Description and History
Max Stormsailor is a Morninglord (Priest of Lathander) from Waterdeep.
His father (Mentos, Lvl. 10 MU) is a noble and well respected mage
in Waterdeep. Max has no siblings and his mother died of disease
when he was one year old. As a result, Max's father sheltered the
boy quite heavily for his entire youth, causing him to be somewhat
naïve. In addition, the child has been spoiled quite a bit,
never lacking for anything he wanted.
At age 14, Max informed his father he wanted to train in the Priestly
ways of Lathander, the Morninglord. After a hefty donation to the
temple of Lathander in Waterdeep, Max was taken into training with
favored status. He showed quite an unusual amount of wisdom and
aptitude and moved through his initial training quite quickly. Max
was apprenticed to a respected Morninglord, Gart Fisherpriest (Pr8),
who served on various ships around Waterdeep. It was under the tutelage
of Gart that Max learned skills of shipwright, seamanship, fishing,
and direction sense as well as the Priestly ways of Lathander. Max
earned the surname of "Stormsailor" by almost single handedly
saving a ship from foundering during a terrible storm.
>From the time he was old enough to walk, Max's best friend
has been a half-elf named Ren. Ren's family were killed when he
was three and Max's father has raised him as his own son and taken
him in as a favored pupil in the studies of magic. Max and Ren often
talked about the possibility of adventuring when they were old enough.
Finally the day came when Max asked to leave the Temple of Lathander
in Waterdeep and go out into the world. Due to his favored status
at the Temple, Max was allowed to begin adventuring, provided he
first ran an errand for the Temple. The errand consisted of delivering
several scrolls to a Morninglord in Luskan.
Max immediately went to see his best friend Ren and asked him to
go along. Ren was already ready to go, having been asked by Max's
father (who was worried about his only son) to accompany Max on
his journey. Mentos is still quite protective of his son Max and
is concerned that he is still somewhat naïve because of the
way he sheltered the child when he was young. He will scry on his
son from time to time and may provide some assistance if he sees
a dire need.
On their way to Luskan, Max and Ren made a stop in Leilon. At the
White Shark Tavern, they met a brash young Dwarf named Wangar who
joined them and accompanied them to Luskan. Once in Luskan, the
trio met a hulking young ranger, his mischievous gnomish friend,
and a young local druid. Together, these six formed the "Company
of the Burning Scimitar" and have had many adventures all along
the Sword Coast.
So far, Max is a somewhat disillusioned with the adventuring life.
It's not as glamorous as he originally thought it would be. Long
hours riding, marching, and sleeping on the cold ground are not
the type of life he has been accustomed to. However, he has no desire
to stop at this point. He has had many opportunities to serve Lathander
both in word and deed and feels it is the will of his God that he
continue adventuring with his current companions. Max also enjoys
travelling in the company of his best friend Ren. He doesn't want
to abandon him or his other companions that he has grown fond of.
Max has grown quite fond of his dwarven adventuring companion Wangar.
The magical plate mail that the dwarf wears is red and yellow, which
are primary colors of Max's god Lathander the Morninglord. Max feels
that the armor is a gift from Lathander and that the Morninglord
favors his dwarven friend.
Appearance and Personality:
Max is a very handsome young man of about average stature with
well-groomed short brown hair and brown eyes. He will always be
clean shaven when possible. His long sleeved robe of yellow with
red trim and the symbol of Lathander proudly displays his status
as a Morninglord.
Because he was sheltered as a young child, the only things he sometimes
can be naïve about certain everyday things. Max actually tends
to act more naïve about many things than he actually is in
order to let people underestimate him. He is quite competent and
confident in his priestly skills and has read a lot of books about
the adventuring life and about the Swordcoast area. Max also learned
a lot from his mentor priest, Garth, who was a retired avdenturer.
Max is therefore quite competent in dangerous situations, but can
sometimes be gullible when it comes to things like bartering for
supplies, weapons, or armor.
Being used to an affluent life, Max sometimes complains about the
loss of luxuries but is tough enough to suck it up and go on. However,
when in civilized areas, Max spares no expense for luxurious lodging,
fine meals, and of course, a daily bath.