Human/ Male/ 49
He is a short slight man. Balding, though he had a thick black mop in his youth. He has deep set eyes that seem to twinkle. He frequently has a wry little grin, making one think he is keeping a secret.
Technically, he is a local carpenter. He actually does little, if any, carpentry work. Mostly he does a number of side jobs.
Someone has to do it, so Dougilus does.
Dougilus lends small bits of money and works out payment with people. He is a tiny bank of sorts. He covers a simple bit of insurance, if people pay into him, they can get more out... if they hit hard times.
He is the district's matchmaker. So he often suggests people might want to talk with him, if they want to be married. He makes sure the proprieties are observed at all times.
He arranges contacts between various parties, between letters of introduction or just introductions, he is the man to know if you want to know someone else.
He also organizes local parades, parties, picnics, races, and other large social events. He helps people plan their weddings and their travels.
Lastly, he is the district bookie... taking bets on almost everything. Given the local's love of races and fighting, this is a lively part of his business.
He also does a little blackmail on the side, since he is often privy to all those dirty little secrets. His fees are quite modest and never more than a slight inconvenience to the target.
A little leather journal in which he keep cryptic notes in either a code, or an awful enough handwriting that it might as well be code. He seems to have several of them hidden about the district.
He is a fun sort of guy, jovial most of the time... though that may be the drink. When he needs to be serious (as when he is negotiating a proper matchmaking) he is overly serious... almost comical.
He likes his drink, so you will often find him in the local pub (which he is part owner).
He is always refereing to his little book.
While he scribbles in his book, he actually has a photographic memory. So despite the book... it is all in his head. Many people strive to steal his books, but then he produces another copy straight away. (The books are part of his insurance plan, as long as they are floating around, nobody can just kill him... as someone else could pick up the debt or blackmail.)
He has several hideyholes around the district (one of which is under the local chapel) where he keeps blackmail evidence and some of his cash.
He has lots of friends. So if anyone touches him, he better run far and fast, as the has friends all over the county and they will take out any insult or injury against this man in blood (and the hefty reward he normally offers).
He likes to wipe his forehead. He often feels warm, so bits of sweat bead up upon his balding pate.
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I like it. It's not a flashy character, he certainly can fit into almost any town, and he's a great opener for tons of quests. I loved the detailed descriptions of his behavior, too, and for some reason I was drawn to the concept of his hidey-holes. Would be nice for some PCs to stumble across...or for an NPC to find, say, a note revealing who was behind his wife's leaving him, or somthing along those lines. Overall, a cool little guy!
like everything except his name.
Not bad. Something of a 'patron' of a place, something of a mafia don. The man you need to speak to if you want something important.
... Quite the fingerdipper. People like this happen, and adventurers should occasionally run into them. Thanks, Moon. The only question I might have is: Does he actually, truely enjoy it? Or is the joviality really a farce / product of drink?
IMO: I think he really enjoys it. It is just a game, a farce, in so many ways. He is also dodging 'hard work' to do these bits. The problem is that he is actually working harder than if he was doing the real work.
A good bit player, can fit in pretty much anywhere.
I like writing things that are plug and play. A majority of posts seem to define campaigns or require a lot of rewriting of a campaign to include. We should be writing 'little bits' that people can grab and use. We all only have so much time to plan and create for our campaigns. By grabbing little bits and color pieces, we can focus more effort on plotting and important other elements.