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Abrasive, unsocialised, uncharismatic, and selfish, Terhys isn’t exactly known for her charm or her cunning wit. A lifetime of abuse and loneliness has given her a thick skin to all kinds of criticisms, and she cares less about other people’s well-being than she does her own. While she is ultimately a good person, it is buried beneath years of neglect and barriers built to protect herself from being hurt, emotionally and physically. She’s the kind of person who says what she thinks because she doesn’t care about social etiquette and ‘politeness’.
Terhys was born to uncertain parents of an uncertain heritage, and given up for adoption in a local church, which abhorred her very being. Being a tiefling, she is very clearly of demonic ancestry, however slight, and this was cause for much suspicion and neglect during her childhood years.
As soon as she was old enough, Terhys escaped from her home and took to the streets, growing close out of necessity to a band of similarly outcast street urchins, sleeping in alleyways and stealing from street vendors. Through her late childhood and adolescence, she developed her burglary skills to a fine art, skulking through the shadows like a spectre to steal from any rich fat cats in town. Her skills were uncanny, and most of her peers still held a large amount of mistrust for her. Eventually, she was caught incarcerated for her crimes, though since she was a child she was not held for long despite her demonic lineage.
Upon being freed, Terhys discovered that her ‘friends’ were only conditional, and had fled far from her as soon as possible. In her jaded, bruised soul, she realised that she would never be accepted for who she was, a tiefling, an orphan, a thief, a homeless kid. But with a bit of money, she could make people talk. With a bit of money, people were willing to overlook her ragged clothes and reddish skin - gold, as they say, is the antidote to all ills.
With this in mind, Terhys began to pursue adventuring, and specifically, treasure hunting. Using her skills as a thief, and her home base in an abandoned cathedral, she deftly manoeuvred both mansion and dungeon alike in an effort to find as much treasure as possible and make it big.
Inventory and Equipment
Terhys is proficient with crossbows and short blades. She owns two hand crossbows, though only usually carries one with her, as well as several daggers hidden on her person so that she is never unarmed. She wears leather armour, though not a full set, both because she can’t afford it and because it would hinder her stealth. Her adventuring gear consists of a small handful of silver pieces, some coiled rope, a tinderbox, thieves tools, a dark, mottled cloak, and a small staff with a hook on one end (for grabbing, not fighting). Whether she’s adventuring or not, Terhys always carries around her pet cockroach, ‘Roachelle’.
Tall, gangly, angular, Terhys looks like a street urchin even from just a first glance. She’s thin and malnourished, yet lithe from a lifetime of activity. Her hair is dark and greasy from lack of care, her skin is pale red, and her eyes are a sickly yellow, and glow in the dark like a cat’s. These are the biggest signs of her infernal ancestry, but she also has small nubs of horns on her forehead, and a thin, useless tail ending in a barbed spade. She tends to walk with a slouch, possibly even having spinal deformities (like scoliosis), and everything about her, from her ears to her chin to her elbows, is sharp and angular. Her clothes are in a sorry state of disrepair, mismatched and ragged and haphazardly patched over the worst of the holes, though often she will wear a thick, shapeless cloak to hide most of her physical ‘deformations’.
As a tiefling, Terhys has resistance to fire damage. As a thief, she is naturally good at stealth, treading lightly, disarming traps, and picking locks. She is also incredibly acrobatic, nimbly jumping and climbing across rooftops. While she has some natural affinity for magic, she is still unable to actually cast magic herself and isn’t particularly resistant to it. Terhys is also illiterate, uneducated, and despite her high perception, lacks a lot of intellectual and reasoning capabilities of her peers. In other words, she has high DEX, but low INT and CHA, and mediocre WIS.