Current Status: Spring, 1330 Avard. During the War of the Four Winds, Handir and his twin brother Thri'Sil almost got themselves killed in a bid to use and abuse the powers of magic and several special decks of many things. They returned from their ordeal scathed, but alive, and more determined than ever to sew chaos in their enemies. Once the ograns were defeated and they felt Rakore was safe, the two left to claim the nation of Nor. Their experiments with magic left them with the knowledge of how to control the Inquisition-aligned nation; they had become privy to a dark secret. They were last seen in Rakore at Teras in the spring of 1330, boarding a vessel heading for Kur Maeth, and thence on to Nor.
Male drow'ari, 3rd-level Rogue, 1st-level Monk
Skills: Appraise +8, Balance +11, Bluff +8, Climb +2, Craft (poison) +10, Diplomacy +6, Disable Device +9, Gather Information +6, Hide +21, Intimidate +5, Jump +5, Listen +13, Move Silently +19, Open Lock +10, Search +8, Sense Motive +4, Spot +13, Tumble +11.
Appearance: Handir is an elf with a moderate height, ebon-black skin and raven-black hair. His silver-colored irises are all-the-more distinctive in his strong face, and tend to be piercingly intelligent. He has three silvery earrings in each ear that lend a bit of silver to his eyes -- and each earring is engraved with archaic runes in tiny, flowing lettering. Handir also wears dark-colored clothes that break up his outline and his patterns.
Background: Handir and his twin brother Thri'sil were born in Tyven -- the last city of the Dark Race. When the twins were 56 years old, Lord Elistan and his undead minions razed Tyven to the ground. Witnessing the death of their parents forced the young elven twins to tap deep into their genetic legacies, and escape through a solid wall through the realm of the shadows and the shades. Thereafter, the twins were afraid of nothing, through the horrors they witnessed.
For the next six decades, they wandered about the world, seeing the worst that humanity and the other races had to offer -- including the ancient city of Kur Maeth. When the Fourth Crusades invaded Kur Maeth, the two brothers fled to the west, to the Star's End Monastery. There, they found a new calling, and a new form of discipline that opened up their eyes and their minds to the shadows in an entirely new 'light'.
The abilities of the twins were put to good use by Rial Mhenace of Gideon Enterprises, who employed them as spies and assassins. Mister Mhenace used the twins a number of times when absolute stealth was called for.
With the aid of the twins, Rial Mhenace helped to elevate a drow princess to the position of Duchess within Rakore. The Duchess Genea also staked a claim in the twins -- for her family had been the rulers in Tyven, before the city was destroyed. Now rallying all the remaining drow -- and the drow'ari such as themselves -- to her banner (and that of Rakore's), the Duchess Genea has paid the twins handsomely for information, tools, and more.
The monks of Samis who taught the twins how to use their unique abilities still maintain a hold on them, putting them in a unique tie for their loyalties -- loyalties all bought with coin and the potential for more.
Roleplaying Notes: Handir is ruthless and uncaring, save to the ideals of his employers. His allegiance has been bought -- and outside of that allegiance, he is as ruthless and dangerous as any death-spawned shade. He seeks only more wealth, for himself, and for his twin. Handir's only weakness is in his tie to his brother, and he will visit upon anyone who harms his brother vengeance that is dark and lethal. Of the two twins, Handir is the one more willing to deal with outsiders and more able to appraise a situation. Handir is the brain.
DM Notes: Ian's character has a template that, ordinarily, would treat his ECL as +2. For the purposes of this campaign, he bought off the ECL using the Forgotten Realms' rules. I said that they had to start out at 4th-level. I never said how many experience points they would have at 4th-level.