by Heine Stick
Stability, stone cunning, weapon familiarity
Appraise +4, Bluff +4, Climb +8, Craft (armorsmithing) +17, Craft (blacksmithing) +14, Craft (weaponsmithing) +17, Diplomacy +4, Gather Information +2, Intimidate +3, Jump +7, Knowledge (local) +4, Sense Motive +4
CleaveB, Improved Initiative, Power AttackB, Skill Focus (Craft [armorsmithing]), Skill Focus (Craft [weaponsmithing]), Weapon Focus (dwarven waraxr)B, Weapon Specialization (dwarven waraxe)
Common, Dwarven, Kharolian, Nerakese
+2 dwarven waraxe +16/+11 (1d10+7/x3)
+2 dwarven waraxe, +2 breastplate, +2 heavy steel shield, belt of giant strength +4; 3,750 stl in assorted valuables
Shale Goldstone is an unusual Daewar in that his dark-blond hair is always kept short as is his beard. Having spent most of his life on the road, Shale is not as tied to dwarven culture and fashion as most other dwarves.
As most of Shale's waking hours are spent toiling away in his smithy, he's usually met wearing nothing but trousers, an apron and a pair of boots but when trouble comes calling, he'll put on his armor, fasten his shield, and grab his axe and march to battle.
Shale lives with his sister, Fjona Goldstone, in Flotsam, and, while Shale isn't particularly pleased with his sister's decision to settle down in the former den of thieves, he appreciates how important her duties are to her, and he sees it as his responsibility that she be kept safe from harm.
Shale Goldstone never really cared about becoming a merchant, much to the chagrin of his father, Marlin Goldstone, whose dream it was to have Shale and his sister, Fjona, carry on the mercantile power house he himself had inherited from his father, expanding it into one of the leading clans in all Thorbardin.
Shale had always dreamed about becoming one of the legendary smiths of Thorbardin. Of getting his own statue in the Vault of Forges. And so, when he was old enough, he became an apprentice, learning the trade from one of the best, Glaumarin Thundermug.
His apprenticeship did not end well, though. Like most dwarves, Shale was fond of ale. Unlike most dwarves, however, he did not have the stomach for heavy drinking that most dwarves do, and drinking always brought with it days of illness, rendering Shale unable to work at the forge. Finally Glaumarin had had enough and bade him leave her forge, never to return.
Greatly shamed, Shale's drinking became even worse, usually resulting in bar brawls and numerous incarcerations. Seeing her younger brother sink into a deep black hole, Fjona pleaded with him to come with her as she ventured out into the world. To see it as an opportunity to start anew.
Shale did as she asked, accompanying her on her travels throughout Ansalon. Finally the pair reached the human town of Flotsam. While Fjona saw it as a great opportunity, Shale saw it for it was. A cesspool of crime and debauchery. He agreed to stay, though, out of love for his sister, and in turn she paid for the erection of a smithy.
The two siblings have been in Flotsam ever since, Fjona performing her duties as priestess of Shinare and Shale working tirelessly to improve his craft while keeping a wary eye out for troublemakers coming after his sister.
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