About Leon Cross
Race: Dhampir | Size: M | Class/Levels: Ninja 1 Shadow Assassin* 4
MW Studded Leather:
Armor bonus: +3
Dex Bonus: +5
Armor Check: -0
Notes: acrobatic Dodge 7/7
Base Attack Bonus: +3 | Initiative: +4/+6| CMB: +8
- Attack Bonus: 10/14
- Damage: 1 d8 + 6/8 9 10/12 + sa 1d6
- Critical: 18-20 x2
- Type: S
- Weight: 6lbs
- Location: Right shoulder
Cold Iron Wakizashi:
- Attack Bonus: 8/12
- Damage: 1 d6 + 5/9 + sa 1d6
- Critical: 18-20 x2
- Type: S/P
- Weight: 2lbs
- Location: Lower Back
push knives (daggers):
- Attack Bonus: 8/12
- Damage: 1 d4 + 5/9 + sa 1d6
- Critical: 20 x2
- Type: S/P
- Weight: 1lbs
- Location: hidden in back of belt
- Attack Bonus: 8/12
- Damage: 1 d4 + 4/8 + sa 1d6
- Critical: x2
- Type: P
- Weight: 2lbs
- Location: Right boot
Arm Blade MW:
- Attack: +9/13
- Damage: 1 d6 + 5/9 + sa 1d6
- Critical: 19/20 x2
- Type: P
- Location: Right arm
- Attack Bonus: 7
- Damage: 1 d6 + sa 1d6
- Critical: x3
- Type: p
- Range 60ft
- Ammo: 10 common arrows; 5 blunt; 5 grappling
- Weight: 2
- Attack Bonus: 8/3 - 12/7
- Damage: 1 d3 + 5/9 +1d6sa
- Critical: x2
- Type: p/s/b
- Acrobatics (Dex) 5 + 3 + 4 + 9 = 21
- Bluff (Cha) 1 + 3 + 0 + 4 = 7
- Climb (Str) 1 + 3 + 5 + 2 = 10
- Craft (alchemy Int) 2 + 3 + 0 + 2 = 7
- Disable Device (Dex) 5 + 3 + 4 + 2 = 13
- Intimidate (Cha) 4 + 3 + 0 + 2 = 9
- Linguistics (Int) 2 + 3 + 0 + 0= 5
- Perception (Wis) 4 + 3 + 4 + 2/4= 13/15
- Sense Motive (Wis) 2 + 3 + 4 = 9
- Sleight of Hand (Dex) 1 + 3 + 4 = 8
- Stealth (Dex) 5 + 3 + 4 + 6 = 18
+2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, –2 Constitution: Dhampirs are fast and seductive, but closer to death than most mortals.
Senses: Low-light vision and darkvision 60 feet.
Manipulative: +2 racial bonus on Bluff and Perception.
Undead Resistance: Dhampirs gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against disease and mind-affecting effects.
Negative Energy Affinity (Ex) The creature alive, but reacts to positive and negative energy as if it were undead—positive energy harms it, negative energy heals it.
Light Sensitivity (Ex) Creatures with light sensitivity are dazzled in areas of bright sunlight or within the radius of a daylight spell.
Fangs: On occasion, a dhampir may inherit his father's fangs. He can choose to bite his opponent, dealing 1d3 points of damage as if using a natural bite attack. This racial trait replaces the spell-like ability racial trait.
Resist Level Drain(Ex): A dhampir takes no penalties from energy draining effects, though he can still be killed if he accrues more negative levels then he has Hit Dice. After 24 hours, any negative levels a dhampir takes are removed without the need for an additional saving throw.
Languages: Dhampirs begin play speaking Common. Those with high Intelligence can choose any language as a bonus language (except druidic and other secret languages).
Ninja/Shadow Assassin Youxia Archetype:
Combat Focus (Ex): At 1st level, the youxia selects one weapon with which he is profcient to be his wushu weapon. The youxia adds 1/2 his youxia level to his CMD when armed with his wushu weapon. Additionally, the youxia is considered to have Improved Unarmed Strike for purpose of qualifying for feats, and may make wushu weapon atacks rather than unarmed atacks when using Gorgon’s Fist, Medusa’s Wrath, Scorpion Style, or Stunning Fist.
Ki Pool: At 2nd level, a youxia gains a pool of ki points, supernatural energy he can use to accomplish amazing feats. The number of points in a youxia’s ki pool is equal to 1/2 his youxia level + his Wisdom modifer. The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive. A youxia who has a ki pool from some other source (such as the monk ki master archetype package) adds his total number of ki points together, and can spend them on any ki abilities he has access to from any source.
Ki Talents: As a youxia gains experience, he learns a number of talents that grant him new ways to spend his ki pool. At 2nd level, a youxia gains one ki talent. He gains an additional youxia talent for every 2 levels attained after 2nd level. A youxia cannot select an individual talent more than once.
Hammer Blow (Ex):As a swift action, after a successful atack roll with his wushu weapon, the youxia may spend one ki point to increase the damage of his atack by +1d6. The extra damage increases to +2d6 at 6th level, +3d6 at 11th level, and +4d6 at 16th level. The youxia may use this ability only once per round.
Deadly Focus (Su) +3
If the target of a shadow assassin’s deadly focus dies, the shadow assassin may clear his mind and regain the use of his deadly focus. Such focus requires fifteen minutes of rest and quiet contemplation.
Refocusing ends his deadly focus bonus against any previous target, even if that target should somehow be restored to life and attack on the same day. If the target of a shadow assassin’s deadly focus does not die, the shadow assassin cannot regain the use of this ability until he rests and regains all his daily abilities.
In many lands each clan of shadow assassin has a specific style it trains all its members in, and the secrets of those styles are closely guarded secrets the clan kills to protect.
At 6th level, the complex and confusing movements of the shadow assassin’s exotic weapon also grant him a +2 bonus to his CMD whenever he is wielding an exotic weapon he is proficient with. At 10th level this increases to a +4 bonus to his CMD.
If this shadow style is selected a second time, the shadow assassin treats any exotic weapon he is proficient with that has a x2 critical multiplier as if it had a x3 multiplier.
Shuriken Style (Su):
Talents marked with an asterisk add effects to targets of a shadow assassin’s deadly focus. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual attack and the decision must be made before the attack roll is made.
Evasion (Ex): At 4th level and higher, a shadow assassin can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takesno damage. Evasion can be used only if the shadow assassin is wearing light armor, medium armor, or no armor. A helpless shadow assassin does not gain the benefit of evasion.
Lvl1 bonus: Acrobatic Dodge
Lvl3: Shadow Stalker +2 initiative, perception, stealth, survival in dim light leave no trace
Lvl5: Weapon Focus katana
Clockwork Right Arm
Masterworks Thieves Tools
Masterwork Tool (intimidate ie. Torture toola)
Caltrops (2 bags)
4 potions of inflict light wounds
Poisons belt pouch:
Drow poison injury 13 — 1/min. for 2 min. unconscious 1 min./2d4 hours 1 save 75 gp (30)
Black adder venom injury 11 — 1/rd. for 6 rds. 1d2 Con 1 save 120 gp (10)
Cocky to the point of arrogance, often the first to take offense to the smallest of infractions. He is loyal to the death to those he deems worthy of such loyalty, though currently that only extends to his wife. Currently believes that morals are only useful to those who can afford them, and will do anything to keep himself and Aurora alive...even if it costs him his soul.
Short spiky black hair. Amber eyes that lose almost all color,leaving his eyes an almost crystalline glow to them. His body is sculpted muscle from long hours of practicing with a blade and other fighting tools. His back is covered in scars that look to have been caused by a whip he also has a distinct scar that travels from above his right eye down to his jaw line. He normally wears a pair of dark red sunglasses. Almost always wears gloves covering up his prosthetic right arm.
Leon Cross the only son of Vincent Cross of the necromantic kingdom of Cryx, who made the mistake of falling for a human named Lucretia. He was originally a member of The Dark Brotherhood a group of sellswords, assassins, and occasional merchants, well if you count selling your ill gotten gain as merchants. He left as soon as he discovered Lucretia was pregnant hoping to keep her and their child safe. It worked...for a time...while Leon was nine they were discovered on a remote island that Vincent believed was unknown. Three men burst in through their front door in the middle of the night removing Vincent's head before he could even react. Little 9 year old Leon felt something snap inside and he rushed the men luckily all human shock troops rather than some type of undead, and his sudden charge caught them unawares. He leapt at one of them and buried his small fangs into his neck and tore out the side of his throat and pulled his own sword from his twitching fingers. He managed to cut down one more solider before a pommel slammed into his temple leaving a myriad of spots in his vision he barely hears the sound of the sword hit the ground as everything went black.
Waking up was the last thing the young dhampir expected. But wake he did still in his parents kitchen. A middle aged man sitting on his kitchen table looking down on him with an insufferable grin. He introduced himself as Dilandau, a friend of his father's. When Leon didn't respond his grin turned feral and he slammed his mailed fist into his face which resulted in the scar on his face that remains today. When the darkness receded this time he found himself chained in the hold of a ship along with his mother.
It was during this trip back to their base in blackwater that Leon was given a choice...either serve The Brotherhood or watch as every man on the ship used his mother before watching as they kill her. He chose to serve as a cold fire burns in his amber eyes. As one thought pounds through his mind "revenge".
He spends the next four years being trained in the way of shadows. Learning how to kill without hesitation, without regret, without emotion, and most importantly ruthlessly. He is only allowed to see his mother once a month, and only long enough to be reminded of what's at stake. During this time he is part of a "family" a group of 10 other trainees some slaves others willing participants . At the age of 13 they are given one last test before they can proceed to being apprentices... Survive each other..
Everyone leaps from their small pallets on the hard packed earth and grabs up weapons. They've gone through so much conditioning that the thought that they'll have to kill the ones they grew up with for the last few years barely registers. Leon doesn't hesitate he knows his mother's life hangs on his performance. He makes one quick cut to his right neatly slicing into the side of someone he wasn't even sure who. Then everything faded into a blur of motion, pain and, blood. By the time the sun rose he was kneeling on the ground covered in blood some his own but most of it others. He knealt on the ground eyes empty of emotion doing only what was necessary to survive.
Things continued like this for some time as he learned how to manipulate shadows, the subtle art of poison use, and the most direct ways to kill someone. Also during this time he begins to take on assignments the number of murders to his name quickly gets to the point where he doesn't even try to keep count. The only place he can't hide from his deeds are in his sleep he often wakes with nightmares of blood and pain. He’d become a killer. He slept uneasily, so he slept light, so he was ever more dangerous. Because here everyone wanted to kill you or use you first and then kill you.
It was during this dark time that he met a light, Aurora. She was the same as him...and yet she had a lightness about her...she still had the ability to laugh and smile...Leon began to live for the moments she smiled. It hurt almost as much as the bright sun, and yet he craved those smiles so much it blotted out the never ending bloodlust he inherited from his father. Watching her move was like watching a dancer she didn't walk as much as glide he often compared her to a cat and she'd respond by comparing him to a wolf. Somehow even among all the darkness in his heart and in spite of all his pain and anger he fell in love with her. They had to hide it for if it was ever discovered it would be used against them.
One day there was the sound of explosions, Cygnus was attacking the city. Leon rushed to find Aurora only discover she had heard before he did and had already gathered their weapons from the armory a dead guard lay on the ground his throat slit his hands no where near his weapon. They hurried to where his mother was held only to discover she lay murdered by Dilandau his grin still on his face as he licked the remains of blood from his fingertips. Leon flew into a rage as he rushed the vampire, Aurora followed him two bladed sai made of pure shadows in her hands.
Dilandau blocked their first attacks and kicked out with his foot catching Leon square in the chest breaking at least two ribs. He lay there gasping struggling to catch his breath as beautiful deadly Aurora fought to defend him. He watched in horror as Dilandau's blade passed by her guard and was traveling towards her neck. With out even knowing how he moved Leon found himself knocking Aurora to the ground and taking the blade to his right arm just below his shoulder nearly losing the arm entirely as he rammed his short sword into Dilandau's heart.
He grabbed the one possession his mother still had a pendant she wore around her neck. He pocketed the necklace completely unable to use his right arm. Which they managed to stop the bleeding of by use of a potion but he had no feeling there. They managed to sneak on with the refuges the Cygnian military were taking. After arriving in Cygnus Leon went to the best healers they had but they couldn't do anything for his arm. It seemed the flesh was already dead and there was no way to return it to its former functions. It wasn't until they heard of an experimental process that more often than not left the patient dead from pain but those that survived were given new limbs. Clock work prosthetics. Leon went through the process first having his arm completely removed and then a new one attached to his nervous system the pain was blinding the only thing that kept him sane during it was Aurora's hand gripping his left. When he awoke he could move his right arm as well as he used to...though it still had no feeling but it was better than nothing. He began to train with his new limb until it became as normal to him as his old arm.
It was at this point when they heard a rumor that a Cygnian privateer had begun to sell slaves to Cryx and the Imperium. Leon and Aurora quickly signed on with a mercenary group who would help bring them to ground. After that mission they took Cygnus as their newly adopted home where they now live as a married couple taking mercenary work especially if it involves fighting Cryx.