Primary descriptor: Rogue
Lemminkainen, alias Ahti, Farmind (Kaukomieli), Kauko, Islander, Wonton Loverboy (lieto Lemmin poika), Avegard, and several others), is a Finnish man, about 5'10'' tall, handsome, well-built with thick black hair and beard. He can however, change his appearance with magic (see below) but is immediately recognisable in any of his forms by those who know him.
Scale: (Poor, Average, Good, Very Good, Exceptional, Supernatural)
Seamanship (Very Good), Hunting (Exceptional), Ski (Very Good), Farm (Poor), Animal Husbandry (Poor), Shipwright (Good), Sing (Exceptional), Fish (Average), Swim (Good), Survival (Semi-Arctic) (Very Good), Navigation (Good).
Languages: Finnish, Old Norse (Native), Lappish (Very Good), Latin (Poor), Old Dravidian (Average), Frankish (Average), Gaelic (Good), Middle High German (Average), Provencal (Good), Several Central Asian Dialects (Good), Smatterings of: Greek, several N. African Dialects, Mid-Eastern Languages, Persian, Old Celtic, Hungarian, Russian, Early Tang Chinese, Old English, Middle English, Middle French, a few Native American tongues, Arabic.
Area Knowledges: Finland, Scandinavia, India, Central Asia, Provence
Combat: Sword (Exceptional), Crossbow (Very Good), Wrestling (Very Good), Fisticuffs (Good).
Lemminkainen's magic is basically shamanic. He calls upon spirits and sometimes falls into trances, and all of his magic involves singing. The formula is usually in the "spirit language" an animalistic tongue with which he can also communicate with animals.
Very little is actually known of Lemminkainen's history, as he is a terrible braggart, liar, and teller of tales. Many of his tales can be dismissed due to erroneous facts (meeting Jesus Christ in an English Alehouse, for example), the following history up to 1200 AD has been checked with witnesses and intense questioning and is believed mostly accurate:
Lemminkainen's date of birth is not known, but has been estimated to be between 1 and 300 AD. It is known that he was accompaning raiders against the Roman Empire by the end of the 4th Century. After the fall of Rome he begins a tour of North Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and Western China that lasts several centuries. He returns to Europe, through Russia, by the 9th Century and accompanies the Viking Reavers. He claims to have been at the battle of Vin Moor with Egil in 937 and to have accompanied Leif Erikson to America. He spent several decades in the Celtic lands, studying with the bards, and has most recently been dividing his time between Iceland, Germany and Provence.
Lemminkainen is a womaniser, rogue, listless wanderer, adventurer and pagan cultural hero. He is brave to foolhardiness, cocky, and vain. He spends his life looking for adventure and women. He is never grave and hardly serious. He is dashing and an accomplished liar. In many ways he is similar to other trickster heroes, laughing at taunts, plunging into danger and skillfully fleeing when things get over his head. He is forever boasting of his own prowess. He favours style over substance, more concerned with cutting a good figure than actually accomplishing anything. He is very much larger than life, swept up into his environment. He will take on the look and trappings of the times. His memory is terrible, so he embellishes with tales. His singing is legendary, and he is accomplished in several forms.