About Kayla - Black scorpion
Kayla aka Black Scorpion
Catchphrase: I put the "cute" in execute
Female dread gnome ninja 8/slayer 4 (Gestalt 1.5) (Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide 53, Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Combat 13)
Base Atk +6/+1; CMB +6; CMD 20
Traits hard to kill, uskwood hunter (nidal)
Skills moved 1 skill points from adventuring to background
Languages Common, Draconic, Elven, Gnome, Sylvan, Tien
At 6th level, the butterfly blade gains the knockout class feature, as per a brawler of his class level – 2.
When wielding a weapon in your off-hand, Deadly Agility will add the same fraction of Dexterity as you normally would for Strength.
If a slayer deals sneak attack damage to a target, he can study that target as an immediate action, allowing him to apply his studied target bonuses against that target (including to the normal weapon damage roll).
At 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th levels, the bonuses on weapon attack, damage rolls, and skill checks and to slayer DCs against a studied target increase by 1. In addition, at each such interval, the slayer is able to maintain these bonuses against an additional studied target at the same time. The slayer may discard this connection to a studied target as a free action, allowing him to study another target in its place.
At 7th level, a slayer can study an opponent as a move or swift action.
Deep in the heart of Nidal, the lands of shadows, there exists a Ninja clan. Calling themselves “The shadowhand Assassins” Formed centuries ago by an offshoot of gnomes known as dread gnomes. These miniature killers would conduct numerous “jobs” to protect the Umbral court.
This was the world that Kayla was born into. A place of shadow and mystery. Kayla began her journey as a Shadowhand almost as soon as she was able to walk. She trained hard and learned many of the secrets of theses shadowy lands.
Kayla fist began her journey into the world of assassination by being nothing more than a spy, a scout for the more skilled assassins. She would tail intended marks and report their locations.
Eventually she was accepted and began her training as a “sword sage” the sword arm of the Shadow Hand assassins. She became very adept at her use of the blade as well as ways to bring down larger foes.
Over the years the Shadowhand expanded throughout Golarion but they always managed to stay low key enough to avoid making any enemies. Until they had a run in with The Red Mantis.
The Red Mantis were out to take care of some business in Korvosa when by happenstance, a group of Shadowhands had a similar mission. A well to do Noble apparently set the shadowhand up in an effort to save his own skin.
The Red mantis proved their superiority and the Shadowhand group was killed.
Kayla was among the group to clean up the mess and protect the secrecy of the shadow hands. It was there she got a glimpse of a member of the infamous Red Mantis. She was intrigued but continued on her duties.
Her Master, White Tiger, then asked for one among them to infiltrate the Red mantis. Try and become one of them. Learn their secrets so the Shadow hand could eventually seize control.
Kayla stepped forward. She had learned of a way in from someone in Korvosa and thought it a good way to garner her master’s favor.
Kayla’s informant introduced her to a Red Mantis “recruiter” and she managed to become an initiate. Following the rules as best she could and learning the skills they had to teach, Kayla did all she could to avoid detection. But the Red Mantis did not come to be so influential and deadly without being vigilant. She was discovered and was to be executed.
But one man stepped forward. He presented a case in her defense before the Blood Mistress. If Kayla swore loyalty to the Red Mantis she would be allowed to remain. Kayla never knew his true name, she only knew him as Talon.
Knowing that to return to the Shadowhand now would mean her death. And to refuse the offer would mean her death, Kayla had little choice. Still she weighed her options carefully.
After some thought, Kayla agreed to swear allegiance to the Red Mantis. Though she would never become a true Red Mantis, she knew that she could still prove useful.
The Blood Mistress was not exactly pleased with Kayla’s choice but she honored the agreement. But Kayla would have to prove her loyalty. To bring back the head of her former master and destroy the Shadowhand clan.
Kayla agreed and returned to her clan. She was welcomed as she did bring information for her master. She was brought before him, and in secret she was to share all that she had learned. Instead, while the two were alone, Kayla managed to find an opening and ran her sword through her master’s chest. As he lay there bleeding out, in his dying breath, managed to summon his Ki to start to close the wounds. With a wave of Kayla’s hand her innate magic re-opened the wound and soon her master was dead.
She removed his head and slipped away back to the Red Mantis.
The Blood Mistress was pleased and Kayla was allowed to remain with the Red mantis. Though she knew the Shadowhand were still out there. And now she was marked for death by them. But unlike their other targets, Kayla knew their tricks, she knows how they hunt. She was once one of them.
Kayla accepted Talon, the one who stood for her before the Blood Mistress, as her new master; she is indebted to him for life. but despite this, she wanted her freedom, it would just be a matter of time.
It soon was clear what Talon wanted, He turned to Kayla giving her, her first mission. Something has come to our attention in the Shackles, a mysterious dungeon that may hold the secret to enormous power, a place known as Rappan Athuk.
what does this have to do with me? Kayla asked.
Simple, Talon answered, The Red Mantis cannot be seen to be directly involved with anything going on there. That is where you come in. infiltrate a group entering this Rappan Athuk. Find out what you can about the place and keep it from getting into the hands of our enemies.
But Why me? her questions continued.
You are not Red Mantis, However, you will be able to ensure Plausible deniability. We will work to provide you a contact in the nearby port town of Mistthorne. Talon tosses Kayla a pouch of coin, This will cover your cost of travel. And remember, who you work for and do not betray us.
Kayla took the coin and headed out. If this power will help me escape, then I intend to make use of it myself. she thought to herself. Perhaps Talon realizes this and that is the real reason for assigning her to this mission.
parts of backstory for player knowledge not character knowledge:
Her thoughts are correct, Talon hopes that Kayla will find her freedom.
Talon is helping her because he is undercover for the Umbral Court from Nidal and recognizes Kayla and the Shadowhand.
images and rules:
1 no laughing at her
2 no patting her on the head or tussling the hair!
3 no grabbing or trying to put her into sexy outfits
4 she is not your maid
5 no comments on the size of her ... never mind
6 she gets first dibs whenever sweets are served
7 to be her friend, learn to make curry
Her tag line: “you have never been assassinated by anyone as cute as me”
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