About Xiuj-Hak-Leyng IV
“Go away! I have no liquors here for you
XIUJ HAK LEYNG IV OF THE SEVEN-GHOST-NEEDLES
Male middle-aged human (Tia.†)
Alchemist Extracts Known (CL 1st)
On The Payroll** (Ex): Leyng often served as a consultant
Xiuj Hak Leyng (ZOOSH HOCK LAYNG) does not
speak often of his life in the far-off academies, or the strange internal alchemies which his undying masters taught him in that place
beyond the farthest oceans.
Here, in a quiet hermitage softly rotting into the grey earth of the deep woods of the fog-shrouded Immortal Principality, the ancient-looking man called Student Leyng has spent the last thirty years of his life quietly plying a trade in the reduction of fevers, the telling of pregnancies, the secrets of gardening, and the occasional application of strange needles to the purpose of redirecting the life force within the body. Whispers claim, however, that within his shuttered lab are reagents which, when mixed in the proper sequence, can bring the dead back to life or restore sight to the blind, and that Leyng recalls the recipe for a mysterious elixir from forgotten lands which can call up a foul-smelling, many-fanged, iron-skinned yin-devil from within his very bones.
While many of these claims are naught but wild fabrications and uneducated misunderstandings, Leyng perpetuates many of these myths to
Xiuj Hak Leyng came to his new gothic homeland by way of gypsy
In time, Leyng’s skill captured the attention of the Professor,
Leyng looks much older than his true age, which he never divulges since he refuses to taunt the universe with how long he’s managed to survive lest it strike him down. In actuality, he’s only 49 years old, but looks 20 years beyond that. He shaved his head before leaving the east, but maintains a stark-white, sharplypointed beard and narrow, drooping mustache which immediately marks him as an exotic outsider in his current land.
He typically dresses in simple sandals, loose breeches, and a loose-fitting silk shirt bound together with several sashes which conceal or hold a variety of tools and weapons. Leyng stands only 5-feet, 6-inches in height and the compacted muscle of his tightly-wound body weighs 120 pounds soaking wet.
Leyng has an abrasive, spiteful personality, often presenting a sour face to the rest of the world when it intrudes on him.
While among fellow scholars and alchemists, however, he gradually warms to a more grudging, if not enlightening, conversation, basking in the glow of any compliments and flattery offered for his unique cultural outlook—which he deems superior to all others. But Leyng is also paranoid, constantly fretting over people out to steal his secrets, prying into his personal identity, or unwilling to acknowledge the quality of his alchemy and unorthodox healing
He makes a determined enemy, but also a staunch ally to those who earn his respect and reciprocate in kind.
Unfortunately, regardless of how others pronounce his name, Leyng yells at them for getting it wrong—even changing his own pronunciation of it to perpetuate such conflict for his own entertainment.
-At 2nd level, Leyng multiclasses by adding a level in monk to gain
combat skills he can complement with his transformative mutagens.
He adds skill ranks in Acrobatics, Climb, Craft (alchemy), Escape
Artist, Perception, Profession (gardener), Profession (herbalist),
and Stealth. He also selects Dodge as a bonus feat. Thereafter, Leyng
advances both as an alchemist and a monk, choosing the former
as his favored class and alternating between them as necessary.
-At 3rd level, Leyng advances once more as an alchemist, selecting the
precise bombs discovery so he can better target opponents without
endangering his allies. He also learns the formula for true strike. At
-4th level, Leyng increases his Wisdom while gaining another level as
a monk. He also acquires Scorpion Style as a bonus feat.
• Leyng serves as a useful sage for any party with his skills in
Appraise, Craft (alchemy), Heal, Knowledge (arcana),
Knowledge (nature), and eventually Profession (herbalist).
• Always maintaining an air of mystery with his Tien alchemy
and study of physiology, Leyng augments his healing skills
with a strange acupuncture technique known as the Seven-
Ghost-Needles. He swears by it as the most effective means of
reducing stress, healing injuries, and improving the blood flow
in support of a healthy life.
• Leyng constantly carries on about the importance of obscure
traditions which only he understands, quoting confusing
philosophies and flat-out gibberish (which no one can
adequately refute) in an attempt to get his way.
• Leyng often tests new compounds and admixtures on his
companions, willing or otherwise. These experiments almost
always prove harmless…almost.
*See Advanced Player’s Guide
**See Carrion Crown Player’s Guide
†Abbreviated, see “Races” in the official campaign setting book
††Abbreviated, see “Languages” in the official campaign setting book