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Tinker Boush, the Tinker
Boush the Tinker's diminutive race is known for its intelligence, its cunning, and its prickly relationship with magic. As a matter of pride, they survive by their wits, and use only those powers of nature that may be unlocked through rational methodologies. Even this forbearance has led to a great deal of trouble, as Boush can attest. Once a key investigator of natural law, Boush the Tinker led a vast intellectual investigation into the workings of nature, founding a subterranean laboratory in the rumored, mist-wreathed wastes of the Violet Plateau. While scorning mages for the dangers they visit upon the world, Boush and his Tinker associates haughtily wrenched open a portal to some realm beyond comprehension and ushered in some nightmares of their own. A black mist rose from the cavernous interior of the Violet Plateau, shrouding it in permanent darkness from which sounds of horror perpetually emanate. Boush escaped with only his wits and the contraptions he carried, the sole Tinker to survive the Violet Plateau Incident.
Associated with
Races Keen
Places Violet Plateau
Other Lore Alchemy
Seven Minute War
  • Tinker is a Keen.
  • Tinker has a doctorate.[1]
  • Tinker once built an army of small robotic drones called Rollermaws.[2]
  • After his escape from the Violet Plateau, Tinker used the same transdimensional technology that opened the portal in the laboratory to create a pair of teleporting boots.[3]
  • Tinker does not believe in Alchemy. He considers its practitioners to be loons.[4]
  • Tinker knows about, and may have been part of, the Seven Minute War.[5]
  • Rigwarl hates Tinker, for the same reason he hates all Keen.[6]

The Violet Plateau[edit]

Boush founded the laboratory beneath the Violet Plateau, where he developed various technologies, including robotic drones, rock cutting lasers, and homing rockets. After an experiment went awry in the laboratory, Boush was the only survivor to make it out alive. He believes it is unlikely that there are any other survivors.[7]

Yurnero believes that Boush caused the Violet Plateau incident, and is criminally responsible for all the deaths involved.[8]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Tinker

  • Play Axe r Tinker, eh? War is an Axe-act science!
  • Play Bristleback r I'll hit em. You stand there looking small and weak.
  • Play Clockwerk u Leave Tinker alone!
  • Play Earth Spirit r You keen folk are small, but ever so clever.
  • Play Play Monkey King r So Tinker, was it head trauma that made you dream all that up?
  • Play Play Monkey King r I can appreciate a man unconstrained by what the world tells him's possible.
  • Play Techies r I've heard bot guy never disappoints!

Enemies meeting Tinker

  • Play Play Monkey King r I have respect for your ingenuity, Tinker. But I'm still crushing your skull.

Enemies killing Tinker

  • Play Bane Do Tinkers dream of electric sheepsticks?
  • Play Bristleback I hate keens.
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker's been tanked.
  • Play Clockwerk Look who tanked Tinker!
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, calm your beard!
  • Play Crystal Maiden That was a test, Tinker. And you failed.
  • Play Crystal Maiden Tinker, your equations aren't half as cold as they could be.
  • Play Crystal Maiden Take your own temperature next time.
  • Play Disruptor Hmm, the Keen Folk are clever, but they die like the rest.
  • Play Gyrocopter Too bad Tinker. You're my kind of nut!
  • Play Play Legion Commander Never trust an engineer.
  • Play Play Lone Druid Hasn't your science done enough damage, Tinker?
  • Play Play Monkey King r I have brains and brawn, Tinker.
  • Play Nyx Assassin Hehehe, you fought well, for a keen.
  • Play Ogre Magi The Tinker! Or the Stinker! Hee hee hee!
  • Play Omniknight Tinker, your science meddles where mortals should not.
  • Play Outworld Devourer Hard carry? I hardly cared.
  • Play Puck A poor specimen, not worthy of being mounted.
  • Play Puck I learned nothing from close observation of Tinker's demise.
  • Play Puck Again, Tinker's death yields no interesting conclusions.
  • Play Razor What's wrong, Tinker? Couldn't handle the load?
  • Play Razor Shorted you out, shorty.
  • Play Silencer You're not worth a tinker's dam.
  • Play Storm Spirit If you think to harness nature's power, you've got another thing coming.
  • Play Techies What kind of science was that? Where're the explosions?
  • Play Troll Warlord I hear your keening cry.
  • Play Troll Warlord Your mind was not so keen as my blades.
  • Play Play Undying For Lamarr.

Enemies dying to Tinker

  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, you were like a brother to me!
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, where'd you get those wonderful toys?

Clockwerk moving to Tinker

  • Play Clockwerk Hey, cousin!
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, simpatico!
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, you're a credit to our race!

Clockwerk attacking Tinker

  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, this'll gum your gears!
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker, prepare for repairs.
  • Play Clockwerk Tinker!

Clockwerk hooking Tinker

  • Play Clockwerk Hook, line and Tinker!


  • Play Oracle r You are fated to be an element in a madman's failed experiment.
  • Play Play Legion Commander Defend your beard!


  1. Tinker response: Play Gaaa, Dr. Tinker.
  2. Rollermawster description.
  3. Mecha Boots of Travel Mk III description.
  4. Tinker response: Play What sort of loon believes in Alchemy?
  5. Tinker response: Play This is starting to remind me of the Seven Minute War!
  6. Bristleback response: PlayI hate keens.
  7. Tinker response: Play I hope someday I'll run into another survivor of the Violet Plateau Incident, but it's not looking promising.
  8. Call of the Bladeform Legacy: Play Your crimes must weigh heavily on your shoulders, Tinker.
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