LAST ROUND and like I’m not super positive on the gnome colors (so like Nim and Stumbleduck) but I need to get to work on other things in my life so I just needed to get this project done and so these colors are just good enough for characters who aren’t even in a game and like… I have no DnD games… planned… per se…
ANYWAY LET’S TALK ABOUT THESE BABES
[Rael] Birel Naïlo, Wood Elf Ranger [Beast Master], Neutral
Birel Naïlo was once a soldier and standard-bearer, and ended up fighting in a great a terrible war in her first century of life (she is nearing her fourth, at 296 years). After the war was over she found herself with no friends left alive, and so she left civilization and became a ranger and has lived in the woods ever since. She doesn’t actually believe in fighting or going to war for ideals anymore and while the subject isn’t broached in DnD I have the feeling that her alignment wold have been different when she was very young and before she was a soldier.
As a Ranger she’s a Beast Master (LEGIT THE TERM FOLKS MAKING DnD 5E UUUHHHHHHH DID YOU NOT… REALIZE…) and since her retreat from civilization she’s had an animal companion of one stripe or another to keep her company.
Gimble Glim “Nim” Murnig, Rock Gnome Barbarian [Path of the Totem Warrior - Eagle, probs], Chaotic Neutral
Gimble Glim “Nim” Murnig is a baker, by trade. Member of the Guild of Bakers, even. But as these things go he made the most glorious of treats for someone completely undeserving and well, as these things go when you’re a Barbarian and a bit prone to rage instead of just letting the person who paid for your baked goods have them you kinda/sorta storm out after wrecking things and well that’s the day Nim packed his bags and just build a tiny house in the middle of the woods to perfect his art and find someone worthy and not be distracted by other people and other bakers who might be better than him (he’s got a bit of a jealous streak). People love his baked goods, but he tends to sell his gnome crafts in town that he can make in a few hours because people like gnome crafts and, well, that whole “worthiness” things about the baked goods. Nim’s not that way about the trinkets. He’s also younger than he looks, I guess in human years liiiike… ugh I dunno I guess late-20’s-early 30’s I should probably age him up a tad (he’s 96 in gnome years they live to be anywhere from 350-500…?)
Nim’s life was settling down and was dealing with this whole “rage/occasional Barbarian” thing until Stumbleduck the amazing asshole teenager druid came along! Nim cannot stand Stumbleduck which means that Nim will cut a dude who messes with Stumbleduck haha welp.
Oda Zook “Stumbleduck” Ningel, Forest Gnome Druid [Circle of the Moon], worships no gods but is very into Nature as a Thing, Chaotic Good
Stumbleduck is in that asshole teenager phase of life and is also just kinda… out there. Nim sort of chalks it up to the Druid magic Stumbleduck is involved him and frankly isn’t entirely convinced that Stumbleduck isn’t some other sort of animal that was turned into a gnome as opposed to a gnome that can shapeshift into a variety of animals, but that’s just Nim. Stumbleduck never talks about their past. To Nim’s knowledge, Stumbleduck was just raised by squirrels in the woods, but he knows this isn’t true. Occasionally Stumbleduck mentions their sworn enemy, “Badgerface,” but for the life of him Nim hasn’t figured out if this is another gnome or a literal badger. Given the crowd Stumbleduck hangs out it, Badgerface could even be both. Nim tried to ask once but it just made Stumbleduck be quiet for once, in a melancholy way, so Nim hasn’t asked again.
Stumbleduck’s weird but a good kid, and is fiercely protective of their friends and nature. Hurt one of those things and Stumbleduck will be out for you, cross Stumbleduck and you’re going on their list.
Kithri Underbough, Lightfoot Halfling Paladin [Oath of the Ancients], Lawful Good
Kithri Underbough spent the first half of her life as a sailor, seeing the world and all its riches and beauty and wonder and it inspired her to take up the Oath of the Ancients, the order of Paladins dedicated to preserving the light and life of the world. She’s seen terrible and horrifying things, it’s true, but it only pushes her to work harder at preserving the joy and wonder she’s seen. Kithri believes in fairness, equality, love (and loving– she still has some paramours spread across some port towns), a good story (even if she has to stretch the truth, because this is about the beauty of the story), and just living life to the fullest. Her one flaw– if we only have one flaw, of course– is that if her courage is questioned she won’t back down. Kithri is perhaps a bit of an adrenaline junkie who has moved from sailing to being a green knight, for a change.