| Now, me no big city doctor...|
This article needs a bit more detail. If you're familiar with the topic, please consider expanding it.
Philge's combination of confidence, optimism and stupidity make her a natural-born leader. She quickly rises to positions of power when left on her own among goblin tribes and office workers.
Before the Dragon Friends
Philge's parents were an unlikely love story: her mother was the strongest warrior in the orc army and her father was a mercenary law officer ("Policegoblin.") Their happy family was dashed when Philge discovered her father was cheating on her mother with a Fairy. He then abandoned them and ran off to the Feywild, leaving Philge with a deep resentment of authority, especially cops.
Philge also had a half-brother named Dilge. He is also a half-orc, but it's unknown which parent they share.
Despite her tragic home life, Philge was an athletic, enthusiastic and outgoing young half-orc whose early life was filled with traditional coming-of-age awkwardness. She excelled at the javelin but was not very good with hurdles. She attended prom with a spider and wore a spider-silk dress. Her mother may or may not have eaten her father.
Philge and the other Dragon Friends have been living large in the Dragonback Tavern in Daggerford. The proprietor, Grimm Saltback, now demands that they settle their debts. Rather than just find a job, Philge tries to take up this demand with the town tenant's association, but cannot find it. She does find a loyal (dead) rat companion which she names Katy.
The Dragon Friends decide to audition as performers for the Duke of Daggerford's birthday revel. While traveling, Bobby tries to gently explain that Katy is dead, but the tender moment is interrupted by Freezo and they just let it go after that.
Philge is baffled but unbothered when Freezo randomly murders Leonard Swiftfeatures, a magician who is also auditioning as a performer. This makes them convenient targets to be framed for the Duke of Daggerford's murder and jailed. Philge's first kill in the show is their kindly jailer, Barry Swiftfeatures.
While on the run from the law, the party is abducted by Frisko's goblin tribe and put on trial for goblin crimes. Their goblin lawyer, Gribbits, explains a series of pie-based trials they must defeat to win their freedom. Instead, Philge kills Frisko and declares herself the Mother of Hobgoblins. This is not the end of Bobby and Freezo's captivity however as the newly ascendant Philge declares, "Me want see how this plays out."
When the party is reunited in Waterdeep, they make off with all of the tribe's money and work on meeting the demands of Bobby's ex-employer Janos Meer and the Waterdeep Guild of Thieves, Tricksters, and Beggars. Philge spends much of this period with Gribbits strapped to a desk on her chest like a baby. During a shopping trip in the city they run into Philge's wizard half-brother Dilge. He is eager to join them on their adventures. Despite normal sibling competitiveness, Philge and Dilge are happy to be in each other's company.
This family reunion ends in tragedy when Davin Tyrill, the very man who framed the Dragon Friends for the Duke's murder, attacks them with a mind-controlled Black Dragon. Dilge is killed while trying to protect her. She is too in shock to deal with this loss right away but is profoundly affected by it in the interval before Season 2.
In the Season 1 finale, she misunderstands Davin's master plan so badly that she actually ends up accelerating it. This has huge ramifications for their friend Kithercy Gellantara but otherwise turns out fine.