About Serres "Fade" Vahl
My backstory? Let's just say that one day a bird crapped on a fence post and the sun hatched me from there. At least that's what dad told me growing up.
Yep, dad was a real bastard. He much preferred my brother Silas to me, and he told me so every chance he got. Silas was bigger, stronger, and much better looking so naturally everyone liked him more, but I had some redeeming qualities of my own. Mine were just... less obvious.
So, with home life being so enthralling, naturally I left as soon as I felt able. Of course that was a long time ago, I think I was about five then, and I've been on my own ever since. Now before you loose your muffins, don't believe all the hype about street life. It really isn't all that bad once you get the hang of it.
I remember this one time, hiding behind some crates in a back alley, down behind some bakery. I watched the bakers come out to play a game with dice, and I was fascinated. Eventually they heard me, mostly because my stomach growled so loudly, and they called me out of my hiding place. Reluctantly I came out, but as I did, an idea struck me.
"Please sirs!" I pleaded in my most pitiful voice. "I was just watching. I didn't mean to bother you."
They just laughed and said I hadn't done anything wrong but that I had better be on my way.
"What was that game you were playing?" I asked, having no genuine clue as to the name of the game.
Now hold on a sec, while I may not have seen the game played before, I am usually pretty quick on the uptake. Especially with things I might be good at. And dice? Yeah, that was something I was going to be really good at.
So back to the story. The bakers just chuckled at me, buying into my "poor rube" act, and went on to explain the rules to me like I was some brain addled three year old. That's when I really went to work on my idea.
"Well gosh misters, could I try? I mean I don't have much coin, but could I bet... 4 copper? Please?"
Now I played that dice game and lost my first throw, because it always pays better to lure the mark in with a loss first. I fished out another 4 copper, the last I had on me to be honest, but this time I won. I played some more that day, loosing some, but winning more, and overall coming out ahead. I didn't want to tip my hand you see, so winning every time was not an option.
I did that for the next several years, floating from city to city, earning money to pay for things, until I started just taking things I wanted. I got really good at that. I still gambled, if you can even call it that, from time to time when the mood struck me, but I certainly didn't need to. I could pick the inside breast pocket of just about anyone and they would have no idea they were missing something until I was long gone. In fact it got so easy, sometimes I did it without even thinking. That's how I found the Society, or should I say, they found me. You see, you only need to pick the wrong pocket once.
His name was Fendel, and he has the sharpest eyes of anyone I have ever met.
A curmudgeon without his drink, Fade often sees the worst in people. He doesn't really care too much for most folk, but on a rare occasion he will take a shine to some poor sod. Those poor, poor people. He loves animals, though they don't always love him. He hates rain, or mud, or anything tedious. He hates being bored most of all.
"Laws? Why on earth should they matter to me? Pfft! The only laws I follow are the laws that fill my belly or ride my lap till I am spent. Any other law is just getting in my way. Hey, are you going to finish that biscuit?"
"I am not a thief. That would imply I took something that didn't belong to me... and that is just too ridiculous to even imagine."
First off, despite his outward demeanor of a mildly grumpy Eeyore, Fade is a team player and a good person that tries to be helpful.
Secondly, concepts of laws are something he begrudgingly works with in certain company only. He just doesn't have a solid concept of boundaries or ownership of things, and it goes both ways. If he has something on him that someone else needs, he fully expects them to just take it if they can. If he doesn't want someone to have something, it's up to him to say something or prevent it.
Thirdly, he has thick skin. He has been called every name in the book at one time or another, and insults just don't bother him. On occasion they even can be endearing to him or outright funny, but he never gets bothered by them. He is very hard to rile.
That said, he doesn't like it when people are hurt, and that is one of the few things that can upset him. He always looks for a way to accomplish something without a fight if he can, but when someone shows themselves to be clearly evil he has been known to end things quickly.
Character: Serres "Fade" Vahl
Faction: Dark Archive
Day Job: [dice=Slight of Hand]d20+24+2[/dice] (*Thieves' Guild offers +2 to steal things and use for day jobs/included in roll)
Serres "Fade" Vahl
A few notes/Bot me instructions:
1)He is almost always invisible, as it makes things so much easier for him on a regular basis. Less running and hiding, more drinking and well... drinking. Since it doesn't take any burn to do, he just reactivates it when it would end. His TK invis is not full invis and only offers +10/+20 to stealth, but it also muffles sound so blindsight doesn't automatically work to find him.
2)He is always scanning for opportunity, as sharp eyes and ears bring home the best hauls. He takes 10 whenever he can for perception checks. Feel free to either roll for him or ask me to roll if you want.
3)He starts his day out with burn, bumping up his force ward, and then tries to remain free of further burn throughout the rest his day through various choices for actions. His current stats should reflect this.
4)He can heal with kinetic healer, but he always passes the burn on to the person he heals. For those that don't know, 1 burn = 1 NL damage per HD of the person healed, and it can't be healed until the person rests for the day. So if Fade heals a 9th level char it will cause them 9 NL dmg, but heal them for the same amount as his blast. It's a good trade off under the right conditions.
5)Fade loves to just take things. He is almost like a kender at times, if you know the reference, and almost absentmindedly picks pockets. Other times he fleeces people intentionally, via dice games and cheating or an outright TK pickpocket, but if someone is really down on their luck he is willing to throw a game or reverse pick pocket some change into their pouches. He has exceptional slight of hand and uses it at a range of 45 feet(short range) via TK Finesse so it's hard to catch him.
6)In combat he will usually stand in one place(preferably from behind some cover or out of reach of a melee attack at least), using gather power as a move action and attacking with an empowered blast as a standard action, using no burn for the attack. He usually plays it smart and looks to maximize his position, but there have been moments where he has acted as a distraction/target to save a friend, though that is not his preferred course of action. If the situation really calls for it, such as very tough fight that needs a swift ending, he will use burn to empower and maximize his attack.