Meet the Reavers – Tommy “Blacktoes” Burrowbank, Halfling Rogue

I’ve known Kevin for years and gamed with him occasionally, but this is his first time joining our gaming group.  Like many older gamers with jobs, families, etc., he sometimes goes for years without really being able to swing regular campaign participation, but then gets fed up with it and makes the time.  Welcome aboard, Kevin!  Here’s his character, the halfling rogue Tommy Blacktoes.

Tommy Blacktoes

tommyThomas Burrowbank (aka Tommy Blacktoes for his penchant for painting his toenails with black polish) was born to a small family indentured as cooking servants to one of the minor noble houses in Cheliax.  Accused of theft, Tommy’s father was executed and he, his mother (Tish Burrowbank) and his twin sister (Sara Burrowbank) were exiled to survive in the streets of unforgiving Cheliax.  At the tender age of 9, Tommy slipped away from his mother and sister and gained passage on a small trading vessel that ultimately put in at Riddleport.

Tommy has spent the last 4 years of his life living by his wits on the streets of the debauched city.  He is driven by his lust for adventure (fueled by the natural curiosity of his race) as well as a passion for things material.  Tommy also has a burning desire to one day return to Cheliax and exact his revenge against the noble house that destroyed his father.  He envisions finding his mother and sister and taking them away from their poverty, but secretly fears how they will view him (if indeed they still live) for his desertion 4 years ago.

In Riddleport Tommy has made a bit of a name for himself as a jack-of-all-trades.  He earns coin as a crewman to various trading ships that put in at Riddleport, and has developed a love for the open sea.  He is also for hire as a spy for rival merchants of the River District looking to gain a competitive edge, an appropriator of goods (typically lifted from their owner), and a person who knows the latest information – for a price.  His activities over the last couple of years and (his ability to seemingly disappear like a ghost) have unknowingly earned the attention of several of the “crime lords” of Riddleport.  Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen…

Tommy is a rogue’s rogue and has few “true” friends, and only one person with whom he has a genuine, yet reluctant trust: Saul Vancaskerkin, the proprietor of the gaming establishment The Golden Goblin.  He is quite charming and attractive, but uses this to strategically position himself for his own advantage and personal gain.  He is however quite bright and smart enough to know whom to cross and whom to not…usually.

Tommy is 3’2” tall and weighs 32 pounds.  He has long, dirty blonde hair that he wears braided and drawn into a ponytail.  He has striking green eyes that flash when laughing or angry.  Tommy is usually seen wearing a dark blue, silken shirt under a black leather vest, black leather, knee-length pants with leather calf-wraps and spats (another curious fashion statement) over the tops of his feet.  Tommy wears a scarf to match the blue silk shirt wrapped about his head.  He is a fan of gaudy jewelry and trinkets, and his pointed ears sport many studs around their outer edges.  His favorite is a plain gold hoop (the only piece of jewelry with any real or sentimental value as it is the mate for the one his sister wears – or wore).  Tommy is very skilled with his sling staff and prefers to use this from a distance when forced into combat. If pressed, he does not hesitate to defend himself with his sword or dagger (which he keeps hidden in his right calf wrap).

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