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39 posts. Alias of TheUnthinker.


Full Name

Khalil al-Shirin Duvan

Race

Human [Taldan]

Classes/Levels

Cleric (Evangelist) 1 | AC 14 T 10 FF 14 | HP 9/9 | F +3 R +0 W +5 | Init +0 | Perception +8

Gender

Male

Size

Medium

Age

32

Alignment

Lawful-Neutral

Deity

Abadar

Location

Taldor

Languages

Common, Kelish

Strength 14
Dexterity 10
Constitution 12
Intelligence 9
Wisdom 17
Charisma 15

About Khalil al-Shirin Duvan

Brief History:
Khalil al-Shirin Duvan stands out somewhat among the lesser nobility in Taldor. Not so much for his appearance, which isn’t so unusual as to be especially remarkable. Khalil’s Keleshite heritage grants him bronze skin and dark hair. Both of which are perhaps a shade darker than the Taldan norm. Instead he has stood out due to his conscious choice to not downplay his mixed heritage. In a country so uniformly dismissive of outsiders having his mother come from a formerly hostile nation was generally considered a black mark against Khalil socially. But as he would be the first to tell you, his mother was one of the most noble people he has ever met. His mother was a member of the Balanced Scales of Abadar, a group of Abadar’s servants who sought to reclaim ill gotten or lost wealth and return it to its rightful owner or use it to better civilization. Due to an injury she retired from the adventuring life and instead became a traveling merchant. That was how she found her way to Taldor and would eventually meet Khalil’s father. Khalil’s father, Volari Duvan, was one of the lesser nobility who had made some small manner of a name for himself from his daring trade deals. There are some who are still hesitant to work with Keleshite merchants after the years of warring and hatred between the two nations. But Volari and Shirin were both open-minded and happy to make a profit. Volari’s wife had died during childbirth, bearing him a son and heir two years ago. As Volari grew to know and respect Shirin he eventually introduced the boy to her. Seeing how well she treated him convinced him, he proposed to her and they were married a year later. It was just under a year after that when Khalil was born.
Khalil had a relatively happy and privileged life growing up. Before settling down his mother had worked up quite a hefty fortune from her days as a merchant and his father’s connections kept their family provided for. He grew up listening to stories of his mother’s adventures before the injuries that to this day left one of her legs almost unusably stiff. To put it simply Khalil was a momma’s boy. He was almost always at her side. To Shirin’s credit she did everything she could to grow close to Volstov, Volari’s first born, but they never grew as close as Khalil and his mother. Besides much of Volstov’s childhood was spent being groomed to take over the family, since Volari himself was approaching retirement age. As the second son Khalil wasn’t expected to inherit. That left him with a certain freedom. It wasn’t much of a surprise when he joined the Church of Abadar, in his own way to follow in his mother’s footsteps.

At twelve years old Khalil was able to officially begin serving as an apprentice acolyte of the church. Although he had attended various holidays and services with his family this was his first exposure to the carefully organized and structured world of the Church of Abadar from the inside. It was also his first exposure to some of his peers among the nobility. Church service was still considered a perfectly respectable fallback for second or third sons who weren’t expected to inherit so there were a number of people in positions similar to Khalil. Most of them were Taldan natives and they were his first exposure to the rather harsh and insular opinions of Taldor’s upper crust. Racism and sexism were new experiences for him, having spent his early childhood seeing his foreign mother as the pinnacle of achievement for so long. This upset him, but it didn’t shake him from his path. Besides, the church was quick to stomp on any situation that got out of hand, they expected a sense of decorum from their acolytes. So, the young Khalil took the jeers and slights as motivation to prove that he could be better than his short-sighted peers.

If it had not been for the accident, Khalil likely would have happily entered the service of the Church of Abadar permanently. After a year as an acolyte he had been raised to full cleric and three years later he was on his way to being named a Banker and given oversight of counting house when news about his father and brother reached him. His father and brother had been in the country hunting with some other nobles. On the way back home, their carriage had somehow veered off the road one night in a storm. Due to the storm it was hard to say exactly when or what happened, but the twisted remains of the carriage lay with their broken bodies inside when a rider passed by the next day. And so it was that Khalil found himself standing to inherit his father’s estates. Which was frankly idiotic. Even when his father had been alive Khalil’s mother had managed most of their affairs, Volari had simply trusted his wife’s mind for numbers and investments. Yet in Taldor while a widow was respected and supported by the community, it was the male child that was expected to inherit when possible.

He was ashamed to admit that when he first heard it, after the initial shock and sorrow he found himself feeling just a little angry about the situation. Khalil had, had a plan for his own life. He had worked hard and earned the position that was coming to him and now all of that was going to be compromised while he was forced into a situation that he had never truly wanted. But of course, he would never speak any complaint of that. He filed his leave with his superiors in the church, who for the most part were sad to see him go, but expected no less. He would always be a Cleric of Abadar or course, his faith was strong, and nothing could take that from him. But his rise through the ranks of the Church were going to be halted as he focused on his family. He returned home to help support his mother and get everything in order.

Over the next several years he found that, despite his reservations, he enjoyed working with his mother to keep up the family’s affairs. They were lesser nobility, but they were responsible for a number of people in their small little bit of land along the coast. Money management and organization were second nature to him after his time in the church, but a part of his job had also been caring for people. Although the context and duties were different, that much was similar as he began to take on more responsibility publicly. More and more Khalil found himself interfacing with the various nobility who controlled the lands around his own and he found most of them wanting. Slowly but surely he tested the political waters and began to acquaint himself with the chaotic maelstrom that is the social life of Taldor’s powerful. He found that there were some, like him, who longed to see things improved for their people. Who wanted to do away with the age-old laws of inheritance and stale traditions of gender inequality. There were some younger senators who were beginning to cautiously show support for increased relations with Qadira—something that both Khalil and his mother hope to see. Finally, after months of work getting to know some of these Loyalists, Khalil managed to secure himself an invitation to the Exaltation Gala—the first chance he’d have to meet face to face with the people who really controlled the fate of his homeland. His life had taken a number of unexpected turns over the years but he was determined to always make the best of things. There was so much about his homeland he loved, but it held with it in the potential to be so much greater. He just knew that if he put his mind to it he could help it achieve some of that potential.

Crunch:
Khalil al-Shirin Duvan
Male human (Taldan) cleric (evangelist) of Abadar 1 (Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Combat 40)
LN Medium humanoid (human)
Init +0; Senses Perception +8
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Defense
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AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 14 (+4 armor)
hp 9 (1d8+1)
Fort +3, Ref +0, Will +5
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Offense
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Speed 30 ft.
Melee light mace +2 (1d6+2) or
. . longspear +2 (1d8+3/×3)
Ranged light crossbow +0 (1d8/19-20)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with longspear)
Special Attacks countersong, fascinate, inspire courage +1, sermonic performance
Domain Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; concentration +4)
. . 6/day—inspiring word (1 round)
Cleric (Evangelist) Spells Prepared (CL 1st; concentration +4)
. . 1st—bless, divine favor[D], shield of faith
. . 0 (at will)—detect magic, enhanced diplomacy, purify food and drink (DC 13)
. . D Domain spell; Domain Nobility
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Statistics
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Str 14, Dex 10, Con 12, Int 9, Wis 17, Cha 15
Base Atk +0; CMB +2; CMD 12
Feats Flagbearer[ISWG], Medium Armor Proficiency
Traits eyes and ears of the city, senatorial hopeful
Skills Diplomacy +7, Linguistics +3, Perception +8, Perform (oratory) +6, Sense Motive +7
Languages Common, Kelish
SQ public speaker, spontaneous casting
Other Gear lamellar (leather) armor[UC], light crossbow, light mace, longspear, backpack, bedroll, belt pouch, candle (10), flint and steel, hemp rope (50 ft.), holy text (The Order of Numbers)[UE], mess kit[UE], pot, silver holy symbol of Abadar, soap, spell component pouch, torch (10), trail rations (5), waterskin, wooden holy symbol of Abadar, 94 gp
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Special Abilities
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Bardic Performance: Fascinate (1 target, DC 12) (Su) One or more creatures becomes fascinated with you.
Bardic Performance: Inspire Courage +1 (Su) Morale bonus on some saving throws, attack and damage rolls.
Cleric (Evangelist) Domain (Nobility) Granted Powers: You are a great leader, an inspiration to all who follow the teachings of your faith.
Flagbearer Grant bonuses to allies who see your flag.
Inspiring Word (6/day) (Sp) Target receives +2 on attack, skill checks, ability checks and saving throws for 1 rds.
Public Speaker (-3 DC to hear) An evangelist gains Perform as a class skill. In addition, she is trained to project her voice with great skill and effect; the DC to hear her speak in difficult conditions is reduced by an amount equal to her class level plus her Charisma modifier (
Sermonic Performance (standard action, 6 rounds/day) An evangelist gains the ability to deliver a select number of supernatural and spell-like performances through the force and power of her divinely inspired preaching and exhortation. This ability is similar in all respects to bardic performance as us
Sermonic Performance: Counterspell (Su) Counter magical effects that depend on sound.
Spontaneous Casting An evangelist does not gain the ability to spontaneously cast cure or inflict spells by sacrificing prepared spells. However, an evangelist can spontaneously cast the following spells by sacrificing a prepared spell of the noted level or above: