The Opernian Saga
The Last Keeper of the True Will of Moradin
== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ==
Bannock Runeturner, level 8
Background Benefit: Windrise Ports (Dungeoneering)
Windrise Ports (Windrise Ports Benefit)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 18, CON 20, DEX 16, INT 10, WIS 18, CHA 12
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 16, CON 18, DEX 16, INT 10, WIS 14, CHA 12
AC: 25 Fort: 22 Ref: 20 Will: 21
HP: 77 Surges: 15 Surge Value: 19
Dungeoneering +15, Endurance +16, Insight +15, Religion +9
Acrobatics +5, Arcana +4, Athletics +6, Bluff +5, Diplomacy +5, Heal +8, History +4, Intimidate +5, Nature +8, Perception +10, Stealth +5, Streetwise +5, Thievery +5
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Guardian Attack: Guardian’s Counter
Dwarf Racial Power: Dwarven Resilience
Paladin Feature: Divine Mettle
Paladin Feature: Divine Strength
Paladin Feature: Divine Challenge
Paladin Feature: Lay on Hands
Paladin Attack 1: Holy Strike
Paladin Attack 1: Vengeance Strike
Paladin Attack 1: Guardian Light
Paladin Attack 1: Blazing Brand
Guardian Utility 2: Guardian’s Defense
Paladin Attack 3: Hold Fast
Paladin Attack 5: Frenzying Smite
Paladin Utility 6: Valiant Rush
Paladin Attack 7: Thunder Smite
Level 1: Dwarven Weapon Training
Level 2: Improved Defenses
Level 4: Bludgeon Expertise
Level 6: Mighty Challenge
Level 8: Bitter Challenge
Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier) x1
Cloak of the Walking Wounded +1 x1
Retribution Mordenkrad +2 x1
Symbol of the Champion’s Code +2 x1
Dwarven Plate Armor +2 x1
Giantkind Gloves (heroic tier) x1
== End ==
“We are the Light that drives back the Darkness. We are brothers-in-arms, and kin in spirit, born of different worlds, but bound to the same destiny. Though I know not what we face next, I know one thing – I will not let you fall before our duty is done.”
Bannock is a Dwarf from Straklenheim, who heard the Call of Moradin at a very young age. Sent from his home in the Shield District, he was indoctrinated with the Red Drakkgoon. After the Drakkenfall (which he did not fight in) he was sent to the All-Meet in Brimspire as a protector of his people’s emissary, Veros Axebreaker. Here, he met the Shifter Monk of the White Lotus Tor, and the Religious Psion Dragonborn Pallus, and an intense rivalry began – however, after many combats alongside the Dragonborn’s side, and learning their side of the story, Bannock’s instilled hatred gave way to an endearing camaraderie will the apparent death of Culrik Soulmourn. As common religious beliefs between Bannock and Pallus became more and more prevalent, the voice of Moradin grew stronger in Bannock. Realizing he was not destined to destroy the Dragonborn, and that the popular ways of Moradin were flawed and far from the God, he accepted it was his Purpose to re-establish the True Code of Moradin. Recently, en route to Straklenheim, he met the Young Human Jorn Von Teagen – a Descendent-Hero among the Dwarven People. Jorn’s family had been assassinated, leaving him Heir to a Murdered Nobility. By Dwarven Honor and Moradin’s Will, Bannock found himself bound to the Holy-Assassin of Ilmater, and ever since the two have become fast friends. He was forced to Raise Arms against his former Brothers-In-Arms, the Now-Corrupted Red Drakkgoon, who served now under Bannock’s age old-rival, and secret Worshipper of Vergadin, Thurin Copperpit. Bannock killed ‘the Bastard’ but he and his allies were captured and forced to battle in the Hammerheart arena. Their lives were spared by the wise Dwarven King, Hogun Wyrmcutter – Through a loophole, their lives could be spared but it would force Bannock to forsake his clanship, and the party to be banished from Straklenheim. Bannock understood the King Good Intent, and accepted the conditions.
Now Bannock has a vision of Moradin – one that is not only restricted to Dwarven Worship – that he believes is closest to the God’s True Will. He seeks to form what he calls the ‘Gold Drakkgoon’ – an organization of Holy Warriors dedicated to no one God, but rather to the general Good of all of Opern – and to stand as defiance to the encroaching darkness. Bannock swears that one day he will liberate his former Order of Red Drakkgoon from the Evils which blind them, and lead the people of Straklenheim, and all the world, closer to The Light – even if it means he must raise his Hammer against his own people once again. He has sworn on his Honor to protect Pallus, Tor, and Jorn Von Teagen – believing they play key roles in a massive change that’s about to occur in Opern.
Bannock doesn’t believe in Coincidence, believing Fate as a predetermined Path forged by Moradin. He’s fairly superstitious, and finds meaning in words to be deep and important – this is partially the Reason he’s so bound to Pallus- whose name is strikingly similar to the Dwarven Word for “Chosen” and holds a particular gravity with Bannock.
(Moradin = All-Creator // Din = Creator/Creating // Paladin = Creator’s Chosen // Pala = Chosen)
Questions Follow Part 1: The Basics
What is your full name?
Where and when were you born?
102 years ago, Straklenheim, Shield District, Taken to Steel District at age 20.
Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.)
Kradden Runeturner (deceased), Moira Ambershard. Father – Architecht/Construction Mother- Jeweler/Gemcutter
Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
Only his brothers in arms. Military comraderie and brotherhood.
Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people.
Just left his Home in the Steel District under the Order and Honor of Hogun Wyrmcutter, as is tradition with the surface-folk since aiding in the Repulsion of the Dragonkind.
What is your occupation?
Paladin of Moradin, Keeper of the Peace, Wandering Justice, Soldier of the Red Drakkgoon (A mixed military/religious sect of warriors.)
Write a full physical description of yourself. You might want to consider factors such as: height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks.
(on character sheet)
To which social class do you belong?
Warrior Class – detailed in Straklenheim.
Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
Are you right- or left-handed?
Left – Considered a Blessing of Moradin (When forging the Dwarves, the mold was a mirror of his image, a majority are right-handed, and those left-handed are considered closer to the God.)
What does your voice sound like?
Gruff and stern, like rocks tumbling down a mountainface.
What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently?
By Moradin’s Hammer/Beard
Part 2: Growing Up
How would you describe your childhood in general?
Military Training, special attention from priests and Red Drakkgoon. Intensive learning and instillment of Justice.
How much schooling have you had?
70 years military training, schooling in history and divine doctrine.
Did you enjoy school?
Enjoyed fulfilling his duty, and knowing his purpose.
Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?
Red Drakkgoon of the Steel District, Straklenheim.
While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them.
After spending 70 years under the Drakkengaard House, he considers Taskmaster Dunn Oathmaker of the Red Drakkgoons, as his mentor, and Deep-Speaker (High Priest) Brand Stonetouched played the role of father figure. While the Taskmaster disciplined Bannocks body and mind, and praised his martial prowess, the Deepspeaker praised Bannock’s sense of justice, and his pursuit of righteousness, and honed his moral compass.
Tell the story of how you first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today.
Bannock heard the call of Moradin as a child. He was taken to the Red Drakkgoon – The Divine Warriors of Straklenheim – and taught their ways.
Part 3: Past Influences
What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
Being Honored as Peace-Keeper to the surface.
Who has had the most influence on you?
Moradin, King Hogan Wyrmcutter, Taskmaster Dunn Oathmaker, Deep-Speaker Brand Stonetouched.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being Honored as Peace-Keeper to the Surface.
What is your greatest regret?
Not knowing his Father before his early death.
When was the time you were the most frightened?
Birth mother fell ill following his father’s death. Priests did not think she would make it. Fortunately, her fever broke, after nearly a month of teetering on the edge of death.
If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?
To return to know his birth father. His sense of family was displaced onto the Red Drakkgoon, so he didn’t expect the shock of his birth father’s death.
What is your best memory?
Sitting in the Pub with his Brothers-In-Arms, enjoying warm hearth, good company, and a shared sense of brotherhood, playing various drinking games.
Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions
Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
Optimistic, tempered with realism.
What is your greatest fear?
The Death of a Brother in Arms under his charge.
What are your religious views?
Worshipper of Moradin. Defender of Dwarvenkind and Bringer of Justice.
What are your political views?
The Castes give us purpose. The King’s Ancestors Guide Him. The Noble Houses Blood runs with Honor.
Moradin guides us all.
What are your views on sex?
’Tis the duty of all dwarves to keep the Clan Strong. There is love only in harmonious purpose.
Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable?
Yes. Destroy the Wicked, Protect the Meek. Kill no man unarmed. Suffer not the Undead to Walk.
Dragonkind must be watched – if their fire warms hearts, welcome him with shield raised, if their fires sear evil into the land, greet him with Hammer swinging.
In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do?
Murder Family, Brother-In-Arms, a Clansmen, prevent entrance to the afterlife.
Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?
Love only exists in Harmonious Purpose. There are many out there whose Forged Path entwines with your own, but only one of them will forge a Key to Moradin’s Gates.
What do you believe makes a successful life?
Serving your God, King, and Clan. Having Reknown and Honor to your name.
How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)? His heart is on his sleeve, as Moradin commands him. He hides his fear, and tries to keep his worry of losing a comrade in battle deep within.
Do you have any biases or prejudices?
Wary and untrusting of Dragonkind. While not a Dwarven-supremecist, he does believes that Humans, despite their ingenuity and adaptability, are too busy to be bothered with finer details of life.
Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances?
Kill the Innocent, Renounce His God, King or Clan, Kill a friend, Kill a Brother in Arms.
Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?
God, King, Brothers-In-Arms, and Mother.
Part 5: Relationships With Others
In general, how do you treat others? Does this change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?
Initially, Bannock is polite, and respectful, but will do no special service until you’ve proved yourself Honorable in his eyes. But, Bannock is still a dwarf, and enough ale makes a friend of any, so long as they do not walk a path strictly of evil. When you get to know him, he is brotherly, and cares for the well being of those about him.
Who is the person you respect the most, and why?
His mother – for giving up her child in the name of a Greater Good.
Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people.
Dannik Boulderruk – A soldier from the Shield district who would join the Red Drakkgoon shortly after Bannock. Though not one of the Holy Knights, he showed great talent as a soldier, and surpassed his peers at such a rate that the Red Drakkgoon honored him with training. He and Bannock became fast friends nearly 60 years, before Dannik went Surface-Side for a martial competition. He now travels the land as a Prize-Fighter, representing Straklenheim. They call him the Red Steel Destroyer, an intimidating title for such a kind soul.
Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?
Dannik Boulderruk, Taskmaster Dunn Oathmaker.
Who is the person you despise the most, and why?
Thurin Copperpit – a fellow brother in arms who cheated in a duel for promotion within the Red Drakkgoon to the rank of Champion. Bannock is certain Thurin sabotaged his armor prior to the fight, but has no solid evidence, and dared not to make such a serious accusation without proof. In private quarters, Thurin has made remarks that suggest such handiwork. Though this duel took place 34 years ago, Bannock still holds a burning grudge.
Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?
Bannock tries to avoid conflict, but his stubborn dwarven nature always gets the best of him. A debate quickly becomes and argument, but only because passions run so high Bannock.
Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?
If necessary, but he will not usurp the commands of one who has the right to lead.
Do you care what others think of you?
Bannock never wants anyone to doubt his Honor or Bravery. As a representitive of Straklenheim, his Clan and King, he must be wary of how others perceive him.
Part 6: Likes And Dislikes
What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
Drinking, Meditating, and recently, woodcutting/carving (its so…peculiar.)
What is your most treasured possession?
His Hammer of Moradin.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food?
What, if anything, do you like to read?
Doctrines of Moradin.
What is your idea of good entertainment?
Lively music accompanied by good drink and dance.
What makes you laugh?
Drunken tom-foolery, so long as no one is seriously harmed.
What, if anything, shocks or offends you?
Blasphemy, dishonoring dwarven-kind.
What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself?
Meditate, Pray, Combat Drills
How do you deal with stress?
Meditation, Prayer, Combat.
Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
All Great Crafts begin with the proper mold.
Part 7: Self Images And Etc.
Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?
Prayer, ‘Hygiene’, Breakfast, Don Gear, Travel, Lunch, Drink, Travel, Camp, Remove Gear, Dinner, Meditation, Sleep. Prefers a routine, but interruptions are often unavoidable.
What is your greatest strength as a person?
Honor in speech and actions.
What is your greatest weakness?
Stubborn, sometimes unwilling to comprimise.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Are you generally introverted or extroverted?
Are you generally organized or messy?
Do you like yourself?
What are your reasons for being an adventurer?
Duty to god and kingdom, and its a great honor.
What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
Bring a great honor to his family and clan.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Walking the Path of Moradin.
If you could choose, how would you want to die?
In Glorious Combat, or as an Old Man so he may enter the Ancestral Gate.
What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?
Sense of Honor and Justice.
What three words best describe your personality?
What three words would others probably use to describe you?