A Terrible Twist of the Truth
A roguish Halfling with an Irresistible charm.
1) What country is your Hero from?
a. Tommy is originally from the hamlet Thelriver, in the Western Heartlands. However, his dad moved after his mum’s death from a sickness when Tommy was just a babe. He doesn’t remember Thelriver at all and lives now in Waterdeep. He considers the City of Splendors his home.
2) How would you physically describe your Hero?
a. Tommy is a lightfoot Halfling. He keeps his hair boyishly short and dresses in common clothes. He wears a bandana/doo-rag whenever possible. Due to his roguish nature, he always wears loose clothing and soft padded sandals. Throughout his clothing are numerous hidden blades, because living on the street, Tommy Two-Fingers is first and foremost a survivor.
3) Does your Hero have reoccurring mannerisms?
a. Tommy speaks in a peculiar accent. It has no direct correlation with any other dialect and sounds like a mashup of Scottish and British but not quite either.
4) What is your Heros’s main motivation?
a. Tommy’s a survivalist, plain and simple. His blood family may no longer be with him but he has many ‘uncles’ and ‘aunts’. His extended family can’t be trusted any more than a stranger can, due to Halfling nature so Tommy keeps secrets close to his heart. He’s very outgoing and cheerful but inside, he is a hurt soul. His father and mother are dead, his father’s brother has used him since a young age to steal and pilfer and gave nothing back. So Tommy just tries to live as happy and content as he can.
5) What is your Hero’s greatest Strength and Weakness?
a. Tommy’s greatest strength is his wits. He’s a gutter snipe, so he’s completely at home in the alleys and streets of a big city. He’s dexterous and slippery, hard to catch. His wit has saved him more times than he can count. Tommy is always getting into trouble, wether its with the guards or other rogues. But even all of this pales in comparison to his deepest secret. Tommy can cast spells. He guards that little secret with his life.
b. Tommy’s greatest weakness is regrettably his compassion. Given a different start in life, he never would have been a thief. He hates power hungry people, which in his lifestyle, is almost everyone he knows. He never steals from the poor or destitute. He secretly donates a lot of what he ‘finds’ to the homeless and hungry. If his Family knew of this, he would be punished and ostrisized for it.
6) What are you Hero’s most and least favorite things?
a. Tommy loves laughter. He tries everyday to hear it in those around him. Life can be hard enough as it is, so if he can bring a little joy into it he finds happiness in his. He also loves wine, women, and revelry.
b. So in contrast, Tommy Two-Fingers doesn’t like seeing people hurt, wether emotionally or physically. He doesn’t like ‘downers’. He also has an aversion to dogs. He can’t explain it, but he just doesn’t like them. They are too big and smart for him. This dislike most likely stems from an encounter early on in his life when he got caught pilfering a house because of a dog barking. It woke up the sleeping tenants and consequently it’s because of the dog that the guards caught him and cut off one of his fingers.
7) What about your Hero’s psychology?
a. Tommy likes adventure. He secretly likes getting into danger and is a thrill seeker. However, there are times when this gets him over his head and he needs help getting bailed out. He loves revelry and song and dance and his favorite pastime is sitting in the bars and taphouses in the Halfling quarter, drinking, gambling and dancing the night away.
8) What is your Hero’s single greatest fear?
a. Tommy has an irrational fear of heights. He may be a gutter snipe but the roofs of the city are completely off limits for him. They are just too high and too dangerous for a pintsized Halfling to wander on.
9) What are you’re hero’s highest ambitions and greateswt love?
a. When Tommy dies, he hopes to be remembered as the fun loving, easy going Halfling that lived life to the fullest. He wishes to be remembered for his daring antics and his love of danger and adventure. He’s more interested in the fame than the fortune, so to speak. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting gold! He figures it this way, “Tha more guld I gots, tha more I kin spend, eh?” Oh, and how Tommy Two-Fingers likes to spend gold!
10) What is your Hero’s opinion of his country?
a. Tommy is a patriot. He loves the City of Splendors. He has spent almost his whole life within the city walls and has seen a lot. From the lowly orphans living in the streets to the high nobles caravanting in the carriages and mansions. He loves them all deeply and will defend his city and it’s people to the death.
11) Does your Hero have any prejudices?
a. Tommy has an innate prejudice toward all ‘evil’ races. He sees races in black and white. If you’re an Orc, your evil and should die. He also doesn’t like the noble class much, mostly because he doesn’t believe they earned the right to be better than him. Authority doesn’t sit well with Tommy due to constantly being on the wrong end of the system.
12) Where do your Hero’s loyalties lie?
a. True friends are hard to come by in Tommy’s life. He’s never really had anyone he can call that so his loyalties really are to himself first. He does what he can and what he wants and if those things conflict with authority then that’s just fine by Tommy.
13) Is your Hero in love? Married or betrothed?
a. There is no one in Tommy’s life anymore that he loves. Tommy is a fun and outgoing Halfling so there are certain Halfling woman who find him desireable but he does not reciprocate those feelings back.
14) What about your Hero’s family?
a. His mother died when he was very young and his father passed away a few years ago. Tommy has an huge extended family whith many who dwell in Waterdeep. They all share in the family ‘business’, which is a polite way of saying they are all petty thieves. His father was a practicing wizard and when he died in a street fight, Tommy found his spellbook. His father left little else for him and he guards that book with his life.
15) How would your Hero’s parent’s describe him?
a. Tommy is a good mix of both his father and mother. His mother was a loving caring woman who liked to laugh and had a warm heart. His father was a curious Halfling and found trouble way too often. His father always got mixed up with the wrong crowd. His mother, if alive today, would look at Tommy and say he is just like his father. His dad would say he reminds him of his mother.
16) Is your Hero a gentleman?
a. Only in the very loosest sense of the word. He has honor and will sometimes show is gentlemanly side but for the most part, Tommy is a rogue who will lie and weasle his way to get what he wants.
17) How religious is your Hero?
a. Tommy isn’t very religious. He pays lip service to some of the Halfling gods but doesn’t like to attend any services. He knows what he does for a living isn’t always good and finds it hypocritical to go to church.
18) Is your Hero a member of a guild or secret society?
a. Tommy is engrained in the Halfling community of Waterdeep. That alone speaks volumes. They are not a guild or society persay, but they are quite powerful in their own right. They are sort of a small persons Mafia so to speak. His uncle on his mother’s side runs the family and looks out for Tommy. Many of the family believe Tommy is being prepped for taking his uncles place in the future.
19) What does your Hero think of magic?
a. Tommy, being a practioner himself, views it as an awesome power. But he’s very very afraid to get caught using it. His father died because of it and he has a very real fear that if found out, he’d be next. It’s not true, but Tommy doesn’t know that. So he keeps it a secret. When confronted by others who use magic, he acts curious and intrigued by such power. This reaction is twofold. First, it waylays people into believing Tommy has no powers himself, and it gives him the chance to learn from others without them knowing.
20) If you could, what advice would you give your Hero?
a. I would cheer Tommy on. Carpe Diem! Live life to the fullest little guy but be smart. Running away is much preferable to sticking it out. Who cares if you run and hide? At least you’ll be alive. Also, I’d tell him to leave the city every so often and see the world. There is a lot more out there than Waterdeep to see.