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MalariaMoon
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 06 Apr 2011 :  17:12:16  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
@ Dalor - thanks - Candlekeep is the only place I like being robbed!
@ Markustay - I'd like to hear more about the gold golem
@ Cleric Generic - I have an image of Mr and Mrs Vile; wondering why all their children turned out so bad when their neighbours Mr and Mrs Fortunate were so lucky with their kids
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Markustay
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Posted - 06 Apr 2011 :  18:45:43  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It was actually meant as a joke, so you can do whatever you want with it.

IF I were to build upon the joke, I would make it some sort of Gondish/Tinker Gnome creation (like 'Gold' of the Metalmen) who was supposed to be a deterrent to keep that groups enemies from attacking them, and instead wound-up inviting attacks from dozen of other groups as well (because of how valuable the golem itself was).

Although the creation was probably fairly powerful, its just another example of gnomish-engineering back-firing, and causing more problems then it solved.

And that was my quick, 'On the Fly' version. Like I said, it was meant to be a joke. Gold is an excellent conductor (BETTER then copper), so I would give it some electrical abilities, amongst other things. If you really wanted to take it to an extreme, you could give it diamonds for eyes, and a giant ruby for a heart, etc...

Impractical Gnomish Engineering at it's finest.

You could even 'Frankenstein' it - have it develop sentience and then 'run away' and hide somewhere remote, because everyone wants to just chop it into pieces (including it's creators, at this point). A kind of 'pathetic Pinocchio' scenario with a twist.

Not precisely a 'villain', but you can build a story around it. Suppose a village got wind that he was hiding in the woods outside of town, and offered adventurers 1000GP to 'capture the monster' (because its worth 100 times that!) They are then faced with a moral dilemma when they learn of its true nature (technically, the townsfolk are 'the bad guys' in that scenario).

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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Bladewind
Master of Realmslore

Netherlands
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  14:12:55  Show Profile Send Bladewind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let me introduce to you an ambitious Selvatargtlin general, the ghost of Durec Abaeyr.

This apparition is motivated beyond death by drow superiority, bloodlust and disdain for surface races. In life he managed to track down a major sword wielded by Selvatarm, the Kingslayer sword, in the ruins of Lost Ajhuuntal. He quickly was overwhelmed by the infernal malevolence inside the sword and his wracked body was eaten alive by aranea. After his death in Lost Ajhuuntal he quickly promoted the demonic ranks in the Demonweb Pits, and became a judicator of Selvatarm by training under that gods tutelage. After completing that training he was sent back to Fearun by Lolth in a scheme to aid a certain drow settlement (mine was Lurth Dreir under the Shaar) set up a Night Crusade. This needed a humongous globe of darkness to envelope the surface region that Durec targetted. He managed to contact and get favor with 4 mayor noble houses in Lurth Dreir, who are amassing the wealth and slaves to perform the great magic ritual and the army of slaves needed to invade the surface realms above.

Durec Abaeyr
Kingslayer and soon to be crowned Shadowking of the Realm of the Smoking Star (the Shaar)
description: piercing blue eyes, shortcropped marble hair, broad shoulders and sneering voice
disposition: ice cold demeanor tanged with a scheming knack for politics, commands fear in even Matron Mothers
Quotes: "Begone. Lolth take you."
"To the surface! Let the soil be wettened in blood and the air filled with fear."
"Selvatarm judges so."

Durec Abaeyr
Male Drow Ghost (medium sized incorporeal undead) Fighter 4/ Wizard 2/ Drow Judicator 6 (Lurth Dreir)
Chaotic Evil
Patron Deity: Formerly Lolth, now Selvatarm aswell
Languages: Drow Undercommon, Common, Elvish, Abyssal
Senses: Darkvision 120ft, lightsensitivity, Spot +12, Listen +12
Initiative: +6
Speed: Fly 30 (perfect maneuverability)

Defences
Armour Class Incorporeal: AC 21 [deflection (Cha and ring of prot. +3) +7, shield (Ring of Forceshield) +2, dodge (Dex) +2 ] Touch: 19 Flat-footed: 19
Armour Class on Ethereal plane: 25 (armor +8, shield +2, deflection +3, dodge +2)
HP: 77 (incorporeal)
Saves
Fortitude +13 Reflex +8 Willpower +13
Abilities Scores (Modifier)
Strength 16 (+3) Dexterity 14 (+2) Constitution - Intelligence 17 (+3) Wisdom 11 (-) Charisma 18 +4


Attacks
Telekinetic sunder
+15 attack (+7 str check on attemp at break dc)
Telekinetic grapple
+15 touch attack (+15 grapple check)
Kingslayer ghosttouch keen bastardsword +3
To Hit +17/+12 (1d10+6/17-20)
Base Attack +11/+6 Grapple +14

Special Abilities
• Selvetarms Blessing +3 profane saving throw bonus
• Command Spiders (as rebuke undead)
• Manifestation (effect material plane)
• Telekinesis (CL 12 DC 19) each round as a free action
• Corrupting Gaze (DC 19; 2d10 hp damage and 1d4 Cha drain)
• Quasit familiar

Spells
Wizard Spells Prepared (4,4,3,2)
3rd - Haste, Fireball
2nd - Mirror Image, Alter Self, See Invisiblity
1st- Magic Missile (2x), Cause Fear (2x)
0 – Detect Magic, Mending, Message (2x)
Spellbook: as above with in addition Windwall, Magic Mouth, Levitate, Shield, Mage Armor, Read Magic, Comprehend Languages, Protection vs Alignment, Obscuring Mist, Major Image, Minor Image, Ghost Sound, Bull Strength, Bears Endurance, Knock and Tongues

Skills
(55 total): Climb 4 Ride 7 Bluff 6 Hide 10 Listen 12 Spot 12 Search 11 Tumble 2 Concentration 13 Decipher script 5 Disguise 5 Intimidate 10 Diplomacy 10 Sense Motive 3 Spellcraft 5 Knowledge – Shaar 4 Knowledge – arcana 5 Knowledge – the planes 4 Knowledge – Religion 7

Feats
•Alertness (from familiar): +2 bonus on listen and spot checks.
•Exotic Weapon Proficiency – Bastard Sword: No penalty on attacks with bastard swords.
•Improved Sunder: no AoO when performing this combat maneuver.
•Improved Familiar: Morkoth the ghostly quasit.
•Power attack: trade BaB for extra damage.
•Improved Initiative: +4 on Initiative checks.
•Scribe Scroll: Create magic scrolls.
•Combat reflexes: +2 bonus AoO's per round.
•Impetious Charge: +4 on attacks and -4 AC on a charge.
•Shock Trooper: Perform 3 special charge related maneuvers.



Possessions
•Kingslayer +3 Ghosttouch Keen Bastard Sword
•Ring of Protection+3
•Ring of Force Shield
•Cloak of Charisma +4
•1d4+1 potions (as determined by the DM)
•1d2 spell scrolls containing spells from 4th to 6th level (as determined by the DM)

Minions
• Morkoth the Quasit (ghostly familiar)
Morkoth shares an empathic link with Durec and can share spells. Morkoth has the ‘improved evasion’ ability, can deliver touch spells and has SR 16. Morkoth can assume the forms of a spider or a bat.
• T'chal the Ghostspider (ghostly mount)
Large Fiendish Monstrous Spider (8HD) can speak with Durec, has improved evasion, shares saving throws and spells with Durec



My campaign sketches

Druidic Groves

Creature Feature: Giant Spiders

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MalariaMoon
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 02 Mar 2012 :  04:59:52  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Theilfinnae Adrennore aka The Barracuda

Captain of the Lady Knave and Pirate of the Sword Coast


Female Sun Elf Rogue 8/Duellist 5
Chaotic Evil
Patron Deity:
Languages: Elven, Common, Illuskan
Initiative: +5
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Armour Class: 17 (+3 Dex, Ring of Protection+2, +1 Dodge feat, +1 Canny Defence) 20% miss chance (Minor Cloak of Displacement)
Flat-footed: 17 Touch: 17
Saves
Fort +3 Ref +13 Will +6
Hp: 39
Speed: 30' (6 squares)
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Melee +16/+11/+6 Rapier+2 (1d6+2 18-20x2)
Ranged +16/+11/+6 Flaming Burst Shortbow+2 (1d6 20x3)
Base Attack +11/+6/+1 Grapple +11
Special Attacks Sneak attack 4d6 or 3d6 + impeding, precise attack +1d6
Wizard Spells Prepared (CL 1)

0 – Electric Jolt , Flare, Horizikaul’s Cough
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Abilities Str 10 Dex 17 Con 7 Int 13 Wis 12 Cha 11

SQ: +2 save vs. illusion spells, +2 listen, search & spot checks, trapfinding & trap sense+2, evasion, improved uncanny dodge, canny defence, improved reactions, enhanced mobility, grace,

Feats: Dodge, Impeding Attack, Magical Training, Mobility, Weapon Finesse
Skills: Appraise 3, Balance 9, Bluff 2, Climb 7, Decipher Script 2, Disable Device 5, Disguise 5, Escape Artist 6, Gather Information 6, Hide 3, Intimidate 5, Jump 7, Listen 6, Move Silently 2, Open Lock 4, Profession (Seamanship) 7, Search 4, Sense Motive 6, Sleight of Hand 4, Spot 6, Tumble 12, Use Magic Device 4, Use Rope 6
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Possessions
Flaming Burst Shortbow+2, Rapier+2, Map of Refuge, Ring of Protection+2, Cloak of Minor Displacement, masterwork thieves tools, the Barracuda usually carries a number of potions, with a preference for those that heal, delay poison or allow her to fly.
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Sources
'Magic of Faerun' details the spells electric jolt and Horizikaul's cough
'Complete Scoundrel' details the 'Impeding Attack' feat
'Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting' details the 'Magical Training' feat
The Map of Refuge is homebrewed and can be found on page 50 of the Candlekeep Magic Shop.

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MalariaMoon
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Posted - 02 Mar 2012 :  05:04:55  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Appearance: Cast out as she is, Theilfinnae lacks the radiance so typical of her people. Slender the elven people might be, but her limbs are stick-thin and her frame undernourished. Her naturally bronze skin has been darkened and dulled by adventure on the high seas, and faint lines tug at the corners of her green eyes and stern mouth. Wrinkles on a gold elf are rare indeed. Only in her long, raven black hair does Theilfinnae retain the magnificence of her kin, although like her it refuses to be tamed. She has a severe face upon which a smile would find no place to settle - although her old crewmates do mutter of wild, cackling laughter when Theilfinnae was chasing down a merchant ship or leaping into battle.
The Barracuda wears no armour, relying on her agility to keep her from harm. She prefers simple clothing without any concessions towards fashion or adornment – typically a plain grey silk tunic and tight leggings of whaleskin. Over this she wears her maroon cloak of minor displacement.
Personality: Those who sailed with the Barracuda described her as aloof, almost melancholy, but possessed of a wild passion when in battle. Her time landbound on Ruathym Isle has left her, if anything, crueller and more calculating. She is, by all accounts, a formidable opponent in battle – a fine and agile swordsman and a cunning shot with the bow. When she permits herself a moment of indulgence, she likes to climb to some high point (a crow’s nest or reaching turret wall) with a book of elflore and read.
History: The Barracuda is a gold elf, once of fair Evermeet, but now an outcast for more decades than most men have lived. A generation ago, she was a pirate, one of the most feared in the North. She hunted ships up and down the Sword Coast, owing allegiance to no port or flag and evading all who tried to run her down. No-one knew what drove her, and the circumstances of her exile from Evermeet are a secret known only to the elves.
Her fortunes changed some time in the Year of the Harp. She attacked a wingship carrying elves on Retreat to Evermeet. After plundering the craft for a king’s ransom in jewels and magic, she fired flaming arrows into its sails. The wingship burned down to the waterline, and every elf, even the maids and children, perished.
The Barracuda paid for her recklessness, for one of the High Mages of Evermeet had observed her wicked deed via sorcery. They say that amongst those who burned to death were a cousin and a niece of that mighty wizard. Whatever the truth, his wrath was terrible indeed. The High Mage summoned a mighty storm; a tempest so terrible that ships foundered across the Sea of Swords.
But for all the ships sunk by his vengeful winds, he failed to destroy the Lady Knave. Battered and awash to the gunnels, by the Barracuda’s sea cunning she stayed afloat and made it to Ruathym’s western shore. The Barracuda and her crew went ashore to recover from the storm’s punishment, and to cut timbers to repair their ailing ship.
Perhaps remorseful on the damage his tempest has caused across the Sea of Swords, the High Mage did not summon up another storm or some similar destructive magic. Instead, he laid a curse upon the Barracuda. When she tried to return to the Lady Knave, she was overcome by a terrible fear of the ocean. Again and again she tried to muster her will, but every time she tried to leave the land she was left helpless by terror. Defeated by the curse, the Barracuda spent a whole tenday in despair on that beach whilst the Lady Knave lay just out of reach. Either by loyalty or fright, her crew stayed with her, until a warband of Northmen found them and fell upon them, for by the King’s decree the lives of any who fell Ruathym’s trees are forfeit. The crew of the Lady Knave were slaughtered to a man, but the Barracuda was an elf and thus cunning in woodcraft. She slipped away from her attackers.
The victorious Northmen lay claim to the Lady Knave and sailed her back to Ruathym town. It took them four days, and on the fourth day they ran her aground on Narthoil’s Beach, disembarked and swore to all the ship was haunted and ill-fated. A suspicious lot are the Northmen, and the Lady Knave remained abandoned.
As for the Barracuda, for some winters it seems she lived wild in the forests, but eventually she found her way to Ruathym town and carved out a place for herself amongst the Northmen. Ruathym doesn’t enjoy the same class of rogue that a city such as Waterdeep or Baldur’s Gate can boast of. There’re a handful of lily-livered sneak thieves who survive more by luck than judgment, and even more crude thugs but The Barracuda was a raised sail to them when it came to criminality. And for all the Northmen’s bluster about honour, there’s always someone who could make use of a truly talented thief.
Although the First Axe did his best to root her out, she could only be found when she wanted to be found. She also slew two of the Thane’s favoured champions in single combat, and after that the First Axe wisely chose to ignore her. She became the unacknowledged queen of Ruathym’s paltry underworld, and following her rise many vessels suspected of pirating began docking at the Port of Swords. What the Serpent, Elaith Craulnober is to Waterdeep, some say the Barracuda, Theilfinnae Adrennore became to the Moonshaes and the Sword Coast North.
But, the Barracuda drew little happiness from her success as a backwater fence and information broker. She yearned for the sea. Eventually, in the Year of the Shield, a wizard named Vango Janathorn offered to break her curse if she was able to steal a magical tome, the Ashbook of Inthar, from the Green Rooms of Ruathym. She succeeded and Vango proved true to his word, although shortly after the Barracuda abandoned him to be slain by Northmen heroes and, rumour has it, a Harper.
Finally freed from her curse, the Barracuda reclaimed the Lady Knave and crewed her with every ruffian and ne’er-do-well in Ruathym; literally emptying every thief and thug the town could hold. Recent reports indicate the Lady Knave is sailing south, towards the Pirate Isles of the Nelanther.
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 16 Apr 2012 :  04:47:16  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MalariaMoon

A Trio of Minor Magelings in Service to The Zhentarim

I’ve always enjoyed how Ed’s Realms seem to be populated by nigh endless ranks of ambitious Zhentarim wizards. One might almost imagine there is a deepspawn somewhere in the Citadel of the Raven disgorging fodder for Shandril’s spellfire or a Harper’s blade. Most of them get killed swiftly, and only a scant few of them achieve the power and status they crave. Fewer still get any personality beyond a fireball spell and a cowled robe of a darker shade.
My contribution to the villains scroll is three Zhent magelings who have thus far survived the spells and swords of their foes but whose progress through the hierarchy of the Black Network has not been stellar. They’ve been recurring foils in my campaigns, and I hope I’ve managed to inject them with a little personality. They could be encountered leading missions anywhere in the Realms where the Zhentarim has or hopes to have an influence (which, let’s face it, could be just about anywhere). Invariably they travel with a group of expendable lackeys for the PCs to butcher.




I'm actually going to be using your idea here. We just played today in our at home game, and while the party has come nowhere near encountering this trio of Zhent Magelings, I decided that I will begin weaving them into the game. One of the rumors the party came across while in Shadowdale (where we began) was that a trio of brothers came through town not only two days before the elves got there and were researching the fabled Sword of the Dales.

I'll be running the party through the modules that restore Randal Morn to rulership of Daggerdale...so thought I could spark their interest in the sword.

Thanks for the idea!

AD&D for me!
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MalariaMoon
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 17 Apr 2012 :  17:44:01  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You're welcome Dalor! Nice to see you haunting these halls again. I look forward to hearing what befalls those three mages.
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Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 14 Oct 2013 :  07:03:10  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Had a great post...but it got blown to kingdom come for some reason.

Was about a band of street kids called "The Kobolds" led by their "Kobold King" named Vanna (an 11 year old girl).

I'll edit this later, going to bed for now...but the essence was that the group tended to pretend to be halflings with swords. Many people will hand over their gold to nearly a dozen halflings brandishing cold steel.

Vanna picks round faced street kids that she keeps fat with loot from victims. She does the talking, pretending to be a Half-Elven Wizard/Thief holding a REAL WAND of magic missiles she gained when she murdered her abusive uncle in his sleep and ran away two years ago.

When the authorities look for this band of halflings, they don't find anything but filthy kids squatting over meager fires in the slums showing no sign of wealth...but they don't realize how well fed they are...and that is Vanna's lure to kids: all the food they can eat!

More later...

EDIT:...later.

Vanna's stats depend on what version of the game you are playing.

1e/2e she is a Neutral (w/evil inclinations) human female Bandit (3 Hit Points)...yep, that simple. Her gear includes: Wand of Magic Missiles (you decide the charges) which she uses on "marks" and to threaten others who know the wands power to kill (she has killed two other children who thought to "take her on"), Boots of Elvenkind which she uses to skulk about at all times (it makes her the equal of many thieves who are in her city), Cloak of the Bat (which makes her damn near invisible when skulking about), Hat of Disguise (which she uses for her Half-Elf personality in muggings, as well as several different things from halflings, gnomes and dwarves to even taking on the guise of a bent old lady that begs for coin on the side of the street), Ring of Boccob (it belonged to her uncle and she likes it...she has no idea what it does to magical items), 2 Potions of Healing, Dagger +1 (which she only uses to cut food!, but she has learned to use it in a somewhat menacing way when she does as it cuts easily through bone...and thus she uses it to scare children), and her most prized possession: a book of spells! She has no clue how to use the spells...but her uncle was a 5th level illusionist (which is where she got the magic items she does have after killing the vile scum). Place whatever spells you think are best, but they should include spells that a coward would have and not much confrontational magic.

In 3.x Vanna would have the following: Commoner 1 (6 HP) Str: 6, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 16, Wis 8, Chr 15, Feats: Toughness (+3 HP) and Persuasive (+2 Bluff & Intimidate); +4 Bluff, +2 Climb (4 ranks), +12 Disguise, +7 Hide, +4 Intimidate, +3 Listen (4 ranks), +7 Move Silently, +4 Perform (Acting, 2 Ranks), +3 Sleight of Hand (1 rank), +3 Spot (4 ranks) and +3 Use Magic Device (1 rank). Vanna was formerly picking up some things from her cowardly uncle; but most of what she knows she has learned on the streets in the past couple of years. Her magic items in this version of the game can remain the same.

AD&D for me!

Edited by - Dalor Darden on 18 Oct 2013 04:37:12
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 23 Sep 2014 :  05:21:15  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
“Lord” Krell is an insidious dealer of intrigue matched by few who know of him; and in truth few do know of Baron Krell as he keeps a very low profile. His wilderness fortress sits astride a rather obscure backwoods trading trail rarely used by reputable merchants; but it is in fact much faster (if somewhat more dangerous) than the commonly used route in the area. This pleases Krell quite well, as it allows him to be close at hand to the intrigues of the land, but in a place that few travel to.

Krell’s story is one of twisting fate, and began over three decades ago when he was ordained a Paladin! He was an intensely loyal and fervent adherent to his faith; even known commonly as “Krell the Kind” for his constant donations to the poor of the land and his steadfast vows of always allowing even the most evil individuals to have the opportunity of forgiveness and redemption. His adventures were many, and he brought many evil individuals to justice; but not at the end of a sword, but in the halls of justice in whatever land he lived within. He was by no means without ability with sword and lance however! Krell was well known in tournaments as a champion jouster and swordsman.

The first turning point in Krell’s life was laid as a trap for him by a wizard he had foiled on several occasions. The wizard, named Varlhaz, was a minor mageling intent on obtaining nobility by forced marriage to a Lady of one family or another; but Krell had on two occasions prevented the wizard from magically compelling such unions on unwitting noble Ladies. Infuriated at Krell’s continued interference, he had acquired a nasty artifact to enact his vengeance upon Krell: a Helm of Opposite Alignment.

Varlhaz arranged that this magical helm be part of a suit of armor to be rewarded as the prize in a minor jousting tournament; and then ensured that Krell would win the tournament by continually using his magic to the bane of Krell’s opponents. As the wizard hoped, Krell won the tournament and was awarded the armor as one part of his purse. Krell later donned the armor, sans helmet, for the victory banquet before returning to his own tent after. Wanting to see how the full suit looked upon him, a Lady-in-Waiting (an unwitting accomplice of Varlhaz) asked Krell to don the helmet as well so that she could view her “Knight in Shining Armor” in all his glory. Needless to say, the result was tragic.

Krell “the Kind” became known soon after as Krell “the Cruel” to the people of the land. He, not understanding what had happened to his own heart, left off from his own people for many years. He became a mercenary adventurer renowned for his cruel leadership and butchery in equal measure. He eventually tired of simple-minded pursuits and, having gained knowledge he hadn’t possessed before, returned to his homeland for revenge. Though he didn’t know who had caused his fall, he had learned that only with such evil magic could he have been so changed. No longer possessing the kind heart he had before…his vengeance was swift and deadly. He knew that only someone who wished him harm directly would have used such magic on him; and his list of enemies was small.

One dark night, Lord Varlhaz, was entertaining guests in his country estate; which he had finally gained at the expense of an insipid young lady who fell for his enchantments. The chamber doors burst open and Krell the Cruel entered with his mercenary warriors in tow. It didn’t take long for all in the hall to fall either in surrender or death before Krell and his warriors; Lord Varlhaz throwing himself at the mercy of his old foe. A short, and brutal, interrogation ensued in which Varlhaz confessed before all present what he had done…and Krell summarily executed the man on the spot. Going one step further, he had his henchman Hedrik marry him to the now widowed former wife of Varlhaz the very next day who was quickly enamored of the powerful warrior.

Krell (already a Lord via his family heritage) did something few would do: he sold off the lot of his wife’s holdings! Turning the quick profit, he then sent his wife to a convent within the week and later had his marriage annulled by the same priest who had married them! With a small treasure in hand, he and his men set about finding a suitable place to make their own…Krell ending up then where his fortified manor sits to this day. He sent for servants from his father’s household which he thought might serve him best and began to build his own estate into one of strength. A fourth son, he wrote off his family after that and simply focused on his own future.

Krell has, for the past decades, become one of the most powerful individuals in the land. His private army numbers several hundred strong and is in a position that would take a King’s army to dislodge. Further, he has agents in many lands; being master of thieves and assassins alike. While no genius, Krell is a natural negotiator and manipulator because of his great charisma and insight into the hearts of others. No longer as chaotic as he was in his youth after losing his Paladinhood; Krell is still a thoroughly evil and reprehensible man. His outwardly strict adherence to the laws of the land keeps him out of trouble with the law and without trouble from other nobles of his homeland; though in other lands he is not so serene in his acceptance of laws which inhibit his desires.

Krell actually ensured his strength via the purchase of a true noble title. He arranged marriage with the daughter of a Baron from a foreign Kingdom; and then promptly had the entire family (save his new wife) assassinated. Feigning no desire to take over the lands of the family, he sold them for a “bargain” to a Count (which was fully part in the assassinations) with the approval of the Baron’s Liege Lord (who’s family Krell theoretically still owes fealty to). Still retaining the title of Baron, Krell brought his new wife to live with him and there she stayed for many years a virtual slave to his will. After “gifting” him with two sons as heirs, she passed on while bearing a third child; and Krell was none the less happy as the fortune he secured via their marriage had long before that time been invested and used to further Krell’s power.

Today, Baron Krell (his given name is Heldrath) is possibly one of the most powerful individuals in the land. He has ensured his protection via immense gifts to the Grandfather of Assassins (such gifts include supply of muscle, coin and information), owns several merchants who must pay him indefinitely due to past loans, extracts heavy tolls to use his road, holds debts from several wizards (and is currently served by the apprentice of one of these wizards), donates heavily to nearly every clerical order in the land (ensuring the good will of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of those faiths), sponsors several bands of adventurers that he uses as subtly manipulated hit-men via intermediary agents, is the true master of several thieves which lead bands of their ilk in numerous towns and cities, and so much more as well.

If Krell wished, he could probably found his own Kingdom; but he prefers to be the power behind the scenes. Those who whisper to others of his true evil are usually the first to vanish from the rooms they rent (as those Inns are often owned secretly by him or his agents frequent them heavily) or are attacked by brigands in their camps at night. Simply put, Baron Heldrath Krell is not a man to be considered as a foe by anyone without serious consideration of what the outcome of such a relationship might be.

The Baron never leaves his home at the behest of anyone; his supposed Liege Lord is well aware of his true power and does not summon him…while the other Lords of his homeland have no true claim to call on him either. His holding exists within a wilderness area which is free from any claim but his own and no noble or royal house has made claim to the land but him. His own family died out with the death of his older brothers (one killed while in battle, and the other by a dragon which burned down the family manor…which many think, but don’t say, was sent by Krell!) and their lands were also sold off by Baron Krell. He is, in essence, a Free Lord with no responsibility to anyone (though loose claim exists that his lands belong to the greater realm).

Baron Heldrath Krell is a master villain plain and simple.

ORIGINAL CREDITS:
To Find a King by Bob Blake
Module C4, 1985 TSR

For the Forgotten Realms (with modifications to the module C4), I see this fellow in the Dales somewhere near Battledale...and perhaps someone is wanting to bring back Aencar the Mantled King.

OR

Again with modifications, he could be used after Azoun is dead as a player in Cormyr.

OR

Perhaps the best place he could be used is in either Damara (bringing back an ancient King in C4) or in Impiltur for similar reasons.

I think Lord Krell is an amazing opportunity for a villain that just needs a little fleshing out.

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Today brings us:

Khelzul (the “Goblin King” of Khel)
Neutral Evil Human Male Wizard 5 / Shadow Adept 10 / Arch-Mage 2

STR: 12
DEX: 24 (18)
CON: 16
INT: 36 (30)
WIS: 19
CHR: 17

HP: 103
AC: 67 (Touch: 57, Flat-Footed: 47, Touch & Flat-Footed: 37)
AC: 74 with Greater Shield of Shadows, Haste & Foresight

Saving Throws: Fortitude = +21, Reflex = +25, Will = 32 (all +3 vs. Shadow Magic)

Initiative: +11
Base Attack: +8 (+9 Melee / +15 Ranged); Grapple: +9
Spell Resistance: 18 with Robes, 22 with Shadow Shield, 23 with Staff

Weapons:
Shadowed Staff of the Arch-Magus +10/+5 1d6+2 damage
+3 Silver Dagger +12/+7 1d4+4

Appraise 18 (5), Bluff 23 (20), Concentration 23 (20), Decipher Script 23 (10), Diplomacy 8 (5), Disguise 25 (20), Forgery 15 (2), Gather Information 8 (5), Hide 17 (10), Knowledge Arcana 35 (20), Knowledge Architecture 18 (5), Knowledge Dungeoneering 18 (5), Knowledge Geography 18 (5), Knowledge History 18 (5), Knowledge Local 18 (5), Knowledge Nature 18 (5), Knowledge Nobility 20 (5), Knowledge Religion 20 (5), Knowledge Planes 33 (20), Move Silently 17 (10), Perform: Acting 8 (5), Perform: Dance 7 (2), Perform: Oratory 7 (2), Profession: Monarch 16 (10), Ride 10 (3), Search 15 (2), Spellcraft 38 (20)

Feats (in order by level): Shadow Magic, Improved Initiative, Scribe Scroll, Improved Counterspell, Reactive Counterspell, Silent Spell, Deft Defense, Insidious Magic, Pernicious Magic, Tenacious Magic, Skill Focus: Spellcraft, Spell Focus: Illusion, Spell Focus: Enchantment, Craft Contingent Spell, Leadership

Arch-Mage Abilities: Mastery of Counterspelling (costs a 7th level spell), Spell Power +1 (costs a 5th level spell)

Magic Items Carried: Staff of the Arch-Magus (only summons creatures with the Shadow Creature Template), Black Robes of the Arch-Magi, Bracers of Natural Armor +5, Ring of Protection +5, Ring of Force Shield +5 (+7 AC), Gloves of Dexterity +6, Mask of Warding Shadows (+5 Profane Save bonus), Boots of Fortuitous Warding (+5 Luck Save Bonus), Heward’s Handy Haversack, Black Cowled Crown of Khel (+6 Intelligence, Intelligence Casters +5 Insight Bonus to AC, Evil Wearers +5 Profane Bonus to AC, Neutral Wearers +5 Luck Bonus to AC), Black Prism Ioun Stone (+1 Level), Greater Quickened Rod 9th level spells or less, plus many potions and scrolls

SPELLS MEMORIZED (4/8/7/7/7/6/6/4/5/4)

0th Level: Detect Poison, Message, Message, Read Magic
1st Level: Charm Person, Charm Person, Know Protections, Magic Missile, Net of Shadows, Silent Image, True Casting, True Casting
2nd Level: Crystalline Memories, Life Bolt, Scourge of Force, Shadow Mask, Toothed Tentacle, Web
3rd Level: Control Darkness & Shadow, Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Inevitable Defeat, Pall of Twilight, Spectral Hand, Spellcaster’s Bane
4th Level: Greater Mirror Image (Immediate), Spell Enhancer (Swift), Anticipate Teleportation, Ghorus Toth’s Metal Melt, Nightmare Terrain, Shadow Well, Thunderlance
5th Level: Baleful Polymorph, Break Enchantment, Dominate Person, Teleport, Wall of Force
6th Level: Chain Lightning, Circle of Death, Disintegrate, Dispel Magic (Greater), Geas, Permanent Illusion
7th Level: Finger of Death, Forcecage, Mass Hold Person, Projected Image
8th Level: Horrid Wilting, Maze, Otiluke’s Telekinetic Sphere, Scintillating Pattern, Temporal Stasis
9th Level: Bigby’s Crushing Hand, Power Word Kill, Time Stop, Wail of the Banshee

Khelzul rules the Goblins of Khel. Inspired by the movie Labyrinth, this is the D&D version of that less than truly evil Goblin King. The Goblins of Khel are all Shadow Creatures (or worse if you like) and many of them are minor spell casters in their own right.

To use Khelzul, simply have him kidnap someone important to the party after you watch the movie Labyrinth. Khel itself is in the borderlands of the plane of Shadow within a Demi-Plane called Khel.

Trying to confront Khelzul is dangerous for any party due to his high Armor Class and powerful magic. Instead, he typically kidnaps individuals simply to see what a party will do and isn’t as much interested in killing as amusing himself. He is centuries old because of the power of his Palace.

The Palace of Khel actually keeps its occupant young, aging only 1 year per 100 years spent within…but making the wizard a prisoner for if he leaves for more than a few hours he will instantly age to death. He spies on the “real world” through the eyes of his goblins (who leave through shadow-rifts into the Forgotten Realms) while seated on his throne.

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10 + 7 dex + +5 armor +5 deflection + 5 insight + 5 profane = 37. Where's the extra 30 AC coming from?

SR does not stack.

What does his staff do?
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quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

10 + 7 dex + +5 armor +5 deflection + 5 insight + 5 profane = 37. Where's the extra 30 AC coming from?

SR does not stack.

What does his staff do?



10 + 7 (Dex of 24) + 5 natural (bracer of natural armor +5) + 5 deflection (ring of protection +5) + 5 insight (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 5 Luck (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 5 Profane (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 7 shield (ring of force shield +5) = AC 49. Not even sure how that jumps another 18 points to 67?



Also, I like this project! Feel free to pilfer any NPC bad guys from my works here Forgotten Realms NPC Generator.

Further, might I add a few more to this thread? And is there an edition that is specific to this or can it be from any? Or even multiple Iterations of the same character with different stats based on edition?

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That ring of force shield is bizarre, because the base item does not grant a numeric bonus (it's not "you gain a +2 shield bonus to ac", it's "you create a magic heavy shield"). Likewise, he shouldn't have a luck bonus from the crown because he's not Neutral, he's Neutral Evil, which is entirely different.

His spell allotment is also strange. He's missing 1 2nd level spell and has an extra 9th level spell.
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Feat "Deft Defense" gives Intelligence bonus to AC as a dodge bonus...

He is "Neutral" for our gaming; but I see your point and you can simply reduce his AC if you don't want to use it that way.

more later...

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quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones



SR does not stack.

What does his staff do?



SR isn't stacking; it is situational for each item he has. If he doesn't have one going but another then his SR changes.

The staff is simply a Staff of the Arch-Mage but summons only creatures with the shadow creature template.

EDIT: as for the shield, there is no rule that I found that says the ring can't be further enchanted to grant a fully magical shield +5. Again, if you find it too much; it is easy to drop.

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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

10 + 7 dex + +5 armor +5 deflection + 5 insight + 5 profane = 37. Where's the extra 30 AC coming from?

SR does not stack.

What does his staff do?



10 + 7 (Dex of 24) + 5 natural (bracer of natural armor +5) + 5 deflection (ring of protection +5) + 5 insight (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 5 Luck (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 5 Profane (Black Cowled Crown of Khel) + 7 shield (ring of force shield +5) = AC 49. Not even sure how that jumps another 18 points to 67?



Also, I like this project! Feel free to pilfer any NPC bad guys from my works here Forgotten Realms NPC Generator.

Further, might I add a few more to this thread? And is there an edition that is specific to this or can it be from any? Or even multiple Iterations of the same character with different stats based on edition?



Add any villain from any edition!

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Armor Class for Khelzul:

Base 10
Dex +7
Int +13
Robes +5
Ring +5
Ring +7
Natural +5
Insight +5
Profane +5
Luck +5

= 67

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This character is already introduced to the Forgotten Realms, but it’s sparse and it only deals with 4th Edition. That being said I made a 3.5 version of him if people want to use him in their games too. I’ll update the post later when I get a chance to update the character to 5th Edition statistics.

Let me re-introduce Thoran, shadar-kai warrior and exile of both the Shadowfell (aka Plane of Shadow) and of Netheril. Thoran started out life as most shadar-kai do, in the Shadowfell and toiling away at plans and schemes of power and dominance. Having the intellectual aptitude to study magic and having a significantly bigger build than many of his mageling peers, Thoran seemed bound for greatness. That is until his own hubris and greed got the better of him, putting him on the outs with the senior members of his Shadowfell Cabal mentors.

Thoran had accessed the restricted area of the study’s library and came across a bit of writing on the ancient texts and tomes of Netheril, an ancient civilization of Faerûn. He had become obsessed with a series of writings called the ‘Analects of Kuryon’, a collection of poems regarding prophecy and the nature of the future. These further detailed a sorrowful spirit called Lady Saharel and how she is known for providing such foresight to visitors to her destroyed city.

When Thoran was exiled from the Cabal, he fled to the Material Plane, knowing full well the possibilities of the Shadow Curse on his body and soul. He obtained a more potent gal-ralan (a device that keeps him planed on the material plane) and shifted to the natural world. His training in combat and arms as well as the Subline disciplines made him a formidable foe on Faerûn. He made his way to City of Shade for an audience with one of the Princes in what he hoped would be an alliance of sorts, putting him on his own throne in Saharelgard. The princes of shade, never ones to see anyone not of Netherese descent sit upon any throne in their kingdom, rejected his idea outright and attempted to capture him for his knowledge. This led to a quick flight from the city, naming him an enemy of the Netheril.

Not one to give up, Thoran ventured across northern Netheril and gained quite a few allies with his charm and skill at arms, including a Dark Stalker (Fiend Folio), dark creepers (Fiend Folio), a warband of kobolds, a few tropes of ettercaps, and a few human wizard and cleric mercenaries. With this force, he was able to overpower what creatures dwelt within the cisterns of Spellgard and work his way up through the main tower to solidify his command.

With him in power, he started putting his plan into motion. For him to bind and hold Lady Saharel firmly, he’ll need to restore the alabaster pillars which are filled with latent magical power to perform the ritual. Once completed, he’ll have a prophetic seer bent to his will that can further fuel his ambitions of power for the region.

For use in a 3.5 campaign, I would set it sometime between 1375 DR and 1390 DR. The Spellplague could be a major part of why the area is in chaos and turmoil OR you can ignore all of that altogether. Of course it helps to have the adventure Scepter Tower of Spellgard but it’s not necessary. There’s enough information about the area that you can come up with your own plot devices for the guy. Basically put, he’s bent on acquiring lots of wealth and considers himself fit to rule over lots of people. He favors himself an important person in the schemes of Netheril despite their objection.

3.5 Edition

Thoran, Shadar-kai Champion; CR 8
hp 56 (6 HD)
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Male Shadar-Kai warblade 6
NE Medium fey (extraplanar)
Init +5; Senses low-light vision 120-ft; Listen -3, Spot -3
Aura ironheart aura (when in an iron heart stance, adjacent allies again +2 to saves)
Languages Chondathan, Common, Elven, Netherese, Sylvan
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AC 21, touch 15, flat-footed 17; improved uncanny dodge, +2 when he moves more than 10-ft. in absolute steel stance
(+6 armor, +4 Dexterity, +1 deflection)
Fort +9, Ref +11 (+9 if flat-footed), Will +5; +4 to saves against death effects, energy drain, and effects that affect the wearer’s soul
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Speed 30 ft. (6 squares); 40 ft. when in absolute steel stance
Melee +2 weakening bastard sword [greater crystal of life stealing] +11/+6 (1d10+9/19-20 and -4 to Strength score). Each successful attack Thoran can regain 5 hit points, to a total of 50 hit points per day.
Atk Options battle ardor (+2 to confirm critical hits), Power Attack, sneak attack +1d6 (or +3d6 in assassin’s stance)
Base Atk +6; Grp +9
Combat Gear 3 potions of cure light wounds, 5 vials of night extract*, blackstone rune* (2 uses remaining)
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Maneuvers and Stances Known (IL 6th):
Stances—absolute steel stance (3rd), assassin’s stance (3rd), punishing stance (1st)
Strikes—emerald razor (2nd), steel wind (1st), tactical strike (2nd)
Counter—moment of perfect mind (2nd)
Boosts—iron heart surge (3rd), white raven tactics (3rd).
Other—shadow jaunt (2nd)
Disciplines: Diamond Mind, Iron Heart, Shadow Hand, White Raven
Readied maneuver
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Abilities Str 17, Dex 20, Con 14, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 10
SQ hide in plain sight, shadow curse
Feats Exotic Weapon Proficiency (bastard sword), Ironheart Aura*, Martial Stance (assassin’s stance), Martial Study (Shadow Hand, shadow jaunt), Power Attack
*Bonus feat
Skills Balance +12, Climb +6, Concentration +11, Craft (alchemy) +4, Hide +10 (+20 in dark or shadowy conditions), Intimidate +8, Jump +8, Knowledge (history) +7, Knowledge (local [the North]) +3, Martial Lore +4, Swim +2, Tumble +14
Flaw Inattentive (Thoran takes a -4 penalty to Listen and Spot checks)
Possessions combat gear* plus +2 blueshine chain shirt of retaliation, +2 gal-ralan*, +2 weakening bastard sword with a greater crystal of life drinking, gloves of Dexterity +2, ring of protection +1, 8 pp, 45 gp.

*These items are found in the Fiend Folio, in the Shadar-kai description.
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Hide in Plain Sight (Ex): Thoran can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as he is not illuminated by natural daylight, the daylight spell, or a similar magical light, Thoran can hide himself from view in the open without having anything to actually hide behind.

Shadow Curse (Su): Anytime Thoran attempts to remove the gal-ralan or is stunned, dazed, staggered, or unconscious (other than from natural sleep), he must make a Will save (DC 15) or lose a portion of his soul to the Plane of Shadow. If Thoran loses a portion of his soul, he gains one negative level that can only be regained by returning to the Plane of Shadow and casting a restoration spell. On the Material Plane, he must use a wish or miracle spell to restore his soul. The level loss is accumulative. While under the effects of the shadow curse, Thoran cannot be raised from the dead or resurrected, and he cannot gain experience.

Sneak Attack (Ex): Anytime Thoran’s target is denied a Dexterity bonus, or when a target is flanked by an ally, Thoran deals an additional 1d6 points of damage on a successful melee attack. This damage stack with sneak attack damage from other sources, such as rogue levels.



4th Edition (I just updated him with some changes, dropped him 2 levels because the elite status made him difficult for the target's range and made him cooler by adding marking effect that allow him more shadow-jaunting abilities)

Thoran, Shadar-kai Champion; Level 6 Elite Soldier
Medium shadow humanoid; XP 500
HP 140; Bloodied 70; Initiative +9
AC 23; Fortitude 19; Reflex 20; Will 18; Perception +4; low-light vision
Speed 6
Saving Throws +2 (automatically saves against ongoing necrotic damage); Action Points 1
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TRAITS
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Gloomstrike
If Thoran hits a target that can't see him, the target is blinded until the end of Thoran's next turn.
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STANDARD ACTIONS
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(M) Lifestealer Bastard Sword (weapon) • At-Will
Attack: +11 vs. AC
Hit: 3d6 + 4 damage (crit or slain - target loses a healing surge and Thoran gains 20 temporary hit points) and the target is marked by Thoran until the s tart of his next turn.

(m) Double Attack (weapon) • At-Will
Effect: Thoran makes two bastard sword attacks.
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MOVE ACTIONS
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Shadow Jaunt (teleport) • Encounter
Effect: Thoran teleports 3 squares and becomes insubstantial until the start of his next turn.

Veil of Shadows (illusion) • At-Will
Effect: Thoran turns invisible until the end of his turn and moves his speed. Thoran cannot use this power while bloodied.
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MINOR ACTIONS
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Umbral MarkRecharge 5, 6
Effect: Close burst 3 (each enemy in burst). The targets are marked by Thoran until the end of Thoran's next turn.
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FREE ACTIONS
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(m) Cage of GloomRecharge 5, 6
Effect: Thoran makes a bastard sword attack. If the attack hits, he makes a secondary attack as strands of shadow coil around the target.
Secondary Attack: +9 vs. Reflex
Hit: 7 necrotic damage and the target is restrained (save ends).
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TRIGGERED ACTIONS
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(m) DeathtrapAt-Will
Trigger: An enemy within burst 3 that is marked by Thoran uses an attack power that doesn't include him as a target.
Effect (Immediate Interrupt): Thoran uses his shadow jaunt power to move adjacent to the triggering enemy. IF he has already used his shadow jaunt, it recharges. Thoran then attacks with Cage of Gloom against the triggering enemy.
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Skills Acrobatics +15, Stealth +15
Str 17 (+7); Dex 20 (+9); Wis 14 (+6)
Con 14 (+6); Int 12 (+5); Cha 11 (+4)
Alignment Evil; Languages Chondathan, Common, Elven, Netherese
Equipment pouch with alabaster talismans, lifestealer bastard sword +1, deathburst chain mail +2


5th Edition (soon to come)...

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