Retarus

Retarus was born in Grathrendus and was apprenticed to the temple of the Emperor deified while still a youth. He was quickly taken into the temple guard when his physical gifts became apparent. There, Retarus performed competently enough for several years. However, returning drunk one night from a tavern he heard a muffled cry for help, and deciding on the spur of the moment to help, he found one man being held against a wall at knife point by three others. He cut one down before they even knew what had happened, and the other two fled. The man Retarus had rescued was effusive in his thanks, and took him drinking and gambling many times thereafter. Although Retarus didn't know it, the man turned out to be a senior member of a gang of thieves, and through him Retarus was introduced to the pleasures the seedy side of Grathrendus had to offer. He became slovenly in his duties, and in an attempt to straighten him out, the temple sent him to Karmorvus, where he underwent intensive sword training, as well as training as a siege engineer.

He performed well enough to be given some supervisory duties, but after his experiences in Grathrendus, Retarus became bored. He still had a few contacts, including a young gambler he had befriended, so he resigned from temple service and became a freelance sellsword. In that capacity he hooked up with the Red Gate gang, and after working with them a number of times became a member of the group, despite some tension between him and Erlach, over some thoughtless remarks the latter made about his temple service.

NB: Like almost all the members of the Red Gate gang, Retaurus was produced using the random character generator. His generation story is provided below his character sheet

CHA

VAL

Cost

STR

16

12

DEX

20

30

CON

19

18

BOD

13

6

INT

14

4

EGO

8

-4

PRE

7

-3

COM

13

1

PD

3

ED

4

SPD

3

REC

7

END

38

STUN

31

Total

61

OCV

7

+1/±1 with sword, ±1 with all HTH combat

DCV

7

±1 with sword, ±1 with all HTH combat

ECV

3

Cost

Skills and powers

4

FAM: Sword, Axe Sling and Bow

2

+1 OCV with sword

3

+1 CSL with sword

5

+1 CSL with all hand to hand combat

5

+1 with all DEX based skills

5

+5 STR (only for strike, -1)

5

Siege Engineer (13-)

1

Favour (11-) from a member of Grathrendus thieves' guild.

16

Martial Arts (unarmed combat)

12

Multipower : 12 point reserve

1

Basic Strike (12) +2d6 HA, +1 OCV

1

Killing Strike (10) +1/2 d6 HKA

1

Throw (12) +1d6 HA, +2 OCV, -1 DCV, opponent falls

1

Dodge (10) +5 DCV

3

Bureaucratics

10

Find Weakness (11-, sword)

3

KS: Battle magic (12-)

2

KS: Temple of Emperor Deified (11-)

3

KS: Famous temples (12-)

3

Interrogation

3

Defence maneuver

72

Total Powers and skills

133

Total CHA cost

50+

Disadvantages

10

Enraged when Religion Insulted (11-/14-)

10

DNPC (sidekick, 11-)

5

Professional rival (Erlach)

5

Phys Lim: One eye

53

Experience

Retarus - like all the Red Gate gang, was generated randomly. It's instructive to see how he was written up compared to Kalan - another random character.

Retarus's career went like this:

 

With that background, it was easy to throw together a quick story and voila! - instant character. I also changed his brawling skill to +5 STR (only for strike) so he could use it with his martial arts. Otherwise, it would be pretty useless.