: Ailwin HarrowRace:
Monk, Fighter, RangerGender:
Guild Artisan Alignment:
Ailwin is the youngest of seven, with two older brothers and four older sisters, all of whom are half elves like their father. Or it could be said that they are three quarters elves, if there was such a thing, but despite looking like elves to most humans, an elf can see them for what they are with little difficulty, and so to the world they are half-elves.
The family makes its way in Riverbend as capenters, and the shingle for Harrow & Sons stans just in sight of the docks, where Eathean Harrow and his boys stand ready to make any repairs needed on the barges of cargo making their way downriver, as well as fixing or building anything needed on the north side of the river. Eathean and his two older sons have long been an institution in Riverbend, and Ailwin was expected to pick up the family trade as well.
Ailwin was always a restless boy. He never knew his mother, she died when he was three though in the years since nobody will tell him exactly how, and was raised by his sisters. Gilea, The oldest sister and second oldest of her fathers brood did most of the child raising, and even after she married Ailwin and his youngest sister often found themselves in her care. It was from her he learned that if he was smart and capable enough that there was more to life than joining the family business. And it was from her that he was told of his mother, of the songs she used to sing about the history of her race, and of far Avalon where she visited but never called home. And so Ailwin grew dreaming of being anything other than a carpenter. By age 20, he was a carpenter, working for his father and looking for a chance to be anything else. One day he ran into Old Man Li, and knowing the strange hermitís reputation, decided to abandon his work as a carpenter and become one of his students.
On the north side of the Coldstream there lives an old hermit named Li. Or at least, people presume he's old, having lived there for the past 30 years. He's a half-elf, and thanks to his elven blood and what he calls "clean living" he barely appears to have aged at all. Not much is known about him, other than that he is some kind of warrior (he has come to the aid of both sides of Riverbend on many occasions), he has some tie to the worshippers of Verite (He always visits the temple on his trips in to town), and that if you're brave enough to find him and stubborn enough to convince him he will teach you to fight. Li has only taught a small handful of Riverbend's bravest and most stubborn over the years. Many leave the village to seek out something or another, returning rarely or not at all. The rest go back to their old lives, becoming members of the community and living calm, ordinary lives except for when circumstances dictate that they use the skills taught to them by the old man.
When Ailwin left home to join him, he was subjected to the same hazing that Li makes all of his students endure, and when he managed to stick it out for several days Ailwin was welcome to stay and begin his training. Eventually his father found out where he had gone and he and his brotherís marched to where Li trained his students with weapons in hand. Ailwin was ordered to go inside and couldnít quite hear the heated conversation between Li and his father, one where he was surprised to hear his motherís name come up. In the end his father left in peace. That was five years ago.
Now Ailwin has come to a turning point in his training. Li has insisted that he must choose his path, to become a warrior or to return to life as a normal citizen. He has not been given an exact deadline, but he knows it will be soon, and Ailwin isnít sure which side he will choose. But at night, he remembers the stories of his sisters, and longs to hear the songs of far Avalon.Personality:
Once a feckless dreamer of a boy, the years under Liís tutelage have turned Ailwin into a disciplined and serious young man. He has taken to living by Liís code of just and proper behavior to a fault, and in most circumstances it makes him polite and soft spoken to everyone he meets. Of course, Liís code is a warrior ethos, and if presented with danger he will be the first to jump in in order to defend those weaker than himself.