Off the Edge
A tiny man with grand ambition, Anando hails originally from the southern coastlands. His parents, former slaves to a particularly cruel noble estate, made the run to freedom when their son was born in the hopes that their children would know a better life. With a wealth of experience managing noble houses, the Veresisi never wanted for employment among the bickering noble houses of the far north, especially those looking to emulate southern sophistication. Anando found the family work suited him and developed into a fine valet and finally a steward of some reputation. His scrutinizing gaze and forceful voice more than compensated for his tiny physical stature. The irony that he is now employed in the same duties his family so desperately escaped is not lost on the shrewd halfling, but he enjoys the work and is quick to point out that it is the lifestyle that makes a slave, not the duties. Now approaching middle age, Anando chafes under his 20- year tenure of estates and political maneuvering. A simpler life calls to him, ideally one that would still benefit from his talent for organization. While he has no desire to lead an expedition, his deferential yet confidant attitude makes for an ideal assistant. He fully expects that his years overseeing tournament camps will translate well into the duties of managing an expedition, and while he detests filth and disorganization, the halfling is willing to roll up his own sleeves and work hard when the situation demands.