Nilen the Cobbler Character in Scarterra | World Anvil

Nilen the Cobbler

Nilen is the main protagonist in my WIP novel. Nilen is a simple cobbler who got pulled into an adventure against his will.  

Nilen's Journey from Cobbler to Hero

  A powerful magical item known as the Adder Stone Key, long thought lost was rediscovered and changed hands several times. The Adder Stone Key is believed by some to be able to unlock the latent necromantic power of the Barony of the Dead   At one point a desperate thief of the key needed to hide the Adder Stone Key in a hurry and he stumbled into a random cobbler's shop. He hid the key in a random pair of shoes in the back room before stumbling out, being caught and killed.   The key remained undiscovered for months. In the mean time the magic aura of the key wafted over the shop until it was all over Nilen. When an unhinged necromancer tracked the magical aura to locate the key, he was convinced that Nilen had stolen it. Nilen barely escaped with his life and was forced to tag along with the ragtag adventurers opposing the necromancer.   Using common sense and his assorted skill sets, Nilen was able to help his motley companions evade the necromancer's minions. Nilen was also able to keep his erstwhile companions from killing each other and forged them into a working team.   After many adventures in the Border Baronies, Nilen's faith and perseverance was able to awaken his latent abilities as a self-taught theurgist giving his team an edge against their undead foes at their moment of greatest need.   He was quickly inducted into the Tenders who heard about his adventure and are eager to induct self-taught theurgists and he eagerly joined them. Later he was invited into the Order of Delas and he reluctantly joined them.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Nilen was born the youngest of five siblings, two brothers two sisters.  Nilen grew up with his loving parents and had frequent contact with aunts and uncles and cousins.   He grew up in southwestern Land of Fumaya.   His favorite family members besides his parents were his Great Uncle Raskas who taught him and his father all about shoes and general life wisdom and Great Aunt Jomila who taught Nilen and his mother before him about medicinal herbs and plant lore.   While he loved his family he chose to move away because he wanted to be a cobbler his home cluster of village had more than enough cobblers already.   He moved about fifty miles away to village on the Fumaya side of the Border Baronies region.


Because Nilen is a good listener and is close to most of his extended family he has a far wider education than just shoes, but shoes are his chosen trade.   His mother and Great Aunt Jomila taught him about herbalism.   Aunt Lilyas taught him stories and ancient legends.   Aunt Ragani the goat herder taught him about animals.   His Uncle Lanpos taught him many dirty jokes and baudy songs.   Grandpa Valdix instilled Nilen his faith in the goddess Mera.   His cousin Clebkin taught him to shoot a crossbow.


Nilen is a skilled leatherworker who can make anything leather based but focuses primarily on hoes.
Current Location
Date of Birth
6th of Month of Mera/16 of Month of Horning (holiday of Imbolc)
dark green
black, slightly wavy, slightly shiny
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
light brown
Aligned Organization
Other Affiliations
Known Languages
Gnomish, Common
"What do you want from me? I just make shoes!"

Nilen’s RPG stats

Willpower 6   Dexterity 3, Strength 2, Stamina 3, Appearance 3, Charisma 3, Manipulation 3, Intelligence 3, Perception 3, Wits 3   Abilities: Alertness 2, Animal Ken 2, Athletics 1, Archery 2 (+1 light crossbow), Commerce 1, Crafts, leather working (+1 shoes) 3, Dodge 1, Empathy 3, Etiquette 1, Expression 1, Hearth Wisdom 3, History 1 Investigation 1, Leadership 1, Legerdemain 1, Medicine 2, Stealth 1, Subterfuge 1, Survival 1, Theology 1   Divine Spheres: Crafts 1, Healing 3, Purification 1   Merits: Divine Caster, Living Holy Symbol

Cover image: Nilen figure designed with Heroforge by Me
Character Portrait image: by Me with Hero Forge


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