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Beck
Beck Portrait
Gender: Female
Allegiance: The Sand Spiders
Occupation: Thief
Status:Alive
Appearances:Song of the Eastern Sands

Beck is a young[1] Lutren.

Personality

She is very good at drawing and keeping the attention of others,[2] and certainly does not mind being the center of it. She is also mildly narcissistic,[3] although she is sensitive about the appearance of her teeth.[4] Beck dislikes the pink dress she commonly wears as a disguise.[5]

Even though she is one of the younger members, Beck takes charge when the Spiders are in the field, giving orders or suggestions to the other members.[6]

Relationships

Rook

Beck and Rook exchange banter, insulting each other with good-natured ease. Rook also teases Beck about her teeth because it bothers her. While Rook is not above insulting the Lutren in front of Beck, she does not seem to mind his comments.[7]

Skills

She is very bad at haggling, managing to talk the price up on an item.[8] [9]

Beck is a skilled actress, able to quickly switch in and out of character.[10]

History

The Mark

Beck rehearses her cover story with Rook in the Abadis Tavern while Asha and Theo are out scouting for new jobs. He will be breaking into the basement vault of an important merchant while she keeps him distracted at a party he will be attending that night. Amidst friendly banter, Rook gives her several corrections and words of advice. Then, as he is leaving, he tells her she has something in her teeth. She doesn't see anything in the mirror when she goes to look, but spends the entire afternoon brushing her teeth anyway.[11]

After the successful heist, Rook and Beck meet back at the tavern. She admits that she forgot her cover story and Rook's advice- but the merchant was so distracted by her teeth that he did not notice her many blunders. Rook and Beck agree to split the haul with Theo and Asha when they return. As Beck leaves the tavern, she tells Rook he has something in his teeth. Rook checks a mirror, but it's too dark to see well. He uneasily concludes that Beck is lying.[12]

Song of the Eastern Sands

Beck approaches a Tamian Merchant selling his amber jewelry, claiming his wares are simply hardened tree sap. The merchant explains how amber is harvested and graded,[13] convincing Beck of amber's value. She asks the price of a necklace, and because she is a Sunsgrovian, the Merchant offers her a discounted price of three hundred silvers. Aghast at the price, Beck claims it is not a discount,[14] to which the merchant replies he has a smaller necklace in his tent. To prevent him from entering the tent and discoveringAsha,[15] Beck offers to buy all of his wares.[16] Beck continues to try and hold the merchant's attention,[17] but is unable to keep him from entering his tent[18] to retrieve his abacus.[19] Stealing the necklace,[20] Beck flees[21] with Asha and Rook, who physically take the Merchant's chest.[22]

The trio return to the Abadis Tavern where Theo and Tabitha are waiting. Beck removes her disguise,[23] then cracks the merchant's chest open with a knife.[24] Beck is stunned at the amount of wealth inside.[25] Beck toasts to The Sand Spiders, and Theo mentions another job.[26]

Eagerly, Beck asks for more information. Theo reveals it is that night at the Sunsgrovian Embassy.[27] Theo claims the treasure room, which is usually well-guarded, will not be protected, prompting Beck to ask why.[28] Theo admits that he only knows the guards will be occupied but not why, and that his information comes from the usual nameless source as always, causing Beck to interrupt and parrot his words sarcastically. Beck and the other Sand Spiders look at Theo suspiciously.[29] After Theo asks for their thoughts, Beck admits that she really wants the money,[30] prompting a proud smile from Theo.[31]

After the moon rises, Beck, Asha and Rook scale a tree to enter the Sunsgrovian Embassy through a window.[32] Security is very light.[33] Sneaking past a pair of guards, they reach the treasury without incident and Asha begins to pick the lock.[34] Asha gets the door open and the Spiders slip inside the treasury. The Spiders are stunned at the wealth and variety of the treasury room.[35]

The Sand Spiders collect the loot and stuff it into empty sacks. Beck addresses the other Spiders,[36] and reminds them that the job's only half over and that they still have to sneak past the guards with sacks full of noisy coins. The other Spiders respond with confidence, and Beck opens the door[37] revealing the corpses of the two guards. After a horrified pause, Beck tells the others they need to leave now.[38] Asha asks what would happen if they are caught, and Rook tells her that if they were just stealing, their hands would be cut off, but murderers are beheaded. Beck shoulders a bag and tells the others they are leaving. As they start down the hallway, they hear screaming from a courtyard.[39]

The Spiders see a pair of Canid assassins attacking more Sunsgrovians.[40] Beck leaps into the room and smashes her bag of amber drops into an assassin's face, bursting it open. As Rook[41] and Asha confront the second assassin, Beck goes to one of the survivors.[42] The assassin flees. and Beck asks the assassin where he's going as Asha follows.[43] Rook as he looks out the window after Asha and Beck calls him over,[44] saying that Asha can take care of herself. She asks Rook to help her with the injured diplomats. Rook points out they don't have time to help. Beck agrees, but says they're doing it anyway.[45]

Rook draws her attention to a Tamian diplomat who's been traumatized into silence. Beck snaps her fingers in his face in an attempt to get his attention and snaps him out his stupor. He panics, asking Beck to find his daughter Janik, who is on her way to the Embassy from Terria.[46] Beck points out that Terria's a long way away, but Ambassador Rowan is hysterical and can't be swayed. When Rook tries to calm him down, Ambassador Rowan offers to pay anything for them to find his daughter. Rook and Beck share a look,[47] and Beck tells Ambassador Rowan they're listening to his offer.[48]

Back at the Abadis Tavern, Theo congratulates the Spiders on their haul and Beck claims it's a down payment, saying that calling it a haul makes it sound like stolen goods. When Asha asks why Ambassador Rowan asked them for help,[49] Beck replies that he thought she worked for the Embassy, and Tabitha points out that since she took Ambassador Rowan's offer, she does.[50] Theo warns them to be careful,[51] and Beck and Rook leave together to find Janik.[52]

Description

Beck wears a blue tunic, with a pair of Lutren sharkskin pauldrons.[53] The western coast is far from Nessa, so finding Lutren lamellar armor in any usable condition is difficult. Beck pieced together what she has from different traders.[54]

As a disguise, she frequently wears a pink dress with a feathered hat. She hates wearingit.[55]

Appearances

Trivia

  • Originally, Beck's design had a more complete set of lamellar armor, but it was scaled back to strengthen the Vulpin influences and to reflect that lamellar armor in good condition is very hard to come by in Nessa.[56]
  • According to the Oxford dictionary, a 'beck' is defined as a mountain stream or a gesture requiring attention.[57]

References

  1. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 2- Alex's Commentary
  2. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 6
  3. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 3- Alex's Commentary
  4. The Mark
  5. The Mark
  6. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 25
  7. The Mark
  8. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 7
  9. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 8
  10. The Mark
  11. The Mark
  12. The Mark
  13. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 3
  14. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 4
  15. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 6
  16. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 5
  17. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 6
  18. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 9
  19. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 8
  20. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 10
  21. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 9
  22. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 10
  23. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 13
  24. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 14
  25. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 15
  26. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 16
  27. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 17]
  28. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 18
  29. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 19
  30. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 20
  31. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 20- Alex's Commentary
  32. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 21
  33. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 21- Alex's Commentary
  34. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 22- Alex's Commentary
  35. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 23
  36. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 24
  37. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 25
  38. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 26
  39. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 27
  40. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 28
  41. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 29
  42. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 31
  43. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 32
  44. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 35
  45. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 36
  46. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 37
  47. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 38
  48. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 39
  49. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 39
  50. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 40
  51. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 43
  52. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 44
  53. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 14
  54. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 14- Alex's Commentary
  55. The Mark
  56. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 14- Alex's Commentary
  57. Oxford Dictionary, Definition of 'beck'

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