About Lord "Inkwell" Rook
**mention sending chess?
House Motto: "Patience is Our Sword"
Inspiration: Lord Rook was originally inspired by a combination of Doran Martell and Mad-Eye Moody
Story, Description, Role:
Fame and Fortune:
A few years ago, Lord Rook managed to stop an international conspiracy by successfully impersonating the Princess of Taldor (as a decoy/bodyguard) for a day. Still, he's been mostly put out to pasture for decades. His exploits over the last half of his life have been subtle and wide-reaching, making and losing fortunes through trade, working to help other noble families rise and fall, and training his children and grandchildren to be adventures in their own right. He's come to power as a member of a number of influential organizations, including the Pathfinder Society, and seen that power mostly evaporate as younger and more ambitious faces force him out. Before he was made a Baron, though, Sir Marion had plenty of adventures, though perhaps not quite the "storybook hero" kind. As an inquisitor of Irori, he's traveled across half the world, recovering ancient texts from numerous ruined cities and dungeons; as a former leader of the Summer Crows, he's fought in skirmishes and raids in countries many of his countrymen have never heard of, as well as building up a fine collection of international curiosities and magic items. Through the Pathfinder Society, he's also in correspondence with some of the world's surviving retired heroes, though many of them he's never actually met.
That was, of course, over fifty years ago. As the Empire continued to crumble, House Rook found itself surrounded by enemies, and one by one, the young Sir Marion’s family were killed off in duels, plagues, assassinations and wars, until the holy warrior received a letter asking him to return home immediately before his estates were forfeit. Reluctant to go, he found himself convinced by an older, wiser priest—something was rotten in the State of Taldor, and though the fighting and religious practices he had learned would be strange at home, his native land needed all the valiant truth-seekers and champions of law and order it could get. And so at the age of thirty-five he returned, as the new Lord Rook, to his family home and lands in ruin.
Over the next decades, the oft-nicknamed Lord “Inkwell” Rook became known for his steadfast refusal to become involved in wars or feuds, using persuasion, forgery and spycraft to always remain on the side of the royal family. Eventually, he was even made Spymaster to Stavian II for a brief time, though upon the Prince’s death he spent most of his time at home, gathering relics, building up his estates, and raising a family. There was much truth and knowledge in Taldor for a dedicated inquisitor to find, and while Lord Rook made plenty of enemies, the seasoned adventurer had little to fear from courtly squabbles. Still Lord Rook acquired a reputation for foiling and humiliating dozens of would-be assassins in creative ways.
Now, after over forty years in Oppara, his children are all grown, with children of their own. After decades of family vacations to cursed tombs and forgotten ruins, the more adventurous members of the family have gone on to their own success; and despite the countless relics, tomes, and maps he's donated, the Pathfinder Society recently passed him over for venture captain of its Oppara lodge, a snub that the old lord is still bitter about. Too old to hunt and ride like he used to, and no longer needed by his family for much of anything, the octogenarian Lord Rook, commonly rumored to be immune to death, has bought a small manor in Oppara and set his sights on finding new ways to keep from getting bored—which, at the moment, mostly involve games of Sending chess played out against other retired adventurers across Golarion.
Description (Lord Rook):
"Lord Inkwell" dresses somewhat plainly—with his many heirs seeing to the actual maintenance of his estate and ventures (and, these days, keeping most of the profits), he's got little need to show wealth of extravagance, and he's never had much taste for finery except when it helps to make a point. Spending most of his time away from his family lands, with only a single servant at his small family villa in Oppara, he's begun to enjoy the role of "uncomfortable old truthsayer." Popular with some of his nation's wilder nobility, and fiercely unpopular with the rest, the venerable Lord Rook nevertheless carries enough clout from a lifetime of service to impose on any social setting he sets an eye on—and in the stuffy anterooms and chambers of the ancient, wealthy city, he can be quite imposing indeed. Perhaps frustratingly, though, nobody's tried to assassinate him in over a decade, and he's beginning to wonder if this means nobody takes the old inquisitor seriously anymore.
Description ("Atticus" Rook):
Years of observing human strengths and failures also means that Lord Rook usually has a pretty good idea of what everyone around him is thinking, letting him communicate almost wordlessly with his allies and get the drop on almost any situation. (Bonded Mind+Solo Tactics+Signature Skill=approximate telepathy?)
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Offense and Defense:
Speed 15 ft.
Initiative +13 (or higher via sense motive), gives allies +8
BAB +12/+12/+7/+2, CMB +9
HP 124/124 (3d10+12d8+30+12 favored)
Attack/Defense Modifiers (hit / damage | AC):
Level 0: 6, DC 18
Level 1: 6, DC 19
Level 2: 5, DC 20
Level 3: 4, DC 21
Level 4: 4, DC 22
Feats and Traits:
Wisdom in the Flesh (Ride)
Wishlist: Branded for Retribution, Kirin Path
*Denotes class skill
Skill Points: 159 + 30 background (Inquisitor 72, Human 15, Monk 8, Lore Warden 4, Int 60, Background 30)
*Acrobatics +11 (2 ranks, +1 luck)
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Estates and Nominal Holdings:
Castle Rook and The Barony of Garrowglade
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Holdings in Oppara
Completely Unnecessary Rook Family Tree:
Lord Canarius Rook (deceased)