Grog 4: Adalbert, the smith
Adalbert is descended from Alberich, yes that one. From the Nibelungenlied. His kids were exiled to the world of men, and settled in the hilly Sauerland area, north East of Cologne. It's not easy living, since the miners do have to sometimes fight the goblins from down under. But this breeds hard folk.
Adalbert is the latest in a long line of smiths, tracing their lineage to the first records, if they are to be believed. The veracity of that is debatable, the quality of his wares ais not. Adalbert makes the finest steel swords, and his axes can split a tree in hardly a blow.
Adalbert is envious of others, for they do not face mockery over their size and receive too much praise for their unremarkable work. He worries about getting cheated in any bargain he enters and is generally distrustful. He is a member of the smith's guild and keeps informed of his peers' works, as well as having trained a couple of apprentices already.
He is not afraid of a fight, swinging smithing tools as weapons at anyone he thinks might be a thief. Or his fists at anyone who'd mess with his beer.
A little under four-and-a-half feet tall, but barrel chested with arms knotted with muscles, Adalbert is a stout man. He braids his beard in two which he tucks into his leather apron. The man is charcoal stayed and his hands and forearms are covered in healed small burns. He has hard eyes and looks suspiciously at all who visit his smithy.
Why is he in the covenant?
Adalbert is not only an exceptional smith but also is interested in the secrets of the runes and old dwarven crafts. He might have joined the Covenant out of friendship with a Veriditius or Merinita mage, or maybe to collaborate with a Bonisagius. He might live within the Covenant itself having access to magic implements to supplement his craft or have his smithy in a nearby village with regular contacts with the Covenant. Maybe he is married to a Covenant member (Custos? Companion?) who same past his physique and moved to follow them.
Adalbert could just as easily be a she-dwarf, maybe replacing the teaching (apprentice) and the guild lore with two other skills, since she would not have been allowed into the smiths' guild, but giving her a better reason to join a Covenant than being a standard guild member.
Virtues: Puissant (craft), Faerie blood, minor (dwarf)
Flaws: Small framed, Envious
Area Lore (Sauerland) (Smiths) 2
Athletics (Endurance) 3
Awareness (Alertness) 3
Bargain (Haggling) 5
Brawl (Bludgeon) 5
Carouse (Beer) 3
Chirurgie (Burns) 3
Craft (steel) (Weapons) 5 [+3 from virtues]
Faery Lore (Dwarves) 4
Folk Ken (Cityfolk) 4
Low German (Westphalian) 5
Smiths Guild lore (Famous members) 3
Teaching (Apprentices) 1