Sidekicks & Sidequests

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Talin Uran

  1. This is a character that Sara Thompson created (her first-ever character!) in order to utilize the combat wheelchair. Talin now exists in the Champions of the Forgotten Realms mobile game!
  2. What is this character’s name? - Talin Uran
  3. What is their ancestry (i.e. human, elf, dwarf, halfling, etc)? - Infernal Tiefling
  4. What is your job or role (i.e. farmer, hierling/mercenary, shopowner, bandit, etc)? - Daredevil Rogue and member of the Bregan D'aerthe. Formerly part of the Grambar’s Blades
  5. How old are you? - 26
  6. Describe your physical appearance. - Crimson, deep red skin. Yellow eyes. Horns that twist up and backwards from his head. He has a scruffy beard, messy black hair. Talin wears greens and leather armor. Talin has a Combat Wheelchair named "Edge" with a bunch of rogue-centric gadgets/traps. Talin is paralyzed from his lower back down, making him a parapalegic. His tail also doesn't move very much either; he has very bad nerve pain running through his tail. Talin's legs have undergone muscle atrophy because of how long he has been unable to use them.
  7. Describe yourself with 3 adjectives. - Cunning, Charming, Exploitative
  8. What is a valuable item/piece of lore/secret that this character possesses? Or do they value an ideal/concept or particular person (i.e. family member, guild member, honor, justice, love etc.) - His combat wheelchair "Edge" was gifted to him by Jarlaxle, which has various gadgets including traps (scattering caltrops, grease), daggers in the push rim case, a green flame lantern, and pronged shin-striker! A rapier which has been reforged using a kintsugi technqiue with gold; the rapier was originally damaged the day when Talin Uran was caught in an industrial accident of improperly stored gunpowder while working for the Grambar's Blades. The rapier has become a symbol of Talin's journey in life. Talin's relationship with Jarlaxle and the Bregan D'aerthe is also very important to him, despite eventually having a falling out with Jarlaxle due to conflicting morals/ideas.
  9. What is a particular quest you would be willing to recruit or hire the player characters to go do? - Talin usual would spend his time where there are a lot of people (tavern, docks, etc.) at a business that is operating as a front for the Bregan D'aerthe. Talin would recruit the players to do work for the gang without realizing that they are working for the gang, for example, like a shipment has gone missing, go retrieve it from this other place. This is the approach he uses for a good/lawful party. If they are more choatic, neutral, or evil, Talin might just be more straightforward.
  10. What would be their reward for succeeding? - Talin might offer some kind of small item that grants a boon or a magic item that benefits your stealth abilities. Perhaps Talin is willing to part with some particular magic items that the Bregan D'aerthe warehouse has in stock (i.e. a pair of flintlock pistols, illicit magic items, alchemist fire, a new weapon of some sort, etc.). Talin knows that in order for people to do work for him and sway their morals, you have to sweeten the pot and hype it up, along with a down payment of some gold to ensure their commitment to the task.
  11. What would be the consequence of failure or refusing the call? - If the players refuse the sidequest, Talin will play it cool and invite the party out for drinks at a crowded tavern (that just happens to be populated by members of the Bregan D'aerthe) and potentially make a signal for some item(s) that get stolen from the party. Talin will then hold these items hostage in exchange for the party undertaking some job/task to be done in order to get them back. Talin is underhanded in this way, but he will not bully or hurt the party -- Talin will just inconvenience the party to the point where things are unnecessarily difficult until some job/task is completed. It wasn't discussed, but if the players fail in accomplishing the task, depending on the severity, could be as harmless as taking the down payment back to becoming enemies of the Bregan D'aerthe and hunted down!

Optional Questions - not required

  • What are the goals and motivations of your character? - Talin's goal currently is to continue being the best at what he does. He shares the goal mindset of Jarlaxle's sometimes (like in stealing things or doing some for the Bregan D'aerthe) but Talin does have his own motivations. Talin respects the goals of Jarlaxle and will usually follow those; where they have differences and this eventual falling out is over motivations. Initially, Talin wanted to prove that he could still be a rogue after the accident (despite it beign an unhealthy mindset). Now, Talin is motivated to stay at the top of his game, because he has the tools and talent in order to do so. Talin is also interested in making as many contacts as he can as well, because Talin believes in the power of strength in numbers when it comes to friends veruses in the number of enemies you have accumulated.
  • How do these affect your general personality? - Talin is sarcastic, playful, and used to be prone to fits of being moody/snippish. Talin can still be short and irritated when he is experiencing bad chronic nerve pain in his tail. Talin is also very jokey in the that lightly bullying way with your friends. He is socialable much more so now versus how he used to be. Talin keeps tabs and remembers favors, and keeps this unspoken: if he buys you a drink, he expects something in return. Nothing is truly done out of the goodness of his heart -- strings are always attached. Talin can still be very conniving and cunning.
  • How do you normally interact with your family/friends/peers? With your enemies/rivals? With people who work for you/report to you? With player characters? - Within the Bregan D'aerthe, Talin is happy around them, like a giant group of friends. There are some of the gang members that he is closest to because of spending the most time with them, but he is still friendly to other gang members. With Jarlaxle, it's not always constant chattering and being excited/energetic. Jarlaxle and Talin sit in comfortable silence with each other as companions. Talin very clearly respects Jarlaxle on a deep level, even when they disagree. Talin doesn't get go out of his way to get aggressive, he tries to use reason to convince Jarlaxle.
  • Do you have a particular accent or language? Any idiosyncrasies in how you act and speak? - Talin talks with Sara'a local slang from England. His voice would be a deep, gruff, West Midlands accent (Birmingham) from the UK.
  • What impact have you made on the world? How have you shaped the local area? - In Sara's home campaign, after the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, Talin Uran helped to prevent the town of Luskan from the Forgotten Realms from being completely destroyed by an ancient red dragon, with help from folks like Jarlaxle and Soluun Xibrindas.
  • Do you have any current problems that prevent you from being a bigger player on the stage? - Talin is indecisive about where he stands with Jarlaxle, and he is beginning to have some doubts about Jarlaxle's ideology, actions, and motivations. That the two of them don't always align, this is freaking Talin out. So Talin is trying to focus on working for the gang, but he knows that eventually confrontation with Jarlaxle will have to happen and what that means for Talin's future with the Bregan D'aerthe.

Talin Uran
Artwork by Lio (@kroovv on Twitter)