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Thread: Darien Avan
03-09-2007, 11:48 PM #1
I proposed adding write-ups of Darien Avan as a way of thinking thorugh the style of a ruler. I made Darien a noble 7/fighter 2 using my own Noble class.
Male Anuirean Noble 7/Fighter 2; CR 9
Prince of Avanil
Lineage of Royalty
Minor Bloodline of Anduiras, great, 70
LN Medium Humanoid
Init +4; Senses: Listen Spot
AC 26, 21 flatfooted, 23 touch
Fort +5 Ref +5, Will +6
Speed 30 ft
Melee +8/+9/+3 Scalebiter (1d8 +4) and Heartseaker (1d6+5)
Mounted +11/+6 Scalebiter (1d8 +4)
Ranged +10/+5 by weapon
Base Atk +6/+1; Grp +8/+3
Abilities Str 15 Dex 18 Con 13 Int 16 Wis 12 Cha 17
Feats: Two-Weapon Fighting, Two Weapon Defense, Combat Expertise, Mounted Combat, Negotiator, Aura of Authority, Master Administrator, Master Diplomat
Skills: Administrate +15, Appraise +8, Bluff +9, Climb +4, Diplomacy +26, Handle Animal +6, Intimidate +18, Jump +4, Knowledge (Nature) +5, Knowledge (Nobility) +15, Leadership +11, Perform (Ettiquete) +14, Ride +13, Sense Motive +8, Survival +6, Swim +4, Warcraft +8
Special Qualities: Rank, Title, Education, Animal Affinity (major), Bloodmark (dragon birthmark on face), Persuasion (major), Elemental Control (great), Regeneration (great), Noble Strategies Ambitious and Architect
Possessions: Scalebiter a longsword of legacy, Heartseeker a shortsword +3, elven chain +4
Royal Upbringing Royals are trained from a young age in the arts of leadership and manipulation. However, you rarely perform any real work. Royals receive a +2 Charisma but suffer a -2 Strength. This is included above.
Voice of Command Darien receives a +2 lineage bonus to Intimidate.
Magnificence A royal possesses the greatness to inspire awe in their followers. Darien recieves a +2 to his Leadership score and gains a reputation for fairness and generosity, though this reputation can be lost in play.
Rank Darien has the right to a unique set of arms (a gold two-headed eagle on a field of red), he is also the soveriegn ruler of a state and is a law unto himself.
Title Darien Avan is universally recognized as Prince of Avanil
Education Darien receives a +7 class bonus to Knowledge (Nobility) and Perform (Etiquette) checks.
Two-Weapon Fighting The house of Avan has long prefered this combat style because of the specific hierloom weapons it posseses.
Two-Weapon Defense +1 shield bonus to AC, or +2 when fighting defensivly or using the total defense action. Darien normally fights defensivly
Combat Expertise Darien may take an attack penalty in exchange for a dodge bonus to his AC.
Mounted Combat Darien is a capable horseman.
Ambitious Darien is always on the lookout for leaders of organizations, and rulers of domains to augment his power. Whenever Darien persuades the leader of an organization, domain, or realm to take an action that wins him power he recieves a gain of regency comensorate with the power gained.
Negotiator Darien receives a +2 bonus on all Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks.
Aura of Authority Darien recieves a +2 reaction bonus to Bluff, Diplomacy, Intimidate, and Leadership, checks when speaking directly to five or more people. He also recieves this bonus when recuiting lieutenants, cohorts, and followers. (these are not included above)
Master Administrator Darien recieves a +2 bonus on any Administrate skill checks and to domain-level actions that receive a potential synergy bonus from Administrate.
Architect Darien has plans to win the Iron Throne. When he persudes the leader of an organization, domain, or realm to take an action that moves him toward his goal he recieves a gain of regency comensorate with the action taken. Every action taken to move Darien closer to the Iron Throne also increases his power, so stacks with his Ambitious noble strategy, unless it involves a substantial trade off, such as giving all of his holdings in Tournen to the duchess in exchange for her formal declaration of support for his claim. Such a trade off would not increase Darien’s power, but would move him closer to his goal.
Master Diplomat Darien recives a +2 bonus on any Diplomacy checks and to domain-level actions that receive a potential synergy bonus from the Diplomacy.
“Send word to Harald that I shall back him against Innis. If our cousin Boeruine intends to provoke us over sources, we are ready to thwart him. In the meantime, muster a company of archers in Bayside and a company of pikemen in Vanilen.”
“I send this gift of filigree brooch to Her Grace, Ambassador. We regard our friendship with our cousin Laela as dear to us, and she can count on our sheriffs in pursuit of the scoundrel Baubb.”
“Go hither unto our cousin Carilon and warn him thusly, that our holdings are not to suffer in the least in Tuornen, or we shall be compelled to protect them ourselves. On the contrary, should he recognize our rights in Almsreft, it would do much to assuage our concern for his recent aggression.”
Scalebiter is a legacy weapon forged by the dwarves in the age of the Empire. The dwarves later crafted what is now known as the sword of Roele, and Scalebiter was gifted to the line of Avan. The scions of Avan still bear Scalebiter and know its powers and legacy rituals, though these are generally secret, especially the legacy rituals.
At a 9th level character, Darien Avan pays the following penalties for owning Scalebiter:
-1 Attack penalty, -1 save penalty, -6 vitality
Scalebiter is a +1 markasorr weapon (as adamantine) for anyone who wields it. Scalebiter is a golden longsword with a plain hilt adorned by a single large ruby in the red leather pommel. The blade appears to be in pefect condition.
Omen: When unsheathed, the weapon glows with a golden light the strength of a torch. In combat, this light changes to a deep red with no change in the strength of illumination.
As a 9th level character, Scalebiter grants Darien the following abilities.
Detect Thoughts 1/day, as the spell, with a DC15 save.
Weapon Enhancement Scalebiter functions as a +2 markasorr weapon for Darien
Haelyn’s Favor As the spell Divine Favor 1/day
Battle Tactics: Darien Avan will generally fight defensivly using the Combat Expertice feat since he is so valuable a target. He allows his comrades to flank his opponants and to score damage while he used the Aid Another option instead of attacking. He does not squander his vitality in combat, and so only attacks normally if he greatly outlclases his opponants. By fighting defensivly, his recieves and additional +1 shield bonus from the two weapon defensive feat. Because of this shield bonus, he is generally tempted to always exchange at least a +1 attack bonus for a +1 AC bonus and get the +1 shield AC bonus as well.
A note on Darien's elven chain mail. No doubt this is the booty taken long ago from a great Sidhe commander, and Darien's possession and use of this armor must gaul the Manslayer.
03-11-2007, 10:35 PM #2
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