About Yeronimous Nethysborn
N Human Magus 4 (Skirnir)
Init +1; Senses: Perception +0
AC 20, touch 11, flat-footed 19 (+4 armor, +5 shield, +1 Dex)
hp 33 (4d8+12)
Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +5
Special: Shield Pool
Speed 20 ft
Melee mwk warhammer +7 (1d8+3/x3), or +2 heavy shield bash +8 (1d6+5/x2)
Ranged mwk pilum +6, (1d8+3/x2)
Special Arcane Pool (6), Spellstrike (shield), Pool Strike (elemental damage)
Spells Prepared (CL 1st, concentration +6 DC 13 + spell level):
2nd (1/day + Arcane bond) - elemental touch, (defensive shock, levitate)
1st (2/day + Arcane bond)— shocking grasp, frostbite (flare burst, burning hands, magic missile, shield)
0 (4/day)— acid splash, detect magic, light, mage hand
Str 16, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 10
Base Attack +3; CMB +6, CMD 17
Sorcerous Shield, Arcane Bond (shield), Diminished spellcasting, Magus Arcana (Pool Strike)
Feats Shield Focus, Disruptive Spell, Improved Shield Bash
Traits Arcane Depths (Nethys) Fanatical
Skills Craft (shields) +10, Knowledge (arcana) +13, Knowledge (history) +8, Knowledge (planes) +10, Ride +3, Spellcraft +10, Use Magic Device +7
Combat Gear masterwork chain shirt, bonded +2 heavy steel shield, masterwork warhammer, masterwork pilum
Other Gear spellbook, old master's notes, component's pouch, cloak of resistance +1, flask of acid, tanglefoot bag, 50 gp
Yeronimous real name is Zeke Rubani. He comes from Osirion, where he was born and raised a slave, involved in the building of majestic temples. Once his hair started to turn white (something that happened at 30 years of age) he wasn't considered fit for hard labour anymore, and sent to the Katapesh markets to be sold.
There he was purchased by an old wizard, called Yeronimous Rentellion, to be his bodyguard. The man was a famous enchanter from Absalom, part of a Nethys conclave of powerful mages dedicated to study and preserve the balance between the different magical forces. This conclave needed protection, because its activities could have been opposed by the enemies of Nethys' cult. And a wizard's bodyguard is nothing without some sort of magical training. So Zeke started to dabble with magical studies.
Back to Absalom, Yeronimous was very good with Zeke, granting him freedom soon enough and taking him as an apprentice rather than a servant. Zeke trained in magical attacks and defenses, while at the same time developing his own shield and hammer combat style. At the same time he started worshiping Nethys himself, his eyes opened by the infinite potential than magic is capable of. A potential so great that chaos would ensue if not for people capable of controlling it.
When the dreams started, Yeronimous started working day and night to understand the phenomenon. The constant studies tired and worried him, but the results were very few. Zeke tried to help as much as he could, but his magical abilities weren't much compared to his master. Then Yeronimous mysteriously disappeared, only to be found dead from unknown causes days later. Most of his notes disappeared too, and the few that were found resembled scribblings and rambling of a mad man rather than studies of a magical phenomenon. After the murder, the conclave was dismissed for fear than someone or something was trying to kill all the mages in it. Zeke found himself alone, without a purpose, and feeling himself guilty for not being able to protect his master.
Then the letter from Prester Gallowsmith arrived. It was addressed to Yeronimous, not to his apprentice, but Yeronimous was already dead. Zeke did not know who Prester was, but decided to answer to the call himself, since it was what the old wizard would have done. He took the name of his master as a sign of respect, choose the surname Nethysborn, gathered what was left of the notes and swore to get to the bottom of what was happening, and to avenge his mentor's death.