In The Midst of Black Seas
Psion 1/ Beguiler 1.
Illithid Heritage (CP 62), Intimidate as a class skill. Gain a bonus on
saving throws against spells, powers, spell-like abilities,
and psi-like abilities equal to one-half the number of illithid feats you have.
this one (round down, minimum 1).
Illithid Compulsion (CP 61), Add a plus one to your Manifester level for Compulsion Powes
Inquisitor(XPH 48), Expend Your Psionic Focus to add +10 to a sense motive
check to oppose a Bluff check.
Psicrystal Affinity (Sympathetic)(XPH 49), See Below
Attraction (XPH 78)
Demoralize (XPH 91)
Mind Thrust (XPH 120)
Psicrystal Stats: (XPH 49, 207)
Hit Dice: 1d6 (hp=1/2 master’s)
Initiative: 4 size, +2 Dex), touch 16, flatfooted
Base Attack/Grapple: +0/–17
Space/Reach: 1 ft./0 ft.
Saves: As master’s saves
Abilities: Str 1, Dex 15, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 10
Skills: Climb +14, Listen +6,Move Silently +6, Search +2, Spot +6
Personality: Sympathetic. This personality allows
a psicrystal to see into the hearts of other living things
by putting itself in their shoes. Unfortunately, the
psicrystal also spends a lot of time analyzing the owner
and his companions, commenting on their mental states, and
making pronouncements about the fitness of their actions.
This personality can be useful, though, when the owner wants
to determine the motives of a potential enemy.
Li-Dai is completely bald everywhere on his body, save a big, black, burly beard that he braids into 5 tendrils. He stands at about 5’9" and is quite slender. His eyes are light green, and are less ovular than many other humans, slanting slightly in the corners. His skin is pale, with a greenish, anemic undertone.
He is most likely to be wearing the clothes of his profession, a blue tunic with long sleeves with a yellow sash and light brown pants. No matter the weather, he carries with him a long, hooded, dark green cloak, to protect him from winds and rain.
Life in Etaynnon
Li-Dai Culper was born and bred in the city of Dirganis, where his mother and father work as brewers for a few taverns in the country. Li-Dai never learned the trade, but worked well as a server and kept good company with the regulars in the bar.
In his youth, he was known as the “boy at the bar”. The working men delighted at his clever wit and the women adored his potential for a gossiping companion.
Now a grown man, he still spends every night at the Bar, lightly drinking with the other men of the town. By day he spends his time whispering advice into the ears of business owners. The nobles rarely wish much of him, but the everyday craftsmen value his input on their transactions and expenditures.
His parents still work at the brewery next to the Tavern, putting hard work into their special brew. Although a grown man, he still lives in their home and pays them the fruits of his labour (as payment for the years putting up with him, he often asserts jokingly).
Their life is comfortable and simple, and Li-Dai uses his powers of arcana and Psionics to help their business and get legs up on the competition.
Training and Advancement in the Mental Art
Li-Dai trained in the quiet of the bar’s backroom, surrounded by mops and the stench of mildew rising to meet his nostrils. He received tutelage in patience from the steadily dripping ceiling. In the psionic arts, the calm of the morning business was the only master Li-Dai required, but the same was not true of his arcane prowess.
The wizards in Dirganis’ school of necromancy were able to control his arcane urges and potential, but knew little about the art of illusion or enchantment. Their style of research also clashed with Li-Dai. The non-moving, blunt words upon tomes were the wizards’ best research method. This dismal philosophy seemed boring and non-eloquent to the budding beguiler. He preferred the mentorship of bards and travelling illusionists. The moving circuses offered the young man a job as a server, to learn the trade, but the flamboyance and showmanship, too, clashed with Li-Dai’s ideals.
The subtly of the bounty hunters in the tavern, the songs of the bards on the brewery roof, all made Li-Dai Culper the man he is today.
Crystals Are A Man’s Best Friend
Early in his training, Li-Dai attempted to pull a piece from his ego. The personality fragment made real was a small light red crystal. It was smooth and warm to the touch, comforting Li-Dai in his troubling times. It was much to his surprise when the small rock began to talk to him, quietly at first, then louder as time went on. Now, at age 30, 14 years before he made that stone, it has become an important part of his life and psyche. The crystal now speaks to Li-Dai constantly, giving him advice and criticism (with a heavy accent on the latter).
Philosophies and Values
- Nonviolence is usually the best solution, if at all possible.
- Never harm those with whom you’ve shared a drink.