Bruin is a giant of a man, with powerful arms. He has an everyday kind of face, virtually indistinguishable from any other man on the streets. However, he stands well over six and a half feet tall, and his chest is as large around as a boulder. He can usually be seen wearing rough wool clothing, and the thick leather gloves that denote his profession.
Bruin was born to a pair of farmers near the little town of Vorwin. Merely a smudge on the map. He had a normal life, working when he had to, and resting when he could. But when he came of age, he left his family to make his way in the town. Once there he realized that his hopes of fortune were far from coming true, so he took the first job that he could find. That just happened to be ringing bells at the one church in town.
That’s what he did, day in, day out, for the next ten years. His life became monotonous, but safe. But, recently, his habits have begun to change. The bells have begun to ring during his time off, and he is frequently seen in the local tavern, sitting in a dark corner. Also recently, there has been a startling drop in the numbers of travelers through the area. These travelers made up such a large percentage of the Vorwiners’ income, that the town council has had several meetings to discuss the lack of funds.
In reality, quite a lot of traffic is going along the roads toward the town, but most of it is not arriving. The travelers are being rerouted through a side road, one that leads through a canyon. In this spot, the travelers are waylaid by a group of brigands, and robbed of all valuables, they are then sent foreword to the next town, completely bypassing Vorwin. Strangely, this is not the fate of all of the people. Only the truly wealthy, and merchants carrying the rarer goods are assaulted.
What’s really happening is that the gang of brigands that have taken residence in the area is using Bruin as a contact. He listens around until he hears of something really worth the trouble of stealing, and then signals the others using his bells. The code is simple, first a certain series of notes to alert the band that he is sending a message, then the hour of the day that the target will be traveling by. After another set of notes, Bruin tolls out the number of guards, and then signals goodbye. These tollings are always two days before the assault, so as to eliminate one more signal. The victims are sent past Vorwin so that they cannot tell what happened to the guardsmen there, who would be more likely than outsiders to put together two and two to realize what Bruin has been doing.
Bruin has his thick leather bell ringer’s glove, made to protect the hands from rope burns, and a sturdy wooden cudgel.
Bruin can be seen wandering the streets or in the tavern, when not ringing, that is. He will most likely not give up much information, and if questioned about the brigands, will become stoically silent and find an excuse to leave.