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October 28, 2005, 12:28 pm

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Lin the Nightingale


The once noble Jiy family was wiped out years ago by their enemies.  Only one escaped.  And Jiy Lin has sworn vengance.

Special Equipment:

Flute, poisoned needles, daggars, other weapons.


Lin is a short, slender woman with long black hair in a braid down her back.  She looks like any other wandering minstrel, only she is constantly alert.


The Jiy family was once a noble and powerful clan, with much influence with the Divine Emperor.  Of course, they made enemies.  In time, the Jiy family became less.  But the enemies did not forget, nor did they forgive.  When the head of the Jiy family lost the last of his most powerful allies, a rival family set about assassinating the Jiy.  His assassins were very thourough, and soon the Jiy family was wiped out.  But the assassins were not thourough enough.  One member of the Jiy family escaped, so distantly related that no one connected her with the doomed line.  Her name is Lin.
Lin was only a child when the assassinations started happening.  Her parents went into hiding, and were later killed during a flood.  Perhaps a little irrationally, she blames the rival family with the deaths of her parents, not to mention the rest of her relatives.  She decided to use the enemy’s own methods against them.  She became an assassin, well versed in the art of killing men.  She learned poisons and perfumes and the skills of the blade.  She poses as a wandering musician, for a musician is usually no more than scenery.  The only other profession who could have a more unfettered path to a target would be a courtesean, but Lin does not walk that road. 
Lin is very, very good at what she does.  She takes other commissions, not just the members of the rival family that she has sworn to destroy.  The Nightingale, as she is known, is a very clever and much sought after assassin.  No one knows who she really is or what her cover is.

Roleplaying Notes:

Perhaps the members of the rival family suspect that the Nightingale is a lost member of the Jiy family, since she has a vendentta against them.  The head of the family might arrange to have some mercenaries attempt to find Lin, ostensibly because they are innocent victims.

Lin might have confused a PC or important NPC with a member of the rival family.  This is understandably going to cause some problems.

The party might be investigating an assassination that seems to be the work of the Nightingale.  Do they hunt down the assassin?  Will they connect Lin the musician to the notorious Nightingale?  Will they believe it if they figure it out?  Might it be a set up?

Lin might need help to carry out one of her commissions or part of her vendetta.  If the target in question is a nasty enough sort, the players might be persuaded to help her.

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Voted Zylithan
November 10, 2005, 12:13
This character is a little too generic to me. Seems like every other NPC is mad because their family was killed and they are out for revenge. More detail would set this character apart. What foods does she like? Would she give a beggar money or kick him? Is she superstitous? These are silly questions, and don't need to be answered in the text, but in a perfect post, I think I could answer these questions on my own without having to be told. Also, to me a musician is a performer - maybe someone who could get access to some royalty, but usually in a very public place and watched ("performer"). I'm not saying it's impossible, just that it would be really cool to hear about maybe one specific hit she made using this as her cover.
Voted Scrasamax
October 11, 2008, 0:44
A fairly solid assassin, generic enough that she can be used in another game just by changing the names around a bit. I like the fact that she took the road of musician over the courtesan's path.
Voted valadaar
July 14, 2014, 14:57
This really dances around the character without really describing her. Yes, she's a musician, and yep, she's and orphan.

I think this erred on the side of being too general, Asian names notwithstanding.

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