Harsk

    Seasoned Male Dwarf

    Background

    Harsk is an uncommon dwarf. He enjoys the wide skies of the open plains more than claustrophobic tunnels, prefers the taste of tea to alcohol, and handles his battles at range rather than in melee. As a young dwarf, he eschewed the company of his fellows, finding that few things made him happier than crouching in a tree stand with his bow, listening to the wind through the forest leaves and waiting for prey to wander by. That all changed twenty years ago when his elder brother, a captain named Sigur, led a dwarven war band from Janderhoff against a small party of raiding giants. Out of affection, Sigur offered his less-experienced sibling the chance to come and prove himself as chief scout and second-in-command. Calm and peaceful by nature, Harsk turned him down, failing to see the honor his brother was doing him until several days after the company had departed. Traveling light and fast, Harsk caught up with his brother quickly—but not quickly enough. Misjudging the size and skill of the raiding party, Sigur had led his band into an ambush, where it was slaughtered to the last dwarf.

    With his brother's blood still fresh on his hands, Harsk went mad with rage. That night, he stalked through the giants' camp like a vengeful wraith, slaughtering giant after giant with his crossbow before melting back into the forest, only to reappear elsewhere and take another victim. When the last giant was left gurgling in the dust, Harsk took up his brother's axe and slipped off into the trees, vowing to forever be the voice of justice in the wild places, to keep balance and prevent the sacrifices of noble warriors like his brother.

    Harsk, like many of his kind, is gruff and taciturn, but there ends most of his connection to dwarven society. Something of a loner, he prefers to spend his time outdoors, communing with nature, though he occasionally travels alongside others whose goals match his own. Uninterested in the beer and ale so strongly associated with dwarves in the minds of human society, Harsk instead drinks pot after pot of strong tea to keep his senses sharp. While he never lets his brother's axe out of his sight, he wields it only as a last resort, knowing his true skills lie in the hunt and striking from darkness

    Description

    Harsk is a gruff and driven dwarf, following a vow of justice to avenge his brother's death at the hands of giants. He prefers tea to ale, wanting to keep his senses sharp.


    Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
    Skills: Athletics d8, Common Knowledge d6, Fighting d8, Healing d6, Intimidation d6, Language (Dwarven) d8, Notice d6, Occult d4, Persuasion d4, Shooting d8, Stealth d8, Survival d6
    Pace: 5; Running Die: d4; Parry: 6; Toughness: 9 (2); Size: Normal (1)
    Hindrances: Loyal, Stubborn, Vengeful (minor), Vow (minor, Voice of Justice in the wild places)
    Edges: Brawny, Combat Reflexes, Giant Killer, Marksman, Sunder
    Armor: Studded Leather (Armor 2)
    Weapons: Unarmed (Range Melee, Damage Str), Axe, Battle (Range Melee, Damage Str+d8), Pump crossbow (Range 10/20/40, Damage 2d6, ROF 1, AP 2)
    Language: Dwarven (native, d8)
    Current Wealth: 500 GP

    Special Abilities

    • Low Light Vision: Dwarven eyes are accustomed to the dark of the underearth. They ignore penalties for Dim and Dark Illumination.
    • Reduced Pace: Dwarves have short legs compared to most races. Decrease their Pace by 1 and their running die one die type.
    • Tough: Dwarves are stout and tough. They start with a d6 Vigor instead of a d4. This increases maximum Vigor to d12+1.

    Advances

    Novice Advances
    • Edge: Brawny
    • Raise Skills: Healing/Notice
    • Raise Skills: Athletics/Stealth
    Seasoned Advances
    • Edge: Marksman
    • Edge: Combat Reflexes
    • Raise Attribute: Vigor

    Current Load: 16 (81)
    Books In Use: Savage Worlds: Adventure Edition, Fantasy Companion
    Setting Rules: Born a Hero, Multiple Languages
    Validity: Character appears valid and optimal
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