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Nimbal Grosponte - the mage-knight
Nimbal is from a religious bastion and fortress where he met an adventurous friend, dignified parents, and a capable mentor. With a heritage to keep his vision clear and behavior honorable, he has a good start toward a paladin-like mage-knight. In fact, my initial mindset has been that Nimbal takes up a dwarven religion and joins their religious order.
Bringing a heightened Scholar and Persuader to the group, and having a connection to the shrine through his Friend, his place seems most fitting in a campaign centering on events of the fortress where he can repeatedly return for research and gaining support from ranking officials. However, those skills might not support others in the group, nor reduce the burden to support other tasks by other companions.
He will need to return to his mentor for more training with spells, but Fighter can advance by combat during delves.
I used the Torchbearer 1st edition to fit my concept for this build. At a later time, I'll review this build with the Torchbearer 2nd edition rules.
Descriptors: Singing, Remembering, Hiding
Abilities: Nature 5, Will 4, Health 4, Circles 4, Resources 0, Might 3
Skills: Arcanist 3, Fighter 3, Lore Master 3, Persuader 3, Scholar 3, Scout 2, Survivalist 2
Wises: Elven Lore-wise, Dwarven Architecture-wise
Traits: First Born 1, Defender 1
Hometown: Religious Bastion (gains Scholar, Defender)
Social Graces: Persuader
Specialty: Persuader (or Survivalist depending on choices of others in a group)
Nature Responses: Sing the ancient songs, Confronts evil, Yearns for the west
Circles Responses: Has a friend from the shrine maidens (Human Cleric), Has bardic parents (elven poets and orators, Scholar), Has a mentor (Elf Ranger), Has no enemy
Inventory: Dagger, Leather Armor, Fine Cloak, Satchel, Traveling Spell Book, Rations, Belt Pouch, Iron Spikes, Waterskin, Shoes
Spells: Destiny of Heroes
Belief: My ancestors watch my deeds with interest; I will bring honor to our noble family.
Instinct: Offer defense against dark forces for my companions.
Honestly, this is stretching the theme of elf ranger; I like his build as-is and see a path for growth in the right campaign. He is under-equipped, so there are faults to correct in play.
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