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November 19, 2005, 5:53 pm

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Estranged from his family, Melvin can usually be found sleeping in the back of an ox pulled wagon that is driven by his cat familiar.

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Cat familiar.


A young Elf, Melvin is tall but frail, Melvin dresses in long robes of plain design.
While usually sullen, he has been known to enjoy rawdy nights out with his travelng partners.


Melvin was born to a prominent elven family with a long history of magical talent (including innate magic).
Even from a young age it was obvious that Melvin was unlike most of his siblings. While they were considered prodegies & wielded powerful magics at an early age Melvin had shown little affinity to the art.

Belittled by his brothers & sisters & over looked by older generations, Melvin set out to learn what he did not understand intuitively. He spent days & nights laboring over old tomes & scrolls While the others played, and while he made little progress at start, through sheer determination the young elf grow to wield enough magic to join a company of travelers.
He spent a long time adventuring, earning a reputation for being somewhat of a loose canon, throwing destructive spells when his companions were in the spell’s reach. Surprisingly (not to Melvin) none of his companions was ever injured in any permenent way, & over time they came to accept some of these actions.
Now, years later & much more experienced Melvin is truly a powerful mage. While he knows his powers (and limitations), there are still times when he feels inadequate & he continue to travel searching for more knowledge & a sense of meaning.

As for the cat, he is a spell-bound familiar that Melvin has, on occasion, imbued with spellcasting abilities, & has grown to be somewhat indipendent of his so called “master”. Over the years it has been speculated that the two roles are acctually reversed & that the elf is the familiar of the spellcasting cat, speculations that are dismissed outright by Melvin.

Roleplaying Notes:

has vast knowledge in Evocation spelles & affects, but is also very fond of illusions. hardly ever uses summoning spells, partly due to his conection to his cat.
Note : while not many people like him (almost none at first glance) Melvin is a pretty decent guy & has acctually traveled mostly with none elf charecters so he is more open minded about other races then his fellow elves. Also note the he is very fond of over sleeping.

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Comments ( 7 )
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Barbarian Horde
August 19, 2003, 21:42
Cool thanks.
Voted Scrasamax
July 2, 2007, 9:14
There are some submissions that are just strange enough that thye refuse to let go of the imagination. I love the ambiguity of which is the magic user, and which is the familiar.
November 16, 2012, 12:55
Yeah same here.
Voted Murometz
November 16, 2012, 12:55
Only voted
Voted axlerowes
November 16, 2012, 16:20
this was a pleasant diversion.
Voted Kassy
June 4, 2013, 6:39

Quite good in comparison to some older subs.
Voted valadaar
February 5, 2014, 15:25
I like this ambiguity.

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