Thieves & Kings
Master Roland "Scales" Bywater, "Thunder Fire"
Human Sorcerer (Missile Mage)
Roland Bywater, also known in some circles as “Scales, is a human sorcerer. He was born with the ancient blood of dragons running through his veins, displayed best through his control of sorcerous arcane power. He has always just known Draconic, not only how to speak it, but how to read and write it as well. His brown eyes betray nothing, but his height (5’ 11"), and dusky, copper-colored skin is patchy and scaled in places, hinting at his draconic heritage. Though he can hide it well enough when he wants to remain unnoticed, in thick robes and understanding how to present himself, it remains visible and well-known to his friends and former clan.
Bywater Clan Crest
Scales was raised with the Bywater clan (Motto : “True to the Mark”), a small clan of river traders who operate along the Ambarin River, and who have land south of the capital in Seville, the City of Greenwalls. Although mildly prosperous, they have never achieved the fame or wealth some merchant clans have, rather quietly making small profits and staying out of politics if at all possible. Some say the bulk of their profits are through more than shipping their signature grain and goat cheese, and that if you want to get a cheap Potion of Healing, they’re the ones to make it happen. Not illegal, such trade goods do, however, make their river barges a target for river pirates seeking small packages with a high worth.
Along his valuable skills in sorcery, he is also well-versed in handling small boats, and is a registered Journeyman Merchant, with his own papers and the opportunity to engage in his own trade efforts and investments if he wishes. He also knows the Ambarin River and many of its important trade villages, and is still on good terms with the clan that adopted and raised him.
Scales has always just tried to steer clear of politics and pesky moral questions, and like the clan that raised him, tries to stay out of the limelight. It can be said that he does what he needs to whatever the given situation; but he tends to arrogance; preferring intimidation and deception over diplomacy in most situations.
“Scales” was born on the 24th of Hammer, the first month of the year, in TR 1029, with the blood of ancient beings running through his veins. At least , that’s what his journeyman’s papers state as his birthday.
Among his possessions are the Robe of the Hag and the relic blade known as the Sword of Zog, though he doesn’t advertise its existence. He also bears the Lantern of the Deeps for excursions in the dark, and has access to a fair amount of fuel for the device. He also bears Nargundi’s Bracers, and recovered Iceclaw from the same cavern complex under Az-Vassa. He also wields a Wand of Webs recovered from a renegade sorcerer in the Shadowfell. He wears the Necklace of the Hunter, recovered from Mariposa Manor.
He keeps a corner of the main mothalla for himself on Green Dagger Farm, where he has a cot, storage chest and a rack for his equipment. While he is looking for a place in Mornhaven to call his home, he has stashed three (3) Kegs of Dragon Powder, numerous spare flasks of oil required for using the Lantern, Mistmail, and the Clay Divining Pot (Rat) in his quarters at the Ghostly Minstrel.
Scales recently moved his pets Frisky and Skuttle from the adventurer’s home of Green Dagger Farm to the Sootscale Caverns, placing them under the protection and care of his former students, Nakpik and Kerzak, former workers of that tribe who have become the sole “trap-makers” of the tribe. Mikmek remains at Green Dagger Farm, acting as the representative of his people, should the adventurers have need of them or their services. He tends to dote on Scales when he is in residence at the mothalla.
During recent months, Scales has established several contacts, with long-term plans to build them into a guild to serve his own private agenda. These individuals include Vard Glamour, a smuggler, Gurin Rush an infochant, and Asnaan Sharoosh a former Shiver dealer.