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RPG Trek: Random Ramblings

I announced earlier that my brother and I have moved to a new RPG series, the “Tales of” games, in order to take a break from the formulaic, traditional JRPG approach of the Dragon Quest series.  Normally, every weekend, I write an RPGTrek entry describing the progress of my characters from these games.  Unfortunately, I have not yet put enough time into the game to write a proper entry, as I had a ton of other activity going on this week.  So, I decided to write about some of those experiences here. (more…)

Meet the Circus, Part 2

Here are the rest of the crazy performers of The Bradbury Circus

Zif – The crazy halfling might be the smallest person in the circus.  And while short people (halflings and gnomes) are often good as a sideshow onto themselves, Zif is know for his ability to handle animals and monsters much larger than he is.  What he is not known for, however, is his kindness.  Zif is harsh on the animals in his care, and even harsher with any people to get in his way.  No one forces anything with him for fear of retaliation from his beasts.  He rarely walks along, with a lion, ape or even a mutated monster trailing behind him at all times.  He does what the Ringleader asks, however somewhat grudgingly.

Helena – Helena was kicked out of the Elven magic circles for her insistence of practicing strange and unsanctioned mystic arts.  She found manual labor to be distasteful, and abhorred the idea of begging for bread.  She had heard about Varisian fortunetellers.  Using her arts in Ustalav, she started to do readings.  However, she would often “read” a fortune that she would later make happen.  This earned her a reputation among the superstitious Ustalans; enough so to pique the attention of Uzra when the circus stopped there several years ago.  She now works for him.

Hilda – The fat lady of the circus, Hilda astonishes people not only because she’s fat, but because she’s a member of a race that is typically thin, Elvin.  What most people don’t know is that Hilda also has a degree of orc blood.  While she’s incredibly big, she’s also fast for her size and strong, however, there is no other physical sign of her mixed heritage.  All of this made her a perfect addition to the circus.  Continuously rejected by society at large, Hilda has found acceptance in this family of misfits.  She often daydreams of being beautiful, but works hard to hide her anger and sadness from others.   She has been known to angrily attack those who remind her, through act or deed, of just how ugly she is.

Uzra – A tiefling from Chilax, Uzra .  This man is a mystery to all, including many inside the circus.

Meet the Circus, Part 1


Today, I’m working on a group of circus performers that the party will run into.  This will be quite a diverse bunch.  Writing about them is certainly an exercise that gets the creative juices flowing.

The Bradbury Circus

Formed over 50 years ago by the Vesarian, Geman Bradbury, The Bradbury Circus quickly became a hit in any town it visited.  Featuring a mix of showy magic (including lights and sound), amazing beasts that do incredible tricks, and feats of human acrobatics that defy description, people traveled far and wide to see this amazing circus in action.

However, about 10 years ago, Geman passed away.  Leaving no heirs to run the Circus, the role of Ringmaster fell upon his assistant, the mysterious Uzra.  A relatively unknown Tiefling from Chilax, Uzra took the role of Ringmaster like a fish to water.  Some say that the overall tone of the circus has changed since Geman passed away.  However, they circus continues to do extremely well, in fact, even better.  Shows are filled to capacity, even after they raised the price of admittance.

Below is some information on just some of the main performers found at The Bradbury Circus today.

Max FlashThis half Elf was shunned from his hometown, but like many, he found acceptance in the circus.  While many half elves are able to hide one side of their heritage or another, Max’s shorter height with unusually large ears make it harder for him to disguise his bloodline.  He started off in the circus as just one of the helping hands.  However, his ability to perform slight of hand tricks earned him a prominent place on the arcade alley.  When he’s not doing tricks to impress customers in the circus, he can often be found in the local tavern hoodwinking others for a few silver pieces and woo’ing the ladies.

L’Garm – Every circus has a “Strong Man,” and L’Garm fits the bill like no one else.  This massive Half Ogre picks up with one hand what many men cannot do with two.  L’Garm never knew his father or mother, as he was left with a church as a (rather large) baby.  It was quite clear early on that L’Garm was a mixed child.  The church, looking for a quiet way to put him aside before he became too large (and a potential problem), found a perfect solution when The Bradbury Circus passed by.  Originally, Geman didn’t want to take a child onto their traveling caravan.  However, the church convinced him that not only would the child have a home no where else, but that he could help out.  Geman took the boy under his wing and put him to work.  He treated L’Garm well, though Geman was generally too busy to be a true father to the boy.  Despite this, L’Gram was especially moved when Geman passed away.  He became quite reclusive though he still did what was expected of him.  Any attempt by his circus family to get to know him better is promptly ignored.  He seems to only interact with Uzra.

More Coming Soon.