So, as we've been discussing by IM and PM, here's the brief workout of the halfling I'll be pairing with Muse's gnome:
Kyan "Corpsebride" Merryweather
Kyan is a typical appearing halfling. Standing a full 2'10" and weighing in at a healthy 35 pounds, Kyan's slender frame is well suited to her laboratory life. Her long hair is shocking white, bleached that way from a half dozen years of regular contact with the negative energies that surrounded her experimentation. Inquisitive bright brown eyes sparkle with curiosity at all times. She typically dresses in her working clothes. Leather clothing for the most part, so as to avoid losing cloth to the noxious fluids she routinely works with.
Concept: Kyan grew up under the tutelage of her parents, stolid scientists and learned people. She learned from an early age that knowledge was power, and that with more knowledge came more power. Magic was an easy natural extension, and it was with her parent's blessings that she took up the paths of wizardry. Given her deep and abiding interest in improving the lives of people around her, and preserving the lives of her parents, it seemed only natural that a faithless girl such as Kyan would turn to the necromantic arts to search out ways to preserve life, and stave off the inevitability of death.
Brief History: When her parents passed away, before Kyan could perfect her techniques, the most logical extrapolation was for her to find out what had caused those deaths. Naturally, the townsfolk around her hated the young halfling, and her insane experiments, and on the night of her final autopsy of her mother, the villagers broke into the family home with the intention of destroying the power-mad little girl before she raised an army of the undead to destroy them all in their beds. She tried explaining what she was doing, but the sight of her parents' bodies cut open and exposed with innumerable chemicals preserving portions of them, and her father's heart still beating in the cavern of his dead chest was enough to send them into a lynching frenzy.
She fled, with as much of her belongings as she could manage, pursued by the townsfolk. It was during this frantic escape attempt, her leather robes fluttering around her legs, arms full of books and notes, that she encountered her soon-to-be traveling companion Majet. A fortuitous meeting that not only saved young Kyan's life, but soon blossomed into a deeper friendship. It was during one of their traveling nights that friendship became much more, out of curiosity, and finally passion. They've traveled together for some time now, with her own knowledge-gathering, and spellwork supplementing her friend and lover's sword arm.