Catskill Kinderhook

Credit: Mel

Catskill Kinderhook is a trader from Quebec. He and his traveling companion, Ukiuk, have come to Nova Scotia to do business.

He grew up in Senneterre, in the northwestern portion of Quebec. His pack was one of several in the region, holding claim over a vast area of forested land and portion of the waterways within the area. Catskill was brought up learning how to hunt, trap, and prepare animal pelts. He eventually grew frustrated by the area's lack of excitement and growth, and sought to make his fortune elsewhere.

Over time, Catskill has expanded his network and the assortment of items he can find. Ever eager to advance further, information about new and greater opportunities took him all over north-central Canada. While word of Portland was what first brought Catskill to the area, he is equally keen on finding new outlets for his goods among the population of 'Souls.


  • Pronunciation: kAts-kHil KIHn-der-hook
  • Etymology:
    • Catskill: cat creek
    • Kinderhook: children's corner

Family: Kinderhook
Birthplace: Senneterre, Quebec

  • Pack: None
  • Rank: Loner
  • Residence: None; transient.
  • Mate: --
  • Character NPC: Ukiuk

OOC Information

  • Seeing him…
    • …with Ukiuk and their animal companions.
    • …traveling on more established trails.
Plot Opportunities
  • Catskill is looking for places to stay warm and the best hunting locations.
  • Catskill will be open for trade, and looking for new contacts in the area.
  • Help him learn about La Estrella Roja.
  • Seeking to trade: Animal pelts, teeth, claws, large antlers, unique clothing pieces, bone jewelery


Physical Description

On the large end of average, Catskill is long legged and lean. He has a strong, powerful looking neck and upper body. Entirely wolf, he has no signs of hybridization within him – though he himself is of mixed subspecies, this would be difficult to determine. Catskill has a thick, brownish coat and pale yellow eyes. He regularly travels in his Secui form, which accentuates his limbs and streamlined build.

In his Optime form his upper body strength is apparent. Catskill keeps his hair cut at shoulder length. He has several garments he circulates through, all of which feature quality furs or otherwise unique looking material.


  • Lupus : 34 in (86 cm) ↔ 90 lbs (41 kg)
  • Secui: 46 in (117 cm) ↔ 160 lbs (72.5 kg)
  • Optime: 6 ft 9 in (81 in / 206 cm) ↔ 260 lbs (118 kg)


  • A large scar covers part of Catskill's left hand.
  • He has various small superficial scars covered by fur.


  • Clothing & Accessories:
    • Cool fur jacket
    • Neato trader clothing.
    • Intense beaded belt.
    • Amazing claw necklace with beads.
    • Another necklace with more beads.
    • A third necklace wow what a cool guy.
    • Very cool looking bags.
  • Weaponry
    • A hatchet
    • A knife
    • Another knife


  • Speech: Native French speaker, has notable accent. Strong, loud voice.
  • Scent: Furs, smoke, pine, dirt
  • Quirks: Speaks faster when speaking French, swears a lot.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Confident, observant, stubborn

Coloration Palette

Fur & Optime Hair

Swirl (#D3CDC5)
Mongoose (#B5A27F)
Millbrook (#5E4631)
Armadillo (#433E37)
Tapa (#7B7874)


Chenin (#DFCD6F)

Nose/Pawpads, Claws

Mine Shaft (#323232)


Summarized: Charismatic, Contradictory, Difficult, Flamboyant, Individualistic, Self-sufficent, Undisciplined, Venturesome

Driven by goals he can't quite put into words, Catskill is multifaceted. He has always been driven to adventure, seeking to satisfy his needs. With these being as ambiguous as they seem, a few facts remain certain: Catskill is charming, stubborn, and a man who sets his ever-changing plans into action with little hesitation. He enjoys company of all sorts, but is wise enough to choose his friends carefully – and just as carefully avoid those who look like trouble. This does, however, leave him rather judgmental when it comes to the appearances of others. His biggest flaw is perhaps how certain he is of his own capabilities and good luck.

  • Motivations: Material wealth, notority, pleasure, seeing "rare" items and places
  • Fears: Injury, death, the ocean, thunder
  • Likes: Hedonism, fireplaces, mountains, swimming
  • Dislikes: Literature, small-minded people, rainstorms, squirrels


  • Bisexual, with a preference towards female partners.
    • Sexually promiscuous.

Spirituality & Substances

  • Polytheistic
    • Catskill believes in something akin to animism, and that the forces of nature may be controlled by greater, unknown spirits. He also believes that certain people are connected to this larger magical source.
  • Likes to drink
  • Likes to smoke

Skills & Hobbies

Note: Listed skills are those that the character has some significant talent or interest in to be noteworthy. Skills that have been mastered (and are best expressed as such) are marked.

  • Trade (Master)
From a very young age, the presence of trade was all around Catskill. He learned from his elders and peers, and later on his own when he struck out into the world. Highly charismatic and knowledgeable in terms of the value of his supplies, Catskill is a shrewd trader and a highly stubborn one.
  • Trapping (Master)
Catskill is capable of crafting various snare traps and those of more complex make. He is especially good when it comes to hiding his traps.
  • Skinning and Tanning
Precision and speed are apparent in Catskill's work. He delivers quality pelts of high grade.
  • Fighting
Necessity taught Catskill how to hold his own in a brawl, especially after enduring the worst end of several fights. He does not like to let fights drag on and tries to incapacitate his opponent immediately, even to levels of fatality. Though he lacks any sustained formal training, Catskill is capable of throwing his weapons and using them in close-quarters combat. His lack of experience is most apparent in his feral fighting.
  • Musician
Catskill can play several tunes on his ocarina. He has a decent singing voice, but does not sing regularly.


  • Current: Ukiuk
  • Previous:
  • Current: ---
  • Previous: ---
  • Catskill is capable of riding a horse, but he is more likely to use them for labor.
  • Useful animals are more appealing to Catskill than those incapable of performing in some fashion.

LaVern (Stoat)

Basics Description OOC Assumptions

Active: 2020 – Present

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Stoat
  • Date of Birth: Spring 2018
  • Size: Smol
  • Key Features: Beady-eyed, well fed, mean.
  • Coloration: Brown and tan during the spring and summer, white during the fall and winter.
  • Seeing him…
    • …with Catskill.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

  • Sneaking
  • Stealing things
  • Biting


  • Kind of a jerk!


LaVern was one of several stoat kits born into a would-be fur farm. He was destined to die, but managed to weasel his way out of his pen. Scared, the little ermine burrowed into a pile of goods, and was later discovered by Catskill. Though they didn't know what to make of each other at first, Catskill took a liking to the stoat (who took a liking to the free food) and kept the little guy around.
LaVern's name is a play on the French word for "worm".

Hawksaw (Mule)

Basics Description OOC Assumptions

Active: 2020 – Present

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Mule
  • Date of Birth: Spring 2015
  • Size: Slightly larger than average.
  • Key Features: Hawksaw's general build suggests he may have some draft lineage in him.
  • Coloration: Entirely gray (white).
  • Seeing him…
    • …with Catskill.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

Riding, driving, transportation.


Easy-going. Can be very stubborn if something has spooked him.


Fancy tack!!


Hawksaw was a happy accident, and brought up by the trader who owned his mother. He lived with this man for several years before misfortune befell his master, leaving the mule to flee. Though he managed to survive on his own for a time, a hungry and lonely Hawksaw soon sought out warm and comfort -- and found Catskill.



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