About Mathesar Leesma
As a boy growing up in Nals (the 11th largest city on Midgar), Mathesar had always dreamed of this moment, standing on the bridge of a starship, preparing to head out into the unknown to meet strange new races. Granted, in his childhood dreams he was almost always The Captain, or at least a department head, but his years in school, first at the University of Nals (a school renown for anthropology and geography), and later at a prestigious CSA academy have taught him that to even have come this far is a great accomplishment.
He is the very picture of an eager young recruit, willing to do any of the menial or dangerous tasks assigned him with a salute and a chipper “aye, aye, sir”. He hopes one day to master atmatics well enough to be promoted – those First Contact Specialists who can both understand and speak any language atmatically get the first crack at any alien race the Avanestra encounters.
Although his fellow ensigns sometimes kid him about the Captain Proton and Robur the Conquerer posters on his bunk or about his habit of quoting obscure plays in their original languages, they will readilly admit that he seems to succeed at almost anything he sets his mind to, whether impersonating a professor at the Academy, solving complex problems in a variety of fields, or romancing a Kajiiatan. The gamesters amongst them would give you 7:2 odds that he'll be the first ensign of the Avanestra to be seen with "some green alien coquette on his arm".
He devotes an hour of his free time each day to rehearsing what he would do if faced with the various challenges alien contact might entail - extreme hot or cold, underwater, high or low air pressure, non-verbal communication, and so forth. This typically includes placing himself in such extreme environments and then solving some sort of language-related puzzle given to him by a fellow ensign or former professor. His current list of things he needs to overcome includes speaking underwater, seeing in total darkness, and conversing via scent.
Acrobatics +7 (+4 fully armored)
Climb +5 (+2 fully armored)
Craft (alchemy) +9 (+11 if crafting)
Craft (other) +5
Disable Device +7 (+4 fully armored)
Escape Artist +3 (+0 fully armored)
Fly +3 (+0 fully armored)
Knowledge (Arcana) +11
Knowledge (Dung.) +11
Knowledge (Eng.) +11
Knowledge (Geog.) +11
Knowledge (Hist.) +11
Knowledge (Local) +17
Knowledge (Nat.) +15
Knowledge (Nobil.) +15
Knowledge (Planes) +11
Knowledge (Relig.) +15
Perform (Theater) +8
Profession (Xenoanthopologist) +5
Sense Motive +9
Sleight of Hand +7 (+4 fully armored)
Stealth +7 (+4 fully armored)
Swim +3 (+0 fully armored)
Use Magic Device +9
Knowledge (Arcana) - non-carbon-based life-forms
Knowledge (Eng.) - tech
Knowledge (Local) - sociology (general knowledge and observations of communities)
Knowledge (Nat.) - Carbon-based life-forms, ecology, biology
Knowledge (Nobil.) - sociology (assessing hierarchies of hominids within a society)
Knowledge (Planes) - astronomy
Class and Racial Abilities:
Proficient with all simple weapons, longsword, rapier, sap, short sword, shortbow, whip, firearms, and bombs and with light armor and shields (except tower shields). No arcane spell failure in light armor.
Once per day, a Rhaelian can roll twice when making a Bluff or Diplomacy check and take the better roll.
LORE MASTER: You may take 20 on Knowledge checks 1 times per day.
ALCHEMY: An alchemist can create three special types of magical items—extracts, bombs, and mutagens. When using Craft (alchemy) to create an alchemical item, gain a +3 competence bonus on the Craft (alchemy) check. In addition, an alchemist can use Craft (alchemy) to identify potions as if using detect magic. He must hold the potion for 1 round to make such a check.
BARDIC KNOWLEDGE: You add +1 to all Knowledge skill checks and may make such checks untrained.
BARDIC PERFORMANCE: Use the Perform skill to create magical effects for 12 rounds. Standard action to start, a free action each round to maintain. Only one performance at a time. The targets must be able to perceive the performance. A deaf bard fails audible performances 20% of the time, blindness causes visual performance failure 50% of the time. Failed checks count against round limit.
BOMB: You mix and infusing items with magic to create bombs that they can hurl. You can use 8 bombs/day. Throw bomb (20 ft) as thrown splash weapon; direct hit deals 2d4+5 Fire damage (crit multiplies first 1d4 only); adjacent creatures take 6 of splash damage. (DC 16)
BREATH MASTERY: You can control your breath and the flow of vital energy within your body. Without preparation, you can hold his breath for 14 minutes, after this you must begin making Constitution checks or risk suffocation. By spending a full-round action preparing yourself, you can increase this duration to 14 hours rather than minutes.
COGNATOGEN: The alchemist gains the ability to create a cognatogen, a mutagen-like mixture that heightens one mental ability score at the expense of a physical ability score. If the cognatogen enhances his Intelligence, it applies a penalty to his Strength. If it enhances his Wisdom, it applies a penalty to his Dexterity. If it enhances his Charisma, it applies a penalty to his Constitution. Otherwise, this ability works just like the mutagen ability (+2 natural armor bonus, a +4 alchemical bonus to the selected ability score, and a –2 penalty to the physical ability score for 10 minutes per alchemist level). Anytime the alchemist would prepare a mutagen, he may instead prepare a cognatogen. All limitations of mutagens apply to cognatogens as if they were the same substance—an alchemist can only maintain one mutagen or cognatogen at a time, a cognatogen that is not in an alchemist’s possession becomes inert, drinking a cognatogen makes a non-alchemist sick, and so on. When the effect of the cognatogen ends, the alchemist takes 2 points of ability damage to the ability score penalized by the cognatogen. The infuse mutagen discovery and the persistent mutagen class ability apply to cognatogens.
MAGIC LORE: You gain +1 on Spellcraft to identify magic items or decipher scrolls and may take 10 on such checks. You can use Disable Device to disarm magical traps. You gain +4 on saves against magical traps, language dependent effects, and symbols, glyphs and magical writings of any kind.
PERFECT RECALL: You have honed your memory. When making a Knowledge check, he may add his Intelligence bonus on the check a second time. Thus, a mindchemist with 5 ranks in Knowledge (history) and a +2 Intelligence bonus has a total skill bonus of +9 (5 + 2 + 2) using this ability. The mindchemist can also use this ability when making an Intelligence check to remember something.
POISON RESISTANCE: An alchemist gains a +2 bonus on all saving throws against poison.
Disease Resistance: At 3rd level, an internal alchemist gains a bonus on all saving throws against disease equal to his alchemist class bonus against poison.
BARD CANTRIPS: The bard can cast known 0-level spells without limit.
BARD SPELLS: Arcane spells drawn from the bard spell list. Spontaneous caster. DC 10 + spell level + 4
EXTRACTS: An Alchemist prepares his spells by mixing ingredients into a number of extracts, and then “casts” his spells by drinking the extract. Extract DC 10 + extract level + 5.
Alchemist Spells known (9 1st, 5/day):
Comprehend Languages, Disguise Self, Endure Elements (potionable), Identify, Polypurpose Panacea, Touch of the Sea (potionable), Enlarge Person (potionable), Reduce Person (potionable), Keen Senses (potionable)
Bard Spells known (6 0th):
Bard Spells known (4 1st, 4/day):
Wound Points 28
Bombs +5 2d4+5 ×2 (splash 6, DC 16 Ref for half damage) 8/day
UAS +3 1d3+1 ×2
Rapier +3 1d6+1 18–20/×2
Light Shield +3 1d3 ×2
Combat Expertise, Improved Unarmed Strike, Brew Potion
Reach Spell, Skill Focus (Sense Motive), Blind-fight, Extra Discovery (Smoke Bomb)
Auspicious Tattoo, Magical Lineage (Share Language)
UT (Universal Translator)
Zooksokan (proto-humanoid language)
Felinese (cat language)
Ithkuil (a highly complicated constructed language)
Tla'n (a fictional language from "The Continuing Adventures of Bo's'n Higgs of Her Majesty's Interstellar Patrol")
mwk Parade Armor (175 gp, 20 lb)
mwk Light Steel Quickdraw Shield (209 gp, 7 lb)
Rapier (20 gp, 2 lb)
mwk Backpack (50 gp, 4 lb)
Alchemist's Kit (25 gp, 5 lb)
Swim fins (1 sp, 5 lb)
Total: 864 gp, 59 lb
Light load: 50 lb, Medium load: 100