About Signy Birkirsdottir
Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1 / Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade / Noble Fencer) 1
CG Medium Humanoid (Human)
Init +4; Senses Perception +4, Sense Motive 0
Skills (10 points; 6 class, 1 INT, 1 Skilled, 2 Background)
SKILL Total + Ability Mod. + Ranks + Misc.
Acrobatics* +8 = DEX 4+1+3
*ACP applies to these skills
Bardic Knowledge: +1 to all knowledge skills. May make knowledge skill checks untrained.
Languages Common, Skald
BARD (Arcane Duelist):
Performance: (7 Rounds / Day)
Rallying Cry (Su):
Inspire Courage (Su):
Bardic Knowledge (Ex)
SWASHBUCKLER (Inspired Blade / Noble Fencer):
Inspired Panache (Ex):
Opportune Parry and Riposte (Ex):
Social Panache (Ex):
Inspired Finesse (Ex): At 1st level, an inspired blade gains the benefits of Weapon Finesse with the rapier (this ability counts as having the Weapon Finesse feat for the purpose of meeting feat prerequisites) and gains Weapon Focus (rapier) as a bonus feat. This ability replaces swashbuckler finesse.
0th (at will)
Cure Light Wounds
Leather Lamellar Armor
Short Bow / 40 Arrows
Flint and Steel
Trail Rations (15 Days)
Inkpen & Ink
Acid Flasks (2)
Good Liquor (3 Bottles)
Money 0 GP 0 SP 0 CP
Signy’s father Birkir was a member of Grand Prince Stavian III’s Ulfen Guard. Although he was not an officer, being a member of the Grand Prince’s guard gave him considerable cachet in Oppara. Birkir was also affable, quite handsome, and a lover of good times. There was no shortage of women coming and going in his life, but Kotryna Lodovka would be the most important of them.
Kotryna was the daughter of Brevoy’s ambassador to Taldor. Birkir and Kotryna’s affair was risky, and it’s discovery came soon after Kotryna became pregnant. Ambassador Gintaras was livid of course. While his daughter’s pregnancy might have served some purpose such as a politically useful marriage if the father were a member of the Taldan court, an Ulfen mercenary father was both useless and embarrassing.
As soon as the child was born, Kotryna was shipped back to Brevoy without her new daughter. Birkir had to bribe a member of the Ambassador’s household to divert his daughter from the orphanage where she was to be sent into his own possession instead. Although Ambassador Gintaras tried to see Birkir was punished through official, formal means, nothing ever came of it. Birkir’s position in the Ulfen Guard protected him. Grand Prince Stavian’s love for his guard, as well as his distain for any norms of governance, meant nobody would support a rather unimportant ambassador from a distant land over the mercenary.
Gintaras Lodovka never forgot the insult though, and had plenty of patience. He waited nearly a decade, by which time the affair was otherwise long forgotten, to hire an assassin to murder Birkir. Signy had avoided living in an orphanage for nine years only. Birkir was no fool though. He was aware the ambassador might seek revenge through unscrupulous means, and had made arrangements just in case. Signy went to a Caydenite orphanage designated (and donated to) by Birkir, who was a Caydenite himself. Although he was never a frugal man, Birkir also set aside a small trust for Signy, accessible to her at age eighteen.
While it is always hard to lose one’s parents of course, the orphanage was a good place to live. The Caydenite clergy were kind and looked after the welfare of their charges with compassion. Signy, who was always sunny and outgoing, easily made friends there. She received a better education than she probably would have otherwise and as she grew older she also took on some responsibilities, working in the connected tavern/temple serving customer/worshipers and entertaining.
Signy received her inheritance when she turned eighteen. Along with her father’s other possessions she found some letters from Kotryna, who she learned was a Lodovka. The name didn’t mean much to her. Birkir hadn’t told her much about her mother, keeping the story simple for the young girl. Her mother had been very beautiful, she was from Brevoy, and while she and Birkir had loved each other very much, Kotryna had to return to Brevoy and could not take Signy with her. The letters essentially confirmed what her father had told her. Their hidden relationship seemed so terribly romantic and beautifully tragic to Signy.
Signy decided it was time to travel for a while. There were a lot of places out there to see, and she would start her journeys in the direction of Brevoy. She didn’t necessarily expect to find her mother, but Signy wanted to at least see the land her mother came from. Signy donated half her money to the orphanage, left Oppara for Cassomir and bought passage on a boat up the Sellen River. From what she heard about Brevoy while traveling the river, Restov seemed among the more interesting places to go, so Signy made her way there first.
Signy’s intuition was amply rewarded. She found Restov to be a wonderful combination of the exotic and familiar. Physically the city was far different, honestly very quaint compared to Oppara. On the other hand the nightlife was excellent. While the highbrow aspects of the great opera houses and other such elevated entertainments were absent, Signy didn’t care about those things anyway. She enjoyed the common alehouses and venues far more. They were hopping with life, good entertainment and good drink, and were far less segregated by social position and other factors than similar places in Oppara.
Signy also found the culture surrounding dueling familiar, but so much deeper and more intense than what she’d known in Oppara. She immersed herself in it, learning about the Aldori schools, as well as their imitators, variants, and rivals. She learned the individual duelists, as well as their styles and signature moves, and personal rivalries.
It was as a member of the circles of hangers-on around Aldori bravos that Signy met Jurgis, a well-respected Aldori aspirant. The two’s strong mutual attraction quickly led them enthusiastically into an affair. After a while though, Signy became a potential problem for Jurgis. She seemed incapable of discretion. Jurgis, a member of a local noble family, was engaged to be married. The marriage was an advantageous one for his family, and he knew his betrothed did not have a temperament that would understand the sowing of wild oats.
While their affair was not exactly a secret, those close to them were aware, it would create significant difficulties for Jurgis if the relationship became public and widely known. He knew it would only be a matter of time until Signy made some remark to the wrong person. Splitting with her would not solve the problem. Signy really had to go. Jurgis really did like Signy quite a lot though, and certainly didn’t wish to see any harm come to her.
Jurgis came up with a creative solution. He called in a favor and secured a place for her in one of the groups venturing into the Stolen Lands. When it was arranged Jurgis admitted his engagement to Signy, telling her while their love was impossible, he could only bear to part with her if he knew her fortune was secured. He presented her with her charter document, and spoke glowingly of the wealth and possibilities awaiting her. Her also gifted her a family heirloom, a rapier that had been in his family for generations. What he said about the rapier being an heirloom was true in a sense. It had occupied a shelf in the family’s mansion for several decades, though nobody remembered it or knew who it might have belonged to. Jurgis had also checked the weapon carefully to ensure it carried no seal or marking identifying it with his family.
Signy was delighted by the gifts. To her mind the rapier showed Jurgis was truly a man who cared enough to know her well. As great as her interest was in Aldori swordplay, she never participated directly. She knew her way around a rapier, and her religious convictions were more than enough to ensure she would never trade a rapier away for a dueling sword. On the other hand, his talk of a great love between them thwarted was awkward to say the least. Signy liked Jurgis as well, but she certainly wasn’t planning on hanging around in Restov much longer. She was very relieved he hadn’t done something crazy like breaking off that engagement in expectation that she would be staying. A charter for a really interesting adventure was just icing on the cake. Both Signy and Jurgis left their final meeting pleased, each believing they were the one who had dodged an arrow.
Appearance and Personality:
Height: 5'5 Weight: 130 Hair: Honey Blond Eyes: Light Green
Signy is of roughly average of height and and a bit on the thin side of an average build. If her body favors her mother, her looks are closer in line with her father's. She's light complexioned with blonde hair. She has her mother's eyes according to her father. Most would consider Signy quite attractive in a wholesome and athletic way.
Life with the Brothers and Sisters of Cayden Cailean after her father's death was kind, and Signy has embraced their values. She is optimistic and usually cheerful. She's quite brave really, and a fierce enemy of cruelty and oppression. Signy in some ways models her life and ambitions on Cayden Cailean's (except for the becoming a god part).
She has a fine singing voice, and plays the rebec well enough to accompany herself. Signy expects her money to run out before her wanderlust does. Her plan is to perform for a living when she needs to start seriously earning.
She is good at getting to know other people, and skilled at talking up strangers due to her time serving in the Caydenite tavern. She sees the best aspects of people and considers strangers to be friends she hasn’t made yet. Her optimism and enthusiasm win many over, but for those it doesn’t impress she can become irritating.
Signy is confident and assertive, but perhaps a little naive in her idealism. She can be stubborn about things and has a bossy streak.
There are very few things about which she cannot find something interesting. But, with so many potentially interesting things around, it is easy for her attention to wander rapidly from one thing to the next.