More Than Meets The Eye
|Holmur Jacobsen is welcomed into the Temple of Heironeous as a student, Greyhawk City, 585 CY|
Female Human Commoner 2/ Expert 2; CR1, Medium-sized humanoid; hd2d4+4; hp 10; Init +0; Spd. 30ft.; AC10; Atk +1 melee (dagger) or +1 ranged (dagger); Dmg 1d4+1 melee or ranged (dagger); AL LG; SV Fort +4, Ref +0, Will +1; Str 10, Dex 11, Con 14, Int 15, Wis 12, Cha 10.
Skills: Craft (sewing) +5, Handle Animal +4, Heal +6, Knowledge (history) +6; Knowledge (Local- Greyhawk City) +6, Knowledge (Religion) +6, Profession (Accountant/ Bookkeeper) +6, Profession (Farmer) +5, Profession (Scribe) +6, Ride +5, Spot +5, Swim +4, Use Rope +1.
Feats: Great Fortitude, Skill Focus- Profession (Farmer).
Possessions: (If Travelling) Dagger x2, extra change of clothes (peasant's outfit), bedroll, walking stick, winter blanket, 3gp, 4sp, 9cp.
Description: Geanine is a plain-looking 42-year-old Olmarese woman of average build. She has shoulder-length graying brown hair, green eyes and who usually wears green. She is 5'6" tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds.
Male Human Commoner 3/ Expert 2; CR 4; Medium-sized humanoid; HD 3d4+6 (commoner) plus 2d6 +4 (Expert) HP28; Init +1; Spd. 30ft.; AC 11; Atk +5 Melee (dagger) or +3 ranged (dagger); Dmg 1d4+3 melee or ranged (dagger); AL LG; SV Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +3; Str 17, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 10.
Skills: Craft (Blacksmith) +5, Handle Animal +5, Heal +3, Knowledge (Local- Greyhawk City) +10, Knowledge (engineering) +10, Profession (Carpenter) +10, Profession (Farmer) +7, Ride +8, Spot +7, Swim +4, Use Rope +7.
Feats: Endurance, Skill Focus- Profession (Carpenter).
Possessions: (If travelling) Dagger, extra change of clothes (peasant's outfit), bedroll, winter blanket, 7 gp, 11 sp, 10 cp.
Description: Harold Jacobsen is an averge-looking Olmarese man of 46 years age. He stands 6'1" tall, and weighs 185 pounds. His eyes are brown, as is what remains of his hair; he has a thick, bushy mustache and a full beard, but is nearly completely bald except for a ring of hair around his head. He usually wears brown or grey, as well as a grey felt hat.
Male Human Adept 1/ Commoner 1; CR 2; Medium-sized humanoid; HD 1d6+1 (adept) plus 1d4+1 (commoner); HP 12; Init +1; Spd 30 ft.; AC 11 (+1 Dex); AT +0 melee (quarterstaff) or +1 ranged (dagger), or spell; DAM 1d6 (quarterstaff) melee or 1d4 ranged (dagger), or by spell; SQ divine spells; AL LG; SV Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +6; Str 10, Dex 12, Con 13, Int 16, Wis 18, Cha 14.
Skills: Alchemy +5, Concentration +5, Handle Animal +6, Heal +8, Knowledge (arcana) +6, Knowledge (history) +6, Knowledge (Religion) +7, Listen +5, Profession (Farmer )+6, Scry +5, Spellcraft +6, Spot +6, Swim +1, Use Rope +2, Wilderness Lore +6
Feats: Expertise, Scribe Scroll.
Possessions: (If found outside the temple of Arperion in Estar City) Cleric's outfit (worn), backpack, silver holy symbol, quarterstaff, one week trail rations, Holy Book of Arperion, dagger, 2 sacks, 3 candles, 3 pieces of parchment, one vial of ink, two inkpens.
Description: Holmur Jacobsen is a baby-faced 18-year-old acolyte of Arperion, presently studying at the Temple of Heironeous in the Free City of Greyhawk. He is 5'11" tall, and weighs around 170 pounds. His hair is brown, and his eyes are green. He tends to favor his left leg when he walks, due to an accident he suffered as a child (he fell out of a tree he was climbing, breaking the leg, and the break was improperly set).
|A DRY STREAMBED CHANGES THE FUTURE
In 585 CY on the world of Oerth (1296 KR on Trinith), Kelvin Arundel, Sir Merrith Banebridge, Luntarin Beldrake, Belgarian the Bold, Zerena Lightsword, Chet Moonbow and Derallyn Whiteleaf were hired to escort a caravan from Chendl, the capital city of the Kingdom of Furyondy, to the Free City of Greyhawk. Along the way, they encountered a number of strange folk, bizarre mysteries and moral dilemmas.
One such ethical quandary involved the Jacobsen and MacKenzie families, whose farms abutted one another just off the main trade road between Gorsend and Free Borough.
Between the two farms ran a mere sliver of a stream, which had begun to dry up as a result of a drought. There was barely enough water available for one of the farms, but not both. The party came upon the two families as the men of each family began to argue over what to do.
After some haggling and a lot of tears, members of the adventuring group (most notably, Zerena and Sir Merrith) convinced the two families that, in order for both to survive, one must relocate). So, a coin was flipped, and the Jacobsens were the family who had to leave. They agreed that the MacKenzies were to pay a "rental fee" of 7 cp per year for all their equipment, and members of the adventuring party/ caravan guard would help subsidize the Jacobsens' relocation to Greyhawk City, as well as return to their old farm once a year to collect the payments fro the MacKenzies. Geanine Jacobsen had previously worked as a scribe in a temple of Heironeous, and her husband could find land to work right outside the Free City, so the plan was made for them to move to the Domain of Greyhawk.
There were many more interesting occurrences during the crossing of Furyondy by the Squarepine Caravan about which one can read, but the most seminal event in the lives of the Jacobsens focused on their young son.
AN ACOLYTE IS BORN
Holmur, then 11 years old, struck up a relationship with the two party priests, Kelvin, an elven herbalist healer and disciple of Corellon, and Luntarin, a priest of Wee Jas, the human goddess of magic (and death).
Holmur showed an amazing intuition and had learned much from his mother about both the history of Oerth and of the various godly influences of the Flanaess.
Over the course of the five-month journey, through Furyondy and the wild lands near Dyvers and finally to Greyhawk City, Holmur learned how to swing a quarterstaff and throw a dagger. He accumulated a large quantity of knowledge about history, the nature of priestly magic, the gods of the humans, elves and dwarves, and the habits and customs of Furyondy and Greyhawk City's lesser nobility.
He also expressed a burgeoning interest in serving Heironeous the Invincible. Thanks to the tutelage of the two clerics and his mother's relating her past experience in the church in Chendl to him, Heironeous had gained not only a convert, but a devoted and willing servant, provided the two priests of other faiths could convince the Heironean priests in Greyhawk City of the boy's piety.
PASSING THE TESTS
After arriving in Greyhawk City, the Jacobsens and the two priests immediately set out for the temple of Heironeous- and did not exactly receive a warm welcome.
Were it not for the prior experience of Geanine in the order of Heironeous years before in Chendl and her taking time to acquaint her son with many of the minor rituals and customs of the clergy, all might have been in vain.
But after Holmur's impressive displays of knowledge, skill, piety and courtesy towards his fellows and elders in trials which lasted three days, he was permitted to join the order as an apprentice, to study for five years before becoming an acolyte.
MAKING A NEW LIFE
Once Holmur's situation had been resolved, Geanine and Harold Jacobsen, with help from Banebridge, et al, bought a home in the Artisan's Quarter, and Geanine found work as a scribe. She could have easily went to work in the Temple with her son, but decided that she did not want to distract the pious youngster from his calling. Instead, she began working for the Squarepine brothers, Trill and Gosher, as a clerk, where she began learning to be a bookkeeper.
Harold, rather than continue to seek work as a farmhand, decided that he wished to start fresh himself, similarly to how his wife had done. He became a worker in construction, and is now one of the most valued handymen in Greyhawk City.