Name: Fogliame d'Inverno [Nick: "Gliame," pronounced "yah-meh"] Age: 22 Origin or Species: Twai Occupation: Hired farmhand during the harvest and planting seasons, founding member of local folk band in high demand at local pubs and events. Physical description: Slim male build, 5'8" (173cm), light skin, hazel eyes, straight black hair that tends to fall across the face, no notable facial hair. Characteristics: Charismatic III, Agile II, Perceptive II, Intelligent II, magical aptitude/spellcaster, lightweight, weak (low strength), persistent (strong willed, will perform low physical requirement tasks for a long time), curious, has difficulty understanding other peoples' perspectives. Abilities: Performance (musical/storytelling) II, survival (firemaking, tent setting, etc), sneak/move silently II, Simple Illusion II, persuasion, bluff, detect magic, investigate II, knowledge (music), knowledge (nature), knowledge (history/lore/arcana). Inventory: Classical guitar in carrying case, guitar care kit (contains strings, tuner, etc., also in case), decent Swiss army knife (pocket), canteen (beltloop), flask (pocket), binoculars (beltloop)
Picture: [[Perhaps later; I haven't the time to draw or search atm]]
Backstory: Gliame was raised in a traditional Twai household, taking easily to the pacifistic, naturist, and vegetarian outlook of the culture. As such, he spent much of his childhood outdoors with a small group of friends. He discovered much about the natural world through his own exploration in this way. As the runt of the family, and the youngest of 4 sons and 2 daughters, Gliame's childhood was allowed to last longer than those of his siblings. He was sent to school for two years, but resented the walls and the reliance on memorization rather than exploration. He did learn his basic mathematics in that time, how to read, etc., being a relatively fast learner, but he left school to instead lend his labor to the community during the harvests and planting seasons. Reading was a hidden treasure, because absent the structure of standard education, he studied what he wanted about history and folklore, weaving these things into folk songs, and rediscovering and reviving old ones once forgotten.
That led him to found a folk group that also experimented with visual tricks to improve their performance. Gliame knew he had some magical aptitude from his childhood explorations, but given focus, he quickly learned to captivate his audience with small visual effects that seemed to be woven of light itself.
This period didn't last long, however, as the war shattered the peace on the continent. Gliame sympathizes strongly with the Yaroi, as his own story is one of the imposition of his individual will as resistance to oppression. Although to use the term "oppression" with relation to his own life when compared with the immensity of the real oppression the Yaroi suffer might seem presumptuous to the reader, it doesn't to Gliame. He remains committed to the pacifism of his parents, but felt called to some kind of action by the war. He committed to participate, but has difficulty conceiving of the struggle outside personal terms. That is, he sees his participation as part of personal growth and not as a part of a greater struggle, or an altruistic struggle, against oppression in general. This should strike the reader as a character flaw, but hopefully one that doesn't often lead him to wrong action...