The Chains that Bind
Alexander Redshirt is the bard that other bards wish they were.
Alexander Redshirt, level 5 Half-Elf, Bard Build: Valorous Bard Eldritch Strike: Eldritch Strike Charisma Bardic Virtue: Virtue of Valor Pact Initiate: Pact Initiate (dark pact) Background: Accursed Lineage (Accursed Lineage Benefit)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 10, Con 17, Dex 14, Int 8, Wis 13, Cha 19.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES Str 10, Con 14, Dex 14, Int 8, Wis 13, Cha 16.
AC: 20 Fort: 16 Reflex: 17 Will: 18 HP: 49 Surges: 10 Surge Value: 12
TRAINED SKILLS Arcana +6, Diplomacy +15, Intimidate +11, Acrobatics +8, Bluff +13, Nature +8, Insight +10
UNTRAINED SKILLS Dungeoneering +4, Endurance +5, Heal +4, History +2, Perception +6, Religion +2, Stealth +4, Streetwise +7, Thievery +4, Athletics +2
FEATS Bard: Ritual Caster Level 1: Spirit Talker Level 2: Pact Initiate Level 4: Mending Spirit
POWERS Bard at-will 1: Staggering Note Bard at-will 1: War Song Strike (retrained to Guiding Strike at Level 2) Dilettante: Eldritch Strike Spirit Talker: Spirit’s Prey Bard encounter 1: Shout of Triumph Bard daily 1: Verse of Triumph Bard utility 2: Song of Courage Bard encounter 3: Song of the New Dawn Bard daily 5: Compulsion
RITUALS Glib Limerick, Unseen Servant
Alexander Redshirt is going to die.
The Redshirt family has been cursed with death for over three centuries. Having made dark dealings in the past, the Redshirts have lived comfortable lives. Comfortable, but very short lives.
Alexander’s family was no exception. When he was born, his Elven mother died in childbirth and the following summer his oldest brother, Christoph, was kicked in the head by a mule, shortly passing thereafter. One by one, all of Alexander’s eight siblings would die, followed by his father and even the next-door neighbors.
It was all Alexander’s fault. How else could the people of Winecrest explain the strange deaths that followed him wherever he went? Without parents to support him and unable to find work in the town, he became a gravedigger, singing as he buried the dead. After awhile he not only dug the graves, but also played dirges as the dead were laid to rest.
For 16 years Alexander experienced constant death, but as caretaker of the town cemetery that spring, no one died- at least no one directly connected to him. Perhaps even more remarkable was that a girl, Annabel, had fallen hopelessly in love with Alexander. She admired him from afar, regularly showing up at funerals if only to hear him play his sad violin. Eventually she confessed her feelings and for an entire year they enjoyed a deep love, promising each other marriage and contemplating their futures. For Annabel, though, it was to be a short one.
One year after taking the job at the cemetery, Annabel went missing for a week. The next time Alexander saw her, she was a ghost, following him around. She didn’t say anything to him, though he kept asking her questions. After an entire day of trying to communicate with Annabel, Alexander fell asleep, and she was gone.
The next morning there was Christoph, his oldest brother. Another ghost. This time, Christoph informed Alexander about some gold coins he had hidden in the Redshirt house and that day, Alexander grew 20 coins richer.
Later that evening, a farmer wanted Alexander to tell his daughter that he forgave her. When Alexander delivered the news, he was hugged by the farmer’s daughter and given a few coins.
Alexander made a good living off the townspeople of Winecrest, even if he didn’t always reach out to any particular ghosts, he would pretend he could contact them- after all, people couldn’t always see the ghosts. Some days even he sees nothing, and other days, they come one right after another. There is no pattern, but Annabel appears most often, always silent.
After two years of communicating with the undead, Alexander has decided that since he is to die- after all it is a family tradition- he might as well have some fun while doing it. Taking up his sword, he seeks adventurers who aren’t afraid of death.