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01 April 2012

[A to Z April] A is for Albert "Rat-tail" Gail

Eight-year-old Albert “Rat-tail” Gale is an orphan. His parents and older sister were cruelly massacred by a horde of rampaging kobolds when he was only two years old. His father was a traveling tinker, taking his family to Coldtreath for the winter season. As he steered his vardo around the foothills of the Messtoad Mountains north of Coldtreath, they were beset by a band of kobolds. The evil little beasts tortured his family and left them for dead after ransacking the vardo. They did not find Albert, sleeping in a pile of flowery, perfumed quilts. The kobolds, caring little for such feminine niceties as flowers and perfumes, overlooked the (to them) nasty-smelling quilts and left them alone.

He was found two days later, crying, in the shadow of the Messtoad Mountains, by a half-orc named Oodagh as he was heading to Coldtreath to open a new tavern named The Mournful Jackal. Oodagh took in the starving, dehydrated toddler and now affectionately calls him “Rat-tail” referring to how pink and hairless Albert was when he was found. Books and papers found in the vardo pointed Oodagh and others in Coldtreath to Albert’s real name and family background. Unfortunately, the innkeeper’s searching has been in vain: there appear to be no other family relations anywhere with whom Albert can live. In all honesty, Oodagh is none too unhappy about this, as he has developed an affinity for the young boy and treats him almost as if he were his own son.

The 8-year-old boy has large sea green eyes, a short, lean build and a number of scars, as well as bronze hair, freckles, and ruddy skin. He dislikes dogs, strangers, winter, and magic; these dislikes all stem from an unfortunate visit to the inn by a group of adventurers several years before. They attempted to question the then-six-year-old Albert about Coldtreath and the neighboring countryside. The party’s mage was frightening enough, with arcane energy flicking around his fingers; the ranger’s pet wolf became a bit too zealous and sat on Albert, causing the young boy to lose control of his bladder.

After that experience, Oodagh paid for the creation of a protective amulet for the boy. The amulet itself resembles nothing important or valuable. In fact, it looks like the plainest dross imaginable. However, Oodagh paid a local mage to instill upon this amulet a small anti-magic spell; as a result, Albert carries with him – unknowingly – a 10-foot diameter anti-magic field to provide a bit of protection for his adopted son.

Albert “Rat-tail” Gale
Commoner 1
HP: 1
Init: +1;
Speed: 20 ft.
AC: 12, touch 12, flat footed 12
Base Attack: 0
Grapple: -5
Single Attack: Bite (+0) 1d8-1 or Rock (+2) 1d6-1
Alignment: CG
Saves: Fort -2, Ref +1, Will -1
Abilities: Str 9, Dex 13, Con 6, Int 8, Wis 9, Chr 9
Skills: Climb 1, Handle Animal 1, Hide 7, Jump -1, Listen -1, Ride 2, Search 1, Spot -1, Swim -1, Use Rope 2
Languages: Common
Feats: Dodge, Simple Weapon Proficiency

Items: Amulet of Antimagic (35,000 gp)
CR 0.3

**Many thanks to WotC's "PC Portraits" Archive for the image.

Last year's "A": A is for Adventure


DL Hammons said...

I think I went to school with someone like "rat-tail". :)

Botanist said...

Sounds like Oodagh treats him rather more than "almost" as if he were his own son! Albert was lucky to have been found by someone so caring.

Leigh Covington said...

This is cool. I especially love the little info section at the end. VEry cool. Interesting stuff. :)

Melissa Sugar said...

I am a new follower from the challenge. This was an interesting topic. Oodagh does take care of rattail. I will be back later to read more of your post this month.

Anonymous said...

That info at the end is interesting. Cool post.
Do check out my B on GAC a-z

Terri Pray said...

Nice to see another Gamer taking part in the challenge!

Boric G said...

Thanks to all my new visitors and friends! Glad to have you stop by; feel free to drop by anytime!

@ DL: I think we ALL went to school with a Rat-tail.

@ Botanist & Melissa: I liked the idea of a hardened veteran, not to mention a half-orc, taking care of someone you would not normally expect.

@Leigh: Thanks for the kind words!

@Paul: You've got some neat stuff.

@Terri: There are a few of us. I've put up some links to other gamers on my front page.

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