Friday, March 25, 2011

Meet the boys: Ace

Gresh "Ace" Acerhalt
Ace was tenacious. Whenever the Sharn Watch gave him a job, he'd get it done, exactly as commanded. He'd probably do it in the most straight-forward, clumsy, and violent way possible, but he'd get it done.

Ace served Sharn well from Daggerwatch garrison, defending the good people of the Dura wards, however few they may be, from the criminal element. That all came tumbling down when Hashri'im Hret started making trouble. Hashri'im Hret, a half-orc who saw himself as a unifier and champion of the people, rose to prominence among the goblinoid tenements of Malleon's Gate, in lower Dura. He began unifying the goblin factions in that part of the city and, more dramatically, leveraging that unity to negotiate better wages and working conditions for them. Hret was receiving daily death threats, so the Watch decided to have him protected 24 hours-a-day. They needed a watchman who could deal with scummy conditions. They needed a watchman who wouldn't let any sketchy character too close to Hret. They needed someone who would remain ever vigilant, ready to bust heads when heads needed busting. They needed Ace.

At the end of Ace's first week on the job, the watch's plan was working. Ace was able to stop a number of minor assassination attempts, and Hret was continuing his work in Malleon's Gate. That night, while Ace was standing guard outside Hret's home, Ace did something he'd never done before: he fell asleep on guard duty. Before drifting off, the last thing he remembered was a halfling and a squid-faced man approaching the building. He was awoken by a smug reporter, Elim d'Sivis of the Sharn Inquisitive, quipping how a sleeping guard from the Watch really showed how much Sharn's government cared about the real change Hret was proposing.

Grumpy and confused, Ace walked the reporter in for his interview, and what the two of them found disturbed even Ace, with all of his watch experience. Pieces of Hret were everywhere, but not every piece: his head was missing. Between Elim's news article and the Watch's embarrassment, Ace was lucky to be given the chance to resign. He moved into a slum in Overlook and started trying to figure out who killed Hret and made him look so bad. That's how he met Alex.

Stats: Ace is a level 4 Half-Orc Fighter, using the Brawler Style. He fights with a set of spiked gauntlets, so that he always has a hand free-and a weapon ready.

No comments:

Post a Comment