Mythic Tier: 6 1/4
Alignment: Chaotic Good
- Age: 25
Black hair, cut short to avoid workshop accidents then left to grow out until it slips into his dark blue eyes, crowns the young man's head. His face is often marked with stubble, not due to a choice of style so much as a lack of concern for little things like being clean shaven when inspiration strikes or when there is work to be done. With somewhat pleasant features and an athletic build, Darias might make for a handsome young bachelor, were it not for his typically nonchalant attitude toward personal grooming, and the fact he seldom smiles. For most of the masses, Darias tends to wear expressions of indifference, annoyance, and occasional disgust. In the presence of politicians, priests, and city watch, he typically wears a sullen scowl. The only time a smile brightens his face is when he strikes upon a new idea, solves a particularly difficult problem, or speaks to someone who he feels is a curious, intelligent soul, not content with being led around like sheep with invisible collars.
Not many folk see him smile with any great frequency.
He wears typical clothes of an artisan most days, sometimes wearing his protective apron away from the forge. He often carries tools wherever he goes (partially in case his services might be needed, and part out of a habit of keeping a weapon close by him).
He has a few scars, mostly due to common childhood misadventures, such as falling while climbing a tree, cutting one's arm while climbing through a brier, or slipping and falling onto hard cobblestone while being chased by a fat merchant who 'misplaced' a few coins… well, typical childhood misadventures for Darias. There are only two really prominent scars noticeable on him. One is a roughly one inch burn mark on the outside of his left palm, due to some initial clumsiness with a red hot iron bar early in Darias's apprenticeship. The other is a two inch gash and slight indentation located behind his right ear, left by a Violetford City Watchman's trucheon even earlier in his youth. (When the rather condescending City Watchman asked him if he had learned his lesson after receiving that blow, the eleven-year-old Darias replied "… I need to duck faster.")
Thief and Malcontent
Fan of protein
|Unarmed Strike||M||B||+11/+6||1d3+3 (L or N)||x2||-||-||-|
|Dagger||M||P or S||+11/+6||1d4+3||19-20/x2||10 ft.||-||-|
|+3 Blacksmith's Hammer (custom weapon - combo of a cross between a light hammer and warhammer/light pick)||M||B/P||+15/+10||1d6+6/1d4+6||x3/x4||-||-||see below for special abilities|
|MW Light Crossbow (Mighty +2)||M||P||+12/+7||1d8+2||19-20/x2||80 ft.||24 (MW); 12 (MW - Heavy Steel)||Also fires Dharven spell grenades|
- Pick grants the Improved Sunder feat, or if the wielder already has Improved Sunder, grants +2 damage to the sunder attempt.
- The wielder always knows the direction to the Hammer and who is currently holding it (if applicable).
- Those who have not activated the hammer (and thus have not been proven worthy to wield it) will find it to be a plain, if masterwork, hammer/pick.
- Base crafting times for blacksmithing (including weaponsmithing and armoring) are reduced by 30%.
- The wielder can concentrate on the hammer for 1 full minute, after which he will know the makeup of the rock strata within 300'.
- Cast make whole as a level 3 caster 5/day (Command word is "korjaus" - old dharven for "repair").
- Wielder can cloak self in refractive bubble 1/day for 1 minute/level, granting self partial concealment (20% miss chance) for the duration. For ranged attacks, it appears as though the attacker is firing through a twisting, churning sheet of water (Command word is "kilpi" - old dharven for "shield").
- Cast create water as a level 5 cleric 3/day (Command word is "luoda vetta" - old dharven for "create water").
- Weapon has the crossguarded power descriptor (If any enemy provokes an attack of opportunity by moving into or through the threatened area of the wielder, the wielder gets to make his attack of opportunity at an additional +1 bonus. If it hits, the foe is blocked and can no longer make any move actions for 1 full round.).
- The wielder can make attack rolls against persistent magical effects. (The wielder must roll vs. an AC of 10 + spell level + caster's relevant ability mod. If the attack succeeds, the wielder rolls a standard damage roll; the spell effect must suffer damage equal to 11 + caster's level to be broken. The spell effect is treated as having fast healing 3 and is immune to sneak attack, elemental damage, etc.; only the base damage of the weapon counts against the spell effect.)
- Moradin's aura begins to suffuse the weapon; it glows a dim, dull red when wielded in battle. This red glow provides torchlight within 20' of the wielder at will. The aura also strikes creatures as if it were part of the hammer itself, granting 5' of Reach.
- Can recraft/reshape existing spells or magical items using the hammer and Spellcraft. The effective level cannot be increased without assistance from a spellcaster, but the current effects can be modified to another effect or combination of effects of the same effective level. Enchantment modification takes half again as much time as it normally would.
|Armor Type||Weight||L/M/H||Speed||AC||Max DEX||Armor Check Penalty||Arcane Failure|
|+1 Brightsteel Chainmail||20 lbs.||Light||30 ft.||+6||+4||-2||20%|
|Leather||15 lbs.||Light||30 ft.||+2||+6||0||10%|
|Skill||Ability||Class||Abil Mod||Ranks||Class Bonus||Racial Bonus||Armor||Magic||Total|
|Craft (Alchemy)||Int||Class||8||4||3 (Craftsman's Sense)||-||-||-||+15|
|Craft (Blacksmithing)||Int||Class||8||14||2 (MW tools) + 3 (Craftsman's Sense) + (+6 (Mythic Craft - only magic items)) + (+5 (Mythic Crafter - only non-mythic magic items))||-||-||-||+27 (+33/+32/+38)|
|Craft (Jeweler)||Int||Class||8||2||2 (MW tools) + 3 (Craftsman's Sense) + (+6 (Mythic Craft - only magic items)) + (+5 (Mythic Crafter - only non-mythic magic items))||-||-||-||+15 (+21/+20/+26)|
|Craft (Shipwright)||Int||Class||8||5||3 (Craftsman's Sense) + (+6 (Mythic Craft - only magic items)) + (+5 (Mythic Crafter - only non-mythic magic items))||-||-||-||+16 (+22/+21/+27)|
|Craft (Trapsmithing)||Int||Class||8||5||2 (MW tools) + 3 (Craftsman's Sense) + (+6 (Mythic Craft - only magic items)) + (+5 (Mythic Crafter - only non-mythic magic items))||-||-||-||+18 (+24/+23/+29)|
|Craft (Woodworking)||Int||Class||8||14||-||-||-||+27 (+33/+32/+38)|
|Disable Device*||Int||Class||8||14||2 (MW tools - tinkering) + 3 (Craftsman's Sense) + (+6 (Mythic Craft - only magic items)) + (+5 (Mythic Crafter - only non-mythic magic items))||-||-||-||+27 (+33/+32/+38)|
|Handle Animal*||Cha||Cross||-1||7 (14)||-||-||-||-||+6|
|Knowledge* (Architecture & Engineering)||Int||Class||8||7||3 (Craftsman's Sense)||-||-||-||+18|
|Knowledge* (Local: Brightmill)||Int||Class||8||3||-||-||-||-||+11|
|Knowledge* (Local: Violetford)||Int||Class||8||3||-||-||-||-||+11|
|Knowledge* (Local: Across)||Int||Class||8||11||-||-||-||-||+19|
|Open Lock*||Dex||Class||3||7||3 (Craftsman's Sense)||-||-||-||+13|
|Ride (something)||Dex||Cross||3||1 (2)||-||-||-||-||+4|
|Sleight of Hand*+||Dex||Class||3||4||-||-||-2||-||+5|
|Speak Language* (Islander)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Faeon)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Equaen)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Aodzhiv)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Riersche)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Sjef Lis)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Török)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Miera)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (K'goli)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Speak Language* (Tayeb)||N/A||Cross||-||Fluent||-||-||-||-||-|
|Use Magic Device*||Cha||Class||-1||4||-||-||-||-||+3|
* denotes a trained-only skill
+ denotes armor check penalty applies
Number of Skills: Class (8) + Int Bonus (8) + Generic bonus for group (2) + Human bonus (1) + Apprentice (2) = 21
- Sneak Attack +6d6
- Trap Sense +3 Craftsman's Sense +3 (bonus to all Craft, Disable Device, Open Lock and Knowledge rolls pertaining to crafting)
- Uncanny Dodge - Retain Dex bonus to AC even when flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. Still lose Dex bonus when immobilized.
- Improved Uncanny Dodge - Cannot be flanked, unless by a Rogue 4 levels higher.
- Opportunist - Make an AoO against opponent struck in melee 1/round.
- Light Armor Proficiency
- Simple Weapon Proficiency
- Martial Weapon Proficiency (Hand Crossbow, Hammer, Light Pick, Sap, Shortbow, Short Sword)
- Apprentice (Craft: Blacksmithing and Knowledge: Architecture & Engineering as class skills; +2 skill points for level; various story-based ties to Master)
- Improved Unarmed Combat - Your unarmed strikes can deal lethal or nonlethal damage. You do not provoke AoOs for attacking unarmed.
- (Mythic) Iron Will - +2 to will saves. - (Mythic) Roll will saves twice and take higher result.
- (Mythic) Combat Expertise - Take a 1 to 5 penalty on attack rolls. Add the same amount as a dodge bonus to AC. - (Mythic) Gain an additional +2 dodge bonus when using Combat Expertise. Spend a mythic power to remove the penalty to attack rolls for 1 minute.
- (Mythic) Improved Inititative - +4 to initiative rolls. - (Mythic) +Mythic tier level to initiative rolls. Spend mythic power to treat an initiative roll as a natural 20.
- Toughness - +1 hit point per character level
- Master Craftsman - You can purchase Item Creation feats as a magic user and craft magic items (applies to Craft: Blacksmithing and Craft: Woodworking).
- Craft Permanent Magical Item - You may craft a magical item with permanent effects (but not those with spell completion components).
- Weapon Focus (Blacksmith's Hammer) - +1 on attack rolls with this weapon.
- Mythic Crafter (All Item Creation Feats) - You can craft mythic items. You get a +5 bonus on crafting non-mythic magic items.
- Hard to Kill - Automatically stabilize without Con check when below 0 hp. Still lose hp for taking actions. Still lose hp from bleed damage. You don't die until your hp drop below double your Con score.
- Surge - Spend mythic power as immediate action to add 1d8 to any d20 roll (after roll is revealed but before results are revealed).
- Custom Power - Quick Language Comprehension (DC 18 Int check 1/day - 5 success equals fluency - -2 DC for every failure until a success is scored)
- Trickster Attack - Surprise Strike - Spend mythic power as swift action, make melee or ranged attack at target within 30 ft., in addition to any other attacks this round. Target is flat-footed, regardless of any abilities or class features. Add mythic tier to result. Damage bypasses DR.
- Mythic Craft - Use craft skill at double normal rate, and can make item masterwork by just paying for the better materials. Add tier for any checks related to crafting magical items.
- Deadly Dodge - Expend mythic power as swift action. Gain +4 dodge bonus until start of next turn. During this time, if creature misses melee attack against you, it draws an AoO. You can take this attack or force creature to reroll attack and change the target to a creature of your choice within the attacker's reach.
- Assured Skill - Free action before skill check, use mythic power to roll twice and take the higher result. Add tier to total.
- Trickster Attack - Deadly Throw - Spend mythic power as swift action, draw thrown weapon or alchemical item and make ranged attack. Does not provoke AoO. Roll twice for attack, take better result, and add tier to the roll. Item lands adjacent to target if you miss.
- Recuperation - At 3rd tier, restored to full HP after 8 hour rest. Expend use of mythic power and rest 1 hour to regain up to 1/2 HP and any use-per-day-limited class features (treated as 8 hour rest).
- Defensive Move - Designate one opponent per round. Unless attempting to move through that opponent's space, no movements of yours draw attacks of opportunity. Can take this ability more than once to designate multiple opponents per round.
- Mythic Saves - Any successful saves vs non-Mythic spells/special abilities means that you suffer no effects.
- Sleepless - No longer require sleep. Abilities and class features that require rest to refresh can be regained after 1 hour of meditation.
- Force of Will - As an immediate action, spend a mythic power to reroll any d20 roll you just made. You must take the second result. You may also force a non-mythic creature to reroll a d20 roll.
- Elemental Bond (Fire) - You gain resistance 20 to Fire. At 9th tier, this resistance increases to 30. Whenever you cast a Fire spell or craft an item with a Fire spell or property, add your tier to your caster level for that spell. You can use the Heat Metal spell 3/day per the spell description (caster level = character level), and if you have any kind of forge or bonfire you can burn a casting to control the temperature of it precisely for 8 hours.
- Mythic Power: 15/day
Craft Points: 6258
Darias acquired Torin from a farmer in the town of Kistner. Torin was partly trained (understood basic commands) and was roughly 6 months old at the time. His birthdate is August 3rd of the first year the PCs found themselves on the mainland.
Torin has matured/is maturing into a very loyal and protective wolfhound of white undercoat with mostly steel-grey topcoat. He is placid when confronted with noise and even spellcasting and follows Darias closely, though he's very friendly with all of the party members.
Fully grown, he'll be around 34 inches tall and 165 lb, give or take 5; he's a little stockier than average, but he's not fat. He doesn't like being left along or ignored for long and will begin gnawing on or digging into things if people leave him completely unstimulated for more than a few hours. Thankfully, Jotham's early teachings stuck with him, and he's easily correctable. Yoshirou-Mura also tends to take care of him when she can - if Darias is amenable, she might have worked out a somewhat-civil arrangement to take care of him in the afternoons while she and Aida are working with Moxie.
Torin is no coward and is willing to be trained to fight, though he's a little shy of it after having been so badly hurt by that troll. He's okay if people are around and he can get some attention now and again, but he does very poorly if left completely alone. He's not clingy and is happy to go lay in a corner for a while so long as someone remains in sight.
Torin basically doesn't bark, with the exception of barking in reply to alarm-barks from Firefox.
Darias is growing closer to Torin. He really appreciates Torin, particularly since he likes to keep him company at the forge. It's also Darias having to take care of something that's dependent upon him. He's letting his guard down a bit.
Tricks Torin Knows: Attack (includes flanking), Come, Down, Guard, Heel, and Stay
- Airship "Thunderhead"
- Below 5,000 ft. - Travels 50 ft. per round (~10 mph) - Requires constant piloting - Requires constant monitoring of weather
- Above 5,000 ft. - Travels 100 ft. per round (~20 mph) - Requires far less strenuous piloting - Requires monitoring for magical anomalies
- Statue of Babyr Thodar (Fharlangn) - +50% travel time to all within 60ft. or one vehicle (~20 mph/~40 mph)
- Trademark: Silhouette of an anvil; within the anvil, a blacksmith's hammer and tongs form a "V," with tongs on the left and hammer on the right; tongs hold an outstretched bird's wing at the shoulder, the wing pointing right; at the base of the "V," to the left is a small Brightmill "B," and to the right, a small image of Torin Pike's trademark
- MW Blacksmithing Tools
- MW Tinkering Tools
- MW Woodworking Tools
- MW Jeweler's Tools
- Bells, ropes, and other basic alarm/trap making items
- Candles (12)
- Chalk (1)
- Flint and steel
- Rope (silk - 50 ft.)
- Sewing needle
- Tindertwig (6)
- Artisan's outfit
- Explorer's outfit
- 8 Throwing Daggers in a bandolier-style sheath on his left thigh
- Book of blank paper (for sketches)
- Trail Rations (14 days)
- Sack (4)
- Soap (1 lb.)
- Cold weather outfit
- Aelven wine (1 bottle)
- Growl'zek fabric (many square yards)
- Wax/Coating for fabric
- Crossbow and other aelven crafting parts
- Aelven book of bow-making (wood-lamination)
- Aelven book of jewelry-making (wire extrusion)
- Aelven book of literature (language)
- Aelven book of local wildlife (particularly birds)
- Blacksmith's goggles and leather mask (Hrist)
- Blacksmith's goggles (Hrist)
- Ridgi necklace (Dharven Trickery/Secrets/Guilds Deity - Hatchet crossing crescent moon) (150 gp)
- Infinite Quill
- Cold Crystals (2)
- Oil of Silence (3 applications) - -2 Armor check penalty to Move Silently checks
- Magical Collar/Leash - 1/day for 1 minute, can turn animal wearing collar into dire version of that animal
- Dharven Crossbow Bolt Heads (10)
- MW Dharven Crossbow Bolt Head (1)
- Handy Haversack (10 pouches, each pouch holds up to 50 lbs. and up to 10 ft.3 - backpack always weighs 25 lbs.)
- "Woven Wings" (Hang Glider)
- Dharven steel (5 lbs.)
- Dharven Fire-Forged Steel (8 lbs.)
- Virag (5 lbs.) (60 lbs. chest with gong lock)
- Dharven heavy steel (7 lbs. 4 oz.)
- Hravn (5 lb.)
- Rakel (Platinum) (1 lb.) (50 pp = 500 gp)
- Bright Steel (Mithril) (5 lb. )
- Argia (1/3 oz.)
- Anti-Worm (1/2 oz.) (1 part Argia, 10 parts Bright Steel, 12 parts Rakel, 10 parts Heavy Steel)
- Mystery Dream Metal (0 lb.)
- Silver (5 lbs.) (250 sp = 25 gp)
- Gold (3 lbs.) (150 gp)
- 1 Diamond (~250 gp each) - 250 gp
- 4 Topaz (~50 gp each) - 200 gp
- 3 Rubies (~125 gp each) - 375 gp
- 1 Emerald (425 gp)
- 3 Citrines (~60 gp each) - 180 gp
- 0 Green Tsavorite -
- 6 Amethyst (~90 gp each) - 540 gp
- 4 Yellow Spinels (~ 130 gp each) - 520 gp
- 0 Blue Saphire -
- 1 Emerald - 900 gp
- 2 Cat's Eyes (~70 gp each) - 140 gp
- 0 Pink Tourmaline -
- 0 White Diamond -
- 0 Blue Diamond -
- 7 Amber (~45 gp each) - 315 gp
- 1 Opal - 85 gp
- 0 Garnets -
- 5 pp + 35 gp + 7 sp + 10 cp
- 1,650 gp in materials for pocket forge
Discoveries from Across
- New animal species
- Aelven owls - The shape of their wings gives Darias ideas on how he might shape the wings on his wooden bird
- Giant Lightning Hawk (Thunderbird) - Though probably magical, the fact a bird this large can fly might have great insights for the wooden bird design
- Walking trees - I do not like these
- Aelven wood lamination techniques
- Elves use them to make strong-draw bows
- May be the key to a light-weight frame for the wooden bird
- Waxleaf sap - the juice of a broad-leaf plant found in the southwestern forests; when properly distilled, is major ingredient in aelphin fire-resist paste (when properly mixed with a few other flowers and boiled down, creates paste that dries clear and provides minor fire resistance (basically DR 2 vs fire))
- Aelven wire-extrusion techniques
- Elves use them for intricate jewelry-making
- Useful for mousetraps, and possibly for crossbow parts or wooden bird connections
- Dharven cart lift system
- Might well be adapted to run Golddale mines far more efficiently
- Languages! (fascinating)
- New fabrics
- Growl'zek fabric (silk) sold by orcs in Hallvar
- Very light and incredibly strong - might be a good material for wooden bird wings
- Kk'(barkgrowl), heavy canvas-like cloth sold by orcs in Hallvar
- Heavy canvas-like cloth - possibly also a good material for the wooden bird
- Growl'zek fabric (silk) sold by orcs in Hallvar
- New stones
- Dharven use this stone for blacksmith goggles
- Might make good flying goggles too
- New metals
- Argia - It exists Across!
- Rakel (platinum)
- Soft, rare, expensive, beautiful
- Compass metal?
- Very light… useful for wooden bird?
- Dharven Heavy Steel (Adamantine)
- Incredibly dense and heavy
- Excellent for weapons/armor
- Knows how to work it thanks to Boon
- Dhaven Bright Steel (Mithril)
- Silvery, lighter than steel, as strong as steel or stronger
- Useful for armor/weapons/bits of wooden bird frame
- Knows how to work it thanks to Boon
- Dharven steel
- Much like normal steel but slightly lighter and stronger
- Warm! - The more you put together, the hotter it gets
- Dharven use it for incredibly hot forges
- Virág is a dharven-mined green-bronze metal roughly the same weight as steel, though it is slightly weaker. Still, when properly forged (at a +5 DC), it can be used in many of the same ways as steel. Virág has an additional unusual property that requires three times as much time and a +15-DC craft check to achieve. The forging process is involved and taxing. The craftsman must carefully heat, forge, and half-quench the metal; he must then re-head the metal, forge it into a different shape, and again half-quench it. He can do this up to 5 times, and immediately before each half-quenching, he must start the object ringing with a different tuning fork. Once done, he must then fully quench the metal. When this is done, the metal will hold its shape until struck by a tuning fork of the same tone used in the forging. It will then ring out and shift into the form associated with that tone. This change takes a full round. This only works if the majority of the item is crafted from virág; items with virág accents or embellishments cannot change form, being held to its form by the other materials. Virág is a rare and difficult-to-work-with material, nearly as rare as gold. Virág symbolizes malleability, transformation, or water.
- Knows how to work it thanks to Drahomira
- Dharven Fire-Forged Steel
- Absorbs fire damage/heat and channels it back to one edge of the metal
- Useful for armor or weapons
- Dharven Frost-Forged Steel
- Absorbs cold damage/cold and channels it back to one edge of the metal
- Somewhat useful for armor or weapons
- New woods
- Strong, dense, heavy, and hard wood used in aelphin laminated woods
- Very springy when thinly cut
- Peelable wood whose rings are loosely bound to one another
- Used in aelphin papers
- Aelphin laminate wood (includes oak, hornwood, and a few others to make a strong, springy laminate for their bows)
8-Hour Periods Spent Crafting: 3
Chris's questions to aid in character development:
What about friends — got any? Close ones? Regular acquaintances?
On the opposite end of that spectrum, what about enemies? How powerful are they?
Where did you learn the tricks of your trade? Did you receive schooling (most mages and priests do; mages apprentice and priests join a temple, but when, how, and why)? Did you have a natural affinity but little training? Did your parents or another family member teach you?
Do you belong anywhere (e.g., guild, organization, etc.)? If so, where? How did you get involved?
What kind of person are you? Try to name some traits of yours… and WHY do you have these traits? Do you even know, or are they just integral to your personality… just because?
How do you feel about authority figures? Why?
Why is your moral code (or alignment, if appropriate) what it is?
What motivates you deep down inside?
Finally, try to list some quirks or identifying mannerisms. I usually aim for between 10 and 20 little quirks, like "strokes his goatee when thinking" or "has trouble looking people directly in the eyes." Just jot down anything that comes to mind about yourself. Don’t forget to jot other notes as you play; half the fun (or more) is how your character can grow during the course of a campaign.
Ted's char grew up in Violetford and apprenticed to blacksmith in Brightmill to make finicky bits
Carol's cat's name is Mousetrap; coincidentally, Ted's char invented a mechanical mousetrap.
Ted's character volunteers to go to the Endworld with the lumberjacks occasionally. In exchange for his work helping maintain their tools, etc., he gets to learn about ironwoods first-hand and tries to throw his mechanical birds from the Endworld towards one of the Watchers. Hasn't managed to get the birds close yet, but he keeps improving his designs.
More important to him to be right than to be liked/safe
Inventions he has Completed/Working On/Dreaming Up
- Mousetrap (Completed)
- Great Wooden Bird/Woven Wings (Hang Glider) (Completed)
- Various Fancy Birdhouses (Completed/Working On)
- New Forms of Hunting Traps (Completed/Working On/Dreaming Up)
- New Crossbow Design (Mighty) (Completed)
- New Crossbow Design (Repeating) (Dreaming Up)
- Storage for Ice/Iced Milk (Dreaming Up)
- Bridges for Brightmill (Working On/Dreaming Up)
- Aquaduct Designs for Transporting Water from Brightmill to Violetford (would provide fast-flowing water… better for city than channeling the slow-moving river or digging wells… also easier… first primitive notions of a sewage system) (Working On/Dreaming Up)
- Puzzle Toys (Completed/Workinng On/Dreaming Up)
- Experiment with different shapes for plate armor to better deflect blows (Dreaming Up/Working On/Completed)
- Idea for a mechanical contraption consisting of pulleys, gears and chains that could be set up near a large tree, looped around it, and allow one or two men to pull the tree pout of the ground (Dreaming Up) (Unlikely to succeed)
- Idea for a "cherry picker" that could allow a logger to cut a tree from the top down… or allow rapid transit up and down lookout posts, etc… perhaps a large version could even lift large logs up sheer cliff faces?… possibly leads to a crude cable-car? (Working On/Dreaming Up)
- Primitive pump to draw Timmer's ale out of his barrels… started working on this after Timmer remarked his barrels took up too much room on his first floor, and going down to the basement was hard on his legs… also considering solving this by creating an "elevator" for him (Working On/Dreaming Up)
- Armored wagon - thinking about asking Maleos to see if he can make it move on it's own
- Airship (Working On) - Controlled heat production, mechanical propellers, and minor design issues the biggest hold ups
- Gunpowder (Working On)
- Firearms (Dreaming Up)
- Dharven Fire-Forged Steel Oven (Already Exists/Dreaming Up)
- Radiator (Dreaming Up)
Note: I created a forum post with some more ideas that I'd thought of based on a recent conversation. There might be others that come up during discussions or whatever. I just threw the forum post out there in case anything that actually would interest Darias comes up. - CME
- During his youth (around the time he was apprenticed out) he decided to pronounce his name Dah-RYE-as, as opposed to DARE-ree-us. His mother and sister are the only ones he'll tolerate calling him DARE-ree-us. Friends sometimes call him Dare (nickname from juvenile delinquent days - would do a lot on a dare), and he'll tolerate that.
- Tends to get quiet and a little shifty/bristly when City Watch members are around - similar but less so when militia, political leaders, priests, or other authority figures are around.
- Can do a lot of various bird calls - likes to birdwatch when in the woods - has made a few somewhat elaborate and aesthetically pleasing birdhouses/birdfeeders to place outside his sleeping quarters and the shop.
- Mother told him lots of riddles when he was young. He knows hundreds, and enjoys hearing and making up new ones. When he does a small project for someone, he'll give them a small (usually around 1%) discount if they can stump him with a riddle he's never heard.
- Loves fish - particularly poached Gliderfish with drawn butter prepared at Timmer's Tavern in Brightmill (his favorite eating establishment - comes for the fish and to converse with Timmer).
- Loves iced milk - introduced to it while doing a short apprenticeship with a jeweler and a study of mining techniques in Golddale - has even begun thinking up ways he might be able to transport and store the sweet treat in his spare time
- Colors he likes: Purple, Green, Brown
- Colors he doesn't like: Orange
- Doesn't have a high opinion of the gods - believes they probably exist, but looks at them much the same way he looks at most authority figures… "What gives you the right to tell me what to do?" - has sometimes mused that perhaps the Isle of Mists isn't a paradise, but more of a prison (it certainly feels like a prison quite often… and why do the watchers face in?…)
Darias was born in the midst of a mighty thunderstorm on a warm summer night. The weather could easily be seen as prophetic for his youth. Born to Vandar Yaren, a prominent member of the Violetford City Watch, and his loving wife, Hirisa, Darias would prove to be a great challenge for his parents.
Growing up, Darias was obviously gifted, though it took some time to notice. He began walking early but did not speak until the age of two, though he was always moving about and exploring the world around him. When he grew older, he made a habit of taking things around the home apart and, occasionally, putting it back together. In an attempt to further develop his mind, and spare the furniture, Darias's father carved him building blocks and other toys to occupy his mind. His mother, an intelligent woman fond of learning, also devoted a lot of time telling stories to Darias. Darias particularly enjoyed stories where a hero could solve a puzzle. Eventually, Hirisa began making up all kinds of riddles to tell to Darias. She even started making Darias solve riddles in order to get desserts or treats during the day. Darias began to get very good a riddles very quickly.
About four years after Darias was born, his sister Aida came into the world. As might be expected, the new baby took a great deal of time, energy, and attention from the parents… time, energy, and attention that used to go to Darias. Also as might be expected, the four year old Darias was not thrilled with his new sister. As Aida grew older, she began following her brother around everywhere, asking him questions and wanting to participate in everything he did. To make things worse, at least in Darias's mind, his mother and father often made him take his sister with him and watch her wherever he went. Imagine, he had to be responsible for looking after her! He couldn't go exploring or playing in peace. Further, she'd go telling mother and father anything "bad" he might be contemplating doing. She was no fun at all!
Once, he tried slipping away from her while exploring in the woods. He was making his way away when he heard her crying loudly and calling out for him and their parents. He felt supremely bad about that and ran back, telling her it was okay. From that point on, he didn't try to lose her again. He did try to sideline and ignore her quite often, but never abandon her again. While they were never best friends, Darias did fall easily into the big brother role. Once, when she was eight years old, she got a new dress made for her by their mother, and Aida was going with eleven year old Darias into the market to show it off to people. When they passed a trio of roughly fifteen year old boys, one of the group started hollering at her, mocking her dress and teasing her. She didn't cry, but Darias could certainly tell she was hurt by the taunts. He walked right up to the boy in question, looked him right in the eye, and then punched him as hard as he could right in his metaphorical coin purse. The rest of the fight went far less favorably for Darias. Still, the beating was worth it, just to see the older bully slumped down on the ground… and when Aida hugged him and bragged about him to their mother when they got home.
Sadly, Darias's father would not be around to hear that story. When Darias was ten, Tybalt Greenfall, another Guardsman and friend of Darias's father, came to their home in the middle of the day, face grim and jaw set. He told Darias's mother that Vandar had been crushed by a runaway cart of militia supplies, which was being taken out for yearly maneuvers. Hirisa tried to feel her way to a chair to sit, then just fell to the floor and began to weep, clutching an also crying Aida to her. Darias, shocked and afraid, stood dead-faced and stock still for a minute, then made to run out of the door. In his child's mind, he was going to find his father and he would be okay. Tybalt reached out and stopped Darias, despite the boy's now tearful protestations, and told him he needed to stay with his mother and sister. Leading him too his grief-stricken mother and sister, Darias sat down with them, cried with them, and began to truly resent the Watch, the Militia, and most any authority figures he might meet.
Darias was never what one would call a follower. He was always questioning, and exploring, always fiddling and tinkering with things, always getting into things people didn't want him getting into. While there was very little in terms of written knowledge for Darias to pour over, it was clear from an early age that he was a prodigy, and it didn't take long once Darias got older for him to figure out that most people weren't as "clear thinking" as he was. Nevertheless, they always wanted to tell him where to go, what to do, what to think… and usually with little explanation, foolish explanations, or no explanations at all. Darias's parents told him what to do, but if he asked, they always told him why, and they usually seemed to have good reasons. They also let him make mistakes if he ignored their warnings. He thus tended to see his parents as fonts of wisdom, and he held his mother, and especially his father, in high regard.
Where Hirisa always dreamed of taking on the traditional role of wife and mother, Vandar Yaren was not so fortunate in his life's path. While he too dreamed of being a parent, he had no desire to become a City Watchman. He first apprenticed in his youth to a woodworker, and fell in love with the craft. He hoped to one day take over his own shop and build furniture and other various works of woodcraft for his trade. Then, he met Hirisa, and they decided to marry and start a family. Unfortunately, there was little work at the time for woodworkers in Violetford, with many of the populace taking up that trade in the city at that time. Needing to find a way to support his family, he turned to the career path that paid the most, which meant joining the City Guard. As it turned out, Vandar was quite good at law enforcement. He had a strong back, a strong sword arm, and a virtuous heart. He made an excellent impression with his fellow guardsmen and was very well liked in the community. Nevertheless, while he enjoyed those opportunities to help and protect the people, he often looked on his chosen career with regret. He would have been far happier building a kitchen table for a family rather than enforcing the edicts of the town leaders and dealing with drunks and criminals. Darias listened whenever Vandar came home exhausted and offhandedly commented on the difficulties of having to play the enforcer for some curfew ordinance, or deal with drunks night after night, or even to inform a parent that their child, of any age, was maimed or killed, whether by malice or misadventure. Darias listened and, unsurprisingly, began to pick up on his father's underlying weariness with the Watch.
So, after his father's death, Darias's natural chaffing at what he perceived as useless rules made by foolish people, coupled with his father's underlying regrets and occasional distaste of the Watch, came to firmly cement in him an abiding distrust in, and contempt for, most forms of authority.
Family and Relationships
- Vandar Yaren, deceased father
- Hirisa Yaren (Here-REE-sah), mother
- Aida Yaren, younger sister
- Master Torin Pike, blacksmith and Darias's mentor
- Maleos, a childhood friend from Violetford
- Tristan Mason, another childhood friend from Violetford
- Moira Tellos, another childhood friend from Violetford
- Timmer Norintosh, owner/cook at Timmer's Tavern in Brightmill
- Tybalt Greenfall, Violetford guardsman and former partner of Vandar
- other minor characters/friends/enemies
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