Geertruud Smallbottom

Many of the books and brochures about foreign countries, traditions, animals and plants available in Farenia are connected to one name: Geertruud Smallbottom. There is not a single bookstore or library in Farenia, that doesn't have a book or two of hers, or one of the maps. And all of them usually show signs of heavy use.   The travels of Geertruud Smallbottom:
The Travels of Geertruud Smallbottom
  Starting her career as a magician, she soon got bored by all the theory and after some incidents, she quit her apprenticeship, packed her most important items into a leather bag and left Perelline for good with the next ship to Land's End on that same day. After exploring Shirki for some months, she contacted her friend Margo Weedlebeam in Perelline, to start a business for publishing books and maps.  
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Ojiro (Han), day 15 to 17 - Locals had told us stories about the Orochi, a giant eight-headed dragon. So we travelled northeast to see it. Finally, we arrived at a big lake where it was supposed to be. There sat an elderly man with a long white beard, wearing a straw hat and playing a wooden flute. When he had finished his fine melody, he greeted us warmly and said: "If you can reach that small group of trees over there and come back while the melody is still playing, this stone is all yours." - He held up an almost fist-sized sphere of jade. - "If you cannot, you have to spend a night with me." - We willingly accepted, as we were sure to win, having heard the melody and measured the distance to the trees.   When we were preparing to run, the old man grinned, played three tunes and then broke the flute in two and said:
"You have lost, you won't make it back while the melody is still playing."   Next morning the old man left with evil laughter, transformed into a giant eight-headed dragon and flew away.   -- G. Smallbottom, Never underestimate a dragon  
  Geertruud introduced the Words of Aziz to Farenia, which are now getting imported in large numbers for Queen's Day and other festivities.

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

Geertruud is well endowed, but not really aware of it, misjudging her attractiveness greatly. Her appearance attracts more than she can cope with.

Facial Features

Despite being outside and in the sun a lot, she has pretty pale skin with a permanent blush on her face, it is unclear though if it is a bodily feature or a sign of the permanent embarrassment she is in due to all the things happening to her.

Identifying Characteristics

Geertruud has a colourful body tattoo starting at the neck and going down to her ankles.

Physical quirks

When excited, she gets an intense hiccup.

Special abilities

Geertruud has the innate skill to get into trouble or embarrassing situations. If there is a muddy puddle to fall in, she will be the first to do so. She has developed some expertise in plants and all things edible.

Apparel & Accessories

Geertruud Dress

edited photo of a real dress by Tillerz

Geertruud is usually wearing knee-high brown leather boots, a knee-long red corset dress and a white blouse. Depending on the temperature, some things might come on or off.  

Geertruud Backpack

edited photo of a real backpack by Tillerz

Mental characteristics

Education

Courses "Magic 101" and "Summoning for the Lazy". Going only halfway through her education, she already got in trouble several times when trying a summon spell. A hint she would give you now: "Do not summon something that has more arms than you."

Employment

Geertruud is honorary chairwoman of the Perelline Society of Explorers and Finders of Ways, nominated by the Society in her absence for all her detailed map and region and culture descriptions. She is also a member of the Guild of Cartographers, Mapmakers and Scribes. Her only source of income is her publications.

Accomplishments & Achievements

Her published works contain:
A Comprehensive Guide to Butterflies
Apes of Calika - A Lustful Species
A Study of plants and herbs, and which ones you should avoid under any circumstances
Detailed mappe of Calika
Pigments of Faith - Religion in Calika
Never underestimate a dragon
Onehundredtwentyseven ways to make a decent tea without having actual tea
Starving To Death? Things You Thought Are Inedible
Running In Circles
The Underbelly of the Wild Lands (unpublished yet)
When North Is South - Finding Your Way Through A Desert

Failures & Embarrassments

If there is one thing she regrets, then it is not refusing a present given to her by a tribe, which made her the spiritual guide of the tribe. Soon enough she found out this honour also included a full-body tattoo from neck to ankles.  
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unnamed village (Calika), day 25 to 32 - After a week in the capital named Charakur, we progressed deeper into Calika, which is alternately covered by sparse woods and dry steppes, with small villages sitting here and there, where water is available. When we arrived in a tiny settlement about six hours away from Charakur, excited people first pointed at us and then towards a bunch of big rocks, just a stone's throw away. An elderly man led us there to show us some crude carvings, apparently a gnome in different poses. The old man touched the carvings, then our face, comparing the measurements of both.  
  Finally, he began to chant loudly, and everyone around us joined in. He handed us a gnarled staff and led us back to the settlement, inviting us to have a rest in one of their small huts.
When we woke up the next morning, he was waiting for us already, surrounded by a group of men holding several items. He made us sit on a big slab of stone splashed with colours and gesturing to free our back. Dear lord, the unexpected pain! Two of the men started poking us with needles, pushing colours into the skin. And it was not just a small image! The procedure lasted until sunset when finally everything from neck to the small of the back was covered in colour.  
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  We tried to sneak away on day two, but they caught us, and it lasted five more days until the front of the body, the arms and the legs were also covered with images. After a full week, we managed to escape the horror, leaving behind the heaviest objects from our backpack and our pride.   This was also the first time we had a hiccup for a whole week.   -- G. Smallbottom, Pigements of the Gods

Social

Family Ties

Religious Views

She believes in what might be most useful in the current situation.

Mannerisms

Geertruud is always referring to herself as "we" and "us". This gets especially annoying for others if it has to do with work. "We need to do this immediately!" Because in this case she is actually addressing those other people to do the work. Many of them don't mind, as long as Geertruud is standing around, waiting, and looking pretty.

Relationships

Geertruud Smallbottom

Writer (Important)

Towards Margo Weedlebeam

5

5

Frank


Margo Weedlebeam

Editor and Publisher (Important)

Towards Geertruud Smallbottom

5

0

Honest


Wealth & Financial state

Her parents started placing all the earnings from the books and maps in Geetruud's room, which looks like a treasure cave by now. If a large enough number of coins makes a heap of gold to become sentient, her room would be the first place where this happens.

Plot Hooks

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Lost - There has been no message from Geertruud for three months, whereas she has sent pages and maps every month to her editor before. The last message from Geertruud to her editor arrived from the Wild Lands.   Rumblings - Strange things are happening since a small wooden box from Geertruud arrived at her parents' house. The box says "Do not open under any circumstances!!!"
Species
Gnome
Divine Classification
People watching her might title her Goddess of Mishap.
Alignment
chaotic lawful
Current Location
Year of Birth
2620 PB 241 Years old
Birthplace
Parents
Biological Sex
female
Sexuality
Geertruud is pretty open to almost everything, as long as it is fun.
Eyes
bright green
Hair
flaming red, reaches down to the hips
Skin Tone
pale with a permanent blush
Height
4 feet
Weight
40 lbs
Quotes & Catchphrases
"Found it! ... whoops, now it's gone again."   "We've been here already, right? Twice, or more often?"   "Ouch, this stings. A lot."   "Ripped it once more!"
Other Affiliations
Known Languages
She can speak and understand all languages of all the regions she visited at least on a basic level.
  NOTE: work in progress - these article will contain verbal cites or excerpts from Geertruud's scripts

Articles under Geertruud Smallbottom



Cover image: by Artbreeder
Character Portrait image: by Artbreeder

Comments

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2 Dec, 2020 16:29

What a lovely and interesting person! She sounds like she's been on many adventurers, I'd love to hear about them some day. These plot hooks especially have me intrigued, and I really like the idea of integrating plot hooks in character articles (might do the same if you'll let me ^^).

sending good vibes <3 - Author of Interarcanum and Shakiraverse
2 Dec, 2020 16:49

Sure do. And thanks. :) I am adding more to this character soon.

-- Tillerz, Alana
Sage Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
2 Dec, 2020 17:12

'Hundredtwentyseven ways to make tea without having actual tea'. I want to read this book! :D   She sounds like a really interesting character - I am really intrigued what has happened to her. The part about her accidentally becoming a spiritual guide to a tribe made me laugh. :D

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
Master Brinsmead
Caitlin Phillips
4 Dec, 2020 21:34

What a fascinating character! Intense hiccups when she gets excited made me giggle. I'd love to read more about her adventures.

Cait x
5 Dec, 2020 07:45

Thanks! I'll add more. :D

-- Tillerz, Alana
5 Dec, 2020 13:07

That was a really cool article. But I must know: what happened during the night?

Master Wargulf
Miljan Truc
5 Dec, 2020 13:10

Geertruud sounds like a ball of fun! And I love the layout of her page, looks amazing!

6 Dec, 2020 07:35

Glad you like it!

-- Tillerz, Alana
5 Dec, 2020 21:44

This is great. Speaking as someone who can fall up the stairs and trip over nothing, I love Geertruud's special abilities :)

6 Dec, 2020 07:35

:D Haha! Thanks!

-- Tillerz, Alana
27 Dec, 2020 21:16

I love this character and I really want to see more of her!

HuginRonin
Juan Belío
5 Jan, 2021 18:45

Very interesting person, it seems like she is a handful to work with if one doesn't have loads of patience. I've been scrolling through some worlds picking up cool things about their styles and I have to compliment you on making this really easy to read. I love how you've managed to present this character in a very clear manner while respecting the blueprint, creating this almost-RPG like feel to them. The extracts from the diaries really help to break the pace and keep the engagement. Thanks a lot for the article ^^

6 Jan, 2021 07:11

Glad you like it! Have you seen the side article about Margo Weedlebeam, too? :)

-- Tillerz, Alana
HuginRonin
Juan Belío
6 Jan, 2021 09:54

Can't say I have, but what I can say my reading list just got a new member :)

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