Sobriety, Good Judgment, Hesitancy - He exhibits none of these
Gaeren Stormcrow is lanky – over six feet tall and clearly well under 200 pounds. With his shirt sleeves rolled up, his whipcord arms reveal an odd musculature: he has double tendons in his arms, allowing him to perform various stunts, such as crush an apple in one hand. In town, he dresses simply, preferring browns or undyed cloth. When prepared for danger, he sports a gleaming breastplate. Whether he expects danger or not, his unique sword, a curved blade in a black leather scabbard, rests at his side, as much a part of him as any of his long limbs.
Most of the time, Gaeren is very easygoing, though he is usually fortified with some manner of alcohol long before sundown. While he is content to dodge some discussions of politics or religion, he reacts quickly and forcefully if he perceives that someone is attempting to push around someone else. Since arriving in Ursundova, he has become progressively more outspoken about his political and personal beliefs. Those who have tried to push him have found that his sword, its blade as black as its scabbard, is not for show.
Gaeren Stormcrow arrived in Ursundova in Pharast 4714 following a long trek from the Varisian city of Magnimar. For the first several years of his residence, he made his way as an itinerant adventurer, drawing a few folk in as like-minded souls and taking on Tangsen Billowbreeze, local ne’er-do-well, as his partner in shenanigans.
With the establishment of a new Republic to Ursundova’s Southeast, Gaeren took on a position as the nation’s new military commander, despite having no military experience himself. Given the small size and population of the area, he has taken to acting principally as an army of one, although his band of followers has begun to grow in number, with several taking up duties in the rough-hewn wooden garrison of Varnhold.
After the completion of Varnhold’s city walls, Gaeren left control of the local Garrison to Kesten Garess, the Warden. He has moved the Republic’s military headquarters to the new fort atop Talon Peak (which has been nicknamed “The Crow’s Nest” over Gaeren’s strong objections). He still appears in Varnhold on almost a weekly basis, but has also begun appearing in the Republic’s new trade town of Silverstep, as well as periodic trips back to Tuskendale.