Sunday, November 16, 2008

Savage City: Elin Pertl, Wolfram’s Son (Wildcard)

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d6
Skills: Climbing d6, Driving d10, Fighting d8, Gambling d6, Persuasion d8, Shooting d8, Stealth d6, Streetwise d10, Taunt d6
Charisma: +2; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughess: 5
Hindrances: Yellow (Guts d4–4)
Edges: Attractive

Some call him the best catch in town, others a spoiled brat. Whatever side you belong to, everyone has an opinion on Elin Pertl, the only son of the richest merchant Wolfram Pertl. Elin is a handsome and athletic man and turned 20 recently. He is a skilled fencer and even better horseman, driving a two-wheeled curricle. Still, he would be a coward in a real fight. People with experience notice that within a minute.
Nevertheless he has achieved everything he ever wanted to. He just did not need to put much effort into anything. People say he exploits his father, using the old man’s money for the yearly spring, summer, autumn and winter festivals that have turned from religious ceremonies into carnivals.
But Elin feels no guilt for wasting his father’s money, since he knows how dirty the basis of all this wealth is. When he was still a boy, he became secret witness to the ceremony that crippled his father. Watching would not have been enough for Elin to hate Wolfram though. But that fateful night the curious kid secretly exchanged the magic Spider Gem for a similar-looking, but harmless, shard of colored glass, while the alchemist tried to revive his father. Elin hid the Spider Gem in the deep well in the cellar of his father’s house. Whenever he would climb down there and press the magic stone against his forehead, he could see and feel the past crimes of his father.
While Elin confronted Wolfram with his dark past, the former Spider Knight does not know that Elin exchanged the gems. Elin would prefer to die than to tell a stranger about his father’s crimes though. On this subject he is not cowardly at all. It is quite possible that his personality will change drastically if his father is openly accused. Elin does not believe his father changed into a good man, but believes that you have to stick to your family. He is unable to understand the the paradox of his own behavior.
Elin spends most of the time chasing girls or racing the countryside. He sees other young and talented people as rivals, or uses them as a means to play tricks on his father.

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