Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lathan Spearhand and The Brotherhood of the Woods

The Brotherhood of the Woods

By Giampaolo Agosta (published on The Vault of Pandius)

This semi-secret society was founded by the Callarii elf Lathan Spearhand, after he came back from an adventurous journey across the Sea of Dread. Lathan had to pay a large sum to the Black Eagle Baron to ransom his
fiancée, an elven maiden from Rifllian whom the Iron Ring had kidnapped.

Seeing that the Duke's justice was not going to reach the Baron, Lathan decided to take the matter in his own hands. He soon discovered he was not the only victim of von Hendricks' misdeeds. Thus, he contacted many of those who had reason to take revenge on the Baron, and formed a society devoted to bringing down the Black Eagle and the Iron Ring, by whatever means were necessary.

The Brotherhood is currently a small group, but is composed almost entirely of low to mid level adventurers. Lathan also has several contacts with other groups, including the Traladaran resistance movement in Fort Doom and Luln. New members are recruited by Lathan himself in Specularum. There are no fixed requirements to join, except a grudge against von Hendricks and the Iron Rings, and some fighting or magical skills.

The Brotherhood meets at the Hippogriff Inn, in the north market district of Specularum, near the old city walls. The innkeeper is a friend of Lathan's, and relays messages left by other members of the Brotherhood.

Joining the ranks

Being an enemy of the Black Eagle Baron is the primary requirement. Adventuring skills of all types are appreciated, but the Brotherhood has a use for more mundane supporters. The Brotherhood is a fairly informal organisation, with no ranks at all.

Anton Halovich

Favored Soul of Halav 3, medium sized human, CR 3; HD 3d8+6; HP 21; Initiative +1; Speed 30m; AC 15 (touch 11, flat 13); Atk +5 melee (+1 Keen Shortsword dg 1d6+ crit 18-20/x2), Atk +4 missile (Mastercraft Light Crossbow dg 1d8 crit 19-20/x2 rng 80); AL: NG; Sv Frt +5, Ref +4, Will +5; Str 13, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 16

SPELLS KNOWN (Cast 0th: 6, 1st: 5): 0th- Create Water, Cure Minor Wounds, Detect Magic, Light, Purify Food and Drink. 1st- Cure Light Wounds, Divine Favor, Magic Weapon, Shield of Faith.

DC 14 + Spell Level for Saving Throws.

LANGUAGE: Elf (Vyalia Dialect), Thyatian, Traladaran

SKILLS: Concentration +6 (+8/+12), Diplomacy +6 (+9), Ride +3 (+3), Survival +3 (+5)

FEATS: Armor Proficiency (Light, Medium, Shield), Augmented Healing, Brew Potion, Combat Casting, Weapon Focus (Shortsword), Weapon Proficiency (Simple and Shortsword)

GEAR: +1 Keen Shortsword, Masterwork Light Cross, Case of 20 Bolts, Mastercraft Buckler, Mastercraft Leather Scale, (2) Potion of Cure Light Wounds, Potion of Divine Favor, Ring of Elven Sight (Low Light Vision)

Anton Halovich is a native of Luln and grew up in fear of the constant raids sent by the Baron Von Hendricks. He lost his mother to one of the raid and he has hated the Black Eagle ever since. Since he was a child, he felt a close connection to the Immortal Halav and he embraced his role as a Favored Soul. He was one of Mistress Sascia’s most trusted defenders before he was recruited by Lathan into the Brotherhood.

Anton serves as Lathan’s messenger and recruiter in the area around Luln. He still defends the town from raiders and helps heal the wounded at the Temple of Halav, but now he leads scouting parties and guerrilla troops into Black Eagle territory. He is a fierce warrior and his skill at healing makes him a valuable addition to any group. He is known to join adventurers who oppose the Black Baron for individual missions. He will also pay good-aligned Traladaran adventurers to guard him when he must travel alone. He prefers to trade potions for these guards as opposed to gold.

Lathan Spearhand

Race: Elf (Callarii)
Classes: Ranger 5/Wizard 3/Arcane Archer 1
Sex: Male
Age: 320
Alignment: Neutral Good

Strength: 15 (+2)
Dexterity: 17 (+3)
Constitution: 14 (+2)
Intelligence: 15 (+2)
Wisdom: 12 (+1)
Charisma: 14 (+2)

Hit dice: 6d8+3d4+18
Hit points: 64
Initiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor class: 18 (Dex, Mithril Chain Shirt), Touch 14, Flat 14
Base attack: +7/+2
Saves: Fort +7 (+9), Ref +7 (+10), Will +4 (+5)

Action Points: 8

Special qualities: Immune to Sleep spells, +2 to save vs. Enchantments, Low Light Vision, +2 to Listen, Search and Spot checks, Favored Enemy (Human) +4, Favored Enemy (Orc) +2, Wild Empathy, Enhance Arrow +1

Languages spoken: Draconic, Elvish (Callarii dialect), Gnomish (Highforge Dialect), Goblin, Orc, Sylvan, Thyatian, Traladaran

Skills: Concentration +8 (+10), Craft (Bowyer) +7 (+9), Handle Animal +6 (+8), Heal +7 (+8), Hide +7 (+14), Knowledge (Nature) +3 (+5), Listen +7 (+10), Move Silently +8 (+15), Ride +7 (+9), Speak Language +2, Spellcraft +4 (+6), Survival +10 (+12)

Feats: Armor Proficiency (Light, Medium, Shield), Endurance, Far Shot, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Scribe Scroll, Track, Weapon Focus (Composite Longbow), Weapon Proficiency (Simple, Martial)

Ranger Spells Memorized (Cast 1st: 1): Camouflage (Masters of the Wild)

Base DC for Spell Save: 12 + Level of Spell

Spellbook (cast 0th: 4, 1st: 2, 2nd: 1)

Level 0- All

Level 1- Comprehend Languages, Identify, Magic Missile, Shield, True Strike

Level 2- Alter Self, Invisibility, Protection from Arrows, See Invisibility

Base DC for Arcane Spell Save: 13 + Level of Spell

Possessions: +1 Composite Longbow of Distance, +1 Keen Longsword, (2) Mastercraft Dagger, Quiver of Ehlonna (Quiver of Mealiden), 30 Mastercraft Arrows, 10 Blunt Arrows (dg 1d8+3 non-lethal crit x2 rng 120 w/distance), 10 Dragon’s Breath Arrows (dg 1d6+3+1 Fire DC 15 to avoid catching on fire), 10 Swiftwing Arrows (dg 1d6+3 -1 per rng increment), (4) Mastercraft Javelins, Mithril Chain Shirt (Armor +4 AC -1 Arcane 15%), Boots of Elvenkind, Cloak of Elvenkind, (2) Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds, Potion of Breathe Water, Wand of Light (22 charges)


+1 Composite Longbow of Distance (Attack +12/+6 Dg 1d8+3 Crit x3 Rng 220)

+1 Keen Longsword (Attack +10/+5 Dg 1d8+3 Crit 18-20/x2)

(2) Mastercraft Dagger (Attack +10/+5 melee or +11 thrown Dg 1d4+2 Crit 19-20/x2 Rng 10)

(4) Mastercraft Javelins (Attack +11 Dg 1d6+2 Crit x3 Rng 20)


Lathan has the classic sun-tanned skin and light hair of the Callarii elves. He dresses quite simply, in the rough clothing of a Callarii traveler and hunter. The grey-green cloak he wears is clearly of elven make, as are his boots. He is never without his bow, which has been handed down in his family since the Great Rain of Fire.



Lathan grew up among the traders of Rifllian, but took to the woods as a hunter and explorer. Lathan fell in love with the beautiful Thelia, and they became betrothed. Thelia was captured by slavers from the Iron Ring and held by the Black Baron. Lathan attempted to rescue her but was forced to pay an enormous ransom to free her. Lathan then moved his betrothed back to Rifllian, where they married. He has exhausted many attempts to bring the Black Baron to justice in the courts of Karameikos and sees that the Duke is blind to his cousin’s evil. He has founded the Brotherhood of the Woods, a loose network of adventurers that oppose the Black Eagle Barony and the slavers of the Iron Ring. He journeys between bands, providing direction and tutoring. His bands send him reports and intelligence via magic and discrete messengers.

Above all, Lathan hates the Black Eagle with a passion. That Baron Von Hendricks uses goblin and orc tribes to raid the peaceful villages of elves, hin and Traladarans is repulsive to Lathan. He has studied the tactics of the Black Eagle troops and can strike at their troops with his arrows and spell. He is stealthy and strikes from ambush. He is studying the path of the arcane archer, and is always hunting new spells for his spellbook.

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