Picker, chief of the Rockhouse Tribe

Chief Picker (He/ him)


Physical Description

General Physical Condition

The Grindylow are quick and agile, and Picker is no different. He may be a bit smarter than most of his kind.

Identifying Characteristics

Picker is a light grey-green skin tone, a bit pale compared to most Grindylow.  He is fidgety and will have a finger in his ear, nose or mouth frequently if not otherwise occupied.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Picker was recognized as an inquisitive Grindylow in the Many Tunnels Rockeater tribe. He explored many side tunnels and secret paths. He collected many good shiny stones. He also made good drumming. When the Great Grinder came to the tunnels some went to fight it. Picker went too. Most were eaten by the Grinder. Picker said he would leave. He beat many tribe members into following him in Grindylow tradition. His band fled to the surface by the secret tunnels Picker had found. They wandered and hunted the hills for several years before finding the ruins of a keep which they settled into as home. In the ruins a variety of decayed weapons were found which improved the arms of the tribe. Picker's tribe grew since arriving above and he has captured many wives. They now have enough numbers to attack Big Ones. Merchants and travelers need to keep alert. This may lead to a patrol or adventurers sent to wipe out the tribe, but Picker and the Grindylow don't know that.

Intellectual Characteristics

Like most Grindylow, Picker is fascinated by shiny and sparkling things, but is afraid of bright light.  He avoids going about during the day. He likes rhythmic drumming and chewing on rocks, sticks, metal or bones.

Personality Characteristics

Motivation

By most humanoid race standards Grindylow are somewhat mentally unstable, dim but nearly constantly babbling and amazed by most technology above stone, sticks, bone and leather - which they do not possess. They have a small child's understanding of cause and effect and weak minds generally.  Picker is motivated by safety, hunger, greed, lust and sparkly things. He also seeks to make his tribe bigger, stronger and better equipped.

Hygiene

The Rockhouse tribe are a bit grubby by Grindylow standards since they can''t find good sandydust to scrub themselves with.  By humanoid standards they are dirty.  Picker has a nice leather shirt in summer and a heavy furred one in winter.

Social

Mannerisms

Picker will frequently bob or bounce on the balls of his feet when talking to someone.

Speech

Picker has a grumbly gravelly voice and a cackling laugh.
"Rockhouse tribe very strong. Very rich. Great Picker bring tribe to above. Picker lead away from the Great Grinder. Picker finds stone houses to live in. Stop being Rockeater tribe. Now Rockhouse tribe. Picker find iron weapons for tribe. Much good eat. Shiny. Picker chose best wifes. Hopper lose good wife but not mad. Picker good chief."
Hopper, Grindylow of the Rockhouse tribe

Grindylow by Mutterwolf
Picker, A Grindylow. (by Mutterwolf)

Birthplace
Lots of tunnel place, underground.
Children
Current Residence
Ruins east of Soojun
Gender
Male
Eyes
Red, squinty
Hair
Red/brown and spiky
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
Light grey-green leathery skin
Height
3 ft
Weight
30 kg
Known Languages
Grindy.

Cover image: https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ by mutterwolf

Comments

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Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
15 Aug, 2022 05:31

Hi there! You may not know me, but I am the sponsor of the Great Leader of Their People Summer Camp Prompt this year! Since you wrote this article, I would like to know, would you mind me reading it aloud on my Twitch channel this week? I have a lot to get through so it helps to do it live while people watch. I've scheduled to go live at 8am and 8pm Eastern Time every weekday. If you join and comment, I can go over your article right then and there! If you'd like to coordinate a specific date, let me know. If you aren't able to make it (or don't want to be present live), you can also always watch streams after the fact on my YouTube channel   BUT, if the answer is NO because you'd rather I not, it's okay! Not agreeing to be streamed definitely does not put you at any disadvantage for winning in my eyes. Please respond swiftly by replying here (make sure to click REPLY under my comment or I won't be notified), message me on my World Anvil profile page, Discord, or anywhere else you find me online.   Thanks again! Whatever you choose, God bless and much success! <3

Be exuberantly blessed. Much success!!! maybe click here, I guess...
15 Aug, 2022 07:43

You are welcome to read the article and review on your channel. Unfortunately, I'm USA pacific time and not too keen on trying to get up and be aware at 4:30-5 am, and then have my 11-12 hr work day - when I get home about 8pm, well past your PM time. Thanks for the comment, which I will take as a "like" rather than an "I hate it!". I failed to include the context links for the Watchful Eye and the Ritual of Obligation (also Summercamp articles) and the ultimate link to the town of Soojun, outside of which the Rockhouse tribe have set up. Have fun!

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
15 Aug, 2022 16:25

No worries about the different particulars. A lot of us have rushed through camp articles. <3 I'm sorry you won't be able to make it but appreciate you providing me permission! God bless and much success! <3

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Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
22 Aug, 2022 14:50

Hi there. I pray all is well. I went over your article today. Here's the link for the replay if you'd like to take a look. If not, no worries at all. Thanks again for allowing me the honor! Have a blessed one. <3

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28 Aug, 2022 01:09

Now that awards are done, I've made the edits per your favorite harping points. :). Hope the readiung was not too big an ordeal for ya.

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
29 Aug, 2022 11:13

Neat! Though it seems there is an empty quote box above the body, unless it's an intentional bar placement? I think eliminating it should even the whole thing out. Well done! <3

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25 Aug, 2022 10:13

I absolutely love the details in this article, you are doing a great job in writing a well-rounded, interesting character. I also learn a ton of the Grindylow culture/species without needing a separate species article!

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