Curse of the Crimson Throne
Kesali Nikthillium Lobellia Lionei Bale
Gnome Fortune telling Bard
Kesali Nikthillium Lobellia Lionei Bale
Female Gnome Bard 1
CG Small humanoid (gnome)
Init + 0; Senses low-light vision; Perception + 2
AC 14, touch 11, flat-footed 14 (+ 2 armor, + 1 shield, + 1 size)
hp 10 (1d8+ 2)
Fort + 2, Ref + 2, Will + 2 (+ 4 vs. charm and compulsion, + 1 vs. enchantment effects); + 2 vs. illusions
Defensive Abilities defensive training (+ 4 dodge bonus to AC vs. giants)
Speed 20 ft.
Melee longsword + 4 (1d6+ 3/19-20)
Ranged shortbow + 1 (1d4/×3)
Special Attacks bardic performance 8 rounds/day (countersong, distraction, fascinate, inspire courage + 1), + 1 on attack rolls against goblinoid and reptilian humanoids
Gnome Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; concentration + 5)
1/day—dancing lights, ghost sound (DC 15), prestidigitation, speak with animals
Bard Spells Known (CL 1st; concentration + 5):
1st (2/day)—cure light wounds, moment of greatnessUC
0 (at will)—detect magic, light, lullaby (DC 14), read magic
Str 16, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 19
Base Atk + 0; CMB + 2; CMD 12
Traits harrow chosen (varisian), irrepressible
Skills Acrobatics + 3, Bluff + 8, Knowledge (arcana) + 4, Knowledge (dungeoneering) + 4, Knowledge (engineering) + 4, Knowledge (geography) + 4, Knowledge (history) + 8, Knowledge (local) + 8, Knowledge (nature) + 8, Knowledge (nobility) + 4, Knowledge (planes) + 4, Knowledge (religion) + 4, Perception + 2, Perform (act) + 8, Perform (oratory) + 8, Perform (sing) + 8, Perform (wind instruments) + 8, Profession (fortune-teller) + 6;
Racial Modifiers + 2 Perception, + 2 Profession (fortune-teller)
Languages Common, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Goblin, Sylvan
SQ bardic knowledge +1
Other Gear leather armor, light wooden shield, arrows (20), longsword, shortbow, backpack, bedroll, belt pouch, flint and steel, harrow deck, ink, black, inkpen, journal, mess kit, mirror, Flute, pot, hemp rope (50 ft.), soap, torch (10), trail rations (5), waterskin, wrist sheath, 50 gp
Arrows – 0/20
Bardic Performance (standard action, 8 rounds/day) – 0/8
Dancing Lights (1/day) – 0/1
Ghost Sound (1/day) – 0/1
Harrow Chosen (Varisian, 2/week) – 0/2
Prestidigitation (1/day) – 0/1
Speak with Animals (1/day) – 0/1
Torch – 0/10
Trail rations – 0/5
Bardic Knowledge +1 (Ex) Add + 1 to all knowledge skill checks.
Bardic Performance (standard action, 8 rounds/day) Your performances can create magical effects.
Defensive Training + 4 Gain a dodge bonus to AC vs monsters of the Giant subtype.
Harrow Chosen (Varisian, 2/week) +2 caster level for divination when using heirloom deck as focus.
Harrowed + 1 on saves vs. enchantment; can draw Harrow cards for bonuses
Hatred +1 Gain a bonus to attack vs goblinoid/reptilian humanoids.
Irrepressible You can use your Charisma modifier instead of Wisdom for Will saves vs. charm & compulsion.
Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.
Kesali Nikthillium Lobellia Lionei Bale.
Also known as Kes or Niki
Kes was the only child of the Gnomes Spriga and Belthorne Bale who named her Lobellia Bale. From the village of Harse, her family was known for breeding some of the best small riding stock in southern Varisia. At 10 years of age, biologically similar to a human child of 4 years, an accidental fire took the lives of her parents. The townspeople were uncomfortable with raising a Gnomish child, but a Varisian caravan that was passing through gladly took responsibility for the girl and agreed to raise her as one of their own. They gave her a new Varisian name, Kesali Lionei though her new family just called her Kes.
Having no specific parents, the entire extended family of the caravan took to raising her. The Matriarch of their Family, Mama Litta Lionei saw a spark of the dramatic within her and trained the child to be an entertainer. And one of the guards, she liked to call Uncle Juono, taught her how to defend herself with basic weaponry. Lucchia, one of her new siblings who started out as a younger sister, but quickly became an older sister in appearance, taught her the basics of the grift. However, it was her Auntie Pouala (pronounced poo-ah-la) that had the most influence on her destiny. She was the one that first introduced the girl to the fortune telling art of the Harrow.
15 years later, Kes was given the rights of adulthood within the family. They couldn’t be sure when she would reach adulthood because they had never raised a Gnomish child, but she had learned so much and her siblings were all well into adulthood so they decided that it was time. Kes chose to take on her new name of Kesali Nikthillium Lobellia Lionei Bale. When asked where Nikthillium came from she simply replied, I made it up and it sounds nice. At this point they feared that she might not have actually yet reached adulthood, and they were correct. Although she was now twenty five years old, developmentally, this was comparable to a human child of only nine years. Gnomes, descended from fey, are naturally free spirits, and their features are very differently proportioned so this misunderstanding is not as unheard of as one might think.
The Lionei family realized that Kes would be better served in the next few years if she were taken care of by other Gnomes so they traveled to the city of Korvosa. Although there was no community of Gnomes there, they were able to find a kind elderly Gnomish woman, Hildigard Rosebottom, who was willing to provide guardianship for Kes. The girl didn’t want to leave the Lionei family but she knew that once she was able to take care of herself, she was welcome to return to the caravan. Before parting ways, Auntie Pouala, who was now 84 years of age, secretly gave Kes their family’s Harrow deck and made her promise to keep it safe and to always heed their warnings.
Her guardian, known locally as the widow Rosebottom was very old and unless you spent an entire day with her, you might never notice her early stages of dementia. She would start her day clear of mind, and with a celestial charm, but by the time the sun set, she would be completely disoriented, and often furious for no apparent reason. Kes tried to be supportive and make the best of her situation, but after a few months, the widow’s late-in-the-day rage became violent and she broke Kes’ shoulder.
Kes ran away, taking shelter at a temple to Desna. There, she met a kind man who offered to pay to have her injuries treated; however the clerics helped the child at no cost. He called himself Brother Lamb. He told her that he ran a shelter for lost and orphaned children and that she was welcome to stay there for as long as he could afford to keep the doors open. She along with the other kids that stayed there did work to help Brother Lamb. They kept the shelter clean, and some even worked or begged to help pay the shelter’s costs. Kes would entertain people on the street, sometimes playing music, other times acting out dramatic scenes that she had interpreted from famous lore. She kept a small amount of her proceeds to pay to have letters delivered to her family on the road, but she would give the rest to Brother Lamb.
During one of her performances, Kes was arrested by the city guard along with two of her friends that always liked to watch her performances. She and her friends were accused to robbing he citizens stopped to watch her perform. Somehow, she was able to convince the judge that it was a misunderstanding, but afterwards, her friends admitted to her that they were in fact picking the audience member’s pockets. She was outraged and told Brother Lamb that he should stop taking their money because it was dirty. He explained that he knew it was dirty because he had taught them how to do it.
Kes told him that she was leaving and would tell the clerics at the temple to Desna that he was corrupt. He just laughed and told her that she did anything to harm him he would kill one of the other less skilled children that he provided for. He forced her to keep working for her. He figured out that by combining her fortune telling skills, her Gnomish gift for cantrips, and her flair for the dramatic, he could make even more money. She tried to write to her family for help, but they never came for her or even wrote back. Eventually she realized that some of the “older” kids where intercepting all of her letters. Her family must have thought that she had forgotten them.
Fearing that Kes might actually rat him out to the temple, he eventually gave up his guise as “Brother Lamb” and returned to the name of Gaedren Lamm, although Kes couldn’t tell if that was his real name, or just another alias. After years of watching him manipulate and corrupt child and child, she decided that it was time to leave. She had secreted away enough money to pay for a month at an inn where she could hide. She spent her days playing music and giving Harrow readings in the common room under the name of Nikthillium Lionei or Niki. She earned enough coin that she was able to rent a room near the inn and after several months began to live something of a normal life.
While giving a Harrow reading to a member of the town guard she told him that he would receive accolades from his superiors for breaking up a gang of thieves and subtly directed him toward Lamm. Although Lamm somehow got the guards to overlook him, the children were freed from his manipulations. She was sure that he would one day show up again, and if he did, she would be there to stop him.
She eventually was reunited with the Lionei family. Aunti Pouala had passed away two winters back, and Matriarch Mama Litta was now Nona Litta. Kes’s sister Gianisia had taken on the role of Matriarch Mama Gia.