This looks very interesting and a good chance to learn how the rules for this new edition play out. Below I have a concept I am interested in.
Name: Baolo Kasiger
Class and background: Human Fighter with the Truth Seeker Background
Why does your character want to be an adventurer? Raised on tales that seem to contradict the accepted history of Breachill, Baolo seeks adventure not for the fame and glory that most seek, but to apply his skills in order to root out the hidden truths of local history.
What will your character contribute to the party in and out of battle? As a fighter, Baolo would be able to lend his skill in weapons and defense to the fight. I will probably be trying out a weapon and shield focus with this character. Outside of combat, his understanding of town politics, and respect for the law, means that any investigation that occurs will likely be advanced by him, but done in such a way that only those unlawfuls who deserve to be embarrassed by what is discovered would be.
As a child, he didn’t take kindly to the name. However, as he grew Baolo became inured to such ridicule and learned from those few who still called him friend to better navigate the politics of such sensitive subjects. Indeed, it was better to be considered the black sheep of the small town, tip-toeing and charming when he needed to than to have to believe the alternative...that his grandmother’s tales were just the rambling of an addled old woman. So he began keeping his thoughts to himself, and conducting his own investigations into the town’s history as much to find the truth for himself as to clear his family’s name of the vile that was still directed towards him to this day. Comporting himself as such earned him a low position in the town guard, where he learned to use a variety or weapons and armor, and could keep his ear close to the local happenings.
Once done there, he headed to visit Jorell and see if a small bit of history he had picked up from that manuscript lined up with what was available in the Archives. Baolo just hoped that the half-orc archivist was either too busy or in the right mood for a debate to allow for the young man's presence in the building.