System: Dungeons & Dragons 5e
Name: Sharon Lykke
Race: Human (Illuskan)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Race info (Human)
Ability scores all increase by 1
Languages: Common and Illuskan (one extra language)
Class info (Sorcerer)
At 1st Level
4 sorcerer cantrips: Blade Ward, Sword Burst, Thunderclap, True Strike
2 sorcerer spells: Thunderwave, Earth Tremor
Hit points: 8 (6 + Constitution mod)
Proficiencies: Daggers, darts, slings, quaterstaffs, light crossbows, Constitution Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Arcana, Intimidation
Sorcerous Origin: Wild Magic
Background info (Outlander)
Proficiencies: Athletics, Survival, Violin
Languages: Celestial (one of your choice)
Ideal: I must destroy those who have wronged me
Bond: “I will bring terrible wrath down on the evildoers who destroyed my homeland”
Flaw: “Violence is my answer to almost any challenge”
Light crossbow with 20 bolts
Explorer’s pack (a backpack, a bedroll, a mess kit, a tinderbox, 10 torches, 10 days of rations, and a waterskin, 50 feet of hempen rope)
Wealth: 60gp (3d4 x 10)
A badger claw on a leather chain (a trophy from an animal you’ve killed)
A set of traveler’s clothes
A belt pouch containing 10gp
Trinket: A single caltrop made from bone
Starting wealth: 70gp
Sharon’s parents were members of The Arctic Brotherhood, a group of bandits living on the Spine of the World who worshipped Loki. They made their living by terrorising their neighbouring tribes: The Cold Mountain Caste, The Ebon Snow Kin, The Pure Sea Tribe, The Children of the Arctic Fire, and The Silver Oracles. The Arctic Brotherhood had dominion over these five tribes for decades, until one year they decided that they had had enough.
The five tribes rose up against The Arctic Brotherhood, working together to outnumber them (though they did not match them in terms of skill). What followed was a war of attrition in which the balance tipped from one side to the other often and no one was quite sure who, in the end, would emerge victorious.
After a particularly gruelling battle in Icewind Dale, The Arctic Brotherhood seemed to be on its last legs. While they regrouped and readied themselves to continue fighting, Sharon’s parents sought the council of Loki and asked that her mother be given magic to help them win the battle to come. Loki agreed to bestow magic upon her, knowing that she was pregnant at the time and that it was the child, and not the mother, who would receive the magic. Sharon’s mother, not yet knowing that she was with child, believed herself to be a warlock, though her magic never surfaced.
Months passed and the battles grew more difficult for The Arctic Brotherhood. With each skirmish their numbers were greatly reduced, until they were all but wiped out as Sharon reached her first birthday. All those capable of fighting were slaughtered, and the others were taken to the homelands of the various tribes as slaves. Sharon was taken to Luskan, home of The Children of the Arctic Fire, to serve in the household of a noble, Herschel Lightkeep.
Sharon spent the next nineteen years in service in Lightkeep’s household, denied any direct access to her heritage, but being taught of their ways by the older slaves who had been brought with her to Luskan. She grew up resenting those who had destroyed her tribe and killed her family, though she found herself mostly powerless to break free from her situation.
So it was that, at the age of 20, she was found using a symbol used in the worship of Loki and was sentenced to fifty lashes. After just twenty, however, the pain became too much for her, and the magic which had lain dormant within her since before she was born was unleashed: a Thunderwave rushed out from her, knocking all those in the room – including Lightkeep – back and allowing her to escape. She fled the household and the city, but did not make it far before she collapsed.
She awoke in The Crags forest, being tended to by an elderly cleric of The Silver Oracles. The woman, Sif Silverhelm, told her that news of what Sharon had done had passed through the five tribes and she was now being hunted down. Sif explained that she was helping Sharon because the five tribes had taken their revenge too far: none of those who had been kept as slaves had committed any crimes against the tribes, and the conditions to which they were subjected were horrific. Yet there were not many that agreed with her, and she understood that if Sharon was found to be under her care, they would both be put to death. Once Sharon was able to travel, Sif gave her all the money that she could spare and sent her away with the instruction to find a new life for herself.
Sharon began on the way that Sif had shown her, but a need for vengeance still burned in her veins. She was certain that Lightkeep had survived the attack, and was determined to finish him off. Unsure of where he would have fled to, she carried on in search of clues of his whereabouts, living off of the land and looking after herself. When she reached Baldur’s Gate, three years later, she heard rumour that the remnants of The Children of the Arctic Fire had fled to the islands of the Shining Sea. She sought passage there, but could only find a boat that would take her as far as Lantan’s Rest.