Celeste Blue-Skye, Proprietor and Con Artist
Celeste Blue-Skye is the current alias of Alisha, a young orphan from a port city far from her current center of operations. Alisha lost her parents when she was three years old. She was put in an orphanage when they died, but the place did not agree with her. She left one night to make her own way and spent the rest of her youth on the streets. Blessed with cute good looks and a gift for acting, she eventually realized that she could succeed better through swindling than through outright thievery, and this decision turned her whole life around. By the time she was 18, she had mastered the art of altering her appearance, and she had developed a fluidity of personality that allows her to assume any role almost instantly. Now 26, she travels in her current guise as "Celeste," an adventurer. She does not adventure so much as look for opportunities to swindle people.
Celeste is cute rather than beautiful. She stands just over 5 feet tall, possesses a trim figure, keeps her blond hair short, and has indeterminate gray-blue eyes. When she is herself (in other words, not engaged in a swindle), she wears stylish but inexpensive clothing and makes sure that she can move freely in whatever she wears. She had to run for it enough times in her youth to make loose clothing a habit. She has an excitable temper, and her emotions show clearly in the sparkle of her eyes or the tone of her voice. During swindles and business deals, she can maintain a rigid control on her temper, and at those times the only emotions that show are the ones she wants to display. She is very concerned with the lives of others and is usually quite interested in what people around her are doing. Her curiosity is not feigned, but she does turn anything she learns to her advantage.
The pet shop is the embodiment of a dream for her. Not only does it involve making sure that animals get good homes, but it does so through very little cost or effort. It is also legal, which means that though she could be confronted by a large number of druids for doing this, she cannot be arrested. Ah, technicalities. She likes this city very much, because while it has an air of lawfulness and safety, illegal activity thrives as well. It is the best of both worlds as far as she is concerned. In addition, the large trading business that passes through the city ensures that she will remain in business for years to come.
In the evening she puts her bardic gifts to good use, since she likes to entertain children. Not surprisingly, she sells a number of small pets during these concerts, as well.
Bringing the Parts Together
If you want to introduce Celeste briefly before making greater use of her, feel free to use her in a city tavern as the entertainment for the evening. Her performance is very nice, and she usually leads with a song or two, fills in with a story, and ends with an uplifting or boot-stomping round or well-known song that the audience can join in on.
Coming in Part 3 of Pets of Any Stripe
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