The Western Borderlands
Balek the Stout
Former Adventurer, Present Drunkard
Stocky, with a full beard and ruddy skin, Balek is either a very tall dwarf or a rather short human. (Those who ask him often claim to be given conflicting answers.)
A former adventurer, he settled down with his treasure and descended into a life of alcoholism after one expedition too many gone bad. Although not present in the group that cleared the Caves of Chaos, he later joined their band and adventured with them for a time.
An expensive drinking habit that he has managed to keep up for several years has led to much speculation as to exactly how much wealth he retired with. When not getting totally sauced in the tavern, he lives in a small cabin he constructed in the forest outside of the keep.