Cleric of the Platinum Dragon
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Kusanagi, level 7
Build: Battle Cleric
Birth – Among Another Race: Among Another Race (Dragonborn)
Background: Birth – Among Another Race (Among Another Race (Dragonborn))
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 16, Dex 10, Int 8, Wis 15, Cha 16.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 13, Dex 10, Int 8, Wis 14, Cha 14.
AC: 22 Fort: 16 Reflex: 13 Will: 18
HP: 63 Surges: 10 Surge Value: 15
Religion +7, Diplomacy +13, Insight +12, History +9
Acrobatics +3, Arcana +2, Bluff +6, Dungeoneering +5, Endurance +5, Heal +5, Intimidate +6, Nature +5, Perception +5, Stealth +2, Streetwise +6, Thievery +2, Athletics +5
Cleric: Ritual Caster
Level 1: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 2: Toughness
Level 4: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 6: Action Surge
Channel Divinity: Healer’s Mercy
Cleric at-will 1: Righteous Brand
Cleric at-will 1: Recovery Strike
Dilettante: Devastating Strike
Cleric encounter 1: Healing Strike
Cleric daily 1: Shield of the Gods
Cleric utility 2: Life Transference
Cleric encounter 3: Split the Sky
Cleric daily 5: Hallowed Advance
Cleric utility 6: Bastion of Health
Cleric encounter 7: Strike of Judgment
Ritual Book, Climber’s Kit, Holy Symbol, Crossbow, Crossbow Bolts (20), Backpack (empty), Waterskin, Bedroll, Flint and Steel, Journeybreads (10), Torch (5), Silk Rope (50 ft.), Magic Finemail +2, Magic Bastard sword +2, Boots of the Fencing Master (heroic tier), Symbol of Unified Defense +2, Ruby Scabbard (heroic tier)
Gentle Repose, Animal Messenger
Kusanagi is a respectful individual who treats even adversaries with courtesy. He will initially treat everyone he meets with honor, but he is not tolerant of bullies or the discourteous. His courtesy is tempered by a warrior’s alertness. Kusanagi is perceptive, and remembers faces, names, and titles of those he meets even briefly. He is driven to honor his oaths, and to be honest and forthright in his dealings with others. He hates to fail, and has had to push himself extremely hard to succeed amongst his adopted people, due to his relatively slight stature.
Kusanagi is adept at protocol and diplomacy. He is quick to discern the mores of those around him, and adopts proper courtesies fluidly. He is sometimes dogmatic about sacred matters, and while he is unyielding in his own faith, he understands that not all share his fervor. He has fair skin and auburn hair that he wears long. He is proud of his equipment and weapon, and takes great care to maintain both. His only ornament is a polished silvery amulet of a dragon (his holy symbol), which was given to him by his adopted father.
Kusanagi is a believer. His strength comes from his beliefs. Each one built upon the ancient history of his adopted people. The First Event corrupted and soiled the people. The nation Kusanagi’s family lives in raised and army to clear the corruption from the land. Kusanagi along with several young warriors from his village joined the militia; each member of a proud family ready for battle in the interest of their people and their god.
Seven hundred miles they traveled across the Channel of Vizia and into the nation cities of Rivelda, Fridar, and Youp. Here their army won victory easily against the disorganized and poorly defended city states. Each battle created a further lust for war and blood throughout the army. But in between battles the army was harassed and the soldiers left behind to Garrison the cities were besieged by the people.
At last the army was spent. Having traveled the width of continent of Hularda the army had no more battles to muster for, no more glory to seek. All they had was the death and destruction that they had created behind them. It was two days past the last battle when Kusanagi in a moment of prayer realized the consequences of the army’s actions. They had themselves believed in their own righteous story. But in just a moment of insight Kusanagi realized they had been duped. Corrupted by their own egos and their belief in their own rightness they had come to purge the land of the taint of demon and devil. But in the end they had killed the innocent and captured nothing.
Upon his realization Kusanagi stepped forward to his brother guards to share his realization and reflections, only to find them corrupted by the glory. As he raised the questions and concerns up the ranks he felt sure he would be heard. When the commander learned of his questions and conclusions, he was labeled a traitor. Still, Kusanagi was not without friends. They aided his escape. He left behind the only life he had known, in a search for truth and to discover the source of corruption in this land. The corruption of a people he loved.
But such glory would wait for now he must survive in a land that was just days ago an enemy.
1. What life style were you raised in. Why kind of location (city, town, the woods, etc…) Kusanagi was raised as a foster child in an isolated village of Dragonborn. Relative to the massive saurians, he was a small child, and so often had to resort to his developing diplomatic skills to preserve himself from harm. Because of his insightful nature, Kusanagi quickly became popular with the elders of the village, who were tasked with teaching history and tradition to the energetic Dragonborn children. In particular he made his foster father Balasar proud through his scholastic efforts.
His “mother” Harann was a fighter dedicated to the mastery of her chosen weapon, the bastard sword. She practiced combat maneuvers daily and constantly worked to master new techniques. Excellence with her weapon was symbolic to her; it represented excellence of character, the perfection of her spirit. She taught Kusanagi the proud heritage of Dragonborn warriors, and she did what he could to overcome the boy’s physical limitations through hard work. It was this hard work that made Kusanagi strong, and gave him expertise with the heavy blade.
2. What tragic events have befallen your young life? When Kusanagi was 3 years old, his parent’s weaponsmith caravan was ambushed in the tall grass near a Dragonborn village. The villagers saw smoke rising from the ruins of the wagons and raced to see what had happened. The Dragonborn found little Kusanagi amidst the burned wagons, shorn grass, and slaughtered remains of his people. The half-elf boy was unconscious, but unhurt.
Harann collected a blade and the half-elf boy from the wreckage. The blade lay beside a fallen half-elf warrior, who had cleared wide swaths of the tall grass around him as he fought the bandits. She called the blade “grasscutter”, Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi in the Dragonborn tongue, and swore an oath that she would teach the boy to use it so that one day he could bring to justice those who had slain his family.
3. Where/how did you get your training? Kusanagi learned the dark history of the shame of the Dragonborn—how cultists called the Triumphant used the military of the Dragonborn High King Yunaraq to further their own ends—from the village elders and from Balasar. He learned that some of the Dragonborn sought to redress the wrongs of their ancestors through their devotion to the god of justice, protection, nobility, and honor, who the dragons worship as the first of their kind. Kusanagi grew to share Balasar’s faith, and his values.
From Harann, Kusanagi learned how to channel the righteous energies of his faith into combat strokes. His skill with the raw give and take of the sword, combined with the ritual courtesies of Dragonborn warriors and his devotion, earned the half-elf boy the grudging respect of the whole village.
4. What are motivators that drive the character forward? While Kusanagi is free of the taint of shame born by the Dragonborn people, he feels indebted to the village that fostered him. He knows that he can walk more freely than they in the wider world, and yet be an agent of their cause. To bring justice to those who would seek to oppress others, and to defend the weak, while working to establish the cult of his god as a symbol of the Dragonborn’s resolve to right the wrongs of their ancestors.
5. What motivations do you have to working with a party? Kusanagi learned tactics from Harann. He knows, from his army service, that a warrior alone will eventually fall. The Dragonborn pride themselves as warlords and tacticians, and they know well that great success comes with great cooperation. While Kusanagi is confident in his abilities, he also knows that his blood-family—crafters of weapons and warriors in their own right—were viciously slaughtered. To avoid that fate, one must have stout companions.
6. What are some common phrases he’ll say? Kusanagi has picked up the vocabulary of his foster family, and so will sometimes exclaim, “Shards!” or “By the shards of my mother’s egg!” When his anger is aroused in combat he will refer to his sword as “grasscutter”.
7. What are some themes or story opportunities you want to explore with him? Almost nothing is known of the forces which ambushed Kusanagi’s caravan. Traces of many monsters were found in the area. The history of Ubin contains much conflict between the monster populace and that of the civilized races, so this is a broad base of opposition to Kusanagi’s general goals. The Triumphant cult, authors of the shame of the Dragonborn race, would be foes that Kusanagi would seek out in particular.
8. What does he dream of becoming one day? Kusanagi would like to be regarded as a champion of the virtuous portion of the Dragonborn people, and an instrument of their redemption.