Leira, "Lady of Many Faces"
Inaulian half-elf rogue charlatan and master of disguise
Leira is a beautiful young woman who has made a living as a con artist in Inaulia. She is a half-elf, though she can pass as fully human, especially with the aid of her disguises.
Leira can alter her appearance quite drastically, appearing as young or old, tall or short, slim or fat, dark or fair. When she is not attempting to disguise her appearance, she is about 5’7" and looks to be in her mid-twenties. She has hazel eyes and fair skin, but she dyes her hair often in a wide variety of colors, so only she could say what her true hair color is.
Class: rogue (arcane trickster). Background: charlatan. Alignment: chaotic neutral.
She assumed the name Leira, after the goddess of illusion. (She is not particularly humble.) Her real name is unknown to all but herself. Leira, an Inaulian con artist, grew up under the tutelage of a renowned charlatan and thief. Her foster mother and tutor in the arts of disguise and theft was a woman known simply as Temerity, called so for her brazen schemes. Leira lived and worked with Temerity for nearly twenty years until her mentor died escaping from the Angaria.
After Temerity died, Leira took over the small criminal organization, which she continued to call Temerity’s Hands. She fell in love with one of its members, a young man named Willem who was also talented at disguise. The group continued to carry out various cons against many of the wealthiest merchant houses in Inaulia, with the exceptions of House Belliger and House Demithar, before House Demithar was destroyed by Endyne Belliger. None in the organization thought it wise to cross the lady Endyne Belliger and House Demithar had occasionally engaged their services against rival houses.
One day, the Hands were engaged in robbing a merchant and Council Member by the name of Emil Arkhaven. They had thought him an easy mark due to his notorious weakness for pretty women, assuming that his caution would be sufficiently dulled by Leira’s flirtations. Willem and Leira posed as foreign traders in possession of a vast quantity of valuable spices—which they, unfortunately, could not ship themselves because their ships and coin had been seized to supply and fund their city-state’s war with a neighboring land. Thus, they sought an investor to supply them with the resources necessary to carry their goods to market and who would, of course, share in the profits from the sale of their goods.
All was going well for the Hands until one evening, Willem and Leira were invited to dine at Arkhaven’s house. Arkhaven had decided to invite an old acquaintance to dinner who happened to be slightly more well-informed of politics and recent events in Willem and Leira’s supposed homeland than they were. Arkhaven became suspicious, and later that evening Willem’s story began to fall apart as he and Arkhaven were drinking alone together in Arkhaven’s study. When Willem did not return that night, Leira feared the worst. Enlisting the help of various secretly living members of House Demithar, she discovered through their spies that Willem had been captured by Emil Arkhaven and—instead of being handed over to the Angaria for judgment as Leira had expected—sold to the minotaur Mindak Toru of House Toru as a slave.
Leira was outraged at Arkhaven’s greed and callousness. She broke into Arkhaven’s house at night and (somewhat accidentally) killed him. She was not suspected in his death, since Arkhaven had been a notorious rake and most speculated that he had been killed by one of his many former mistresses.
Leira disbanded the Hands and took her shares of its fortune with her as she sought to rescue Willem. Unfortunately, Willem had died quickly in slavery under House Hagenzaki before she could locate him. Leira joined the Red Butchers and donated almost the entirety of her wealth to the organization for the purpose of freeing the slaves and destroying the Minotaur Empire. Now that her purpose is more or less fulfilled in Sargon, she has decided to join a different band of adventurers.
Personality traits: I am charming and unrepentant in my thievery. I enjoy concocting elaborate schemes, particularly if they involve deceiving others in an interesting way. I am a con artist at heart.
Ideal: I value my independence.
Bond: The people dearest to me (Temerity and Willem) are both dead. I try to honor their memory by being clever enough not to get caught. I am a little wary of forming more close bonds, considering that everyone I’ve ever loved is dead and I blame myself a bit for Willem’s death.
Flaw: I am usually careful and calculating when in the planning stage of a heist or other endeavor, though I can quickly become reckless if I think an important opportunity is slipping away. I have a tendency to pickpocket others, including (occasionally) members of my own party.