Curse of the Crimson Throne
Hodge is a meticulously well-dressed halfing sailor with impeccable manors (when he chooses) and a flamboyant nature.
Hodge is a meticulously well-dressed halfing sailor with impeccable manors (when he chooses) and a flamboyant nature. He enjoys gambling as he tries to supplement his income with mixed results. When in Korvosa, he can often be found either at drinking with his fellow crew mates at the Creaky Hammock tavern or on the other side of the city, playfully gambling at Eel’s End. Hodge is careful to never lose too much at any one time, as gold and jewels pay for his extravagant tastes.
Unfortunately, Eel’s End is also known for it’s vast supply of shiver, a drug distilled from the venom of dream spiders. Hodge’s crew mate and friend, Kaswan, recently has become rather fond of shiver … perhaps even addicted. He claims that the fantastically vivid dreams help him escape the drudgery of sailing life (Hodge loves the sailing life, and doesn’t quite understand this). Last week, Kaswan overdosed on shiver.
Furious, Hodge investigated the drug’s origin and discovered a connected crimelord named Gaedren. Unfortunately, the guards seems to be focused on the bigger dealers and don’t have time to devote to hunting down “a bit player in a beggar’s problem.” This infuriates Hodge, and he decides to take a little time off from his sailing life to seek justice for Kaswan.
When time permits and the mood strikes, Hodge quietly invites himself to noble houses (mostly those affiliated with the monarchy) and helps them “de-clutter” their homes of excess gold and jewelry. On these occasions, he derives great joy from silently slipping bits of his new-found treasure to poor-but-honest families along his way. He sometimes watches from the shadows to catch a glimpse of the recipient in full shock and gratitude as he or she discovers his gift.
Hodge has a growing interest in fencing and swordplay. He has often thought about taking lessons at Orsini Academy, although he knows that most students are the youth from Korvosa’s noble households. He fears he would be unwelcome in an establishment of such high esteem, but longs for the opportunity to further his skills. As he ponders his options, he practices on his own.