Loud, enthusiastic, and ever-so-subtly criminal, Lionel Collins will mostly go along with anything if it means having a good time and making some friends. And hey, whilst every friend realistically will sell you out for a suitably high price, that doesn't actually make them any worse for it. Life is beautiful, people.
As of Dissonance: Well, what do you know - turns out Lionel can actually say that he's been to a parallel universe! Or, y'know, skirted around it whilst tethered to reality by labyrinthine ropes of damp spaghetti, but whatever.
Also, he has maybe inadvertently gained the moniker 'Lionel the Lascivious' in the wizard duel arena. Or, okay, yeah. Definitely. He definitely did that.
As of Beat The Champ: Lionel Collins? More like Lion of Acryn!
Or, okay, fine. Lascivious Lion of Acryn.
Famed for his love of the incomparable (and entirely fictitious) Anastasia Darrish, The Lion is known as the glue that keeps arena battle group The Chain Gang together - and even his much-touted rivalry with The Dancer won't eclipse his belief in the power of friendship! And teamwork! And narrative convenience!
(Otherwise known as That One Time Lionel Conned Emilio Redan and Amanda Birch Into Actually Having Fun.)
As of Life In a Box: Okay, so the uber-cool wizard might have been markedly lukewarm towards his request to become an apprentice in her awesome library-castle, but Lionel's success in a protracted game of ridiculous, pyrrhic competitive mutual pickpocketing more than makes up for the disappointment.
Also, he's decided he's going to seduce Ambrosia Terrec.
As of One Night in Liarus: … That, or become the mortal enemy of her Head of House. Either works! In any case, screw Liarus, and all horrible, wizard-hating Serradics; he's going to cool it on the diplomatic mission side of things for a while.
As of Boss Rush: Okay, yeah, technically he did get beaten unconscious and imprisoned in a virtual reality by evil mages intent on stealing his soul for further nefarious experimentation. But you've got to consider the amount of skill that went into producing that kind of thing!
As of The First Step: Amazingly, Lionel's hopeless pursuit of Ambrosia Terrec seems to have not been unsuccessful? Thanks to pickpocketing, and a mutual propensity for elaborately ironic letters, he now has a luncheon date.
He has also potentially found religion? Which is unfortunate, considering it's one of Acryn's banned gods. Still, he's never felt the need to give the law undue consideration in the past - so why start now?
As of Occurendo Mundi: … Welp. There is now a giant Symbol of Calamity ringed around Serradis - not that those mage-hating ingrates were grateful for the fact that it is as-of-yet incomplete. Lionel despairs.
As of See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Lionel has reunited with Ambrosia Terrec! Their courtship continues to be highly prolific on an epistolary front, in addition to being totally incomprehensible to the outside observer.
Also, she appears to be a werewolf. This has not curbed his affections one iota.
As of Sight Seeing: Once again, Lionel and Ambrosia have adventured together - with the latter encountering certain difficulties in handling her canine condition. Lionel, however, has sworn to be her knight: perhaps he may never be the hero he longs to be, but he shall not hesitate to defend her to the death.
This is complicated slightly by the fact that he has finally guessed at certain Traitorous affiliations she may possess. After a tense (and admittedly, somewhat thrilling) confrontation in which it became quite clear that Ambrosia only just decided against killing him for his presumption, he has finally declared both a) his knowledge of the fact, and b) his undying love.
As of Ad Astra Per Aspera: After a highly perilous jaunt through Carleon, Lionel has gained what he hopes will be lifelong friends in Hardy Quinn and Jeremy Fitzwilliam. The three, in addition to a pair of sentient swords and the charmingly megalomaniacal Grand Octopus, have taken on the responsibility for raising Lionel's new (and somewhat accidentally-acquired) son, Coll.
As of unnamed freeform at my house: … Fatherhood may be slightly less amicable than anticipated. Jeremy keeps making him do star-jumps. Also, Lionel is now the Grand Octopus' thrall.
As of Blood Memories:
As of Closed System:
Primary Rite: Fracturing
Secondary Rite: Scribing
Additional Rite: Refinement
Background #1: Thief
Background #2: Organisational Ties: True Council
Background #3: Use Quarterstaff
9 + 2
Level 5 (bizarrely)
Divine Favour of the Heroic Path
Money: 9 Riel