Jack of all Trades (Ideal: The Level Playing-Field.)Age:
34Melee Combat Effectiveness:
8Ranged Combat Effectiveness:
11Magical Combat Effectiveness:
Standing an impressive (for a Jun) five foot ten, Briar is getting on in years. Slight bags under his eyes, the laugh lines etched into his face, and other marks all point to his advancing age. The evidence does little to detract from his looks, though; the lines have only added nobility to Briar's otherwise sculpted features. His physique is that of a man a decade younger, built tough and wiry through action rather than excercise. He is dotted with the scars of past adventures, telling of a man agile enough to avoid most, though not all, blows.Exceptional Strengths: The Polymath
: A thief, a scholar, a merchant, an athlete; Briar is all these things, and more. His mind is a vast repertoire of obscure knowledge, advanced skills and surprising intellect. He goes beyond the high adaptability of other Jacks by understanding, at a fundemental level, his various skillsets. Whatever he does not know-- which, he still admits, is quite a bit-- he learns with surprising efficacy. The Affable Rogue
: Briar is particular among the Jun for his open, charismatic nature. Although he rarely reveals much of himself, he can quickly cajole another into spilling their life stories-- and potentially embarassing secrets. He is everyone's good friend, the happy patron of all taverns, and a merchant's favorite customer. Rarely does he show his underlying abrasiveness, although he does offer the occasionally poignant retort. The Bowman
: Dangerous at a distance, Briar's prefered weapon is the ever accurate, ever deadly longbow. He makes use of a composite model with a lensed sight, for extra punch and accuracy at range.Notable Weaknesses: Magiisensitive Epilepsy
: Briar suffers from epileptic fits caused by certain magical effects. If the cast spell is liable to cause bright, flickering lights and is directly in Briar's line of sight, he becomes sick and disoriented, and must avert his gaze or be overtaken by convulsions. These often cause him to drop to the ground, possibly causing further injury. Because of this, Briar is incapable of casting high-visibility spells himself, which includes most offensive spells (namely, evocations.) Mundane lights have no effect; nor does magic performed in his peripheral vision, allowing spellcasters in the party to act accordingly. Angry Mob
: A side-effect of his nature and primary ideal, Briar has treaded on the toes of certain institutions, licit or otherwise. They would very
much like to return the favor, and maybe add a couple of broken kneecaps for good measure. They exist in most major cities, especially Accord. These groups are specifically the ones who have seen his face-- either he did not have or could not use the Ring of A Thousand Faces
-- though some others may recognize his voice, or a piece of equipment such as his bow, or even the ring itself.Skills:
Briar is competent in all skills, with certain exceptions: he has a general craft skill, for jury-rigging equipment repair, though he cannot construct anything from scratch (at least, nothing worthwhile;) he is not skilled in any proffession (although he is a capable performer of spoken word in all it's forms;) and he suffers penalties to Spellcraft and Use Magic Devices where his weakness is applicable. He knows several languages, including Common and The Path. His knowledges are many, but generalized; everything a man may pick up in the years of travel with a dozen different adventurers.Special Abilities: Ring of A Thousand Faces
: An old piece of jewlery, the Ring of A Thousand Faces
allows Briar to assume the appearance of an average man of a chosen, humanoid race. When worn, it acts as a permanent (until removed) Alter Self
spell, with the following exceptions: the chosen form must closely resemble the wearer's race (therefore, a Jun can change into an elf, a Chosen, or any vaguely human race, but not into, say, a lizardfolk,) can be no more than a foot taller or shorter than the wearer's height, and must be the wearer's gender. Briar can use this item to disguise himself as someone else who fits the limitations, but must have had the opportunity to closely study them. Barring this, he can approximate and use his skills of disguise to imitate, though it will never pass the keen eye of a more familiar party.
The ring appears as a very wide, dull gold band, with hundreds of small, anonymous faces etched and molded into its surface. It quickly becomes difficult to look at, making unacclimated viewers uncomfortable. The faces shift place every time it is put on, though the ring remains recognizable.
Known Spells: Haste, Invisibility, True Strike, Speak with Animals, Create Water, MessageBackground:
Befallen of some unspoken tragedy in his native lands, Briar long ago journeyed to the continent of Aeyun to shed his old life. Here, he could excercise his capabilities to aid those unfortunates in need. Always on the move, Briar travels from countryside village to port town, from desecrated battlefield to large city; he has seen much of what this place has to offer, although certainly not all. Though he treads in dangerous waters, Briar constantly strives against the established order. If that occasionally means he gets to indulge himself in mischief and self-service, than so be it.