is what some of Shadows of Amn’s NPCs have to say for
themselves. Their biographies have been slated for the next edition
of "Who’s Who in the Forgotten Realms," and they have also purchased
space in classified ads around the world touting their skills and
hoping for gainful employment when their contracts run out.
Firecam – Human Paladin – Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart
meets inquiries about his past with fond remembrance. A devoted
"Sword of Torm," he has never wavered in his support of the Order,
and remains one of its most respected, and oldest, active knights.
Paladins rarely reach his venerable age (40), and he feels that
his faith has kept him alive and strong in the face of adversity.
He is very demanding of others because he is unwilling to stray
from the teachings and beliefs of the Radiant Heart even in the
slightest. He knows all too well that this makes him difficult to
befriend, but he views loneliness as a sacrifice he must make to
be an exceptional servant of good.
is well aware of the status age has given him, and in some respects
he has begun to believe in it as much as the gospel. He thinks himself
a champion of his Order, a view that is not totally unfounded, but
it does occasionally make him susceptible to flattery. Keldorn is
especially harsh on the younger knights, believing a strong hand
is needed to mold them in their service to Torm. He feels it is
his responsibility to provide the shining example to which they
should aspire. This is strictly for their benefit of course; they
must be well prepared for the tests of faith to come or they will
fall before the age of twenty, just as so many of his comrades before
is quite certain he will die in the cause of righteousness someday,
but that fate is not to be feared. Torm would do nothing less, and
it is his duty to walk in the footsteps of his lord.
– Avariel (Winged Elf) – Cleric/Mage
does not speak of her past fondly, having tried desperately to forget
much of it. This is understandable, as she has been subjected to
much more than most people could bear. Aerie is of the Elven Winged
Folk, the Avariel, and she has suffered the greatest tragedy a member
of her race can: she has lost her wings.
was taken from the mountains of the far south by Amnish slavers,
and was sold into a traveling exhibition of oddities. She was very
young, and was quickly cowed by the discipline of her cruel master.
Predictably, she deteriorated in her captivity, and her cramped
cage eventually caused an infection in her wings that could not
be cured. They atrophied, and in the end had to be amputated to
save her life. Had she the choice, she would have rather died.
gnome by the name of Quayle took pity on Aerie and nursed her back
to health caring for her out of his own earnings. He gave her focus
with training in magic and spiritual matters, and she progressed
quickly under his tutelage. When the circus violently changed hands
and all the slaves were freed, Aerie chose to stay with Quayle,
the teacher she trusted.
is happier now, but she remains somewhat naïve and withdrawn,
unable to properly address the loss she has suffered.
Jansen – Tinker Gnome – Thief/Mage
Jansen’s past is lost in a mire of tall tales, each more rambling
than the last. He is certainly well traveled and, as hard to swallow
as they may seem, many of his anecdotes are simply too strange to
be fiction. No one could possibly have the audacity to fabricate
such yarns and still expect people to trust that they happened.
elements in Jan’s stories indicate that he is originally from Athkatla,
where his immediate family maintains a home. If his account is to
be believed, and he insists that it is, he also appears to have
relatives in just about every city on the coast, perhaps all the
way to Neverwinter.
is a brilliant tinker, and the gadgets he has produced for his own
personal use simply defy description. Even other gnomes have to
admit that they have rarely seen such innovative intricacy, or lunacy.
Jan may have learned his skills while in the employ of a wizard
called Golodon the Unmanned, although indications point to the relationship
being a cold one. Their association apparently ended in the death
of the mage, although once more the details may be lost in Jan’s
embellishment of the events.
currently makes a living in the family trade, following a proud
tradition of turnip mongers, though he is quick to answer almost
any call to adventure. Indeed, many of his tales seem to have been
spurred by the search for some lost gem or the jab of someone’s