Bjorn Jarn Age:
Indeterminate. He appears to be in his thirties. Race:
His human form reflects something of his background and his nature. He is tall at six foot and eight inches with long blonde hair that he wears loose or at best tied back in a loose plait, a full beard and cool, hard blue eyes. He is heavily muscled with a few faded tattoos of such varied design as to suggest he has been to quite a few corners of the world at one time or another. His animal form is a huge brown Kodiak bear. He seldom assumes an in between form as he believes his animal form is both more powerful and more useful. He's probably right. He tends to wear linen and cotton and he doesn't notice the cold. Personality:
His personality reflects his dual nature. He's almost always calm, quiet and softly spoken. He's welcoming to those he knows, but can be slower to accept and trust strangers. Those who he comes to think of as friends he would do just about anything for. His temper is slow to start, but fierce once awakened. He's perfectly happy on his own or with company. He tends to be a bit vague on social niceties. Like not wandering around naked after changing his form for instance. This has more to to with the fact that he's comfortable with what he is and who he is than not actually knowing the rules. He either takes an interest in people or none at all. There is seldom an in between with him. People can be interesting for a variety of reasons though. His animal form mirror his human personality closely although he is then even less interested in most people. He can be territorial in both forms, but once he decides to allow you into his space there will be no further issues. Wandering in alone and uninvited as a stranger is not recommended. He will certainly confront you. Go to his house looking for him and he will find you.
His mode of speech can be a little unusual, since he will draw on the animal part of his mind as much as his human. Perhaps referring to people by their scent as much as their appearance or name for example.
He speaks the truth. Always. He has no time for deceipt or deception. Whilst he believes in right and wrong, his attitude to what he sees as the unnecessary complexities of human laws is more ambivalent. Whilst he is capable of killing he generally will only do so as a last resort or in self defence. He has killed before. Extended periods of cold weather tend to make him sleepy and lethargic. Hot weather makes him want to swim and lie about in the shade. History:
Bjorn was born many years ago. He's lost track of exactly when. Certainly the world was a quieter, less noisy place than it is now. Knowing exactly how old he is doesn't matter to him. It's a human trait he has no need of. He was born in a village deep in the heart of a forest that has since slipped off the map. His mother and father were both changers and he has been slipping between forms since he was old enough to crawl. He has alway preferred to be in the wilds than in a town. By nature he strongly believes in right and wrong and in exploration and learning through discovery. It is this Creed that has driven his wanderings around the world, never settling in one place for too long. He has been known by many names and called many places home. At this moment in his life he has settled in one place, he watches over the Sisters from the forest, although quite why he does so remains a mystery. Skills/Power:
He can transform to animal form at will day or night. Returning to his human form requires that he be out of direct sunlight though and sunlight slows his healing considerably from its normally high rate. Deep shadows or being inside a building or cave is enough to allow him to return to his human form and speed up his healing, but it's still not as swift as during the hours of darkness. When he transforms, he appears fully naked, which can in itself be problematic. In his animal form he has a inhumanely keen sense of smell and hearing, sharper even than a bloodhound. This is not unusual for a bear. He retains his full human intelligence in animal form, but may or may not choose to reveal that. His animal form is both larger and stronger than even a powerful wild Kodiak bear. In his animal form he stands at abiut two metres at the shoulder and can rear up to a final height of close to four metres. He is capable giving an intimidating bellow that strikes fear in the heart of mortals. When he is angered his animal form increases in size and strength. There doesn't seem to be an upper limit to his size or strength, but he has no direct control over the increase. He heals all none fatal injuries incredibly quickly.
He wears a leather thong with a small bronze Mjolnir hammer on it round his neck. It's the only piece of jewellery that he wears. It has an uncomplicated enchantment bound to it that is able to recreate a simple set of linen trousers and a shirt at will. This might not seem like a terribly useful enchantment to most people, but to Bjorn it comes in quite handy at times.
In human form he is skilled with an axe and his fists. He's not formally trained as such, but he has years of experience with all of them and that counts for something.
In animal form he uses his claws and jaws to deadly effect. Should he so choose he's equally capable of cuffing or striking people with his paws without leaving so much as a bruise, or carrying an egg in his mouth without breaking it. Ons &Offs:
He doesn't do anything that could be deemed deliberately cruel, uncomfortably painful or cause permanent harm. Most other things are fair game. Player