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About Salixin Veras

Salixin Veras (Blackwing the Magician) stands at roughly 6 feet tall, though his black, feathered wings are a little taller. His face is a stern one, and his eyes alternate between a cold harsh acceptance of reality and a wisftful gaze of remembrance. He wears a finely made studded leather armor, though the studs have been tipped with black enamel to prevent from gleaming, and suitable black and dark brown garments with a black cloak made partly from his own feathers. A brightly colored gold and purple scarf is wrapped around his waist like a sash, a few small rubies set like droplets of blood on the trailing part.


Most strix are satisfied to remain on their isolated island, preventing other races from interfering with their limited lifestyles. Salixin was never one to be so intimidated by the outside world and found a natural curiosity that led him to explore beyond the perimeters of the islands and cliffs of Cheliax. So one day he just stretched his wings and flew. He did not cease until he came upon a Varisian caravan where he alighted.
There he met Zathrelia Veras, a lovely varisian performer: dancer, pickpocket, and diviner who took pity on the clueless Salixin and invited him to stay with her. He quickly learned the varisian way and became a performer with Zathrelia. At first he performed mainly feats of aerial acrobatics, but the crowds grew bored with seeing a winged man fly. "Not enough danger", they said. "Tis too easy." In order to please Zathrelia, and to gain his place in the caravan, perhaps even his own wagon, Salixin had to think about ways to endanger himself to entertain the crowds that had grown bored with the sight of the exotic winged man. He learned to juggle knives, while flying in midair, then flaming torches, then juggling and somersaulting in midair, then juggling and somersaulting in midair while flying through a ring of fire. Each act thrilled his viewers, but the thrill never remained for long and Salixin found himself questioning why.

Zathrelia mentored him then, taking him under her wing. Before she had only provided food and lodging and basic training for the acrobatic feats he had undertaken. "You are too far away, dear Salixin. If they cannot see the performance, no one can enjoy it. Take the performance to them. You have added danger, but they see your wings and know you will always be able to avoid it."

The next day, Zathrelia and her acting troupe performed The Burning of the Witch Zahara, with Zathrelia being the one tied to the stake. The black smoke billowed thickly around the woman, Salixin cringed at the sight of the flames lapping at her feet, the sound of her coughing in the midst of the black chaos, screaming out revenges and curses against her accusers. A sudden flash of light in the midst of the fire, Salixin averted his eyes, looked back up again and saw that Zathrelia had vanished. The smoke cleared away and the crowd burst into applause. They never tired of these performances, where the performers faced death squarely and managed to defeat it.

This changed Salaxin's life. He never took wing again after that moment; demonstrating to the varisians and the audiences they performed for that he was as fallible as any. He was close to death as well. He learned to escape from rope bindings over burning coals, to catch thrown daggers in his teeth, and to do so with such grace and ease that none could tell they were practiced maneuvers. He began to challenge himself, to think outside the box. And indeed it was thinking about the box that he was thinking outside of that he stumbled upon the idea of a deadly box, one with a secret trap door to let the performer escape.

When the day came to perform this new illusion, he demonstrated it to the varisians first. He was bound in rope and locked in the box. And the box set in a burning fire. Within mere moments, he had escaped his confinement, bursting out of the fire on wings as a phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor. The show was very impressive. Too impressive for his matron. The student had surpassed the mistress, and in a jealous rage she tried to have him thrown from the only home he had known for the past 5 years, even throwing her hidden daggers at him in a fast paced barrage of deadly skill. In the performances, he could dodge them, grab them, juggle them even. But this was far mroe deadly than a performance. This was real. He still managed to grab one, flinging it back as he turned and fled from his pursuer. The blade struck Zathrelia between the eyes, killing her instantly. Few varisians saw the whole argument, but the killing blow seemed to have been witnessed by all. He ran back to the wagon he shared with Zathrelia, grabbed what belongings he could and flew into the sky, never to visit that particular caravan again.

He later wrote to the Pathfinders, hoping to join their ranks, and was contacted by a member of the Sczarni faction, who had seen that fateful performance, and had heard something of the attack that followed. Although he could offer him no legal protections, he offered him something he could actually use, the fearsome reputation that the Sczarni have, sending him the purple and gold scarf with small rubies to let all who saw him that he was a killer, protected by the Sczarni, and was not to be harmed. The Sczarni protect their own, usually, as there is some honor amongst those who cling to the Varisian ways of thievery.

With this protection, Salixin became known more popularly as Blackwing the Magician, who continued to focus on his performance abilities and more ideas like the trap-door box. He successfully crafted and performed with a disappearing cabinet, a magnetic levitation platform, a transpositional trap door maze once built into a stage for a series of vanishing and transposition acts. Of course, where possible, Blackwing introduced the possibility of death and carnage. The escape act was always the most popular. Nevertheless, he had a need for new illusions, new designs and his own mental capacities he feared had reached their capacity. Twilight Academy in SandPoint seemed a good place to start expanding those capacities. Hopefully he could find more engineering techniques.

Salixin hopes that he will be able to expand the imagination and the mental capacities of others by providing an example for beleagured minds. Although he has suffered much he is still aware that there is much that mortal minds are unaware of. There is still wonder and mystery in the world, and so long as that wonder and mystery remains, life will never be dull and the minds will always seek out new information.
Although Salixin is aware of his part in the death of Zathrelia, he is still afraid of the retribution by the legal authorities should his crime ever be punished. He knows his life will be altered significantly should legal matters catch up to him, so he does what he can to prevent that.

Salixin Veras (Blackwing the Magician)
Male strix daredevil (bard) 3 / rogue (knife master) 1
N medium humanoid (strix)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60', low-light vision, nocturnal, Perception +5 (+7 in dim light)
AC 17, touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+3 armor, +4 Dex)
hp 20 (4d8)
Fort +1, Ref +10, Will +5 (+1 vs mind-effecting effects, including fear)
Speed 30 ft, fly 60 ft (average)
Melee mwk dagger +2 (1d4-1, crit. 19-20/x2) or
Melee quarterstaff +1 (1d6-1, crit. 20/x2)
Ranged mwk dagger +7 (1d4-1, crit. 19-20/x2, range 10') or
Ranged dagger +6 (1d4-1, crit. 19-20/x2, range 10')
Bard Spells Known (CL 3rd, concentration +6)
1st (4/day) - cure light wounds, darkness, hypnotism, unprepared combatant
0 (at will) - daze, detect magic, ghost sound, mage hand, message, unwitting ally
Special Attacks bardic performance 7 rnds/day (countersong, derring-do, distraction, fascinate, inspire competence +2), sneak attack 1d4 (1d8 with dagger)
Str 8, Dex 18, Con 10, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 16
Base Atk +2; CMB +1 (+5 to steal); CMD 15 (CMD 19 vs steal)
Skills Acrobatics +12, Bluff +13, Climb +6, Craft (alchemy) +6, Disable Device +7 (+9 with mwk tools), Escape Artist +11, Intimidate +5, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +10 (+12 in dim light), Perform (acting: legerdemain) +10, Sleight of Hand +11 (+12 to conceal light blades), Stealth +11 (+13 in dim light)
Feats Combat Expertise, Improved Steal
Languages Common, Infernal, Goblin, Strix
Combat Gear potion of vanish (CL 3rd) (150 gp), potion of sanctuary, potion of cure light wounds (1d8+1), potion of stabilize
Gear quarterstaff, masterwork dagger (302 gp), alchemical silver dagger (22 gp), dagger (2 gp), masterwork studded leather (175 gp), backpack (2 gp), masterwork thieve's tools (100 gp), explorer's outfit, bedroll (1 sp), trail rations (10) (5 gp), waterskin (1 gp), 115 gp, 9 sp.
Agile (Ex) Salixin has +1 Acrobatics, Bluff, Climb, and Escape Artist skill checks.
Bad Reputation (Trait) Salixin has +2 Intimidate skill checks, and Intimidate is a class skill.
Bardic Performance (Ex) Countersong, Distraction, Fascinate
Canny Foe (Ex) Salixin has a +2 bonus to the steal combat maneuver, and to CMD against steal maneuvers.
Combat Expertise (Feat) Salixin can take a -1 penalty on melee attack rolls to gain a +1 dodge bonus to AC.
Dauntless (Ex) Salixin has a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against mind-effecting effects, including fear.
Derring-do (Su) For seven rounds per day, as part of a bardic performance, Salixin can inspire allies with a visual performance, so they gain +1 morale bonus on Reflex saving throws, and +2 competence bonus on Dexterity-based skill checks. Allies who move at least 10 feet during their turn gain a +1 dodge bonus to AC until the start of their next turn.
Hatred (Ex) Salixin has a +1 racial bonus on attacks against humanoids (humans).
Hidden Blade (Ex) Salixin adds half his rogue level to Sleight of Hand checks to hide light blades.
Improved Steal (Feat) Salixin does not provoke an attack of opportunity when performing a steal combat maneuver. He has a +2 bonus to the steal combat maneuver, and to CMD against steal maneuvers.
Inspire Competence (Su) For seven rounds per day, as part of a bardic performance, Salixin can inspire an ally within 30 feet to gain a +2 competence bonus on skill checks with a particular skill as long as she can hear or see the performance.
Killer (Trait) On a confirmed critical hit, Salixin deals an additional amount of damage equal to the weapon's critical modifier.
Nimble (Ex) Salixin has a +1 racial bonus to Reflex saving throws.
Nocturnal (Ex) Salixin has a +2 racial bonus to Perception and Stealth skill checks in dim light and darkness.
Sneak Stab (Ex) Salixin deals 1d8 damage with a sneak attack while wielding a dagger, kukri, kerambit, punching dagger, starknife, or swordbreaker dagger. Otherwise, he deals 1d4 damage with a sneak attack.
Favored Class (Bard) 1) +1 skillpoint, 2) +1 skillpoint, 3) +1 skillpoint