The Crooked Kin
The Crooked Kin are a troupe of performers and sideshow
freaks who travel through Vieland and Lozeri entertaining
the good burghers of Ustalav. The entire show travels in a
caravan of nine covered Varisian wagons pulled by nags.
The wagons are gaudily painted and depict the show’s
performers beneath the legend, “The Crooked Kin—
Ustalav’s Greatest Traveling Cabinet of Curiosities!” Each
wagon has a front and back door opening onto cramped
living accommodations inside.
The Crooked Kin consists of 13 performers, all people
with a variety of physical handicaps or deformities, plus a
handful of additional sideshow attractions. Though they
all have exotic (or in some cases, frightening) appearances,
the Kin are just honest performers trying to make a living,
and are concerned for the life of one of their friends.
The following people make up the Crooked Kin.
Hap Tarvin, the Flea Man (CN male human expert 1):
A short, hunched man with a distorted appearance, Hap
performs with his f lea circus, the Magnificent Carnival
of Miniature Wonders.
Kaleb Hesse, the Ringmaster (N male human expert 3):
An albino man with red eyes and long, white hair that
hangs below his knees, Kaleb wears a tall red top hat, a
long red coat with gold buckles, and striped trousers. He
is the de facto leader of the Crooked Kin.
Lidia Gerod, the Bearded Lady (NG female human
commoner 3): Standing nearly 7 feet tall and possessed
of a fine beard down to her waist, Lidia acts as a sort of
“mother hen” to the other members of the troupe.
The Pinheads: Aleece (CN female human commoner 1),
Lettie (NG female human commoner 2), and Poppy (N
female human commoner 1) are sisters, all of whom have
microcephaly. Aleece recently wandered away from the
caravan and has gone missing.
Prince Zar, the Human Caterpillar (CN male human
expert 2): This Mwangi man has no arms or legs. Prince
Zar was once enslaved in a Chelish sideshow, but earned
enough money to buy his freedom. He joined the Crooked
Kin, where he is billed as an exiled prince of the “Lost
Cities of Darkest Garund.”
S’jeer, the Vudrani Princess (N female human aristocrat
2): Born with four arms, S’jeer dresses in exotic silks and
speaks with a thick accent, but she is actually from Galt
and the daughter of a fishmonger.
The Swarm of Clowns: These three men, Gerik, Josef,
and Tam (all N male human expert 2), each have an extra
limb (Josef has three legs, the others have three arms).
Besides their skill in clowning, they are also accomplished
acrobats and jugglers.
Trollblood, the Giant Man (N male human expert 2):
A shockingly ugly Ulfen man nearly 8 feet tall, Trollblood
entertains the crowds with fire-breathing and his feats
The Wolf Child (N male child human commoner 1):
Supposedly raised by wolves in the Shudderwood, this
10-year-old boy is covered in hair. He is unfortunately
insane, but the three pinhead sisters treat him like a
In addition, the show also includes a pair of caged
goblin dogs, a morlock, and a giant frog.