Rise of the Runelords
Rohan is a scion of House Jeggare and a Paladin of Iomedae. He turned his back on his family and travels the land trying to right the wrongs committed by his fellow Chelaxians.
Male human Paladin 5
AC 22, touch 10, flat-footed 22 (20)
Fort +11, Ref +6, Will +8
Spd 20 ft./x3
Melee Mwk Longsword 2 19-20/x2
Ranged Mwk Longbow, composite 2 20/x3
Str 14, Dex 10, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 19
Base Atk 4 on all saving throws. (PFCR 61).
• LAY ON HANDS – Heal 2d6 with a touch, or the same as damage undead. Swift action to heal self. Standard action to heal others. Touch attack to harm undead. 8 timess per day. The following mercies apply against status effects of those you touch:
– Sickened: The target is no longer sickened. (PFCR 61).
• AURA OF COURAGE – Beginning at 3rd level, a paladin is immune to fear (magical or otherwise). Each ally within 2 squares of her gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions while the paladin is conscious, but not if she is unconscious or dead. (PFCR 61).
• DIVINE HEALTH – At 3rd level, a paladin gains immunity to all diseases, including supernatural and magical diseases. (PFCR 61).
• MERCY – Every three levels, the paladin can choose a Mercy that can remove a status effect as part of Lay on Hands from among this list: fatigued, shaken, sickened, dazed, diseased, staggered. (PFCR 61).
• CHANNEL POSITIVE ENERGY – You channel Positive Energy allowing you to either heal the living or harm the undead for 3d6. Affects 30 ft. radius from paladin. Will save DC 16 to halve damage. Standard action. Costs 2 Lay on Hands uses. Does not provoke Attacks of Opportunity. (PFCR 62).
• DIVINE BOND – You have chosen to form a divine bond with a Celestial Spirit, as detailed in PFCR 63. Its current bonus is +1. (PFCR 63).
*Rohan was born the seventh son of Alistair Jeggare in the city of Korvosa . House Jeggare, one of the richest noble houses in all of Varisia and Cheliax, controls much of the trade in Korvosa and so Rohan was born to luxury and power. Rohan’s mother, Isra, was a native Varisian, and so was considered “beneath” her husband’s status. Isra loved her son and attempted, in his early life, to protect him from the harsh cruelties associated with being born Chelaxian. In fact, Isra hated Cheliax and all it represented and resented her marriage to her rich and cruel husband.
As a child, Rohan exhibited a generous and kind spirit, which his mother fostered. His father, however, was incensed that a son of House Jeggare would behave in such a soft and womanly fashion. He came to call his son The Dove, a title of derision and weakness. The name stuck and he was known throughout Korvosa as “The Dove”. As he grew older, Rohan began to see the name as a source of strength and distinction, which only infuriated his father more and made him more of an outcast to his family and his society.
At the age of 14, Rohan befriended a house slave, Qandis, who taught him the word and deed of Iomedae, goddess of valor and justice. Rohan swore to follow the edicts of his new God and turned his back forever on the diabolical worship of his family. Sadly, Alistair became aware of his son’s conversion and had Qandis skinned alive in his son’s presence. He declared that Rohan should be immediately fostered to Lictor Creev of the Chelaxian Hellknights. For four years, Rohan suffered under the Lictor’s cruel and abusive care and would have been inducted into the Hellknights had he not escaped, naked and alone, into the Chelaxian night on the eve of his 18th birthday.
Rohan returned to Varisia and swore to dedicate his life to helping those who are oppressed by the Chelaxian Nobles who rule Varisian society.
*Translucent blue eyes stare out from beneath dark brows on pale skin, unmindful of the sweat dripping into them. The hot and humid air makes breathing a chore, but this too goes unnoticed. There is only this one moment, this tiny slice of time that stands isolated and alone. The moment where four years of grueling, torturous battle training smashes into bone, muscle, and sinew with lethal force.
He revels in the feeling of mortal confrontation, and the cool sensation of steel in his hand as he strips the sword from the crippled man and lets him fall away. Much better. This is a tool designed for work such as this, and he drops his improvised club. Still in fluid motion he turns to look for the next attacker, only to find that he is alone with the dead and dying. A few moments later it is just him and the dead.
Rohan Jeggare is the seventh son of Alistair Jeggare, who is everything you would expect of the old ruling class of Chelaxians. Ruthless, cruel, and unforgiving, dominating all those around him. The qualities of a good Hellknight.
His Varisian mother is the polar opposite of his father. She is, among other things, a compassionate, caring, and loving mother. It is from her side that Rohan gets his compassion, his sense of justice, and his eyes, earning him both his father’s scorn and the derisive nickname The Dove. And where his father’s contempt went, so went the contempt of his siblings.
Growing up in such a household was torturous. He suffered constant humiliation and persecution for his Varisian traits, and, ironically, it was his father’s blood in him that gave him the strength and determination to persevere. In fact, the more he was ridiculed and punished the more resolved he was to be true to his mother’s example, eventually claiming his once despised nickname as a badge of honor. And the older he became the more aware he was of his families cruelty and abuses to the those around them, and he wanted no part of it. But where did that leave him?
It was during a particularly trying period in his life, when he was just 14, that he found unexpected answers in the friendship of a house slave named Qandis. Qandis was a devoutly religious man and taught Rohan the word and the deed of Iomedae, Goddess of Valor and Justice. Immediately Rohan recognized within himself that which Iomedae stood for, and he began to understand why he fought his family so hard for the right to be different than they. It was the kind of teaching his mother would be proud of, and the kind his father would fight violently against. Unfortunately, Rohan was too young to realize just how violently.
When Alistair Jeggare found out what Qandis was teaching his son he retaliated swiftly and cruelly, forcing Rohan to watch as Qandis was skinned alive. It was a turning point like no other for Rohan, and he renounced his family and their way of life, swearing fealty instead to Iomedae. His father became enraged at this and placed his son into the foster care of Lictor Creev of the Chelaxian Hellknights, determined to see the softness beaten out of Rohan at all costs.
Four years Rohan suffered agonizing cruelty and abuse as Lictor prepared him for his entry into the Hellknights. Four years of war and combat training that were both physically grueling and mentally exhausting. Four very long years that ended the night of his 18th birthday, when he escaped.
A murderous growl rumbled in Rohan’s throat as the memories crashed into him, as if he needed to be reminded of his oaths to free his mother and settle things between himself and his father. Permanently.
He sheathed his newly acquired sword with grim determination and set off down the road again, thinking thoughts darker than the wings of the scavengers settling into the feast he had left for them.*