Sunday, January 11, 2015

NPC: Lieutenant Gershwin

Lieutenant Gershwin (Charismatic Hero 3, Fast Hero 2): CR 5; Medium Humanoid (overt canine moreau); HD 3d6+12 plus 2d8+8; hp 33; Mas 24; Init +2; Spd 30 ft; Defense 17, touch 17, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +5 class); BAB +2; Grap +3; Atk +3 melee (1d6+1 nonlethal, unarmed strike), or +3 melee (1d6+1/18-20, ceremonial cutlass) , or +3 melee (1d4+1/19-20, dagger), or +3 melee (1d4+1, pistol whip), or +4 ranged (2d6, dueling pistol); SQ scent, low-light vision; AL Bonparr, Ranks of the Fit, Rule of Law; SV Fort +2, Ref +4, Will +1; AP 7; Rep +2, Str 13, Dex 14, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 11, Cha 12.
  Occupation: Military (bonus class skills: Knowledge – Tactics).
  Skills: Escape Artist +3, Bluff +3, Diplomacy +2, Gather Info +7, Hide +2, Intimidate +1, Knowledge (Tactics) +2, Move Silently +2, Perform (Keyboards) +5, Read/Write Language (Merigan), Speak Language (Merigan), Survival +6
  Feats: Archaic Weapons Proficiency, Brawl, Combat Reflexes, Personal Firearms Proficiency, Simple Weapons Proficiency
  Talent (Fast Hero): Evasion
  Talent (Charismatic Hero): Coordinate, Inspiration
  Possessions: ceremonial cutlass, combat fatigues, dagger, dress uniform, dueling pistol, pistol shot and powder (12)
  Appearance:  Lieutenant Gershwin is an overt canine moreau with lupine features and a lean, wiry physique.  He has short, bristly, dark gray-colored fur with blue-black highlights.  He weighs 42 kg and stands approximately 156 cm tall.
  Background:   Lieutenant Gershwin is a straight-laced, by-the-book officer of the Ranks of the Fit.  He is extremely loyal to both his cryptic alliance and country, and rather naively believes the official “party line” coming from both.  He is the nephew of a high-ranking officer in the upper echelons of the Bonapartists, who hand-picked him for his assignment.

Moreaus and mutated animals aren’t accorded the same rights as humans and mutants under the law in Derb Nigh, and are an abomination according to the teachings of and beliefs of all but a fringe element of the People of the Book.  This does not sit well with the Overlord of Bonparr, but given how few moreaus and mutated animals live within the sultanate there is little pretext for the Ranks of the Fit to try to do anything about it.

Nubur is an exception to this rule in that it allows moreaus and mutated animals within its walls and requires that all trade entered into with them be free and fair.  Bonparr has seized on this policy by assigning Gershwin, an overt canine moreau and his entirely human staff to Nubur on “special diplomatic assignment.”  The leadership in Jospeen believes that this arrangement serves the twin purposes of keeping a line of communication open with the sultan while juxtaposing their own ideology with that of the sultanate.

Gershwin’s staff consists of four humans –one pure strain, one stock, and two mutants.  They work together efficiently, if not harmoniously.  He is genuinely fond of those under his command, albeit in a patronizing sort of way as they’re only human, after all.

The Lieutenant is generally well-liked by the Nuburs, and a regular guest of a splinter group of People of the Book who believe in total equality among all organic sentients who live on a nearby farm.  Gershwin meets monthly with Mayor Alghanim and the members of the town council at the mayor's residence to discuss official Bonparr business, and often plays an ancient piano for his guests after these meetings.

While Gershwin believes that he is in Nubur to show the people of Derb Nigh a shining example of Bonapartist ideology in practice, in reality he is there because his uncle has ambitions about seizing power in Jospeen that he believes his nephew would oppose and, well, family is family.

  GM's Information: Gershwin is the nephew of Colonel Egeon, Chief Strategist of the Ranks of the Fit  as described on pp. 13 - 14 of Bonparr: The Animal Sector from GWA2 The Overlord of Bonparr boxed set, and the likely leader of the coup d'├ętat that was suggested as the basis for a campaign on p. 56 of GWQ3 Home Before the Sky Falls.  He's been built so as to be able to take a level in the Lawbringer advanced class as described on pp. 84-85 of d20 Apocalypse upon achieving CR 7. There are several hooks in the background section above that I'll be expanding on in later posts.  Gershwin is idealistic and naive, but not stupid or weak.  If his uncle to were to lead a coup d'├ętat, he would seek allies to help remove him take down Egeon and restore a rightful ruler in his place.

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