In the Ruins of Bibracte
Cronology: Born in 1190, became an almogavar in the Sergovia Company in 1205 at age 15 and meets Roberto, enters Roberto’s service in 1214 at age 24, migrated to Normandy in 1220 at age 30, came to Bibracte with Roberto in 1226, currently age 38 in 1228
Int +0, Per -1, Com +0, Pre +2, Str -1, Sta +0, Dex +2, Quik +2
Warping: 0 (0)
Virtues & Flaws: Covenfolk, Lightning Reflexes, Venus’ Blessing, Warrior; Carefree, Small Frame, Weakness (women)
Loyal +1, Brave +1, Loves the Ladies +2, Relaxed +3
Reputations: Charming 2 (local), Sly 1 (local)
In +2, Atk n/a, Def +6, Dmg n/a
In +2, Atk +6, Def +6, Dmg -1
In +2, Atk +8, Def +7, Dmg +1
In +3, Atk +10, Def +8, Dmg +4
Fatigue: OK, 0, -1, -3, -5, ko
Wound Penalties: -1 Lt (1-4), -3 Med (5-8 ), -5 Hvy (9-12), Incap (13-16), Dead (17+)
Abilities: Animal Handling 1 (horses), Athletics 1 (acrobatics), Awareness 2 (details), Bargain 2 (fence), Bibracte Lore 1 (Mons Electi), Brawl 4 (knife), Carouse 4 (drinking songs), Spanish-Aragonese 5 (rhymes), Charm 4 (ladies), Flemish 3 (local slang), French 2 (talking to women), Folk Ken 3 (covenfolk), Guile 3 (innocent face), Iberia Area Lore 2 (legends), Intrigue 2 (gossip), Leadership 2 (hair brained schemes), Legerdemain 3 (tricks), Music 4 (guitar), Netherlands Lore 1 (where the party is at), Normandy Tribunal Lore 1 (magi), Order of Hermes Lore 1 (Iberia), Profession-Soldier 2 (shield grog), Ride 2 (travel), Single Weapon 4 (short sword), Stealth 3 (hide in shadows)
Equipment: Spanish guitar, knife, short sword
Encumbrance: 1 (Load 1, Burden 1, Str -1)
Carlos was a young almogavar (shield grog) that was recruited by Joel Muniz a few years after Roberto was apprenticed, serving in various duties together as their master’s private guard and accompanied him on various escapades. They have fought alongside each other in many skirmishes and have participated in battles (they were at Las Navas together), plus many several other adventures grand and trivial. After Joel’s death at Las Navas, Carlos entered Roberto’s service as a trusted right hand man. He followed Roberto during the Shadow Wars, and afterward migrated to France along with him.
Carlos is the same age as Roberto (a few months younger actually), and they have known each other for more than twenty years, over half their lives. He has become familiar with his friend’s Gift, but it isn’t the sort of thing one gets used to. It still irks him at times, but long ago he learned to look past it. But on many occasions they have shared the protection of Parma Magica, and though these are usually times of tense danger, Carlos has glimpsed the man behind the Gift and understands him. New magi that he is not familiar with may cause him more discomfort, but he knows what is happening and has learned to expect it. Familiarity goes both ways. Carlos will often joke with Roberto in impropritous ways, and if he has a better grasp of the situation at hand (usually a social one), he has a tendency to take conrol and steer Roberto in the direction that is best.
Carlos knows how to work fight, but he would much rather play and love. He is also pretty lazy. In metagame terms, Carlos is simply not motivated enough to be a companion, for even in his frivolous activities he is laid back. He knows how to sing and play guitar with competence, but he is not good enough to be an entertainer. He knows how to scrounge a living as a rogue and a thief, but he would much rather have honest easy employment. Though he is a veteran fighter who has shed blood, he always tried to pull the easiest lightest duty he could; and though he is a skilled swordsman, he isn’t what you would consider a front line soldier. He is still in pretty good shape, but at 36 years old he is far past his prime. Fortunately, Roberto does not employ him as a soldier or shield grog. Still, the man knows how to fight if need be. He is lithe and wiry, and though small, he is fast and precise with his strikes.
Carlos is also blessed with the sort of rugged good looks that ladies seem to find attractive, not too hard or too soft, and he has aged well. He has black hair and olive skin, clean shaven, and a smile full of clean intact teeth with no visible cavities (a rare thing in the middle ages). He is most alive in social settings, especially when ladies are present. He can get a crowd going singing rounds of drinking songs, or entertain them with a ballad or a flamenco on his guitar. His fondness for the ladies and they for him can sometimes lead to trouble. The only stronger desire in him is relaxation. Some may call him a moth drawn to a flame, but those who know him well say he is more like the flame drawn to the moth, for his skill in the art of romance is almost magical, a mystery even he does not understand completely.
Development: post Novus Mane
Autumn 1226: Travel to Mons Electi with Roberto (5xp Intrigue)
Winter 1226: Mingle amongst the grogs at Mons Electi (5xp Bibracte Lore)
Spring 1227: Continue mingling at Mons Electi (5xp Carouse)
Summer 1227: Tribunal (5xp Normandy Tribunal Lore)
Autumn 1227: Build on networking (5xp Intrigue)
Winter 1227: Mingle amongst grogs (5xp Carouse)
Spring 1228: Network (5xp Intrigue)
Summer 1228: “Alabaster Lioness”