Otis was a powerful man with large hands and a bushy beard.
Otis has a brother, Elmo. As a member of the Citadel of Eight, Otis is the former adventuring companion of Murfles, Mordenkainen, Bigby, Riggby, Robilar, Serten, Tenser, and Yrag. He ventured with Y'dey and Elmo (among others) into the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Otis was recruited into the Citadel of Eight sometime after 561 CY, when he was still a young man. In time, he became frustrated with what he saw as his companions' preoccupation with dungeons, dragons, and treasure-hunting. He left the group and never returned to it, although he retained an association with Tenser [Dragon #37, p. 30].
In 579 CY, Otis was living incognito in Nulb as an ordinary blacksmith, secretly watching the Temple of Elemental Evil for suspicious activity. With his brother Elmo and the priestess Y'dey he joined a party of adventurers in order to put a stop to the Temple's second rising. He died during the adventure, and Y'dey wasn't able to get to his body in time to resurrect him [RttEE, p. 10].
Otis was also said to have been part of the Army of Good that drove Robilar from his castle in the Domain of Greyhawk in retribution for his freeing of Zuggtmoy [ToEE, page 28]. Perhaps he returned to the Temple and died there afterwards, or perhaps either RttEE or ToEE is simply wrong.
- Cook, Monte. Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.