Born in Saerloon, one of Sembia's oldest cities, Sindonish grew up as the quiet third son of a minor noble house. Given much free time, he fell in with dangerous company and eventually joined the evil order of the Monks of the Dark Moon. He kept his membership and his training secret from his family, which is not a hard thing to do in Sembia. Everyone has their secrets in that land, and usually the head of a household is too busy with family or personal affairs to pay much attention to the children -- especially to things the children work to keep hidden. So Sindonish advanced in his training with the monks of Shar and identified himself with their aims.
After some years with the monks of the Dark Moon, he left Saerloon to journey and expand his experience of the world, but he never lost track of his comrades. He discovered other orders of monks and studied with them for a time, posing as a traveling monk always from an unknown order whose temple was far away. In this way, he gained an "in" with these monks, and later turned these connections to good account. He returned to Saerloon and the Dark Moon monks when he turned 30. His superiors sent him back out into the world to infiltrate other orders of monks and thwart the plans of good. He selected the quiet but active monks of the Yellow Rose, and joined their order in Damara.
Sindonish spent some years in contemplation and training, then he followed that with traveling. The monks of the Yellow Rose revere Ilmater, the god of pain and suffering, and maintain a museum in addition to serving alongside paladins of the Golden Cup as they travel. While journeying, they assist the paladins with healing, spreading the word of Ilmater's care, and saving lives. Sindonish has found this a perfect guise for fomenting trouble. While comforting those who suffer, he subtly blends Shar's own twist into his words and speaks gently of revenge to come, of storing up but never showing bitterness, and of never forgetting what injuries people do to you. Ilmater and his brethren of the Yellow Rose would be shocked, to be sure.
Occasionally, he receives instructions from his superiors in the Dark Moon, and he sneaks out at night to kill, plants evidence that causes dissension, meets with different sects to stir up bitterness and hate for their rivals, or performs some other fell deeds. He is quite good at this work, even without great skill in diplomacy, as his humble appearance and obvious status as a monk of the Yellow Rose leads others to believe he has no interest but their well-being in his words and deeds.
Sindonish is trained in a variety of weapons and uses whatever is at hand. He favors unarmed attacks or the nunchaku as a melee weapon, but he also owns an extensive collection of shuriken, kamas, daggers, sianghams, and blowguns. He is skilled in the use of poison, and many a key personage has died from a poison blowgun dart at a critical time. He is ruthless, but humble and with a good understanding of his place in the world. He never betrays his Yellow Rose brothers openly, nor does he ever appear to be anything but a simple brother of the Yellow Rose. His ring of mind shielding protects him from discovery, but he is always wary of anyone finding out his secret. Thus, he is constantly watchful while not appearing to be.
Sindonish does not follow any deity with devotion, though he acknowledges Shar as his patron deity. In fact, he does not really understand the fanatical religious adherent. His own religion, like everything else in his life, is measured and rational and even serene. No flights of emotion mark Sindonish's behavior, in religion or in any other area.
Sindonish appears a common monk. He is not very attractive, and his body looks as if hard work is familiar to him. He is muscled and lean, with a few scars from climbing or other wilderness accidents. The scars help him maintain his cover among the Yellow Rose monks, so he has never had them healed. He is short for a human -- only 5 feet 3 inches tall -- and stocky for his height. He wears simple clothes, as befits a monk of the Yellow Rose; he gave up the trappings of wealth as soon as he left Saerloon and has always felt most comfortable in the simple monk's habit.
When encountered, Sindonish will most likely be in the company of some paladins of the Order of the Golden Cup, or with some other monks of the Yellow Rose. Monks of Ilmater do not travel alone, so he never does. He is always, somehow, just where he needs to be. Perhaps it is the movement of Shar, or perhaps the Dark Moon monks know where he will be and plan his tasks accordingly. It does not matter to Sindonish; he lives to serve wherever he is needed.
About the Author
Robert Wiese has been gaming since the blue D&D books came out in 1970-something. He played through the Judge's Guild products and the early TSR stuff, and branched out into Rolemaster, Shadowrun, and Call of Cthulhu. But D&D has always been his favorite. Now working on RPGA event planning from his home in Nevada, Robert stays involved in the gaming community by serving on the Pale triad for Living Greyhawk, where he helps characters find the one true path of Pholtus. He writes gaming nuggets from time to time, eats at all the Reno buffets, spends time landscaping (it's hard to call it a garden at this point), and adores his wife Rhonda.
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