Nickname: Bard Oxbow
Full Name: Bard Oxbow
Species: River Otter
Description: Middle-aged otter and keeper of the infirmary, Bard is skilled in the crafting of medicine and treatment of injuries that should happen to anybeast.
Strengths: Has a strong connection to dibbuns and therefore can help them with taking medicine, or problems they might have discussing with other elders. He also is a strong swimmer and has saved several dibbuns from drowning in the abbey pond. For taking medicine he has a large stock of sugar to put into it, making it taste more pleasant than it should. Bard is also very versed in the history of Redwall Abbey, knowing everything from its foundation to the present day. He spends much of his free time in the gatehouse reading up on history, and occasionally stumbles upon previously undiscovered works there.
Weaknesses: Unfortunately his connection with the young ones has made him somewhat of an outsider in the day-to-day business of the abbey, and is therefore confined to the infirmary and gatehouse, where he spends much of his time reading. This social awkwardness is not particularly a problem for him, but has kept him away from other beasts his own age. Bard also has serious panic attacks when dealing with life-threatening injuries and serious illnesses, and nearly lost a patient around 10 years prior because of one.
Personality: Bard is a friendly sort to Dibbuns or older beasts, but when working with beasts his own age or around it, namely adults, his social awkwardness shows and he becomes distracted. This, and the panic attacks that sometimes occur, make him less desirable to be around that other beasts for most abbey inhabitants, but he still is a very caring and looks after those who call him a friend. Bard is also a lover of food, and as a result is slightly overweight.
Background: Brought into the abbey with his parents from a nearby holt when he was 10, Bard fell in love with it immediately, but due to his social awkwardness, he was regarded as the outsider by most of the dibbuns that were there at the time. Bard grew up to be a strong and likable beast, but the hostility towards him when he first entered was still there from several beasts who became his elders. A lover of the medical trade, Bard trained for years to become keeper of the infirmary, and when the position opened up, he jumped at the opportunity. Now entering his second decade working as infirmary keeper, Bard's experience, hard-working nature, and natural charm for working with dibbuns has helped him thrive in his position.