November 11, 2010

NPC Ally: Douven Stahl

Part of the story here is that I am running H1 and H2 for a group of players right now. We started in the Spring of 2010, almost 2 years after Keep on the Shadowfell was released. I really enjoy the adventure this time around, even though I've technically run this adventur before. I'm using a ton of terrain powers, almost every encounter has some. Also, I've added NPC Allies and interesting magic items and MM3 monster design to everything. There are vehicles and mounts, and Karalel has a better name and steals your beating heart. I've incorporated the countless reviews and tidbits of advice on the internet that have been floating around since March '08, and the story is just coming together beautifully.

Douven Stahl
NPC Ally (Level 1)
A renowned archeologist from Fallcrest, Douven is a professor of Turathian literature who, according to his students, is "the one you hope you don't get". He is often heard shouting out "This is intolerable!" when frustrated. A driven man, Douven seeks out forgotten relics and texts from the past, risking his life in the pursuit of knowledge by going to strange and dangerous locations. Stahl speaks little of his family. His wife, Anna, died from scarlet fever many years ago, and the loss pains him still.

HP 1; a missed attack never damages Douven.
Armor Class 14; Fortitude 11, Reflex 13, Will 14

Guarded By Heroes + At-Will
Immediate Interrupt
Douven is hit by an attack and you are adjacent to him.
Effect: You are hit by the attack instead.

Hustle It! + At-Will
Minor Action
You command Douven to take a move action (Speed 5).

Douven knows the following languages, in addition to Common:
Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Goblin.

Expert Advice
All allies who can see and hear Douven gain a +1 power bonus to Arcana and History checks.

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