Ley Line Walker
Even to those he travels with, little is known of Balf and how exactly he became a Ley Line Walker. Like U-ma, who he works together with most, he lived in a Resistance town that was destroyed by the Coalition and lost his family. He had always had an affinity for the magical and was in tune with the energy of the Ley Lines. It was this ability that kept him alive as he wandered aimlessly through the dangerous wilderness at the age of 10 with nowhere to go and no one to depend on.
He has never told of how he developed that latent ability into the powerful magic he now wields, and isn’t very happy to discuss it. He is a little more forthcoming about the recent past, however, where he met up with U-ma again and discovered that they were working for the same goals. Working with Resistance forces mostly around Vivindale, he has been doing all he can to destroy the evil that threatens the peaceful common people while at the same time trying to build his power.
Personality and Physical Traits
Balf is not an attractive young man. At the age of 20, he is slightly overweight, has prematurely thinning hair, and an oversized, roundish nose. Long self-conscious of his awful appearance, he has an enormous amount of difficulty speaking with women. To cover his insecurity he tries to pass himself off as a modern Don Juan type, trying desperately to charm all the ladies, but at this he is a miserable failure, often with tragic/comic results. His difficulties with the opposite sex even go so far as to affect his ability to use magic that would otherwise help him charm them and make them trust him. Ironically, he is quite a smooth talker when dealing with men and often uses this to bring non-violent resolutions to conflicts.
Balf is also a heavy drinker, and a “functioning alcoholic.” Maybe because he wants to forget something, or to numb himself to the horrible times he lives in, he drinks often, and is usually seen taking a swig from his flask after close calls with death. He is no connoisseur of fine drinks, however, and will drink whatever moonshine or rotgut he can get his hands on.
Despite being a “good” person and fighting for freedom and justice for the innocent people of the world, he has a dark side that surfaces when witnessing evil beings abusing their power over others.
Attitude toward Coalition
Balf has come to realize since his traumatic youth that the Coalition is not the only force of evil on Earth. Although he once wanted nothing more than for every single person supporting the Coalition to be dead, he now believes that it’s far more important to free the many innocent people in the Coalition from its leadership. He no longer feels the need to kill common soldiers and such who are probably just caught up in the chaos of the world and simply following orders.
Balf will kill Coalition forces without hesitation if they threaten Resistance towns and people, or himself and his fellow travelers. He will, however, whenever possible, try to persuade Coalition people of the errors of their ways or otherwise seek a non-lethal solution.
To travel the cities and settlements in North America who wish to live outside the Coalition, and to do whatever is in his power so that they can live in peace. He wants to defeat the forces of evil, be they Coalition, dragons, dee-bees, robots, or other form of monstrosity. He wants to prevent what happened to his childhood town from happening to others.