Sidekicks & Sidequests

Building a world, one character at a time.


  1. This is a character that Will Murray randomly generated with my tables. Will Murray created his own sidequest.
  2. What is this character’s name? - Winston
  3. What is their ancestry (i.e. human, elf, dwarf, halfling, etc)? - Githyanki
  4. What is your job or role (i.e. farmer, hierling/mercenary, shopowner, bandit, etc)? - Miner. He is MOST interested in metals. He's also an accomplished Metallurgist, Alchemist, and Scientist. A freelancer with strong connections. Taking decades to experiment and test metals and find their optimum properties and abilities before he will even share the knowledge of them with anyone else to ensure top dollar and that the materials are being put to the best use.
  5. How old are you? - Immortal, spends his days in the Astral Sea, so time moves differently.
  6. Describe your physical appearance. - Tall, thin, a very heavy beard. His hair is beard like too. His silloutte might look elegant, but his actual features are much different, looking at his head, it's quite brutish. In fact, his face might be so covered in hair that there's really only room for his eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
  7. Describe yourself with 3 adjectives. - Determined, Focused, Single-Minded
  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.) - Must drink elderberry wine/very health conscious. You got to maintain the body! Take care of yourself, but also enjoy yourself too.
  9. What is a particular quest you would be willing to recruit or hire the player characters to go do? - Join Winston as he goes to explore a new asteroid or planetoid in the Astral Sea. Winston wants to run point on this, but he would want some backup, to do some investigating, as he is searching for something "golder than golder"...unobtainium!
  10. What would be their reward for succeeding? - Winston believes in loyalty/commitment and rewarding people, so he will give the party a piece of the action; he will give you a fair cut of the total profits found within the asteroid/planetoid. There is more money to be found in being his friend rather than stabbing him in the back, because you probably don't have his level of expertise and can't exploit him. You get more money being on his team/cooperation rather than being a competitor.
  11. What would be the consequence of failure or refusing the call? - If you don't wish to go on the sidequest, Winston has an extensive network to call upon, and will find someone else to go with him -- this other party or other persons will then get subsequently rich (and not you!). If you decide to betray Winston, he's going to dig your grave -- he'll open a mine, invite you inside to explore it with him, but then he will seal you inside it alone, making it your tomb and final resting place. If he doesn't have the time or unable to do this, "he likes to shoot people in the brains" as a way to deal with backstabbers and competitors. He would leave the surviving party members filled with that fear or wondering what happened if Winston was the only survivor.

Optional Questions - not required

  • What are the goals and motivations of your character? - Not to be bored. When you live a long time, you accumulate money, you can be comfortable. But how comfortable can you be? Winston likes to do things, discovering new things in areas that are worth his efforts, i.e. exploiting asteroids and planetoids!
  • How do these affect your general personality? - He is single-minded, but he will take some time for vacations/breaks between explorations. But he's truly alive when he's mining an asteroid or planetoid.
  • 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? - He's outlived his family. He's professional, he's very to the point. He doesn't have too many friends, but he wants to talk about anything OTHER than his work, like entertainment, but he wants to relax when he is among friends.
  • Do you have a particular accent or language? Any idiosyncrasies in how you act and speak? - Winston mastered a considerable number of languages, but some he's forgotten over time because of disuse. He tends to speak the lingua franca of the particular section of space he's operating out of, whatever is prevelant in the area.
  • What impact have you made on the world? How have you shaped the local area? - Winston has cleared and reduced a number of asteroids to dust, to their basest components, thereby freeing the Astral Sea of some big obstructions and obstacles for travel, making it safer to sail the Astral Sea. He's still working on this with his whole immortal life before him in the Astral Sea. But beyond this, people on inhabitated worlds/planes of existence are able to make advances and revolutions in technology and engineering based on metals and elements discovered by Winston.
  • Do you have any current problems that prevent you from being a bigger player on the stage? - Winston doesn't want to be a big player, he just wants to pursue his own interests. He's an archaeologist of metals. He wants to constantly be discovering and finding uses for unknown metals/elements.