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Chandra portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Chandra Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Chandra Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: CHAN-dra WIL-ymz

Gender: Woman.

Manner: Vigilant.

Goal: To defend.

Backstory: Chandra’s homeland is a place of war. It wasn’t always this way, but a long drought pushed the existing tensions to the breaking point. In the ensuing conflict Chandra became one of the defenders of a refugee group. It has been hard, but she has held firm to her belief that she could protect without killing. Now this group has crossed over into a land that is at peace. But despite all of the abundance and diversity around them, it hasn’t been easy finding a place in this new land.

Her Struggle: Having spent so much time as a warrior and protector, Chandra is now struggling to find her place in a land that is at peace. She wants to protect her group, but it is hard to figure out what that means if it isn’t physical protection. Recently she has turned to adventuring as a way of earning money and good will for her group.

Hypervigilance: Chandra is nearly always in a state of high alert where she constantly scans the environment for threats. This makes her jumpy and she reacts strongly to unexpected or loud noises. As a consequence, crowded and noisy places make her agitated. In addition, being in a new land means that it is harder assess whether a perceived threat is real. Finally, hypervigilance is exhausting, but it also makes it harder to sleep. This experience is represented by the Hypervigilance mechanic that is in the next section.

Appearance: Chandra is a large muscular anthropomorphic elephant. She stands upright at eight and a half feet tall, with an elephant head, human hands, elephant-like feet, and gray skin. Chandra carries a staff made of a deep blue-black wood and wears a mail shirt that comes down to mid-thigh, with protective guards strapped to her legs. Midnight blue fabric can be seen underneath her armor.

Relationships:                               

 

What Chandra Can Do

Class: Athlete.

Body #: 5

Mind #: 3

Species: Elephantfolk.

Species Trait—Additional Limbs (Trunk): Since a trunk is a grasping limb, you can hold and manipulate additional objects with it. For example, a character with four arms can climb a rope and shoot a bow at the same time.

Physical Defense—Armor: You are trained to use armor for physical defense and you can use this training any time that you are wearing it. However you cannot sleep in your armor and it takes a significant amount of time to put on. Chandra wears a mail shirt with protective guards strapped to her legs.

Mental Defense—Staff: You are trained to use a staff for mental defense. This means that you know how to use the magical properties of a staff to shield yourself from harmful mental effects and magic. You can use your training any time that you are holding it. However your staff requires one hand to use, so you cannot do any two-handed tasks while using it. In addition, your staff can be taken away by disarming attacks. Chandra’s staff is also her Specialized Weapon. It is made of a deep blue-black wood.

Body Skills:

Combat Skills

 ✔  Unarmed Fighting  (Unarmed actions like punching, kicking, tripping, and wrestling)

 ✔  Melee Combat       (Using melee weapons like swords, spears, and axes)

 ✔  Ranged Combat     (Using ranged weapons like bows and throwing daggers)

Strength Skills

 ✔  Athletics               (Strength and endurance activities like running, jumping, and throwing)

 ✔  Climbing               (Climbing up and down trees, rocks, and other steep surfaces)

      Flying                   (Doing complex maneuvers and flying in difficult conditions)

      Riding                   (Caring for and riding mounts)

 ✔  Swimming             (Doing complex maneuvers and swimming in difficult conditions)

Dexterity Skills

      Acrobatics             (Feats of agility, balance, and flexibility)

      Manual Dexterity   (Picking locks, disabling traps, pick-pocketing, etc.)

      Mobility                 (Using agility and flexibility to keep moving)

      Stealth                  (Hiding, moving silently, and generally being sneaky)

Mind Skills:    

Knowledge Skills

      Arcana                   (Magical knowledge)

      Culture                  (Religions, customs, languages, and history)

      Nature                  (Knowing about animals, plants, weather, geography, and physiology)

      Technology            (The basics of math, engineering, and crafting)

Social Skills

      Communicating with Animals (Communication and interaction with animals)

      Deception             (Misleading others)

      Diplomacy             (Honest communication)

      Intimidation           (Using fear and awe to get cooperation)

      Performance          (Getting and holding people’s attention, disguises)

Awareness Skills

 ✔  Insight                   (Reading people and assessing social situations)

 ✔  Perception              (Noticing subtle things in your environment)

 ✔  Survival                 (Navigating and sustaining life in different environments, first aid)

Ability #1—Nonlethal Training: You have been trained in nonlethal fighting techniques and know how to avoid causing unintentional harm. Any time that you are fighting an opponent in a nonlethal manner, any combat action that you fail will not cause significant harm to that opponent.

Fighting in a nonlethal manner covers any combat action intended to gain an advantage over an opponent without physically harming them. Examples of nonlethal fighting are disarming a combatant, pinning clothing to a solid object, damaging armor, knocking a foe down, restricting an opponent’s range of motion, pushing an opponent into a less advantageous position, and putting someone into a wresting hold or pin.

Ability #2—Nonlethal Expert: You are skilled at using a wide range of nonlethal techniques for gaining combat advantage and incapacitating opponents. Three times a day, you are considered prepared when you use the Acrobatics, Athletics, Flying, Melee Combat, Ranged Combat, Swimming, or Unarmed Fighting skills for an action that is intended to gain a combat advantage over an opponent without physically harming them. Examples of nonlethal actions are disarming a combatant, pinning clothing to a solid object, damaging armor, knocking a foe down, restricting an opponent’s range of motion, pushing an opponent into a less advantageous position, and putting someone into a wresting hold or pin. You may take this ability twice if you desire.

Ability #3—Specialized Weapon: You own and are trained in the use of a one-of-a-kind weapon that grants you two special advantages. This weapon is made of a special, magic-infused material that can’t be damaged by ordinary means (either physical or magical). Your two special advantages for this weapon are given below, along with an additional enchantment that has been placed on it.

  • Breaks Stone: Your staff is made of a magical wood that is so hard that it can break hard substances like ordinary stone and metal.
  • Comes When Called: Your weapon has been magically bonded to you so that it comes to your hand any time you speak or sign a magic word.
  • Enchanted Defensive Item: Your staff has been enchanted so that it boosts your mental defense. Three times a day, you can call on the magic in this staff to be prepared when using your mental defense.

Ability #4—Strong as an Ox: You are extremely strong. Three times a day, you are considered prepared when you use the Athletics, Climbing, Flying, Riding, or Swimming skills. You may take this ability twice if you desire.

Hypervigilance: To represent Chandra’s experience of hypervigilance, when Chandra is in a crowded or noisy environment, she takes a one die penalty to Awareness Skills (Insight, Perception, Survival). However when Chandra is in a quiet or familiar environment, people cannot sneak up on her without the use of magic.

 

Equipment Chandra Has

Special Item—Enchanted Defensive Item: Chandra’s staff is enchanted to boost her mental defense. The details are given above in the Specialized Weapon section.

Tools for Skills: Bow with arrows that are used for the Ranged Combat skill. Climbing gear that is used for the Climbing skill. First aid kit that is used for the Survival skill.

Defensive Equipment: Chandra wears armor that is a mail shirt with protective guards strapped to her legs. Her staff provides mental defense.

Standard Supplies: 

  • Everyday outfit
  • Sturdy backpack
  • Waterproof tarp
  • Towel
  • Bedroll
  • Fire-starting kit
  • Lantern with oil
  • Portable cooking pot
  • Wooden dishes and utensils
  • Utility knife
  • Waterskin
  • Travel rations
  • Rope
  • Twine
  • Chalk
  • Soap
  • One handful of coins

 

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