Sandru Vhiski


Only a few years from middle age, Sandru Vhiski is a
charming man, handsome and irreverent in precisely the
ways that could have made him a highly successful Sczarni
con artist, even before one takes into account in the fact that
his older brother, Jubrayl, is Sandpoint’s local Sczarni leader.
Sandru doesn’t live in Sandpoint, although he considers
himself one of the town’s citizens nevertheless. He’s only in
town a few days out of every month, for his caravan is one
of the region’s busier examples. Traveling with his adopted
mother Koya Mvashti and a pair of Varisian brothers named
Bevelek and Vankor Dalmuvian, Sandru makes the trip
from Riddleport to Magnimar to Korvosa several times
a year. While he makes enough money on these journeys
from trade, money isn’t Sandru’s primary motivation—he
loves the road, and he loves the tradition. It doesn’t take
much to get Sandru talking about Varisian history, dance
traditions, scarves, fortune-telling, horses and wagons,
landmarks and legends. In the off-seasons, when weather
makes travel too dangerous or too uncomfortable, Sandru
prefers to stay in Magnimar, where he helps other Varisians
with his carpentry skills and f lirts with the political scene
in that town. He’s not yet had the conviction to fully become
a representative of his people in Magnimar, though, since
he knows the call of the road will pull him from any local
responsibilities as soon as the rains clear each spring


The Vhiski family has been involved with the Sczarni for as
many generations as anyone cares to look back upon. Not
every Vhiski throws in with the gang, but enough do that
when one comes along who has no interest in the Sczarni
life, it’s difficult for him to prove his disinterest in crime
to outsiders. Sandru’s early childhood schools were back
alleys and waterfront taverns, and training in the art of the
con, dirty fighting, sabotage, and picking locks replaced
lessons in numbers, arts, and literature. From an early
age, though, Sandru’s sense of fairness and compassion
hampered his advancement in the ranks of the Sczarni,
and the mockery and derision his hesitance earned him
only strengthened his convictions.
When a violent storm struck the Varisian coast in 4687
ar, Sandru’s parents were among those slain by the f loods
and winds that tore the Lost Coast apart. Sandru and his
brothers Alder and Jubrayl emerged from that catastrophic
event as orphans. Yet while tragic, this event was ironically
just the thing to save Sandru from a life of crime. While
Jubrayl was old enough at that point to strike out on his
own (and thus fell in completely with the family’s criminal
traditions), Sandru was still a young child of 7 and his
younger brother Alder barely 2. His care fell to Koya
Mvashti, a family friend and practically an aunt to the
young Sandru. Under her guidance and support, Sandru
managed to avoid falling in with the Sczarni, and when
he grew of age, he sought employment as a caravan guard.
For several years, Sandru avoided Sandpoint, but after
he lost his job, he joined up with a group of adventurers
eager to explore western Varisia. As fate would have it,
Ameiko Kaijitsu was also in the group. Sandru and
Ameiko hit it off at once and became close friends.
Indeed, Sandru was quite taken with the lovely young
woman, but their age difference (he was 26, while
she was only 17) and Sandru’s sense of honor kept
him from pursuing a romantic relationship
with her. Instead, he watched enviously
(yet graciously) as Ameiko and his
younger brother Alder began to fall
in love.

The trio’s brief adventuring
career was quite successful,
but as recounted in Ameiko’s
history, ended in tragedy.
For many years after Alder
rescued Ameiko and lost his life
to the cannibals, Sandru couldn’t
stand to be around the young
Tian—she reminded him of lost
opportunities and lost family. So while
Ameiko invested her adventuring spoils
in Sandpoint, Sandru invested his in
the road, throwing himself into a much
more honorable Varisian occupation,
that of caravan owner. For the next
several years, Sandru’s life was the road.
He’s since mostly recovered from the bad
times, and now visits Sandpoint and
Ameiko often. He thinks of her now as
a younger sister, and often worries that her
capricious and often rebellious nature will
someday force her to choose between the
life she wants and the life she’s inherited
as one of Sandpoint’s nobles.

Sandru Vhiski

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