A Malevolent Apparatus
Paladin with Bardic Overtones
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Bartok, level 3
Human Power Selection: Bonus At-Will Power
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 10, Con 13, Dex 8, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 18.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 10, Con 13, Dex 8, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 16.
AC: 21 Fort: 14 Reflex: 17 Will: 19
HP: 40 Surges: 11 Surge Value: 10
Arcana +10, Heal +8, Religion +10, Diplomacy +10, Insight +8, History +10, Perception +8
Acrobatics -4, Bluff +5, Dungeoneering +5, Endurance -2, Intimidate +5, Nature +5, Stealth -4, Streetwise +7, Thievery -4, Athletics -3
Bardic Ritualist: Ritual Caster
Human: Bardic Ritualist
Feat User Choice: Bardic Knowledge
Level 1: Bardic Dilettante
Level 2: Alertness (retrained to Superior Will at Level 3)
Bonus At-Will Power: Ardent Strike
Lay on Hands: Lay on Hands
Paladin at-will 1: Virtuous Strike
Paladin at-will 1: Enfeebling Strike
Paladin encounter 1: Valorous Smite
Paladin daily 1: Radiant Delirium
Paladin utility 2: Strategist’s Epiphany
Paladin encounter 3: Righteous Smite
Ritual Book, Plate Armor, Longsword, Heavy Shield, Dagger, Lute, Belt Pouch (empty), Candle (2), Everburning Torch, Backpack (empty), Filter mask, Inquisitive’s Kit
Amanuensis, Comprehend Language, Comrades’ Succor, Glib Limerick, Magic Mouth, Tenser’s Floating Disk, Water Breathing
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Bartok is a journeyman from the elven religious order, Cantus Pella. From the perspective of the general public, he is very well educated, a skilled musician, disciplined in his religious devotion. However, by the rigorous standards of Cantus Pella, he is a “light weight”. He only practices his music two hours a day rather than six. Worse yet, he wastes his time on folk music and tavern songs rather than sticking to the classics.
No doubt this is partially due to his heritage. His mother, the elven paladin Lindorie, scandalously married a human bard named . Bartok was born a few years later. Shortly thereafter Bela was struck down by a mysterious illness while Bartok was still an infant (unless the GM decides this was a smoke screen for some deeper mystery!)
At first Bartok excelled in school, outstripping his peers. However, this only lasted a few years. What had at first seemed gifts of high intelligence turned out to be rapid maturation. Bartok was maturing even faster than the typical half-elf; most of his genetic makeup came from his human father. The consequence of this is that despite his speed of learning, his retention was poor compared to the more long-term focussed elven children. It was sort of a classic tortoise-and-hare story.
Some speculated that Bartok would be the first person to wash out of the order. Instead he was sent out as a journeyman. There is a rumor that Lindorie threatened to leave if Bartok was expelled—which would have been disastrous for several upcoming performances where she is the principal oboist!
As a journeyman, Bartok is allowed to use the Cantus Bella’s facilities, but he has no role there. He isn’t sure how he will go about finding a lost/unknown work to complete his journeyman task, but he is excited to be venturing out on his own.
NOTE: Bartok is a human in terms of 4E rules, but a nominal half-elf in terms of his character background.