Marks of Power
Curious Artificer who dreams of exploring the wilds of Gontal.
You can’t see this!
You can’t see this!
Levant Tamalpais grew up in Hectal’s small gnomish enclave. Most of the gnomes worked as craftsmen and artisans, but Levant felt the tug of the wilder forest lands. Soon after marrying Melane he signed up with a crew bringing logs downstream from Pinewood. Levant proved intelligent and industrious, and caught the attention of Penrod Telden after solving a difficult problem with a logjam. Telden was surprised to find that a nondescript gnome had saved him so much money, and rewarded Levant with a permanent position in Pinewood, where he helps to organize the logging parties.
For almost twenty years Levant has held the same job. He hasn’t sought advancement that might take him back to Hectal because he likes the feel of wilder lands nearby. Although he seldom ventures into the woods and has put on a bit of weight, Levant as least pretends that at any time he might pull up stakes and head out to explore dwarven ruins.
On the other hand, his second oldest son Argent truly holds such dreams. He fantasizes about expeditions to ancient capitals and treasuries, seeking riches and, most of all, contraptions and mechanisms forgotten in the dust of time. For Argent truly loves deciphering how things work, disassembling them and putting them back together, fashioning clever items from odd bits of wood and metal. He just knows that he can find what he craves in the ruins hidden within the limitless forest. Perhaps he can even meld magic with this craft to make wonders…but that is a dream only for those destined for Dragonholt.
Argent’s older brother Drost is almost twenty years old and a pragmatic man who dutifully trains under his father. His younger sister Jeline is a typical girl who plays with other girls. Argent, on the other hand, often takes a backpack, stout walking stick, and a hunting knife into the woods, exploring and yearning to uncover lost dwarven strongholds.
Levant sometimes becomes exasperated with his son, while Melane considers him very smart and indulges his eccentricities. She believes that Argent gets his fanciful bent from his father. Since Levant is well-respected in Pinewood, most other residents give Argent the benefit of the doubt as an odd young man who will eventually outgrow his quirks and learn a real trade. Certainly, Argent will soon have to choose.