The Fall of Avalon
Disenfranchised and marginalised killer
== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ==
Codren Dane, level 11
Shade, Assassin, Shadowthief
Guild Training Option: Night Stalker
Binding Initiate Option: Binding Initiate (Gloom Pact)
Versatile Expertise Option: Versatile Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Versatile Expertise Option: Versatile Expertise (Ki Focuses)
Occupation – Infiltrator (+2 to Stealth)
Theme: Scion of Shadow
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 12, CON 15, DEX 20, INT 14, WIS 13, CHA 17
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 11, CON 14, DEX 15, INT 12, WIS 12, CHA 13
AC: 24 Fort: 20 Ref: 22 Will: 21
HP: 65 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 17
Acrobatics +16, Athletics +11, Endurance +12, Perception +11, Stealth +22, Thievery +15
Arcana +9, Bluff +10, Diplomacy +8, Dungeoneering +6, Heal +6, History +7, Insight +6, Intimidate +8, Nature +6, Religion +7, Streetwise +8
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Scion of Shadow Utility: Eyes of Night
Shade Utility: One with Shadow
Assassin Feature: Assassin’s Shroud
Assassin Feature: Shade Form
Assassin Feature: Shadow Step
Warlock Utility: Shadow Warp
Wizard Attack 1: Hypnotism
Wizard Attack 1: Freezing Burst
Assassin Attack 1: Shadow Storm
Assassin Attack 1: Executioner’s Noose
Assassin Attack 1: Shadow Darts
Assassin Attack 1: Targeted for Death
Warlock Attack 1: Echoing Dirge
Assassin Utility 2: Shadowed Legion
Assassin Attack 3: Cloaking Mist
Assassin Attack 5: Twilight Assassin
Assassin Utility 6: Darting Shadow
Assassin Attack 7: Shadow Link
Assassin Attack 9: Wall of Shadows
Shade Utility 10: Shadow Monsters
Shadowthief Attack 11: Shadow Lance
Level 1: Mark of Shadow
Level 2: Binding Initiate
Level 6: Assassin’s Escape
Level 8: Lethal Shroud
Level 10: Melee Training (Dexterity)
Level 11: Versatile Expertise
Level 11: Secret Stride
Level 11: Death’s Pall
Gloves of Agility x1
Boots of Eagerness x1
Map of Unseen Lands
Deathcut Leather Armor +2 x1
Belt of Vigor (heroic tier) x1
Devastating Ki Focus +1 x1
Vial of Darkness
Potion of Mimicry (heroic tier)
Potion of Healing
Unfettered Thieves’ Tools
Alchemist’s Fire (level 11)
Clockwork Bomb (level 9)
Blastpatch (level 9)
Shade Khopesh +1 x1
== End ==
Life in the Shadowfell is not for the faint of heart; raising a child there, even less so. If there was anything Yvedra Ebony and Nadrik Dane were lacking, it was not faint hearts. The pair conceived seven children in the bleak, unforgiving expanse; only four of which made it through childhood. Of the four children that survived, Codren was the penultimate and unremarkable in his youth as any of his siblings.
In his teenage years, Codren stepped up to the plate and started looking after his siblings more actively; he regretted not being able to save his older brother from the creature that found him in the fields, and wanted to make sure that they didn’t lose any more to its kind. When his younger brother reached his teens, Nadrik took Codren aside and told him that it was time he went to town and took the University entrance exam. Codren protested, but his mother convinced him that he’d be able to protect them and their village much better if properly educated.
All Codren’s elder siblings had made the trip to take the exam, but had brought home nothing but stories of the big city and how maddeningly bizarre it must be to live there with everyone so close together. Codren hitched a ride in with a trade caravan, and made his way to the University. His sibling’s stories had not done the place justice.
Codren was directed to an interview room on arrival, and told to wait until an examiner could come to administer the test, but it could be some time and there were books and puzzles to keep oneself occupied till the examiner arrived. Codren was a fan of puzzles, so took a look at the selection and solved the ones he already knew quickly, lining them up on the table in front of him. He took longer to solve the unfamiliar ones, but eventually was left with nothing to do but read the books available. The books were technical manuals, and had all the readability of a shovel, but more puzzles appeared to be forthcoming, as the exercise problems in the book seemed to be solvable with the shapes and components of the puzzle pieces in front of him. When he was done, the door opened and an official handed him his admittance papers.
While Codren missed his family and worried after them constantly, he found his years at University to be the best of his life, learning all manner of disciplines and widening his understanding of the world and cosmos. He eventually specialised in Engineering and Shadowcrafting, making semi-regular trips back to his village to direct construction of walls and other civic improvements to make life easier.
One day, he was approached by one of the professors with an offer of extra credit for assisting in a planar magic experiment, as they needed a good (and available) engineer to design and build a ritual space to some very exacting specifications. Codren accepted and worked on the project, supervising alterations and tolerance testing throughout the research phase of the professors investigations. Eventually it was time to enact the final ritual, and Codren was asked to witness the professors triumph: a planar portal across the stars. Figuring he might be needed if something were to go wrong, he accepted. The ritual didn’t go as planned.
Codren figured he was dead. He could feel the light that blinded his vision, also burning his pale skin, and the verdant grass beneath his form sharp and plentiful. His first few days in Avalon were not pleasant. Thankfully, however, everyone he met seemed to speak a broken form of Shadar-kai, so language wasn’t too much of a barrier.
Codren was celebrated as a prodigy amongst his people. Moving to Avalon to escape the bleakness of the shadowlands, he became a second class citizen even with his talent and experience, and consequently, bitter.
Once the ‘war’ broke out, Codren found his calling once more, enlisting as soon as he could. He found himself stuck on latrine duty among other debasing jobs, until he snuck into his commanders tent unnoticed and undetected placing red tags on everyone he could have killed. His commander had him transferred immediately to an irregular unit.
After the ‘war’ the situation for Codren became even worse. Take what racism was present before, and add the effects of being a veteran of a bloody war. Sometimes he thinks about returning to the shadowlands, but is always dissuaded by the shame of returning a failure.
— I’m going for the whole disenfranchised foreign expert made taxi driver kind of concept here.