The Rod of Seven Parts
Professor Ener Lumfoodle
Aged sage of myths and history.
Professor Emeritus Ener Lumfoodle, Male, Gnome Mystic Sage Lvl 5
Alignment: Chaotic Good
246 y/o, Height: 3’4"; Weight: 40lb; Eyes: Blue; Hair: White
Renown: 1 Academic: Professor Emeritus
45 Vitality; Wounds 11
Action Dice: 3d4
Defense: 12 (10 + 2 Class + 1 Size – 1 Armor);
Damage Reduction: 2;
Damage Resistance: 4 (Ranged), 4 (Flash)
Melee: (Proficiency: Blunt Forte)
Unarmed: 1 (3 BaB – 2 Str)
Melee: 1 (3 BaB – 2 Str)
Ranged: 3 (3 BaB)
Fortitude +3, Reflex +3, Will +4,
Strength: 6 Intelligence: 20
Dexterity: 10 Wisdom: 12
Constitution: 11 Charisma: 18
|Ride| 8 (Land Animals, Flying Mounts)
|Sense Motive| 9
Caster Level: 1
Spells Known: 4
Read Magic, Whispers, Detect Secret Doors, Orient Self
Feather Fall 1/scene
Gust of Wind 2/Scene (DC 12; DC 15 if not used in the last 3 rounds)
Abilities: Linguist, Broad Learning, If I Recall…, Free Hint, Charming, Limited Proficiency, Inquisitive Mind, Paired Skills (Investigate/Medicine), Sharp Mind, The Gift, Wise Counsel, Depth of Study, Assistance I, Polyglot, Crosstraining: Eloquence, Best of the Best 2/Scene, Always Ready, Cagey I
Seasickness: gets seasick on Boats and Airships
Curse of the Bloodscroll: While dealing with Dalkyre -2 Skills, -1 Initiative
Parry (Reflex save vs. attack roll)
Mix Up (+3 to Bull Rush if not done in the previous 3 rounds)
Interests (13): (Knowledge +23)
Zilargo, Breland, Cyre, Karrnath, Aundair, Thrane, The Mournland, Dragonmarks, Age of Dragons, Age of Demons, Age of Giants, Age of Monsters, Rod of 7 Parts
Languages: Galifarian, Gnomish, Elven, Giant,Draconic, Dhakanni (+2 Knowledge checks about Dalkyre), Orc, Low Quori, Dalkyre (50%), Infernal, Celestial
Appearance Bonus: +2
Money Saved/Earned: 15%
Mundane Scribes Kits
Professor Lumfoodle’s fascination with the Rod legend began with the children’s tales of his youth. As a Gnomeling, he worked at the library, all the while delving deeper and deeper into the variegated tapestry of myth surrounding the fabled Rod. He studied under and alongside many respected and renowned professors throughout the years, traveling throughout Khorvaire and beyond in pursuit of his research. His studies have focused on the history of the Five Nations (formally) and the mythos of the Rod (personally). His obsession has caused many to view him as an eccentric, but his immense knowledge and scholarly skills have elevated him to the heights of erudite society. He harbors a particular resentment for Morgrave University, because they have inadvertently ruined his research pursuits no less than five times with their unorthodox methods.
900yk: The False Rod Piece
Many years ago, Professor Lumfoodle participated in the unearthing of an ancient Giant temple on the northernmost part of Khorvaire. Much of his early research suggested that a small group of giants had traveled to the continent to colonize new lands. With them the mage lords brought many powerful artifacts to help raise a new civilization. Tablet fragments and scattered art depicted a small cylindrical item that the Giant’s used to force subjects to submission, protect them from danger, and possibly allowing flight. When a terrible plague ravaged the giants, their followers sealed away the sacred item in a temple.
Until that point, scholars had believed that giants did were not in Khorvaire until several thousands of years later. Unearthing the temple was an great and dangerous undertaking. In the midst of the war, procuring the permission to travel was hard to come by. Lumfoodle and two others were the only ones willing to go. The dig was short but fruitful; dozens of tablets, tapestries, and various trinkets were gathered. Lumfoodle also stumbled upon a vault at the center of the temple ruins. To his disdain, the item contained was far too large to be a rod-piece, measuring almost twice the size of what he expected. However, the item was very ornate imbued with magical energy.
After returning to the University, Lumfoodle discovered that the mage giants called the artifact Pilvind, loosely translated to Wind Arrow. It did indeed protect the wielder from harm, sometimes surrounding him with an abrupt blast of high-velocity wind. It also gave the wielder enhanced sensitivity to movement. Although it did not grant the ability to fly, it protected the wielder from from falling long distances. In addition, it produced strong blasts of wind that could knock back many enemies.
Artifact: Pilvind (Wind Arrow)
Passive Abilities: Always Ready, Damage Resistance 4 (Ranged), Featherfall 1/scene
Activated Abilities: Cagey I, Gust of Wind 2/Encounter (DC = Wielder’s Cha Score + Modifiers for Huge)
Reputation Cost (20)
After the encounter with Kruushnak and the Beholder, Wind Arrow was left inert. Recently it has begun working again. Lumfoodle believes that the item was revived by the power creation energies in the Whitehearth Forge facility.
The Journal Ring
Although many believe Professor Lumfoodle’s search to be myth and nonsense. Some exist who also think that the rod is a real item. To protect the Rod Journal from those who might take it from him, Lumfoodle had a close friend skilled in the Arcane enchant an item for him. A mundane ring with a thin band of Syberis crystal was attuned to a Lumfoodle’s Journal. The remaining Syberis shard was ground up and mixed with ink to allow the journal link with the ring. When the journal and the ring are not in close proximity, the ring compels the wearer in the direction of the journal. When the tiny crystal in the ring touches the journal, it is shrunk down and stored in a tiny, extradimensional compartment in the ring.
Magic Item: Attuned Journal Ring
Greater Storage, Locate Object (Rod Journal)
Reputation Cost (2)
950yk: The Balinor Expedition
Many years ago, Ener Lumfoodle accompanied a joint expedition, funded by the History and Archeology Department’s of Korranberg & Wynarn Univerity. The expedition party included six members:
- Nilkin Nifflebits (Gnome; Korranberg Grad Student of Orcish History)
- Professor Ener Lumfoodle (Gnome; Korranberg History & Anthropology Professor)
- Professor Gareth Vash (Human; Wynarn Archeology Professor- Special focus on artifacts left from the Daelkyr incursion)
- Tarathel Ar’lenaire (Half-Elf; Wynarn Graduate Student of Abberation Studies)
- Batok Gruushk (Half-Orc; Shadow Marches Guide)
- Rayford Lorn (Human; Hired Mercenary)
The expedition was tasked with venturing into the Shadow Marches. A large research collaboration between the two professors and some colleagues yielded directions to what was believed to be Daelkyr ruins in Balinor’s Forest. Batok, a reputable ranger of the shadow marches, was hired as the group’s guide to lead them through the treacherous landscape.
Two weeks in the Marches had passed when the group met their first obstacle near the border of Balinor’s Forest, a small tribe of Gatekeepers was spotted by Batok. Despite their best efforts to circumvent the orcs, a pair of rangers from the tribe confronted the group. Despite warnings of both the dangers of the forest and retaliation from their clan-leader, the group pressed on.
Three weeks later, while gathering wood for camp, Tarathel and Ener stumbled upon a huge circular stone slab partially embedded in the forest floor. Careful study by the two students and their mentors revealed that the slab was, in fact, one of the gates guarded by the orcish druids. Emboldened by this discovery, the expedition pressed on. Only days later, they discovered the Daelkyr ruins… and more than they bargained for in the form of an orc Gatekeeper. Though young, the Orcish Druid was stern in his warnings to leave the ruins before they awoke what had been sealed way for millennia.
The encounter with the Gatekeeper was unnerving but did not deter the researchers. While delving into a crumbling temple-like structure, Tarathel discovered a trove of artifacts that would redefine what the modern world knew about the Daelkyr incursion. Unfortunately, the overzealous student threw caution to the wind and paid the price, he woke a Beholder Mage from suspended animation and accidentally unleashed the beast upon the ruins.
While Lumfoodle was cataloging a series of glyphs that the group found earlier, under the protection of the Mercenary Lorn, he was attacked by the Beholder and it’s minions. Lumfoodle and Lorn barely escaped the ordeal with their lives. Lorn had distracted the Beholder while Lumfoodle activated his wand, collapsing a small tower in the path of the assailants. The pair managed to round up the rest of the group, including the maimed Tarathel and attempted to flee the ruins.
Unfortunately, they were unable to escape the Shadow Marches without again encountering the horrible Eye Tyrant and it’s underlings. While fleeing the forest, the group accidentally led the Tyrant too close to the Orcish encampment. To their relief, the Gatekeeper that they had previously encountered was present in the orc camp that day. In a direct confrontation between the deceptively powerful Gatemaster Kruushnak and the Eye Tyrant, the evil was again quelled. The victory was not without it’s casualties. Kruushnak’s 4-month old son was slaughtered, along with his wife, by a group of Dolgrim.
In a moment of mercy, perhaps far more mercy than was deserved, the shattered and beaten Kruushnak ordered a trio of his rangers to immediately “escort” the expedition out of the Shadow Marches. While Kruushnak is, today, in his latest years of life, he has not forgotten the leader of the Balinor Expedition, or his part in the death of Kruushnak’s family.
Only scattered notes and drawings were brought back from the depths of the Balinor ruins. Tarathel survived the ordeal, but his mind was left in tatters. Despite the epic failure of the expedition, the minimal information brought back still contributed greatly to what little we now know about the Daelkyr invasion.
yk 818: The Lost Rod Piece
Dr. Frongle Gerschdanger (Lumfoodle’s Advisor) — looking to prove that during the elven colonization periods of the great exodus, Aeran sent a group of elves to the marches to colonize.
[lost a rod piece while exploring the stolen lands in pursuit of a second piece].