13
Equipment: Plate mail, shield, shortsword +1
Sir Magnarrus is the counterbalance to the greed and thievery that goes on among Walrus City merchants. He plays straight, and expects others to do so. Magnarrus likes to think of himself as a patron of the city, and will often provide money for good causes he approves of. Sir Magnarrus has taken an interest in land-based farming, and imports a lot of food into Walrus City. He buys food off nearby farmers in the Walrus Freehold, but also imports from other regions such as Teiglin.
Appearance: Sir Magnarrus is burly for a halfling at 3’5”, weighing 130lb and looking more like a well-groomed dwarf than a typical halfling. His curly brown hair merges into sideburns that he is proud of.

Lady Vestillis Shoresighter

10th level fighter, align neutral gender female,
Str 14, Int 12, Wis 13, Dex 15, Con 13, Cha 11
Equipment: Leather Armour, Longsword, Crossbow +2, 20 bolts
Vestillis is a reformed pirate who is trying to go legitimate. She has found her niche in Walrus City, in shipbuilding and providing passage to both people and cargo across the Walrus Channel and further to the rest of Toutus. She has visited both the Godsblood Straits and Tredgor and Luthien in Teiglin, and makes regular voyages to the Varreshiss islands. Lady Vestillis is business-like, and not charitable. She expects to be paid for what she does, but she also respects those who trade fairly with her, and will do the best job she can with regular customers.
Appearance: Vestillis is curvy and average height (130lb, 5’3”) and is getting on in years (45 years old). She is descended from the local tribes, and has reddish brown hair, pale freckly skin and a stern, weather-beaten face. She is nearly always dressed for sea voyages in waterproofed leathers. 

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