Caltrix is the daughter of a baker. She was born in the halfling city Brandybrook, and much to her chagrin hasn’t made it very far outside of it. She grew up underfoot of her mother and aunts, constantly being shooed out of the small bakery shop. She loved to eavesdrop on the costumers, some of which were fartravelled and had interesting tails. When she was inevitably kicked out of the shop she terrorized the streets with a small band of youngsters around her age. They called themselves the Rainbow Rouges, and were notorious in Caltrix’s neighborhood for being up to no good. Caltrix was the youngest of her siblings, and given the five year gap between her and her older sister, the Rainbow Rouge members were more her brothers and sisters than anyone.
Growing up the baby, Caltrix didn’t have a lot of pressure put on her by her parents. Though it was assumed she would continue working in the family business – and she no doubt always had a place there – her eldest brother was slated to truly take over when her parents retired. Caltrix had other ideas though. She spent her teenage years longing to experience more of the world than the city she had grown up in. As soon as she was old enough to slip by she was prowling taverns and docks, ears perked for wild tales. She longed to meet a Kha, or see the magnificent trees of Irrinor. She didn’t know what kind of adventurer she wanted to be, maybe a sailor or a cartographer, but she knew she desperately wanted to travel far and wide. One day, she promised herself, she’d stand in the halls of Urguan. She gets a job waiting tables in a tavern, collecting every little coin in a satchel she hides under her bed. One day she’ll use the money to make her own tales of adventure, but until then she bides her time listening to those of her patrons.
Caltrix bounds energetically down the gangplank, eyes wide as she struggles to see around the bustling city life that towers over her. She can’t believe she’s here in Haense, at last getting to know the world outside her small bubble in Brandybrook. A well dressed gentleman steps into her path, smiling widely. “Welcome!” He says, the cadence of his voice enthralling the young adventurer. “What brings you to this lovely city? Adventure? Wealth? Or some grand aspirations to elevate your place in society?” The brunette halfling returns the man’s charming smile, delighted enough to be here that she steps outside her usual shy demeanor, boldened by his fowardness. “Hello, and thank you. Surely my status is elevated already being in such a fine city. I’m here to explore! I want to see it all, but tell me, where do you suggest I start?” She responded, keen to make new friends and excited by all the wonder around her. Her eyes darted around, drinking in her whereabouts while she waited for the gentleman to respond.