Character Thursday-Violet Underfoot(Halfling Thief)

VioletUnderfoot Violet Underfoot-Halfling Thief

Strength: 8, Constitution: 11, Dexterity: 20,

Wisdom: 10, Intelligence: 15, Charisma: 11

Backstory:

Violet would say that picking pockets is merely a hobby, that she is really an artisan.  The truth is that she spends most of her time in the streets picking out marks and picking their pockets.  It’s the only thing paying for her parents’ little place in the shanty surrounding the town.  She’s lucky she is good at it.

She does like to tinker, though, and will often make the effort to steal a fine looking piece from a local shop or traveling merchant to use for inspiration before selling it.  The family’s hovel is cluttered with the tools of the artisan’s trade.  Violet has convinced her parents that her significant income is from the sale of her intricate devices during the day.  She works much of the night.

The truth is that many shady characters will buy her devices for a reasonable price, but her more upstanding, artistic pieces are bought at a pittance by shops, partly because of her hurry to get back to picking pockets.  She is always watching for another stream of income.

Violet is a character who will need to tread lightly in combat.  Whether with conservative dagger fighting with careful parrying and dodging or a ranged weapon, she will have a place, but not a major one.  Her focus is deeply on thief roles.  In the backstory I fish for Understand Artifact, Perception, Trap, and maybe extra Pick Pocket.  With those abilities, Violet can prove very useful out of combat.  In the long run, she will likely go Rogue or Bard and maintain a distant part in combat while emphasizing other skills.

Violet’s attributes are very well suited for a thief due to the halfling bonus to dexterity.  The bonus to constitution helps give her resilience in combat.  While in combat, I might have less options than some other players, but outside of combat Violet’s player will have plenty to do, such as searching for secret doors, studying artifacts, and setting traps.  In many conditions, she will be able to act as a scout and prepare the way for the full party.

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