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Balthazar Andor's page

192 posts. Alias of Pedro Coelho (RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4).


Full Name

Balthazar Andor

Race

Human (Varisian)

Classes/Levels

Monk 2 / HP 20 of 20 / F+4 R+5 W+5 / AC 16.16.13 / Init. +2 / Perc +7

Gender

Male

Size

6'2"

Age

51

Alignment

LG

Languages

Common, Varisian

Strength 16
Dexterity 14
Constitution 13
Intelligence 13
Wisdom 14
Charisma 8

About Balthazar Andor

XP 2,000
Human (Varisian) Monk of the sacred mountain 2
LG Medium humanoid
Init +2; Senses Perception +7

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DEFENSE
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AC 16; touch 16; flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +1 Dodge, +1 Natural, +2 Wis)
hp 20 (2d8+2, +2 favored class, +3 toughness)
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +5

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OFFENSE
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Speed 30 ft.
Melee unarmed strike +5 (1d6+3/×2); nunchaku +4 (1d6+3×2)
Ranged sling +3 (1d4+3/×2)
Special Attacks Flurry of blows +4/+4

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STATISTICS
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Str 16, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 8 - point-buy before racial modifier and middle-aged template: 15/15/14/12/13/7
Base Atk +1; CMB +4 (+6 disarm, +7 disarm while unarmed, +8 disarm with nunchaku); CMD 16 (18 against disarm)

Feats Combat Expertise, Dodge, Improved Disarm, Improved Unarmed Strike, Stunning Fist, Toughness, Weapon Focus (Unarmed Strike)

Vows celibacy, truth

Skills Acrobatics +7, Appraise +1, Bluff -1, Climb +8, Diplomacy -1, Disguise -1, Escape Artist +6, Fly +2, Heal +2, Intimidate -1, Knowledge (history) +5,Knowledge (religion) +5, Perception +7, Ride +2, Sense Motive +6, Stealth +7, Survival +2, Swim +3
12 skill ranks (8 class, 2 Int, 2 racial): Acrobatics 2, Climb 2, Escape Artist 1, Knowledge (history) 1, Knowledge (religion) 1, Perception 2, Sense Motive 1, Stealth 2

Gear nunchaku (2gp), 6 masterwork shurikens, 18 sling bullets, monk's outfit (free), cold weather outfit (8 gp), sack (1sp), winter blanket (5sp), bedroll (1sp), common lamp (1sp), 5 pints of oil (5sp), grappling hook (1gp), flint and steel (1gp), 50 ft. of hemp rope (1 gp), flask (3cp), earplugs (3cp) , 1 week of trail rations (35sp), donkey (8gp), pack saddle (5gp), 1 potion of cure light wounds
Load light Gold 155 gp, 8 sp, 4 cp

Traits Anatomist, Childhood crush

Relationship score: Koya 3

Background:
Born within one of the first families to settle in Sandpoint, over 40 years ago, Balthazar grew in a simple home, eldest of three brothers, and lost his father when he was still very, very young. His mother was left alone to provide for him and his two baby brothers, but couldn’t make ends meet. Before homelessness, sickness and starvation wiped the family, she made the hardest choice of all: she gave away her three sons to be raised in the monastery of the sacred mountain, north of Sandpoint, in the Fogscar mountains. A few months after being admitted into the monastery, Balthazar received the news that his mother had been found dead in the streets, victim of disease or hunger. There was no longer anything waiting for him outside the monastery’s walls, and his future inside them was set on stone as long as the monks were concerned.

Balthazar’s training begun right after those terrible news, and the boy barely had time to mourn. The severe monks would often speak to him about perfecting body, mind and soul, and some of them made great personal sacrifices in the search for some kind of transcendence. He helped to look after his brothers Hamilcare and Adad, and since he was the only one who remembered their parents, as the years passed he became their reference, and would always come to him with questions about them. When his two siblings started their own trainings, Balthazar had already taken a vow of truth, the first of the monk’s vows, and was being prepared to take the following one, the vow of celibacy. It didn’t sound hard at all, especially since rarely ever would a woman visit the monastery. Around this time, and during a particularly harsh winter, Balthazar fell gravely ill, and feared his time to meet his parents had arrived a bit earlier than he expected.

The monks sometimes relied on the help of healers who lived nearby and that were willing to make the voyage up to the Fogscar’s mountains. The healer that answered their call at that time was none other than Koya Mvashti. Balthazar was entering his early teen years, while Koya was already in her twenties, a grown woman. The healer took care of Balthazar for weeks, and was the only person he saw during that time. For someone used to the discipline of the monks, Koya’s delicate and caring ways were bewitching; intoxicating. During the time of his recovery, the two of them spent hours talking about anything and everything, and the boy fell madly in love. He kept thinking of the vow of celibacy he was about to take, and since Koya never showed any signs of feeling the same way about him; so, Balthazar never had the courage to act upon it. Once he was healthy again, Koya left, but her memory remained imprinted in Balthazar’s mind.

Throughout the years, Balthazar has managed to keep a regular correspondence with Koya, as regular as her travels allowed, anyway. From this contact, a decades-long friendship spawned between the two, which was the sole source of comfort for Balthazar, for his life in the monastery didn’t go as the monks had planned. While Hamilcare an Adad both grew in their quest for perfection, reaching standing and position inside the monastery and even becoming teachers themselves, Balthazar fell behind, and after more than 40 years of training, doesn’t have much to show for it. He eventually became a frustrated man, moreso for ashaming his own brothers. This feeling of unfulfillment has tormented Balthazar for the last years and made him an isolate man even among his peers.

A few weeks ago, Koya sent him a letter telling him she yearns to leave for a long journey – maybe a final one. She’s been trying to convince her adoptive son Sandru and believes they shall soon depart. Koya’s parting words, combined with his own disappointment with the life he made for himself, planted a seed in Balthazar’s mind. This seed has flourished in the last days and grown into a full-fledged idea: Balthazar has decided it is time to make something of his life, something the monastery has never allowed him to do. His quest for perfection lies beyond the walls, and he is overdue. He gathered his few belongings and some gifts from other monks, greeted his brothers farewell, and set off to meet Koya, to follow her wherever she goes, and maybe find what he is looking for.

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Balthazar has a good relationship with his brothers, but feels like he has let them down. To be fair, his brothers also feel like Balthazar has failed so far, but are gentle and never bring up the subject. They feel sorry for Balthazar and hope he manages to improve himself in his new endeavour. Other monks are not so kind and think the monastery will be better off without a dead weight like Balthazar, as they put it.

Appearance:
Balthazar stands 6’2” and weighs around 160 lbs. He is a strong, well-built middle-aged man, almost reaching old age, as evidenced by his natural baldness and some grey hairs in his dense beard. He walks around wearing his monk robes and calmly riding and old, grey donkey he calls Errol. His sad and taciturn expression has faded since he left the monastery, and Balthazar now wears a constant smile over his face, savoring every new experience with an open mind. That doesn’t mean he has thrown years of teachings away: he remains a very disciplined man and has held on to his vows.

Monastery of the Sacred Mountain:
As with all monastic orders, discipline and self-control are paramount in the Monastery of the Sacred Mountain. The mountain's endurance is the measure of a man's own strenght, and the three pillars of life, body, soul and mind, must be as solid as the sacred rock. Thus, the three vows represent the tenets of the sacred mountain: the vow of truth is the test of the soul, for lies and deceit are the first steps in the path of damnation; the vow of celibacy is the test of the body, which must be pure and immaculate as stone, lest its structure erode weakened by menial pleasures; and the last one is the vow of silence, the test of the mind, for renouncing speak is embracing your own ideas from within and willing them into being, without physical means. To build each pillar, the path to enlightenment includes religious and secular teachings to estimulate the mind and critical thinking; physical training, anatomy lessons and martial arts from every corner of the world to generate a precise spacial perception and a fit and healthy body, and meditation and concentration in order to connect the soul to the ki force that permeates the universe. Perfection is attained when resolve of body, mind and soul are so strong that they become immovable like the mountain, and eternal. Balthazar is yet to take the vow of silence, and, much to his discomfort, is still in the early stages of his path.


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