Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Fearsome Four: Four NPCs for Golmadras in AD&D

The following adventurers will be portrayed in the snippets and short tales of adventure and danger as the lands of Golmadras are explored. Each is a noteworthy traveler and explorer of Golmadras, and can serve as NPC encounters or a potentially friendly (or hostile) adventuring party in the dark, wooded dominion of the Final Lands. 

Caveats: I used the stat-generation method V in Arcana Unearthed and assumed everyone started with maximum hit points at level 1, then rolled for it thereafter; each time hit dice are rolled the option is available to reroll but the second result must be kept-an old house rule of mine that goes back ages.

So we have:

Corlance dann Veraskon, a human knight of the southern Octzellan kingdom of Valance. He was formerly of the Order of the Southern Crescent out of Pheralin, but left on a journey to earn his noble title (dann) as a knight errant, aiding the poor, defenseless and needy. Corlance chose the most difficult and demanding task imaginable, in the name of his goddess Enki: the forsaken lands of Golmadras. Aware that his survival in that land depends on a measure of will and trickery, he has arrived anticipating the need to be discreet about his identity. Not long after arriving he was nearly killed by a rabble of drunken templars in the service of the Shadow Temple but was saved by the timely intervention of Syberis Darkmoon and her short ally Quentin Chance. He later made friends with lacuna Helbyrn, who he attempted (and succeeded) in beating at a drinking contest, earning a mild amount of admiration from her at his tenacity. The four have been traveling since, and Corlance plans to see the ruins of Thystivianen next (naga and lamia be damned).

Corlance dan Veraskon, human male Age 22, lawful good Paladin Level 1, native to Pheralin, Valance; STR 14, INT 14, WIS 18, DEX 11, CON 18, CHA 17; HP 12, AC 4; +4 Magical Attack Adj; +30% reaction Adj.
 Paladin Features: Detect Evil 60’ at will, +2 on all Saves, immune to disease, lay on hands 1/day for 2 hp/level, cure disease 1/week, protection from evil for 10 feet (constant);
Languages: Middle Tongue (common), Golmadran, Elvish, Orcish
WP: bastard sword, long sword, battle axe; NWP: Riding 21, Direction Sense 19
Gear: Bastard Sword (2D4 S-M; 2D8 Lrg; THAC0 20); chainmail and shield
XP Earned: 120

Syberis Darkmoon is an ashtarth (drow) dark elf  and the youngest daughter of house Plagistron, though she does not advertise this. House Plagistron is a ruling figure in the northern city of Senempar, but she fled from that dominion years ago after an altercation that led to a call for her execution. She has since made her home in Golmadras, where a dark elf on the surface is a common sight. She provides guidance to foreigners  visiting the land to help them avoid coming into conflict with the oft-times draconian local laws. She is also a remarkably good fence and pickpocket.

Syberis Darkmoon, dark elf female Age 74, chaotic neutral assassin/magic-user Level 3/2 , native to Senempar; STR 16, INT 17, WIS 14, DEX 17, CON 11, CHA 10; HP 13, AC 3; +1 damage adj;+2 reaction/ missile attack; -3 defense; Spells/Day: 2 level 1 spells
Drow Features: +2 save vs sleep and charms; infravision 120 ft; surprised on 1 in 8; 1/day: dancing lights, faerie fire, darkness 5 ft radius; daylight weakness
Assassin Features: Base Assassination Chance (level): 60% (1), 55% (2-3), 45% (4-5),35% (6-7), 20% (8-9), 5% (10-11); disguise; pick pockets 40%, Open Locks 30%, F/R Traps 20%, Move Silently25%, Hide in Shadows 25%, Hear Noise 15%, Climb Walls 85%, Read Languages 0% ; Backstab X2
Spell Book: Affect Normal Fires, Burning Hands, Charm Person, Comp. Languages, Feather Fall,  Friends,  Identify, Jump, Message, Read Magic, Shield, Sleep, Spider Climb, Ventriloquism  
Languages: Dark Elf (ashtarthic), Middle Tongue (common), Golmadran, Elvish, Orcish, draconic
WP: short sword, dagger, light crossbow; NWP: Weaponsmith 14
Gear: Short Sword (1D6+1 S-M; 1D8+1 Lrg; THAC0 20); light crossbow (1D4 s-m/L; THAC0 18) with 20 bolts; studded leather +1
XP Earned: 4,500/4,950 (+10% XP for magic user only)

Quentin Chance is a sylenic Halfling of the South Shores and a bold adventurer by the standards of his people. Quentin had a profound experience on his fortieth birthday when a gypsy woman of the Avernan Nomads read his fortune and proclaimed that he would die in the comfort of his own home, unexpectedly. He decided to thwart death by marching off into adventure, to become a roaming nomad of sorts (counter-logical thinking being common among the Chance family) and has prided himself on his adventures ever since. He took a liking to Corlance when he first met the knight, and has followed him ever since as a loyal companion. Prior to meeting the paladin he had become enamored with Syberis Darkmoon who found him a useful ally when it came to scrounging a living the rough and dirty way she was used to.

Quentin Chance, Mixed Blood Halfling male Age 44, chaotic good fighter/thief Level 2/3 , native to the Golmadran Coast; STR 15, INT 7, WIS 16, DEX 12, CON 18, CHA 17; HP 21, AC 7; +2 Magical Defense Adj; +30% reaction adjustment
Halfling Features: +5 save vs rods, staves wands and spells; +5 save vs poisons; 30’ infravision; surprise 1 in 4 (or 1 in 2 if door opened)
Fighter Features: specialization (scimitar; +1 attack, +2 damage; 3/2 attack rate)
Thief Features: pick pockets 45%, Open Locks 38%, F/R Traps 35%, Move Silently32%, Hide in Shadows 35%, Hear Noise 20%, Climb Walls 92%, Read Languages -10% ; Backstab X2
Languages: Golmadran, thieves cant
WP: scimitar (sp), dagger, short bow; NWP: animal trainer 16, fishing 15, boating 17
Gear: Scimitar +1 (1D8+3 S-M; 1D8+3 Lrg; THAC0 19); parrying dagger (1D4 s-m; 1D3 Lrg; THAC0 20); studded leather armor
XP Earned: 3,500/3,500

Lakuna Helbyrn is a human woman in her late twenties and a former Royal Guardsman of the Imperial Court in Golmadras who once went by the name Aerys Daion. She was cast out after an altercation that led to the death of her commanding officer, but for reasons unknown the Emperor himself intervened in what was ordinarily a death sentence, instead stripping her of name, rank and status and putting her on the streets. Lakuna adopted the name of the legendary warrior woman who was written about at length by the historians during the fabled War of Strife in old Imperial Hyrkania, for her prowess at laying low a balor summoned by the old armies of chaos, and she claims that her ancestry can be traced back to that very warrior so long ago. In any case, she encountered Quentin and became good friends with the scamp, reluctantly agreeing to assist his new friend Corlance in an exploratory journey of Golmadras under her assumed identity.

Lakuna Helbyrn (formerly Aerys Daion), human female Age 31, lawful neutral fighter Level 2/3 , native to the Golmadras; STR 16, INT 9, WIS 10, DEX 15, CON 16, CHA 18; HP 45, AC 2; +1 damage adj; -1 reaction/defense adj; +35% reaction adjustment
Fighter Features: specialization (two-handed sword; +1 attack, +2 damage; 3/2 attack rate)
Languages: Golmadran, thieves’ cant
WP: two-handed sword (sp), dagger, long sword, long bow NWP: Blind-Fighting, Riding 13, Swimming 16
Gear: Two-Handed Sword +1, +4 vs. reptiles (1D10+4 S-M; 3D6+4 Lrg; +4 vs. reptiles; THAC0 16 or 12 vs. reptiles); long bow (1d6 S-M/Lrg, Rate of Fire 2/rnd; THAC0 18) and a quiver with 30 arrows, invisible splint mail +1 (may grant an additional +15% bonus to reaction rolls)
XP Earned: 9,900 (+10% XP bonus)

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