Character du Jour: Aleksis Sloane, P.I.
” Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn’t a game for knights.”
— Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
The name’s Sloane. I work out of a small office at the back end of the Temple of Erathis. That’s the side which faces the Warrens so it ain’t a pretty view through the window. I like it that way. Me, I’m their Public Inquisitor. It’s my job to make sure that any crimes commited in this city don’t have larger repercussions. A dame killed in a crime of passion is one thing, but if that dame happens to be someone important, that puts a whole other angle on things. There’s power-plays, politics, spying and a whole host of deadly sins to look out for.
What that means is I try to solve the crime while the City Watch just mops up the blood. All in the service of the City, of course. Pass me that bottle, will ya?
Dirty little secret: Sloane is a hard drinker and hard fighter yet possesses a gruff chivalric nobility when it comes to women. There’s a look in his eyes that shows he’s been hurt in love too many times to be hurt again, and his rough exterior is more than just for show. It’s protection.
Notes: Aleksis Sloane, P.I. (Public Inquisitor) is a dark-boiled fantasy noir detective clad in chainmail, trenchcoat and trilby who investigates the kind of crimes that most folks (the wealthy, especially) don’t want investigating. As Cleric of Erathis his first love is to his City, and he’s always on the look-out for crimes that might somehow weaken it’s security. Whether it’s the murder of a sewer-worker, the poisoning of a City Guard or a case of blackmail among the nobility, Sloane will be there to uncover the truth. Whether it wants to be uncovered or not.
Statwise, Sloane is tougher than he looks, and while he’s not the smartest guy around he possesses a dogged intelligence that usually gets to the right answer in the end. In combat he doesn’t hold back – “mercy is overrated” – but will hesitate before pulling a weapon on a woman. That will be his downfall one day.
Aleksis Sloane, Male Lawful Good Human Cleric-1
Str 16, Con 12, Dex 10, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 13
HP 24, bloodied 12, surges 6×8/day
AC 16 (chain), Fort 14, Ref 12, Will 15, Init +0, Speed 5
Mace +5 vs AC, 1d8+3, versatile
Lance of Faith/w +2 vs Ref, Righteous Brand/w +5 vs AC, Sacred Flame/w +2 vs Ref
Healing Word/e2, Divine Fortune/e or Turn Undead/e +2 vs Will, Wrathful Thunder/e +5 vs AC
Avenging Flame/d +5 vs AC
Acrobatics +1, Arcana +3, Athletics +4, Bluff +3, Diplomacy +6, Dungeoneering +4, Endurance +2, Heal +7, History +6, Insight +7, Intimidate +3, Nature +4, Perception +6, Religion +6, Stealth +1, Streetwise +3, Thievery +1
Alertness, Jack of all Trades, Healer’s Lore
Rituals: Gentle Repose, Brew Potion