Dirge for Ammad
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Dorpas Astafale, level 11 Razorclaw Shifter, Monk, Moonstalker Monastic Tradition: Stone Fist Background: Athlete (+2 to Athletics)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 18, Con 15, Dex 19, Int 11, Wis 17, Cha 9.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES Str 16, Con 13, Dex 15, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 8.
AC: 25 Fort: 22 Reflex: 22 Will: 23 Speed 8 HP: 77 Surges: 9 Surge Value: 20
TRAINED SKILLS Endurance +12, Stealth +16, Acrobatics +16, Athletics +16
UNTRAINED SKILLS Arcana +5, Bluff +4, Diplomacy +4, Dungeoneering +8, Heal +8, History +5, Insight +8, Intimidate +4, Nature +10, Perception +8, Religion +5, Streetwise +4, Thievery +9
FEATS Level 1: Improved Monk Unarmed Strike Level 2: Unarmored Agility Level 4: Bloodied Fleetness Level 6: Shifter’s Agility Level 8: Skill Power Level 10: Fast Runner Level 11: Fleet-Footed
POWERS Monk at-will 1: Crane’s Wings Monk at-will 1: Dancing Cobra Skill Power: Incredible Stride Monk encounter 1: Open the Gate of Battle Monk daily 1: Spinning Leopard Maneuver Monk utility 2: Agile Recovery Monk encounter 3: Dance of Swords Monk daily 5: Supreme Avalanche Combination Monk utility 6: Centered Defense Monk encounter 7: Strike the Avalanche Monk daily 9: Strength to Weakness Monk utility 10: Internal Power
ITEMS Monk Unarmed Strike, Rain of Hammers Ki Focus +2, Skybound Cloth Armor (Basic Clothing) +2, Boots of Striding (heroic tier), Totemic Belt (paragon tier), Amulet of Vigor +2, Gloves of Piercing (heroic tier), Climber’s Kit, Everburning Torch, Adventurer’s Kit, Shuriken (51), Bracers of Enforced Regret (heroic tier), Ki Focus, Fleet Hero Tattoo (heroic tier), Bracers of Bold Maneuvering (heroic tier), Bear Headdress (heroic tier)
Dorpas Astafale was a runner for the grouping of shifter villages in which he lived because in the little corner of the world where he lived, he was the fastest. He took great pride, even arrogance in this fact and also somewhat in a belief that shifters were a better race than others because they were here first. Since he was the fastest shifter that he knew of, he was the fastest man alive.
He continued believing this until one day while delivering a particularly urgent message, a human in a plain brown robe began running beside him.
“It’s a lovely day isn’t it? Although you seem a bit too focused on running to notice the pristine beauty of this neck of the woods. I assume it’s pretty urgent?”
“Yes, (pant), one of the women (pant) of the village has begun to give birth (pant). I’m to find a healer.”
“Ah a new life brought into this world is a beautiful thing. I’d very much like to see it, and I suppose help if I’m able. Do you mind if I run with you and back to see the birth?”
“It’s (pant) fine, if you can keep up (pant) with me the whole way.”
“Oh that won’t be a problem, I’ve largely achieved mastery over my body and mind. A properly fit body and a disciplined mind can accomplish just about anything.”
“What does the mind, (pant) have to do with running?”
“Many things actually, controlling your breathing to minimize the strain on your body, the ability to ignore fatigue, and realize when it would be unsafe to continue to ignore it. The goal is to create a harmony so that body and mind are completely one.”
“Isn’t (pant) the mind part of the body (pant) anyway?”
“Is a fish part of a lake? Just because something is inside something else doesn’t make it a part of it. The basic idea is simple however, you have to know your body and bind it to your mind.”
This continued all the way to the healer and all the way back to the village and at no point did the monk need to catch his breath. Dorpas was duly impressed, this man could run as fast as he did at his best without even straining. He also made Dorpas a bit uncomfortable as Dorpas didn’t really think much about the nature of the world around him and that simply having a natural talent at something was not enough to be the best at it. His interest piqued, the monk directed Dorpas to the monastery where he had trained and wished him luck, mumbling something about “cranky old men” and “broaden their worldview.” It didn’t occur to Dorpas until after the fact that he never got the monk’s name. So Dorpas set out for the monastery after bidding his rather confused family farewell, and when he finally arrived the monks refused to let him join their order. He solved this problem by sneaking into the monastery and copying anything he found written in their library. Security was very lax, probably because the monks didn’t have anything worth stealing really. So he copied the “sacred texts,” however he could not read their language so there’s no guarantee he actually obtained material that was actually their tenets. From there he found someone to translate the documents for him and then began his efforts to master his mind and body alone in the wilderness.
He thought, he read, he sparred with bears. He learned that bears will eventually die from internal bleeding if you spar with them too much. Ultimately he felt he had achieved sufficient mastery of himself in isolation to set out to take in new experiences and help others as the texts suggested. Experience will enrich him and through that self improvement he will in turn be better able to help others and in turn open up new experiences. At least that was the theory, although it didn’t really fit with his interpretation of the tenet that one’s “inner world is a reflection of the outer world” therefore since a reflection is the opposite of the reflected, to achieve inner peace you must commit outer violence. At any rate, he figured to head as far outside his experience as possible which meant heading to the city of Ammad. He’s been in the city for a while now doing odd jobs for whoever needed something done, as a Shifter’s got to eat and there’s not much to hunt in a city, sewer rat tastes terrible. Despite his newfound philosophy he does still take pride in showing off his speed and physical prowess and prefers jobs where he gets to do so, particularly as a courier. Still, as a rule, he’ll take any job that doesn’t involve harming someone innocent or helpless.