Background Story? (Ulfen Human w / Fey Foundling and Noble Scion)


Pathfinder RPG General Discussion


The character's name is Gallen Ulfsal, who is going to be using his first level and Human bonus feats to take both Fey Foundling and Noble Scion (War). The main mechanical reason that I want Noble Scion of War is because I'm going to be using Oath of the People's Council for this character - and going first is going to be important in order to give all my allies the nice bonuses I want to give them.

Anyway, enough of the mechanical stuff... Here is the crunch I have, and then I'll give the fluff:

First two levels at least will be Paladin, though I might dip into Oracle for Nature's Whispers revelation and give myself a nice buff to AC while sticking with the Fae Theme - will see how that goes. He is also going to be getting the Fey Magic Human Trait instead of Skilled. 16 Strength, 10 Dexterity, 14 Constitution, 12 Intelligence, 8 Wisdom, and 16 Charisma. With pretty much everything coming from Charisma.

All in all - the idea was classic Irish/Celtic Mythology on Fae, with a mix of fantasy. The village his family was staying at got burned down in an attempt to assassinate his family in an attempt to frame it as a raid on the village. He ends up encountering a Gathlains while trying to stay warm and salvaging for food. She is robed and conceals her wings - just seeing someone in need and offers what little food he has to her. With a warm smile, she asks him what happened and gives her a straight forward answer. After some back and forth with each other, she decides to raise the now orphaned child - seeing it a shame and wasted life if he were to die due to the elements.

After living with her in the northern realms and having been raised by the Faerie woman, she decides that the man needs to train in a mortal village and grow closer to his own kind - despite whatever sting she may feel in her heart at his please for her not to leave him. Forced into the temple of Iomedae, it isn't long before her ideals start to seep into him due to his natural good nature towards others. He decides to take up the sword - not only to defend others, but to inspire others to defend themselves when need be.

What do you guys think? Too Cliche for the Noble Scion/Fey Founding? Anything that might add a little fluff to this?

Shadow Lodge

I like the element of being rewarded for sharing scant food with a "beggar woman" - I'd call it classic, not cliche.

I would elaborate a bit more on what comes after.

Did she raise him alone, and if so why? As I understand it Gathlain are typically social so if one was alone for a significant amount of time this would be unusual. If she didn't raise him alone, who else was around? More Gathlain? Other fey?

What made the Gathlain decide it was time to return him to his own kind, and under what circumstances did she leave him? Note that fey are perfectly capable of making this sort of decision frivolously, and that the character doesn't necessarily have to understand her motivations, but the character should remember how she justified it to him (or even if she bothered trying to justify it at all). Certainly the phrasing "train in a mortal village" is a bit odd since I wouldn't expect fey to understand the idea of training.

How old was he at each phase? (To me, Noble Scion of War suggests some of his martial training was actually from his noble family, which would start around 7 based on the medieval page system, so he was probably older than that when his family died - but probably not a lot older since Fey Foundling's flavour implies childhood experience. I might say he was raised by the fey from, say, 8 or 9 to 15 or 16, which sets him up pretty well to be a squire on returning to human society.)

And how did he end up in a church of Iomedae? Fey, including Gathlain, are highly non-lawful, so the deity of honour is a bit counter to that upbringing. Shelyn seems like a much more natural fit, or maybe Erastil if you're in a rural area. It's not impossible to believe, but you'd have to justify it.

For example: did the Gathlain, having a soft spot for stories like many of her kind, somehow get it into her head that her adopted son should be a knight? That would explain not just sending him back to mortals, but also sending him to the most "knightly" church.


@Weirdo - Thank you for your advice. I actually picked the theme based on old Irish/Celtic mythology related to Faerie-folk and the like. The main reason I am going with the Gathlain is because of their lore on how they are "one of the first peoples awakened in the the primal realm of the fey." (All the more reason I want a boon to play one).

Timeline... Yes... I almost forgot about that, woopsie. Btw, I might be adding a "little sister" into this backstory if I am able to convince one of my friends to join the Pathfinder Society. They might end up as a Sorceress or something with a similar Fey background. And if not - it's a second character I can play on a later date.

The main reason I'm wanting to be part of Iomedae is because of the Iomedae's Inspiring Sword. Thematically, Shelyn makes much more sense. Unfortunately, Mechanically, it needs to be Iomedae. I am thinking that - before being taken to the Fey Realm with his sister - he knew about Iomedae and her knights, and that is the stories he stuck with, and the reason his Gathlainian mother left her in the care of the Paladins of Iomedae.

----- Back to the main topic: -----
Timeline:
Age 0:
> Born into the "Noble Scion of War" Family.
Age 2:
> Little Sister born into the family.
Age 5:
> Began training and education as a "Noble Scion of War".
Age 7:
> Family visit an outskirt village for reasons.
> Rival Family raids the village in an attempt to eliminate their rivals and make it look like savages raided the settlement.
> The Siblings encounter Ailsa, a Gathain who decides to take pity on the pair and raise them.
Age 8:
> After a year living with Ailsa, she introduces the two to the other Fey in the Fey Realm.
> Gallen spins tales of the Knights of his realm, honor and chivalrous, who have hearts and souls of gold.
> Ninna is too busy playing with the other Fey children to listen to her brothers tales.
Age 12:
> Gallen has been officially adopted as the "Big Brother" for the Fey-folk, and often plays pretend as a Knight in armor.
> Ninna discovers her knack for bewitching spellcraft that is encouraged by Ailsa to grow and flurish.
Age 16:
> Ailsa has watched "her" kids all this time and realized that Gallen and Ninna have grown older with everything around them stuck in time.
> Ailsa decides that its best for "her" kids to return to the mortal realm so they can live lives with their own kin.
> Ailsa, driven by his tales of knighthood, drives Gallen to join the Paladin hood of Iomedae - and tells him to fallow the goodness in his heart no matter what.
> Ailsa, driven by her free spirited nature and interest in the arcane, drives Ninna to a magical school - and tells her that no magics are beyond her grasp.

Current Time:
Gallen - Level 1 Paladin (Oath of the Peoples Council) [Maybe]
Ninna - Level 1 Fey Blood Sorcerer [Maybe].

Obviously this is an extremely rough draft, but what do you think?

Shadow Lodge

Looks good to me - and a perfectly acceptable level of detail to start playing the character. But then, I tend to discover my characters as I play so if you prefer more detail before starting more power to you.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

You don't actually need to be a worshiper of Iomedae to use the Iomedae's Inspiring Sword divine fighting style. You only need to be lawful good, per the rules in Weapon Master's Handbook. ^_^

Also, if this is for Pathfinder Society Organized Play, note that the Oath of the Peoples' Council is not normally a legal character option for PFS characters (though specific Chronicle sheets may or may not affect this availability).

Grand Lodge

Seriously, I've followed Shelyn since my youth, and I still learned the fighting style of Iomedae. You can too, I imagine.


1 person marked this as a favorite.

Hm... Did they errata the Divine Fighting Style feat or had I just misread the feat prerequisites?

Wait... And I just did a facepalm because I've been reading from Divine Anthology and not Weapon Master's Handbook... @Kalindlara - Thank you for pointing this out, I would have never noticed the difference.

In my defense, when I was making my Vital Strike Ranger, I was informed that I couldn't take Gorum's Swordmanship because I was worshiping the Spirits of Nature rather than Gorum himself. (Looks like my Ranger has a new level 7 feat though).

In regards to the Oath of the People's Council boon - I've already got plans for that. Now whether or not I can reach level 7 and complete that said encounter before the end of Season 1 or not remains to be seen. Fingers crossed through!

@Allie Silverstrand - I think I might peep at your character sheet. I always like seeing other peoples takes on supportive Paladins.


Fey Foundling states that you were found in the wilds as a child so your nobility is more of a Prince of Egypt sort of deal. There is room in your character's story to make this come up like your sibling claiming that you are not nobility. This is also good for your backstory as it could add some depth to your parents as to why they adopted an orphan from the wilds.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
TheMonkeyFish wrote:

Wait... And I just did a facepalm because I've been reading from Divine Anthology and not Weapon Master's Handbook... @Kalindlara - Thank you for pointing this out, I would have never noticed the difference.

@Allie Silverstrand - I think I might peep at your character sheet. I always like seeing other peoples takes on supportive Paladins.

Yeah, a lot of folks get confused by the difference in the two sources. ^_^

Remind me to post the character sheet at some point!


@Thunderlord - Can I not have been a lost prince who was found after being raised by fey? It doesn't necessarily say how old I was when I was found.


1 person marked this as a favorite.

Woops, I hadn't seen your reply Kalindlara. I've sent a PM if you'ed like to exchange Paladin information.


TheMonkeyFish wrote:
@Thunderlord - Can I not have been a lost prince who was found after being raised by fey? It doesn't necessarily say how old I was when I was found.

You can flavor the feat however you want but I'm pretty sure the intention is that the bonuses and weakness to cold iron come from you being from the first world or being related to the fey, not just being raised by them. However, the time of birth and situation seem ambiguous enough to put whatever flavor you want, maybe the fey blessed you or magically altered you after taking you.

Consider the Fey Taken drawback, the penalties hurt but the flavor is there and you get and you get an extra trait. I've always found Heart of the Fey more interesting than Fey Magic and it doesn't have that scary looking "(2 RP)" attached to it.


Oh, trust me. If Drawbacks were PFS legal, that would be taken in a heartsbeat. Level 2, my saves would end up being +8/+3/+3 If I am remembering correctly, so the poison isn't too bad. Lol

Also, I never understood why some human skills have RP next to them, but it doesn't effect anything mechanically. Also, Heart of the Fey? Do you mean Heart if the Wild?

As for normal mythos related to Faerie, the people kidnapped or cared for them often have a residue of Faerie magic, which could explain the Cold Iron damage. Likewise, it could be explained that her children were given Fey Gifts before she sent then back to the mortal world. Taking more damage from Cold Iron seems more like w curse or secondary effect from a blessing, then it does behind hereditary.

(EDIT)
I just looked into Heart of the Fey, and looks interesting. It has most of what I wanted from Fey Magic (Minis the 3/Day level 0 and 1/Day level 1 spell-like abilities). I might take that instead, due to it giving me better reflex and will saves.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Note that, since the fey thoughts alternate racial trait isn't legal for Society play, a human trades skilled only for fey magic and low-light vision. Heart of the fey might be more worth using. ^_^


1 person marked this as a favorite.

@Kalindlara - I had not thought of that. Thank you for pointing that out. Looks like I will be taking Heart of the Fey instead of Fey Magic, it just gives so much more than Fey Magic. At least for what I am going for anyway. (I also suck at Spellcasting).

Community / Forums / Pathfinder / Pathfinder RPG / General Discussion / Background Story? (Ulfen Human w / Fey Foundling and Noble Scion) All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.