HP: 64/64 79/79
Hero points: 3/3
Equipment and Wealth:
+1 mithril heavy shield
ring of protection +1
masterwork heavy steel shield
potion of cure light
medallion: pseudodragon's mark (champion of Korvosa) grants +2 diplomacy
1 potion of mage armor
Shakhan is furious. For years he was one of Gaedren's most prized fighters earning a bloody reputation in Korvosa's underground as one of the toughest, most singularly driven competitors. Not a slave to Gaedren's whims - Shakhan was the genuine article, a powerful veteran of the illegal cage matches.
It all fell apart a little more than two years ago, at the eve of Shakhan's retirement from the sport. Shakhan, following up on a long line of successive victories in a sport notorious for its unpredictability, was facing down his final opponent in a fight that drew the highest stakes the docks had seen in nearly two decades.
Shakhan lost the fight spectacularly. His limbs leaden, his vision blurred, he did little more than stand there while he was pummeled for minutes on end - transfixed by a poisoned drink Gaedren had offered him before the match, "for good luck".
Luck did indeed find him, unexpectedly, as he was left for dead in the gutters. He survived the poison, he survived his crushed skull, only Shakhan - the cage fighter - died that night.
But Shakhan, the man, survived. His injuries were grave indeed; his fractured skull left him addled - certainly not a simpleton, but his mind retained little of the sharp keenness it exhibited in his prime. His body suffered significantly as well, leaving little of his fighting ability intact.
He nurtured himself back to health over the course of two years; surviving in a dark subsistence in the slums of Korvosa. Where Gaedren had taken everything from him, the city provided shelter and scraps to eat. And time to rehabilitate.
Now, a good two years later, Shakhan emerges from Korvosa's backalleys. A shadow of his former self - but a shadow driven to reclaim his former glory and a shadow that will wreak vengeance upon one Gaedren Lamm.
Appearance and Personality:
Shakhan's expression tends to the grim and he carries himself with strength; but his experience as a prize fighter and years of recuperating in the slums of Korvosa have left him distrustful and superstitious, particularly if "luck" is involved.
He retains little of his former sharpness, but even so he is not shy of using any means to get an advantage in a fight. Allies are welcome in this regard - but Shakhan firmly believes that when you need it to be done right, then you got to do it yourself.
He wears his hair short, in a manner typical to professional fighters. The hair is a dirty pale blond that can be mistaken for an early gray; though he's only 30 years of age. A thick scar prominently mars his forehead - a visceral reminder of Lamm's treachery.
Potential level progression:
level 1 raging vitality
rage 2 superstitious
level 3 shield focus
rage 4 leaping rager
level 5 power attack
rage 6 bestial leaper
level 7 cleave
rage 8 guarded stance
level 9 cleaving finish
Hints and Reminders:
Veteran of Battle (Gorum) (trait):
You have fought in several battles, and each time felt the presence of Gorum guiding your sword-arm, making you ready to act at a moment’s notice. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Initiative checks, and if you are able to act during a surprise round, you may a draw a weapon (but not a potion or magic item) as a free action during that round.
Raging Vitality (feat):