Mousen (nickname Mouse)Sex:
blond, shoulder length, long bangs that have a tendency to fall in his eyesEye color:
on the small side of average when fully erect but thicker than average.Beard:
Mouse looks nearly as his nickname. He is of slight build and prefers to stay to the shadows and out of sight. He pale skin, which is apt to burn on a sunny day and light blond hair often make him look to others as if he is nearly a ghost or wraith of a human being. His blue eyes are sensitive to the light but appear to be great pools of water, soaking in everything that they can see. He has thin but dexterous fingers that seem to be geared toward fine, detailed work.
He speaks in a high pitched, yet soft voice.Personality
Mousen, has become known as Mouse due to his quiet and often skittish personality. Mouse is extremely studious and likes to think before making a decision. He also tends to be observant, trying to find ways to avoid conflict whenever possible. However, he does have a weakness for finer material goods in life. Like a crow, if it is shiny, he likely wants it. However, unlike a crow, he will only take what he perceives to be valuable. Because of his background, see below, he also is highly penitent for his thieving qualities and will often talk to his God, asking for forgiveness or absolution for his knowingly, wrongful actions.Background
Mouse grew up in an urban environment. His parents were both dead by the time that he was eight and he was left to fend for himself on the harsh streets of Casmoor. Since he was small and unfit for manual labor, he quickly learned that his method of survival would be by thievery. He never viewed thieving as wrong. He viewed it as necessary, at least, until he was caught.
Like any common criminal in Casmoor, once caught, his doom was sealed. He was to be killed. Fate, however, intervened. At the boy's trial, a priest by the name of Valen begged for the boy to be paroled into his care. He argued that Mouse had worth and that the great God, Salmun-Ka, sought redemption for this boy. He would be trained as an initiate and prepared for a more honorable life in society.
After the exchange of several coins, Valen won his prize and Mouse was given to him. Mouse was set to studying and learning the rules and obligations of the priesthood. However, as much as Mouse tried to obey, he still found himself taking nightly walks and returning to the House of Salmun-Ka a bit wealthier. Of course, as penance, the baubles had to be forfeited to the church. And for reasons unknown to Mouse, Valen never rejected Mouse, stopped his nightly walks, or turned him in to be killed. After all, a holy man should not and would not normally encourage such behavior.Writing Sample/Prologue
Mouse had overslept once again, this time completely missing morning prayers. He only knew this by looking outside his window and seeing that the sun was well beyond the dawn. Usually, he would be rebuked for missing morning prayers and likely lose some privileges but this day was different. For some reason, nobody came to do so on this day.
He dressed quickly in his priestly robes, hoping that he could make his way to breakfast and lose himself in the crowd. Perhaps he was thought to have been there earlier in the day. He looked up at the sky and whispered, "Salmun-Ka, I humbly beg your forgiveness, though you know that I am not worthy. I do try my best to serve your needs but if it is your needs that I serve, why is that I have desires that are against your teachings? Do you constantly test me? I must go now. We will have this discussion later. Forgive me."
Rushing himself, but staying in the shadows, he silently walked the corridors of the temple. As he closed in on the dining hall, he could hear the sounds of jubilant celebration. Silently, he thanked Salmun-Ka for creating a scene that was raucous enough that he would likely slip in unnoticed. Unfortunately, after taking one step, Valen stepped around the corner and placed his hand on Mouse's shoulder with a great smile. All that Mouse could wonder about was the smile. This was not the proper or normal response for missing the morning prayers.
Mouse shrank back from the grip on his shoulders but found himself unable. Valen smiled wider and said, "My dear boy, the day has come for you to fulfill your destiny!"
"My destiny? You saved me to teach me of Salmun-Ka."
"Indeed, I did. And you are given his blessing. This celebration is for you."
"F-for, uh, me? Why?"
"Because, as I foresaw many years ago, you would be our Champion. You will save us from the demons and the corruption that tries to invade our land?"
"Me?" He glanced at Valen wide-eyed. "I do not understand. I am hardly worthy of such a task."
"Nonsense, said Valen. In fact, you may be the most qualified Champion we have ever had, though none have returned to date."
Mouse tried to scamper away but he found that he was prevented from doing so as two armed men came up from behind him. "I do not see anything that makes me qualified."
"It is simple. You have been touched with some corruption. You are a thief and an excellent one. However, you serve Salmun-Ka. We believe that our previous priests were too pure to go to the corrupted realms and failed. You, however, may be able to do what they could not. You must go to Mareth, purge the corruption from there and save our city." He then nodded to the guards holding Mouse. "Of course, to refuse would certainly lead down a path you were saved from many years ago by myself. I would hate to think that I wasted the church's funds...."
Mouse now understood. He was raised in the church to prevent them losing someone more valuable. His choices were certain death or almost certain death. Given that he had a desire to live, almost certain death sounded much more pleasant. "I see. Then, I shall honor Salmun-Ka as I have promised."
Valen smiled and the armed guards relaxed. "Wonderful! After the celebration, you will be prepared. You will be given some supplies and then you will go through the portal. Salmun-Ka will guide you."Ons/Offs
This is CoC. I'm more than fine with anything in this genre.Character Sheet: High Concept
Penitent, Wiley ThiefTrouble
Will risk much for fancy gemsAspects
Constantly talks to himself/Salmun-Ka aloud when alone
Sneaky +3Fate Points
Because I am pale, smaller and quiet thief with nimble fingers, I gain a +2 to sneaky when trying to hide or use thieving skills in the evening.