Characters du Jour: The Melaena Twins
Never were two siblings so alike in looks, yet so very different in calling and personality. Elyza Melaena is sure and serene, a Wizardess of potent ability who prefers to think first and act only when all the facts are known. Her twin sister Bethan could not be more different; childlike and impulsive warrior who skips down dungeon corridors and is more likely to be found dancing or playing with children as she is honing her combat skills. Despite this (or perhaps, because), she is deadly with her weapon of choice; paired handblades that she wields in a dazzling, whirling motion – while shouting “Weeeeeeeeeeee!” at the top of her lungs.
Their adventuring life began with an explosion. Their father, himself a powerful Wizard and student of forbidden arts miscast a potent Ritual, killing himself and their mother and destroying their home completely. How the children survived remains a mystery. They were quickly bundled from orphanage to orphanage and town to town until finally they were of an age to make their own ways in life.
Where Elyza exhibits caution and distrust, Bethan is ever the optimist. Where Elyza plans, Bethan rushes headlong. Where Elyza walks with a measured pace, Bethan skips. Yet for all their differences, they are inseperable, the bond of love between them unbreakable to the last.
Dirty little secret: The Twins are not twins, but one soul – Elizabeth Anne Melaena – given two bodies by their father’s Ritual. Each one is a part of Elizabeth Anne’s personality, who at the time was an 8 year-old girl like any other; at times, cheerful and playful and others quiet and bookish. Both women would deny this if confronted – they “remember” playing together as children – but the evidence is there to see; both have an identical pale white scar on their right arms, caused when Elizabeth Anne fell from a tree. An event both women remember happening to them……….
Now with STATS!
Elyza Melaena Lawful Good Female Human Wizard-1
Str 10, Con 14, Dex 14, Int 16, Wis 13, Cha 10
HP 24, bloodied 12, surges 6 x 8/day
AC 14 (robes), Fort 13, Ref 14, Will 14, Speed 6, Action Surge, Human Perseverance
Daggers (x2): +3 vs AC, 1d4 range 5/10 or Thrown: +5 vs AC, 1d4+2
Quarterstaff: +2 vs AC, 1d8 4 lb
Cloud of Daggers/at-will +3 vs reflex, Magic Missile/at-will +3 vs reflex, Thunderwave/at-will +3 vs fortitude
Ray of Enfeeblement/enc +3 vs fortitude, Flaming Sphere/daily +3 vs reflex
Cantrips + Rituals Known: Magic Mouth, Silence, Tenser’s Floating Disk, Spellbook also contains Sleep/daily.
Arcana +8, Diplomacy +5, Duneoneering +6, History +8, Insight +6
Bethan Melaena Good Female Human Fighter- 1
Str 14, Con 13, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 12
HP 28, bloodied 14, surges 7 x 10/day
AC 16 (chainmail), Fort 15, Ref 15, Will 12, Squares 5, Defensive Mobility, Two-Weapon Fighting
Hand blades: +6 vs AC, 1d6+2, Usable Off-hand
Crossbow: +6 vs AC, 1d8+4, range 15/30
Cleave/at-will +6 vs AC, Reaping Strike/at-will +6 vs AC, Sure Strike/at-will +8 vs AC
Spinning Sweep/enc +6 vs AC, Comeback Strike/daily +6 vs AC; reliable
Acrobatics +3, Athletics +6, Endurance +5, Intimidate +6, Stealth +3, Streetwise +6, Thievery +3
Bethan’s Hand Blades count as Short Swords in all respects (proficiency, damage, etc); she wields one in each hand, attacking is fluid circular dancing motions.