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21 posts. Alias of Lessah.

About Alexis Graavf

Alexis Graavf, Professor of Alchemy

Alexis really likes his craft. Alchemy is reliable, repeatable, precise and don't talk back - a stark contrast to people whom Alexis generally didn't like. They, in turn, tended to not like him back. It is not hard to see why, neither his haughty manners or ghoulish looks would win him any charm contests (unless of course potions where involved ...).

The fact that he teaches the almost mundane art of alchemy puts him near the bottom of the Acadamae staff's pecking order, quite literally in fact. The labs are located near the bottom of the cellar in the Hall of Crafting, officially to keep any major disasters from spreading too far. Unofficially Alexis notes that the most dangerous gases, just like the heads of those that decided to schedule his class at eight monday morning, are lighter-then-air.

However there are upsides to the secluded locale. The total lack of weather is pleasant during the rainy days and the fact that any annoying student 'accidentally' poisoned must rush up all the stairs to the infirmary is certainly amusing. (The few nice [aka that likes/praises Alexis] students usually get guidance before things go too far wrong. Or a sample of the emergency health kit located conveniently out of sight!)

Of Drakes and Doves:
How peculiar. Alexis noted. He didn't usually get doves on his desk. Much less carrying promises of power in exchange for 'services'. The weariness he had suffered from just moments earlier started to drain away, the mystery of the dove invigorating him.

"Inside the dove?"

He mumbled to himself. A challenge. Or perhaps test of character? Regardless, he grinned, it was not the drudgery of teaching snotty students the basics of alchemy. That hairy carpenter child was even more of a nuisance today. And his blue-hair idiot companion even worse! He shook his head and refocused on the bird, his smile slowly emerging again.

"Nixx - anaesthesia."

Oil of Taggit, just a few drops would do. The main challenge was coaxing it into the bird. Before long, the dove's breathing slowed and its eyes fell shut. Just long enough to ready some tea!

"Nixx - scalpel."

With the sharp implement in his hand, he slowly sliced the bird open over the stomach. The most probable location. he thought, unless the key was small indeed.

"Nixx - clamps."

With the incision done, he used the steel clamps to hold it open. Carefully he looked around. There! Something glimmered in the light, like how organs and blood never did. With a small smirk he pulled the key free. But he was not done yet!

"Nixx - needle and thread."

Carefully, carefully started to sew the wound close drying off blood as he went. This was undoubtedly the hardest part - any charlatan could slice someone open but only a true professional could put them back together again. When he was done, he admired his work for a long time. For the first time in weeks, he felt satisfied. He had his key and the bird still lived, a testament to his precise procedure.

But now that the challenge was complete, it had exhausted its use.

"Nixx - snack."

Half-Elf Wizard 7
NE Medium humanoid (elf, human)
Init +8; Senses low-light vision; Perception +14


AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+4 [mage] armor, +2 Dex)
hp 44 (7d6+14)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +8; +2 vs. Poison & Disease


Speed 30 ft.
Special Attacks - Poison Use

Wizard Spells Prepared (Usually; CL 7th; concentration +13)

4th— [open slot], Greater Invisibility, Minor Creation
3rd— [open slot], Anthropomorphic Animal, Contingent Action, Ice Spears
2nd— [open slot], Mirror Image, Accelerate Poison x2, Glitterdust, Cloud of Seasickness
1st— [open slot], Mage Armour x2, Feather Fall, Grease, Heightened Awareness, Stone Shield
0th (at will)— Scoop, Detect Magic, Prestidigitation, Arcane Mark, Acid Splash

Wizard Spells Prepared (Nightly expedition; CL 7th; concentration +13)

4th— Scrying, Greater Invisibility, Dimension Door
3rd— Fly x2, Contingent Action, Ice Spears
2nd— Alter Self, Invisibility x3, Detect Thoughts, Cloud of Seasickness
1st— Ant Haul, Mage Armour x2, Feather Fall, Grease, Heightened Awareness, Obscuring Mist
0th (at will)— Scoop, Detect Magic, Prestidigitation, Arcane Mark, Acid Splash


RB - Race Bonus
WB - Wizard Bonus
H - Headband Bonus

Str 11, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 22, Wis 14, Cha 7
Base Atk +3; CMB +3; CMD 15
Feats Skill Focus (Alchemy)RB, Poison FocusRB, Improved FamilarRB, Improved InitiativeRB, Improved Share SpellsRB, Scribe ScrollWB, Sacred Cheese (Toxic| Reach), Brew Potion, Craft Wondrous Item, Vile Leadership
Traits Bruising Intellect, Precise Treatment, Trained Medic, Warrior of Old
Drawbacks Meticulous, Condescending
Skills (56/56 + Headband) Appraise, Craft (Alchemy: 7) +19, Fly, Heal (7) +17, Knowledge (Arcana, Dungeoneering, EngineeringH, Nature; 7) +16, Linguistics, Perception (7) +14, Sense Motive (7) +12, Spellcraft (7) +16
Languages Common, Elven, Undercommon, Sakvroth, Draconic, Abyssal, Thassilonian, CelestialH
SQ Thinblood Resilience, Fey Thoughts (Perception | Sense Motive), Adaptability, Keen Senses, Elf Blood, Arcane Bond-(familiar), Arcane School (Conjuration: Creation/Extradimension; Opposed: Necromancy, Enchantment), Discovery (Forest's Blessing)
Combat Gear Headband of Keen Intellect +2, Cloak of Resistance +1

Handy Haversack:
Left Compartment
Blue Whinnis (8 doses), Oil of Taggit (8 doses), Dragon's Bile (2 doses), Belladonna (2 doses), Giant Wasp Poison (3 doses), Large Scorpion Venom (4 doses), Red Tears (8 doses), Confabulation Powder (2 doses), Baneberry (4 doses), Bloodwine (8 doses), Frostspore (4 doses), Potions of Cure Light Wounds (3 doses)

Right Compartment
Pearl of Power I, Lesser Rod of Extend Spell (1/3), Wand of Pernicious Poison (25 charges), Scrolls: Air Bubble, Endure Elements x3, Mount, Obscuring Mist, Keep Watch, Alchemical Tinkering x3, Ant Haul, Expeditious Excavation, Monkey Fish, Polypurpose Panacea, Invisibility Alarm, Detect Secret Doors x2, True Strike x2, Blend, Disguise Self, Magic Aura, Silent Image, Crafter's Fortune x2; Protection From Arrows, Resist Energy, Fog Cloud, Gust of Wind, Invisibility, See Invisibility x2, Retrieve Item

Main Compartment
Boring mundane stuff (tent, blanket, mess & food kit, flint and tinder, spare knives), Healer's Kit /w Surgeon's tools, Alchemist's portable lab, traveller's any tool, 500 gp of assorted gems, 500 gp of assorted crafting supplies, empty vials & bottles

Gold Expended:
100 (Frostspores x4)
90 (Baneberry x4)
200 (Bloodwine x8)
100 (Red Tears x8)
40 (Confabulation Powder x2)
200 (Large Scorpion Venom x4)
210 (Giant Wasp Poison x3)
50 (Belladonna x2)
180 (Oil of Taggit x8)
750 (dragon's bile x2)
240 (Blue whinnis x8)
100gp (retrain feat @level 2)
150gp (retrain feat @level 3)
2000gp (headband)
500gp (cloak)
5035gp (Extra spells: 16*15+29*60+10*135+240*7 & 15gp spellbook)
65gp (arcane average lock)
1000gp (handysack)
2000gp (mighty bite amulet)
500gp (pearl of power I)
3000gp (lesser rod of extend spell)
2250gp (25 charges wand of Pernicious Poison)
2000gp (awaken)
1000gp (suplies)
100gp (mundane stuff)
125gp (any tool)
50gp (healer's kit)
20gp (surgeon's tools)
925 gp (first level scrolls: 26*12.5 second level scrolls 8*75
150 gp (potions of Cure Light Wounds)

S = Specialist School
O = Opposed School
D = On the Druid list

Reference Volume

Pages used 92.5/100

0: Resistance, Acid SplashS, DrenchS, Detect Magic, Detect Poison, Breeze, Dancing Lights, Flare, Light, Penumbra, Ray of Frost, Scoop, Spark, Ghost Sound, Haunted Fey Aspect, Jolt, Mage Hand, Mending, Message, Open/Close, Root, Arcane Mark, Prestidigitation

1st: Alarm, Shield, Air BubbleSD, Endure ElementsD, Mage ArmourS, MountS, Obscuring MistSD, Summon Minor MonsterS, Identify, Keep WatchO, Alchemical Tinkering, Alter WindsD, Ant HaulD, Erase, Expeditious ExcavationD, Feather Fall, Monkey FishD, Polypurpose Panacea

2nd: Arcane Lock, Book Ward, Protection from Arrows, Resist EnergyD, Acid ArrowS, Euphoric CloudS, Fog CloudS, GlitterdustS, WebS, Gust of WindD, Shatter, Invisibility, Minor Image, Mirror Image, Darkvision, Make Whole, Telekinetic Volley

3rd: Dispel MagicD, Magic Circle against Chaos, Nondetection, Ash StormSD, Ice SpearsSD, Tongues, HeroismO, Fly

Private Collection

Cooking Darklands Style wrote:

This thick book is bound in a dark hide, probably of some darklands critter, and sealed with an unassuming lock. The front proudly declares 'Best dishes served with fungi!' and '7/7 Eyeballs by Aboleth Agely!' in a printed silver font.

'Property of Alexis Graavf' is stamped to the lower right corner.

Lock: Arcane Locked Average Quality Lock (DC 35)

Wards: Book Ward (CL 7), Magic Aura (appear mundane)

Pages used 93/100 (All spells Secret Paged into Prestidigitation with comments like 're-flavouring the mucus is the key to a successful dish!')

1st: Invisibility Alarm, Hold Portal, GreaseS, MudballSD, SnowballSD, Stone ShieldSD, Detect Secret Doors, Discern Next of Kin, Heightened SensesD, See Alignment, True Strike, BlendD, Disguise Self, Magic Aura, Silent Image, Vanish, InterrogationOD, Blood Money, Crafter's Fortune

2nd: Crimson Confession, Cloud of SeasicknessSD, Retrieve ItemS, Detect Thoughts, Share Memory, See Invisibility, Bestow InsightO, Misdirection, Silent Table, Pernicious PoisonO, Command UndeadO, Spectral HandO, Accelerate PoisonD, Alter Self, Mirror Hideaway, Raven's FlightD

3rd: Explosive Runes, Blood Biography, Contingent Action, Minor Dream, Anthropomorphic AnimalD, Secret Page

4th: Enchantment Foil, Dimension DoorS, Minor CreationS, ScryingD, Charm MonsterO, Wall of Ice, Greater Invisibility, Lesser Simulacrum, Shadow ProjectionO