Character concept by Dallas Garret, all rights reserved.
Assistant Armorer of the Guard for the City of Kashin
Master Instructor of the Wolves' Den
“Vhy am I alvays in front?”
Date of Birth: Dacal the 17th, 1309 Avard.
Current Status: Summer, 1331 Avard. Nicholai is the Master Instructor for the Wolves' Den, the Temple to Rahne in Kashin, Rakore. He helps train the militia for the city, the city's guards, and the patrons of the War College at the Wolves' Den. Nicholai also spends a considerable amount of time in the city armory, helping to maintain the armory and occasionally helping with repairs or new pieces in the smithy.
Nicholai is a tall, well-honed man with whipcord muscles. His skin is a naturally-tanned color, and he has short, curly black hair to complement his dark, amber eyes. His overlapping armor is encased in black-dyed leathers, over which he wears a hooded cloak with a spear's tip over his right shoulder. Over his cloak, he carries a tough pack with a bedroll atop it, and a water skin attached.
'Nicholai' by Diego DaSilva, copyright 2005; image used with permission.
Nicholai wears black, leather-covered, banded mail, and keeps a large shield with a spike slung on his back. His bastard sword is slung at his side, with a short spear slung over his right shoulder. He has a heavy, oil-soaked, hooded cloak to protect his armor and his eyes from the weather. His heavy leather, military pack carries a water skin, rations, soap, bedroll, and other sundry items.
His father was a member of the Imperial Royal Guard of Vridara. When his mother's sorcerous powers began to manifest, Nicholai's father, Vlad Kruelkev, escaped to the port city of Lamental with the both of them. Vlad secured passage on a Rakoran smuggling ship, and barely escaped with his wife and his family. The traumatic experience – the killing of other members of the guard, the long ship's voyage, and more – left an impression on young Nicholai. He learned that family was worth any price – even magic – and that the Inquisition was wrong.
Nicholai's father went on to become the Weaponsmaster of the Wolves' Den Church of Rahne in Kashin, Rakore. Young Nicholai studied under his father's tutelage, along with the rest of the city's guard, and took to the bastard sword as though he had been born to it. Vlad kept the mithral armor and arms of the Imperial Royal Guard buried in a chest in his attic, but made sure that 'Little Nicky' would be ready to wear it, one day. Such was the reasoning for Vlad to take on the new last name of 'Mithralson'.
During the War of the Four Winds, Nicholai lost both his parents in the defense of Kashin. Now armed with his father's mithral armor and weapons (black-enameled in honor of their passing), Nicholai has taken his father's position as the master instructor at the Wolves' Den in Kashin, training the Guard in Kashin and anyone willing to take the training, at no cost.
Young Nicholai was ready to set off on his own, but he had no direction. He knew most people found his size – and his father – intimidating, and had grown up a loner because of his parents' insular Vridaran traditions Nicholai spent a lot of time growing up in the armory of the guard. He wanted to get away from his parents, and from home, and find adventure in the world – and then the War of the Four Winds found him. During the war, he lost his parents, and has developed a quiet, grim attitude.
Nicholai is a no-nonsense kind of man, doing what needs doing, constantly driving himself, and continually seeking to improve both his own fighting prowess and that of the people he trains. Nicholai has earned a reputation among his students as 'the relentless'. He is driven by the hellish memories of the war and the deaths of his parents, and driven too by the responsibility on his shoulders – and he will walk over anyone and anything that threatens the defenses of Kashin.
3rd Level Fighter
AC 19; Fortitude 6, Reflex 3, Will 1
Alignment: Neutral Good
Languages: Vridaran, Common.
Skills: Climb +5/-1, Craft (armor) +8*, Handle Animal +3, Intimidate +3, Jump +5/-1, Swim +5/-7.
Feats: [Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Swords)]*, Cleave, Improved Initiative, Improved Shield Bash, Great Cleave, Power Attack.
Str 16(+3) Con 16(+3) Dex 14(+2) Int 10(+0) Wis 10(+0) Cha 10(+0)
Equipment: Banded mail, large shield, bastard sword, short spear, cloak of the wolves' den.