About Orandek Slagboulder
Presenting Orandek Slagboulder, dwarven outcast, rugged survivalist, and terrible singer!
Dwarf ranger (guide, trapper) 1 (Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide 125, Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Magic 65)
CG Medium humanoid (dwarf)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +5 (+7 to notice unusual stonework)
AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+4 armor, +2 Dex)
hp 12 (1d10+2)
Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; +2 vs. poison, spells, and spell-like abilities
Speed 20 ft.
Melee battleaxe +2 (1d8+3/×3) or
. . handaxe +2 (1d6+1/×3)
Ranged light crossbow +3 (1d8/19-20)
Special Attacks ranger's focus (+2, 1/day)
Str 16, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 12, Wis 12, Cha 8
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 16 (20 vs. bull rush, 20 vs. trip)
Feats Two-weapon Fighting
Traits orphaned, pioneer
Skills Acrobatics +0 (-4 to jump), Appraise +1 (+3 to assess nonmagical metals or gemstones), Craft (traps) +5, Craft (woodworking) +5, Disable Device +5, Knowledge (geography) +5, Knowledge (nature) +6, Linguistics +2, Perception +5 (+7 to notice unusual stonework), Stealth +6, Survival +8; Racial Modifiers +2 Stealth, +2 Survival, +2 Appraise to assess nonmagical metals or gemstones, +2 Perception to notice unusual stonework
Languages Common, Dwarven, Sylvan, Undercommon
SQ track +1, trapfinding +1, wild empathy +1
Other Gear lamellar (leather) armor[UC], battleaxe, handaxe, light crossbow, backpack, belt pouch, brush, shaving (0.1 lb), cup, shaving (0.2 lb), flint and steel, grappling hook, hammock[UE], mess kit[UE], shaving powder (one shave) (50), silk rope (50 ft.), spell component pouch, straight razor (0.2 lb), thieves' tools, trail rations (2), waterskin, whetstone, 20 gp, 9 sp
Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white only).
Greed +2 to Appraise to determine price of nonmagic goods with precious metals or gemstones.
Ranger's Focus +2 (1/day) (Ex) As a swift action, listed bonus to att/dam vs. foe in sight until slain/surrenders/use again.
Stonecunning +2 +2 bonus to Perception vs. unusual stonework. Free check within 10 feet.
Track +1 Add the listed bonus to Survival checks made to track.
Trapfinding +1 Gain a bonus to find or disable traps, including magical ones.
Wild Empathy +1 (Ex) Improve the attitude of an animal, as if using Diplomacy.
Born to the Goldboulder clan, a large and fairly illustrious clan of dwarves in the mining town of Brunderton in eastern Rostland, Orandek was a bastard child of the clan patriarch and a scullery maid, and as such his place in the clan was tenuous. His siblings tormented him for being a bastard, taking advantage of his bastardy to avoid consequences. He found refuge from his circumstances in the wilderness, becoming an accomplished hunter, skilled with a crossbow and handaxe. He became one of the best trappers in his clan, able to snare nearly any quarry he set his sights on. However, that garnered no respect from his kin. He could not forge, craft, or brew, and he was in no way devout in his worship of Torag. His life, while hard, was fairly monotonous and constant, dealing with the merciless bullying and finding solace in the great outdoors. Everything changed during a routine sparring match with the oldest son of the clan and his half-brother, a cocky dwarven warrior named Reinhard. During the match, Reinhard decided he would try to spill some blood, which was an extreme that had never been taken before. Orandek was slashed across the face by a dwarven urgrosh, and years of pent-up anger came unstopped. He killed Reinhard, slashing his throat with a battleaxe. He was immediately exiled from the clan, the name of Goldboulder turned into Slagboulder, indicating his exile from the clan and dwarven society as a whole. He fled into the Stolen Lands, embracing his love of the wilderness and survival. Since then, he has mostly lived on his own, avoiding bandit patrols, living off the land, and selling food to scattered trading posts. He was contacted by the Brevic government for his prowess in survivalism and knowledge of the Stolen Lands.
Appearance and Personality:
Orandek is a stocky dwarven man dressed in leather lamellar armor and the simple outfit of an explorer, with two axes on his hips and a crossbow on his back. He also carries a backpack bulging with survival gear, ready to take on any challenge the wilderness might throw at him. Perhaps his oddest characteristic is his lack of a beard, shaving it nearly every morning. He complains bitterly if it starts to grow too much, and on occasion uses the edge of his handaxe if he lacks a better tool. He has short red hair, and deep brown eyes often scanning the area for anything that might be useful.
To those he does not know, Orandek is either silent or gruff. That said, he is fiercely loyal to those he takes the time to get to know, willing to do whatever it takes to help them out of a tight situation. While not the most charismatic fellow, Orandek is kind at heart, and wants people to be free and do what they wish. While he knows that what he did to his half-brother is considered shameful and evil by his people, he has made his peace with it and regrets the outcome. As a result of the abuses he suffered at its hands, he considers the stodgy rules and old-fashioned customs of his people to be unnecessary, and regularly shaves his beard to show his distaste for traditional dwarven culture. He has a great love of singing, and while not particularly good at it, he often sings marching songs while travelling through the wilderness, campfire songs while around a cookfire, or really anytime he doesn’t need to be especially quiet. One common theme is songs about the Lady of Blossoms, a fey woman who Orandek claims is his one true love. Even when asleep, he has a habit of softly humming tuneless and somewhat discordant melodies.
Goals and NPCs:
Orandek wants to find a place he can call his own, where he can be himself without the pressures of his people or the difficulties of the wild. He also wants to try to make amends with his clan. Though he has embraced life as an exile, he feels that both he and his clan need closure over Reinhard’s death.
His father, Kuld. Kuld and Orandek quite literally never had a good relationship. From the day Orandek was born, Kuld did nothing to acknowledge Orandek as his beyond feeding him the meager food of the servants and clothe him in the cheapest possible garments. Though deeply estranged, Orandek still thinks that reconciliation might be possible.
Barrick, one of Orandek’s only friends and a fellow survivalist. After Barrick saved him from a troll attack, Orandek determined that he owed Barrick quite a few favors, and the two started travelling together. Together, they got out of a fair few scrapes, narrowly escaping from an enraged den of pixies, fighting off three separate bandit raids, and, if one is to believe the tale they tell through guffaws of laughter, drinking an entire barrel of ale at Oleg’s Trading Post. They parted ways as all wanderers do, but made a point to meet up to swap tales at a trading post every few months. With Orandek’s newfound charter, he seeks to find Barrick and secure his aid in carving out a kingdom.
The Lady of Blossoms, Orandek’s one and only true love. The first time he saw her, he fell in love. She was dancing in a moonlit glade and her ethereal beauty was beyond anything Orandek had ever seen. He recognised her immediately as one of the mystical fey. The stars reflected off her silver hair and the chains of vibrant flowers rustled softly in the evening breeze. He wished to speak with her, but he waited too long and she vanished. In the time between, Orandek got a passing druid to teach him a fair amount of Sylvan, so that he might speak to the lady.The second time he saw her was a year later, to the day. He greeted her softly in the fey tongue, professing his undying love and presenting her with a forget-me-not carved of wood. She took the flower and thanked him with a kiss on the forehead before slipping off into the woods, leaving behind nothing but a few flower petals and the sweetest scent Orandek had ever known. He is sure that the third time they meet, true love will bloom.