Ever been to Gruenroth? No? Well it’s mostly deep, impenetrable and savage ancient forests dotted with marshlands, hills, isolated small villages and all this surrounded by regal mountain ranges. It’s pretty understandable then that travelling through the region is not the average man’s dream job.
Baerje is – however – not your average man. Standing at a hulking 7 feet exactly his massive height is only paralleled by his 170 kilograms of weight making him one giant of a man. However, Baerje is known among the Gruenroth people as the travelling gentle giant. He lives his life on a seemingly endless quest of travelling.
His giant looks also betray his actual purpose: he writes down legends, songs and local poetry in an effort to create the first ever compendium of Gruenroth’s folklore! Baerje has been circling around the country since his 17th birthday when his father had finished teaching Baerje the noble art of reading and writing.
Originating from the capital city of Gruenwald, Baerje is also friends with king Werner Baerwyn who endorses Baerje’s quest and has built a library in the capital city to house the folklore thus far gathered. The library has thousands and thousands of scrolls of folklore recorded by Baerje and there are now three full-time archivists copying the texts from scrolls to tomes in order to create comprehensive volumes of regional folklore.
As a man skilled with pen and paper, Baerje is also a competent woodsman and his outdoors skills are nothing to be scorned about. While not a warrior, Baerje is quite competent with his long axe and with his strength one hit from the axe is usually enough to lay rest any conflicts that may have arose. Although Baerje will not be the one starting conflicts, he damn sure is one to finish any.
Baerje is hearty, open, social and fluent with dozens of dialectics of the Gruenrothian language. His low booming voice easily bends into laughter and occasionally into singing as well. While not exactly a bard, he also manages his way around the traditional musical instruments of Gruenroth up to including the Gruenroth’s signature flute made of birch.
Baerje av Gruenroth by Kimmo Mäkinen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.