Current Status: Summer, 1331 Avard. Aliunii supposedly has returned to the Chamdois Empire of Chilleth. No information has been available since she made her journey eastwards back to the empire in 1327.
4th-Level Sholin Ranger
Special Attacks: See below|
Special Defenses: See below
Magic Resistance: Nil
Weapon Proficiencies: Tai Chi martial arts style with pain touch and meditation, Sholin kinku gun, naginata.
Nonweapon Proficienies: Swimming (secondary skill), kinku gun smithing, reading and writing Common, herbalism, air-based riding.
Bonus Proficiencies: Animal lore, tracking, ambidexterity.
Languages: Common, Sholin, Chillean Standard
Special Attacks and Defenses: The Tai Chi martial arts soft style gives her a bonus of +3 to her Armor Class, though she only deals one point of damage with her hand strikes. Excellent for flowing away from weapons and attacks, the style is very defensive.
Thieving Skills: HS25%, MS33%.
Spell Abilities: Because Ali is a witch, as well as a ranger, her powers do not work the same as with other mages or wizards. Using the House Rules spell point system (where one 1st-level spell is one spell point, and one 2nd-level spell is two spell points), she regenerates her total spell point load-out over a given twenty-four mark period. As she grows in power, her load-out will increase, as will her regeneration rate. Because of this, when she 'memorizes' spells, she only partially commits the pattern to memory; the remainder of the spell pattern is imbued into nature itself, surrounding her -- her clothing, her familiar, and even the air she breathes. When she 'casts' a spell, and the spell effect goes off, only a portion of the energy pattern is burned out of her. This allows her to potentially cast more spells in a given day than traditional mages and wizards. The drawback to this system is that the very air around her glows with magic, when detect magic is cast upon her or her familiar. Additionally, extreme disruptions to her surroundings can negate the patterns stored there; area effect spells that deal as much damage as she has Hit Points can wipe out some or all of her memorized spell repertoire. Ali also has a much more limited selection of spells, because the spells she can learn must be compatible with her half-ranger nature. In essence, she is the mage-equivalent to a druid, strongly in touch with nature, and yet able to look outside of nature at the unnatural. At higher levels, she will gain the ability to cast orisons, as well create magical items from whatever school of magic she decides to specialize in; and as she grows, the power of her familiar will grow, as well -- and markedly.
Appearance: Though she may disguise herself, her form when she is traveling with her companions is usually the same. She wears a form-fitting black silksuit, bound up with black leather cord, and over that a dark balandrana. Her dark knee-boots have special pockets sewn into them that hold a number of bullets for her kinku gun. Her light brown skin contrasts well with her long, dark brown hair with blonde highlights. On her back, over her balandrana, she wears a small backpack with a large scroll case attached to one side of it. Her kinku gun is often kept slung beneath her balandrana, out of sight.
Background: She washed up on the shores of the Chamdois Empire in Chilleth, and was found by Clan Himamoto. A Sholin babe, she was raised into the clan as one of their own, and trained in the use of martial arts, attacks, and the ways of nature. From the beginning, she displayed an innate use of magic, and received additional training in the use of her special skills. In 1326 Avard, the Himamoto Clan was virtually wiped out. The clan chief's daughter escaped far to the west, and Aliunii was tasked with finding her, and safe-guarding her from the enemies of the clan. After a long and arduous chase into the west, she discovered -- too late -- that Himamoto Hotaru was dead. Taking a single finger-bone as proof, Ali joined with the priest of Xoriah known as Torch, and helped the Church of Lul recover the holy weapon known as the Talon of Lul. For her courage and devotion, the Church of Lul asked their god to return clan chief's daughter, known as the Jade Mantis, back to life. Now, Ali and Jade must return to the Chamdois Empire and Chilleth, to rebuild the clan, and find their revenge.
Equipment: Ali carries with her in her mind the designs for the Sholin kinku gun -- the only aspect of her Sholin heritage she acknowledges. Her other weapon is a collapsible Naginata that she keeps beneath her backpack. Her scroll case keeps dried inks and brushes, spell scrolls, and mixing bowls for writing, as well as candles, flint, and steel. Her rations are Chillean/Sholin style, consisting of pickled vegetables, rice, and dried fish. Her dark silksuit was based off of the same design as Jade's, and with it she wears wrist sheathes for her twin climbing daggers.
Magical Items: In the quiet streets of Brevit, Ali discovered a small community of Sholin that worked on the various freighters and barges of the Tim and Roger Rivers. Longing for home, she befriended an elderly priestess of Olorin that was old, even for the long-lived Sholin. The priestess' parting gift to the young woman was a necklace made from the brightly dyed shells of a special clam -- and it acts as an amulet of protection +1. In addition, Ali wears a ring of protection +2 and a ring of mammal control. In her belt, she carries with her a wand of conjuration, and a tiny bowl of water elemental command. Her most prized magical possession is a staff of levitation that, combined with the feathers of a pegasus named Skye, has been made into a broom of flight.
Roleplaying Notes: Himamoto Aliunii is a quiet, soft-spoken woman that is every inch the model of a Chamdois woman -- polite, invisible, contrite, and ignorant. At least, to appearances, she is; in truth, she is a bit of a thief, more than willing to kill, vindictive, and very resentful of the lesser place that western societies dictate for women. Their attitude towards magic also infuriates her, though she hides her emotions well. Coming from a background where there were no nudity taboos, it is good that she travels with a devout priest and a noble paladin -- though she tries to keep western ideals and culture in mind. (It should be noted that her amorous intents lean more towards women than men.) A quick study with fewer moral compunctions than most, she is also an honorable woman, willing to grudgingly trust those that earn it.
Familiar: Because of the stigma western societies placed on black cats, in regards to witches and magic, Ali intentionally sought one out. After finding a stray female, Ali cast the spell that would bind the creature's spirit to hers. A consummate animal lover, and a fast scout, Ali chose well. Ryoki, as she was named, is a sexist, vindictive little animal with sharp claws and overweening pride. But for all her attitude, she is loving companion to Ali, providing day and night guardianship, as well as an telempathic sense of being with her superior hearing, sight, and smell. AL NG; AC6; MV15; hp 4; THAC0 20; #AT 3; 2 claws (1 each), 1 bite (1); S4, D16, C12, I3, W4; CW 70%, MS70%, HS50%. NWP: Hunting and direction sense (inherent), Tai Chi vital strike capability. Unsteady (6) morale.
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