The foppish looking man paced around the room nervously, while the elderly man looked on bemusedly, puffing on his pipe every now and then.
"I have to get out of here, take a ship to... whereever before the monsters storm the damn city. I really have to.
" said the foppish man.
"Then why dont you?
" asked the elderly man.
The foppish man stopped in his tracks and stabbed an accusing finger at the smoker. "Because I can't afford the price of a passage, they charge a leg and two arms these days, and you damn well know it!
" he exclaimed, more annoyed then angry. And more then just a bit concerned.
"You could always sell your jewelry.
", the elder man replied with a shrug, "It may not be quite enough, but it is a start. Gotta start somewhere, Jack.
"You know damn well they are just fakes.
" answered the man named Jack, frowning.
"That never stopped you before, now did it?
"Well... no, but this time I might have to stick around a while longer until I make enough cash to pay for a passage. And it is not wise to stick around if you just milked a poor sap for all he's worth. Besides, it does help attract the attention of the fairer sex, if you know what I mean...
"I've been young too once, you know.
", the elderly man retorted with a grunt, "But I was a bit more discreet then you. One would think, someone with your penchant for self-preservation would be a bit more carefull about...
"Yes, I am a coward, I know, thanks for reminding me! Just because I don't like getting hurt doesn't mean I am not willing to take risks though.
", exclaimed Jack, now just more then a bit annoyed.
"Ha! Thats one way of putting it!
" replied the older man with a laugh, "You should call yourself Jack Magpie and not Jack Fox. Besides, if you want to skip town, it might be advisable to change your name anyway. And your looks for that mater.
"Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack be nice, don't be a dick... what can I say? I have a talent for redistributing property. Sure, it is a bit one-sided but eh...
" with a shrug, the man named Jack lets himself fall into the chair opposite of the elderly man.
"But as long as neither guild nor guard catch up with you, you are fine. Yes, where did I hear that before... oh right, from about every cutpurse or card sharp who thought he could stick it out alone ever. Doesn't work out for ever though.
"Like I don't know that. But what choice do I have? With the army being pushed back further and further, tensions in the town are rising and the law is pulling the reigns tighter then ever.
"Maybe its time to consider doing some honest work for a living?
Jack smirked at the old man "Yes. Only two problems: I don't really have any skills that lend themselves towards what is conventionally considered a 'honest' living, and even if I could do and find some honest work, it would never pay for a passage away from here.
", the man took a deep pull from his smoke and blowed out a big cloud of smoke before he went on "... it would seem you have a problem there, Jack Fox. What do you want me to do about it though?
"Oh come on... certainly there is some way to solve this little dilemma...
"Well... coming to think of it, money won't really help you anyway. What you need is someone who does you a favour. And that, of course, means that you have to do someone a favour first.
" the elderly man leaned foreward in his chair and went on. "Listen, there is something that might help you...
And some time later, Jack finds passage on a ship and lands on the shores of your continent.
A fresh start for him, nobody knows hom here. He also had to sell the the disguise kit, the fake jewelry and the courtier's and entertainer's outfits to meet your 100 gp limit.
Jack Fox (if thats his real name), human rogue 1
STR: 12, DEX: 16, CON: 10, INT: 14, WIS: 10, CHA: 14
Feats: Run, Improved
Skills: Balance 2 (+3=5), Bluff 4 (+2=6), Diplomacy 2 (+2=4), Disguise 2 (+2=4), Forgery 4 (+2=6), Gather Information 2 (+2=4), Hide 3 (+3=5), Knowledge (Local) 2 (+2=4), Listen 2, Move Silently 3 (+3=6), Open Lock 4 (+3=7), Perform (Dance) 1 (+2=3), Perform (Wind Instr.) 3 (+2=5), Sense Motive 2, Slight of Hand 4 (+3=7), Spot 2, Tumble 2 (+3=5)
Notable Equipment: Studded Leather Armour, Buckler (imposes a -1 on to-hit while worn because of non-proficiency), Rapier, Dagger, Thieves Tools, Traveler's Outfit, Artisan's Outfit, Set of Pan Pipes, 10 sp
Jack Fox (as he currently calls himself) is the quintessential Jack of all trades, Master of none. A regular never-do-well, he has spent his years living off his charm and quick fingers. Always ready to beat a quick retreat when danger rears it's ugly head, he has collected a number of skills over the years, none of which are really usefull for a honest living.
Jack abhorrs violence (especially if directed at him) but is, nonetheless, capable of fighting back if cornered. Not quite unlike a certain rodent. But don't tell Jack, you'll hurt his feelings.
Also, Jack has a bit of an artistic side to him, he likes music and enjoys listening to bards and other performers, giving them some coppers when he can spare some. He also won't steal from them (although he has no compunctions about cutting the odd purse from their audiences). Jack is actually a fair pan pipe player himself, although he believes that he is no good and too embarrassed to play in front of anyone. Every now and then, when he believes to be well alone, he will pull them out and play a few tunes to himself.
While he carries an entertainer's outfit along, he never had quite the heart to try to pass himself off as a minstrel or other entertainer. He feels it would be disgracing every true entertainer in the world.