Turnick's Travelling Show
Half-elf bard, travelling player in Turnick's show
Half-elf Bard 12: CR 12; ECL 18; Size M; HD 6d6 + 6d4 + 6d6; hp 57; Init 5; Grapple 8 melee (1d6+3/crit 18-20, Mithral Rapier +1, 8 ranged (1d6+2/crit x3, Shortbow), 8 melee (1d4+2/crit 19-20, Dagger), 8 melee (1d3 + 2, Unarmed); SQ Low-light Vision, Elven Blood, +2 to saves vs Enchantment, Immunity to sleep; AL CG; SV Fort +7, Ref +12, Will +12; Str 10, Dex 13, Con 11, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 18.
Languages spoken: Common and Elven
Skills and Feats: Balance +3, Bluff +11, Climb +1, Concentration +2, Diplomacy +21, Disguise +9, Escape Artist +5, Gather Information +13, Hide +2, Jump +1, Knowledge (Arcana) +7, Knowledge (History) +5, Knowledge (Local) +6, Listen +8, Move Silently +7, Perform +16, Ride +4, Search +4, Sense Motive +12, Sleight of Hand +2, Speak Language +1, Spellcraft +7, Spot +5, Survival +5, Swim +0, Tumble +4, Use Magic Device +5, Use Rope +2; Armor Proficiency (Light), Dodge, Improved Initiative, Negotiator, Shield Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency, Spell Focus, Weapon Finesse.
Special Abilities: Bardic Knowledge, Bardic Music, Bardic Spellcasting, Low-light Vision.
Brd Spells Known (3/4/4/4/3): 0—Daze, Know direction, Mage hand, Mending, Open/close, Prestidigitation, 1—Charm person, Cure light wounds, Feather fall, Ta’s hideous laughter, 2—Mirror image, Sound burst, Suggestion, Tongues, 3—Blink, Cure serious wounds, Leo’s tiny hut, Major image, 4—Dominate person, Greater invisibility, Modify memory.
Possessions: 35 sp, Buckler, Dust of disappearance, Entertainer’s outfit, Backpack, 15 Arrows, 0 Potion of divine favor +1, Potion of cure light wounds, Dagger, Shortbow, Rapier +1 (mithral), Elven chain.
Halflene Underbough is the only child of Marguerite Cooperson, whose family made quality wine barrels. At age 18, Marguerite worked as a barmaid, when she met Glandur Underbough, a handsome young (he was about 80, at the time) travelling minstrel of the elven perusasion. His dark hair, fair skin and comely features, paired with his charm and alluring singing voice wooed Maraguerite one night at the pub. Before she new it, she was in love, and he was travelling to the next town.
Soon after his departure, Marguerite found she was with child. Her family were none too amused by her predicament, nor were they very supportive. Once Halflene, whom Marguerite named Bianca after her father, was weaned, she took the child to the Underbough clan to be raised, so that she would be better provided for.
The Underboughs called Halflene Nimwen, the elven equivelent of Bianca, and she lived, fairly happily with them for years. As she grew, she learned the art of song and storytelling, and how to play music. She also learned the elven histories, and the nature of her “differences.” Some of the nasiter children in the village began calling Nimwen Halflene, as a rude joke, a nickname that stuck. She decided, as she matured, that it was ironic that she already stood out amonst both humans and elves. Using her nickname was thumbing her nose at both races for having a problem with her. And upon turning 20, she set off to visit her mother, and find her father, who was still roaming the countryside, wooing women, and entertaining folks with his talents.
A happy, tearful reunion with the Coopers was not to be. Her mother had married many years ago, and he new nothing of Halflene. She was forced to leave quickly in the night, as her step-father’s interests were a little too bold, and un-fatherly.
Soon after this, she found her father, and travelled with him for many years, performing in small venues, moving from village to town, until she sensed that Glandur needed his freedom. Halflene went off on her own, using her skills in entertaining, and sometimes her body to make her way, until she met the wizard Turnick, and joined the Turnick Travellers.