Tharyl Killeplith Ansah
Elf, Ranger Build: Archer Ranger Fighting Style: Archer Fighting Style
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 14, Con 12, Dex 19, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 8.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES Str 14, Con 12, Dex 17, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 8.
AC: 16 Fort: 13 Reflex: 15 Will: 12 HP: 24 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 6
TRAINED SKILLS Nature +9, Stealth +9, Athletics +7, Acrobatics +9, Perception +9
UNTRAINED SKILLS Arcana, Bluff -1, Diplomacy -1, Dungeoneering +2, Endurance +1, Heal +2, History, Insight +2, Intimidate -1, Religion, Streetwise -1, Thievery +4
FEATS Level 1: Improved Initiative
POWERS Ranger at-will 1: Hit and Run Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike Ranger encounter 1: Rapid Volley Ranger daily 1: Hunt’s End
ITEMS Longbow, Leather Armor, Arrows (150), Climber’s Kit, Ale, Pitcher, Adventurer’s Kit, Torch (3), Dagger
- Tharyl is born to a humble, but generous house of forest, farming Elves; in the first instance of his life he is raised and cared for, along with his brother Kyrre, in a loving and both creatively and functionally nurturing environment. Kyrre is tactically minded, and often plays war-games with his brother (foreshadowing of Kyrre’s military and ultimately tragic life); whilst Tharyl placates his brother as the military world is not for him, neither in reality nor fantasy.
- Tharyl’s parents are well-liked, albeit in a deceitful way, by the other townsfolk, and often hold large banquets that all are invited to attend. It is at one of these banquets that Tharyl quickly and steadfastly befriends a human guest, called Hob (whom he later assumes the name of as a pseudonym). Kyrre is the more popular brother, as he is genial and verbose, in comparison to the otherwise timid and withdrawn Tharyl, so it is much joy to his parents that he has befriended someone, although human.
- At another party Tharyl’s parents generously give away goods to their “friends”, including livestock, food and even gold, ending the evening with a lengthy speech about friendship and the importance of it. This is somewhat inspiring to the young Tharyl, but he complains to his father about having given away so many and much of their own belongings and wealth. Tharyl’s father ignores these complaints, and reiterates some of the main points from his speech, expounding the virtues of shared wealth and responsibility.
- Later in the same year, an Elven landowner, who is a creditor to Tharyl’s family, comes by to collect upon debts owed, but due to the overt munificence of Tharyl’s father they cannot pay; they ask friends for money to borrow, but none will provide.
- Eventually Tharyl’s family become destitute, until they are taken in by the family of humans of which Tharyl had befriended the son of. They are cared for well, but Tharyl’s father becomes despondent over the fact that he can no longer provide for his family. During this time there is a violent raid by bandits, whereby Tharyl’s mother is brutally raped and killed – Tharyl’s father, inconsolable due to not being able to protect his family, leaves the town and his sons, abandoning society to live as a recluse. The human family offer to care for the young Elves, but Kyrre, disappointed by his father, declares that he is no longer of any lineage, and leaves to join the military; Tharyl vows to find his father, Hob agreeing to go with him.
- Kyrre goes off and fights in another person’s war, whilst Tharyl and Hob begin their journey to track down his father. It is along the way that they develop skills and fighting styles, with Tharyl using a bow and Hob being close range, drawing attention from enemies. Tharyl is a natural with the bow, as it is in his pedigree to be so. He also proves to be, whilst not physically exemplary, highly dextrous, with a flair for tree-top acrobatics.
- Eventually, after many days travelling, they find Tharyl’s father, who is living as a hermit in a cave. Talking with him, Tharyl explains what has happened and that Kyrre has gone to war. His father states that he wants nothing to do with society any longer and had resolved to kill himself, but did not have the strength, will or courage to do so. He asks Tharyl, as an act of mercy, to kill him, which he naturally refuses. Rendered foolish by anguish and selfish by regret, In order to enrage his son, his father stealthily stabs and kills Hob with a concealed dagger, thusly enraging Tharyl enough to slay him through hazy, tear-filled eyes.
- The walk home is a slow funeral march, and when Tharyl reaches the village and explains the situation to Hob’s parents, they are understandably upset. However, they decide to raise the recently orphaned Tharyl as their own, under the human name of Aubrey. Moving to a nearby human town, they raise him for a while and Tharyl soon prefers this way of life. Always an outsider, due to his appearance and general demeanour, he finds it difficult to be fully integrated into human society, so begins to dress and disguise himself as a one of their own, in a simple attempt to get by.
- Eventually, Tharyl falls in love with a human girl and she reciprocates the feelings. She is of poor stock, with a dead mother and drunken father, promising little of a dowry. Tharyl’s foster parents are not taken with the idea of him seeing her, but due to the fact that he is in truth an Elf, they make do, welcoming the young girl into their peculiar family.
- One day, his adoptive parents are killed during an occupation by a foreign army, with (shock) Kyrre as one of the lieutenants. Enraged and bewildered, Tharyl confronts the estranged Kyrre, but, his brother not recognising him, he thrusts his sword straight through him, throwing him to one side and continuing with the vicious and futile occupation.
- When Tharyl awakens the town is ruined and the army has stationed but a few troops in the village to ensure dominance and to suppress insurgents. He witnesses the [predominantly Elven troops] raping his lover after she has been claimed as trophy. Tharyl leaves, knowing that a lone, unarmed Elf could not resolve this situation, but vows revenge upon his brother and all misguided, choosing then to live a life of quiet solitude, hunting and subsiding in the woods, mirroring his father’s demise, but with an unquenchable impotent rage inside.