Lenny was bigger, faster, and stronger than all his compatriots in Candlekeep. Growing up, he knew he was special, he stood out, and given his half-orc heritage, he knew he had to either be loved and respected, a one-day leader, or ultimately perish to the fear his presence would bring. By the time his adopted father Gorion deemed him ready to face the outside world, he was the life and soul of Candlekeep. And while his quick wit game him a keen insight into many of the problems faced by a typical scholar of the tomes, he somehow lacked the discernment of people who were genuinely his friends, or perhaps just out to use him, riding into glory on his coattails.
However, above all else, Lenny had an affinity to blades and the martial arts of the long blades, and long swords in particular. Such was his devotion to the art that he forewent armor, partly to reduce the intimidation such a large beast of a manling might bring, remaining affable, and approachable, until you cross him, and partly to maintain his fluidity of movement, man-thing and blade flowing in uninterrupted unison.
Lenny is a half-orc kensai (my first kensai) with a crazy 97-point roll. I was shooting for 91, but after 30 minutes or so agreed to take the first roll over 89, and somewhat overshot the target - so max STR/DEX/CON/CHA, 15 INT to hit the fabled 16 after coming, and WIS as the dump stat. We are playing lawful neutral, and looking to split a good/neutral/evil party, rather than go all neutral. We want flavor in our companions!
The plan is to keep Imoen as the thief throughout the game, taking Viconia and Edwin for spell coverage, and Coran for artillery while Lenny leads into the melee. 6th slot will be rotating a while, as we pick up characters for roleplay or content, planning to settle on Quayle once we reach the city itself.
As ever, I start as a no-reload, but keep promising myself one day we will make it to the fable throne of end-games, so will switch to minimal reloads at some point, and weaken from there...