Uri Clearwater

Almost as ruthless as he is cunning, Uri will do anything for power.

Description:

Uri was born in Dunnel, the son of the town’s mayor. He’s a serpent of a man, cunning and hard to stomp out.

Bio:

Early Life

Uri is the only son of Weston Clearwater, mayor of Dunnel, and his wife. Uri had a privileged childhood, but nothing was ever enough for the boy. More than anything, he lusted for power. He hated feigning respect for his pompous father. He hated being stuck in the backwater town of Dunnel. Perhaps it was this hate that drove him to Pendor Keep and his path to darkness.

Along with Cohr and Ham Wicklow, Uri began exploring the woods around Dunnel. During one of these explorations, they encountered a man in the North Forest. This man, who identified himself as Bane, had taken up residence in the abandoned Pendor Keep, and immediately impressed the impressionable young men with his magical abilities. He promised to teach the young men of his power and to bring them great wealth if they would serve him. Cohr and his brother had begun secretly recruiting young men from the town for Bane. These young men were brought to Pendor Keep. None of these unfortunate individuals survived; Some of them would be converted into undead forces to serve Bane, and the rest were used for terrible purposes of which the boys were grateful to be mostly ignorant. It was only later that the trio of young men learned that their master had a different name, and was actually the terrible Baal’am.

Uri, however, had been given a different mission. Bane gave him the task of locating and retrieving an Ancient Relic located somewhere in Dunnel. This brought him to the Singing Water Inn and the Halfling known as Buzz Burrfoot. Remembering what Baal’am had told him about Halflings having natural thieving abilities, Uri decided to put this Halfling to use. He had discovered that the Relic his master sought was in his father’s safe, but his father’s suspicion was aroused when Uri expressed interest in seeing the Relic. The mayor ordered an enchantment on his safe, which prevented any other member of his bloodline from locating the item inside. Unable to breach the safe himself, he decided to fool the Halfling into breaching it for him.

He approached the Halfling at the Inn’s bar, and introduced himself as Rone. He told Buzz of a safe hidden in the home of the town’s mayor, and requested that he steal a small trinket from its interior. In order to secure the Halfling’s loyalty, he was told to keep the gold which would also be found within the safe for his troubles. “Rone” requested only the box in exchange for this intelligence. He insisted that the mayor was a treacherous man, and Buzz reluctantly accepted the job. Shortly thereafter the Halfling accomplished the mission, though he was nearly caught in the act.

When Uri’s father discovered the burglary, he was sent into a fury. He demanded alibis for everyone in town, and discovered no leads. Buzz later delivered the black box to “Rone”. Though the Halfling had many questions, Uri refused to give him any information. He enjoyed toying with the little man, feeling superior. The next day, he and his father encountered Buzz together, and the Halfling was stunned to learn the truth of Uri’s identity. This only made Uri feel even more superior, knowing he had fooled the Halfling.

He knew the party intended to storm Pendor Keep, so it wouldn’t be safe to rendezvous with his master there. Instead, he headed south, to the city of Oris, as soon as Buzz and his cohorts entered the forest. Baal’am had told him of the Black Hand, and he hoped they would welcome him into their guild until he could be reunited with his master.

Capture

Using his false name, Rone, he thought he was able to convince the Black Hand to let him join. Unfortunately for him, they tricked him and locked him in a cell in their sewer lair. They robbed him of all of his possessions, including the black box, and treated him with contempt. Unable to swallow his pride, he screamed and shouted over the injustice of the situation, so the thieves cut out his tongue. He was then exposed to the horrors of the Bullywugs, terrible monsters who lived in the swamp outside of Oris. The sheer terror of what he saw turned his hair pure white, and he seemed to have lost his mind.

No one knows how long he sat in that cell, or how much of his sanity he was able to recover. Eventually, he heard a voice he recognized. Buzz had found him again. The Halfling finally recovered the precious box, and discovered Uri in his cell. Uri thought the Halfling was going to kill him and finally bring it all to an end, and it was clear the thought crossed Buzz’s mind. But seeing Uri in this state, emaciated, speechless, terror stricken, was too much for the Halfling. He foolishly showed Uri mercy and left him alone with the Black Hand’s other prisoner, an old man named Finwick Gaunt.

As soon as the Halfling left the room, an energy crept into the room. The air began to crackle and pop, and suddenly a portal of green fire opened in the cell’s wall. There stood Baal’um, come to rescue his loyal subject. The evil wizard slit the old man’s throat and cut the ties that bound Uri’s hands together. Uri stepped through the threshold of the portal, and turned to see Buzz rush into the cell. Uri couldn’t help but smile; he’d won again.

Tylandale

Ever eager to serve his master, Uri played a massive role in the siege of Tylandale. After the Hill Giants had destroyed part of the settlement (all part of his master’s plan), Uri infiltrated the Grove. His master had told him the goal of this plan was to secure Tylandale’s allegiance to King Dorian, but the opportunity to send a very clear message to their mutual enemy had presented itself. Slinking through the Grove like the sewer rat he was, Uri located the farm owned by Buzz’s father. He set the crops alight, watching as the fire spread throughout the village.

This time, however, Uri’s getaway was not as clean. One of Buzz seemingly limitless relatives had spotted him just after he’d started the fire. This was later revealed to be Buzz’s bother, Buck. Buck reported what he’d seen to one of the King’s guards, who’d been stationed throughout Tylandale since the Giants had attacked. Instead of searching for Uri, the guard arrested Buck and two more of Buzz brothers and had them thrown into a prison wagon. Uri couldn’t help but feel smug when he learned of this later; he’d set out to send a message to his favorite Halfling, and he’d done a better job of it than even he’d expected.

Uri Clearwater

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