The Crusaders of widowdeep
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Iodates, level 2
Swordmage Aegis: Aegis of Shielding
Background: Missing Master (Missing Master Benefit)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 14, Con 17, Dex 7, Int 20, Wis 14, Cha 7.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 14, Con 17, Dex 7, Int 18, Wis 14, Cha 7.
AC: 21 Fort: 16 Reflex: 18 Will: 17
HP: 38 Surges: 11 Surge Value: 9
Endurance +9, Arcana +11, Perception +9, Insight +9, History +11
Acrobatics -1, Bluff -1, Diplomacy -1, Dungeoneering +3, Heal +3, Intimidate -1, Nature +3, Religion +6, Stealth -1, Streetwise -1, Thievery -1, Athletics +3
Human: War Wizard Expertise
Level 1: Intelligent Blademaster
Level 2: White Lotus Riposte
Bonus At-Will Power: Heroic Effort (racial)
Power User Choice: Argent Rain
Swordmage at-will 1: Sword Burst
Swordmage at-will 1: Booming Blade
Swordmage encounter 1: Sword of Sigils
Swordmage daily 1: Frost Backlash
Swordmage utility 2: Channeling Shield
Magic Sword (+1?), Adventurer’s Kit, Everburning Torch, Cloak of Resistance +1, Leather Armor, Dagger
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I, Iodates in the common tongue of Nerath, Ioudatha in my fathers dialect(0), was born of Polydora(1), Master of Artifice at the Academia di Arcano Arti di Merindaelion, well she wasn’t a master when I was born, but already an adept at the time of my birth, and master when I was but two, and Thiaglos(2), Master of the Veil, Walker of Hidden Ways, and Seeker(3). My father was not ultimately one to settle down, and I was raised by my mother, and by my stepfather Mentasmos, the Voice of Beauty, Revelator of Corellon. He was more a father to me, in the real way, but Thiaglos(4) with his rare visits, and secret lessons was the most fascinating thing in my life, it steered my choices perhaps more than it should have.
Being a babe of the Academy was ultimately advantageous, I was quite the darling student, and consistently ahead of my class, excelling in Negation and Incantation, as well as Athletics, Geometry, History and Music. I was especially fond the early Iounic Lyricists, and much time in my house was spent in debate of Correlonian Poetics(5). This was ultimately a good time in life, my sisters Timandra and Kallisto were born, I would tutor Timandra after she joined me at the academy. Visits from my father remained exciting and mysterious, as would receiving advance copies of his notes intended for publication(6). By my twelfth year I had seen the Rock of Bral, Sigil, and besieged Astrazalian, with the plan being to see the City of Brass the next year.
Of course the next year never came. Rumors circulated of his death, sometimes fanciful tales of murder, though none could claim to have seen the act, nor the body. I would remain hopeful over the years, but I never again saw my father. Somewhere during this time my youngest brother Demamenos was born(7), though I was too distracted and too separated by time and circumstances to truly acknowledge such. The year was a loss for my formal studies, as I spent it obsessively practicing the techniques I had learned from Thiaglos.
It was arranged, probably to deal with my rather antisocial turn of behavior, that I would exchange to study at the Parmia I Anwe Curu, for the six months of the year that it was safe to do so of course(8) and I would return to my regular studies for the other six months. While I was not so distinctly bright a student there, but in my second second month I was elevated to the personal apprentice of Jasulainu Selshan ho Astrazalian(9). For as much time as I spent with him I would not say that I knew Jasulainu, he worked me hard, late into the nights, I found little time to sulk, or explore, or prepare for the revenge of the students who felt, probably rightly, that I had been unjustly elevated over them. Depending on ones opinion I have either overly belabored this portion of my youth, or neglected it tremendously. I will say that in my sixteenth year, I issued the Lango I Olwen(10), the relevant results of which were my being expelled from the Parma, and simultaneously being declared Curuni(11).
Rather than the scolding I had expected when I returned home my mother introduced me immediately to my Uncle Illyadus(12). With no fanfare, scolding, or accolades he resumed my training where my father had left it off years before. Not the exciting, by which I mean swordmanship, parts of course, our sessions certainly made me wish I had paid more attention in astrology class. I learned of first fall of the Collectors, the rebuilding, the recent second fall. We talked of the current, seemingly desperate, expansion, and somehow avoided talking about the impending doom that likely faced the world. It sounds like a series of boring lectures but Illyadus was a crafty individual, and much of this was conveyed in the form of games and challenges(13). I never asked him what my fate would hold.
We had frequent but short visits over the next several years(14), until he suggested that it was time for me to leave the safe environs of the school, and see the world.
0: As you are probably unfamiliar, pretend it starts with Yeow, it will get you close enough should you ever need to speak it. I was raised to know the name meant gift of Ioun, my father frequently referred to me as ‘datha or gift. Now this raises an interesting question, that I am likely ill equipped to ontologically answer, if the Gods speak a single tongue, and two gods share a nearly identical name, what must their relationship be? I will expand upon this idea at some point.
1: An adopted name, though having never met any of my in-laws on that side of the family I must say that I don’t know the name she was given at birth
2: Tiglath, oddly for people not of noble birth that is probably easier to pronounce, as it is just as it seems, you likely know, but if not the common version is three syllables and starts like Tea.
3: But, you say the Holy Order of Assassins in the service of Ioun were wiped out generations ago, I can only tell you what I know, I have no control over what you think you know.
4: Would it surprise you to know that, when my father wasn’t in another dimension or battling the Harbingers of Darkness, he was a rather accomplished historian, ah I would see it in your eyes, could I see them, yes that Thiaglos, TGL, it was his definitive work The Hyarthan Order that I, and many others, learned what it meant to be a Cavaliere Mago, much to my mothers chagrin.
5: My mother, never one to rest, actually cemented her place among cultured society not as a talented Wizard, but as a critic of the arts, the story goes that she and Mentasmos fell in love after a year of initially bitter feuding over a rather scathing criticism she delivered of his interpretation of The Courting Sehanine.
6: Though that did have a negative impact on some of my evaluations in the field of history.
7: Yes the construction is correct, in hindsight, I would later learn that I also had siblings on my fathers side, four younger brothers it would turn out.
8: My mother had no idea that I had seen Astrazalian under siege, and likely would not have agreed to this arrangement had she known.
9: Jasulainu Selshan ho Astrazalian literally wrote the Parmia I Anwe Curu (Book of The True Skill).
10: Passage of Wands, either an ancient method of settling disputes practiced in the Spiral Tower, or a romantic myth of the glory days never were. The best example is the apocryphal version of the poem The Nalcainenmacar, or the Thirty Swordsmen (though another translation could be the thirty peddlars). The modern versions demonizes the Drow, while the more classical version presented the Drow as honorable peers to the Eladrin.
11: Curuni: Lit: one who is skilled, 1: A Witch, 2: A Graduate of the Anwe Curu school of Arcane Swordplay. Not to be confused with the similar title Il Stregone from the La Vera Stregoneria school, even though they are almost literal translations of each other.
13: I can determine the winning move, should there be one, of any starting position of Tsyan Shi Dzi, or Drow Stones, as it is usually called, this has paid for rooms at more than one inn over the years.
14: And yes, my mastery of astrology advanced greatly.