About Adoros Porphyria
ADOROS PORPHYRIA CR 4
You were the addict. You blame Gaedren for your brush with death and hate how his drugs are causing similar problems among other youths. Fortunately, your body recovers quickly from toxins, and you have a +1 bonus on Fortitude saving throws.
Tactician You know how to take advantage of enemies who are unprepared for your assault.
Benefits: You gain a +1 trait bonus on initiative checks. In addition, once per day when you make an attack of opportunity, you gain a +2 trait bonus on the attack roll.
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Total Weight: 64 lb.
Order of the Cockatrice
A cavalier who belongs to this order serves only himself, working to further his own aims and increase his own prestige. Cavaliers of this order tend to be selfish and concerned only with personal goals and objectives.
Edicts The cavalier must keep his own interests and aims above those of all others. He must always accept payment when it is due, rewards when earned, and an even (or greater) share of loot. The cavalier must take every opportunity to increase his own stature, prestige, and power.
Challenge Whenever an order of the cockatrice cavalier issues a challenge, he receives a +1 morale bonus on all melee damage rolls made against the target of his challenge as long as he is the only creature threatening the target (not counting his mount). This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the cavalier possesses.
Skills An order of the cockatrice cavalier adds Appraise (Int) and Perform (Cha) to his list of class skills. In addition, an order of the cockatrice cavalier adds his Charisma modifier to the DC on another creature's attempt to demoralize him through Intimidate (in addition to his Wisdom modifier, as normal).
Order Abilities A cavalier that belongs to the order of the cockatrice gains the following abilities as he increases in level.
Braggart (Ex) At 2nd level, the cavalier can spend a standard action to extol his own accomplishments and battle prowess. He receives Dazzling Display as a bonus feat. He does not need a weapon in hand to use this ability. The cavalier receives a +2 morale bonus on melee attack rolls made against demoralized targets.
Steal Glory (Ex) At 8th level, the cavalier can steal the glory from another creature's successful strike. Whenever a creature other than the cavalier scores a critical hit against a target that the cavalier is threatening, he can make an attack of opportunity against the same target.
Moment of Triumph (Ex) At 15th level, the cavalier can, as a free action, declare a moment of triumph. For 1 round, the cavalier receives a competence bonus equal to his Charisma modifier on all ability checks, attack rolls, damage rolls, saving throws, and skill checks. This bonus is also added to his AC. In addition, any critical threats he makes are automatically confirmed. The cavalier can use this ability once per day.
Adoros was born the fourth son of Valdoris Porphyria, heir of the Porphyria family. His mother was Lamora Thrune from a minor branch of that noble house. The Porphyria family had for many years attempted to obtain recognition from the crown of Cheliax, only gaining that vaulted status when the head of the family was able to gain the throne of Korvosa for seven pitiful years. Phorphyria's fall from grace when the family was ran out of Korvosa following the Arbati line reclaiming the throne has been a black spot upon their name for the last few decades.
Adoros was raised with the notion that the family should be receiving more recognition then they currently possess, a feeling drilled into him by his ambitious mother. Thus did the youngest son of Porphyria grow into an arrogant and power-hungry young man. When he was old enough to obtain his family's permission to make a name for himself in the world, Adoros immediately set out to learn from several of his uncles in the Hellknights how to command fear and respect from those beneath his rank. Training as a squire, Adoros was eventually able to learn enough to feel he was ready to reclaim his family's lost respect. He was given the gift of a newly minted firearm by one of his uncles, a spoil of battle taken from a Alkenstar smuggler operating in Westcrown, as a parting gift before he booked passage on the first vessel to Korvosa.
However, Desna would play a cruel joke as in the first two weeks within the city, Adoros was introduced to a most vile drug, Shiver. No stranger to the light narcotics that his peers enjoyed from time to time, the young Chelish man was no match for the strong dreams and alluring addiction the drug produced. His descent was a quick spiral into near poverty as he sold most of his jewels and luxury possessions to buy his next hit. Rock bottom came when he sold his prized musket to a man by the name of Lamm for more shiver. However, this hit of shiver was tainted by toxic additives that Lamm used to expand his supply that brought Adoros to the edge of death. In a short term coma, when Adoros was finally able to fight his way out of the induced drug dreams it was enough of a wake up call to break the substances hold over his mind and body.
Adoros spent a few days getting clean before his anger that the worm, Lamm, almost killed him and now possessed his gun was enough to make him stalk off looking for the man to wring his wrinkly neck.
Adoros is of good stock which is clearly viewable in the fine bone structure of his face, his perfect nose, strong chin, and head of sun-kissed blond hair. Other than a slight paleness to his complexion and weight loss from his recent bout with drug addiction, his physique is still in fit condition. Adoros generally wears clothes of a fine cut even when trying to appear like someone of a lower class.
Current Living Situation and Notable Allies:
Current Living Situation: Adoros is currently living in a small studio apartment near the Whitecaps in the Northgate district of North Point. He has only a few days left before rent is due again and not the funds to pay it since nearly everything of value he owns has been sold to feed his recently overcome drug addiction. His family isn't currently aware he is in Korvosa (as they would panic and have him shipped back home if they did) so he can't count on their significant bank account to bail him out.
Theron Maldonado: A young, popinjay Taldane national living in Korvosa that befriended Adoros soon after the Chelish man came to the city. He is chiefly responsible for diverting Adoros' original mission of reclaiming his family's good name into a spiraling descent of gambling, drinking, and drugs (including Shiver).
The Good, the Bad, and the Lamm:
The alleyway stunk as if an entire ship's cargo hold of fish had been laid out in the sun and allowed to rot for a few weeks. Adoros rubbed at his nose in disgust as he waited in the heaps of refuse. His blood-shot eyes nervously swept back and forth down the shaded path.
He was waiting for a man that an acquaintance of the sister of a friend had put him into contact with the previous night. His dealer had run dry and Adoro hadn't tasted a hit of Shiver for two days. The shakes were on him bad as another deep shudder wracked his body, refreshing the ache in his bones.
A nearby pile of trash moved suddenly as a young boy, no more than eight summers old, wormed his way out of the food castoffs and discarded, broken crates. The boy's grime smeared face looked up at Adoros with an almost predatory scrutiny before one small hand shot up in front of the man, "Got any change, mister?" Adoros scoffed at the urchin, making a shoo-ing motion at him, "Begone, whelp. I'm too b..b..busy to bother with you right now."
The boy sniffed, no doubt gathering the necessary phelgm to send Adoros' way, before closing his little fist and scampering away down the alley like some rodent. The Chelish man put one shaking hand on his brow, beads of sweat glistening on his hand as he wipes it away. He'd been sure that boy was some assassin come to murder him when first he started to emerge.
A moment after the boy disappeared from one end of the alley, a hunched figure came creeping through the shadows from the same direction the boy left. The figure stopped a few feet shy of Adoros as gleaming eyes examined the Chelish man from beneath a ratty wide-brimmed hat. Titling his head back, the figure showed himself as an older man who had seen better years, probably sometime around the falling of the Starstone. Adoros studied the man for a moment before speaking, "L..L...Lamm?"
The older man picked his teeth with a fishbone before rubbing his tongue over their rotten expanse, "Might be. Might be. I 'ear yer lookin' fer somethin' nice ter 'elp wiv yaaahr dreams. Thee got da shiny?" Adoros held out the remainder of his coins, only three of them gold, "H..h..how much would this buy me?"
Lamm eyeballed the paltry sum in the Chelish man's hand before giving him a good long study, the old man's eyes falling on the musket strapped to Adoros' back, "That ain't enuff ter catch a whiff ov me grandmuvver's backside let along 'ave a taste ov da good stuff. But I'm feelin' a mi' generous... Give us yaaahr fancy fire stick, only ter 'old as collateral mind you, until yew can pay da rest ov what is owed an' yew can enjoy a few nights ov bliss." The old man flashes his filthy teeth in a smile as he pulls out a small glass vial from his equally filthy clothing, sloshing its liquid contents around inside just out of Adoros' reach.
Adoros unslung his gun from across his back, clutching its stained wooden stock tightly, "This is worth an entire wagonload of S..s..shiver and you want me to trade it for only a single vial? Are you m..m..mad?" Lamm holds up his other hand in a calming motion to the agitated Chelish man, "Didn't ask yew ter sell i' ter me, did I? No, no, dis is a simple 'oldin' ov merchandise in good faif until paymen' can be rendered. She'll be returned ter yew in da same shape as ov now, I promise." The old man's voice was as oily as a sardine in a bottle of lantern oil as he keep the vial of Shiver dancing in his fingers in front of Adoros' face.
His mind at war with his body's deep cravings, Adoros looked from his gun to the vial to the gun to the vial, "Y..y..you promise nothing will happen to it? This g..g..gun was a present from my uncle. It has great s..s..sentimental value." Lamm holds out the vial in one hand while the other lies open palm upwards waiting for the gun, "Thee 'ave me word. A business man such as myself wouldn't 'ave much repeat customers if I didn't keep me word. Thee 'ave ter brin' da rest ov da gold an' she'll be yaaahr's again."
Adoros slowly pasted his prized musket into Lamm's open hand before grabbing the vial from the other. Another shudder passed through his body as he gripped the glass tightly in his hand. Lost in thought, Adoros barely caught that Lamm was already making his way out the other side of the alley. The Chelish man suddenly called out to Lamm before he was out of earshot, "W..w..where do I find you once I have the money?" Lamm raised the musket's tip overhead and made a circling motion with it as he continued to walk, "Just ask around. Thee'll find me eventually."
The old man let out a short laugh that was lost to Adoros' as the Chelish man was already walking down the other end of the alley on his way back to his small studio room. He had some Shiver again and it was going to be a wonderful night...