- “My friends, I'm so glad you're not dead!”
- — Boots
He gets his name from his stylish and elaborate boots. He recently swapped his mundane boots for the Boots of the Mooncat, soft soled leather boots with a stylized cat's eye on each one. These are magical and help him keep his balance more easily.
Boots' ability scores are as followed:
|10 (+0)||20 (+5)||14 (+2)||9 (-1)||12 (+1)||18 (+4)|
Boots is a seventh-level Bard, with the College of Swords as his Bard College, found in Xanathar's Guide to Everything. As a human, Boots is also able to sense the presence of magic and/or undead within 30 feet.
As the Lieutenant of the Chain, Boots is able to switch the initiative rolls of any two Chain members.
As the head of the Chain's Spy Network, Boots is responsible for liaising with Angel about matters they investigate.
Boots was born Dio Zagato Montefusco Bertone, a Riojan from Capital.
“Red Sky at Morning” (Episode 1)
Boots was instrumental to the escape of the Chain as he had a previous relationship with the Captain Massingham of the Rosso Cielo, and was able to leverage that relationship to get about 80 members of the Chain on board.
“The God Factor” (Episode 5)
“The Underdark Job” (Episode 10)
“The Lord of Madness” (Episode 13)
Later that night, Boots was awoken by three Shadows, and immediately casts hypnotic pattern to charm all three Shadows so he could arm himself for combat. Despite fighting in the nude (much to Two-Shoes' distaste) the Chain was able to successfully dispatch the Shadows, at the cost of two rankers and many of the civilians at the inn.
“Angel's Report” (Episode 14)
Boots spoke to Captain Cinzia about the incident at the Footstool, as well as the inn's owners Gront and Voz. He smoothed it over with the owners by offering to have 6 rankers guard the establishment for a total of 2 weeks.
“The Library Job” (Episode 15)
Before leaving for the Pellet, Boots was approached by a Riojan woman at the Footstool, Orlandria de Gietti. She explained that she was working for their mutual friend, a "Guardian angel", and revealed what the spy network had uncovered about the library job. It was unfortunately not much, only that the library was built on top of a large mausoleum that will contain undead, and that the Heraldric Society for which they're carrying out the job is in service to the Fulcrum. They then talked about the various means of obtaining knighthoods.
Later, while talking to the Herald, Boots expressed interest in discovering how high-born his family is.
“"Ballisantirax dreams...."” (Episode 21)
While fighting members of the Blackiron Pact, Boots was slain by the Master of Jackals but was saved by Judge casting revivify. Boots quickly returned the favor, slaying the monk with his rapier.
Behind the Scenes
Boots was originally a Duelist, a homebrew archetype of the Rogue, but by “The Mad God's Pawns” (Episode 12) Tom had converted him into a College of Swords Bard. This was closer to the theme Tom originally wanted to play, but he hadn't known it existed.
According to the Campaign Diary for “Angel's Report” (Episode 14), Boots' presence at the Footstool with the junior officers and soldiers allowed Matt to attack the inn with the Shadows. Had no player character been present, he would have felt unfair killing Chain members offscreen.