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Gheil

Description

Gheil is rather small and quirky, as far as Lizardfolk go. He must be rather old, but it's quite hard to tell for certain. Perhaps magic has helped him keep his youthful appearance, for his scales are a beautiful glossy green and his claws and teeth are bright and sharp.

Backstory

A long time ago, Gheil was a powerful Lizardfolk mage. He was a leader of his kin, who lived in fetid swamps and he was ashamed of their less intelligent and sophisticated nature. Working with a visionary and forward-thinking human, he founded a large city that was to be a site of unity between Lizardfolk and Humankind, a site to make his lizardfolk brethren civilized. Gheil was always suspicious of the humans, however, and the uneasy peace between the humans and the lizardfolk didn't hold out. The city was soon segregated into a human side and a lizardfolk side, and some of the racist humans began inciting violence against lizardfolk, posing as lizardfolk to incite violence against lizardfolk, etc.

Gheil, slowly becoming embittered, imprisoned his fellow founder in a hidden dungeon and disappeared himself, making it look like a hunting accident that they both died in. Without their strong leaders the city quickly descended into further violence and chaos. Gheil planned to let the racial pot stir and boil before returning to magically enslave the humans. However, during his visits to the prison some piece of his fellow founder's compassionate nature must have rubbed off on Gheil. He eventually freed his fellow founder and, their relationship repaired, restored order to their city.

That time is long passed. The city still exists, and Gheil still rules there in name (though he rarely actually appears there anymore), but his fellow founder died of old age long ago. Without his friend around, Gheil quickly reverted to his old, embittered, and racist ways. He keeps the city mostly in order with both humans and lizardfolk because it has become an important trading nexus, a fact that greatly benefits him, but Gheil is no longer kind or compassionate to humans. He keeps a number of human slaves around (though the fact is not visible or even known in his city), despite not being willing to enslave other sentient creatures, and will always think the worst of humans.

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Gheil

CR 20

Male Lizardfolk Mage 5 / Mindbender 1[1] / Mystic of the Chain 1 / Alchemist 1 / Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil 7[1] / Immortalist 5
N Medium Outsider
Init/Senses /Listen , Spot
AC , touch , flat-footed
(+12 armor, +9 dex, +7 natural, +5 deflection)
hp (15d4 + 5d6 HD)
Fort/Ref/Will //
Speed 80', climb 60', swim 90'
Base Atk/Grp /
Spells Prepared (CL20th):
Abilities Str 13, Dex 28, Con 30, Int 42, Wis 18, Cha 14
Starting stats: Str 8 (0 pts), Dex 16 (10 pts), Con 15 (8 pts), Int 18 (16 pts), Wis 10 (2 pts), Cha 8 (0 pts)

Other Details

Resistances, Immunites, Etc.

  • Immune to ability damage and drain.
  • Immune to death effects.
  • Immune to disease.
  • Immune to energy drain.
  • Immune to exhaustion.
  • Immune to fatigue.
  • Immune to poison.
  • Immune to soul-trapping effects.

Active Spells and Effects

  • Anticipate Teleport
  • Bear's Endurance, Greater [Persisted via Persistent Spell]
  • Mind Blank [Extended via Persistent Spell, lasts 72 hours]
  • Personal Warding (Violet, Indigo) [Persisted via Persistent Spell]
  • True Seeing [Persisted via Persistent Spell]

Feats

Flaws

  • Short of Breath (Drmg #333)

Skills

  • Craft (Alchemy) 23
  • Concentration 23
  • Decipher Script 23
  • Feat Buyoff 11.5
  • Knowledge (Arcana) 23
  • Knowledge (Geography) 23
  • Knowledge (History) 23
  • Knowledge (Mathematics, Physics, and other Sciences, including Engineering) 23
  • Knowledge (Nature) 23
  • Knowledge (Religion) 23
  • Knowledge (The Planes) 23
  • Search 11.5 (+28.5) (+2 for secret compartments and doors)
  • Sense Motive 23
  • Spellcraft 23
  • Survival 23 (+27) (+2 for following tracks) (plus a bunch more for knowledge synergies)
  • Speak Language (Everything) -- dropping the rest of my copious skill points into speak language, so I speak everything under the sun.

Race Features

  • Swim 40'
  • Climb 10'
  • 2 Claws 1d6, 1 bite 1d8
  • Amphibious
  • Scent

Class Features

Mage

  • Mana pool equal to Int bonus + 0.5 ½ caster level from classes (10)
  • Generalist Trade: Give up familiar, get one of the PHB2 specialist wizard abilities. In this case, it's Abrupt Jaunt.

Mindbender

  • Telepathy 100'

Alchemist

  • Secret of Great Logic: +2 to Int, can use identify 3/day as a spell-like ability.

Mystic of the Chain

  • Instinct: Gheil is never caught flat-footed, and always acts in the surprise round.

Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil

  • Warding 4/day
  • Unimpeachable Abjuration (add 7 to the DC to dispel any abjuration spell or effect created by Gheil)
  • Unanswerable Strike (+4 bonus to counter and dispel Abjuration effects)
  • Reactive Warding (create a Warding as an immediate action)
  • Double Warding
  • Kaleidoscopic Doom 1/day

Immortalist

  • Extended Lifespan x4 (essentially, my mental ability bonuses accrued to max and I have no physical ability penalties. Currently young adult age.)
  • Timeless Body
  • Immortal Fortitude: immune to disease, poison, ability damage, ability drain, fatigue, and exhaustion; also does not need to eat, drink, sleep, or breathe.
  • Deathless: No longer lose a level when being resurrected. Immune to death effects and soul trapping effects. Immune to energy drain. Can never be made into an undead creature.
  • True Immortality: Regeneration 10/Chaos or Obsidian

Spells Prepared

Level 0

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

  • Anticipate Teleport (SC)

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 8

Level 9

Equipment

Non-Magical

  • Masterwork tool for Spellcraft
  • Spellbook with all the spells in the PHB and supplements
  • Totally insane library (counts as masterwork tools for making knowledge checks -- so +2 on knowledge checks, as long as I consult it)

Minor Items

  • Tail Ring of the Blur (Speed, enhancement bonus to natural armor)

Moderate Items

Major Items

  • Boots of the Planes (Greater Planar, enhancement bonus to Dexterity)
  • Brooch of Stability (Heavy Fortification, enhancement bonus to Intelligence)
  • Cloak of the Ghost (Incorporeality, deflection bonus)
  • Gith Armor of Flight (Flight, enhancement bonus to armor class)
  • Ring of Sequestering (as the item, and grants a resistance bonus to saves)

Special Items

Kris of the Weave

This artifact allows the user to interact finely with the threads of magic. They can counterspell (as the Better Counterspelling variant) any magic to which they have line of sight (such an action requires an AoO as normal). They can also end any persistent magic effect by making a regular attack against it. The AC of any magic effects is equal to the DC of its save (or the DC it would have if it allowed a save).

This weapon's bonus to hit and damage is based on Intelligence or Charisma (whichever is higher), not Strength. Whenever it strikes a creature, it automatically casts greater dispel magic on the creature (caster level equal to the user's).

Other Items

  • Portable Hole

Bagged

  • Orb of Weather Control

Focuses and Material Components

  • Plane Shift -- for a bunch of planes
  • Scrying
  • Shapechange

Place of Residence

Greil resides on his own demiplane. The plane itself is a dense, swampy jungle, similar to the Lizardfolk terrain he grew up on. In the center the jungle is cleared away for a towering fortress. It looks kind of like the Morrowind mod Ravenloft (because I'm so unartistic). He also holds a fortress in the mountains in front of the icy oceans north of the great city. It looks like Solstheim Castle (again, because I'm so unartistic).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Complete Arcane

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