Name: Theobald Noakes 'Ted’ / ‘Teddy’
Personality: Somewhat gruff in the way he talks, Ted is the kind of person that takes a while to get used to. He isn’t quick to trust and be friendly. Most people don’t get along with him at first unless they are the friendlier souls. Years spent travelling in isolation has created something of an unsocial and quiet man. Though more likely to listen to a conversation that participate in it, Ted is not unkind. While he can be difficult to become friends with he is not obtrusive nor does he pick fights. Calm and practical, he is most likely to be a background figure in any kind of group. However, his skills and knowledge of survival may occasionally bring him to the forefront.
Someone who has a difficulty fully relaxing, when Ted is in company of those he trusts he becomes more jovial. He has many tales to tell for his forty-eight years. He will not be the one making jokes but he is quite happy to laugh along with them. And, just like any hobbit, he enjoys the company of a good drink and some pipe-weed.
Appearance: Ted stands at 3’6”, just in the taller ranges of hobbits (though not by much, and hardly above average by any means). His somewhat round face is more angular than most hobbits with gaunt lines from years living in the outdoors and away from the easy going lifestyle of most Hobbits. Of a sturdy built, Ted has well defined muscles and very few of the soft lines you’d expect. He still has something of a stomach (he does enjoy drinking as much as the next Hobbit) but has the body of one with a clearly active lifestyle. His hair is brown and curly, kept relatively short so it can’t get in the way. He has eyes that are a couple of shades darker than his hair, but still a similar dull brown. His skin is soft and tanned brown, somewhat ruddy, and blemished with the kinds of scars you’d expect of someone who now essentially lives in the wilds.
Backstory: Born in Hobbiton as one of the middle children of nine, Ted’s family were farmers first and foremost. Ted grew up learning the trade of his family but always an adventurous sort, running away to explore and play fighting with sticks against any of his siblings who would allow it. He always wanted more to life than just settling down with a family.
When he was a bit older, but not quite the age of majority, Ted left his family and moved to Bree. Here he found someone who trained him in how to use a sword, and improved his own use of a slingshot. He learned how to survive out in the wilds, cover a trail and follow one. After a few years in Bree Ted, now aged thirty four, set out to explore the world.
He travelled from years, exploring the lands now nearly abandoned by elves and their beautiful cities. He visited a few strongholds of the dwarves, but only remained briefly. He then moved on to the lands of the humans; spending his time in Rohan and going as far as Dale and Esgaroth upon the Lake. He met many people in his time, and travelled with a few between cities, but spend much of his time alone in wilderness away from civilisation.
Some years after he had set out, perhaps six or so, Ted found himself in Minas Tirith. It was in a tavern here that he met Roderic Fairbairn, a nephew of the Warden of Westmarch. As the only hobbits in the area the two started talking and a loose friendship former. This developed as they began to travel together, slowly making their way back to the Shire.
Ted returned to the Shire almost ten years after he had set out from Bree. While he had enjoyed his adventures, he decided to settle down just for a short while, and it was at Roderic’s suggestion that he joined the guards of the borders at Westmarch. With his experience it was easy enough for Ted to become and member, soon become a mentor figure for many within the ranks.
Ted has had this job for five years now, and is beginning to get restless from staying in one place for so long.
Reason for investigating the silent colony?: Roderic, the hobbit that Ted travelled with for a few years and arguably his closest friend, recently travelled to Dôr-min-Taur. Since then there is has been no correspondence from him though the two kept in contact normally. Ted wants to know what has happened to him, as does Cassinia Fairbairn; cousin of Roderic and a member of the guards Ted is friendly with.
Other: Weapon wise Ted carries a shortsword of human make, sized so that a hobbit may wield. Along with this he carries his trusty slingshot, which he is adept with, and a small bow (just in case a slingshot doesn’t do the job). He also has a few hunting knives.
Other equipment Ted has is stuff to start fires, trail mix for when travelling, other survival equipment and a pipe for smoking pipe-weed.