I agree with Mur on all points... I see him as bitching out the heroes and meddling in their affairs, feeling that they've done it all wrong.
"I specifically told you to kill *all* the goblins; I shall revoke half your payment now." Go to Comment
Found myself laughing throughout! A very realistic, though somewhat comical character. At the same time, his desperate desire to be important while keeping control of his particular little fiefdom rings of truth. Sadly, the real world is populated with quite a few such Viceroys.
I like their ambiguous nature. The real and more-or-less harmless (so long as you leave it alone) creature with a reputation for much much more. A nice addition to any good fishing village. Go to Comment
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