Swordsman. Gladiator. King. The names by which Talys Kait-Cintel will become known are legion and few of them are good. Were fate any less cruel, he would have become the Sword-Captain of the High King's Companions and sworn to shed his blood at the order of the Conti line. But fate is ever a fickle bitch, and there are no more Conti to obey.
To know Talys' life, one must start with his parents. A swordsman of amazing skill and impossible charisma, Talyn Kait-Cintel was the unknowing son of Aineias Firebringer. At the battle of Dendera Pass, it was Kait-Cintel who rescued High King Rohan from Slayers, single-handedly throwing back an entire team of the dreaded assassins. In gratitude, the High King elevated the common swordsman to the highest ranks of nobility, bestowing upon him titles and immense wealth. It took only a single look for the King's sister to fall in love with the deadly swordsman.
When Talys married Lady Dena, he made more than a few enemies, not the least of which was Lord Lothar Hama, Sword-Captain of the High King's Companions who had long desired her for himself. As Kait-Cintel's star rose, Hama's fell and the once-famous Sword-Captain fell into disrepute, stripped of his titles and rank when he openly spoke of the High King's "whore of a sister." Hama disappeared for several years, finally reappearing at the head of an army with a single purpose: depose the High King. War broke out in peaceful Astuial.
In the ninth year of the campaign, High King Rohan erred. Despite repeated warnings of assassination by his Seers, he sent his new Sword-Captain and brother-in-law back to capital of Meidun to protect the newly born heir, Leigh. And in the hour that Talyn departed, the Slayers came again, and this time, the High King was slain.
When Talyn came to Meidun, the war had beaten him there and the walls of the Unbroken City had tumbled down. He came too late to rescue his wife from Hama's deadly affections, but stole away with his son and the King's heir. For a year, they stayed one step ahead of the assassins and, making a horrible mistake, sought to hide out in the Vovagia Republic. Within weeks, both he and young Leigh were dying of the deadly Widow's Kiss poison; it fell to the 10-year old Talys to give them both the mercy stroke.
Less than a year passed before Talys was seized by Vovagia authorities for having poisoned a man with the same poison that had killed his father; though he told no one and stoically accepted being cast into the gladiatorial pits, it was obvious that the man had been responsible for Talyn's death.
For twelve years, destiny forged Talys into a deadly weapon. Already cold and hard, the daily chance of death at a stranger's hand, or worse a friend's, forced him to become an emotionless killer. His refusal to accept the accolades of the crowd was greeted not with scorn but wild abandon and he became known as Strongheart.
In 1089 CE, destiny intervened once more. Before his eyes, assassins attacked a noblewoman and her Bloodguard; striking quickly and efficiently, Kait-Cintel leaped into action, saving the life of the noblewoman's daughter, Trissia Domitia Iuliania. In an action that was oddly ironic given his father's rise to power, Lady Iuliania purchased his freedom. Within the year, he would again save her life, this time entirely by accident, but chose to accept when she offered him a place in her guard. At her War-Captain's insistence, he was taken before a Seer who spoke a Prophecy that linked him to Lady Iuliania; "Near him, she must remain, lest her thread be cut by war." He has yet to reveal what the Seer told him privately.
Late in the year, he retrieved the Weapon and Lady Iuliania swore a Greater Oath to him; it is difficult to determine which of two was more surprised by the Oath. Now the eyes of the Gods are now upon him and the storm is coming...
Vovagi Armsman 6/Blademaster 3/Gladiator 3; Init +15 (+5 Dex, +2 Blooded, +4 Improved Initiative, +5 Weapon); Defense 28 (+8 class, +5 Dex, +5 Weapon); Spd 30; HP 162; Atk +25/+20/+15 melee (2d6+5, 19-20/x2, Joachim's Blade); SQ: Arc of the moon, armor compatibility, exhaust opponent, Heron-mark, improved feint, parting the silk (1/day), study opponent +5, the Void, uncanny dodge (Dex to Defense); SV Fort +11, Ref +11, Will +6; SZ M; Rep 6; Str 16, Dex 21, Con 16, Int 16, Wis 11, Cha 20*.
Equipment: Joachim’s Blade, masterpiece studded leather armor
Skills: Balance +10, Bluff +14, Composure +12, Innuendo +6, Intimidate +12, Knowledge (swordforms) +8, Ride +10, Sense Motive +5, Tumble +19
Feats: Blooded**, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, EWP (Warder’s sword), Great Cleave ***Improved Initiative, Iron Will*, Mobility, Power Attack*, Quick Draw, The Dark One’s Own Luck x5***, Weapon Focus (Greatsword), Weapon Focus (Warder’s sword)
* This character is Ta’averen and gains the Iron Will and Power Attack Feats for free, in addition to a bonus +2 to Charisma & Prime Attributes.
**This character is actually of Astuiali birth but has spent the majority of his life in Vovagi and therefore is considered a native of that nation.
***This character gains these feats as a bonus due to Joachim's Blade. He cannot use these feats without the Weapon.
Joachim’s Blade: Divine Artifact; WP 102; Atk +10 (Greatsword – adds this bonus to wielder’s BAB); Fort +17, Ref +10, Will +15; SQ: DR 50, enhanced saving throws; Features
|<6||Instant death, no save allowed.|
|7-15||Fort save (DC30) or die instantly. Success takes normal dmg.|
|16+||Fort save (DC30) or be reduced to 0 HP. Success takes normal dmg.|