On His Chancellor's Secret Service
A slight, unassuming man who alternates between intense curiosity and distracted contemplation, Elijah pursues knowledge without heed to common sense, decency, or (in some cases) personal safety. Although he does wear welding goggles to protect his eyes.
Elijah McAlastair, level 2 Human, Invoker Divine Covenant: Covenant of Wrath
FINAL ABILITY SCORES Str 8, Con 16, Dex 12, Int 12, Wis 18, Cha 10.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES Str 8, Con 16, Dex 12, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 10.
AC: 17 Fort: 17 Reflex: 15 Will: 18 HP: 30 Surges: 9 Surge Value: 7
TRAINED SKILLS History +7, Engineering +7 (swapped from Religion), Insight +10, Endurance +8, Arcana +7
UNTRAINED SKILLS Acrobatics +1, Bluff +1, Diplomacy +1, Dungeoneering +5, Heal +5, Intimidate +1, Nature +5, Perception +5, Stealth +1, Streetwise +1, Thievery +1, Athletics -1
FEATS Invoker: Alchemist Human: Implement Expertise (Rod) Level 1: Invoker Defense Level 2: Battle Caster Defense
POWERS Bonus At-Will Power: Avenging Light Invoker at-will 1: Grasping Shards Invoker at-will 1: Sun Strike Invoker encounter 1: Thunder of Judgment Invoker daily 1: Invocation of Ice and Fire Invoker utility 2: Know Weakness
ITEMS Ritual Book, Cloak of Resistance +1, Hand Crossbow, Adventurer’s Kit, Alchemical Reagents (Arcana), Dagger, Telescope, Dapper Suit (Chainmail)
RITUALS Hand of Fate
FORMULAS Alchemist’s Acid, Antivenom
Nature: Absorbed. Intensely curious about things that interest him, and single-minded in pursuing related knowledge and experiences. Easily distracted from the banalities of daily life, and thus absent-minded, clumsy, and frequently lacking common sense.
Hobbies: Alchemy, engineering, and general experimentation and tinkering. Researching, studying, and gathering information – useful or otherwise – about practically everything.
Important/preferred items: Elijah always carries with him an impressive array of scientific and alchemical artifacts: flasks and pots of all shapes and sizes, calipers, scales, lenses for magnification and telescopic viewing, a small alembic for distillation, pipettes, funnels, tongs, an alcohol burner (one can never trust important experiments to a fickle cook fire!), and multitudinous chemicals and ingredients in the form of powders, colored liquids, metal shavings, copper wire, etc. He is never without his notebook, and whenever possible, he carries a stack of books and publications (alchemical guides, scientific journals, and other light reading). Needless to say, this amounts to a rather unwieldy pack.
Maladies: Elijah is the typical absent-minded scientist – intensely focused in his quest for knowledge, but otherwise easily distracted from the banalities of daily life. He frequently overlooks the most common sense solution to a problem, and regularly forgets basic tasks or information. If something piques his interest, however, he will pursue it single-mindedly, taking risks he might otherwise avoid and going to extreme lengths to procure the knowledge (or alchemical ingredient) he desires. He is also fairly clumsy, even without his traveling chemistry set attached to his back.
Background: Elijah MacAlastair was born the only child of a middle-class family in the capital city of Solrise. His father, a professor of geology at the King’s University, was a loving if distracted parent who, on the rare occasions he could be found outside of his classroom, brought home text books, rock samples, and the latest experiments and creations from the newly-opened engineering department. Elijah’s mother managed their small household and helped with her family’s business, an apothecary across the street from the MacAlastair home. It was here, under the tutelage of his uncle, that Elijah gained an intuitive sense of how to mix substances for a most potent effect. His experiments quickly moved beyond the range of healing and love potions brewed at the apothecary, and after a number of messy and explosive mishaps, his mother relegated his experiments to the university labs.
Elijah continued his personal experimental pursuits while studying chemistry and engineering at the university. He completed his official studies and was accepted as a junior professor – the youngest ever accepted by a full 5 years – just three months before the king declared a mandatory evacuation of the city. Elijah joined his caravan at the height of the evacuation, with only his most precious experiments and books in his pack. His mother and father stayed behind to help his uncle arrange for transportation of the apothecary’s supplies; all three planned to join a later caravan that was to follow the same route as Elijah’s.
After waiting for months for his family’s caravan to arrive in Hem, Elijah fell into a deep depression. His family gone, his university career dead barely before it started, and himself stuck in a primitive town with almost no supplies for his experiments, he turned to drinking late into the night. A childhood friend, upon finding Elijah slumped at a disreputable bar muttering about acids and bases, took pity on him, and over the course of a few weeks, convinced him to join the newly-formed Protectors of Hem. Although he had never been the patriotic type, nor one to put himself in danger to help others, Elijah realized this was an opportunity to gain access to what little mechanical and chemical resources were available in Hem.