He’s tough! He’s strong! He’s the fiercest knitter this side of the Duchy of Nitsu’a! Dhur is a half-orc barbarian warrior who rarely thinks about what he says or does, he just goes with the flow with his battleaxe, which he named Trudy. Dhur isn’t actually dumb so much he isn’t overly burdened with a sense of self-enlightenment. In another, stranger world, he might have been a surfer or a member of a college fraternity. In the lands of Ardris, however, he gets paid to kill things and take their stuff. It was either this or welding.
Jainal’ssa L’Vallis of the elven house Vhalle (a.k.a. “Jaine”) sees herself as her generation’s next great talent, a bardic voice that will go down in history. The only thing standing in the way of becoming a master bard (and graduating from bard college) is her magnum opus, a masterwork saga that she hopes will endure forever and, more importantly, count towards 8 hours of class credit. She is following Dhur as a part of researching that saga, hoping that their exploits will span continents, thwart villains and warm the hearts of all that hear of them. Dhur was the only “hero” she could find and she was running out of time to get her senior project application and outline submitted.
Ch’p ir’Kell is a humble monk of the W’Shaa Monastery in Westhame, a monastery as known for its devotion to the martial arts as it is for its dessert kitchens. Ch’p is currently at large in the world on his “Fielding,” fighting evil and hunting down cookie recipes. Ch’p was en route to Vedris, the City of Serpents, to investigate reports of a bakery producing Dire Blondies when the ship he was on (along with Dhur and Jaine) was attacked. During the conflict, Dhur saved Ch’p’s life. Indebted to Dhur, Ch’p has joined the group and is ready to fling himself into harm’s way at the drop of a hat. He has developed a huge crush on Becky Sourbottom.
Bekkana “Becky” Sourbottom is a rough-and-tumble self-trained dwarven warrior of Clan Punchintheface. as well as the Duchy of A’Caw’s caber-tossing champion (junior division). Becky met the rest of the party when they came to Nailmoor, her home, in response to a call for help against the rampaging Gravel Giants. She threw her lot in with them to recover the Nailmoor Sledge, a powerful magical hammer, adopted an adorable monstrous puppy named Vorpal, and had to be dragged kicking and screaming by the god of the dwarves, Morridin, to be his paladin.
Philonoth “Philo” Rheiune is a changeling, offspring of an elven mother and a doppelganger father. He is also a highly trained artificer, adept at melding magic and technology, and is pledged to protect Jaine by her father (his boss) the Archmage of Val’ Dhar. He’s a bit of a nerd and Dhur has taken to calling him “Stick-Boy” due to his slender build. He also has a bit of a crush on Jaine (shh! Don’t tell anyone!).
Vorpal is a Chimera Hound puppy, a magically-engineered hybrid between the hunting hounds used by the orcs of Tarokka and the great chimera lizards. Vorpal wandered into the group’s camp one night and, after attempting to eat Becky whole, stole her heart (figuratively) instead. Vorpal can eat ANYTHING: rocks, rope, mothers-in-law, you name it. She is extremely loyal, loving and seems to be a happy puppy that can turn into a killing machine at need.