Smiley wants to kill things. Ideally, things that need killing. He'll stick to adventuring groups as long as he is well rewarded and allowed to kill things. He is not a peacetime companion, and if loot is not on the table, or in the near future, say a …
Laurothmamorgo, or Laura, as she much prefers to be called, is trying to help people. A group of adventurers saved her from a slave caravan when she was very young, and one of them took her in and raised her as his own. Laura is trying to pass on the …
Joe works because Gnome Titans were not warlike enough for him. That's right, the militant wing of the gnomes, who are in a state of perpetual warfare with at least one faction, didn't fight enough for him.