Transcript Ep5 0:1:50 Character Backstories

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personality traits, beyond the mere history they tell. I hope this serves as a

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Transcript method notes:


Full episode:

Full set runs: 0:1:50 to 0:15:12

1. Pike – 0:1:50 to 0:03:52

2. Grog – 0:03:53 to 0:05:40

3. Keyleth – 0:05:41 to 0:07:43

4. Percy – 0:07:45 to 0:08:58

5. Scanlan – 0:08:59 to 0:10:20

6. Tiberius – 0:10:20 to 0:12:18

7. Vax – 0:12:20 to 0:13:48

8. Vex – 0:13:49 to 0:15:12

9. Trinket – The

Saga of Trinket – The surprising first meeting between Vex and her companion

1. Pike

0:1:50 Ashley: “Pike

grew up in the outskirts of town, near the Bramblewood. Her ancestors were a

family of deep gnomes with quite an unfavorable reputation. Thievery,

destruction, and trickery left them with the curse of the last name Trickfoot. Sarenrae,

the goddess of healing and redemption, had other plans for Pike’s

great-great-grandfather, Wilhand, who left his family at a young age after a

dream; a dream that changed the course of the Trickfoot family. Wilhand devoted

his life to Sarenrae and pledged from then on that him and his family would

live a life of service and devotion.

0:02:27 Ashley: “As

a child, Pike seemed to have an affinity to heal. Whether it was animals,

people, or even flowers, she felt she had a purpose in making things whole that

had once been broken. She studied and learned the ways to heal though divine


0:02:43 Ashley: “She

lived a peaceful life, quiet and simple, until one day, Wilhand was captured, and

almost killed, by a group of goliath barbarians. One of the goliaths took a

stand against the murder of the innocent gnome, and he himself was beaten,

bloodied, and left for dead, abandoned by his herd. Wilhand went to Pike for

help. She prayed and healed this barbarian as best she could, bringing him back

to life. When he awoke, she discovered his name was Grog Strongjaw. After that,

they were best of friends, a rather unlikely pair. Little did she know that in

a few years’ time, Grog would soon return the favor and bring her back from the

clutches of death.

0:03:31 Ashley: “After

being killed in battle, Pike felt angry. She wanted to be stronger so that it

would never happen again. She spent four months at sea training with the men

and women aboard a ship called the Broken Howl. Gripping her holy symbol in one

hand, and her morningstar in the other, this time, Pike is ready.”


2. Grog

0:03:53 Travis: “Right,

Listen up! If you have ale, then you have a friend in Grog Strongjaw! A goliath

of towering height and size, this barbarian has an appetite for the two great loves

in his life: combat, women, and ale!” Chuckle, “Wait. Easily the

brains of the group, Grog is often consulted for his vast knowledge of shapes,

colors, and,” chuckle, “shiny things! …Also, ale.

0:04:27 Travis: “In

his early years, armed with his two-handed great axe, Grog often enjoyed

proving his might amongst the ranks of his family’s wandering herd. But after

coming upon an unsuspecting elderly gnome in the woods, he objected to the

killing such an innocent life. A

creature of impulse, Grog felt only pity for this… well, this terrified

little thing, and his disobedience cost him dearly. Beaten bloody, and banished

by the herd leader, his uncle Kevdak, Grog was abandoned and left to die.

0:05:05 Travis: “Exiled

from his herd, it was then that the relative of the very gnome he fought to

save, saved him. It was the kindness of a gnome cleric named Pike, that healed

Grog, bringing him back from death’s edge. And they have remained close friends

ever since.

0:5:26 Travis: “Most

nights, Grog can be found challenging entire taverns to wrestling matches! Ha! …or

accompanying Scanlan to the nearest house, where you pay for… lady favors. Also,



3. Keyleth

0:05:41 Marisha: “A

first Impression of Keyleth would leave you with little information on the

half-elven druid. You might even think that her social awkwardness due to her sheltered

upbringing is kind of sweet.” Chuckle, “Of course, it would be unwise

underestimate her based on first impressions. Under that unintimidating, petite

frame is a vicious beast waiting to be unleashed, whose natural powers have

made even the fiercest of champions pee their pants, literally!” Soft chuckle.

0:06:10 Marisha: “Born

to the Air Tribe of the Ashari people, Keyleth was raised with a deep love of

nature and the elemental magics. It is her people’s inherent duty to protect

the delicate areas in Tal’Dorei where the four elemental planes begin to bleed

with this realm. Since she was a little girl, she had quite a knack for air

manipulation and beast shaping abilities. Well, if you consider Kittens and flying

squirrels to be little beasts. Which, I do, “clears throat.

0:06:39 Marisha: “Anyways,

it wasn’t long before the headmaster of the tribe, her father, Kohren, realized

her true prodigious abilities and she was inveterated to succeed him as the

next headmaster. Just like that, her jovial childhood was stripped and replaced

with endless spell memorization, teachings from ancient traditions, and

exceedingly high expectations.

0:07:00 Marisha: “Every

druid leader-to-be must embark on journey to seek out the sister tribes, in

order to introduce and establish respect amongst the fellow headmasters. They

call this the Aramente, or Noble Odyssey. When her father felt she was ready,

he set her on the path to truly discovering herself. Not knowing when, or if

she will ever return. As she hiked down the mountain towards Stillben, she

meditated on the task ahead. Part of the Aramente is proving yourself a strong

warrior, a valiant protector, and a wise and compassionate leader. With this

knowledge, one thought plays in repeat in her mind: Is she even worthy?”


4. Percy

0:07:45 Taliesin:

“Percy was the third child of 7 children, born to a noble family who lived

far to the north in the ancient castle of Whitestone. With so many siblings to

share the burdens of lordship, Percy turned his attentions to the sciences,

engineering, and naturalism.

0:08:01 Taliesin:

“One day, a mysterious couple, named Lord and Lady Briarwood, came to

court. During a feast held in their honour, the Briarwoods violently took

control of the castle, killing or imprisoning everyone who would stand in their

way. Percy awoke chained in the dungeon, only to be freed by his younger

sister. Together they fled, chased by the Briarwoods’ men. As they ran, Percy’s

sister took several arrows to the chest and fell. Percy kept running,

eventually jumping into a freezing river and floating unconscious to freedom.

0:08:34 Taliesin:

“He did not remember waking up on a fishing boat. He barely remembered the

next two years, as he slowly made his way as far south as possible. Then one

night, Percy had a dream. A roaring cloud of smoke offered him vengeance

against those who destroyed his family. When he awoke, Percy began to design

his first gun.”


5. Scanlan

0:08:59 Sam: “Oh,

you haven’t heard of Scanlan Shorthalt? Well, gird your loins, ladies, because

he has his eye on you. A talented musician, master of disguise, and dashingly handsome

in his own mind, Scanlan sings songs almost as much as he sings his own


0:09:15 Sam: “Born

a poor Gnome, Scanlan used his endless charm and soaring tenor voice to croon

for coin and support his single mother. One day he was discovered by a half-orc

promoter, and joined Dr. Dranzel’s Spectacular Traveling Troupe where he

learned the ways of the world, and honed his skills as a bard extraordinaire.

0:09:35 Sam: “A

loner much of his life, Scanlan has never quite come to terms with the violent death

of his mother at the hands of a Goblin invasion. While his years on the road

provided many, shall we say, educational experiences with the opposite sex, deep

down Scanlan yearns for the one thing he’s never known: the true love of a

fellow Gnome.

0:09:57 Sam: ” Still, Scanlan considers himself a lover

first, performer second, and fighter distant third. On the battlefield, he’ll

support his allies, but rarely draws blood unless it’s to protect fellow Gnome,

Pike. Count on Scanlan for a hearty laugh, a rollicking song, and a twinkle in

his eye that melts hearts and makes the females swoon.


6. Tiberius

0:10:20 Orion: “Greetings

and salutations. I am Tiberius Stormwind. I hail from a town called Ty’rex, located

in the heart of Draconia, born from a politically respected family. At the age

of 15, I succeeded in passing the Sorcerer’s Rite, showing prodigy-like control

of my magic. The judges and the Draconian high council were amazed at how

powerful my spells were for how long I had been training. At 20 years-old, I

was the youngest appointed member of the magic guild in Draconian history.

0:10:49 Orion: “For

the next few years, I almost went mad from the malaise of being a guild member, as it’s rather boring. However,

one day I happened upon a chamber, unused for quite some time. In the room were

stacks of books and maps of the surrounding cities and areas around the known

world. For months, I would frequent the chamber, and learned of artifacts from

legend. After a long period of research, I made a list of artifacts that caught

my eye. I brought these findings to the high council and was told that all of

the information in the chamber I had stumbled upon was either believed to be

fiction or unsolvable mysteries, and hence were lost forever. I found those

answers to be unacceptable.

0:11:28 Orion: “A

year later I devised a ruse and managed to convince the city council to lend

support in me leaving Draconia on a mission of peace and diplomacy for the

surrounding kingdoms. Going from town to town and making friends and allies, in

and for the name of Draconia. Being a red dragonborn, I had quite the task on

my hands in that respect, but it was exactly what I needed so I could explore the

world and find these artifacts, as I felt the truth was out there.

0:11:54 Orion: “Some

may describe me as buffoonish, but I say poppycock to all that. I am much

sharper than most give me credit for. I just don’t pay attention to things

sometimes. I’ve also been known to be rather cunning, loyal, happy-go-lucky,

and well, dangerous. I can’t help but show my true scales every now and then. But

overall, I think I’m quite friendly for a Dragonborn.”


7. Vax

0:12:20 Liam: “Never

entirely welcome in the company of elves or men, Vax’ildan learned at a young

age to skip past formality, preferring instead to invite himself in your door. Along

with twin sister Vex’ahlia, Vax was born by a chance encounter between elven royalty

and human peasantry. Raised by their mother in their early years, the twins were

eventually sent off to their father in the Elven capital of Singorn. But their

cool reception among the Elves there never warmed, and their time in the

capital didn’t last.

0:12:50 Liam: “The

siblings stole away one autumn night and set out on the open road. After a few

years of wandering, they eventually decided to return to their mother, and

journeyed back to the lands of their youth. But instead of finding their

childhood home, they returned to a pile of rubble. Their mother was gone, their

home burned to ash. Pressing the townspeople for answers, they learned of the

day the dragon came. With their ties all severed, Vax’ildan and his sister set

out to find their fortune together in Tal’Dorei.

0:13:28 Liam: “An

outsider since birth, Vax quickly learned to solve life’s challenges in his own

particular way, often by sidestepping them entirely. And when his knack for

circumventing adversity isn’t enough, the way of blades the elves schooled him

in more than makes up the difference.”


8. Vex

0:13:49 Laura: “Like

so many Half-Elves, Vex’ahlia has spent most of her life suffering the cool

reception of a people who don’t fully accept her. Born of a human mother, and

an elven father who only later in life took an interest in their existence, Vex’ahlia and her twin brother

Vax’ildan quickly realized the only people they could truly rely on in this

world were each other.

0:14:14 Laura: “It

was at the age of 10 when the two were taken from their mother, and brought to

live in Singorn, the isolated Elven city for which their father was an

ambassador. He quietly took them in, but always kept an icy distance, and after

too many years of disdainful looks, the pair decided to leave his indifference

behind, and set out on their own.

0:14:36 Laura: “Vax

took to the cities, stealing small trinkets and learning the ways of the thief,

while Vex kept to the woods. She preferred the isolation. Always the keen

observer, she learned to hunt and to track, to spy and to shoot. And through a

series of fateful events, earned herself a companion in the form of a bear – her

own stolen Trinket – to fight alongside her and protect her fiercely. Also, he

is adorable, and gives expert massages.



9. Trinket

The Saga of Trinket – The surprising first meeting between

Vex and her companion

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