Character Portrait – Chojen

Warrior Monk

Alas, poor Chojen Morg. After Thelisn the bodak fell to the servants of Gulthias within the Heart of Nightfang Spire, I brought in Chojen. He was human, a former thief and rogue who had repented of his ways and taken up a life of service to the gods. Serving in a monastary near Daggerdale, the companions of Silverhall rescued Chojen when he and others had been taken by an evil cult.

To repay the debt, he offered his service to them. That service was sadly all to short. Soon after the companions re-entered Nightfang Spire, he fell victim to an undiscovered trap in the floor, sliding him down over a sharp blade and then flinging him out the side of the tower. Having no ranks in fly, he plummeted to his death at the base of the Spire. 

I was sad to lose Chojen, especially so shortly after losing Thelisn (twice). The character concept of a thief-monk multi-class was one that really appealed to me. I’m bummed I never got a chance to really explore what he was capable of. At some  point I would like to run a new character that’s similar in concept. We’ll see.

D&December 2017 – W1D6 – A Moment of Despair

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As with great successes, I’ve had my share of moments of despair while gaming. One of the worst for me was the two deaths of my character Thelisn. 

I have mentioned previously how Thelisn died, both times. At the time that he fell in a field to the bodak, I had really grown to like him as a character. What he had gone through storywise had really gotten me attached to him. I began making all kinds of plans about his future class levels, ability, and skill score increases. More than any character I had before that time, even Delban, I had a clear vision of where I wanted him to go from where he was.

And then it all ended. A single failed saving throw against a bastard undead beast. I’m not a highly emotional person, but I was really bummed when that happened. So much so that I jumped at the chance to bring him back, even as a bodak. I didn’t really think that one through. Even though he served Silverhall and the party, as an undead there was no way for him to heal since we didn’t have an evil cleric about. 

Over the following weeks it dawned on me what the inevitable outcome would be for him. I had a really hard time motivating myself to go to game night during that time. I almost didn’t want to be there when it happened. In one sense I was glad when he finally fell the second time. But watching it play out, almost in slow motion, over the course of those weeks, really, really sucked.

Character Portrait – Thelisn

Elven Archer src: YamaOrce on DeviantArt

The above image is a good representation of what Thelisn might have looked like. Source: YamaOrce on DeviantArt

Next up is Thelisn. I wanted to play a character who was completely different from any others I’d played to that point. One class I’d never played before was a rogue. Enter Thelisn. 

Thelisn was an outcast from the Elven homeland of Evereska. Well, not so much an outcast as one who rejected all things of his family, people and heritage and left of his own accord vowing to never return. He came across a band of refugees fleeing Cormyr. Their destination was the fabled city of Silverhall, on the Pool of Yevin in the Dalelands. There, in service to the Silver Queen, he would eventually find a home.

During their travels towards Silverhall, he came across a black sword called Darkfire, one of nine dark weapons known as the ba’althrils. These weapons, forged of an unusual black metal, are things of darkness and trouble throughout the Wyrmfang Chronicles campaign. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to use these weapons to destroy the Wyrmfang dagger, an evil weapon forged of a dragon’s tooth.

The ba’althrils, however, are dark and evil things themselves. Thelisn, like the swords previous owner Lief, fell sway to the weapon’s dark influence and turned against the party as they were arriving at Silverhall. Thankfully Thelisn was subdued and the weapon destroyed. And in time, with the help of the Silver Queen and the healers of Silverhall, Thelisn was restored to himself.

Eventually, the time arrived for the party to travel west and use the ba’althrils to destroy the Wyrmfang. His journey was cut short, however. When the party met a bodak Thelisn was slain by the undead beast. As happens with the bodak, Thelisn rose into undeath and became a bodak himself in the service of Gulthias, the vampire master of Nightfang Spire.

Instead of turning to evil, however, magics of protection that had previously been cast upon him by the Silver Queen to help free him from the influence of Darkfire allowed Thelisn to keep in control of himself and not turn to evil. He abandoned Gulthias and rejoined the heroes of Silverhall. He used his bodak powers in their service as they sought to destroy the vampire.

Unfortunately, being undead he had no means to repair his wounds in battle. He eventually fell once more to the servants of Gulthias in Nightfang Spire.