Decius Arrenius Adjutor
History: Decius was born in 972, to a wealthy Kerendan family in the Empire of Thyatis. Coming from a strong religious tradition, Decius forswore his inheritance and took vows with the Church of Thyatis when he was 15. Rather than follow the devout teachings of the clergy, however, he chose instead to follow the more militant traditions of the paladin. In this stead, he embarked upon holy endeavors across the mainland of Thyatis.
Upon first hearing stories of crimes perpetrated against Thyatian settlers in the barbaric land of Traladara to the west, Decius decided to pursue a new holy mission. He would travel the lands of Traladara- renamed Karameikos, under its new Thyatian ruler- and fight against injustices committed against Thyatians, and spread the word of the Church of Thyatis, to gain new converts among the Traladaran natives.
Personality: Decius is a dedicated man, almost to the point of obsession. He firmly believes he is doing the good work of the Immortals in bringing the tenets of the Church of Thyatis to Karameikos. Even as he combats the evils of the land- undead, lycanthropes, and the like- he tries to combat the superstitious beliefs of the Traladaran people, lauding the Immortal patrons of the Church of Thyatis in their stead. He strongly dislikes members of the Order of the Griffon, feeling that they only protect the Thyatian members of the Church of Karameikos- a splinter sect of his own church- when they should be protecting the rights of all Thyatians in the land.
Appearance: Decius is of average height for a Thyatian- 5’ 11”- with a lean build. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes, and goes clean shaven. When on a mission, he wears his armor and full helm, and a purple tabard with red trim. His mount, Celeris, is a rare brown coated Kerendan warhorse with a white mane.
DMing Notes: Decius may be encountered in any inns across the land, as he refuses to take lodging in any Church of Karameikos. He can be a powerful ally to adventurers, though a very single-minded one. His strong pro-Thyatian and religious sentiments may also bring him into conflict with Traladaran characters.
Combat Notes: Male human paladin 6; CR 6; Medium humanoid; HD 6d10+6; hp 53; Init +0; Spd 20 ft.; AC 20, touch 10, flat-footed 20; Base Atk +6; Grp +7; Atk +8 melee (1d8+2/x3, lance +1) or +8 melee (1d8/19-20, silvered masterwork longsword); Full Atk +8/+3 melee (1d8+2/x3, lance +1) or +8/+3 melee (1d8/19-20, silvered masterwork longsword); SA smite evil 2/day, turn undead 5/day; SQ aura of courage, aura of good, detect evil, divine grace, divine health, lay on hands, remove disease 1/week, special mount; AL LG; SV Fort +8, Ref +4, Will +5; Str 12, Dex 10, Con 12, Int 12, Wis 13, Cha 15. *Statistics are age adjusted and include a +1 level bonus to Charisma.
Skills and Feats: Concentration +5, Diplomacy +8, Handle Animal +6, Heal +5, Knowledge (nobility) +5, Knowledge (religion) +9, Ride +4, Sense Motive +8; Divine Cleansing, Divine Resistance, Mounted Combat, Negotiator.
Paladin Spells Prepared (1; save DC 11 + spell level): 1st- bless.
Possessions: Half-plate +1, heavy steel shield, lance +1, potion of cure light wounds (x4), potion of shield of faith (x2), silvered masterwork longsword.
Celeris: Medium Kerendan warhorse; CR -; Large magical beast; HD 7d8+28; hp 66; Init +3; Spd 70 ft.; AC 23, touch 12, flat-footed 20; Base Atk +5; Grp +12; Atk +10 melee (1d4+4, hoof); Full Atk +10/+10 melee (1d4+4, 2 hooves) and +5 melee (1d3+2, bite); Space/Reach 10 ft./5 ft.; SQ improved evasion, low-light vision, scent, share spells, share saves; AL N; SV Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +4; Str 19, Dex 17, Con 19, Int 6, Wis 15, Cha 9.
Skills and Feats: Balance +4, Jump +9, Listen +4, Spot +4; Endurance, Run, Weapon Focus (hoof).
Possessions: Studded leather barding.