Felix Hayner: Male Human Swb3/War1; CR 4;
Medium Humanoid (human);
HD 1d8+3d10+8; hp 34;
Init +4; Spd 30 ft/x4;
AC 17 (+3 armor, +4 dex), touch 14, flat-footed 13;
Base Atk/Grapple +4/+7;
Full Atk +8 One-handed (1d3+3;20/x2, Unarmed Strike), +9 One-handed (1d6+3;18-20/x2, Masterwork rapier), +9 Two-handed (1d6+3;20/x3, Masterwork composite shortbow [+3]);
SA&SQ Grace(Ex), Insightful Strike(Ex);
SR 0; AL CN; SV Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +1;
Str 16(+3), Dex 18(+4), Con 15(+2), Int 18(+4), Wis 8(-1), Cha 13(+1);
Skills: Balance¹ +9, Climb¹ +6, Escape Artist¹ +7, Jump¹ +8, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +5, Knowledge (geography) +5, Knowledge (local) +6, Listen¹ +1, Move Silently¹ +5, Profession (Sailing) +1, Search¹ +6, Sense Motive¹ +1, Spot¹ +2, Survival¹ +0, Swim¹ +9, Tumble +11, Use Rope¹ +5.
Skill Tricks: .
Maneuvers and Stances: .
Feats: Combat Reflexes (PH 92), Power Attack (PH 98), Cleave (PH 92), Weapon Finesse (PH 102)².
Born to working class parents in Sassarine’s Azure district, Felix seemed destined to follow in their footsteps as a part of the city’s booming port industry. His drive for knowledge and inquisitive spirit meant something else happened. While his father wrangled cargo from the trading ships that constantly packed the wharf, and his mother put in long hours keeping the books of a large importer, Felix learned from tutors hired by his parents when money was available, or from the streets when it wasn’t.
A sympathetic instructor availed her library to him even when he could not afford lessons, and he read voraciously, with a particular eye for accounts of great expeditions by sea to acquire lost treasures or capture rare beasts. At the same time, he bolstered his families income by doing odd jobs, running messages or playing lookout for smugglers, and putting his senses and innocuous appearance to work gathering valuable information.
By the time he was of legal working age, he knew much of the Azure district by heart, and had acquired a wide breadth of knowledge from his experiences and studies. He sought work on the expeditionary ships he had read about, first merely helping to plan the logistics of such journeys and keep the ship afloat, but later accompanying the landing parties onto long uncharted islands and through ruins practically dripping with danger. This gave him imperative to become handy with a blade, and the nature of his work found him becoming a skilled swordsman as time went on.
He has fallen in with a handful of parties of adventurers as a hired blade and brain, generally working only for a cut of the rewards and treasures found along the way without demanding anything up front. Felix has made a comfortable living doing so, though he is far from wealthy, as much of his income goes into compensating for his lackluster self-preservation instinct by way of protective equipment and expensive healing services.
When he is not at sea or exploring some dungeon or another, he spends much of his time in the various public houses of Sassarine, not so much to drink as to keep a finger on the pulse of exploring and adventuring activities in the region. He also helps merchants in the more esoteric fields identify and track the origins of the wares they receive from traders both to earn a small income when in port, and to get leads on potential new discoveries.
His family still lives and works in the Azure district. He maintains a number of contacts in the underground economy, smugglers and such, from his work in his younger days. He also knows a few folks through his schooling who have since moved on to become successful merchants or captain ships sailing out of Sassarine.
Felix’s motivation for his work is as much the acquisition of new knowledge and experience as it is money, and he’s a bit of danger junkie besides. However, while he’s quick to jump into a near suicidal situation to grab that gem studded chalice or ancient manuscript, he’s loath to put anyone else in direct danger to do so, erring on the side of caution if anyone else’s life is on the line even if he isn’t particularly worried about his own.
Though he doesn’t consider it a likely outcome, he’d like to one day retire atop a sizeable pile of treasure and write a books chronicling his exploits.