Hanging by a Thread
Halfling Assassin Rogue
Size: 4ft 40 lbs
Languages: Common, Halfling
Criminal Specialty: Smuggler
Skill Proficiencies: Deception, Stealth
Tool Proficiencies: Gaming set, thieves’ tools
Trait: I am always calm, no matter what the situation. I never raise my voice or let my emotions control me.
Ideal: I’m loyal to my friends, not to any ideals, and everyone else can take a trip down the Styx for all I care.
Bonds: I’m guilty of a terrible crime. I hope I can redeem myself for it.
Flaws: When I see something valuable, I can’t think about anything but how to steal it.
Shorty was an orphan who was abandoned in the forest while she was an infant. She was discovered by a halfling village and taken in as one of their own.
As a tallfellow, Shorty was taller than everyone else in the village. And though they treated her kindly, she still felt out of place.
Meanwhile, conflicts between nearby settlements left Shorty’s community without food or supplies. Not wanting to see her fellow halflings suffer, she began stealing from wealthier communities to help her village.
This went on for several years before Shorty’s community realized what she was doing. Though they appreciated her willingness to help others, the halflings were not happy with Shorty’s criminal behavior. She was cast out from the village at age 12.
A few years later, Shorty discovered the Harpers – a group of bandits who stole from the rich and gave to the needy. She quickly worked her way into their ranks and remained a prominent figure within the group for two years.
Eventually, her views on right and wrong shifted. She began to see herself as more deserving of her spoils than the poor she was supposedly helping. She became corrupted. After a heated exchange with other Harper leaders, Shorty left the band of thieves.
Once again, she was alone.