Level: Monk 1
Hit Dice: 1d8 [Monk 1]
Favoured Class: Monk
Age: 19 years
Size: Medium; 6' 2"; 190 lb
Gayanashagowa is a sturdy young traveler with a beard that seems to grow more with each passing moment. His eyes are big and brown - his skin glows with youth and health. He has features typical of some of the barbarian men you see at the edges of civilization, but there is a calmness and poise to his manner which sets him apart. He wears a simple habit of homespun, unadorned material and a masterwork woollen toque which bulges under his abundant hair. In one of his mighty hands he carries a crude, heavy staff. A sickle hangs from his sash. He carries a small satchel and a bundle of gear slung on his back. His rustic apparel definitely marks him as a man of the country. If you look more closely you may notice that the dusty folds of his loose habit do little to conceal his powerful frame.
Alignment: Lawful Good
Every day Gayanashagowa excercises his body and prepares his meals with concentration and devotion. He is a solitary, simple and peaceful young man. He is reluctant to hurt people and animals, even in self defense. But he will do as he must to survive. He is shy in the presence of society - and is not very talkative. He loves and cherishes life. He has discipline and self-mastery to overcome passionate emotions like hate - except when it comes to Undeath- the thought of one's body animated in death is abhorrent to him..
The identity of Gayanashagowa's father remains a mystery. Throughout his childhood his mother always refused to speak about the man. She is a young and accomplished druid named Tanismeli. She came from a barbarian tribe (perhaps the Tiger Band - DM's discretion) and had fled her homeland when she was still a child herself and Gayanshagowa but a babe in her womb. It was a time of of great trouble and heartbreak for the two fugitives - but they managed to survive and settle together in a cottage at a forested edge of the Rostlands.
Tanismeli was a stern mother and was devoted to her son. She showed him how to survive in the wild. She taught him the arts of healing. She raised him to know rituals to care for the body, gather food, prepare healthy meals and purify water. Tanismeli would bless the boy in rituals at sacred groves ....but druidic traditions always meant more to her than they did to to him. Gayanashagowa developed an idiosyncratic and devotional attitude toward his body. For him the body itself is a temple. He has little appreciation for the idolatry of priests and druids.
Oddly enough, the closest thing to a father-figure in Gayanashagowa's life was - of all kinds of people - a strange elven woman named Celwae. Celwae was an adventurer from a distant land who had settled as a hermit in the nearby forest to retire for a while. She came to know Tanismeli and her son. After spending time and shareing hardships with them she came to love the humans.
Gayanashagowa developed a close relationship with the wise elf. Celwae practiced an ancient form of martial arts which she had learned hundreds of years ago in a monastery in the far East. She trained Gayanashagowa in the exotic disciplines which she had mastered and developed. It is a defensive-minded style of fighting involving tactical manoeuvers, quick thinking, trigger points, grapples and throws. Gayanashagowa was a receptive student and remains to this day a dedicated pratictioner of the rare art. Celwae also taught the boy how to read and write - as well as to speak in some of her elven language.
When Gayanashagowa reached his 16th year he approached the two women and declared his intention to leave the cottage and seek his fortune in the wider world. There was a time of disagreement and motherly worrying. Tanismeli was concerned lest her son not be wise or knowledgeable enough to survive in the wilderness. Celwae was concerned that he had not progressed enough in training, and that he was not battle-hardened or coordinated enough to defend himself. Yet what Gayanashagowa lacked in dexterity he made up for in brute strength and good sense. Both women were wise and knew that the boy had grown into a remarkable and capable man. They finally acquiesced and bid the youth a tearful goodbye.
Gayanashagowa has been on the road for three years now. He wanders from settlement to settlement seeking his fortune doing odd jobs. For example, he has worked as a shepherd, a woodcutter, a healer and a camp cook. Sometimes he runs into trouble and must fight to survive. He has taken some knocks but can fend for himself. The old cottage is now abandonded. Tanismeli and Celwae have since departed on adventures of their own. Occasionally Gayanashagowa will hear stories of their exploits from rangers and druids he meets on the way. The last he heard of them they had left for the Stolen Lands and dissapeared. When he heard that capable men were in demand to settle the Stolen lands he immediately set forth to Restov for a charter. Here is a chance to test is mettle, find adventure and hopefully learn what happened to his mother and his mentor.
Abilities: St 17 Dx 12 Cn 14 iT 13 wS 14 cH 08
Point Buy: 07*+ 02 + 05 + 03 + 05 - 02 = 20
Capacity: 86 lbs. or less 87–173 lbs. 174–260 lbs. [St:17]
Initiative: +2 [+2Dx]
Perception: +6 [+2wS +1Rank +3Class]
Hit Points: 13 [+8 HD1 +2Cn +3 Toughness];
Reflex: +3 [+1Dx +2Monk1]
Will: +4 [+2wS +2Monk1]
TRAITS, FEATS AND SKILLS:
Raised by a Druid(Camp Cook): Purify Food and Drink 1x per day
1 Points Heal: +6 [+2cH +1Rank +3Class]
Languages: Hallit, Common, Elven
BAB: +0 [+0Monk1]
CMB: +3 [+3St +0BaB]
CMD: 13 [+10Base +1St +0BAB +1Dx +1 Combat Expertise]
Base Armour Class: 15 [+1Dx +2Ws +1Dodge +1Combat Expertise]
Melee Attack (MA): +3 [+0BAB +3St]
Ranged Attack (RA): +1 [+0BAB +1Dx]
ITEM GP LB
Monks Outfit 05 02
Sickle 06 02
Quarterstaff 02 01
Dagger 05 01
Waterskin 01 04
Cooking Kit 01 02
Lantern 01 01
2 Flasks Oil` 0.2 02
Bedroll 10 15
Tent 01 05
Potion of Cure Light Wounds: 20 charges
Pocket Book -
Masterwork Woolen Toque - Woven by Tanismeli the Druid for her son
On person weight 25 Light
GP Value 31 gp