Unraveling the Tapestry
|Destan Volay||Level 4 Warlord|
|HP 40; Bloodied 20; Healing Surge 10; Surges per Day 8||Initiative +5|
|AC 19; Fortitude 17; Reflex 16; Will 15||Perception +2|
|Resist 5 necrotic, 5 poison|
|Action Points 1|
|Aura 10; Destan and each ally that can see and hear him gain a +2 power bonus to initiative|
|Helm of Battle (heroic tier)|
|Aura 5; Destan and each ally gain a +1 item bonus to initiative|
|Aura 10; when an ally Destan can see spends an action point to take an extra action, that ally gains a +1 bonus to the attack roll and +3 bonus to the damage roll|
|Commander’s Strike (standard action) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Attack: an ally of Destan’s choice makes a melee basic attack against the target. Hit: ally’s basic attack damage + 3.|
|Intuitive Strike (standard action) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Attack: Melee 2 (one creature) +8 vs Will. Hit: 2d4 damage; until start of Destan’s next turn, the next ally who attacks the target and has combat advantage against it gains a +2 power bonus to the attack roll.|
|Wolf Pack Tactics (standard action) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Special: Before Destan attacks, he lets one ally adjacent to either him or the target shift 1 square as a free action. Attack: Melee 2 (one creature) +8 vs AC. Hit: 2d4 + 3 damage.|
|Adaptive Strategem (minor action) ✦ Martial|
|Close burst 10. Target: one ally in burst. Effect: Until the end of Destan’s next turn, the ally gains his or her choice of a +3 power bonus to damage rolls or a +1 power bonus to saving throws.|
|Inspiring Word (minor action) ✦ Martial, Healing|
|Close burst 5. Special: Destan can use this power twice per encounter, but only once per round. Effect: the target can spend a healing surge and either: regain an additional 1d6 hit points, or make a saving throw (incl Saving Inspiration).|
|No Gambit Is Wasted (immediate reaction) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Trigger: an ally misses every target with an encounter or daily attack. Target: one creature targeted by the triggering ally’s attack. Attack: Melee 2 (one creature) +8 vs AC. Hit: 4d4 + 3 damage; the triggering ally’s attack is not expended.|
|Second Wind (standard action)|
|Effect: Destan spends a healing surge. Destan gains a +2 bonus to all defenses until the start of his next turn.|
|Warlord’s Favor (standard action) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Attack: Melee 2 (one creature) +8 vs AC. Hit: 4d4 + 3 damage; one ally with 5 squares of Destan gain a +4 power bonus to attack rolls agaist the target until the end of Destan’s next turn.|
|Lead the Attack (standard action) ✦ Martial, Weapon|
|Attack: Melee 2 (one creature) +8 vs AC. Hit: 6d4 + 3 damage; until the end of Destan’s next turn, Destan and each ally within 5 squares of him gain a +4 power bonus to attack rolls against the target. Miss: Half damage; reduce bonus to +1.|
|Deathcut Hide Armor +1 (immediate reaction) ✦ Necrotic|
|Trigger: an enemy hits Destan with a melee attack. Effect: deal 1d10+1 necrotic damage to that enemy.|
|Feats Tactical Assault, Saving Inspriation, Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blades)|
|Skills Acrobatics +1, Arcana +5, Athletics +9, Bluff +3, Diplomacy +8, Dungeoneering +2, Endurance +7, Heal +7, History +10, Insight +2, Intimidate +3, Nature +2, Perception +2, Religion +5, Stealth +1, Streetwise +3, Thievery +1|
|Str 17 (+3)||Dex 10 (+0)||Wis 10 (+0)|
|Con 13 (+1)||Int 17 (+3)||Cha 13 (+1)|
|Alignment Unaligned||Languages Common, Draconic|
|Chainmail, light shield, longsword, glaive, hand crossbow, 20 bolts, adventurer’s kit, 9g|
|Deathcut Hide Armor +1|
|Helm of Battle (heroic tier)|
|Magic short sword +2|
|+2 attack; +2 damage; +2d6 critical|
|Space Shifting Bolt +2|
|+2 attack rolls and damage rolls. When Destan hits an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, he teleports that enemy 1 square.|
Everyone assumed Emery was was going to follow in the footsteps of his father Marquis Vincent Ayers, wizard and adviser to King Pomponne IV d’Armenac. The teen was bright and imaginative, if not always motivated. However, a month into learning magic, he disappeared for five days. When he reappeared, he was filthy and exhausted, but otherwise unharmed. He claimed that hooded and cloaked men had taken him off the streets and bound him to a stone altar without food or drink. The captors rubbed herbs and ointments onto his body and were chanting for some sort of ritual, but otherwise never spoke to or injured him in any way.
Two days after the ordeal, while he was still recovering his strength, his father passed away. As the lifelong friend and confidant of the King, the marquis’ funeral was attended by members of Crown and a number of other nobles.
The kidnapping and subsequent death of his father was apparently too much for the young man. He stopped going to school, attending church, or visiting his friends. His days were spent at home doing menial tasks or staring off into the distance. Teachers from the school periodically went to see Emery, urging him to return to classes. He had the aptitude to go far, they said, possibly becoming adviser to the Prince as his father had been to the King. They gave him his father’s magical effects and writings in an attempt to inspire him, but nothing penetrated Emery’s lassitude.
It wasn’t until a month later that he finally broke his stupor. His sister Florence had requested the Cardinal Julian council her brother. Julian visited every day for weeks when some energy seemed to return to Emery. But while he no longer lazed about the house, neither did he return to school, or reconnect with friends. Instead, he went out alone at night and didn’t return until the early hours of the morning, sometimes not coming back til dawn. He was often cut or bruised, and had his mother Katherine frantic with worry.
The family didn’t learn what he was doing until a Court officer appeared with a wanted notice. Emery Ayers was wanted for questioning. He was accused of being a member of the Priory of Darning, a secret society wanted for high treason against the Crown. Emery had been witnessed in the palace attempting to assassinate Duke Laurent de Bellomey; it was a miracle the noble had managed to survive. Katherine agreed to turn in her son, but Florence suspected something was amiss. She planned to find her brother before her mother or the gendarmerie and discover what was really going on.
But Emery never returned. There has been no record of his capture or death for fifteen years.