Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fortune's Folly

A while ago, Jason decided that he was going to start an Eberron campaign, and I have been shamelessly procrastinating when it comes to creating my character. Jason will be doing the campaign through a message board system, to make it easier for everyone involved to meet up given Jason and Josh's hard to plan around schedule. I am particularly excited for this since I don't have any experience as a player character in 4th edition, and I need the PC experience so that I can write an accurate 4th edition review soon. Anyways, because I need a place to put all of this stuff, here is my character for this Eberron campaign:

When not disguised, she looks sorta like this Kor Cartographer.


Martina Lin (Marris Longblade) , Level 1
Doppelganger, Fighter
Fighter Talents: One-handed Weapon Talent

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 13, Dex 14, Int 14, Wis 11, Cha 12.

AC: 16 Fort: 15 Reflex: 12 Will: 12
HP: 28 Surges: 10 Surge Value: 7

TRAINED SKILLS
Endurance +5, Intimidate +6, Athletics +7

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics +1, Arcana +2, Bluff +3, Diplomacy +1, Dungeoneering, Heal, History +2, Insight +2, Nature, Perception, Religion +2, Stealth +1, Streetwise +1, Thievery +1

FEATS
Level 1: Blade Opportunist

POWERS
Fighter at-will 1: Sure Strike
Fighter at-will 1: Reaping Strike
Fighter daily 1: Villain's Menace
Fighter encounter 1: Steel Serpent Strike

ITEMS
Adventurer's Kit, Longsword, Identification Papers, Standard, Wine, Bottle, Traveling papers, Torch, Grappling Hook, Hide Armor, Light Shield

Background:

Martina was born in the Kingdom of Sharn. Her father is an antiquities professor disguised as human, for the Morgrave University. Her mother, also disguised as a human, was a bar wench for a tavern her father liked to frequent. Unfortunately, her mother died during her childbirth. Stricken with grief, her father took Martina to the university and raised her as if she was his human daughter.

Martina was a bit of a rebellious youth. She quickly learned of her true nature as a Changeling and liked her true appearance a whole lot better. Her father often chastised her, telling her it wasn't safe for her to walk around in her true form. She hated living at the University and was intensely bored of learning about ancient history and artifacts. Martina valued freedom above all else, and when she turned 14, she fled the university. She has not talked to or seen her father since.

The first thing she did in the outside world was assume her true form. She firmly believes that Changelings should not have to constantly hide their true nature. Her wish to this day, is that people stop seeing Changelings as evil duplicitous beings. She spent a year on her own in the city living honestly. She worked as a maid for a demi-human only inn called the Misfit Hideaway. This was the happiest period in her life. It was the only time in her life where was truly able to be herself.

One night, when she was walking back from the marketplace, Martina was harassed by a group of local ruffians for walking around in her true form. The encounter quickly became violent. She was raped by the group and left to die in an alleyway. Miraculously, she managed to survive the encounter, and spent the next few months recovering. She became cynical and disenchanted. She finally realized that there was no way she could remain in her true form at the present time. She also realized that she needed to learn how to protect herself and be intimidating. She took the form of a human male named Merris Longblade (the name is lame on purpose), and joined Sharn's army.

Her human/anime form.

After completing basic training, Martina defected from the military as it was too constraining for her. Despite her new found pessimism, she still has a desire for freedom. She left Sharn for good, and is currently roaming around the country from city to city, taking up mercenary work where she can to feed herself. She is an eternal wanderer, longing for a day where she can return to her true form and be accepted.

When in a city, Martina usually sticks to the poor/crime ridden sections of the city (docks district for example). These areas are more of a melting pot of races, so she feels comfortable there, although she still remains in human form. As a man, Martina acts dense and tries to downplay her intelligence. Her cynicism still shows itself when trying to be a man. She rarely tells people about her true form and never discusses what happened to her on the night which changed her life. At her best, Martina is principled and pessimistic. At her worse, Martina is mistrusting and secretive.



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