About Kern Bevaniky
Gear not carried: +1 Breastplate (1350 gp, 30 lbs), Chainmail armour (150 gp, 40 lbs)
Carrying Capacity: Light--up to 116 lbs; Medium--233 lbs; Heavy--350 lbs
Concerned that their son could become a problem (particularly with his and Savah's growing fascination with weapons), Kern's parents decided that his aggressive tendencies needed an outlet. The agreed to allow both their children to train in the weapons that so fascinated them. They hoped that the physical exercise would burn out Kern's desire to bully and Savah's growing tendency to be bossy. And they were mostly right. Both children devoted themselves to their crafts, particularly Kern. He developed a love for flails, particularly the extremely heavy kind that suited his growing strength.
Over a couple of years, with his bullying ways firmly in the past, Kern managed to acquire a better reputation in Sandpoint. Eventually Sheriff Avertin agreed to introduce Kern to an acquaintance of his in Magnimar, Emar Okvin, a soldier known for his mastery of flails. Kern then spent a year studying with this Emar in Magnimar, learning techniques beyond what anyone in Sandpoint could teach him.
During that year, Kern's father passed away from illness. Father Tobyn did his best to save him, but it was not to be. Kern returned briefly for the funeral before re-applying himself to his studies in Magnimar.
When he returned to Sandpoint, he and Savah decided to strike up lives as adventurers. They decided to travel the countryside, kill goblins, save innocents, and basically seek fame and fortune. They vowed to send half of all their riches back to their mother in Sandpoint. Alas, it didn't go quite as well as they had hoped. They didn't become rich. They didn't become famous. They did manage to stay alive, but even with Kern's newly developed skills with the heavy flail, the two of them alone were no match for the beasts they encountered. Their adventuring career ended with them fleeing for their lives after an encounter with the Sandpoint Devil.
Returning to Sandpoint, Savah decided to open up a business selling weapons and armour. Their short adventuring career had given them a few contacts, and Savah felt she could use those to acquire a chain of supply. Kern didn't really want to settle down, but agreed to go into business with her. She would run the shop while he would handle supply runs to Magnimar, Riddleport, and other places. Having to arrange protection from bandits and goblins would help sate Kern's continuing desire for adventure.
Since then, the supply runs have meant that Kern is frequently away from Sandpoint for long stretches at a time. He missed most of the Late Unpleasantness five years ago (something he feels quite guilty about), although he was in town at the time of the fire. He has just now returned from a trip to Riddleport. If things had gone according to plan, he would have been back in time for the Swallow Tail Festival. He has always tried his best to be in town for the festival each year. However, first there were delays in Riddleport itself. The weapons he was picking up weren't quite ready and he had to wait an extra two days. That in itself shouldn't have been a problem, as if he had planned for a week's window (since travel time on the road could be unpredictable), but then an attack by bandits halfway back to Sandpoint resulted in some bad damage to the wagon that had to be repaired before he could continue. That caused another couple days delay. Then he came under attack from goblins. Although he fought them off, he was hurt badly. Not wanting to risk travelling in his condition, he stopped at the very next village and stayed there for a few days while he healed.
He has now finally reached Sandpoint, four days late for the festival.