Character concept by Harry McKenzie, all rights reserved.
Knight of Rakore
“That which kills me, makes me stronger.”
Date of Birth: Cal the 6th, 1312 Avard.
Cleo is a dark-haired, light-skinned waif of a girl who possess considerable feminine charms. Appearing to be a teenager, her large, almond-shaped eyes belie only the emotions she wants them to, her deady experiences having granted her an icy calm mask that is hard to penetrate if you don't know her. Quick and lithe, professionals realize that she has great potential, while the less seasoned among men (and women) may overlook her deadly stalk. Her clothing is all leathers of dark material – soft, comfortable, skin-tight – and giving her considerable freedom-of-motion.
Growing up in Teras before the founding of Rakore, Cleo lost her family to the undead, and her eye to a subsequent infection. Born Carmelita Van der Veers, she changed her name to Cleo within years of the war. A determined survivor, she used any means at her disposal – including her own body – to make it in the alleys of Teras. She changed her appearance as often as she could to elude the authorities when her thefts became noticeable, and hid in brothels and on the streets when necessary. Sometimes not even knowing when her next meal might be, the tough young street urchin known as “One-Eyed Cleo” jumped at the chance to join Huzar Ye'amen al Sharral of Al Fahim's quest to rid the world of Al Mudim. Of course, the quest potion he tricked her into imbibing might have had something to do with that.
She had originally lost one eye at the young age of six, to disease. Her death, and subsequent resurrection during the hunt for Al Mudim, restored her eye. That, and her deadly experience, had left an indelible mark upon her body and soul. After finding out she was demonically possessed, she killed herself – only to kill the demon, as well. When she was raised from the dead, her own spirit returned, but the demon's body was partially merged with hers, resulting in several physical changes, including increased strength, speed, and toughness, and a slowing of her aging. She appears to be a teenager, and will continue to age at a rate only 1/4th normal human. (1 year for every four actual)
She was knighted by Duke Henrik Kamus for her role in capturing a small fleet of pirates, and delivered the killing blow to Seamus' twin brother, the Dread Pirate Anthilles.
Cleo is a hands-on kind of girl that likes to flirt, knows who to fear and who to fight, and keeps her eyes open whenever possible. She's a master at manipulating people with her feminine whiles and her determined lethalism. Her experiences have turned her in on herself, she presents a cold mask of indifference to those outside her small circle of friends. She keeps in shape by swimming when possible, and simple physical exercises when not. She has an affinity for the dark and tends to stay out of sight during the day.
Cleo speaks the Common tongue, and Thieve's Cant.
Female Slate Human, Partial Fiend, 4th-Level Rogue
STR 14, DEX 22, CON 16, INT 12, WIS 9, CHA 17
HP 28, Fort +6, Refl +11, Will +2
AC 23, Init +6
Skills: Appraise +5, Balance +11, Climb +15, Disable Device +6, Disguise +5, Escape Artist +11, Heal +0, Hide +25, Intimidate +5, Jump +4, Listen +6, Move Silently +13, Open Lock +10, Perform (bedroom) +9, Pick Pocket +11, Profession (masseuse) +3, Search +5, Spot +6, Use Rope +7.
Feats: [Evasion], Blind Fighting, Dodge, Combat Reflexes, [Uncanny Dodge]. Special Abilities: Natural AC +1, darkness 3x/day, Darkvision 60ft (plus the ability to see through her own darkness), Immunity to Poison, Cold / Electricity / Acid / Fire Resistance 10, Str +4, Dex +4, Con +2, Int +2, Wis +0, Cha +2, ECL +2, Alignment remains the same, upper canines enlarged (but not useable as fiend-like weapons). Sneak Attack damage is +2d6.