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"Barathus of Cauldron" by Christopher Lee Herdman

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I don't remember much of my mother.  Bout the only memory of her I have
was watching a cloth wrapped body being taken away on a deathcart to
Ember House.  Fancy way of calling a place where you burn the bodies of
people who couldn't affort a burial or dirt poor.

In Cauldron, the city where I was born, I was raised by friends of my
mother.  Street toughs and prostitutes, a half-orc bouncer and even
scholar that feel on hard times.  She was the one that taught me to read
and write.  There was even a dwarf named Thengar, who taught me how to
work a forge, even after the stunt I pulled on him as a joke.  I'm just
glad his hair grew back out.

The streets, strangers, ex-mercenaries and brawlers taught me how to
fight.  I joined up with the Knives, a local gang that had a rivalry with
a half-orc gang called the Fangs.  Things eventually cooled down
between em, though the occasional flare up happens now and again.

I found out a quick and dirty way to earn some good coin, pit fighting. 
Naturally I'm good at hurting people so I tried it out.  I brokes
bones, shattered knees, cut, smashed and ran people through.  I'm not
opposed to giving people some hurting and I'm damn proude I didn't kill
anyone, except once.  Thrill killer named Thrask, nasty as they come, and he
loved the killing something fierce.  Took everything I knew just to
stay in once piece, and took nearly all I was to bring him down on a
permanent basis.  I wasn't proud of it but it had to be done.

Now I'm looking to get out.  Maybe become an adventurer or something. 
Got a halfling named Billy Bodkins I know looking to starting up a
group.  Worked with him a few times befor, good man with a knife.  Maybe he
needs someone with muscle to join up.  I might just look him up..



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29 Jul 200645 Jeff Lee
As the DM for the campaign this character is from, I suppose it's fitting I get first comment. ;-)

I have to say, this is a rather fine rendering of Barathus. Admittedly, in my own mind I saw him looking a bit more scruffy, and his nose a lot less straight (when you live on the streets, it tends to get hit once or twice...a week.) Still, I think this captures the overall feel of the character nicely. Well done!

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "The nose gave me quite a bit of trouble. Perhaps the constant healing magic necessary when adventuring in the Shackled City has straightened even the most distorted of angles? Thanks for commenting Jeff, I hope you will comment again on my pages."
18 Aug 2006:-) John Ryan Byrd
Sweet Character Concept and background. Damnit, I wanna play some D&D!

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Just so everyone knows, I didn't write the character background. Joshua, and to some degree Jeff gets the credit for that."
27 Aug 200645 Jen
This is well-executed - the spiked chain is interestingly fashioned and the character concept seems well illustrated here.
My only problem is that on his right hand, I can't tell if he's using an under- or over-hand grip, i.e. the fingers just kinda float. This might be the Photoshop issue again, though.

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Thanks Jen."
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'Barathus of Cauldron':
 • Created by: :-) Christopher Lee Herdman
 • Copyright: ©Christopher Lee Herdman. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Boots, Cauldron, Chain, City, Fighter, Hydra, Items, Magic, Shackled, Spiked, Weapons
 • Categories: Body Study, Fights, Duels, Battles, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins, Weapons, Bows, Swords, Blades, Rapiers...
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen
 • Submitted: 2006-07-23 10:58:31
 • Views: 1064
 • Resolution: 640x640

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