Sidekicks & Sidequests

Building a world, one character at a time.


  1. This is a character that Katherine Spitler rolled randomly using my tables. She knew this character would be an artist/painter and knew what the sidequest would be.
  2. What is this character’s name? - Thistle
  3. What is their ancestry (i.e. human, elf, dwarf, halfling, etc)? - Sky Elf
  4. What is your job or role (i.e. farmer, hierling/mercenary, shopowner, bandit, etc)? - Artist/Painter/Portraitist. A master of the fine arts.
  5. How old are you? - Elder, at least 700 years old.
  6. Describe your physical appearance. - Thistle has hair on the short side, a long pixie cut. Her coloration is soft greens with purple, which is found in her wings and the feather. The baby feathers trail up her neck into her hair, spread throughout in patterns along her skin, which is medium/fair. Violet/light purple eyes. Mixtures of pristine gray and brown, accents of light green and purple, in her clothes (nice blouse, skirt, boots). She wears an apron, a finely made smock with her paintbrushes. Her apron/smock is covered in so much paint that it is considered its own work of art.
  7. Describe yourself with 3 adjectives. - Quirky, Kind, Perfectionist
  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.) - Thistle is secretly in love with one of the Player Characters.
  9. What is a particular quest you would be willing to recruit or hire the player characters to go do? - Thistle has been given a commission on a painting, and she needs one particular & rare ingredient in order to make this last pigment she needs in order to complete the painting and meet her deadline. She tasks the player characters to go hunt down this missing ingriedent. Katherine has left it open as to whether than involves retrieving a plant, fighting and harvesting something from a monster, etc. to the Dungeon Master to decide.
  10. What would be their reward for succeeding? - Thistle is certainly happy to reward the entire party with a tidy sum of gold for retrieving the rare ingredient. For her paramore, she is willing to profess her love and offer to paint a master-level portrait of the character for FREE.
  11. What would be the consequence of failure or refusing the call? - Depending on the nature of the ingredient, players be risking life and limb in order to retrieve this ingredient -- that's something to consider. For her paramore in the party, Thistle will become a spurned lover of sorts, pining after them and sending people after the party to keep tabs on you and to figure out what you are doing. If the party refuses or returns empty-handed, no payment and one very upset artist! Since Thistle is patroned by nobility, high society, and the mercantile, she will be able to spread word about your failure/refusal and it will impact your social standing/interactions in the local area. Your party will receive the cold shoulder or you will find that suddenly things are more expensive!

Optional Questions - not required

  • What are the goals and motivations of your character? - Art
  • How do these affect your general personality? - Thistle has this reputation of being eccentric (don't touch her paints, don't touch her brushes), but she is still good-hearted and kind, and keeps a very close circle of friends. She is respected for her artistic abilities, techniques, and skill-level. She is well known and takes care of her community.