Jake the Gnome (birth name Khalkuptulgr)
Year of Birth: ca. 890
A quiet, dependable fighter, poacher and trader who prefers the halberd over
more sophisticated weapons. Jake is never short of a sarcastic comment or a
gnomic expression. In fact, that's all he ever opens his mouth for. He is
nostalgic for his homeland, but whenever he returns, he hates it with a passion.
Jake's usually a trustworthy kind of guy, but he does get mixed into Gnomian
politics from time to time, and he has an unfortunate weakness for pretty girls,
especially when they wear lots of jewelry.
Jake had already known Tamlin for several years
when they, Atra and the Leppiainens founded the gang in
973. At the time, he was making a living as a poacher, a skill he has kept up
over the years. The lifespan of a Gnome is longer than that of a Human, so they
have a lot of time to pick up skills. If you need to crack a skull, trap a
pheasant or sell some merchandise that fell off the back of a cart, Jake's the
Gnome to go to.
Jake is often seen pining for his homeland, but when he went back there in
994, he didn't like it there either. Compared to the turbulent ethnic stew (not
so much a melting pot as a boiling cauldron that can go "ploof!" any
moment) that is the land of the Gnomes, life in Clwyd-Rhan is quiet and
uncomplicated, with only the law to worry about. He has so far been able to
resist the temptation to go to his country of birth again.
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