Bring me the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew...
Chāori Wedien Dalmeallán, Lightning Tamer
Build: Tinkerer Artificer
Background: Birth Among Another Race [Gnome], Zilargo (+2 Arcana)
CURRENT ABILITY SCORES
Str 11, Con 16, Dex 12, Int 18, Wis 14, Cha 8.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 11, Con 15, Dex 12, Int 16, Wis 13, Cha 8.
AC: 21 Fort: 18 Reflex: 18 Will: 17
HP: 58 Surges: 9 Surge Value: 14
Arcana +16, History +12, Dungeoneering +10, Perception +10, Thievery +9, Diplomacy +7,
Religion +7, Endurance +6, Heal +5, Insight +5, Nature +5, Acrobatics +4, Stealth +4, Athletics +3, Bluff +2, Intimidate +2, Streetwise +2,
- Externally Enhanced
Artificer: Ritual Caster,
Human: Arcane Familiar,
Level 1: Implement Expertise (Wand),
Level 2: Master Mixer,
Level 4: Superior Implement Training (Rowan wand)
Level 6: Echoes of Thunder
Artificer Healing Infusion: Resistive Formula
Human: Unbalancing Force
Artificer at-will 1: Static Shock
Artificer at-will 1: Thundering Armour
Artificer encounter 1: Shielding Cube
Artificer daily 1: Life-Tapping Darts
Artificer utility 2: Fast Hands
Artificer encounter 3: Lightning Sphere
Artificer daily 5: Flameheart Defender
Artificer utility 6: Phantom Structure
Artificer encounter 7: Runic Resistance
Adventurer’s Kit, Leather Armor of Lightning Resistance +2, Thunder Rowan Wand +2, Alchemical Launcher [heroic tier], Belt Pouch, Ritual Book, Hempen Rope [50 ft.], Alchemical Reagents [Arcana](300), Lantern, Oil [1 pint](6), Alchemist’s Acid [level 1](3), Alchemist’s Spark [level 3](2), Blinding Bomb [level 3](1)
Brew Potion, Disenchant Magic Item, Enchant Magic Item, Make Whole, Tenser’s Floating Disk, Pyrotechnics
Alchemist’s Acid, Alchemist’s Spark, Blinding Bomb, Blastpatch, Clockwork Bomb, Rust Bomb, Thunderstone
Bud Bud – (Crafter Homunculus)
This small, rusty-brown humanoid figure appears to be made from a random assortment of junk parts, with various small clockwork gears and springs providing jerky, but surprisingly steady movement. Standing no more than 9 inches tall this thing resembles a miniature Warforged or, if it were to lay down, a pile of scrap metal.
+2 skill checks related to rituals of the creation category
Blood Feast: An enemy adjacent to your crafter homunculus takes a -1 penalty to all defences against alchemical items. Your crafter homunculus is immune to your alchemical items.
Found, alone as a baby one thunderous lightning filled night on the coast of Zilargo amongst the debris of an apparent ship wreck, Chāori was raised by a Gnomish family in the nearby town of Thurimbar. If the gnomes who discovered him noticed the unusual concentration of lightning bolt scorch marks on the ground around the wreckage, they never mentioned them, however the fire that was likely caused by said lightning could not be as easily ignored as it is assumed to be the cause of Chāori’s disfiguring burn marks that cover much of the left side of his face and arm, and have persisted stubbornly throughout his life.
Thurimbar is a fairly large town and human visitors were not incredibly uncommon, however during Chāori’s youth he was the only permanent human resident, and although the gnomes were hospitable and kind, he made few fast friends outside his immediate adopted family. So Chāori found ways to occupy himself from a young age. Very early on he demonstrated a fascination with lightning and powered machinery. As he grew up he developed the skills and technical understanding to rival a gnomish tinker and split his time between working for his gnome-father’s repair yard and following his own roads of inventive exploration. He would get hold of whatever interesting devices he could, magical or mundane, study them, take them apart, reconfigure them, and repeat. When he eventually got his hands on various magically infused wands, he did exactly the same, and quickly discovered he had a knack for seeing what energies and elements complimented each other. Like a royal cook seasoning a banquet he would distil the basic flavours of magic from his various devices and remix them into a useful, more powerful, and possibly delicious form. And like a chef’s favoured ingredient Chāori more often than not found himself drawn to the power of harnessed lightning…
Years past, and Zilargo’s neutrality in the war eroded. An agreement was made with Breland that specialists in various fields would be sent to assist Breland’s war efforts. Although Zilargo initially refused to commit frontline fighting troops Breland happily accepted the advisory, technological, and specialised assistance the thousand strong Zilargo force represented. Chāori volunteered and found his alchemical and technical expertise being Lightning Railed to Vathirond. That journey itself was an incredibly exciting experience for Chāori. The Zilargo detachment hadn’t been in Vathirond six months before the town was besieged by Thrane’s troops. The Brelish troops stationed in Vathirond, with a little help from the Zil were able to repel the enemy for several long months. Prior to the siege Chāori and the other dozen or so gnomes in his detachment trained a small selection of the Brelish troops in what they knew of alchemical and elemental weaponry. Chāori, for his part, taught them the basics of some dangerous alchemical compounds – what to mix together to make a big bang, as well as how to make simple clockwork bombs, and various other vicious devices. During the siege Chāori got to see some action too, from operating one of the purpose built alchemical-launcher catapults, as well as taking on the roll of second in command of a whole platoon manning a section of the walls. This particular platoon consisted of bowmen trained in applying various alchemical substances to their arrows. There were several other similar platoons complete with their own advisory gnomes. Four or five of the most able within the platoon had also been issued with a specific offensive magic wand that they had proved themselves capable of utilising in training. The platoon’s lieutenant was in charge of tactics and orders, and although Chāori was given the rank of ‘platoon technical sergeant’ this simply meant his advice was sought on wand ranges, effects of alchemical compounds, and the like…
Repelling invaders from the walls was an exciting and thrilling business, however Chāori found that the dangerous, fast-paced, and invigorating encounters were separated by extended periods of waiting for the next attack, during which very little interesting occurs. The genuine military seemed to keep themselves busy, and the siege put an end to official organised troop training, so to stave off boredom Chāori found ways to keep his hands and mind occupied. He refashioned a Rowan wood wand he was quite fond of by hollowing out the top to allow various other wand components to be attached or removed with a quick click-and-twist motion, allowing him to channel different effects, energies, and powers through his favoured implement simply by ‘clicking in’ the appropriate infused attachment. He had also examined several of the Warforged the Brelish employed on the field of battle. As technological marvels Chāori found them utterly amazing, however that didn’t stop him improving one or two of them, by providing them with various infused attachments. Chāori also noticed that sieges were particularly messy affairs with rubble and all manner of scrap and junk cluttering up the place, but it was while prodding such a pile of scrap with his foot that Chāori decided to embark on a rather ambitious project; to create his own little automaton…
It took him the best part of two months, with regular breaks to sleep, eat, and man-the-walls, but it made the siege fly by much quicker. Constructed largely from scrap metal, Bud-Bud, as Chāori christened the thing was powered by a single Dragonshard crystal and occasionally crackled with a spark of electrical energy in a manner Chāori found most satisfying…
Even after the siege was broken, indeed after the war ended Bud-Bud is still Chāori’s constant companion. Having gone through more than a couple of replacement parts, one or two upgrades, and a few burnt out dragonshards the mini metal man follows his master wherever the latter’s inquisitive mind takes them…
CHĀORI WEDIEN DALMEALLÁN, LIGHTNING TAMER – ORIGIN OF NAMES:
Chāori ( Father ): Chāori was given this name by his adoptive gnome father. It means ‘special’, or ‘unique’, however its less wholesome meanings are ‘unnatural’ or ‘abnormal’, being literally ‘the opposite of normal’.
Wedien ( Mother ): Given to Chāori by his adoptive mother after several months of his arrival, the unfortunate scaring that refused to fade gave rise to this name of ‘flash wounded’
Dalmeallán ( Parting name ): When a gnome leaves his clan on good terms to find his own way he is often given a parting name. In honour of his skilful manipulation of elemental lightning Chāori was named ‘Lightning Master’.
Lightning Tamer ( Colleagues ): Nickname given to Chāori by the Brelish troops he trained to use infused wands during the siege of Vathirond, allowing them all to unleash the power of lightning on their Thrane enemies.