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216 posts. Alias of Dreaming Warforged.

About Bertholdt Escheus

Male Human (Chelaxian Descent) Cleric (Evangelist) (4) of Iomedae
LG, M, Humanoid
Init +0; Senses Perception +7
Languages Common (Taldan), Chelaxian, Celestial, Abyssal.

AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 15 (armor +5)
HP 42 (4d8 (8, 5, 8, 5) +4 (Toughness) + 8 (Con) +4 (FC)); DR --
Fort +6, Ref +1, Will +7
Spcl Def. Countersong, Fascinate.

Speed 20 (Medium Armor)
Melee Longspear +6 (1d8+4; 20/x3) reach
Melee 2-h Heavy Mace +6 (1d8+4; 20/x2)
Range Javelin +3 (1d6+3; 20/x2 inc. 30 ft, P)
Spcl Att. Inspire Courage +1 (StA, hit and damage competence, charm and fear morale, 8 rounds per day), Spellcasting (CL 4, Concentration +6), Channel (1d6, 3/day).

Memorized Spells
2 (2+1+1, DC 15): cure moderate wounds, cure moderate wounds, bull’s strength + bless weapon // enthrall
1 (3+1+1, DC 14): cure light wounds, cure light wounds, divine favor, divine favor + shield of faith // command
0 (4, DC 13): create water, detect magic, light, read magic
SLA: endure elements (1/day, Trait)

Str 17, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 10; (20 pt buy, Human +2 Str, 4th level: +1 Str.)
BAB +3 ; CMB +6; CMD 16
Feats H-Medium Armor Proficiency, 1-Toughness.
Traits Fate’s Favored (+1 luck bonus), Touched by Divinity.
Skills (Cleric 2, Human 1) x 4
Diplomacy (Cha) +5 = 2+0+3*
Heal (Wis) +7 = 1+3+3*
Knowledge (religion) (Int) +4 = 1+0+3*
Linguistics (Chr) +2 = 2+0
Perception (Wis) +7 = 4+3
Perform (Oratory) (Chr) +4 = 1+0+3*
Profession (Wis) trained*
Sense Motive (Wis) +7 = 1+3+3*
Spellcraft (Int) tr *
* cleric class skills
Languages Common (Taldan), Chelaxian.
SQ Orisons, Domains (Heroism), Touch of Glory (StA, +lvl on Chr check, one hour max, 3+Wis/day), Bardic Performance (StA; 3 rounds / day; Countersong, Fascinate, Inspire Courage +1).

Starting Gold: 140 GP; Spent: 111.54 GP
Worn or carried gear
-Scalemail (50 gp, 30 lbs)
-Longspear (5 GP, 9 lbs)
-Heavy Mace (12 GP, 8 lbs)
-Javelin (5) (5 GP, 10 lbs)
-Silver Holy Symbol (Trait, gift from Dev Beolth)
-Signal whistle (8 SP, -)
-Traveler’s Outfit (1 GP, 5 lbs)

Pouch, Belt (1 gp, 0.5 lb)
-4 GP
-4 SP
-6 CP

Backpack (2 gp, 2 lbs)
-Waterproof Bag (0.5 gp, 0.5 lb)
-Chalk (0.01 gp) 
-Earplugs (0.03 gp) 
-Flint and steel (1 gp)
-Tobacco (1 sp, 0.2 lb)
-Smoking Pipe (5 sp)
-Bedroll (0.1 gp, 5 lbs)
-Rations (3 days) (1.5 gp, 3 lbs)
-Waterskin (1 gp, 4 lbs)
-Wooden Holy Symbol (1 gp. —)
-Scroll Case (1 gp, 0.5 lb)
-Scroll of Cure Light Wounds (50 gp) [2]

Framed above by a crown of sparse but coarse and disheveled dark hair, and below by a thick moustache, Bertholdt’s bulbous green eyes shine with zealous fervour. His mouth seems frozen in a skeptical expression, except when he’s concentrating or training with the spear, in which case it turns into a tight puckered expression of pain, from which his tongue always manages to stick out. His skin is of chelaxian paleness, broken by red spots on his cheeks that wax forth in strange shapes when he blushes.

Bertholdt sports a powerful built, but he moves clumsily, without assurance, as though his limbs grew too fast for him to learn what to do with them. He wears a simple brown burlap tunic over his armour, standing straight as his long-spear, ignoring wind or rain.

Though Bertholdt’s appearance lacks grace, his voice can still roar through a crowd, carrying with it the unwavering warmth and hope of faith. Yet he is still struggling to control it, and it sometimes shivers instead life a thin sheet of metal, sending shrilling waves of doubt.

Born in the shadow of the dead god Aroden in Westcrown, Bertholdt spent his early youth away from his parents, Delko and Marita Escheus, who served devoutly the new order and the devil prince Asmodeus. He instead spent these blissful years with his grandmother Fio, who taught him in ways opposite to his parents ethos. In the young boy, she sew a seed of goodness, guided by the edicts of the Inheritor. Rapt by their faith, his parents didn’t notice. But this could not, and did not last.

Fuelled by zealous fervour, Bertholdt’s parents decided to answer the call and join the crusade against the demonic host of the Worldwound and set forth, along with hundreds of others, to reach distant Mendev. During the long sojourn, Marita noticed that something was wrong with her son and tried to unweave Fio’s teaching, but the boy’s faith and fervour were set. The trip took many years, and took the boy’s childhood with it, as the chelaxian kids figured him out for weak and turned against him. He became a pariah for the crusaders, and for his parents.

When the crusaders finally reached Nerosyan and Mendev, Bertholdt, now twelve, was sent to the Seminar of the Holy Nail, an academy run by a retired hellknight named Gotres Het. The years spent at ‘The Nail’ almost drove Bertholdt to madness, as he was constantly tricked, heckled, and beat by the other boys and by Het. He ran off a few times, to a iomedan church nearby, but Het always tracked him down and brought him back, until one faithful night.

That night, candles were lit when Bertholdt stepped in the church, and a priestess was lost in prayer by the altar. She turned only when Het walked in. They whispered a few words, and Het retreated. The priestess, named Dev Beolth, took Bertholdt under her wing, and guided his Calling. Years passed. With time, and with puberty perhaps, Bertholdt fell in love with his mentor. She felt his love and tried to receive it with an open heart and compassion, but in the end, she had to send him away to Kenabres.

Kenabres, where his parents had been sent two years ago…

Who was really Fio?
What happened to his parents in Kenabres? Did they enter the Worldwound?
How will Gotres Het, or any asmodean, react if he hears about Bertholdt? Will they make the connection with his parents?
Why did Het let Bertholdt leave with Beolth?
Will Bertholdt ever meet Dev Beolth again? Can he win her heart?

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