Gwynaelle Veron Duiftur:
True Name: Gwynaelle Veron Duiftur.
Alignment: Scrupulous (Good).
Hit Points: 41. S.D.C. (Physical): 32.
Attributes: I.Q.: 13, M.E.: 10, M.A.: 12, P.S.: 17 (+2), P.P.: 22 (+4), P.E.: 18 (+6%/+2), P.B.: 15, SPD: 16.
Weight: 136 lbs (61.9 kg). Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters).
Age: 34 years. Race: Human. Sex: Female. P.P.E.: 10. Horror Factor: None.
The most import thing to her are the peasants and others under her. Unlike many nobles, does not enjoy power for power’s sake. Tries to keep taxes within reason and cuts breaks when she can. In addition, will shelter them when necessary within the keep itself. In addition, she offers healing when she can to those who need it. Her gift is limited however and cannot heal as much as she would like.
Even though reasonably wealthy, does not like to spend on herself, preferring to invest if back into the keep and lands. One should not think she lives in poverty though, just does not like the ostentatious lifestyle of many nobles. Instead, she makes her own clothing although of nice quality. In addition, she only has a few items of jewelry and they are comparatively low in value although still artistic and beautiful.
She is a warrior and will fight for what she believes in. Trains with the guards to keep her own skills sharp due to the fact that there is always risk that her lands will come under attack. Otherwise, she prefers the sword and the bow. While she never really got along with her late husband, she does carry his sword. In addition, she does enjoy riding and rides normal fashion not side saddle as many noble ladies do.
In addition to her physical pursuits, does enjoy reading histories and also enjoys writing. Whenever a traveling merchant comes through, if there are some books he or she is carrying, she will express an interest. Even with books however, she is quite frugal.
Does care about her family even if she lives some distance away. Does not have a major problem with one of her brother’s children inheriting the title she holds currently. Not against the idea of marrying and having children, she is still young enough to have a child, but it would need to be the right person.
O.C.C.: Noble. Experience Level: Fifth (5).
Combat Skill: Hand to Hand (Basic) and Boxing.
Attacks per Melee: Six (6).
Bonuses, Combat: Critical Strike: Natural 20. Knock Out: Natural 20. Bonuses: Damage: +2, Strike: +5, Parry: +8, Dodge: +8, Roll (with Punch, Fall, or Impact): +4, Pull Punch: +2, Initiative: +0.
Kick Attacks: Snap Kick (1D6).
Bonus; Save: Lethal Poison  +2, Non-Lethal Poison  +2, Harmful Drugs  +2, Insanity  +0, Psionics  +0 (+1 with Amulet), Magic  +2 (+3 with Amulet), Horror Factor [Varies] +0 (+2 with Amulet).
Psionics: Minor I.S.P.: 41 +1D6 per level of experience.
Healing: Bio-Regenerate [Self] (6), Healing Touch (6).
O. C. C. Skills: Communications: Languages: Eastern [Native] 98%, Language: Elven (+20%) 80%, Literacy: Eastern [Native] (+15%) 65%, Domestic: Dance (+15%) 65%, Play Musical Instrument - Flute (+15%) 60%, Sing (+10%) 60%, Horsemanship: Horsemanship - General (+5%) 60%/45%, Military: Heraldry (+15%) 50%/45%, Military Etiquette (+15%) 70%, Physical: Hand to Hand: Basic, Science: Mathematics - Basic (+20%) 85%,
Weapon Proficiencies: W.P. Archery - Short Bow (+2 [+7] Strike / +1 [+9] Parry / 5 Attacks), W.P. Sword (+2 [+7] Strike / +2 [+10] Parry / +1 [+6] Throw).
O.C.C. Related Skills: Communications: Language: Goblin [Gained at Third Level] (+5%) 55%, Medical: First Aid 50%, Scholar/Technical: History (+5%) 55%, Lore: Demon and Monster (+5%) 50%, Lore: Farm (+5%) 50%, Writing (+5%) 45%.
Secondary Skills: Physical: Athletics - General [Gained at Fourth Level], Boxing, Wilderness: Land Navigation 46%, Wilderness Survival 50%.
Background (Noble) Skills: Communication: Language: Southern (+4%) 64%, Literacy: Elven (+10%) 60%, Literacy: Southern (+4%) 54%, Domestic: Cook (+10%) 60%, Sew (+10%) 55%.
She is not unattractive although she is not a great beauty. Instead, she is more handsome than beautiful. Pretty tall for a human woman at five foot nine niches, she is strong and muscular both from hard work and exercise. Still, she does have a feminine figure. Her face does not have any lines from aging but shows a maturity. Grey strong eyes stare out from her. Her hair is a dark blond with darker highlights. She usually keeps it in a long braid that hangs to the middle of her back. Does not tend to wear much in the way of cosmetics normally.
While she will wear armor in battle, she prefers lighter armors such as leather while most nobles prefer heaver armors such as chain mail. Does not though particularly like wearing armor but instead prefers wearing burgundy red or blue gowns. Tends to make her own gowns and while nice and of fine quality, tend to not be of silk or other extremely extensive materials. Also tends to only wear a few items of jewelry which although nice pieces are not particularly valuable. Interestingly, she is quite comfortable wearing a sword to show her warrior nature.
Magical Weapons of Note:
“Dragon Forged” Kobold Quality Bastard Sword: Weight: 4.5 lbs (2.1 kg). Length: 3.75 feet (1.0 meters).
Sword belonged to her husband before he was killed. Considered a magic weapon using dragon dust in the preparation of the weapon. Increases damage and makes weapon extremely hard to destroy. Of the highest quality Kobold construction with +2 initiative, +3 damage, +1 [+8] strike, and +1 [+11] parry. Damage: 3D6 + 5 (3D6 + 7 including strength).
Twenty-Four (24) “Dragon Forged” Arrows:
Considered a magic weapon using dragon dust in the preparation of the arrow heads. . Increases damage and makes weapon extremely hard to destroy. Damage: Long Bow / Composite Bow: 2D6+2 [+2 for strength.]
Non-Magical Weapons of Note:
Two (2) Kobold Quality Parazonium Daggers: Weight: 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg) each. Length: 1.6 feet (.5 meters).
High quality Kobold weapon with +2 initiative, +3 damage, +1 (+6) strike, +2 (+7) strike when thrown, and +1 (+9) parry. Damage: 1D8+5 (1D8+7 including strength).
Composite Style Short Bow: Weight: 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg). Length: 3.3 feet (1 m).
Composite style short bow similar to Turkish type bows. Made for her strength [P.S.: 17 (+2)] . Damage: 2D6+2, Maximum Possible Range: 1,800 feet (550 meters).
Twenty-Four (24) Arrows:
Sixteen (16) normal arrows and eight (8) silver tipped arrows.
Armor of Note:
Reinforced Studded Leather: A.R. Rating: 13. S.D.C.: 58. Weight: 28 lbs (12.7 kg). Cost: 290 gold.
Dyed burgundy and black in colors.
Amulet of “Charm”: Adds +1 to save vs magic and psychic attacks.
Amulet of “Protection vs the Supernatural”: Add +2 to save vs Horror Factor.
Amulet of “Warning”: Makes a low hum when there is danger, gives +1 to initiative when this occurs (generally defensive only.)
“Dimensional Pocket” Purse: Made permanent with rune. Will hold up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg) worth of items.
Quill of Endless Ink: Ordinary appearing pen but never runs out of ink.
Normal: Gear does not include all that is available in her keep, mostly what she carries when on the road. Also includes items which she prizes.
Clothing: Two (2) sets of travel clothing, four (4) quality gowns, long cloak, hats, leather boots, slippers, leather belt, leather gloves, and linen gloves.
Containers: Backpack, three (3) small sacks, wineskin (half gallon capacity), brass brandy flask, sword scabbard, two (2) dagger scabbards, bow case, two (2) quiver (24 arrows each).
Field Equipment: Bedroll, sharpening stone, eight (8) extra bowstrings, wax for bow, metal cup, metal bowl, metal kettle, metal pot.
Lighting: Flint and tinderbox, twelve (12) long burning candles (three hour), brass lantern.
Writing Equipment: Twenty-four (24) sheets of parchment, two (2) parchment books (100 pages) used as journals and to keep notes, one silver rune page book (100 pages).
Provisions: Two (2) weeks trail rations, skin of fine wine, flask of fine brandy.
Horse Tending Equipment: Horse brush, horse comb, horse blanket, hoof picks, grain, feed bag, bridle, saddle, saddle soap.
Miscellaneous: Makeup and feminine items, soap, bronze comb, bronze brush, silver mirror, perfume, medical supplies.
Properties: Has a keep with lands on the western part of the Timero Kingdom. Has decent number of retainers to protect the keep and there are several hundred subjects. The keep does have a decent sized library as well - while the library has books on a variety of subjects, many are histories.
Jewelry, Gems, and Valuables: 50,000 gold worth in coin (carries 2,000 gold in the field), 10,000 gold worth in jewelry, and 20,000 gold worth in precious gems (carries about 5,000 gold worth in the field.) Also has a signet ring both for her birth family (worth 500 gold) and her husband’s family (worth 1,000 gold.)
Mount: Name: Meghyn. Horse (Type): Riding (Female). Color: White and black
Size: Height: 5 ft at shoulders (1.52 meters). Weight: 1,400 lbs (635 kg).
A.R. Rating: Not applicable. Hit Points: 26. S.D.C.: 36. P.P.E.: 9.
Barding (Armor): None.
Attacks Per Melee (Horse): Two (2). Damage: Kick (Front Legs): 2D6, Kick (Rear Legs): 3D6, Bite: 1D4.
Bonuses: +2 Initiative, +2 Strike, and +4 Dodge.
Natural Abilities: Swim 50%, Jump 4 to 5 feet high (1.2 to 1.5 meters) and 10 feet (3 meters) long, carry 500 lbs (225 kg), and pull 800 to 1200 lbs (360 to 540 kg).
Speed: 50 (35 mph / 56 kph) and maximum 66 (45 mph / 72 kph).
Average Life Span: 12 years (3 years old).
Value: 4,000 Gold.
Notes: Has several horses but this is her favorite horse.
Gwynaelle’s History / Background:
Gwynaelle is from a lesser noble family in the Timero Kingdom. Her father was a Seneschal of one of a more powerful noble family in the Kingdom before he was given a title himself. It has been suggested that he was actually the bastard son of the noble whom he was Seneschal for but this has never been supported.
He was given a small land in the western area of the kingdom, butting up against the mountains and wilderness. The land he was given had been part of the powerful nobles land but required a closer hand. It was a dangerous land, always at risk of invasion by the various creatures which inhabited the untamed lands further to the west. By all accounts, he was a good noble and worked hard to take care of his peasants and took them into his fortress in troubled times.
When he married, he was in his late forties with his wife being much younger. Also from a lesser noble family, his wife was reasonably handsome although not one of the great court beauties. Never the fragile flower that many noble women are either. Still, the match seemed to suit both and there was soon a child followed by several others.
Gwynaelle was middle born with an older brother set to inherit their father’s title. Similar to her mother, Gwynaelle was reasonably handsome but neither a fragile flower or an extraordinary beauty. Often she was described as a bit of a hooligan, often getting into trouble. Had a more settled side as well, enjoying sewing and cooking. In addition, she always loved reading especially histories.
When Gwynaelle was just ten years old, her father died. By this time he was in his early sixties and was not doing well health wise. Her older brother was not quite at an age to rule so their mother ruled for several years in his stead. There was some resentment but when he was eighteen, his mother passed the stewardship to him.
In due course, Gwynaelle grew up and was married to one of the neighboring nobles when she was sixteen years old while her husband was in his mid twenties. As noble matches go, the age difference was not exceptional. The match was partially to try to prevent the noble who became her husband to stop threatening their lands. Unlike her mother, it was never really a love match. She was always too wild in his opinion and never followed her husband’s orders demurely.
While her father was more political in his background, her new husband was more of a warrior type. Not bad with the sword herself, if he had respected that aspect of her, they might have gotten along better. He fancied himself a great knight and often went on long campaigns into either the wild lands or into various skirmishes with various other nobles in the Timero Kingdom. In fact, most were rather pointless in reality.
Left at home to manage the keep, Gwynaelle worked hard. Like her father, she genuinely cared about the peasants in her lands. As one might expect for one often on campaign, her husband neglected his own lands. In addition, he was often heavy handed, taxing them harshly in order to pay for his adventures. She did whatever she could to alleviate this, often surreptitiously returning some of what was taken so they might survive. In addition, she had a weak but still useful healing talent which she often used to help those who were injured.
Interestingly, while her husband was on campaign, the keep would get attacked either by creatures from the wilds to the west or from other nobles. As a result, her hand was on her sword almost as often as her husband’s was on his sword. With him so often away, she often needed to fight to keep the keep protected. If she had been the meek flower that he wanted, his lands would have fallen from one of the many raids.
For some reason, the marriage remained without issue. With him constantly on campaign, there were comparative few chances. Still, there are various rumors of one or the other of them being infertile. While he originally had several siblings, they had died under mysterious circumstances before he had taken over his father’s lands. Dark tales told that he had murdered them in order that there would be no other claimants for his father’s lands. There were no other close relatives which might inherit.
He was always a bit foolhardy on campaign. On one of his campaigns, one even more pointless than most, he found a sword in his gullet and died on the battlefield. One of his trusted retainers returned to the keep with his sword, a Kobold made enchanted sword. Few in his lands mourned his loss including his widow. Some remarked on this and caused some minor scandal. Still, his death left the question of who would inherit his land a mystery having no heirs.
Gwynaelle petitioned the king for her to be named in his stead with several of the prominent families, although not noble, within her lands signing the petition in support. In addition, she got her brother to support her in her bid. He preferred having a neighbor that might not stab hin in the back. This had been a potential issue with her husband. While there have been a few suggestions that she might have had something to do with his death, few took it real serious. Eventually after long negotiations, the petition was granted.
Of course with her inheriting her husbands lands, a number of landless nobles have come up to her with offers of marriage which she not accepted any. She is not against the idea but it would have to be the right person. Of course, as she is beginning to become a bit older, it would need to be reasonably soon. The alternate is to have one of the younger children of her brother inherit from her. She is not against that either. Still, she is quite healthy and it will likely be decades before this is an issue provided nothing untoward occurs.
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