Description and History
Jasper Gnarlson is short, even for a gnome, but if you call him
a halfling you better hope he doesnt hamstring you. Jasper
was born and raised in Neverwinter, his parents were both respected
artisans, his father a gem cutter, his mother a silversmith. His
formative years were spent learning his parents crafts in the hope
that he would eventualy become a master jeweler.
This was a well founded hope for Jaspers nimble fingers and keen
mind let him create works beyond the ability of either parents.
His future looked bright, but Jasper was not happy, he spent his
days creating works of art for ignorant merchants sons who
complained that his braclets didnt sparkle enough,
ignoring their obviouse artistic value.
The breaking point came when he sold what he considered his masterpeice,
a beautiful wedding ring of intertwining gold and silver leaves,
the silver leaves traced with gold veins, the gold with silver,
on top was a diamond painstakingly carved into a blooming rose,
to Vrek, the son of a rich spice merchant. Vrek, apon seeing the
ring claimed it was good enough for his scullery maid, but
not for his intended. Jasper knew he couldnt leave the
ring in the hands of that lout. Wich thoughts of retrieving his
ring, Jasper sought out his uncle, a gnome with a less then law-abiding
past, to teach him the basics of gnomish misdirection and theivery.
A month later he snuck into Vreks home and retrieved his ring,
wich he still wears today.
Unfortunately, while he had mastered the art of picking locks,
his stealth and illusion needed work, he was seen and identified
fleeing the premisis. His reputation ruined and with a warrent on
his head, Jasper fled Neverwitner south along the sword cost.
He met Lordin
in Bergost while trying to pick the mages pocket (who ever heard
of exloping pockets as a security device?). When both their wounds
had healed (no one has ever accused Lordin of setting safe traps,
just effective) Lordin agreed not to press charges against Jasper
on the guarentee that he would accompany him and Thorin
in their adventures (Lordin had been activly searching for a thief
for some time, ancient ruins have nasty traps). Jasper has become
an intergral part of the Raging Fools as his natuaral
mechanical ability makes him a wiz at disarming the most eloborate
traps, saving Lordin and the rest no small amount of pain. He is
also the most cautious of the party, but his voice of reason is
usually overshadowed by Thorins battlecries or Lordins
overriding curiosity (although he has overcome the latter by keeping
all the magical items away from Lordin until he can find out
what they do, keeping Thorin out of trouble would require a large
cage and twenty giant guards so he doesn't even bother). He still
creates jewelry, but only for friends and people he knows will apreciate
"Fool's don't have Gods!" - Thorin's motto for the Group