Keep on the Shadowfell -- Remixed
Once you go scaly, you'll be back daily.
Level 2 Dragonborn Warlord
Build: Inspiring Warlord
Warlord: Battlefront Leader
Commanding Presence: Inspiring Presence
Dragon Breath Key Ability: Dragon Breath Strength
Dragon Breath Damage Type: Dragon Breath Lightning
Background: Thunderpeaks (Learn Dwarven, Whip Proficiency)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 18, Con 14, Dex 10, Int 11, Wis 8, Cha 17.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES Str 16, Con 14, Dex 10, Int 11, Wis 8, Cha 15.
AC: 21 Fort: 16 Reflex: 13 Will: 15
HP: 36 Surges: 10 Surge Value: 11
TRAINED SKILLS Intimidate +11, Endurance +6, Athletics +8, Diplomacy +9
UNTRAINED SKILLS Acrobatics -1, Arcana +1, Bluff +4, Dungeoneering, Heal, History +3, Insight, Nature, Perception, Religion +1, Stealth -1, Streetwise +4, Thievery -1FEATS
Background Feat: Weapon Proficiency (Whip)
Level 1: Armored Warlord
Level 2: ToughnessPOWERS
Warlord at-will 1: Furious Smash
Warlord at-will 1: Brash Assault
Warlord encounter 1: Shielded Assault
Warlord daily 1: Bastion of Defense
Warlord utility 2: Ominous Threat
ITEMS Adventurer’s Kit, Light Shield, Razor Whip, Holy Symbol, Javelin (3), Fine Clothing, Heavy Shield, Scale Armor of Sacrifice +1
Venjin al-Sokamji (Ven-JEEN al-show-KAHM-chee)
Venjin is from a settlement called Barrow Ridge, in the foothills of the Thunderpeaks. A few decades after the fall of the Nerathi Empire, a group of dwarves, accompanied by some dragonborn and humans, banded together to retake Barrow Ridge keep from the orcs who had captured it. The dwarves have since opened rich mines in the nearby mountains, but they are constantly harassed by evil humanoids and the occasional giant.
The town is governed by a dwarven Lord Mayor, which is a hereditary position; the current Lord Mayor is Teobald Surehammer. However, the leader of the Order of Heaven’s Command (paladins of Bahamut) is almost as powerful; this position is currently held by General Kharash al-Atespala.
Venjin’s father, Salim, raised him. Salim is a very low-ranking paladin in the Order of Heaven’s Command. Membership in the OHC is a mark of high status among the dragonborn of Barrow Ridge, and there is stiff competition to get in. The various clan-leaders exercise as much influence as they can to get their own members accepted as novices. Since the current leader of the OHC is from the Atespala (Blade of Fire) clan, the majority of the paladins are, as well. The Sokamji (Shocklash) clan are presently at the bottom of the clan-influence totem pole, which means that even if they get into the OHC, they advance in rank at a very slow rate.
Venjin was accepted to train as an OHC knight, as well, but quickly grew impatient with his slow rate of advancement. Feeling that he was meant for better things than to grow into his old age as a corporal, like his dad, Venjin abdicated the order and struck out on his own.
Because of this, relations between Venjin and his dad are a bit strained. Venjin thinks his father sucks up too much to the members of the Atespala clan, regardless of their high status, and is embarrassing himself. Salim thinks Venjin blew his chance at gaining any status at all by leaving the OHC, and is worried that his son will besmirch the name of the Sokamji clan.
Venjin’s mother, Sora, and his sister Surina live in Barrow Ridge, too. (Dragonborn commonly have single-parent households). Sora turned out to be a lot less conventional than Salim, so the two parents’ relationship has become little more than polite. She thinks he’s kind of weak, and doesn’t respect him very much; he thinks she’s crazy and worries about Surina taking after her. Sora is a Thunderborn barbarian; Surina is a Tempest fighter. Venjin values both of their insights on things, and consults them more often than his father.
Venjin’s goals and priorities are honor, glory, and increased prestige for the local branch of his clan. And the search for a suitable mate. This also incorporates accumulating some wealth—he wants the wardrobe and a home appropriate to a person of note, and perhaps some land and servants.
The material stuff is very secondary, though. If giving away, or otherwise sacrificing, all his wealth would help to give his name and that of his clan more prestige, he’d do it in a second.
Venjin’s primary nemesis is Rhogar al-Atespala. He is Venjin’s age, but his father is General Kharash al-Atespala, the leader of the Heaven’s Command paladins. Naturally, he was chosen before Venjin for paladin training, and advanced more quickly. He’s also a little smarter and a little more charismatic than Venjin (though not as strong). Rhogar has never really done anything to hurt Venjin—he’s kind of aloof—but his privileged position and sense of entitlement just make Venjin angry. Also, Surina, Venjin’s sister, is smitten with him, which drives Venjin nuts.