Human Avenger of Pelor
Caiphon, level 1 Human, Avenger Build: Isolating Avenger Avenger’s Censure: Censure of Retribution Background: Occupation – Criminal
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 10, Con 12, Dex 14, Int 16, Wis 18, Cha 10.
AC: 17 Fort: 13 Reflex: 15 Will: 16 HP: 26 Surges: 8 Surge Value: 6
TRAINED SKILLS Streetwise, Religion, Stealth, Acrobatics, Thievery.
FEATS 1: Improved Armor of Faith 1: Melee Training (Wisdom)
POWERS 1, At-Will: Bond of Retribution 1, At-Will: Overwhelming Strike 1, At-Will: Radiant Vengeance 1, Encounter: Avenging Echo 1, Daily: Temple of Light
ITEMS Adventurer’s Kit, Bedroll, Flint and Steel, Holy Symbol, Pouch, Belt (empty), Rations, Trail, Rope, Silk (50 ft.), Sunrods (2), Thieves’ Tools, Waterskin, Greataxe, Cloth Armor (Basic Clothing)
Caiphon (real name Ranald Keer) was originally from Jakkra City, the youngest son of a locksmith whose mother died in childbirth. He has one older sister and his father still living at the time the game starts in Jakkra City. Because his mother died giving birth to him, Ranald was always treated rather distantly by his father (Tomas), but was expected to take up locksmithing when he came of age. While Ranald’s father wasn’t the most loving or affectionate man, he was proud of Ranald’s obvious brilliant mind and his natural insight and observations that helped to propel his father’s lock designs into prominence. Ranald’s father had high expectations for him, and always pushed the boy, sometimes being overbearing and domineering. Ranald’s sister Elise was protective of her little brother, and would frequently act as a mediator between Ranald and his father in their arguements.
However, Ranald didn’t want to be a locksmith- perhaps due to his father pressuring him to do so, or perhaps because he found the trade dull. As he got older, Ranald became more rebellious, leading to more frequent fights with his father. Unfotunately, Ranald fell in with some local toughs and criminals, where he developed a reputation as a ringleader for various petty crimes. His father eventually found out about his activities and physically confronted Ranald. After a short scuffle, Ranald and his father tumbled down a staircase, which ended up breaking the old man’s leg in two places. Ranald fled to his criminal friends, and while outwardly proclaiming victory over his father’s controlling influence, he was actually wracked with guilt over what had happened, but in his mind believed he could never go back home. His sister tried to appeal to him on many occasions to come back and work things out with his father, but Ranald believed the old man would never forgive him or relent, so he stubbornly refused.
This went on for a few years, and Ranald gained a reputation as a plotter and criminal mastermind in Jakkra City. After several successes, Ranald and his band were approached by the Bloodghost Syndicate and recuited as blackmailers and burglers. For a time, things went well- Ranald had more money than he knew what to do with, and lived it up. After about six months with the Bloodghosts, Ranald was given the task of blackmailing/extorting a minor noble named Lachlan Stuart regarding a compromising situation with the king’s stweard. During the negotiations, things got out of hand when the noble’s daughter interrupted the meeting, and in the resulting confrontation, one of Ranald’s men stabbed and killed her. Ranald and his men fled, but within a week, one of Ranald’s men turned the rest of the band in for a reward, and Ranald was sentenced to be executed. Ranald had never been a violent man, and the death of the noble’s daughter weighed heavily upon him. Not knowing what else to do, he begged the gods to take mercy upon him, vowing to give up his selfish ways if they would spare his life.
Apparently his prayers were answered, because a few hours later, a priest of Pelor named Argosius came to the dungeon to minister to and give last rites to the prisoners to be executed. Argosius came upon Ranald praying in his cell, and was moved by his display of faith. Whereas other prisoners begged with Argosius to save them, Ranald had already resigned himself to his fate, and was wracked with guilt by the choices he had made in his life. Argosius sensed Ranald’s sincerity, and appealed to the legal officials to spare his life, in exchange for Ranald becoming a lifelong ward of the church of Pelor, and repaying his debt in that manner. Because of Argosius’ reputation, they agreed, but with the stipulation that if Ranald was found to revert to his old ways, he would be made a public example, and be tortured and executed. Argosius then gave Ranald a new name for his new life- Caiphon, which means “reborn from darkness” in the ancient Haturum language, which is often used by scholars and learned men. Ranald took to calling himself by his new name, leaving the life of Ranald Keer behind him forever.
Something changed in Caiphon over the next few weeks as he began to study under Argosius. His mind seemed to naturally grasp esoteric concepts in theology, hitory, debate, and religion, and Caiphon found peace. For the first time in his life, he felt like he had a purpose and a calling, and was truly happy. He went back to his father and sister, told them what had happened and how he had changed, and how happy he was now. To his amazement, Caiphon’s father forgave him and seemed overjoyed that his son was living up to his potential. His sister and her husband were also very happy for him, and made him guardian for their son. Over the next few months, Caiphon made visits to his family whenever breaks in his studies permitted, and his happiness was apparent for all to see.
Recently, Caiphon traveled to Pakkin’s Folly with his mentor Argosius to minister to the townspeople there and to finish Caiphon’s training under Willem Talhart so he could be ordained as a priest. Unfortunately, fate had other plans- Caiphon and Argosius were captured, and Caiphon watched his mentor be brutally butchered, helpless to stop his death. Now, Caiphon travels with Willem Talhart out of a bond they shared with their former mentor, with both men hoping to drive the darkness from the land.