After starting a new mini-adventure with Astrid, featuring her human druid character Theodesia Mahoganea, I felt like coming up with another character for myself... again.
It should painfully obvious by now that one of the things I like most about Dungeons & Dragons, beyond playing it, is inventing new characters for myself.
Drawing on just how perfectly suited Theodesia is for Astrid (loves wild animals, slightly awkward around new people and her arcane focus is an actual succulent plant), I decided to make a character that really said something about me. Thus, Professor Penflower was born!
An eccentric forest gnome sorcerer and teacher, he is naive and somewhat reckless. He believes the gathering and sharing of knowledge to be of the utmost importance. He is always attempting to teach common (as well as basic magic and philosophy) to goblins, orcs and other monstrous creatures, and goes to any lengths to learn more about the more dangerous aspects of the universe. After summoning a demon in his office for study - and causing a lot of property damage - he was discredited and kicked out of the prestigious magic academy where he worked. His ex-colleague and rival, Dr. Nempyp Runebrew the racist half-elf, was chiefly responsible for his dismissal and the removal of Penflower's books from the academy library. The professor now roams the land in search of new knowledge, new adventures... and new students.