NAMEShaun Geddmore Just Gilmore AGE 30s and magical DOB Total Sagittarius
HEIGHT 5'10" BUILD Daddy HAIR Luxurious EYES Sparkling with ambition
SEXUALITY The Gayest RELATIONSHIP Married to his work
RACE Human (Marquesian) CLASS Sorcerer BLOODLINE Runechild
PROFESSION Artificer, Entrepreneur, and Sweet-Talker BUSINESS Gilmore's Glorious Goods
Gilmore has a personality as wide as Broadway, with grandeur to match. There is a proverbial spotlight that follows him around wherever he goes and, just like a showman, easily becomes the center of attention. It would be simple to accuse him of being ostentatious if it did not seem so effortless and well-lubricated by natural charisma. With a broad, toothy smile, a wiggling pair of eyebrows, outrageous fashion, and a disposition that settles on cheery familiarity, he often comes off as rather coquettish. That is the salesman in him (which is to say, Gilmore is always a salesman). Insecurity seems to be a foreign concept to him (more on that later) because there is never a moment that he seems unsure or hesitant. That is the essence of his first impression, all confidence and charm.
Interacting with Gilmore is like going toe-to-toe with a tour de force. Even meeker personalities often feel warmed by his presence, even if they barely get a word in edgewise. On the opposite side of that coin, Gilmore quite often likes to make a conversation all about them, whatever they might need, and how he can sell them just the right thing for it. His business is, after all, his pride and joy, so anyone with coin in their pocket and a desire to buy (this second piece isn't wholly necessary, he will try and convince them regardless) has the perfect components of conversation with Gilmore. Besides talking shop, Gilmore loves to talk about his other great passion in life, magic. Being a sorcerer means having a lifelong, intimate connection to magic that other arcane practitioners in Exandria cannot understand, so Gilmore thirsts for magic like water.
Stepping right in time with his love of magic is Gilmore's second most prominent trait (albeit one he might argue he values more): his intelligence. Second most prominent in that it does not come up in every encounter compared to his charismatic glow. Ah, but make no mistake, Gilmore is not just a pretty face (a very, very pretty face) and a good conversation, he's brilliant. Of course he is, artificers have to be; and the fact that Gilmore pursues the craft despite not practicing wizardry (how droll) is a testament to his tenacity. He has an encyclopedia's worth of stored knowledge on different academic subjects that he has studied. He's also got a keen eye for appraisal when it comes to both objects and people-- investigating facets, flaws, and misdirection.
Speaking of misdirection, here's the thing about his confidence (remember the "more on that later" bit?): it is not putting on airs, exactly, but instead was very much a case of "fake it 'til you make it." The unfortunate truth is that Gilmore has some unaddressed shame about his humble beginnings. He doesn't talk about where he comes from except to those he implicitly trusts. He was born in a small town with no prospects and no foundation for a successful future. He had to build everything he has by himself. And he has done it gangbusters. Before he could do that, though, Gilmore disassociated himself from his past. He left his home and changed his name so that he could create a new identity for himself, an identity that he could be proud of. And yet, all these years later, in spite of the success, that deep-seated shame has been compounded by another layer of shame for being ashamed in the first place. Looking back, the fact that he was (and still is, or maybe just ghosts of it-- Gilmore doesn't spend time trying to sort through these feelings) embarrassed of where he came from is a big source of regret for him. Older and wiser, though. At least, he tries to be.
So, how about moments when Gilmore isn't wiser? Okay, shame issues aside, it is time to talk about that temper. There are two things that Gilmore explicitly hates: people trying to take advantage of him, and people trying to make him look like a fool. Even his closest friends (and love interest) got read for filth when Gilmore felt they were taking advantage of his generosity (which included a few thinly-veiled threats). When Gilmore flies off the handle, he loses his composure and typically takes the shortest path to vengeance. When ambushed in his sleep by an assassin, instead of incapacitating the cretin or compelling him to spill the details of his hiring, Gilmore literally wrung him out like a wet towel. Not exactly the wisest decision, given the amount of information that could have been gained, but that kind of impulsive action is what happens when Gilmore sees red. He doesn't apologize for it, though.
When it comes to romance, Gilmore is historically...unsuccessful? Inaccessible? His flirtatious rapport extends to both sexes, but there's an underlying subtext that it is simply the salesman's playful energy. Which is to say, let's be clear, Gilmore does not date. He does not do dating. There are simply more important things to do with his time. The same train of thought applies to casual encounters. The man didn't go from nothing to successful, self-made entrepreneur by chasing paramours. Dalliances are distractions. But, being still yet merely mortal, Gilmore does have feelings. Sometimes, those feelings are even about other people. When it comes to men, Gilmore is attracted to ones who don't outshine him but nevertheless shine in their own way. It has to be someone who challenges himself, but at the same time refuses to take himself too seriously (a man who encourages Gilmore, easily accused of doing that very thing, to loosen up). There was a man recently, a hero who saved civilization. A hero who was going to save the world. What started as a business relationship grew into a friendship, then blossomed into something more. Then that same man broke his heart. It is still too fresh for Gilmore to put it behind him.
abilities & skills
Magic is a part of every sorcerer, suffusing body, mind, and spirit with a latent power that waits to be tapped. Sorcerers have no use for the spellbooks and ancient tomes of magic lore that wizards rely on, nor do they rely on a patron to grant their spells as warlocks do. By learning to harness and channel their own inborn magic, they can discover new and staggering ways to unleash that power. A sorcerer’s magic wants to be wielded, and it has a tendency to spill out in unpredictable ways if it isn’t called on. Sorcerers do not learn spells like wizards, instead they reach inside themselves and make manifest the staggering power of their bloodline. While it does mean that sorcerers learn comparatively fewer spells, they have other advantages that set them apart from other arcane practitioners.
FEAT: RITUAL CASTER
Thanks to his training in Marquet before he ran away to Tal'dorei, Gilmore understands the fundamentals of a wizard's ritualism. As wizardry is a learned art, this allows him to use additional spells that he otherwise wouldn't have access to. Unfortunately, without being a proper wizard, he will only ever be able to use these spells in their elongated ritual forms instead of casting them at-will.
Alarm, Animal Messenger, Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic, Detect Poison and Disease, Divination, Drawmij's Instant Summons, Feign Death, Find Familiar, Forbiddance, Gentle Repose, Identify, Illusory Script, Leomund's Tiny Hut, Locate Animals or Plants, Magic Mouth, Meld into Stone, Phantom Steed, Purify Food and Drink, Rary's Telepathic Bond, Speak with Animals, Tenser's Floating Disk, Unseen Servant, Water Breathing, Water Walk
FONT OF MAGIC & METAMAGIC
Because magic is an integral part of every sorcerer, as essential to them as blood, they are able to tap into that wellspring of power. They can twist and mold their magical energy to make them more flexible casters than any other arcane practitioner. Where wizards need at least a short rest to recover some of their magical energy, sorcerers can create it in bursts from within themselves, allowing them to cast more spells spontaneously. Additionally, sorcerers learn to mutate their own spells in completely unique ways through a process called Metamagic.
ALTERED SPELL Transform the elemental energy of a spell from one to another (e.g. fire to cold, thunder to poison) EXTENDED SPELL Double the duration of any spell or enchantment QUICKENED SPELL Cast two spells simultaneously SUBTLE SPELL Cast a spell without needing an incantation, somatic gestures, or material components
SORCEROUS ORIGIN: RUNECHILD
The weave and flow of magic is mysterious and feared
by many across Exandria. Many study the nature of the
arcane in hopes of learning to harness it, while sorcerers
carry innate talent to sculpt and wield the errant strands
of power that shape the world. Some sorcerers occasionally
find their body itself becomes a conduit for such energies,
their flesh collecting and storing remnants of their magic
in the form of natural runes. These anomalies are known
in erudite circles as runechildren.
The talents of a runechild are rare indeed, and many are
sought after for study by mages and scholars alike, driven
by a prevalent belief that the secrets within their body can
help understand many mysteries of the arcane. Others
seek to enslave them, using their bodies as tortured spell
batteries for their own diabolic pursuits. Their subjugation
all throughout the Age of Arcanum has driven the few
that exist this day into hiding their essence – a task that is
not easy, given the revealing nature of their gifts.
ITEMS OF POWER
While Gilmore creates a vast repertoire of different magical items and potions through experimenting with his runic magic, there are a few gold standard items that he is particularly proud of and does not duplicate; they are his signature treasures and attuned items.
GILMORE'S GLORIOUS RING Access to specific spells that enchant his home and shop by expending charges on the ring: Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion, Guards and Wards, Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, Mordenkainen's Faithful Hound RING OF SPELL STORING Store spells inside this ring for future use without expending magical power RING OF SHANDAL'S BREEZE Access to specific spells to travel by expending charges on the ring: Expeditious Retreat, Feather Fall, Misty Step, Fly
Brightford. Gilmore operates his shop, Gilmore's Glorioud Goods, in Circuit Circle which is one of the premier magic shops in Preya. As a Council Member for Brightford, he tends to stay in the area, though he is comfortable traveling to any of the cities in Preya.
Native, though demonstrably neutral. Gilmore is keen on remaining in Preya, but approaches the issue with a live-and-let-live philosophy.
COMING TO PREYA
After aiding the heroic band Vox Machina in defeating the last of the Chroma Conclave, Gilmore decided to take a step away from the spotlight. He salvaged through the ruins of Emon and picked through the Thordak's hoard in search of what remained of his once-vast repertoire of magical items. There wasn't much left, really, and the idea of having to rebuild and reopen was exhausting. Compounding that was the still very-sharp heartbreak of Vax'ildan's rejection, something that really began to weigh on Gilmore once the constant life-threatening danger and possibility of apocalypse wasn't taking up his attention. Gilmore began to entertain the idea of a fresh start, and, as often happens in the world of Exandria, opportunity presented itself in the form of a magical proposal to come to Preya and open one of the premier magic shops.
With such an investment secured, Gilmore accepted Preya's invitation. The idea of planar travel and other dimensions isn't exactly foreign to an arcane practitioner in Exandria, so he was able to adjust well enough to the diverse technologies that Preya has to offer. He spent his first few months in Ravenmoore, having lived in the bustling capital of Tal'dorei so long that he wanted to become immersed and lost in his new home. It became a bit tiring to him, though, and eventually he relocated to Brightford. Gilmore is five years in, now, and his magic shop is a popular destination in Circuit Circle. The man's built for the area, being as much of a glamorous showman as he is a businessman, he certainly knows how to entertain. And, besides, what's more entertaining than magic?