Full Name: August Hemlock
Race: Human (Achaean with Deshreti heritage)
Appearance: August is tall, standing at 6'3 and weighing in at 168lbs, with broad shoulders and strong arms, from years of chopping wood. His hair is dark and scruffy, often tied back behind his head to stay out of his face. His skin is tanned, and bears a handful of scars from battles that lay behind him. His clothes are simple and comfortable and have been stitched back together on multiple occasions, but the one feature that sticks out in his outfit, is a red bandana that is tied around his neck. He prefers to remain light, and opts to wear a set of finely-crafted bracers rather than a shield, these bracers were tanned and sewn by August's wife, Paria.
- 1 full set of leather armor
- 1 full set of simple clothing
- 1 brown traveling cloak
- 1 Iron axe, though it was originally intended to chop wood, it has served it's purpose quite well as a weapon.
- 1 torch
- 1 small knife (hunting/skinning knife, not a proper dagger)
- 1 map of your native region
- 1 clean bandage
- Flint and tinder
- Water and rations
The second oldest son of the Hemlock family, August's family were one of the most successful families in Westwood, and were able to afford for their children to learn to read and write. August had a brother, though he doesn't remember him, as he was only a child when his brother drowned in the nearby river. This would prompt August's parents to teach him to swim. His life was quite simple, he lived with his parents and three sisters, helping his father run the local wood mill, until he was old enough to start his own business. His earliest memory of being a "hero" is a time when he was a small boy, and he stood up to multiple boys who were kicking a dog, of course, he went home with bruises and scrapes, but it left him feeling right inside.
At the age of sixteen, he found a talent at woodworking, making functional furniture and very beautiful carvings, which he would sell to passing merchants. On occasion he would travel up the road and sell his work to the neighboring town. On one of these trips up the road, he came across a small group of bandits attacking a caravan. Quickly, August managed to fend off the attackers using his splitting axe and help from the caravan, a Southron woman named Paria. Soon, the story was exaggerated.
When the story of August single-handedly defeating two-dozen men with nothing but a hatchet circulated town, August was considered a local hero. Because of this, he was often asked to settle disputes, and assist local law enforcement. He was seen as the people's champion to the townspeople, but the local Magistrate, Bennion, saw him as a renegade, and went to have him arrested. August did not resist, but stood for himself at his trial, though it was pointless. Bennion only wanted him out of the way so he could push his agenda.
For the next two weeks, Magistrate Bennion implied heavy taxation and martial law, using a personal militia to put down anyone who resisted. After two weeks, the townspeople rallied, and broke August free from prison to lead them against Bennion and his men. After three days of fighting, the people of Westwood defeated Bennion, and exiled him. August was hailed as a hero, and returned to his workshop. His life was relatively normal for a while, and in this time, he married Paria, who had assisted him in his rebellion against Bennion, who had not been seen for heard from for almost two years, until August had put together a caravan to sell some of his woodworking in Illikon. In his absence, Bennion set fire to many of the buildings in Westwood, including August and Paria's home.
When he returned, much of his hometown was burnt to the ground. Many had died in the fires, and trying to help others escape from the fires. Including Paria. For the first time in his life, August had failed those he said he would protect. But what ruined him was that Westwood still saw him as a hero. He assisted in rebuilding many of the wooden buildings, but couldn't bring himself to stay in the place where his wife had died.
Campaign History: None
Westwood - Folk Hero
August is a Knight in Shinning Leather, when he sees someone in need, he'll try to help even if it means it he might have to get into a fight. Although he is willing to fight, he likes to think that all issues can be resolved peacefully, as long as both parties are willing to cooperate. Though he comes from a common background, he still tries to be courteous and kind to those he meets in his time on the road, especially women and children.