Character Name: Dommat Searforge
Race or Ethnicity: Rhul
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Proposed Careers: Searforge Trader/Field Mechanik
Concept and Background: Dommat Searforge has lived in Khador his entire life, rarely stepping outside the Duwurkyn Volozk. But he is still a foreigner, if a tolerated one, and he knows it. He was sent to Nynsk 8 years ago by the clan, to handle operations in the area. The Searforges find the mineral wealth of Nynsk valuable, and 'Jack Parts and weapons can find buyers anywhere. Dommat runs a business maintaining 'Jacks, which are used heavily in the mining and other industries. He takes pay mostly in the form of materials they produce, which he transports out twice a year, at the end of Spring and Fall in large caravans. These are rather festive events, as Dommat will pick up most of the bill for transport of goods for other people in town. After all, the Caravans always have empty space coming up. Bright Shawls, toys, instruments, things that don't let you live, but make the life better. For that, the people of Nynsk are fond of their Dwarf. Certainly, they don't view him as family, but he's useful, amusing, and always has a bright smile. Very few think if that smile is maybe an affecation.
Back-up Human Character
Character Name: Daumantas Ivanov
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Background: Daumantas is an all purpose government worker. Nynsk doesn't need a huge standing guard, or police force, so many of the officers in the Watch pull double or triple duty. Most of the time, Daumantas serves as the postman, running mail and the like to outlying communities. He's generally a welcome sight, bringing news from family gone afar, friends in distant places. It is easy to forget his other job. Coroner, forensics, and cop, all in one. It isn't often that he has to investigate crimes, most being of the petty type. Most of the time he sees a dead body, its to haul it in from accident for burial. But he's useful all the same.
The Skirov of Nynsk fear the Face in the Snow. The story has many variations, but the most common goes like this. Many years ago, a dying Nyssian Elf was found by the people of Nynsk. They brought him to Nynsk, which was far smaller in those days. The Elf was at the edge of death, but somehow hung on, to stubborn to die. 1 season, then two. The people fed him, for that was what they believe Menoth would have them do. But when winter hit, another mystery gripped the town. Children vanished. One by one. No one ever saw them taken, or fall, or anything happen to them. They were just picked off. What happened wracked the town till spring. The Elf... long forgotten except by the priest that cared for him... vanished with the melting snow. And outside his window? Where the snow had piled, and piled, till it could never be shifted? Bones. Picked clean. Showing teeth marks. The people searched, but the Elf could not be found. Until the first snowfall... when the people had grown lax. Had forgotten. Two siblings, a boy and a girl had been allowed out of sight. And the boy was first to see it. He saw the snow shift... and finally take on the Elf's face. Except, the Elf had not nearly so many sharp teeth, nor a neck so long as to allow it to snap out of the snow... grabbing his sister around the neck with a crunch and pulling her down into the snow. They didn't find the girl till next spring. Her bones piled, chewed clean. Now, the Skirov say, the Face in the Snow waits every winter, to snatch children who wander from their parents... to leave only their chewed bones behind.
Most sensible people believe the story is largely fictitious. A child who dies and is not found till spring will be chewed. No supernatural elf is needed. The Wolves will do that for them. However, it does ensure that children do not wander to far when there is snow on the ground, a sensible thing of course.