Expertise: Cat Burglar, Storm Mage, Swashbucker.
--Through long and arduous rituals, he can affect full scale changes in the weather—if he performs them correctly!
--With simple chants and gestures, he can shock enemies with small flashes of lightning, some strong enough to injure, but pirmarly used to stun and disable. He can also produce localized winds.
--Appraising--mostly determining the value of gems and jewelry.
--Knife fighting—including throwing.
--Lock Picking and Trap Disabling
--Swordplay with rapier and buckler.
A good natured rouge and jolly scoundrel, Caliban is loyal to his friends and comrades. As a thief, he delights in depriving those who exploit the poor for their profit of their ill gotten gains—especially jewels. While he enjoys the fruits of his dishonest labor, he doesn't hesitate to help friends in need, host parties, or give alms.
A lecher and a voyeur, he uses his skills and gifts as much for spying on women in their baths—or slipping into their rooms for semi-consensual midnight assignations—as for thievery.
--Buckler and Rapier
--Dagger up each sleeve in a drop sheath.
--A small set of merchant's scales.
--Several small pouches of valuable jewelry for barter or resale.
--A cloak of invisibility.
--A sash with several secret pockets that hold fine quality thief’s tools, including pouches for loot, several lines and grapples. These pouches do not bulge, and no one can find them but the sash's owner.
--A bracelet who's subtle ornamentation rotate, serving as a timepiece and compass.
--A ruby ring that sheds soft red light on command.
Bio: Second son of the fantastically wealthy merchant-mage Prospero, Caliban grew up in the lap of luxury, with the finest tutors in academics, deportment, and sword play that money could buy. He also learned storm magic directly from his father.
The more he was exposed to high society, though, the more he was disgusted with the decadence and hypocrisy. At twenty one he moved out to live with the common people, sneaking a magic cloak and sash out of his father's vault on the way. (As a teen he used to slip it out to spy on the maids in their baths.)
Within a year of working as a scribe and grammar teacher for the lower classes, he got fed up with work that boring and courted a beautiful masked jewel thief—the Scarlet Swallow—to learn her trade.
He's done very well for himself...
Reason for going to the Vale: After robbing Lord Aethelwulf and deflowering his twin daughters in the same night, life on this continent has finally gotten too interesting for Caliban. It was his great good fortune to be able to sign onto such an interesting expedition—with so much potential for amorous enjoyment!--before the bounty hunters tracked him down. Surely they have to take him! Who else could guarantee good weather on the dangerous voyage?