Name: Steck Vennet
Occupation: a travelling bard
"why, I am a story-teller, a song singer, a spoker of tales of far-off lands, an introducer of the famous heroes, an illustrator of breathtaking adventures and a messenger of great deeds!"
Steck has a good-looking golden-brown pelt with cream-white belly fur that rises up to his neck, cheeks and jaw. The same creamy colored fur drapes around his eyes.
His eyes are brown with hint of rascal glimmer in them. He's always smiling. You might see him angry, but never sulking or depressed.
The first thing you always notice of Steck's appearance is his hat: green with a large brim, embellished with a bright red feather. The hat rather flashy and Steck is very fond of it. In addition Steck wears roomy sleeved, bright forest-green tunic tucked by the belts. With red strings sewed in them, those sleeves can be tied up, but usually Steck lets them flap like pair of big wings. He uses rags wrapped around his paws - only leaving toes exposed - for protecting them from weary traveling on foot.
Steck is rather average what comes to his height. But he's slimmer that most of the mice and he has feisty sinewy in his frame. As a mouse, he isn't strong - since there are lot of species bigger and therefore stronger than him - but what he lacks in raw power, he makes up with agility and endurance. His reflexes are rather fast and he's quick runner as well climber.
When confronting enemy he can't possibly outrun nor soothe, Steck resorts in counter-attack tactics where he uses opponent's own moves against him. That being said, he rarely attacks first but waits the opponent make his first move. He's rather good in this tactic as his agile and small frame has helped him to avoid steal-cold-deaths narrowly more than just once. Back in day Steck was exceptional handling dagger in combat, but now years without frequent use of those weapons have left his skills lacking.
Steck has a right ear pierced, but doesn’t wear any ear jewelry.
A common gear of the wanderer (flagon, flinstone, sharpening-stone etc.) Worn but thick cloak that Steck uses not only to shelter himself from weary weather, but also as a blanket wrap around himself when night falls. (As a travelling bard you're bound to spent more night outdoors than sweet warm of indoors)
In his tunic there are various secret -pockets that contain lockpicks of different sizes.
He has two daggers, both slightly curved on their blades, mementos of his past life. Steck won't carry those in the open so they are hiding behind his back, under the cloak as he carries both of the weapons level of his hips, sheaths crossed. In addition he has two throwing knives hidden under both of his big sleeves (so four knives in total). Knife-holsters are tied on his upper arms with leather belts. Steck is sharp knife- thrower and rarely misses his target as throwing knives make an excellent show in some parts of the land.
He has wooden lute but his the most previous - and the dearest - possession is his harp. The harp is wooden but have leaf gold coating over it. The design of the harp is special, since it has two sets of strings instead of just one. Ten longer below and eight shorter above. Length of strings naturally have an effect on the tune of the string so with this harp Steck can play much richer melody than with an ordinary harp.
Over-the-top gentleman, quick with his tongue, good thinking on his feet, little-bit daredevil, cheeky joker, mesmerizing charmer… we could continue the listing, but instead let's take deeper look of Steck's personality.
Steck loves tales and songs and has spent many years travelling around the land, the seas and the islands just to learn every one of them, increasing their number by adding songs and tales of his own. He dreams he could someday write everything down but alas, where is the time for writing since there is yet so much left to discover? And new stories born every day? So no doubt his journey won't end anytime soon. Meanwhile he just enjoys sharing those tales and songs with others.
Stech is a show-mouse. Alongside singing and tales he know a few more tricks to keep audience entertained and spirit high. For example he could amaze you with some acrobatic number. Or maybe you'd like to see how he pierces an apple thrown in the air with his throwing knife? Or maybe it's the magic you fancy? With sleight of the hand he makes things disappear in front of your very eyes and then pulls them out of your ear.
Since being here and there Steck knows lot of the world. Including ways to survive in there. He has very adaptive nature which makes him easier to adjust himself fitting in the crown whatever it's small village or merchants' ship. Steck can swim his way through any kind of society as easily as catfish can splash cross the pond. Although he has diplomacy, he isn't afraid of speak up his mind. And he can be rather cheeky, when he chooses to be, even in situation where the best option is to keep your mouth shut.
Steck is clever mouse who knows how to use his head. He had stopped counting how many times he has been thrown in the cage by unwelcoming hosts and every time he had managed to escape. Too bad that sometimes he tries to be too clever and then is bound to stumble on it. Steck is patient and he notes everything he sees, hears and smells even thought he won't appear to be attentive.
Even thought Steck doesn't view himself as hero of any kind, he really can't witness injustice fall upon someone if he can do something about it. He doesn't like to get hurt, but he can take a punch or two, even behalf of another, and afterwards laugh the ache off. But he still has irremediable cut-your-losses mentality when things start looking really bad.
As a bard, Steck is an excellent singer and storyteller -- and also talker in that matter, with smooth tongue and bit of flattery. No doubt he would talk birds down from their nest. However he's not a suck-up for you can most of the times tell when he's only joking or playing with words to lighter the mood. He's just putting out a grand act in intent bright your day with his performance. With Steck it's always like that: it's like life is one great stage to him and he himself is the actor. And the wide gestures, pretentious words and joyful appearance are his way to bring smile and laughter around him.
Steck doesn't want to get attached to someone or someplace. Something restless resides in him, forcing him set his paws on the road once again. So ties and responsibilities are something he avoid as much as he can. Sometimes his leaving might come great surprise for everyone else since Steck is so overly-friendly, easy going and bubby to everyone, so naturally you'd think that he would stay when he seems so happy. But that's the downside of his perform-striving nature: he almost never lets his gloomy feelings to show and especially he avoid sharing them.
When Steck always keeps up that joyfully appearance of his, like it were his second fur, many fail to notice that there is much more in him that laughter and jovially twinkling in the eyes. For example he's very bad at keeping promises to himself and the others. He lacks the resolution keep those in strive situations and more than once they have ended up words "this is the last time", "won't do that again" or "I'm sorry". Steck is aware of this trait and tries desperately conquer weakness of his, but he always slips and fails.
Steck has also a bad habit of lying, in which he has always been very good at, as he can fool others without blinking his eyes. He doesn't do it because he's evil or he likes deceiving other beasts. He just thinks... that sometimes is better smoother the truth little bit... Or leave something out. They are just little white lies, so it's not a big deal right? And even though sometimes they might be pretty big, no-one gets hurt so it's just fine. Or so he tells himself, feeling guilty.
Living on the road isn't always easy and sometimes one must do what one's must to do. Steck survived with thievery long before he become a bard and - as he's ashamed for admitting it - old skills haven't gone rusty. His quick and sly fingers can make things disappear even right under your nose and you won't even notice it. And until this day no lock has never stopped him. Nevertheless Steck isn't throughout burglar, he only takes so much that he can survive another day -- and always vows that this will be the last time and he'll rather die in the gutter than steal again... But he always gives into the temptation. Sometimes - even when times aren't bad - he might steal something out of excitement.