Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lux Tenebris: Silverscale

SILVERSCALE, L5 Dragonborn Bard

STR     12 (+1)
DEX    15 (+2)
CON   14 (+2)
INT     13 (+1)
WIS     07 (-2)
CHA   18 (+4)
HP       38
AC      13 (Leather armor)

Draconic Ancestry: Silver
Breath Weapon: Cold
Damage Resistance: Cold
Languages: Common, Draconic, Elvish, Halfling

Proficiencies: +3
Armor: Light
Weapons: Simple, Hand x-bows, Longswords, Rapiers, Shortswords
Tools: Drum, Lute, Viol
Saves: Dexterity +5, Charisma +7
Skills: Arcana +4, Athletics +4, Deception +7, History +4, Performance +10, Persuasion +10, Sleight of Hand +5, Stealth +5

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Bardic Inspiration (d8)
Jack of All Trades
Song of Rest (d6)
Bard College: College of Lore
- Bonus Proficiencies
- Cutting Words
Font of Inspiration

# of Spells: 08
Spell DC: 15  
Atk Mod: +7
At-Will (3): Dancing light, Friends, Vicious Mockery
L1(4): Charm person, Disguise self, Healing word, Thunderwave
L2(3): Enthrall, Invisibility, Knock
L3(2): Dispell magic, Nondetection

Shortsword. Melee. +5 to hit; deals 1d6 +2 piercing. Finesse, Light.
Hand x-bow w/20 bolts. Ranged, 30/120 ft; +5 to hit; deals 1d6 +2 piercing. Light, Loading.
Leather armor. Defense. AC 11 + Dex Mod.
An entertainer’s pack, a lute, a bottle of ink, a quill, a small knife, a letter from a colleague, a set of common clothes, a flower pressed into an etiquette book, a belt pouch with 10gp.

Just off the southwestern coast of Nur is the island of Avoree. Known as a haven for outcasts, Avoree became the home of the dragonborn bard called Silverscale quite a few years ago. Easily recognized by her unique appearance, Silverscale became a fixture at The Laughing Dolphin Tavern. When asked what had brought her to Avoree, Silverscale became evasive and would usually excuse herself.  Residents did note that Silverscale avoided other dragonborn who came to the island. The few times the bard did encounter her own kind, they seemed to result in unpleasant exchanges.
During the Draconic Invasion, Avoree remained largely unaffected. The Draconic Empire did not have a large navy and their invasion was concerned primarily with the mainland. Refugees fleeing to Avoree were shocked by Silverscale’s presence and she was accused of being a Draconic spy. Locals rallied to Silverscale’s defense and her accusers were driven from Avoree.
Not long afterward, a Draconic airship landed on the island. The occupants were dragonborn priests, who had come specifically for Silverscale.  They revealed that Silverscale was the subject of a religious prophecy; that she would restore the soul of the Draconic Empire and lead them to new glories.
Realizing that if she returned home she could possibly stop the war, Silverscale reluctantly left Avoree.  Returning to the Draconic Empire, Silverscale used her status to garner an audience with the Draconic Emperor.  She argued that the invasion was immoral, that the empire would gain nothing but enmity from invading the west, and that the dragonborn had become so fixated on material success and martial power that their inner-selves, their hearts and souls, were withering away. 
Although Silverscale’s argument failed to persuade the Emperor, she was able to influence certain members of the High Council who already had doubts re the invasion. Those doubts were proven correct when the Westlands rallied, and the overextended imperial legions began to lose ground. A strategic withdrawal was ordered, and the Draconic Invasion came to an end.
Afterwards, Silverscale opted to remain in the empire, in the hope that she could guide her people onto a less militant path.

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