Lawful Neutral Height:
Strat has appealingly wholesome features – boy-next-door looks, a generous smile, big sincere blue eyes. His hair is the color of rich coffee, thick and swept in unkempt waves across his brow, and his voice is low and pleasant. He’s just on the short side of average, just on the stocky side of healthy. He has a habit of looking people in the eyes when he speaks to them, peppering his speech with ‘ma’am’ and ‘sir’, nodding seriously when lectured to, and looking terribly distressed when he’s told about terrible things. He is well-mannered and pleasant, his go-to look neat yet casual, his clothing well-cared for yet unpretentious. He dresses in earthen tones, breeches and a shirt and sometimes a vest, usually a hooded cloak. No one goes unarmed in Kenabres, so he wears a short sword openly at his side. Personality:
Strat is a lot of things. Terribly curious is one, and it’s gotten him in trouble before, but fortunately for him, he’s gotten a little wiser as he’s gotten older. In general, however, he’s what the ladies at church would call a ‘very nice young man’ – polite, attentive, respectful to his elders, nice to children and animals. He’s very understanding, even when someone confesses something awful, looking at them with neither judgment nor pity in his eyes. He’s accepting of differences, supportive, and helpful.
In spite of his pleasant exterior, he doesn’t have much of a conscience, and can be utterly ruthless when it’s necessary. Quite fortunately for Kenabres, what’s necessary is order in the streets, enough laws to make sure that commerce continues apace, and enough death and danger to tempt even the noblest of warriors to indulge. Strat is a good businessman, and a good judge of character; he has a smile on his face, and a dagger behind his back. Strengths:
Keeps his head in stressful situations, observant, careful. Devoid of sentimentality, practically-minded. Knows people in town, knows secrets about people in town. Keeps secrets about people in town. Works well with others, pleasant to deal with, often the peacemaker when others squabble. Not squeamish about blood, guts, or gore.Weaknesses:
Lacks a conscience (though he would call that a strength), goes with the flow and doesn’t make waves, forms only superficial relationships. Can be a thrill-seeker at times, too curious for his own good. Has what he likes to refer to as an “enhanced self-preservation instinct.”Background:
Strat is the youngest child of Kenabres’ reigning crimelord, Donovan Vond. The Vonds are old-school criminals, going way back to the early Crusades, when the fight was still fresh and various war profiteers rolled in to make some quick money. Competition was fierce in those days, and the Vonds were particularly ruthless, eventually coming out on top. Now they’re regarded as a necessary evil by most, but still disdained by a few. They control the black market in the area, offering vice and other hard-to-find goods. Need a magical sword? Sure thing, but you’ll pay a pretty copper for it. Need drugs? Whores? No problem.
It’s never a problem.
One priestess of Iomadae called them the “Cockroaches of Kenabres”, and the name has stuck – they survive, and they thrive in this realm of death.
Strat grew up as the baby of the family, indulged and fussed over, spoiled rotten, but instead of it making him crave attention, he started to avoid it, and spend time by himself, exploring the town and its environs, talking to strangers, observing. One time he even made it behind enemy lines, but was saved by the intervention of a mysterious woman. He got a thorough scolding for that one; he had been lucky, his parents said. But luck has seemed to stay with him. He’s picked up a few other tricks along the way. A little bit of magic, a little bit of combat training. He’s stronger than he looks, but mostly he relies on quick wits and a quicker tongue.
When he matured, he went to work for the family, just like his other brothers and sisters – a good son, and a good Vond. In theory. But the truth was, his friend Gaius didn’t want to see him going down the same path as his infamous family. It was Gaius who persuaded him to leave Kenabres and seek their fortune together. Strat went, against the wishes of his father and his family.
- Strat level 4 |
Added Bard 4
+1 Ref, +1 Will
+1 to caster level
+1 to CON score (+4 HP)
Bardic Knowledge bonus increases to +2 due to levelup (bonus is half level to knowledge checks)
Clever Explorer bonus increases to +2 due to levelup (bonus is half level to Perception and Disable Device checks)
+2 2nd level spells known (added Cure Moderate Wounds and Silence)
1+1 bonus 2nd level spell can be cast per day
+1 to Concentration
+10 skill points (6+2 INT bonus +1 Human sp bonus +1 favored class bonus) (Bluff, Diplomacy, Disable Device, Knowledge: Arcana, Knowledge: Religion, Perception, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, Stealth, Use Magic Device)
+1 Rogue talent - Trap Spotter
- Strat level 5 |
Added Bard 5
+1 Feat, took Combat Expertise
+1 to Archaeologist’s Luck (total of +3)
+1 to caster level
+1 2nd level spells known (added Glitterdust)
+1 1st level spell and +1 2nd level spell can be cast per day
+1 to Concentration
Gains Lore Master
+10 skill points (6+2 INT bonus +1 Human sp bonus +1 favored class bonus) (Bluff, Diplomacy, Disable Device, Knowledge: Arcana, Knowledge: History, Perception, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, Stealth, Use Magic Device)