30 NPCs: Inkeeper Hurlee Leckey

Anyone keeping score will notice that I missed posting yesterday. Day two and I’m already stumbling? To be honest, after hearing about Las Vegas and then Tom Petty I wasn’t in the mood to be creative. That said, part of discipline is understanding that you are going to fail at times and the critical thing to do is get back on the horse and keep moving. So, after a day of listening to the Heartbreakers and trying to understand the unfathomable, it’s time for momentum.

Hurlee Leckey – Proprietor of the Black River Tavern

Hurlee is a retired brewer and keeps a private collection of Albannich beers in her chamber. She’s been here the full 10 years with March Warden Ainsley. Her current hope is to build enough funds to add on a proper set of rooms to rent to the travelers.

Hurlee is as genuine as a person can get, and as careful to be clear as possible. She runs a simple and well-kept tavern. She’d like to take on staff but hasn’t been able to justify it just yet. She serves all functions for the tavern. Hostess, waitress, barkeeper, and cook. She’s always busy, just a little frazzled looking, but careful and deliberate.

Note: This series will follow a simple format. The main page for the blog will show everything a character in my setting might get to know about a NPC with a little bit of asking around. Clicking through the link will reveal more information, including some spoilers.

HERE BE SPOILERS – IF YOU ARE IN THIS GAME READ AT THE RISK OF META-GAME

Inkeeper Hurlee Leckey (Human – Albannich, Female 43)

Occupation and History

Though she’s currently a tavern owner, Hurlee is also a retired brewer and keeps a private collection of Albannich beers. She’s been here the full 10 years with March Warden Ainsley. Her current hope is to build enough funds to add on a proper set of rooms to rent to the travelers.

Appearance

Hurlee initially comes off as mousey and timid. Anyone who watches her work come to recognize her hesitation not to be timidity, but thoughtful multitasking. Her nature is to carefully interact with everyone, commit needs to memory, and then do her level best to efficiently serve them. Her clothing is clean, but worn from long use. Black River Island has no local clothing manufacture.

Abilities

Hurlee’s mind is razor-sharp. She’s able to commit long lists to memory, plot an efficient course for her days, and anticipate the logical needs of her customers. She’s also exhausted from overwork. While she’s not sickly from it, her health suffers and she looks a bit older than she is

Talent

Hurlee is adept at reading lips, provided the speaker is talking in the common tongue of Sanctus. She’s built this skill up over the years while working in her tavern. A boisterous crowd will not cause her to mess up an order.

Mannerism

Careful and cautious, Hurlee speaks slowly, weighing each word to ensure that she’s understood. She’s fond of repeating back what a person tells her to confirm that she’s accurate, and then she’s gone.

Interaction

Hurlee is direct, sincere, and polite. She does not have the time to negotiate prices and expects everyone in her tavern to be as straightforward as she is.

Ideal

Thoughtfulness matters most. She built her tavern where it would be needed by people as they come to the island. She sells things people will seek out in a remote tavern. She considers her customers individually, carefully, and with a desire to demonstrate an understanding of their needs.

Bond

Her hairbrush (see below) is a reminder of her past. Whenever she has idle time or needs to step away and let go of stress she can be found brushing her hair.

Flaws and Secrets

Hurlee is overworked and constantly a touch tired. She often oversleeps and needs to be roused by patrons hungry for breakfast.

Possessions

A fist-sized, worn-smooth hair brush. It is made of crystal and smells quite pleasant.

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