Shababa is five feet three inches tall, with yellow eyes, light green skin, long curving tusks, long black hair and what Orcs would think is a beautiful face and body (and what most humans think is a pug-ugly body and piglike face.)
Shababa was an Orcish maiden, born to one of the richer and high-ranking Orcish families. Her father was one of those who played The Drums of the Spirits in battle, and from when she was toddling around, the young Shababa decided that she loved music and dancing, and that she wanted to become a famous dancing girl. The problem was, although the Orcs liked dancing, they didnt really have a dancing tradition as such, and many of them laughed at Shababa when she danced and ridiculed her.
Shababa grew up to be beautiful-from an Orcish point of view, with soft green skin, long curved tusks and a good strong body. One day her dancing attracted the attention of an Orcish chieftain of her tribe who made her his personal dancing girl and wanted to make her his mistress as well.
Shababa was uncertain if she wanted to take up the offer. On one hand, he was a chieftain, a great warrior, and rich, but on the other hand he was no longer in the prime of life, and there was also his Great Wife to worry about. Whilst she was trying to make up her mind, it was made up for her when there was an attempt on her life.
Somebody, one of her admirers amongst her tribe, tipped her off that someone sent by the Chieftains Great Wife was going to stab her when she slept, so she used pillows to make it seem like she was asleep in bed and fled from the tribe with only her clothes, her jewellery and a small amount of money and food.
She decided not to stay and accuse the Great Wife of trying to kill her. If she was disbelieved, then under the few harsh laws of the Orcs, she could face mutilation or even execution for false testimony and lese-majesty. If she was believed, then the Chieftain might well decided to make her his new Great Wife, which she didnt want. She liked him but she certainly did not love him.
So she decided to take her chances amongst the humans. She had heard that they valued dancing much more then Orcs-maybe there was a chance that they would enjoy her singing and dancing enough so that she could become famous. Sadly, it was not to be. Although she was allowed by innkeepers to dance at their inns, the crowds who turned up to watch her thought of her as a freak, mocked her and jeered at her, and teased her. She moves ceaselessly from inn to inn and from town to town, hoping to find somewhere where her talents are properly appreciated. Had she been a human, it is likely that she would have indeed become famous for her dancing and singing, but as an Orc she has become a figure of fun.
She gets the occasional coin, usually thrown painfully at her, but makes just enough to live on. Occasionally a kind innkeeper or one who is just amused by her dancing might let her spend a night for free in his inn. She has long since sold all her jewellery and her clothes have become ragged and full of holes. So far she has kept healthy, but the winter will soon be here and she fears that she will get sick.
Recently she has become a barmaid to have a source of money. The pay is bad, but she gets to sleep in the inn for free.
Her voice-it is sweet despiter her being an Orc and she is as good a singer as she is a dancer.
She is pleasant to all who are pleasant to her in return, but has acquired a deep mistrust of humans because of the way that most of them have treated her.
Plot hooks-The PCs see her being hassled by thugs. Do they intervene to help an Orcish girl?
Dancing Barmaid-A PC sees the Orcish barmaid dancing on stage late at night, and dancing very well.