Name: Merituuli Kaiutin
Character Concept: A young, hot-blooded shoal elf wannabe hero inspired by Ispin's grand tales of adventure, who has currently found himself in wholly unfamiliar lands.
Race, Background, Subclass, Class: Sea Elf Far Traveler Beast Master Ranger
Description: Like many of his Dimernesti kin, Merituuli has light-blue skin, lighter near his core and growing darker towards the extremities. His fingers and toes are notably webbed, allowing for swift swimming. Just visible under his pointed elven ears are small slitted gills, allowing him to breathe in water as easily as in air. His silver-white hair is braided and tied up into a bun that sits tightly atop his head, and his eyes are a similar silver-grey, like a storm cloud gathering atop the ocean currents. He stands at just under 6 1/2 feet, and is a bit more bulky than his land-bound cousins. A number of scars are clearly visible across his body, including a small shark bite near his hip. His clothing is rather limited, normally - pants made from woven kelp, simple woven bracers, and a spiky shell pauldron on his left shoulder. Draped along his neck is one of his most prized possessions - a necklace adorned with shark teeth, small shells and pearls. During combat, he wears a sharktooth coat (equivalent to scale mail). Perhaps the oddest item among his possessions is a massive, ridged, straight seashell as long as a staff that he tends to keep strapped to his back.
His bearing is immediately identifiable as cocky and energetic - he holds his head high, a broad smile across his face, sharp eyes roving constantly looking for the next challenge. He often invades personal space a bit too freely when speaking to others, taking time to study them closely. This confidence, however, can be broken at times, as "Meri" is very much a stranger in a strange land - a literal "fish out of water", if you will. Though he's spent many years traveling the coastlines of southern Ansalom, he's never been this far north. It's comforting to him, at the very least, that Vogler is situated at the riverside, but he is wholly unfamiliar with some of the customs of the "land-dwellers", especially their foods.
Character Plothook: Ispin was an honored guest in Dimernost (the underwater kingdom of the Dimernesti elves, also known as the Sunken Land by surface dwellers) after he and his companions helped defeat a sea serpent that had been ravaging the area, sinking ships and attacking elves alike. A youngling at the time, Merituuli was completely enamored by Ispin's tales of bravery and adventure, so much so that he decided he would be a wandering hero just like Ispin.
Past is Prologue: Merituuli was born to a well-off family within the great underwater city of Dimernost - the only remaining Dimernesti city after the horrors of the Cataclysm ripped many of their shore-side cities apart. As the youngest of 4 older siblings, he had a habit of getting in trouble as a child, constantly sneaking out of home to roam the city and its outskirts, swimming through the jellyfish schools and kelp farms and "borrowing" stabled seahorses for joyrides. It was evident that he had an adventurous spirit, even at that young age... but it was only further solidified when the great Ispin Greenshield was presented as a hero and honored guest.
Still early in his adventuring career, Ispin and his companions Becklin and Cudgel had assisted the people of Dimernost in slaying a dreaded sea serpent terrorizing the area - a beast that Merituuli had a close run-in with himself, barely hiding in time to avoid its ire. Using a sailing ship and a massive harpoon, Ispin struck the final blow on the beast as it breached the water, pushed upwards by the assault of the sea elves, firing the harpoon right through one eye and out the other. Ispin was brought before the Speaker of the Sea, the ruler of the Dimernesti, and a great celebration was held. Afterwards, Ispin spent some time within the air domes throughout the city, spreading tall tales of his adventures. Merituuli snuck out as often as he could to see Ispin and quickly became enamored by the heroic figure and his stories. Ispin, in turn, was rather amused by the young sea elf, and told Merituuli, "Lad, anyone can be a hero, from the smallest gnome to the tallest elf. That means you too!" Before he finally took his leave, Ispin granted Merituuli a trinket to remember him by - an indecipherable treasure map - saying, "From one adventurer to another, young friend."
Many years passed, and though Merituuli grew older and wiser, the spirit of adventure still held him in a firm grip. Though he could have easily held a respectable station within Dimernost using his family's connections, he instead decided to journey along the southern shores of Ansalon, fighting sea beasts and meeting the diverse peoples of the world. During an especially harrowing deep-sea dive, he came across an object he is absolutely convinced is magical - a long, straight, ridged seashell as long as a staff. Though long empty, it seems to carry the noise of the waves and sea breeze within it when listened to closely.
Now, though, Merituuli is on his greatest journey yet. Having heard of his childhood hero's passing, he has journeyed farther north than ever before, ending up in the small village of Vogler. Though the new sights and sounds are a bit overwhelming, Merituuli holds his head up high, ready to prove that even a sea elf can be a land-dweller's hero.
Truths, Rumors, and Lies:
Truth: Merituuli once saved the crew of a wrecked ship by convincing a pod of dolphins to help the men swim back to shore.
Lie: Merituuli once hit a shark on the nose so hard that it became vegetarian, only eating seaweed and kelp for the rest of its life.
Rumor: Merituuli's last name isn't actually Kaiutin - it's Windspeaker. Yes, Merituuli is actually the youngest son of Nuqala Windspeaker, Speaker of the Sea and ruler of the Dimernesti elves! Except he has no claim to the throne given his four older siblings and his general irresponsibility.
Is Might Right?: Power is a useful tool, but authority is stifling. All people deserve freedom, and those with power are better able to grasp it themselves and grant it to others.
Deity: The sea elves worship the gods under different names than the land-dwellers use. Merituuli is especially fond of Abbuk the Fisher, the sea elf version of the god Habbakuk, and holds the balance of nature and civilization in high regard. In its most perfect form, civilization and nature should live in harmony, each benefiting from the other equally.
Images: As a Beast Master Ranger, Merituuli will eventually have access to an Animal Companion. I plan to use the Primal Companion option as presented in Tasha's, and will primarily use the Beast of the Sky option while on dry land. Merituuli's Beast of the Sky companion takes the form of an Osprey with Primordial runes along its wingtips. Their name is Kalasääski.
Alternatively, if we ever find ourselves underwater, Merituuli will call on the latent magics of his giant seashell to summon forth his Beast of the Sea - an ancient Baculite. Haven't come up with a name for this one yet, will consider further!