Greckles the Kenku Rogue
"Everyone can die, and it doesn't have to be in combat." ~Greckles
Greckles is a kenku rogue, a wandering soul, and core member of The Unexpectables. Greckles tends to carry himself with caution, being certain to approach adversary with stealth, or avoiding it all together. A master of mimicry, darts, and ninja-like dashing, you're sure to see a blur of blue before the strike of a blade, if you see anything at all.
What little is known of Greckles is that he was apparently left by his family and for a time taken in by the Tengu Clan. He is originally from Tengamishima the main island where the capital of the Eastern Isles is located. He appears to be searching for a female peacock kenku by the name of "Yukiko" who is affected by the "white blessing" which is an Eastern Isles term for albinism. His exact relationship with her isn't known, but seems to be positive as he took great pains to recover a fan she left in Alivast and he has stated that he "...has his own love to look forward to."
In his travels he has chosen the Rogue Arcane Trickster class archetype. This branch of Rogue training grants the user magical means to further enhance their stealth and Rogue tactics.
Greckles intentionally meditated while focusing on the Sun Blade and asking Solar for guidance. He receieved a vision where he recalled a memory of Solly's when the party was fighting through her mind with Lys to free her from Stillhavity. He also saw a vast expanse with dwarfed by the distance between them, but obviously massive. He found the Sun Blade incredibly light in his hand, like it could be easily used by him. He then recalled one the visions awakened by Lys - a masked kenku that helped save his egg when he was young, standing with billowing sleeves and saying, "We're waiting for you."
Greckles tends to keep to himself, and frequently stays apart from the group and moves in stealth when they are traveling. He keeps a similar social distance, appearing generally friendly but with a certain sense of aloofness. Underneath the exterior there is a deep longing for his homeland. Greckles reasons for wandering are unclear, but the fact he misses his culture is almost undeniable. Evidence for such includes his few open expressions of joy and reverence when reconnecting with aspects of his culture, from the simple joy of an Eastern delicacy to the meticulous care he takes when handling Eastern crafts.
Greckles often is prickly when he feels he has been slighted, and on more than one occasion he has made a point to get in the final world against someone who he believes did him wrong. This has led to some awkward situations when the party had already de-escalated a conflict with diplomacy prior to his remarks. He also has struggled with being empathetic for people with different perspectives, often ascribing his own interpretation of their motivations which have tainted future interactions. He has improved some as he has learned that his selfish actions have sometimes hampered developing closer relationships.
He has recently shown an interest in the worship of Orun, even asking some United Clergy deserters to join in their prayers and expressing how his association with Solly had sparked his interest. In prayer, he expounded upon his belief, believing that all of the problems and sufferings he has felt in his life and the brief encounters he had with the gods, were signs of his favor and of his place in his plans. Unfortunately, he is also painfully inexperienced in dealing with his newfound zeal, often badgering people of the cloth or even Solly about how they knew it was "time" to serve.
RelationshipsUnited Clergy of Orun, Greckles had little patience for Task's explosive anger, stating bluntly that it reminded him of his own tendency to stick to the past and let his mistakes weigh him down. Task retorted by explaining that the theft of a trophy is considered a great offense, and that redscales need to feel pain to learn from their failures.
"Borky what did you do?!"
Greckles and Borky often butt heads although they tolerate each other. Greckles is the usually the first one to point out flaws in some of Borky's less thought out plans as well as what he feels is an unjust grudge Borky seems to hold for being occasionally hit by a poorly aimed dart. Once when Borky took a kunai from him, Greckles advised him that the item was all he had left from 'the only family that ever gave a damn" about him and warned Borky to never touch it again. Since then, their friendship has strengthened but is frequently strained when Borky's antics make Greckles angry. Greckles was receptive to the speech Borky gave after their defeat aboard the Green Gulley, but he was already relatively composed at the time.
Borky gave Greckles a rousing speech after their defeat at the hands of the United Clergy of Orun in hopes to boost morale. Greckles was impressed with how Borky was growing into the qualities of leadership. When Borky shouted down Grekles in a particularly heated moment, instead of holding a grudge, Greckles took a moment to cool off and then approached Borky and expressed an appreciation for this new focused attitude. In a symbolic token of his newfound respect, Greckles presented Borky with the broken tooth he had been holding onto since their first adventure together (Episode 0). Greckles had kept the tooth as an emblem of Borky's stupidity, and he felt that his friend had outgrown that limitation.
Since Greckles' conversion to Orun worship, Panic has been repeatedly dismissive of his decision, much to Greckles concern.
"She reminded me of me. Growing up lost, trying to fit in somewhere, trying to go somewhere that would be impossible to go back to."
Greckles feels sympathy for Solly, seeming to identify some with her wish to have a simple life rather than feeling forced into adventuring. After revealing to Greckles that she was an aasimar in hiding, Greckles offered to let her stay in The Unexpectables' guildhall to keep her safe. However, Solly eventually left the guildhall due to concerns of being discovered and loss of her divine powers. Greckles wanted to help Solly further, but given new information coming to light regarding the nature of Aasimar, how to do was unclear. Unfortunately, during the events of the Eclipse, Greckles was party to delivering Solly to Brorc unconscious and bound in chains. Since then, Solly has had no contact with the group other than a single letter she sent. At the Harvest Festifal, Greckles served as a judge at Aila Balton's request due to Hammergnar's unnanounced absence. He admitted to her that he may be harboring romantic feelings for Solly, but is unsure how to go about them.
Greckles and Solly developed a trust ritual with one another, where each plucked a feather from their helm or body respectively and exchanged the feathers. Solly sent him her first work in stained glass - a framed panel depicting a blue feather and a yellow feather.
When having tea with Solly at Avan's Cup, Greckles learns that Solly may be forced to marry for the sake of political alliance and the idea enrages him. Greckles has stated that he has many things in common with Solly.
Greckles later met up with Solly at The Silver King's ball. After a brief lesson on the waltz from Remy, Greckles shared a dance with Solly which he flourished with illusory birds and fog. Despite it being his first waltz, it went very well.
Solly used her celestial wings to save Greckles and Task when they were tossed into the air by their sled during the Winter Festival Race.
Initially, Brorc had a positive relationship with Greckles and requested help from the Unexpectables for matters involving Alivast. After they defeated Dullmar he rewarded Greckles the Wind Fan once owned by Yukiko having purchased it with his own personal funds. However, when Brorc discovered Greckles witheld Solly's location from him, their relationship became damaged. Brorc sees Greckles as betraying his trust, and Greckles makes no qualms accusing Brorc of racism against Kenku and police brutality.
When Solly invites everyone to tea, it greatly smoothed over the divide between Greckles and Brorc. While they still may not see eye-to eye on many issues, Greckles grows in understanding of Brorc's situation and pressures, and even goes as far to admit to Charlie that he won't stand in the way if Brorc wishes to pursue a relationship with Solly.
Remy and Greckles built a close companionship during their travels, and though they regularly teased each other, they also confided in each other emotionally. When bidding farewell to the Unexpectables, Remy gave Greckles a (literal) peck on the beak after telling Panic to go easy with his seductive nature, saying, "...Leave some for the rest of us, especially this one." This may have been another bit of friendly teasing, or it may have been legitimate affection. He left the scene without further explanation. Greckles 'poofed' a little bit, a response equivalent to blushing. Greckles and Remy both attended the Silver King's ball and spent time together despite heckling from Panic regarding the kiss. Remy taught Greckles how to waltz so he could dance with Solly. After, Greckles shared a dance with Remy as well. He also told Remy about Mr. Bwakkaw's restaurant and invited him out to lunch. When Remy learned that Greckles stole an entire bowl of punch, he pleaded to Remy to let him keep it because he needed to get in Helga's good graces. Remy later accompanied Greckles and company up Everbright Mountain to rescue Willow. During the Trek, Greckles showed Remy the letter she left to Doros that revealed her true identity. After meeting with Brorc and Solly, Greckles realized that Remy's mood had soured. He took his friend aside and asked what was wrong, and Remy confided in him that he'd been suspended from the military. After seeing Avery off with Voloscaro, Greckles talked to Remy about his situation, the Silver King, and the new opportunity he has to start over. He even offered him a room in the Sweet Dragon and a place in the new family he made in Alivast. After a long discussion, the two embraced and Remy followed Greckles home.
During the long winter, Remy and Greckles ate out at Mr. Bwakkaw's restaurant and had the Aboleth Sushi.
Greckles is distrusting of Hassrad and his snakes, and fears that Hassrad is going to sell information he steals from them to their enemies. He disagrees with Task on how they should handle him and how much he can be relied on. Hassrad has done little to ease Greckles' worries, admitting that he will sell their information should somebody offer the right price. Despite this, Greckles has no issues using the Yuan-Ti to provide information. When Meryl's family friend Stanley was killed by an Ice Hag, Greckles willingly chose to sacrifice some of his body's resilience to the Quetzalqueen so Hassrad could ressurect him. He was able to converse with one of Hassrad's snakes afterward.
Upon meeting Aila during the Anniversary Festival, Greckles was immediately uneasy to the point of being "almost horrified." However, after learning her purpose and ability to see the "Kami", this transformed into respect. He offered Lady Aila a courteous bow, and recieved a compliment on his blue feathers in return. After learning Aila was married, he asked about Aila's husband, and she told him about Balfor and his clergy.
The two next met during the Harvest Festival. The Unexpectables attended the cooking competition to watch Tai Borpington compete but the judges were unable to begin due to Hammergnar's unexplained absence. Upon seeing him in the crowd, Aila chose Greckles to act as a substitute judge. Aila inquired as to why Greckles seemed to be afraid of her. Greckles ensured her that was not actually the case; rather, her aloof and quiet nature reminded him of Daimyo and Shogun from the Eastern Isles, and he was simply showing her proper respect. As the two spoke, the topic eventually changed to that of Solly, and Greckles told Aila he may have romantic feelings for her. Aila said that it wasn't likely for them to work out and that Greckles shouldn't get his hopes up. After the competition concluded, Greckles asked Aila why she rated every dish with a Zero. Aila explained she didn't actually know what the cards were for and that she was simply trying to order the next meal.
Greckles saw Marguerite being attacked on her way home from school by Eltmur Royalists who were seeking sacrificial victims to aid in their scheme to overthrow the Silver King. Greckles was ambushed from behind and ended up in a cage with the schoolgirl who cared for the badly beaten bird while he was unconscious.
The Silver King spoke with Greckles at the ball held for him in the Middle Clergy District. During their chat, the Silver King revealed he hadn't met any Kenku in a long, long time and that he had never been to the Eastern Isles. The interaction prompted The Silver King to request Redmond Bell for a history book on the region. The Silver King also noticed Greckles stealthing around the ballroom and acknowledged his presence. After seeing him take off from the wreckage of their home, Greckles and his friends trekked up Everbright Mountain to rescue his hostage, Willow. During the climb toward the peak, the dragon sent a gust of snow and wind down upon them that only Greckles was able to avoid through the help of Doros. Despite his instincts begging him to flee, at the behest of the mask left behinf by Lys, Greckles was able to calmly approach the dragon and offer his help in finding Willow. This began a series of negotiations that resolved the situation peacefully. While everyone was taking the time to calm down, the Silver King asked Greckles if he knew any "cute single mages in this area." Greckles responded by telling the Silver King about the sensitive and lovelorn Ozzy, who the dragon took almost immediate interest in.
While on the road back to Alivast from Balfor Balton's war camp, the group encountered a mysterious specie of moving, sentient bushes. One of them took a liking to Greckles and attached itself to his back temporarily, assisting in his stealth temporarily. When the Unexpectables were dismantling Monster's Culling's hold on Lebreaus Village, Task discovered a cage imprisoning Shrub Buddy who had managed to singlehandedly kill a number of the hunters. It reattached itself to Greckles after he freed it from its cage. Shrub Buddy vanished after Anje knocked out Greckles with a magic attack, but he later returned and helped him recover the Scary Acid Dagger of Stab. It decided to stay near the rolling hills rather than come to Alivast with Greckles.
- According to MontyGlu - Shrub Buddy has killed before, and will kill again.
Greckles was the only person aside from Doros to have read the letter explaining she lived in fear of the Silver King and confessed she was lying about her past. He divulged the letter to Remy when he asked if Willow had any pseudonyms or aliases and managed to figure out the Silver King's motives through the letter. When Greckles' friends were cast off the mountain by a gust of frigid wind and snow, only he and Lys' Mask remained. The mask urged Greckles to press forward despite his fear, and he was able to approach the dragon without his instincts causing him to flee. The interaction began the negotiations that resolved the situatuon peacefully.
Greckles first met Lily in her bear form while in pursuit of the Silver King. He helped to save Lily from being assailed by Winter Wolves. When the two were conversing afterward, Greckles discovered that Lily killed the Ankheg that was used to make the Scary Acid Dagger if Stab. He has resolved to not make Lily angry.
When the Silver King threw a powerful gust of wind at the party atop Everbright Mountain, Doros grabbed Greckes off his shoulder and threw him out of the attack's range, saving him from harm. Doros sufered a critical injury to his arm because of this gesture.
Greckles made a good impression on the Councilwoman and convinced her that the Unexpectables had the conflict with Gobbo Gourmet was well planned. Zerth gave them all her favor at the conclusion of Violet and Garagog's wedding, and promised that her clan would become patrons of the bar, though she alone would judge whether or not they had the hardest alcohol in the lower districts.
Greckles' attempt to engage in casual conversation with Zotira caused her to become embarrassed when she flubbed her response in common. Task lending Zotira his Helm of Comprehend Languages helped them comminicate better.
After Arlo's bout with Remy, Greckles attempted to diffuse the situation and extend goodwill by offering to share a drink with him. Arlo responded with confusion as to why Greckles was pressuring him into underage drinking, only for Greckles to insist that there was no pressure and he was simply asking if he was interested. The exchange resulted in Vel being disappointed in Greckles.
When Greckles and his friends were captured during their attempt to infiltrate The Talon, Greckles was mistaken by Kiwi as his "mate" Fletch, who seemingly never returned to the ship. Greckles donned a fake accent and disguised himself with brown make up, clinging to Kiwi and slowly picking up Fletch's mannerisms. Eventually, he was able to hide in plain sight using his stolen persona. Greckles ended up becoming somewhat attached to Kiwi, as evidenced by him trying to convince Stormbeard to let him go. When he encountered Kiwi again, Greckles couldn't bring himself to reveal his deception, hiding his feathers and reverting into his Fletch persona to keep Kiwi from noticing anything was amiss. Though there have been cracks in this facade, Kiwi has not figured out that Greckles is an impostor, living out his days aboard the ship with his mate as if nothing was wrong. When the Green Gulley was tipped over by the United Clergy of Orun's ramming vessel, Greckles told their aggressors that Kiwi was stuck under the boat. They weren't receptive to his request to save him.
After being rescued by Crabbius, Zenrio and his family, Greckles attempted to express his gratitude towards them in a traditional, Eastern Isles manner. They misinterpreted his deep bow as him buckling over in pain, causing them to jump on top of him and attempt to stabilize him unnecessarily.
- SkyBlueShinx has composed a theme for Greckles entitled Tengu, a title suggested by RoSo_06 when SkyBlueShinx asked the Discord community for suggestions of what to name the theme.
- Flight is one of Greckles' greatest dreams. He has achieved it directly and indirectly in a few ways, such as flying as a passenger to the Gryphon Riders, getting tossed into the air at Updraft Valley, being turned into a White-Bellied Green Pigeon by Taylor, getting a lift from the Silver King, and swimming among the Moon Rays.
- When using spells from his Arcane Trickster Archtype, Greckles uses Hand Signs similar to those seen in Naruto.
- Greckles prefers to wield the Scary Acid Dagger of Stab, a dagger made from the mandible of an ankheg which was crafted by Wymark. This weapon has been repeatedly fumbled and spent many battles on the ground.
- While in between sessions 4 and 5, Gaijin Goombah and Chris Zito (the players of Greckles and Task) were at a pizza place, where Chris wanted to pay for Gaijin. Gaijin then used the Whistle of the Scale Guard as collateral to pay for the pizza to the surprise of Chris.
- Greckles was once cursed by a druid to have flower nipples. He ripped both of them out and gave one of them to a little girl. The other was simply tossed out when no one was looking.
- Greckles held onto one of Borky's teeth which was broken off. It is one of his smaller teeth, not a tusk. He acquired it in Episode 0, an unaired test episode. A recap of this episode is in Podcast 0.
- When exposed to the Dog Zone, Greckles is transformed into a Shikoku Inu, a Japanese breed of Dog native to Shikoku island.
- Greckles will 'poof' when he's excited by fluffing out his feathers. He's done this when a magic item or other treasure catches his eye, when blushing, or when sexually excited.
- Gaijin really wants Greckles to have teeth, but Monty disagrees.
- Greckles is lactose intolerant, which serves as his main reason for disagreeing with installing Borky's cheesery. However he was shown eating ice cream with no notable ill effects in Chapter 12.
- Greckles is stockier than the other members of the Unexpectables, and is considered by Gaijin Goombah to be of a "thicc" body type.
- Greckles once attacked one of Meryl's brooms, mistaking it for one of Hassrad's snakes.
- When teaching at Eve's Meadow Academy, he wore his tie around his head like a headband.
- Greckles is responsible for the unfortunate death of Hugh Mann, albeit accidentally.
- Greckles has considered getting beak reduction surgery in the past. It is unknown who would provide this service or how it would be accomplished, however.
- Greckles has been swallowed whole by a banderhobb, a teethox, and very nearly by a mimic. Gaijin has implied that these experiences have made Greckles develop a fetish for it.
- Greckles is a parseltongue.
- When he pulled out his flute in the Musical Menagerie he heard the sound of a similar flute being played along with drums that reminded him of his homeland and saw flashes of light in the distance. It is uncertain whether this was real, an illusion, or a vision.
- Greckles stole the entire punch bowl from the snack table at the Silver King's Ball.
- When either jumping into or getting into water a common joke is that Greckles changes into a duck form.
- Greckles is now in possession of a fine set of thieves tools marked with the symbol of Intiago.
- Greckles's hat doesn't fit through the holes that lead to Scarbles' caves.
- When donating 5 gold pieces to Frivayne, one was snatched up and stolen by a seagull, which served as an omen of the arrival of the United Clergy of Orun.