About Wulfram Bartos
Wulfram is an imposing bear of a man, standing 6'6", with heavy-set shoulders and arms from working long hours in a smithy. His unkempt long red hair and beard give him a somewhat wild appearance.
Wulfram was born in a village near the town of Skelt in western Nirmathas. His father is an ex-Molthune soldier, while his mother was a Varisian trader who settled down when Wulfram was born. Wulfram's childhood was a happy one. While his parents endured many hardships, they didn't burden him with their struggles, and he didn't really understand that his family was poor.
When he was a teenager, Wulfram apprenticed as a blacksmith. As he progressed in his training, he began to sense a connection between himself and the fire in the forge. He somehow knew, without being told, how to judge the temperature by the color of the glowing metal. One day, he had a vision of a glowing fox jumping out of the forge. He dismissed it as a hallucination from being over-tired, but the next day, he saw the fox again, watching him from the corner of the smithy. The animal became his constant companion from then on. He named it Pele, after a fire spirit in Varisian legends. He eventually learned that through communing with Pele, he could gain the ability to cast magic spells. The ability to heal people was particularly useful.
When he came of age, it was by now clear that there wasn't enough work for two blacksmiths in his village. Wulfram went south, looking for opportunity, and eventually settled in the village of Phaendar. The Blacksmith there was an old man whose failing health made it difficult for him to carry on his trade. Wulfram became his assistant, gradually taking over the smithy from his mentor. In addition to his work as a smith, Wulfram raises a few animals, and also helps the other villagers with their ailments.
Wulfram's imposing stature and unkempt looks give him a somewhat scary appearance. People tend to keep their distance from him, and, sensing their discomfort with him, he is generally reserved in return. Wulfram's greatest fear is rejection; this is at the heart of his social reticence. He has a big heart, however, and will gladly help out others in need. Sometimes this works to his detriment: he gives his work away for free more often than he should, and some people take advantage of that.
-Utility Spellcaster, Healer (mostly out-of-combat).
-Secondary melee combatant. Will eventually take Heavy Armor Proficiency.
-Limited blasting from Flame Spirit (DCs won't be very high).