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Name: Roland Gerard Kelethor
Race: Human
Appearance: Roland is a short guy, with a neatly trimmed beard and a broad grin. He wears bifocals, earth-toned clothes, and a pocketwatch.
Personality: Roland is intense while working, but a gentle soul.
Background: Roland has always had a knack for making things with his hands, and a head for seeing how things fit together.
Alignment: Creative Good

Roland is now Level 4!
Here's a link to Roland's NEW Character Sheet in Excel form:

**Roland 4**

I went with a level of Warrior, given the sorts of things we were up to the last couple sessions. I have a nice build sketched out on my way to level 20, we'll see if it's practical. (The "Sneak Attack" he gains is +2d6, under the same conditions as a Rogue would have, but he's unable to use that AND Rapid Shot together.)

The quick rundown: (in order) 14 15 13 18 13 8.
Class skills: Concentration, Craft (wood-related), Decipher Script, Disable Device, Handle Animal, Hide, Knowledge (local), Move Silently, Open Lock, Profession (woodcarver), Search, Survival, Tumble, Use Magic Device.
Feats: Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Weapon Focus Longbow, Track, Wild Empathy, Favored Enemy (Human).
Also: Sneak Attack +2d6.

Something not on the Excel char-sheet:
Languages: Common, Elven, Sylvan, Gnomish, Draconic,.

"Dog" will have SRD stats. He will also know Attack, Down, Seek, Fetch, Track, and Heel.

Cool beans, Jordan. I'm excited about Roland. I think he's going to make a very in-depth character, and will add a lot to the game this summer. I have a couple other questions I'd like to know the answer to, and then you can go ahead and start creating stuff! Whee!

  • How does Roland feel about the disappearance of his sister, Analia?

He's a little angry and disappointed in Analia. He went along on Verbes' trip to New Perth to find her, but left after a couple weeks there - he had to get back to Gertie and the shop, and the leads they had in New Perth had dried up.

  • What would he do if she and Cor came to him saying that they were broke, their house had burned down, and they couldn't think of anyplace else to stay?

There would be much 'splainin to do on her part. But he might just put them up.

  • What is Roland's darkest secret? Has he told Gertie?

His darkest secret is that on the trip to New Perth, while Verbes and he had separated to gather information on Analia's whereabouts, he was accosted by a pair of brigands. Roland was scared but fought back, and one of the brigands ended up beaten at Roland's feet and the other ran off - Roland had killed the one he struck, though. He is very ashamed of that. The high crime in New Perth and the thought that he might not get away with his own life in another encounter motivated Roland's early departure from the search. He hasn't told Gertie, though.

  • What would he do if Gertie were captured and held for ransom (more money than he could afford)?

He would either get the money somehow, or else just go rescue her. Maybe ask some family/friends for help with one of those routes.

  • What would Roland do with his life if he were no longer capable of woodworking?

Roland hasn't thought much about this. I'm going to go on a limb and say he might go back to his father's business (whatever Buck decides). :-)

  • Has he had any sort of experience or skill with fighting?

His sole experience in actual fighting came from the encounter with the brigands in New Perth. After that, he (DM willing, of course) constructed himself a sturdy staff (that could also be used as a bow) and practiced with that some, in case it was ever necessary. Roland is aware he lives in troubled times.

That's all I can think of for right now. I'll let you know if I come up with anything else. :)

  1. The first thing I want from you is one (relatively short) paragraph containing the key ideas and important qualities of your character. I want you to distill everything down to two or three key points that you think are the most important attributes of your character, and express these key points as clearly and concisely as possible. If someone threatened to throw you off a cliff in 30 seconds unless you told them all about your DnD character, what would you tell them? Write that down.

Roland is a master woodworker. He is intent on what he does, to the point of absent-mindedness sometimes, but when he puts his mind to something, he can generally figure out what makes it tick, and how to convey the essence of the thing.

  1. Next, I need to know name, age, and race.

He's 32 years old, and human. (In-game, it may depend on what Buck decides, but I think Roland will mechanically be a human.)

  1. Finally, I want a nice, detailed story of who your character is and what he/she has done with his/her life up to this point in time. I don't need a novel here, but the more detail you put into this, the better. Keep in mind that this is the public portion of your character. Anyone in the world could find this information out about you after a fairly in-depth conversation with you. If there's stuff you want to keep private from the rest of the world, that information should go on your private page. The following list of questions are a sample of the kinds of information I'm looking for. You don't have to answer all of them, and you can answer questions that aren't listed, as well.

Roland did the normal sort of schooling for a boy in Doerstadt, until about age 14. He was then apprenticed to a carpenter. He was a bright kid, and was allowed to do the more artistry-oriented woodworking from early-on (so rather than building square tables, he moved on to ones with ornate lathed legs, beveled tops, and frieze-style sides). He met Gertie while hiking on the outskirts of town one day, they walked together for a while, and became fast friends. After a few years, they were married, but that was after he had taken over a portion of his previous (and since-retired) master's business and opened his own shop. Roland has been a good citizen - no run-ins with the law at all - and he's currently a respected member of the local woodworkers' guild. He and Gertie don't have any kids, but they do have a big dog, named "Dog." Roland likes the outdoors and when the weather is good, half of his shop is in his backyard, where he assembles larger things or just works there because it's nice.

  • Intrapersonal: What makes your character tick? What really gets him excited? What does he hate? What flaws does he have? If he's all by himself with nothing that has to be done, what does he do? Is he introverted or extroverted? If he could change one thing about himself, what would it be?

Roland likes people; he likes beauty, and creating beautiful things with his brain and hands for people to enjoy. He can work for long periods while alone, but he likes the social side of his work - interacting with customers, and his fellow craftsmen. He gets excited about getting some aspect of his craft just right. He hates deception, snobbery, carrots, and the color yellow. When he's done working for the day, he spends time with Gertie and Dog, or sometimes hiking or reading or practicing archery (hunting sometimes, or just for fun.) He's a little self-conscious about his balding head, so he might change that.

  • Interpersonal: How does he interact with other people? Is he perceptive? Compassionate? Do others like spending time with him? If he could change one thing about the people that he interacts with on a daily basis, what would it be? If they could change one thing about him, what would it be? Who are his friends? Why are they his friends? Does he love anyone? For how long, and how does he express that love? Does he have any enemies? Who are they? What do they want to do to him, and why?

Roland is good with people. He's perceptive when he wants to be; his eye and ear are practiced from studying subjects for his art, and having to deal with plenty of different folks for his business. He's compassionate; he is personable. People enjoy being around him but he doesn't stand out in a crowd. Roland wishes his clientele hadn't gotten somewhat snobby in recent years - he's begun to be noticed for his intricate and quality work, but by people who have more money than real appreciation. People interacting with Roland wish he could be a little less focused on what he does. Roland has few really close friends, but those he has are old friends; some are now in other cities, and he writes to them. He loves Gertie, and the rest of his family. He's pretty tight with Verbes, as well - they have a mutual respect as craftsmen. Roland has no enemies that he's aware of.

  • Political: How does he feel about the larger world around him? Does he want to change it and make it a better place, or is he largely apathetic? Is he involved in politics? How does he feel about those in authority? Has he ever been in trouble with the law?

Roland does follow politics, but isn't really involved in it. He enjoys knowing what's going on in the world, but being chapter president of the Doerstadt Woodworker's Guild (Local #24) is about the extent of his campaigning experience. It's not for want of caring; he just doesn't really feel he could do much to change anything on a large scale. And, he's generally happy with the current Magos and Mayor of Doerstadt. He's a peacemaker rather than troublemaker.

  • Religious: Does he worship any of the gods? Why or why not? How does he feel about those who do?

Roland's keen on Lystra. However, it's just kinda something he does. He has no real grasp of magic, divine or arcane, though he's had some of his handiwork enchanted, before. He likes elven runework and incorporates it into his creations as appropriate.

  • Occupational: Does he have a job? What is it? Why did he choose that occupation? How long has he had the job? Is he a workaholic, or does he just work to pay the bills? Does he enjoy what he does?

We've been over this. :-)

  • Dreams and Goals: What does he want to do with his life? Is he content where he is right now? Is he working towards any long-term goals? Who were his childhood heroes?

Roland would like to have kids someday, but hasn't been in a rush. He's pretty darn content. He is doing what he is good at, and he loves it. His favorite tale as a youngster was the one about how Arky the Impetuous once, in a moment of great need, burst into a room full of evil soldiers and shouted, "I'm here for your grandma's birthday!" and subsequently defeated them all, demolished the outpost, rescued his friend, and brought down the Keepers of the Secret Flame. He had some help, I suppose. Young Roland, though, wished he could be as daring, dashing, and quick-witted as Arky.

  • Morality: What are his morals? Would he give up his life/time/energy for those he cares about? How does he feel about the poor? Prostitutes? Thieves? Murderers? The death penalty?

Roland is big on helping people in need. Often he gets lost in his work, though, and so does what he can when he does see a need, but not as much pro-active. He's a realist, when it comes to crime and its punishment.

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