Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Faduardo Gantonín

Faduardo lived his life mostly in the Phyloctæte. Raised heck in the other human lands with his psychotic wanderings and musings, traveling the many continents gathering reagents and challenging his contemporaries to duels. Eventually Faduardo was consumed by his obsession and became a lich, turning himself on his old friends and causing major problems for the people he served for so many years.

Born the middle child to a family of successful merchant nobles, Faduardo was both pampered by his nurses and neglected by his family. This developed a deep megalomania within him, and by puberty he was an incorrigible sociopath. A brilliant child, he was enrolled in a finishing school that included some magical training. In his lust for power he began to dabble in dark arts and the worship of evil powers when out of sight of his tutors. He succeeded in blending these veins into a mix of wizardly study and the use of evil spirits.

After leaving school he realized the commercial potential in crafting magic items for others. It also tickled his ego that others wanted so badly the power that he had harnessed for himself that they would pay thousands of gold for what he considered flashy trinkets. Thus began a long career for him of supplying magical items to any who would pay. The proceeds of this enterprise and his own crypt raiding have allowed him to create many hidden strongholds in addition to his storefronts.

Eventually the thought of his success and his riches brought jealous and greedy foes to his doorstep. After one particularly vicious campaign against him that included multiple poisonings of his meals and attacks by assassins in his sleep he became determined to find a way to overcome his mortality. Thus did he seek out and eventually learn a process by which he could die yet live on: lichdom.

Now, many years later, he has retired from the public spotlight. His presence is often felt, unknown, as he will often feed magical arms to both sides of a conflict, and then soar on dragon's wings above the battle, watching with glee.

This is a story arc for the party once they reach level 16 or so. Turns out that he was behind some of the earlier problems they had: perhaps he was feeding minor villains evil magic items or providing help to them in other ways, and thereby causing strife in the region.

Presented below are his statistics, including spells he might prepare if he is anticipating conflict of some type. If attacked typical tactics are to dimension door away and cast defensive spells before returning to slay his foes. Defensive spells can include: shield, shield of faith, magic vestment, fire shield, spell resistance, freedom of movement and antilife shell. If running low on offensive spells he may cast polymorph (juvenile red dragon), haste, divine power and aid before meleeing with foes.

CE male human lich wizard 3 / cleric 3 / mystic theurge 10 / crafting artifacer 2
size medium undead CR 20
Init: +1 Senses: darkvision 60 ft.
Listen +7 Spot +7
Aura: 5 ft. fear aura (DC 21 will save)

AC: 21 (
+5 natural armor, +1 dex, +5 armor)
or 32 (same and +4 deflection, +4 shield, +3 enhancement to armor from spells)
Damage Reduction: 15/bludgeoning and magic
HP:114 (HD 18d12)
Fortitude: +11 Reflex: +8 Will: +27
Resistance: SR 18, turn resistance +4
cold, electricity, polymorph, and mind-affecting attacks

MV: 30 ft.
Attack: +6 touch 1d8+5 negative energy (DC 21 fort. save for half) + paralysis

Full Attack: +6
touch 1d8+5 negative energy (DC 21 fort. save for half) + paralysis
Atk Options: paralyzing touch (DC 21 fort. save)
Space / Reach: 5ft / 5ft
Base Attack: +6 Grp: +6

Abilities: Str: 11 Dex: 13 Con: - Int: 18 (24) Wis: 19 (25) Cha: 14
Feats: Scribe Scroll, craft wand, craft arms & armor, forge ring, skill focus (concentration), craft wondrous item, spell focus (necromancy), improved spell focus (necromancy)
Skills: Concentration +31, Craft +28, Hide +9, Knowledge (arcana) +15,
Knowledge (dungeoneering) +14, Knowledge (nature) +14, Knowledge (religion) +14, Knowledge (the planes) +14, Search +15, Spellcraft +28.

SA: Summon Familiar, Parylizing Touch, +2 to overcome SR checks
SQ: Damage Reduction 15 / bludgeoning and magic, SR 18, turn resistance +4, immune to cold, electricity, polymorph, and mind-affecting attacks

Wizard Spells Prepared: (DC 17 + spell level + 2 for necromancy spells) - as 15th level caster

0th (5/day): many
1st (6/day): shield, ray of enfeeblement, reduce person, magic missile x3
2nd (6/day): mirror image, false life, blindness (DC 21), blur, invisibility, scorching ray
3rd (10/day): displacement, haste, blink, slow, dispel magic, vampyric touch x2, fireball x2, lightning bolt
4th (5/day): fire shield, dimension door, improved invisibility, black tentacles, charm monster
5th (5/day): magic jar (DC 24), dominate person, teleport, overland flight, cone of cold
6th (4/day): circle of death (DC 25), greater dispel magic, acid fog, chain lightning
7th (3/day): finger of death (DC 26), avaculate, awaken undead
8th (1/day): horrid wilting (DC 27)

Cleric Spells Prepared: (DC 17 + spell level + 2 for necromancy spells) - as 13th level cleric

0th (6 / day): any
1st (7+1 / day): protection vs good, divine favor, command, necrotic awareness
2nd (7+1 / day): shield of faith, aid, necrotic cyst
3rd (6+1 / day): magic vestment, protection from energy, necrotic bloat, clutch of orcus, sheltered vitality
4th (5+1 / day): freedom of movement, divine power, necrotic domination, undead bane weapon
5th (4+1 / day): slay living (DC 24), necrotic burst, summon undead v
6th (3+1 / day): anti-life shell, harm, necrotic eruption
7th (3+1 / day): blasphemy, destruction, energy ebb, necrotic tumor
* domain spell

Artifice: Gain +4 bonus on Craft checks. The character casts conjuration (creation) spells at +1 caster level.
Corruption: Once per day you may target a single creature and know exactly what the creature wants most in the world, resisted by a Will save (DC 12+ wisdom bonus).

Possessions: black robe of the archmagi (75k), wand of enervation, skullcap of intellect +6, amulet of wisdom +6, ring of wizardy III.

Fear Aura (Su): Liches are shrouded in a dreadful aura of death and evil. Creatures of less than 5 HD in a 60-foot radius that look at the lich must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by a fear spell from a sorcerer of the lich’s level. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by the same lich’s aura for 24 hours.

Paralyzing Touch (Su): Any living creature a lich hits with its touch attack must succeed on a Fortitude save or be permanently paralyzed. Remove paralysis or any spell that can remove a curse can free the victim (see the bestow curse spell description).

The effect cannot be dispelled. Anyone paralyzed by a lich seems dead, though a DC 20 Spot check or a DC 15 Heal check reveals that the victim is still alive.

Dragon Form

When polymorphed into a red dragon and enhanced with the spells listed above, his stats are changed as follows:

AC: 41 (+15 natural armor, +0 dex, -1 size+5 armor and +1 dodge, +4 deflection, +4 shield, +3 enhancement to armor from spells)
Fortitude: +11 Reflex: +8 Will: +27

Move: 70 ft, fly 180 ft
Attack: bite +32 (2d6 + 9 and 1d8+5 negative energy (DC 21 fort. save for half) + paralysis)
Full Attack: 2 bites as above and 2 claws +27 (1d8 +4) and 2 wings +27 (1d6+4)

Abilities: Str 29 Dex 10

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