Felix Argentum

The Argentum family, based in Orapalus in the Low Dales, mainly produces merchants and bankers. Felix, the youngest of 3 children and the only son of Rufus and Camilla Argentum took a very different path. He read everything in town, which wasn't much, then started writing his own observations on plant life, the properties of water, star charts with his own constellations, and a list of everything he has ever seen someone sell. He loves organization and will go out of his way to make sure any collection is ordered correctly, usually alphabetically when he doesn't see numbers listed.

In his teens he started playing with words, and for two years he spoke in nothing but iambic tetrameter rhyming couplets, much to the chagrin of his parents. His sisters teased him about it, but they diligently kept him safe him from bullies. He wrote volumes of notes in rhyming couplets, occasionally getting stuck coming up with rhymes that made sense. He still speaks in rhyme today for fun and to calm his thoughts, so his friends usually know when he gets flustered. His parents tried to get him to work in their shop, but he kept ignoring customers when he couldn't stop organizing and reorganizing the shelves. His interests varied by the day, if not the hour, and he always said he wanted to study everything. He bought a pair of slippers of spider climbing with his 18th birthday money, and he found them so useful that he only takes them off when he sleeps.

He ended up leaving home on his 20th birthday, heading to Fellport to explore their myriad of libraries and find work. He had a small stash of savings to get started, which he immediately spent at the College for an ID to access all of their libraries. He didn't enroll at the College, but he found and joined the Lorekeepers, a campus-based circle of bards interested in learning everything they could about the world and its people. He found work organizing shelves, and he spent endless hours over the past two years reworking collections to make them easier to use. He still works at various libraries in the evenings, but he came across an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

Two months ago he heard about the Temple of Components in Talltown. Something moved him to take a tour of this shop being offered for sale, and he instantly fell in love with the hundreds of tiny drawers filled with all manner of things for making magic items and casting spells. He hadn't seen a collection of wondrous things like this before, so he spent all his savings and bought it on the spot. Felix ended up renaming the shop Stone Toenails after a drawer of grey stone shards he found early on. It stays warm all the time, and he modified a blocked-off entry vestibule to serve as his bedroom, saving him the rent he was paying for an apartment in the Undercampus.

He spends his days organizing his new collection with the occasional help of Thea Willowstaff, a friend and fellow store owner in Talltown. In the evenings he organizes libraries for the College. He sleeps for a few hours and gets back to the drawer collection at the crack of dawn. It's not glamorous, but it makes him immeasurably happy.

Felix has always been short, standing 2 feet 10 inches tall, and he looks thin like a starving college student even though he just turned 23. He has a wiry strength and a compelling smile, both of which pull him through most hardships he faces. He doesn't normally wear armor, though he has a suit of leather armor and a rapier, gifts from his parents that he keeps packed away on the off chance he'll find them useful one day. His mop of charcoal hair rarely gets chopped back in the bowl cut he's worn since childhood, and his brown eyes continuously flit around looking for patterns. He can't stop himself when sharing information about his products or the books he organizes and reads. He accesses all of his bardic abilities through rhymed couplets, though he practices the tin whistle and drum with the Lorekeepers when they get together. He knows songs, but he hates his singing voice, so he always performs them as poetry rather than music.

Felix Argentum
Hominae Vitae (Lightfoot) Lore Bard (Level 3) (Sage Background)
Str 12  Dex 14  Con 13  Int 13  Wis 8  Cha 16
Arcana +5*, History +5*, Investigation +3, Nature +3, Performance +5, Persuasion +5, Sleight of Hand +4, Stealth +4

Note: I don't think I'm intentionally making Talltown Fellport's home to folks on the spectrum, but here we are. I have visions of 2'10" Felix and 8' Thea acting very much like Mitch and Jordan in Real Genius. Possibly with the romance angle later, but they've only known each other a couple of months. I had no idea of this when writing up Thea, but it totally fits.

Part of T.W.Wombat's Lore 24 project, detailing the world around Fellport.
For all city posts, see the Fellport IndexFor posts about the wider world, see the Beneterra Index.

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