Torana is a former Tyrian templar of noble descent. While serving King Kalak she was already more interested in her literary pursuits than
her job. She read and wrote plays in her freetime and sometimes at her desk when she was powerful enough to delegate work to
other people. After the King's death she supported the new government simply because she did not care who her superiors were -
all that mattered was that she was in some employment. During that time, Torana began moonlighting as as a theatre director after
witnessing a particularly bad performance. She just took over the company. Lately, she has succumbed to the lure of acting herself
playing anything from female villains in serious plays to hypochondriac widows in comedies.
Torana is a charismatic middle-aged lady with long grey-black hair. She dresses in relatively plain black clothes to underline her dramatic facial features and her dark eyes. She comes across as eccentric, but rational. She manages to hide fairly well that she is up for trying out for pretty crazy ideas such as trying to find treasure to fund her own theatre. If Torana has set her mind on something, she can be very persistent and very convincing.
Torana's favourite hang-out is the caravan market. She loves to hear from other places and always tries to find treasure maps and copies of worthy plays. She also likes handsome traders.
Yajari is a young music and theatre performer. She is extremely talented and charismatic, and her beauty has attracted
a string of scandals. The biggest scandal was a child with a married Nibenese nobleman, which now lives with her and her troupe.
Yajari is a lively, athletic half-elf with black hair and dark blue-black eyes. She is intelligent, but not calculating. In fact, she uses a lot of her income to help fellow orphans. She is very close with her little daughter and is happy that her father is not trying to take her away. Yajari is a bit wary of his wife, though.
Yajari is a technically accomplished singer, percussionist and dancer and is proficient to a lesser degree in most standard Athasian instruments. Although she is mostly cast as a female love interest in romantic dramas, her real strength is comedy. Music-wise people also try to turn Yajari into a seductive singer/instrumentalist, but, again, her real strength are complex drum rhythms. If Yajari does not get to play what she wants she will perform the part nevertheless and do her drumming in her free-time to an audience of her choice.
|WEAPONS||Dagger, ring with paralytic poison.|
Kawuri is an actress of Gulg and Drajan descent. She is famous for making her audiences feel what her characters go through.
Kawuri inherited intense empathic skills from her Gulgian mother, a healer. She uses these to amplify and project emotions during
her performances. Kawuri also has healing abilities, but this is not generally known. If Kawuri feels that somebody needs her
help she will approach that person and ask if s/he wants to be healed. She will not accept money. If the person insists she will
ask for a simple gift.
Kawuri is a charismatic human woman in her thirties with light brown skin and fairly Drajan features. While giving quite a dramatic appearance on stage, off-stage she is astoundingly quiet and is seldom found at parties. When she needs a break she helps her mother in her native village. Kawuri loves the forest and misses it when she performs outside of Gulg. However, she feels that there is something sinister connected to this seemingly idyllic place.
|NOTES||Kawuri knows some martial arts,
mostly of the defensive kind
Askani comes across as your average caravan scout. Mostly human with some form of elven heritage, she stands quite
tall with wavy black hair, tanned skin and strange dark blue eyes. She is happy to ride on whatever mount through whatever
terrain, accompanied by her constant companion, Jhar, a rasclinn.
What not many people know is that Askani has a younger sister she once brought to a Villichi convent in the Ringing Mountains. While Askani is not a Villichi herself, she grew to like the Villichi after her initial suspicions when she had contact with them. An older Villichi recognised Askanis affinity and curiosity and asked her if she would regularly come and visit them with the latest news from the outside world. She would get rewarded for this.
With time, Askani became a mixture of undercover messenger, news person, and occasionally spy and thief for the Villichi. The Villichi who deals with her, rewards her well and assists her in the development of her physical and mental talents. Askani suspects that the other Villichi are not fully aware of their elder's dealings with her. But Askani does not mind - she knows that what she does will keep her sister safe.
|WEAPONS||Short Bow, Short Sword, Dagger, Knife,
magic folding quarterstaff (present from Villichi mentor)
|ARMOUR||Torso (hide armour)|
|NOTES||Askani has a very high perception and intution.|
Ever wondered what happened to the off-spring of shadow mages? Najiil is a
rather untypical example of the "shadow taint".
As the result of a one-night stand of a human shadow mage and an elven bard, he was lucky to be born at all. Luckily, his mother was curious whether her child would exhibit any interesting characteristics that might prove useful to her. You never know what changes within these weird shadow mages... Najiil never actually met his mysterious shadow mage father and imagines him as some hovering black entity.
Since his mother was not very interested in the "joys of motherhood" she gave her son away to a band of elven thieves who owed her a favour, just occasionally checking on the child and providing for him financially. Unfortunaltely for his mother it soon showed that Najiil did not prove too clever at her trade and thus she lost interest in him completely.
Little did she know of an ability that Najiil discovered when he was imprisoned for stealing from a jewellery stall. While trying to get rid of the rope that tied him to a post he suddenly felt a strange numbness in his wrists. Suddenly his hands were free. When Najiil looked at his wrists there was nothing wrong with them. When he looked at the rope there was nothing wrong with it either, and exactly that was the weird thing: The knot was neither loosened nor was there any sign of force or tearing apart on them. It looked as if his wrists had just passed through the rope...
Najiil is a tall half-elf with shaggy black hair and dark skin. He has the charming grin of a lady-killer as well as the dark, twisted humour usually associated with necromancers.
How to use Najiil:
Najiil is the typical ex-street-urchin who has not progressed much from where he has started. Najiil does not know yet on which side he wants to be and if he wants to be something other than he is. Just because you have weird parents does not mean you can't mean a "normal" life..
|NOTES||Najiil can make parts of his body loose substance.|
AL: lawful neutral
Yaneesha is a travelling bard working for the Veiled Alliance as a spy and
messenger. The elf is indeed the perfect choice for this job because her mind
cannot be read. She is immune against any form of psionic attacks, yet able to
use them herself.
Yaneesha has dark green eyes and long brown hair that she almost never wears loose. She dislikes armour, but wears magic bracelets (+4) instead. Like her fellow bards in the group Yaneesha is an excellent actor, singer, musician (elven harp, flute and percussion) and dancer. Thus their performances never pass unnoticed. They are often asked to entertain nobles and merchants privately which gives Yaneesha a perfect opportunity do get interesting information for the VA.
How the PCs could meet Yaneesha:
|WEAPONS||magic dagger (gold/+3/poison E or O)|
|ARMOUR||magic bracelets +4|
|NOTES||immune against psionic attacks/mindreading|
AL: lawful evil
Kashani is a psionicist specialised in shapechanging and all kinds of illusions. She seduces victims to backstab them with a poisonous dagger as soon as she is alone with them. She robs them and hides their bodies so that she can get away quickly enough. When she wants to stay longer in a place she is more careful and tries to make a murder look like an accident or suicide.
Kashani is a rather small dark skinned elf with cold green-grey eyes and black hair. Her favourite disguise is that of a young "angelic" elf (blond hair, blue eyes, light skin) to appear exotic and make men careless at the same time. If there are no men she also seduces women disguised as either a man or a (different looking) woman.
Khashani is dependent on her life-style to finance her taste for luxury without being dependent on somebody else or actually having to do hard work. Occasionally she seduces men for pleasure (before killing them...).
How the PCs could meet Kashani:
|WEAPONS||silver dagger, poison|
|NOTES||Kashani owns an
extensive amount of jewellery
which she hides when travelling.
Kashani appears a bit like a noble
from her home city state Balic.
Arianna (female eleganta)
AL: neutral evil
Arianna is an eleganta spying for the Sorcererqueen/Sorcererking of ...
Arianna is a highly charismatic half-elf with long dark hair and dark brown eyes.
She literally stands out amongst her peers as she is very tall and almost always
Early in her career Arianna won the affection of a Dragonking/-queen and was chosen to be trained as a spy, simply because she had all the right features: Arianna was highly intelligent and dextrous and had an ideal constitution. There is hardly a topic she is not able to converse on, hardly a lock she cannot pick and hardly a lover she cannot kill.
Arianna is a clever trickster. She sometimes changes, for example, into a rather naive-looking 16-year-old girl to make people more careless in her company. She is very good at changing body-language and intonation.
How the PCs could meet Arianna:
|WEAPONS||poison ring, dagger +2|
|ARMOUR||magic ring +4|
|NOTES||You can also play Arianna
as a shape-shifter (e.g. she can
shapeshift into a cat in order
to get to places she wouldn't
normally be able to reach.
Also, being able to shapeshift into a kirre, for example,
can get you out of a lot of trouble.
Khal (male half-elf rogue/ranger)
AL: neutral evil (or you can play him as lawful evil)
Khal works as a 'trophy hunter'. He hunts for body parts from the
dead, the undead and the living. He is in the service of important people who need these things for whatever purposes.
Khal does not care. He does his job, he does it well and he gets paid for it, and one day he might die doing it. That's
Khal is a quiet man. People doubt he has any emotions. He gives monosyllabic answers, hardly anyone knows him or knows anything about him and nobody has any idea of what he does with all the money he earns...
Khal is a half-elf who looks almost human. It is rather his dexterity and indurance that gives him away than pointy ears. His skin is scarred and sun-tanned and his hair and beard that cover his expressionless face are a greying black. Khal has very basic equipment and clothes (usually just a grey loin cloth) and usually moves about on foot.
How to use Khal:
Akaash (male mul gladiator/psiducer)
AL: neutral evil
Raised in the slave pits of Ur Draxa, Akaash was subjected to a particularly vicious
training. He was extremely talented, clever and cruel against anybody he could afford to
be - not only physically but verbally. Due to his good looks and provocative flirting he
soon drew the attention of male noble Ur Draxans. After a while he found himself a
pampered toy and only went into the arena for pure pleasure. He also found that he could
manipulate his lovers. Akaash did not have to learn about intrigues and how to be
successful with them - he was already a master... and which templar believes that it is
a mul to be capable of constructing such an elaborate network of lies and betrayal...
Eventually he got bored. The downfall of Ur Draxa came at the right time. He had the perfect opportunity to kill people without getting punished and to get away with their possessions.
The first thing Akaash did was to invest in his talents as a psionicist. He had already enjoyed his telepathic wild talents so much... He is currently seducing handsome nobles on the road - also as a way to collate information - until he has decided how far he can go...
Akaash is an exceptionally good-looking mul. He always wears black eyeliner to accentuate his grey eyes and has a couple of snake-like black tattoos, one of them across his chest. He had the slave markings psionically removed, afterwards killing the person who removed them. Akaash prefers to wear as little clothing as possible, but what he wears is of the finest quality and either black, grey or dark silver. Akaash likes to wear jewellery, especially ear jewellery. At least once a day he takes drugs which is one of the few times during the day he is vulnerable...
Akaash can be charming, but his manner always feels cold. He is very attentive and makes frequent use of his telepathic abilities.
How to use Akaash:
|WEAPONS||long daggers, wrist razors,|
|ARMOUR||magic bracelets +4 each (+8 total)|
|NOTES||Akaash likes to use poison. He also carries a poison ring. He also has a keen interest in life-shaped grafts.|
Jiunuu is a young elven outcast. All people know is that he is blind, has six fingers
and is an exceptionally talented musician. He travels through Athas, miraculously
surviving by himself. Jiunuu wears a leather strip over his eyes concealing this burned out eyes.
Jiunuu is a charming and likable person, his generally happy mood is occasionally intercepted by periods of melancholy.
Jiunuu will not disclose any information about his past unless forced to.
How to use Jiunuu:
|NOTES||Jiunuu was born with six fingers.|