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Full Name

Lania Fordyce

Race

CMD 18 | Fort +2 (+7 v. poison) Ref +6 Will +4 (+6 v. enchantment, +5 v. compulsions) | Init +10 |

Classes/Levels

Perc. +5/+7 (dim light/darkness) | Conditions: antitoxin 1 hr| Harrow Points: 7

Gender

CG F Half-Elf Vigilante (Double Scion) 3 | HP 26/26 | AC 18 (T 14 FF 14) |

Size

M

Age

25

Alignment

CG

Deity

Ketephys, the Hunter

Languages

Common, Elven

Strength 14
Dexterity 18
Constitution 12
Intelligence 10
Wisdom 10
Charisma 13

About Lania 'Shrike' Fordyce

Female Half-Elf Vigilante (Double Scion) 3
CG Medium Humanoid (Human, Elf)
Init +10; Senses Perception +5☁; low-light vision
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DEFENSE
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AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +4 armor)
HP 26 (3d8+5)
Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4 (+6 vs. enchantment, +5 vs. compulsions)
Immune Magic sleep effects
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OFFENSE
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Speed 30 ft.
Melee Masterwork elven branched spear +8 (1d8+3, x3; with hidden strike 1d8+3+2d8 or 1d8+3+2d4) [reach, finesse, brace], or sap +6 (1d6+2, x2; with hidden strike 1d6+2+2d8 or 1d6+2+2d4) [nonlethal, finesse]
Ranged Masterwork composite longbow +7 (1d8+2, x3; with hidden strike 1d8+2+2d8) or dagger +6 (1d4+2, 19-20x2; with hidden strike 1d4+2+2d8 or 1d4+2+2d4)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
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STATISTICS
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Str 14 (+2), Dex 18 (+4), Con 12 (+1), Int 10 (+0), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 13 (+1)
Base Atk +2; CMB +4/+6 (weapon finesse weapons); CMD 18
Feats Combat Reflexes (L1), Weapon Focus (L2 VT), Dazzling Display (L3)
Traits Missing Child (+1 trait bonus on Will saves), Elven Reflexes (+2 trait bonus to Initiative), Armor Expert (-1 to armor check penalties), Empty Mask (-1 on Will saves against compulsions)
Skills Acrobatics²† +9, Bluff¹ +5, Climb¹† +6, Diplomacy² +6, Disable Device²† +9, Disguise +1, Escape Artist¹† +8, Intimidate³☁ +7, Knowledge (Dungeoneering)¹ +4, Knowledge (Local)² +5, Knowledge (Nobility)¹ +4, Perception²☁ +5, Perform (dance)² +6, Ride† +4, Sense Motive¹ +4, Sleight of Hand☽† +4, Stealth³☽☁† +10, Survival¹ +4, Swim† +2, Use Magic Device +1
(25 ranks total with background skills; 1/2/3 rank=¹²³; ☽=+2 at night; ☁=+2 for dim light or darkness; †=Armor Check Penalty applies, but currently is 0 for masterwork chain shirt + Armor Expert)
Languages Common/Taldane, Elven
Special Qualities:
Dimdweller (When benefiting from concealment or full concealment from dim light or darkness, gain a +2 racial bonus on Intimidate, Perception, and Stealth checks. Replaces Adaptability.)
Elf Blood Half-elves count as both elves and humans for any effect related to race.
Elven Immunities Half-elves are immune to magic sleep effects and gain a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
Mismatched Lose keen senses and low-light vision, take a -2 penalty on Reflex saves, gain +4 racial bonus on Initiative checks. (Human eyes, face, body; elf ears and limbs - makes Dual Scion's ease of passing for either race make sense. Getting low-light vision back through vigilante talent Owl's Sight, i.e. a function of long practice and effort rather than innate ability.)
Multitalented Half-elves choose two favored classes at first level and gain +1 hit point or +1 skill point whenever they take a level in either one of those classes.
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SPECIAL ABILITIES:
Combat Reflexes You may make a number of additional attacks of opportunity per round equal to your Dexterity bonus. With this feat, you may also make attacks of opportunity while flat-footed.

Dazzling Display While wielding the weapon in which you have Weapon Focus, you can perform a bewildering show of prowess as a full-round action. Make an Intimidate check to demoralize all foes within 30 feet who can see your display.

Dual Heritage A half-elf double scion appears to be an elf in one identity and a human in the other identity. She takes no penalties to Disguise checks to appear as the race that matches her current identity. The selection of which race is the social identity and which is the vigilante identity is made at 1st level and cannot be changed. Additionally, when a half-elf double scion switches from one identity to another, she is representing different aspects of her heritage rather than personality. As a result, a half-elf double scion has the same alignment in both of her identities. This alters dual identity.

Dual Identity (Ex) A vigilante hides his true identity, allowing him to move about social circles and nobility without carrying the stigma of his ruthless actions. In effect, the vigilante has two identities: one is a polite member of society while the other is a skilled and cunning warrior. To keep up this charade, the vigilante usually has two names: his true name, used in polite company, and his vigilante name, used to strike fear in the hearts of those who oppose him. Knowledge checks about one do not reveal information about the other, unless the vigilante’s true identity revealed to the world at large.

The vigilante can start each day in either of his identities, referred to simply as social or vigilante. Changing from one identity to another takes 1 minute and must be done out of sight from other creatures to preserve the vigilante’s secret.

Changing identities is more than just changing outfits and clothing (although that is certainly a part of it); the process often also involves applying make-up, altering his hair, and adjusting other personal effects. Furthermore, the change is as much a state of mind as of body, so items such as a hat of disguise and similar spells and effects that change the user’s appearance do not reduce the time required to change identities. Most social talents require the vigilante to be in his social identity, but a vigilante who uses vigilante talents in his social identity risks exposing his secret.

Despite being a single person, a vigilante’s dual nature allows him to have two alignments, one for each of his identities. When in an identity, he is treated as having that identity’s alignment for all spells, magic items, and abilities that rely on alignment. For the purpose of meeting a qualification for a feat, class, or any ability, he is only eligible if both of his alignments meet the requirements.

A vigilante’s two alignments cannot be more than one step from each other on a single alignment axis. For example, a vigilante with a lawful neutral social identity could have a vigilante identity that is lawful good, lawful neutral, lawful evil, neutral, neutral good, or neutral evil. If a vigilante is the target of an effect that would change his alignment, it changes both of his alignments to the new alignment.

Any attempts to scry or otherwise locate the vigilante work only if the vigilante is currently in the identity the creature is attempting to locate (or if the creature knows that the two identities are the same individual). Otherwise, the spell or effect has no effect, revealing nothing but darkness, as if the target were invalid or did not exist.

Elven Weapon Command (Ex) A half-elf double scion can wield traditional elven weapons as well as elves can. The half-elf double scion treats any weapon with the word “elven” in its name as a martial weapon, and gains Weapon Focus as a bonus feat for one such weapon. (Choosing elven branched spear)

Hidden Strike 2d8/2d4 (Ex) A stalker vigilante gains an ability called hidden strike, which allows her to deal an extra 1d8 points of precision damage on melee attacks (or ranged attacks from within 30 feet) against foes who are unaware of her presence, who consider her an ally, or who are made flat-footed by startling appearance. This extra damage increases by 1d8 at 3rd level and every 2 vigilante levels thereafter. A stalker vigilante can also deal hidden strike damage to a target that she is flanking or that is denied its Dexterity bonus to AC, but in these cases, the damage dice are reduced to d4s. A stalker can deal hidden strike damage against targets with concealment (but not total concealment).

Once this choice is made, it can’t be changed. While many vigilante talents are usable by both specializations, some are unique to each specialization. A stalker vigilante can apply only one talent marked with an asterisk (*) to a given hidden strike, and only when that hidden strike is dealt against a foe that is unaware of the stalker vigilante’s presence (or who considers her an ally), unless otherwise noted.

Owl’s Sight (Ex) (Social Talent L1) The vigilante gains low-light vision. If she already has low-light vision, she gains a +4 competence bonus on Perception checks in dim light. The vigilante also gains a +2 competence bonus on Sleight of Hand and Stealth checks at night.

Renown (Ex) (Social Talent L3) The vigilante becomes known for deeds and abilities regardless of his current identity. This renown grants him favorable treatment in civilized company and lends him an air of menace while facing down his enemies. While he is in his social identity, a vigilante can spend 1 week gaining renown among the locals of any community of no more than about 200 individuals (a village, if using settlement population ranges). This could be the entire community or a smaller neighborhood in a larger settlement. He must spend at least 4 hours each day socializing and making contacts. After spending 1 week doing this, whenever he is in his social identity, all NPCs in the community have a starting attitude toward him that is one category better, as long as each person’s initial attitude would have at least been indifferent (see the Diplomacy skill description). While he gains renown in an area using his social identity, he also spreads rumors and tales about his vigilante identity. Once he has gained renown in a community, he gains a +4 circumstance bonus on Intimidate checks whenever he is in his vigilante identity. This bonus applies only while he is near the community in which he has gained renown; he must be within a number of miles equal to his vigilante level. A vigilante can hold renown in a limited number of communities (normally one, with other social talents allowing two). If he gains renown in a new community, he must decide which one of his previous communities to lose. These effects are subject to GM approval. For example, the GM might rule that an NPC or monster has not heard any tales about the vigilante. Or, a foe may have a starting attitude toward him that’s one category worse, rather than one category better.

Seamless Guise (Ex) A vigilante knows how to behave in a way that appears perfectly proper and normal for her current identity. Should anyone suspect her of being anything other than what she appears to be while either in her social or vigilante identity, she can attempt a Disguise check with a +20 circumstance bonus to appear as her current identity, and not as her other identity.

Unshakable (Ex) Starting at 3rd level, a vigilante adds his class level to the DC of any attempts to Intimidate him.

Vigilante Specialization (Ex) At 1st level, a vigilante must choose to be either an avenger or a stalker.

Weapon Focus (Elven Branched Spear) You gain a +1 bonus on all attack rolls you make using the selected weapon.

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GEAR/POSSESSIONS
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Worn arrows (20/20, 1 gp, 3 lbs), masterwork backpack (50 gp, 4 lbs), masterwork chain shirt (250 gp, 25 lbs), dagger (2 gp, 1 lb), masterwork composite longbow [+2 Str] (600 gp, 3 lbs), pickpocket's outfit (- gp, 3 lbs), masterwork shuriken (6.2 gp, -), sap (1 gp, 2 lbs), Thorn [masterwork elven branched spear] (320 gp, 10 lbs)
Carried Adamantine arrowhead (60 gp?, -), candle x5 (5 cp, -), candle lamp (5 gp, 1 lb), chalk powder x2 (2 cp, 1 lb), entertainer's outfit (3 gp, 4 lbs), flint and steel (1 gp, -), grappling arrow (1 gp, .5 lbs), silk rope (50', 10 gp, 5 lbs), thieves' tools (30 gp, 1 lb), vermin repellent x5 (25 gp, -), whetstone (2 cp, -), whistle (8 sp, -), Zellara's harrow deck (?? gp, -)
Carrying Capacity (Mwk Backpack) Light: 66 lbs Medium: 67-133 lbs Heavy: 134-200 lbs Current 63.5 lbs (light load)
Money 24 pp 3 gp 10 sp 8 cp Starting Gold Spent: 171.71/175
Usually left elsewhere simple dress (as artisan's outfit, 1 gp, 4 lbs), crowbar (2 gp, 5 lbs), nightgown (as peasant's outfit, .1 gp, 2 lbs), shovel (.02 gp, 3 lbs), mourning dress (as traveler's outfit, 1 gp, 5 lbs), waist pouch (5 sp, .5 lbs)

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BOT ME (DICE ROLLS):

Before combat but when combat threatens, Shrike will keep her crossbow out and loaded, and do her best to stick to the shadows, staying quiet and hidden with every movement. In combat, she prefers to begin by attacking with the crossbow while hidden if possible, for Hidden Strike damage. Once in combat, she draws her polearm and prioritizes attacking the most threatening enemy, using reach tactics (staying 10+ feet away and preparing readied actions and attacks of opportunity) as much as possible. In a vacuum, if an enemy approaches to be adjacent to her, she will use Acrobatics to move 10'+ away while attempting to avoid an attack of opportunity, then ready an action to hit them when they approach and use a trip attempt on the first attack of opportunity she gets. The exception is if she can easily flank with an ally, for lesser Hidden Strike damage. In that case, she will use her move to approach a foe closely enough to attack, instead of always backing up.
[dice=Thorn v. X]1d20 + 8[/dice]
[dice=Damage, Thorn]1d8 + 3[/dice]
[dice=Damage, Thorn, hidden strike]1d8 + 3 + 2d8[/dice]
[dice=Damage, Thorn, lesser hidden strike]1d8 + 3 + 2d4[/dice]
[dice=Mwk composite longbow v. X]1d20 + 7[/dice]
[dice=Damage, mwk composite longbow]1d8 + 2[/dice]
[dice=Damage, mwk composite longbow, hidden strike]1d8 + 2 + 2d8[/dice]
[dice=Acrobatics]1d20 + 9[/dice]
[dice=Diplomacy, fashionable accessories]1d20 + 6 + 2[/dice]
[dice=Disable Device]1d20 + 9[/dice]
[dice=Intimidate, dim light or darkness]1d20 + 7 + 2[/dice]
[dice=Knowledge (Local)]1d20 + 5[/dice]
[dice=Knowledge (Nobility)]1d20 + 4[/dice]
[dice=Perception, low light or darkness]1d20 + 5 + 2[/dice]
[dice=Perform (Dance)]1d20 + 6[/dice]
[dice=Stealth, low light or darkness, night]1d20 + 10 + 2 + 2[/dice]
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FUTURE BUILD PLANS:
At second level, will take Elven Weapon Command to start using the heirloom elven branched spear from which her vigilante name comes. (For now, the IC reason she can't use it is that it was pawned and she doesn't have the money to buy it back.) From there, Up Close and Personal at L4, then at level 6, Vital Punishment. Regular feats and social talents are TBD, but I do plan to take Renown in order to do the classic Intimidate vigilante thing.
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CHARACTER DETAILS
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Description:
Shrike is an androgynous figure wearing a mask shaped like a pale grey and white bird's face, with a small hooked beak and dark brown tear tracks leading away from its slanted, clearly elf-shaped black eyes. The hooded cloak mostly hides the elf's ears, but now and then one long and pointed tip is visible through the moon-pale hair. The cloak and her light chain shirt likewise hide her sex for the most part: though she would be a bit short for an elven man, they can sometimes be as gracile as the women, and only the light timbre of her surprisingly harsh and croaky voice really gives her away. Her dark cloak and habit of complete stillness lets her blend unnoticed into the shadows, until she chooses to surge out of them with startling speed. Vigilante identity reference picture (but she will be using an elven branched spear, not a spiked chain.)

Merula is a very tall (5'11") and very slender (155 lbs) human woman with the elegant bearing and smooth, continuous gestures of a trained dancer; when she moves with her feet concealed by an entertainer's voluminous split skirts, her head is so steady she appears almost to be floating. She wears her silver-blonde hair in a loose braided-back style. If one looks closely, her proportions are just slightly eerie when seen in full extension: all her limbs and fingers are a bit too long for her compact torso, or at least they are too long for the human her rounded near-colorless eyes and other facial features proclaim her to be. Although it makes her dancing stand out now, and her practiced movements are graceful enough one wouldn't know it, as a child and teenager she was always knocking things over, and the gangly frame still makes it difficult to do anything in a hurry. (Mismatched) Even aside from her unusual height, she could not be called waiflike, though she generally prefers loose and layered clothes that hide how her arms, shoulders and thighs are strong and thickly muscled. Reference: 1; 2

Personality: Lania was fairly happy-go-lucky until she was forced by her family's circumstances to grow up very quickly. Even up until six months ago, she was optimistic, generous and kind, and her fierce ambition to return her family and herself to the security and luxuries of their old life was always tempered by a real affection for her friends and admirers in the theater scene. But these days, she increasingly finds that the diplomatic, fun-loving performer is the exhausting mask to wear, and the ruthless, intimidating Shrike is the more honest version of herself (Empty Mask). Yet Shrike was only supposed to be a temporary pressure valve, and has certainly never been a whole different person; the human way of doing things had failed, so it was time to try the self-reliant techniques and tactics her father, grandmother and aunt had taught her. Once Isi is back and Lamm is dead, Shrike can die too. ...Right?

Background:
Born in a decaying mansion to a family of crumbling prestige, the half-elf Lania Fordyce nevertheless enjoyed a relatively privileged, stable and loving upbringing — until a speculation scheme ruined what remained of the family's fortunes in her early twenties. By that time, her elven diplomat father had tired of his human wife and been recalled to the Mierani Forest, and the money he sent for her upkeep and that of her younger brother was not sufficient on its own to keep the family in the lifestyle to which they were accustomed. Her foolish human grandfather was dead, never having seen the ruinous results of his speculating, and her mother rendered prostrate with grief. Thus, supporting both her mother and her younger brother fell to the just-barely-adult Lania. After the sale of the manor and all remaining valuables to settle the family's debts (including the heirloom elven weapons her father had made sure his children were trained in), she used the relative pennies left to move them to a modest house in Korvosa's cosmopolitan Midland merchants' district, thinking they would be safe there while she scraped together the money — or the marriage — to restore their position in the minor nobility.

She was not prepared for Gaedren Lamm. Lania took on the name Merula Antius and a human identity to put a thin veneer over her family's shame, though it was certain many of her clients recognized her and knew the truth. While she was busy teaching the bored daughters of nobility and rich merchants as a dancing-instructor, and auditioning endlessly for less stable but more lucrative work as a performer at various theaters with the intent of eventually joining the elite company at the Marbledome, her younger brother Isideo, just ten years old, was neglecting his studies and spending more and more time out of the house. One day six months ago he simply vanished.

Lania's whole life since that terrible day has revolved around how to get him back. When Korvosa's Guards could not or would not help her, she began investigating on her own after her jobs let out at night, and sleeping during the daylight hours. She could not afford for anyone to know of her interest and have it get back to the kidnapper, for she and her mother (always in fragile health since her breakdown of a few years ago) were too easy to find and too vulnerable to a determined criminal or gang. So Lania began using a convenient mask from a recently discontinued performance, and emphasizing the elven features she normally found it easier to hide in order to pass for human.

Slowly, as the weeks and months passed and she spoke to more and more of the bereaved parents, siblings, guardians and peers who were not too intimidated to say anything about their experiences, she realized that Isi was far from the first innocent to be taken by the vile child-snatcher Lamm, and it was far from his only heinous crime. Drugs, muggings, murder — all treated with the same seeming indifference by the legitimate authorities that they showed to Pilts Swastel, Touran Palastus, the King of Spiders, and all the other abusive scum preying on the vulnerable in the city's underbelly. Lania used to believe that the Korvosan Guard kept the King's peace fairly well; but her family's abrupt descent from the rarefied air of the Heights has opened her eyes and left her embittered about the prospects of 'justice' for people like her.

If the authorities will not act, someone will. By this time, Shrike is a powder keg of suppressed rage, and it will not be long now before she finds Gaedren Lamm and earns her name. The only question is whether she stops at him.


Important NPCs:
Family:
Vanaletia Fordyce (Mother; 49 year old female human, golden hair, gray eyes) — A beauty and a Court favorite in her day despite her family's lack of fortune, some whispered that she rushed into marriage with a titleless, relatively penniless Mierani diplomatic attaché specifically to avoid the amorous attentions of King Eodred II. It was certainly not because she was pregnant, for their first child was not born for another three years. As is usually the case for such matches (and as is the prevailing norm for elves), their children were considered members of House Fordyce. After twenty-one years she and Eiravel formally separated and he returned to the Mierani Forest. Vanaletia, called Vita by her friends, was always charming and affectionate by nature, but also sensitive and anxious: she fell into a deep depression when the true extent of the family's impoverishment became known, one that left her unable to leave her bed for weeks at a time. This coincided with a variety of other health complaints, from headaches to insomnia to fainting fits to indigestion. Her ill health led to Lania taking on the responsibilities that should have fallen to the head of the family as they descended from minor nobility to middle class. Three years later, Vita is not much better and it is clear to Lania she could not survive on her own. She has many accomplishments, but few skills others will pay for, limited ability to cope with the tasks of day-to-day household management, and even less willingness to attempt to earn a living in a trade. Lania has attempted to convince her to take dressmaker's work or sell her art, without success. She is lonely, for few in her former social circles will receive her now; and she rarely leaves the house, so has made no new friends in Pillar Hill. She alternates between feverishly working on her needlework or paintings to the exclusion of all other concerns, and spending all day in bed or a drunken haze if Junie or Lania have not found and disposed of her latest stash of liquor. High: Cha, Int. Low: Wis, Con. (References: Now; Younger)

Isideo Fordyce (Brother; 10 year old male half-elf child, golden hair, blue eyes) — A well-favored and basically good-natured but slightly spoiled and needy child (due to everyone doting on him after his father left), Isi used to worship Lania and follow her everywhere he could. She spoke Elven with him after Papa left, and was trying to teach him how to handle a bow. But unsurprisingly, with all the disruptions in his young life and with Lania suddenly having no time to spend with him, in the year before his disappearance he was showing a distinct tendency to act out. In that time, he and Lania often fought over his schoolwork, his weapons practice, and his unsupervised excursions into the city. Lania blames both herself and their mother for his disappearance, because while she had to work most afternoons and evenings, she knew that Vita was often not fit to supervise or discipline him, Junie was busy, and yet they could not afford to hire a full-time nurse in addition to a housekeeper. Isi loves music, sweets, and the hippogriff riders of the Sable Company; his greatest ambition was to ride a hippogriff himself someday. Like Lania, his face looks markedly more human than elfin, but unlike her it is a consistently distributed trait: his pointed ears are not especially long and would certainly never let him pass for an elf. High: Dex, Cha. Low: Wis. (References: as noble child; as orphan)

Alika Junian (Housekeeper; 53 year old female human, brown hair, brown eyes) — The loyal and officious 'Junie,' who has been Vanaletia's lady's maid since she first came out in society, was the only servant who stayed on with the Fordyces after their reversal of fortunes. She now is a combination lady's maid, cook and housekeeper who is as much or more responsible for them not all starving on the street as Lania. Accordingly, she gives advice and participates in household decisionmaking more like a strict aunt than a servant. Her cooking, though much improved, is still mediocre at best, but she is paid three silver shields a day and earns every pinch. Three times a week, her niece comes to help her with the cleaning, which otherwise would be too much for one person. High: Wis, Int. Low: Cha, Str.

Dancing Lesson Students:
Jakthia Serimus (daughter of Costa Serimus; 15 year old female human, brown hair, blue eyes) — Although her one-quarter elven ancestry granted her a touch of extra grace and charm that makes her well suited to dancing, it is even more apparent in her spontaneous and rebellious nature. Jakthia means no harm and Merula can usually channel her energy into fun, but she is full of mischief, disinclined to pay attention to the finer details or practice the more staid dances, and occasionally makes thoughtlessly honest remarks, such that Merula feels she is being paid mostly to tactfully teach her genteel manners, more than how to waltz.
Dessa Perenne (daughter of Lolia Perenne; 17 year old female human, brown hair, brown eyes) — Quiet, serious-minded and dutiful, she is a handsome girl who is the pride and joy of her parents and an ideal student in every way except one: despite almost three years of Merula's best efforts, she still has two left feet.
Keyra Endrin (daughter of Marcus Endrin; 13 year old female human, red hair, gray eyes) — Named after her famous ancestor Keyra Palin, she is tall and physically gifted even at only thirteen, but impatient with learning to dance. She would much prefer to spend her time weapons training or riding, as she wishes to follow in her father's footsteps. Above is dressed up, but this is more her normal look.
Cordelinda Tuttle (a granddaughter of Darb Tuttle, and daughter of a rich bureaucrat and a magistrate; 15 year old female human, black hair, gray eyes) — A painstakingly proper but somewhat stiff and haughty girl who is inclined to make mistakes and then be sullen and crabby during lessons. But Merula can hardly blame her, for her imperious and exacting mother Druvalia is watching and correcting her every move — something none of the other parents do.
Alika Weagra (niece of Gasta Weagra; 14 year old female human, black hair, brown eyes) — The slightly plump, very shy, and prodigiously intelligent Alika suffers through dancing-lessons only because her aunt has decreed she must to get back to her beloved books. She is Merula's most recent student, and is yet to come out of her shell.
Senervina 'Senna' Archerus (daughter of Endrik Archerus; 17 year old female human, black hair, black eyes) — Beautiful, eccentric, and vain, but not haughty, Senna will talk to anyone who holds still long enough like they are old friends. She is already a more than capable dancer, but has insisted to her father that she continues to need instruction even after almost three years, more to have an outlet for her social energy than anything else. Merula suspects that Senna knows she needs the money, but is too kindhearted to say so out loud.

Performer Friends/Colleagues:
Cherafine 'Cherie' Trias — Merula's first and best friend in the theater world, Cherie took her under her wing and showed her the ropes. She knows people from all walks of life in Korvosa. A buxom redhead who can sing and act as well as dance, she makes good steady money as the lead in a popular and long-running but unsophisticated comedic revue that she has been loath to leave for more respected but less lucrative work. The show, Zamfi's Follies, shuttles between several of the larger and stage-possessing taverns of Korvosa each day of the week: places like Jeggare's Jug, Bard's End, the Laughing Wave, and the Frisky Unicorn.
Saratha Florescu — The director of Florescu's Farrago, the dance and theater troupe Merula has recently been working for. A native Korvosan who was a dancer herself in her youth before marrying a tavern owner, she sold the tavern after he died to finance a new enterprise in the Farrago. She is generally a reasonable employer but constantly harried by budgets, time constraints, venue negotiations, and worries about her two teenage children. Desperately needs an assistant to take on some of her administrative work.
Aloysius 'Aylos' Geth — A secondary dancer, like Merula, in the Farrago, who also started around the same time as she did in the Follies and that she has thus known for about three years. He is clever, sharp-tongued and talented, but more of a laid-back hedonist than a fussy and high-strung Artist, which Merula appreciates. He also has a competitive streak, a certain absentmindedness that his friends must compensate for, and a secretly soft heart that (Merula believes) accounts for his terrible taste in men. His older sister Sorcia is one of the Catspaw Lofties, the all-female sneak thief gang based in the Shingles.
Deyanira and Ruan Mirukova — A Varisian sister and brother who are a dancer and a musician, respectively. Deyanira recently auditioned for and was hired by the chorus at the Marbledome, earning her the envy and/or pity of all their acquaintance for this step up into the lion's den of the tyrannical Touran Palastus. Ruan still plays for the Follies when not busking for himself, so their paths do not cross as much anymore.
Gisela Soveshki — A principal dancer of the Farrago, playing Brekka in the current production of Hommel and Brekka. A true professional with over two decades of experience, she is supportive and not intentionally unkind to her juniors, but her freely expressed judgements sting all the more because they are usually right. Merula has improved quite a bit since joining the company, chiefly because of her criticisms.
Lennick Imlios — A principal dancer of her current company, he was to play Hommel in the current production of Hommel and Brekka before being injured in the riots, which caused his understudy Gaekhen to have to step up. A true artist, for good and bad, he is charming and generous, but also high-strung, superstitious and self-absorbed.
Gaekhen — A rather reticent young Shoanti man who was Lennick's understudy due to seniority in the company. He will now be originating the role of Hommel due to Lennick's injury. Gaekhen is athletic and hardworking, with a physique more appropriate to the warrior Hommel is supposed to be. He also convinced his uncle, the Shoanti shaman Thousand Bones, to consult on the production for greater historical and cultural accuracy.

Dead/Missing Former Colleagues:
Zellia Iorae — A young Varisian single mother who had been cast out of her highly traditional clan for reasons of unspecified 'bad luck.' Despite her skill at dancing and tumbling, she was struggling to support herself and find care for her toddler son on the inconsistent money of low-level performances, where each new show often only lasted a short time before folding. Found dead in the river two weeks after beginning a 'steadier' job serving at Exemplary Execrables.
Talethira 'Tira' Fendus — An outgoing Chelish girl raised in one of Korvosa's orphanages until the age of majority, when she was essentially turned onto the street. Highly talented as a singer and dancer both, but her shiver addiction and resultant frequent absences caused her to be dismissed from company after company, until the only shows that would hire her were little better than brothels. In one of them she met the man who pushed her into the clutches of the King of Spiders in Eels' End. She was dead in one of his brothels in under a year, officially from shiver addiction.
Vaylen Tawnos — An angel-faced blond runaway from Magnimar who could sing, act and dance and was well on his way to a successful entertainment career before being fired from the Marbledome and blacklisted by Touran Palastus over some imaginary slight. Lania knew he turned tricks on the side to support himself when work was scarce, as it often was after that. Vanished a few months after beginning a 'relationship' with an unnamed nobleman. Never found.
Aivriniel 'Ivy' Rast — An elegant brunette half-elf related somehow to the Hellknight Order of the Nail, about whom she knew a surprising amount but had nothing good to say. She could switch effortlessly between upper-crust diction and the crudest street cant, had a loose relationship with personal property, and was the best tumbler and aerialist Lania had ever seen. She also moonlighted with the Catspaw Lofties and had strongly held anti-authoritarian political beliefs. None of their mutual friends have seen her in approximately five weeks, and Lania still isn't sure if she stole from the wrong house and got caught, if someone murdered her one night and hid her body down in the Vaults where it would never be found, if she joined up with some secret society, or if she just found things were getting too hot in Korvosa and skipped town.


Expenses tracking:
Starting gold: 3.29
First split: +242.5
Whetstone: -.02
Shovel: -.02
Crowbar: -2
Whistle: -.8
Chalk powder x2: -.02
Rope, hemp: -1
Grappling hook: -1
Masterwork backpack: -50
Living expenses x2 months [average]: -20
Burials, Zellara/Eran: -.4
Second split: +364.75
Loan to Dal: -30
Fashionable accessories [5 gp silk wrap, 2 gp slippers, 1 gp gloves, 2 gp combs, 10 gp fan]: -20
Masterwork elven branched spear: -160
Third split: +527.5
Return of loan to Dal: +30
Masterwork composite longbow, +2 Strength rating: -600
Selling chain shirt (50%): +50
Selling heavy crossbow (50%): +25
Selling 6 crossbow bolts (50%): +.3
Masterwork chain shirt: -250
Arrows, common: -1
Grappling arrow: -1
Selling grappling hook (50%): +.5
Silk rope: -10
Selling hemp rope (50%): +.5
Gift to Diver and Pug: -20
Saps x3: -3
Thieves' tools, common: -30
Cow Hammer Boys reward: +250
Antitoxin: -50
Current gold: 244.08 gp