The Darkening of Mirkwood
Hanar Son of Veig
"To truly see, one must read."
Culture: Dwarf of the Blue Mountains
Standard of Living: Prosperous
Cultural Blessing: Redoubtable [Starting Fatigue= Encumbrance – ]
Shadow Weakness: Lure of Secrets
Experience – Total: 4 | Pooled: 3
Advancement Points – Total 5 | Pooled: 5
Specialties: Old Lore, Tunneling, Rhymes of Lore
Distinctive Features: Proud, Wilful
Awe: ◊◊◊◊◊◊; Inspire:◊◊◊◊◊◊; Persuade: ♦♦◊◊◊◊;
Athletics: ♦◊◊◊◊◊; Travel:♦♦♦◊◊◊; Stealth:♦◊◊◊◊◊;
Awareness: ◊◊◊◊◊◊; : ◊◊◊◊◊◊; :♦♦♦◊◊◊
Explore: ♦♦♦◊◊◊; Healing: ◊◊◊◊◊◊; Hunting: ◊◊◊◊◊◊
Song: ♦♦◊◊◊◊; Courtesy: ◊◊◊◊◊◊; Riddle: ♦◊◊◊◊◊;
: ♦♦◊◊◊◊; Battle: ◊◊◊◊◊◊; : ♦♦◊◊◊◊
(Axe): ♦♦♦◊◊◊◊; Dagger: ♦◊◊◊◊◊; Spear: ♦◊◊◊◊◊;
1) Spells of Opening and Shutting
Great Axe – Damage: 9 | Edge: G | Injury: 20| Enc: 4|
Dagger – Damage: 3 | Edge: G | Injury: 12 | Enc: 0 |
Armour – Mail-shirt| Protection: 3d | Enc.: 12 |
Headgear – Cap of Iron and Leather| Protection: +1 | Enc.: 2 |
Shield – N/A
Endurance – Starting: 32 | Current: 32 |
Fatigue – Encumbrance: 11 | Travel: 0 | Total: 11
Hope – Starting: 10 | Current: 10 |
Shadow – Temp: 0 | Permanent: 0 | Total: 0 |
Valor – 1
Wisdom – 2
Born as a set of twins, Hanar (son of Veig) and Herja (Daughter of Idúnn) were raised in the ruins of the ancient Dwarven mansion of Nogrod. Their father was Veig son of Reig, a dwarven warrior that had followed Thráin Oakenshield to the Blue Mountains for respite after the loss of Erebor. Little did he expect to find the lovely Idúnn, a remnant of the Firebeard clan of dwarfs that was working on excavating the nearby Nogrod mansion. They had excavated only small pieces of ruin, but Idúnn daughter of Sigrún was caring for a library that had mostly survived the breaking of Beleriand and worked with other librarians on excavating what knowledge they could with hopes of unlocking more of the ancient cities secrets.
The two children were extremely close, but were dramatically different. Herja took more after her father than her mother, loving the hammering of the Forge and the craved to bring her people honor within the confines of battle. Hanar was more like his mother, preferring a good book or song over the whistle of the axe. However, society often switched the twins away from their preferences. However, being so alike in look, the two could often be taken incorrectly, a fact that both enjoyed. In fact, these mistakes soon lead to them just needed to swap jobs anyways since Hanar was way behind on crafting to his sister and she had read only a select few volumes of the Library. Which was good, as Hanar soon developed veins of silver through his hair and beard while his sister did not.
On the days were Hanar was able to explore the ruinous library of Nogrod were the days he truly grew excited. Crawling through the decrepit tunnels of the mansion and brushing off ancient stone tablets and runes was quite an adventure. The dwarf even discovered some of the dwarf old magic in a dark passage and craved to eventually explore beyond and even within the waters of the once Gulf of Lune to find what secrets the water hides. Hanar’s thirst for knowledge gave him quite the adventurous pull.
However, Hanar did find himself opposed to some of the other Librarians, particularly Bláin son of Bruni as Hanar held no resolve for keeping secrets. In fact, the dwarf seemed to find the concept quite nonsensical, after all the librarians do to dig up the knowledge, should it not be known? However, most dwarfs disagreed and Bláin had to pull Hanar away from several outsiders before some such secrets fell out of Dwarf lands. Bláin feared Hanar would bring dishonor to the family and perhaps ruin his attempts to woo Hanar’s sister, Herja (who couldn’t care less for someone that constantly bothers her family).
One day, the dwarfs of the Blue Mountains were commissioned by the King Under the Mountain to craft a beautiful ax to give as a gift to the Beorning’s as thanks for Beorn’s assistance during their reclamation of Erebor. The Ax was eventually finished and they council sought a dwarf to make the delivery. Herja stood forward, ready to accept this task. However, with multiple dwarfs, including Bláin, declaring their disagreement, Hanar was thrust into the position instead. Of course, Hanar was no place to defend himself from this position and found himself returning home from the tunnels to the quest. His family was proud of the Hanar for the honor that this brings the family (well except Herja who was disappointed). Hanar tried to get his sister the position, but Veig would not hear of it, handing Hanar the armor and weapons that Herja and himself had crafter earlier. Herja, while jealous, held no ill will to her brother though gave him some pointers as he was being thrusted out of their home and lead to the exit of the mountains. Bláin ever overjoyed that Hanar would be out of his way for a time.
Upon returning home, it seemed Hanar was much the same, well besides the honor and treasure that he brought home to his family. Hanar himself had little care for such things, knowledge was the true treasure, and he went right on back to his studies. However, the journey did inspire a bit of wanderlust in the young dwarf. Perhaps, he could gather knowledge not just from the Blue Mountains, but other dwarf mansions? What about knowledge from humans and maybe…dare he think it… elves and Hobbits! He had met quite a variety of folks, all seeming to know so much about this and that. Hanar felt he could gather this knowledge in a tome, or a collection of such, for his people’s education. And even perhaps those others that come to visit. If collected in such a way, perhaps it wouldn’t be lost again. So, he had a mighty tome crafted by his sister and gathered up a collection of broken maps, riddles, and lore within to start before prepping himself to venture out for even more knowledge. Hanar was met with much encouragement (perhaps just for more treasure to be brought back, or to be rid of him) and so began his career in adventuring.