Companion: (name) the Smuggler

Place holder. Name to be determined based on the location of the saga.

(Temporary stats, will be adjusted and completed to fit the setting of the covenant)

Name: (to be determined based on location)
Age: 26 (at saga start)

Characteristics: Int 0, Per +2, Str +1, Sta 0, Pre -1, Com 0, Dex +2, Qik +1
Size: 0

Confidence: 1 (3)
Decrepitude: 0

Merchant (free)
Puissant Single Weapon
Social Contacts
Enemies (Major, local authorities)
Hatred (Minor, local noble)
Optimistic (Major)
Poor Student
Personality Traits: Optimistic +4, (to be completed)

Abilities: (to be completed)
Area Lore: (local area) (geography) 3
Animal Handling (horses) 1 -- replace with Athletics if sea-based
Artes Liberales (logic) 1
Awareness (alertness) 3
Bargain (???) 3
Brawl (knives) 3
Carouse (power drinking) 2
Charm (being witty) 2
Civil and Canon Law (???) 1
Etiquette (nobility) 2
Folk Ken (townsfolk) 2
Guile (lying to authority) 3
Hunt (covering tracks) 2
Language: (native) (???) 5
Language (secondary) (???) 2
Language: Latin (Hermetic usage) 3
Leadership (???) 1
Philosophiae (natural philosophy) 1
Premonitions (threats against himself) 3
Profession: Scribe (forgery) 3
Ride (speed) 2 -- reallocate to Profession: Sailor if sea-based
Stealth (???) 2 -- reallocate to Profession: Sailor if sea-based
Survival (???) 1 -- reallocate to Athletics if sea-based
Theology (history) 1
Weapon: Single Weapon (long sword) 5+2
Weapon: Bows (short bow) 3
Weapon: Thrown Weapon (knife) 2
Equipment and possessions:
(to be added)

(Changed slightly from the original version, may need to be tweaked some more)

The son of a prosperous merchant, (insert local name) was raised much like a member of the nobility would have been. He learned his letters from tutors, was trained to handle weapons by a weapons master on retainer to his family, and learned about the business from his father. He even had some contact with the supernatural from a practitioner of minor magic that his father had hired as a retainer, though (name) himself has no gift for it.

It was hinted that some day he might even marry into the nobility. Now, truth be told, not all of his family activities were strictly legal. Nothing serious, but sometimes the right official would be bribed to look the other way as merchandise was moved, or an less than legitimate customs document would be presented. All of this (name) knew about and was learning to do himself.

His father's plans came to naught. Perhaps the (local middle nobility rank) felt he was becoming too indebted to this merchant family. Perhaps something happened to raise his ire, or something darker may have been at work. Be that as it may, while (name) was away from home leading a commercial expedition, trumped up charge were brought against his father. The family business was seized by the noble and his father executed for treason.

A bad feeling had followed (name) for many days when this happened. As he hurried up to get back home, driven by his unexplicable fear, his caravan stumbled upon the trap while it was still being set up. This caught the "brigands" by surprise, allowing the caravan's guards to send them packing without too many wounds. Finding refuge with one of his family's contacts, (name) learned of the perfidy commited upon his family.

Since then, he has made a living as a smuggler and occasionally a thief. He knows that taking on (noble's name) head on would be suicidal, so instead he strikes small blows against him whenever he can, disrupting his plans or "diverting" ressources, often using them to help those oppressed by (noble's name)'s actions. In this, he has the support from his family's many contacts throughout the region, many of whom are relatives on his mother's side. Some of these contacts will occasionally join him on a venture, provide him with information, or help him dispose of the goods he acquires.

Recently, one of his many relatives brought him news that his father had hidden some documents, and (name) believe that some of these might help explain what happened and why the noble turned on him. So (name) is currently visiting the various hiding places that his father had established, looking for those documents. Perhaps they will help him take revenge for his father's death.