Latheo Bearwatcher Ulokkaeilomaethau
Male Goliath Barbarian 1
Traits: Scrapper, Brutal
Height: 7' 3" / Weight: 65 lb
Skin: Gray / Eyes: Blue / Hair: Black; Beardless
Languages: Common Goliath
Str 22, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 10
Hit Points: 13
Initiative modifier: +1
Armor Class: 18 (Touch AC: 11, Flat-footed: 17)
Fortitude save: +3, Reflex save: +1, Will save: -1
Attack (handheld):+7, Attack (unarmed): +7, Attack (missile): +2, Grapple check: +7
Bastard Sword, Dagger, Comp Longbow
Breast plate, Hvy Steel Shield
Feats: EWP Weapon: Bastard Sword
Skills: Balance 1, Climb 10, Concentration 1, Escape Artist 1, Heal -1, Hide 1, Intimidate 4, Jump 6, Listen 2, Move Silently 1, Ride 1, Sense Motive 1, Spot -1, Survival -1, Swim 9, Use Rope 1
Latheo Bearwatcher Ulokkaeilomaethau's mountain tribe, the Ananakanamala, had never been very committed to keeping the traditions and upholding the way of life common to the Goliath people. It was the Ananakanamala who in fact first showed interest in the teachings of the missionaries who wandered in from Middlond. While other tribes were merely hospitable to the clerics of the Church and patiently suffered the clashes that erupted between them and their own druidic leaders, The Ananakanamala welcomed the short humans from the lowlands, eager to learn of the rarely visited lands below and the people who dwelled there.
In time, as the tribe began to adopt the faith of the Church, the practicing druids grew fewer and fewer in number until they all but disappeared. Those few that remain today continue to serve a useful purpose, of course, but hardly have the influence they once had. Even as clerics of the Church are only now just beginning to appear within the other tribes, the Ananakanamala has long since held theirs in honor. And this wasn't the end of the influence of humans on the tribe.
Only a two generations ago the Ananakanamala established a small trading post in the foothills west of the Thunder Mountains. From there they traded furs and leather goods, stone works and various other mountain products for human goods (especially armaments which, though not as high quality as dwarven goods, were more easily and cheaply obtained). It wasn't long at all before the trading post grew into a proper hamlet with more than a dozen humans and goliath families living residing. Within the last decade, in fact, the goliaths of the wayward tribe had begun building permanent structures in all their favored spots along their migration route through the mountains.
As the clerics among the other tribes struggled for power and status in their respective tribes, the Ananakanamala soon became the much maligned example for the druids who opposed their faith. In short order tensions arose between the Ananakanamala and the other goliath tribes of the Thunder Mountains, leading to violence in a few cases. Unfortunately for the druids, however, uniting to denounce the violence brought the common goliath church together in a way they never had before and secured their place in the tribes for the foreseeable future. But they weren't able to stop the Ananakanamala tribe, as a whole, from being shunned by all the other tribes. Something that had not happened since the most distant time of legend.
When young Latheo's father spoke up, encouraging the people of his tribe to make peace and regain their status among their sister tribes, he was soon shunned himself. By the time Latheo reached young adulthood his entire family had been reduced more or less to outcasts, in danger of being exiled altogether. To make the point clear to the dissenting family, the chieftain of the Ananakanamala decided to make an example.
When Latheo's hunting party returned to the camp one evening, short one member who'd fallen to an enraged mountain bear, he was surprised to find the entire party singling him out for blame. According to them, Latheo (then known as Stonekicker) merely stood by and watched as the bear had killed the other hunter, a blatant lie. The chieftain, unwilling to wait for a proper opportunity to present itself, had orchestrated the entire incident (the bear attack being merely a fortunate happenstance). Before the entire tribe Latheo was given the name Bearwatcher and exiled from the tribe forever, an example for the rest of the family should they continue to challenge the new ways of the Ananakanamala tribe.
Chiklena Ownebae Lunoaena Baeriena "Ashheart" Garaskor
Pretty stone (father) / Beloved child (mother) / Complex knot (mentor) / Tree's pain (adult) / Firstcraft (family)
Female Chaos Gnome Sorcerer 1
Traits: Distracted, Overconfident
Height: 3' 2" / Weight: 33 lb
Skin: Tan / Eyes: Green / Hair: Orange, Straight
Languages: Common Gnome Sylvan
Str 10, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 19
Hit Points: 5
Speed: 20 feet
Initiative modifier: +1
Armor Class: 12 (Touch AC: 12, Flat-footed: 11)
Fortitude save: +1, Reflex save: +1, Will save: +2
Attack (handheld):+1, Attack (unarmed): +1, Attack (missile): +2 , Grapple check: -4
Imbued Quarterstaff, Dagger, Sling
Feats: Magical Aptitude
Skills: Appraise 1, Balance 1, Bluff 4, Concentration 1, Craft 1, Diplomacy 4, Disguise 4, Escape Artist 1, Forgery 1, Gather Info 4, Hide 5, Intimidate 4, Jump -6, Know (planes) 4, Listen 2, Move Silently 1, Perform 4, Ride 1, Search 1, Spellcraft 7, Use Magic Device 6, Use Rope 1
Baeriena Garaskor hails originally from the Thunder Mountains and the small clan of Chaos Gnomes that once dwelt there. When still a whelp she worked with her father, a trader who made his living as a middle man arranging various deals between the Goliaths of the Thunder Mountains and the dwarfs who dwelt in the vast caverns beneath Mount Thunor. As her clan began to forsee trouble brewing between the Ananakanamala tribe and the other goliaths, and wisely elected to pitch their village elsewhere until things blew over, Ashheart and her immediate family quickly fell on hard times. Having relocated far south of the mountains near Tilwen they soon found establishing any manner of profitable trade with the unfamiliar human settlements near impossible.
Baeriena's family, under her father's leadership, soon turned to petty crime in order to make ends meet. Over the course of several months the Garaskor kin found their natural abilities complemented their thievery fairly well. Soon enough the family was able to amass just enough wealth to get by, wisely determining not to overreach their hand and get greedy. By her father's reckoning, they need only scrape along until the clan returned to the mountains. There, at least, their skills in bartering and their natural charms would provide far more honorable income. Nevertheless, they did find their new enterprise exciting and managed to stir up trouble now and again with several impulsive bits of opportunism.
Baeriena, fortunately, was not yet old enough to tag along on these excursions and managed to miss the last bit of such excitement. At the local Spring festival in Tilwen the elder Garaskor spied the solid gold chain that bore the local priest's holy symbol and resolved to steal it. The proceeds from this small bit of larsony, her reasoned, would surely provide for the family until they could leave the lands of the odd humans far behind. In spite of the Garaskor clan's amazing luck (at least, up to that point) they failed badly in their latest endeavor and soon had most of the town guard as well as a veritable mob of irate townsfolk at their heels. Outside of town, taking shelter in the forest nearby, they managed at last to elude their pursuers. To their dismay, an attempt to return to their camp north of the town was rebuffed by the clan elder. The Baeriena's family found themselves outcast in a bid by the eldest Garaskor to maintain the peace with the local humans and the bulk of the refugee clan.
Discouraged and alone, the Baeriena's family huddled miserably in the Gylden Wood far to the southwest, doing their best to steer clear of the humans who now held them is such poor regard and the territorial forest elves. It was there the unusual string of bad luck followed the Garaskors and caught up with them at again. Unbeknownst to the Chaos Gnome family, the local druids and the elves of the forest had been at odds for some time. Mere days after taking refuge there, the Garaskors found that they'd more or less pitched their tents between two opposing forces on the eve of a violent confrontation. Waking that night to the sounds of battle, the Garaskor's emerged to find their small camp overrun with wild animals, maniacal druids and scores of screaming elven soldiers. They quickly came under attack by both sides, each assuming them to be agents of the other.
The Garaskor were overcome almost instantly with only Baeriena surviving, having run to hide between the roots of a great tree near the camp. In her haste to flee the carnage that had suddenly erupted all around her in the night, she managed to upset a small oil lamp near the family tent before she could hide herself away. In short order a great raging fire had sprung up at the camp, eventually consuming the remains of the Garaskor's and all their meager possessions and causing even the druids and elves to pause, wondering at whom had dared set fire to the wood. Luckily the two opposing forces soon found themselves more or less cooperating in an attempt to controll the rapidly spreading forest fire, an incident leading almost directly to an official truce between the two sides and an eventual peace accord.
Baeriena was discovered the following morning among the remains of her camp, covered in ash and bitterly mourning the loss of her family. The wood elves instantly adopted her and raised her as one of their own, giving her the Common name "Ashheart" as a testimony to the suffering their war with the druids had cost in innocents.
Cloven of Tilwen
Female Tiefling Fighter 1
Traits: Generous, Honest, Leader
Height: 5' 3" / Weight: 185 lb
Skin: Pale / Eyes: Green / Hair: Red; Straight
Languages: Common Draconic Infernal
Str 16, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 12
Hit Points: 10
Speed: 30 feet
Initiative modifier: +2
Armor Class: 17 (Touch AC: 12, Flat-footed: 15)
Fortitude save: +2, Reflex save: +2, Will save: +0
Attack (handheld): +4, Attack (unarmed): +4, Attack (missile): +3, Grapple check: +4
Spiked Chain, Dagger, Comp Longbow, Breast plate
Feats: EWP: Spiked Chain; Combat Expertise
Skills: Appraise 1, Balance 2, Bluff 3, Climb 3, Craft (type) 1, Diplomacy 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 2, Forgery 1, Gather Info 1, Hide 6, Intimidate 1, Jump 3, Move Silently 4, Perform (dance) 3, Hide 2, Search 1, Swim 3, Use Rope 2
Cloven is one of three identical triplets born to the wicked sorceress Heina Bowswain. Heina once terrorized the farmlands outside Tilford for well over three decades from her black tower in the delta of the Goodwine and Torht Stream. It was rumored, in fact, that she held sway over the lord in Tilford, often vesting him secretly in the night, and thus avoided entanglements with local authorities.
Heina's vices were of the worst sort and commoners of the area soon learned to keep their young indoors at night. In fact, it was rumored that she frequently consorted with various demons and fiends, even hosting succubae and offering those children she'd captured for their amusement. Wielding great power and utterly ruthless to those that opposed her, she was never successfully challenged or deposed through the dark years of her unofficial reign, though many heroes tried in vain.
All of which changed when she suddenly found herself pregnant by the Erinyes whom she'd last hosted in her tower. At first intending to abort the babies growing within her, as she had from time to time before, it soon occurred to her that they might represent an opportunity of the rarest sort. Calling upon the Erinyes and informing him of the pregnancy (of triplets no less) she demanded compensation and favor of him. Interested in seeing what evil might come of his progeny, the Erinyes reluctantly agreed. But as the months progressed Heina began to grow unreasonable, demanding more and more wealth and magic from the Erinyes until it became insufferable.
As she neared the end of her pregnancy the devil decided he'd had enough and refused her summons thereafter, reasoning that he'd already given more than enough to compensate for her inconvenience. Furious, Heina resolved to take her vengeance for the perceived slight on the children of the Erinyes. She concocted a simple potion to purge them from her body and fell into a deep slumber. During the night one of her servants came upon the scene and spied the Tiefling babies as they squirmed and mewed, barely clinging to life. Moved to a rare moment of pity, she gathered them up, treated them and had them delivered quickly to the doorstep of the Church in Tilford. She would later inform her mistress that the children had been "properly disposed of".
When the Erinyes who'd fathered the three Tiefling learned of their reported deaths, he was moved to fury at the wasted wealth and ridiculous favors he'd been constrained to grant the faithless Heina. Leading a small host of devils in his charge, he invaded the tower and slew Heina after a long and protracted battle that lit the skies and terrified commoners for miles around. The black tower of the wicked sorceress still stands in the delta today, twisted and broken from the fury of the battle that had raged within.
The Tiefling triplets themselves, meanwhile, narrowly avoided being slain out of hand by the clerics of the Church of Tilford, who perceived them to be some manner of evil curse or joke upon their order. Thankfully one of the elders of the church, wisely divining them to be mere babes and innocent of any wrong doing, stayed his their wrath and brought the babes in to be tended to. In time the three would grow to a healthy young adulthood, with Cloven staying on at the church to serve while her sisters, Keen and Braze, departed to seek their own fortunes.
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