Barbarian in the Playground
Join Date: Apr 2012
Re: Pirates of the Deep (OOC)
Male CN Elf Archer//Beguiler, Level
+7, Base Attack Bonus
+3 damage due to strength Composite Longbow +1 (200 arrows)
+13/+8 (1d8+4, 19-20/x3)
Greater Crystal of Aquatic action (Swim equal to half land speed, breath and move freely underwater) Studded Leather +2
(+5 Armor, +5 Dex, +1 Deflect)
Str 16, Dex 20, Con 10, Int 20, Wis 8, Cha 10
The beguiler's spell list appears below.
0th Level: dancing lights, daze, detect magic, ghost sound, message, open/close, read magic.
1st Level: charm person, color spray, comprehend languages, detect secret doors, disguise self, expeditious retreat, hypnotism, mage armor, obscuring mist, rouse, silent image, sleep, undetectable alignment, whelm.
2nd Level: blinding color surge, blur, daze monster, detect thoughts, fog cloud, glitterdust, hypnotic pattern, invisibility, knock, minor image, mirror image, misdirection, see invisibility, silence, spider climb, stay the hand, touch of idiocy, vertigo, whelming burst.
3rd Level: arcane sight, clairaudience/clairvoyance, crown of veils, deep slumber, dispel magic, displacement, glibness, halt, haste, hesitate, hold person, inevitable defeat, invisibility sphere, legion of sentinels, major image, nondetection, slow, suggestion, vertigo field, zone of silence.
4th Level: charm monster, confusion, crushing despair, freedom of movement, greater invisibility, greater mirror image, locate creature, mass whelm, phantom battle, rainbow pattern, solid fog.
5th Level: break enchantment, dominate person, feeblemind, friend to foe, hold monster, incite riot, mind fog, Rary's telepathic bond, seeming, sending, swift etherealness.
6th Level: greater dispel magic, mass suggestion, mislead, overwhelm, repulsion, shadow walk, true seeing, veil.
7th Level: ethereal jaunt, greater arcane sight, mass hold person, mass invisibility, phase door, power word blind, project image, spell turning.
8th Level: demand, discern location, mind blank, moment of prescience, power word stun, scintillating pattern, screen.
9th Level: dominate monster, etherealness, foresight, mass hold monster, power word kill, time stop.
The stat block hasn't said anything about my
Focus to power my trickshots, so remember I have that as well. I will claim Sienna
Although an elf, Honor was raised by a human, and that defines him a lot. He finds himself fitting best in human society, but struggles to form relationships because of his much longer life, a fact he realised when his 'father', Malcolm Templeton, died after a long life before Honor even became an adult. Honor reacts to this instead by living a life free from responsibility and consequences, doing what he wants then running before the consequences catch up to him. See personality section for more.
Honor has a child that he is unaware of, after having slept with Grace Goldwell, daughter of the very successful merchant Gerald Goldwell. Because Honor is an elf, Grace Gerald and the child can be whatever age you feel will be best if you use them.
When people come and see my collection of souvenirs, they always ask about one item. Of all the magical items, impressive inventions and other assorted souvenirs, they always ask about a small black rock. It is not surprising, as it has, for good reason, rumors about it that reach almost deific proportions. Everyone wants to know why it is so important, but it is a secret I sadly must keep.
That does not mean I don’t have a story to tell though. Who would I be, if I didn’t have a story to tell? Whenever someone asks me the story about the small black rock, I always tell them the tale of Honor Templeton, and the time it was stolen from me.
I was walking down a bazaar, looking at the many wares. A particular merchant had been hassling me to purchase some expensive foodstuff, and only partly out of hunger I reached to my coin purse to purchase it. It was only then that I realised that my rock was missing. I usually avoid casting magic whenever possible, especially when people can see me. However, this rock was too important for me to lose, so I cast a simple spell to help me track it down.
I found the thief almost immediately after he had just handed it off to a mysterious elf, and a quick interrogation informed me that this figure had told him to pickpocket the rock off me. Using the information, I managed to track this mysterious figure to the nearby inn, where I inadvertently walked in on him naked with several women. Two elves, a half elf and a particularly striking red haired human, if I recall correctly. I still remember why he said he preferred elves. ‘Most elves like to think they’re better than normal people. But you get them to bed, and they often prove naughtier than anyone else’.
It didn’t take long to persuade him to return the rock. He knew it was powerful, but was utterly unable to unlock its secrets, and simply gave it to me if I would leave him be. However, I wasn’t satisfied. Looking round the room, it was obvious this man was no master of the arcane arts, but he had managed to get past the spells that had been cast to hide the potential of the rock. He knew that I was carrying around a magic item of almost immense value, and that intrigued me. It took a lot of luck or a lot of skill to do that.
The elf, Honor Templeton, attempted to say he simply had a magic item that allowed him to do that, but when I asked him where, he tried to con me that a small crystal he had on his person allowed him to do that. However, I eventually forced him to admit that he was a mage, with a fair degree of power. Not powerful enough to consistently see through the spells protecting the rock, but powerful enough that it was possible to do so with a large amount of luck.
I asked him why he tried to keep his magic a secret. At first he was hostile, but as soon as I offered him (a fair amount) of money for the story, he was willing to open up. Honor was born on the streets, and never knew his real name. He was raised by a human, which explained why he shared a human’s prejudices against his own kind. Nothing major, just the generic ‘average elf is arrogant’ stereotype that you will always find, whatever city you go to.
The human was a thief called Malcolm Templeton. Malcolm named in Honor as a sort of ironic joke. “No man can live without honor, Malcolm had been taught during his youth. But he was going to raise me as a thief like him, and a thief wasn’t supposed to be have honor. So if I was called Honor, I would have honor without actually having it, or something like that”.
Malcolm trained Honor during his formative years, but eventually died when Honor was 80, because of the large differences in ages between the two species. Before Malcolm died, he found a new master for Honor, a thief and skilled archer named Antony Bradshaw, who started Honor’s love of archery while building on his skills as a thief. It was around this time that Honor started to learn his innate magical ability. Instead of telling Antony, he reasoned that anything only he knew could only work to his advantage, so he created a false identity and found Nicolette Mancion, a relatively unknown, in the way the best thieves are, beguiler that lived nearby. His training with both of them made him adept in archery, magic and thievery, and when he left their teaching and started to make a name for himself, he quickly became known by those who know what really happens in the city for his skills, though he successfully managed to hide his magic.
Describing him like that makes him seem like a reasonably competent man. While I am in no way an expert on him, having one brief meeting before leaving to explore elsewhere, but my impression of him was more that he was the type of person that, while gifted with skill and intelligence, had the habit of making very bad decisions. He seemed to spend most of his time living in the moment, and consequences accrued quickly. Shortly after we parted ways, he found himself sprinting away from a bunch of people had had conned a week ago. And slept with many of their daughters.
- From the Chronicles of Edwin Hollander
Honor prefers to be seen largely as an archer, preferring to keep his many skills hidden rather than noticeable.
Honor has little in the way of proper motivation. He works with the crew because he finds them enabling to the type of life he enjoys: one with action, and the chance to leave a city before consequences catch up
Raised by a human, not an elf.
Friendly, but often causes people to turn against him by doing stupid things.
More of a follower than a leader - he knows he makes bad decisions and knows better than to do that sort of stuff when his life is on the line.
Honor's goal is to enjoy himself and be successful.
I would like to see Honor have to start taking some responsibility, and maybe have to learn to lead, when necessary
Honor keeps the fact that he is a mage secret to nearly everyone
Honor has a child that he doesn't know about, to the daughter of a rich human merchant.
Antony Bradshaw is an archer who trained Honor. He is now a mercenary. He is good friends with Honor, and when they meet up they often like to share a drink together.
Nicolette Mancion is a beguiler who taught Honor. She is a successful conwoman. She is also his ex, but they have an amiable relationship, as they are both very similar, especially in their love of freedom and doing things without consequences.
Gerald Goldwell is a rich leader of one of the larger merchant companies on the water. Honor slept with his daughter, Grace, and left her pregnant. Gerald quickly ran Honor out of town, before realising his daughter was with child
The person that Honor has loved the most is his father, Malcolm
Roughly three quarters of his relationships have ended badly
Honor loves to make humorous observations of events, which often contain a pessimistic streak
Honor lives for the moment, and cares little for the immediate future, with few exceptions. Most of the time he is friendly and something approaching charming, and likes to mix humour and bitter observations together. However, despite this Honor often finds himself quickly doing something stupid, and spends a lot of time running from his mistakes - a key reason that he joined the crew was the ability to land at a port, get as drunk as he likes, sleep with as many women as he likes, then run off to the seas before people get angry.
His human upbringing gives him a slightly different outlook to most, more similar to a half-elf than either his natural or adopted parents. He has many of the opinions a human has, but his elven parentage provides a degree of observation many humans don't have.
Honor is secretive, but only in attempting to hide his skills. He prefers to be seen by his crew members as an archer, and likes his less legitimate skills to be downplayed. The one thing he tries to hide as much as possible is his magical ability. Especially considering his deception focused abilities, Honor finds the fact that he has magic too useful to let people know unless needed, and he prefers to use his magic in more subtle ways. If he finds himself with a choice of using magic or potentially dying, he will use it. But he prefers to use it in a subtle way, like enchanting a friend while helping him up. That does not mean it will reveal it openly if the situation calls for it.
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