About Emil Snakecharmer
Emil was born in an orc tribe to a young orc woman who had been recently entreating with the neighboring town of Sandpoint. Unfortunately, he did not stay with his people very long.
Tensions with the local goblins tribes were high for Emil's clan, and rather than risk trifling with the goblins and their powerful worgs and maniacal alchemists, Emil's chieftain decreed that the tribe needed to move away, towards the Western Shores of Golarion.
Emil's mother, smitten with the human she had met in Sandpoint, refused to leave, however, she knew she would not be accepted in the town proper. However, a group of Sczarni living in a camp near town were more than willing to take her in, and so Emil's mother raised her son happily in a balanced state between the wild and the city.
When Emil was six years old, he was out playing in the forest, where he came into contact with a strange creature he had never seen before. The creature was long and slender. It looked almost like a root growing from the ground, but it was clearly alive. The creature turned to him, its eyes focusing in on him, and then it seemed to draw into itself, almost like a rope being coiled up. Emil deduced the creature was an animal, and reached forward to pet it gently, but the creature lashed out at him!
Sharp teeth gripped Emil's hand as he cried out in pain. The strange animal held him tightly and began to wrap its body around him, squeezing. But this wasn't a hug like his mother gave him. Emil found it hard to draw in breaths. He was scared. The pain in his hand was only getting worse, too. Emil started to cry, begging the creature to let him go, but that was a mistake. With each attempted cry, the child wasted more and more of what was left of his breath. Finally, something inside him snapped.
Emil was no longer concerned for his safety. He was in a fight for his life. And if that creature wanted to bite, well, it should be prepared to be bitten back. The instincts possessing Emil forced his mouth open, and for the first time in his life, Emil used his unnaturally large canines to violently chomp down on a living creature. The snake immediately released his hand, but kept its grip on him. The two looked each other in the eye, before the snake hissed once, seeming to notice for the first time what a large and powerful creature it was attempting to swallow. The snake slowly uncoiled itself and slithered away. Emil dropped to his knees, choking and gasping for air.
He went home and told his mother everything that happened. His mother was worried at first, but when he described the fatal embrace he received, she sighed in relief. "That was just a constrictor, honey. They're not venomous. As long as you got away, you'll be just fine."
But Emil wasn't fine. He had been really hurt by that creature, and for no reason! So the next day, Emil ventured into the forest to seek the creature. He found the snake in a tree. The wound on its back had not fully healed yet. Emil couldn't understand why, but when he looked at the snake, and the snake looked back at him, he felt some kind of connection.
Rather than attack the snake, Emil got down on his hands and knees, gently reaching out to the snake as he had done before. He wasn't a violent child, he had just been curious the whole time. And now he wanted to see if the animal was still angry, or if it had just overreacted out of curiosity too.
The snake seemed to calm itself as it watched the child's beckoning, as it heard his gentle words. The snake slithered closer to him, and Emil gently stroked it. He brought the snake back to the encampment, and asked his mother to help him treat the wounds.
The Sczani, who had been Emil's teachers and helped him interact with the humans in the city better, were angry and offended that the child brought a predator into their camp, but Emil's mother would have none of it. To her, the union was perfect. She could see from the way the snake allowed her son to hold it that it would not hurt anyone unless provoked, and to her, that was the same as her son. A dangerous monster on the outside, but a gentle and kind creature in reality. So rather than argue the point, she simply left the encampment, and sought to stay in Sandpoint. She purchased a very small house on the outskirts of town under the table, where Emil's father came to bring food and supplies and visit his wife and son every week.
Emil grew up with the snake, who he named Ratatosk, and continued to play in the forest. Though he made friends with a lot of animals, none was ever closer to him than his beloved companion. Emil learned the language of the trees, a secret that nature taught him with whispers in the wind and echoes in the leaves. And Emil knew that nature had truly given him a gift.
He discovered his magic when he was around fourteen, and able to freely walk around the city, returning any cold or distasteful looks he received. Ratatosk often draped himself around his master's neck, and the snake enjoyed hissing at cats and dogs they passed. Emil playfully scolded his pet whenever Ratatosk upset a neighbor, but otherwise he let the snake do as it pleased.
Emil is older now, and his magic has matured to the point where he is able to control it to some degree. He is waiting for his chance to make his mark on the world, and to discover what kind of man he will be.
EMIL CR 1/2
Male Half-Orc Druid (Serpent Shaman) 1
NG Medium Humanoid (Human, Orc)
Init +2; Senses Perception +6, Darkvision 60'
AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+2 Dex, +4 Hide Shirt)
hp 10 (1d8+2)
Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +4
Spd 30 ft.
Melee Longsword +3 (1d8+4, 19-20/x2) or Bite +3 (1d4+4/x2)
Str 16, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +0; CMB +3; CMD 15
Feats: Improved Unarmed Strike
Traits: Family Ties, Jungle Fighter
Skills: Know (Local) +7, Know (Nature) +6, Perception +6, Survival +8
Languages: Common, Orc, Varisian, Druidic
SQ: Nature Sense, Wild Empathy
Wild Empathy- Emil can make a Charisma check in order to improve an animal's attitude, similar to a Diplomacy check. He may make this check with a serpent as a full-round action with a +4 bonus.
Nature Sense- Emil has a +2 bonus to all Survival and Knowledge (Nature) checks.
Orisons- Emil can prepare up to 3 orisons per day and cast them at will.
Toothy- Emil's canines betray his feral blood. He has a natural bite attack that deals 1d4 points of piercing damage. This is a primary attack. (Orcs of Golarion)
City-Raised- Emil was raised in Sandpoint, and thus he is more comfortable with an urban setting and with human weapons than most half-orcs, though he still feels the call of the wild. Emil is proficient with whips and longswords, and receives a +2 racial bonus on Knowledge (Local) checks. (This replaces the weapon familiarity half-orc racial ability).
Intimidating- Emil is a powerfully built creature with a ferocious appearance. He receives a +2 racial bonus to Intimidate checks.
Family Ties- Emil gets Varisian as a free language and enjoys a +1 trait bonus to Knowlege (Local) checks. In addition, Knowledge (Local) is always a class skill for him.
Jungle Fighter- Emil is at home in the wilderness. His base land speed can never be reduced below 10 feet in any form while in a jungle environment, allowing him to always take 5' steps without provoking attacks of opportunity, even in difficult terrain.
Favored Class Bonus- Emil receives a +1/3 levels to his natural armor when wild shaped (Doesn't come online til 6th level).
RATATOSK CR 1/2
Male Animal 2
N Medium Animal (Constrictor Snake)
Init +3; Senses Perception +6, Low-light Vision, Scent
AC 16, touch 13 flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 11 (2d8+2)
Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +1
Spd 20 ft., climb 20 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee Bite +3 (1d3+3 plus grab)
Str 15, Dex 17, Con 13, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +1; CMB +3 (+7 grapple); CMD 16
Feats: Improved Natural Armor
Skills: Climb +10, Perception +6, Swim +10
SQ: Low-light vision, scent