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Istrain Garmold

Be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy.

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a character in “Veritas Isle”, as played by PrincessLala17

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| Name: Istrain Derastil Garmold | Age: 26 | Gender: Male | Sexuality: Bisexual | Height: 4'9"" | Weight: 122lbs |
| Race/Species: Dwarf | Hair Colour: Dark brown | Eye Colour: Hazel | Skin Colour: Tanned | Trade: Merchant |

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Appearance:
Istrain stands at only four feet and nine inches of height, and is of average weight. He has toned muscles and tanned skin, and he keeps his face with a small amount of stubble. He has hazel eyes with a slight almond shape that are somewhat sunken in, and his eyebrows are neither thin nor bushy. He has an average, slightly pointed nose and he has full bow lips. His dark brown hair comes down to approximately his chin and is straight. He typically dresses in comfortable clothes - plain pants and a plain shirt - but he usually wears expensive, fancy jackets with embroidery and beading.

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Personality:

Ever since he was a child, Istrain has been an extremely sly and charismatic individual. An excellent liar and a master manipulator, Istrain's charisma makes him an excellent trader as he is easily able to persuade customers and clients to buy from him - often at prices higher than his competitors might offer. Istrain is extremely ambitious, wanting to profit immensely from his trade and seeking to eventually live a life of comfort and luxury. He can be somewhat deceptive and manipulative, particularly when it comes to relationships both business and personal, and while he is flirtatious, he has commitment issues when it comes to romance. He tends to engage only in the physical aspect of his relationships. Istrain is extremely family-oriented, and would do anything for his parents or his siblings, even at cost to himself or his wealth. Istrain's family is the only thing that matters more to him than wealth and material goods, and it shows in his interactions with him as he is extremely warm and loving, while outside of his family, he tends to be much colder.

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History/Bio:

The second-eldest of eight siblings, Istrain exhibited a remarkable talent for lying and convincing others to listen to him. As such, when it came time to pick a career path for him, his parents decided that he should pursue the merchants’ trade, knowing that his charisma would make him an excellent trader and barterer. He was trained by a pair of Master Traders, a married couple called Eliseo and Yamina who were eager to train the clever young boy. Istrain became close friends with Eliseo and Yamina’s son, a boy named Adagov who was a year older than him and also learning the merchants’ trade. When they were old enough to start working on their own, they worked as partners, and they quickly gained vast amounts of success.

Shortly after Istrain’s younger sister Barynn left Bhagh-Nernwahrum to venture to the surface world, Istrain and Adagov ran into some trouble with a client. They were in Bhagh-Nernwahrum’s upper area, where the merchants from the surface world came to trade with the dwarven merchants without entering the city itself, and a pair of human traders shortchanged them in a deal. Istrain and Adagov confronted the human traders, and the human traders revealed that they were members of a prolific gang on the surface. They threatened Istrain and Adagov, telling them that they were going to ruin the two of them if they ever tried to do business with them or any of their contacts again.

Istrain and Adagov decided not to let the threats phase them, and they continued their business. It was a few weeks later before they encountered the human traders again, and they discovered that one of the elven traders with whom they’d made a few deals earlier in the week was a client of the gang. The human traders demanded that Istrain and Adagov step outside and fight them, but the dwarves refused. Then, the human traders presented them with a choice: if Istrain and Adagov didn’t step outside, they’d track down and find Istrain’s younger sister, Barynn, who they knew to be working in a jewelry shop in the nearest town to Bhagh-Nernwahrum.

Istrain, who valued his family above all else, and Adagov, who’d always had something of a secret crush on the second-eldest Garmold daughter, refused to let such a threat stand, so they agreed to fight the two. They exited the trading area and brawled with them. Istrain, who was a decent fighter, fared well against his opponent up until the other human merchant pulled out a hidden dagger and used it to stab Adagov. Istrain was shocked, and he ran back into Bhagh-Nernwahrum. He told the city officials about what had happened and the human traders were banished from trading with the dwarves, but that wasn’t good enough for Istrain. Determined to avenge his best friend’s death and to protect his younger sister in case the gang attempted to pursue her, Istrain decided to leave Bhagh-Nernwahrum and to pursue the gang. With the help of some allies he found on the surface world, and with the help of his extreme charisma and cleverness, he was not only able to find the traders responsible for Adagov’s death, but he also managed to dismantle the gang from within over the next few months, earning their trust and then betraying them.

Once he was satisfied that the gang was no more, Istrain decided that he wanted to stay in the surface world. He’d come to quite like it, and he’d realized that there were countless trade opportunities to pursue on the surface. So, he said goodbye to his family and then set out to make it as a traveling merchant in the surface world. Right now, he is slowly traveling towards Veritas Isle, where he knows that his sister has settled down and where he wishes to surprise her with a visit, as he made his family agree not to tell her that he’d left Bhagh-Nernwahrum permanently to live on the surface solely to surprise her.

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So begins...

Istrain Garmold's Story

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Thuling wasn't sure how she could presume to know enough about the city to so vehemently despise it, but he decided not to question it further, smiling a bit when she mentioned the little restaurant before you headed to the lake. "I know the one. Gamaya always wanted to work there, but she really loved her job at the tavern and she didn't want to leave something that she knew she loved for something that might not be as enjoyable," he said, and waited after she knocked.

Istrain blinked when she said she wanted a belly rub, but he nodded. "I wish he would just take them, but that's technically kidnapping and, even if you're the dad, it's still illegal. At least with how Kanansi's doing it, she's just making excuses not to let him see them without really taking them away, so he can't technically ding her for kidnapping them," he sighed. He looked up at hearing the knock on the door, chuckling a bit at Haera's words. "Will do," he said, waiting while she answered it.

Thuling blinked when Haera said that Istrain was super worried. "I can't see why. I doubt I'm in any danger from a sweet kid like this one," he said as he stepped inside, giving his brother a wave, and Istrain waved back.

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Haera blinked, "Does your brother not get jokes... like... at all?" She asked and Hadasha reached up and gently poked his head. "We gonna have to get him started on dad jokes. Fix that right up." She giggled and went sit in a chair. Haera told Thul to take a seat and she did the same next to Istrain. "So how did the walk go?" She asked. Hadasha shrugged, "We walked. We talked. And Thul didn't seem to stand out at all. I guess because he is a dwarf and all." She smirked and Haera nodded. "You should really come and visit." She said softly and Haera snuffed, "I rather burn and you know it." She said and Hadasha frowned a bit. "Maybe just come see how small the babies are?" She asked softly. "Since you are going to have twins that are going to be more dwarf than elf." She said and Haera glared at her a bit. "You know how bad that looks for some stranger to be staring at their babies?" She asked then smiled. "Trying to get me arrested so you can have Istrain all to yourself I see." She said and Hadasha blinked. "Oh gross no!" She said quickly. "I mean... Istrain is really REALLY not my type." She blushed. "Don't you have a Thul to help, Haera?" She asked and Haera had to calm down from her laughing. "Yeah... if he wants it, but this is Thul... he wouldn't be interested." She sighed.

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Istrain chuckled at the girls' words, and Thuling sat down when told to do so, letting the girls talk between themselves. Istrain burst out laughing when Haera said Hadasha could have him all to herself, and he shook his head a bit. His smile faded somewhat, though, when Haera and Hadasha mentioned helping Thuling, and the older brother raised an eyebrow slightly. "I can't see why I wouldn't be interested in your help. Hadasha says you have a way to help me see my children, and I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't curious to hear it," he said to ehr.

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Haera cleared her throat and looked at Istrain. Like he would be any kind of help but she did so anyway before looking back at his older brother. "Ahh... well... there is a woman dwarf that lives in the village here but she frequents your cave village a lot, though she... uhm... she is a hit woman. Kind of like my job but I am not THAT extreme. I just bring my subjects in and get the cash. Though I would be paid more if I did her job." She said and shook her head. "Either way it doesn't seem like your council knows what the fuck they are doing. Because of them, people like you suffer and apparently if you try to fucking take your own kids it is kidnapping." She said and shook her head. "Makes me wanna... do things. Anyway so... my female dwarf friend can go in and make your ex-wife look like she committed suicide." She said softly, "and you get your children."

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Thuling tensed as soon as Haera said the word 'hit woman', and he knew exactly what was coming. He let her finish and then he went quiet for a moment, looking down at his lap before reaching into one of his jacket pockets and pulling out a set of wedding bands on a chain, turning them over in his hands. "Murder... is not something I could condone. And even if I could... I couldn't have you kill my ex-wife," he said. Istrain sighed. "Thul, we've been over this-" he started, but Thuling shook his head. "No, Istrain. I stand by what I said. I've loved Kanansi for many years, even after she decided she no longer felt the same way," he said.

Istrain frowned. "Thul, she's making your life hell," he said, and Thuling sighed before looking at Haera. "Perhaps you can understand where I'm coming from. I still love my ex-wife. I've loved her for a long time. You love Istrain, don't you? If Istrain did something terrible to you, something absolutely despicable, would you still love him despite it? Could you find it in your heart to forgive him - and, if he wanted to fix things, to take him back...?" he asked softly. Istrain tensed up a bit when he heard his brother's words, knowing this was going to end either one of two ways: either Haera would understand, though he knew she'd still insist that killing Kanansi was the best solution, or she'd go defensive and get mad. He was prepared to get in the middle if it looked like Haera was going to hit his brother.

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Hadasha shook her head, the man was a fool. Haera, on the other hand, scooted on the edge of her seat, "I am going to tell you this, Thul and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. Well, I will tell you two things." She said. "One, you are an idiot. I mean, I get where you are coming from, but you are just that. Two, if I hadn't had my twins and I would have overcome that initial shock I probably would have murder Istrain for raping me, but because I had kids... I did what I needed to do. He is making up for what he has done, though, unlike you idiotic ex-wife. I just hope your kids don't grow up to be just like her." She sighed and shook her head. "Hadasha, you want some tea?" She asked and the girl nodded.

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Thuling raised an eyebrow as Haera spoke. Why was she speaking in past-tense. He slowly turned his gaze towards Istrain, who was looking away rather sheepishly. "Istrain..." Thuling said slowly, and Istrain frowned. "Drop it, Thul. It's not something I'm proud of, but we've moved past it," he said, and Thuling blinked at hearing Istrain's confirmation that he had, in fact, done what Haera seemed to be saying. "So what you're telling me... is that you rape a woman and get to live happily ever after with her and your children in a little house by the lake, but I do nothing but love my wife and try my hardest to please her and I lose her, all my siblings, and the right to see my children?" he asked, standing up. "Thul-" Istrain started, but Thuling shook his head, turning around and leaving the house promptly. Istrain sighed.

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Hadasha tensed up and looked around before getting up and running after him. She didn't say anything, but she was there if he wanted to rant. She was there if he needed anything and she was there just in case he tried to do something stupid and she could run and get help.

Haera walked in and blinked when it was just Istrain. She sighed and walked back into the kitchen and started to put things back and dump the tea.

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Istrain watched Hadasha go after Thuling, sighing a bit. He hadn't expected Thuling to be this upset over finding out what he had done, and he glanced up when Haera came back in. He stood up after hearing her sigh, walking into the kitchen after her and coming up behind her, putting his hands on her hips and kissing her back softly. "Did you still want that belly rub?" he asked her softly, resting his forehead against her back and holding her gently.

Thuling started to walk back to the city, looking over at Hadasha when he realized that she'd come running after him. "Oh, hi," he said in a soft voice, his hazel eyes turning downwards to look at his feet as he walked.

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Haera turned around and looked down at him. "Yes please... I could use a darn belly rub and I am sure the babies want you to talk to them." She smiled at him. He was so handsome and she understood Thul's anger. He had done his best with the worst woman.

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Istrain nodded when Haera said that she wanted the belly rub and to have him talk to the babies. "Sounds good to me. I'm always down for talking to the babies. Come on, we can go lie down and I'll rub your belly and talk to them," he said, grabbing her hand and beginning to lead her towards the bedroom. "To be honest, I'm kinda hoping for boys. I feel like if the twins are girls, I'm gonna be the worst sucker for them and they'll end up spoiled rotten. At least if the twins are boys I can learn about parenting and how to say no to them, and then if we have a girl later on I should be able to control myself when she's wanting things instead of immediately caving and giving her everything she wants," he laughed.

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Haera smiled and walked up to their bedroom with him. When he said about having boys and then a girl later on her eyebrow rose, "You... want more?" She asked and thought about it. "We will see how these two go before saying I want more. I might be the worse mom ever." She said. "But I agree... I hope it is boys too. I don't do... girly very well. It drove my brother crazy but it inspired him to make tomboy clothes...so..." She giggled and then laid on the bed and rubbed her tummy. "Plus... boys seem easier to take care of and I don't need you spoiling babies." Haera said softly.

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Istrain blinked when she questioned him wanting more. "I... didn't say that. I just said if we have more," he said quickly. He raised an eyebrow when she said she might be the worst mom ever. "Nah. You'd make a great mom. You'd be tough and protective, but you've also got such a big heart. You've got a lot of love in there and the twins are gonna be lucky to have you," he told her. He chuckled as she talked about wanting boys and he laid with her, putting his hand gently on her stomach. "Well, then, let's cross our fingers for some boys. And if it's girls... well, we cross our fingers that we do this right," he said with a laugh.

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