Brother Pheylan

Laranian priest of the Order of Hyvrik

Personal Information
Name: Pheylan Player: Brian Vance Version: 2.0
Race: Human Gender: Male Height: 5'9"Weight: 150 lbs
Class: Thief Age: 16 Alignment: Neutral Good
XP: 1605 Level: 2 Next Level: 2500
Kit: None Bonus XP: +10% (Thief)
Ability Scores
Str:10Stamina:10Weight Allowance: 40 lbsBend Bars/Lift Gates: 2%
Muscle:10Attack Adj.: +0Damage Adj.: +0Max. Press: 115 lbsOpen Doors: 6
Dex:18Aim:18Missile Adjustment: +2Pick Pockets: +10%Open Locks: +15%
Balance:19Reaction Adjustment: +3Armor Class: -4Move Silently: +15%Climb Walls: +15%
Con:10Health:10System Shock: 70%Poison Save: +0
Fitness:10Hit Point Adjustment: +0Resurrection Chance: 75%
Int:14Reason:14Max. Spell Level: 7thMax. Spells Per Level: 9Illusion Immunity: None
Knowledge:14Bonus Proficiencies: 4Chance to Learn New Spell: 60%
Wis:18Intuition:18Bonus Clerical Spells: 2, 2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0Clerical Spell Failure Chance: 0%
Willpower:18Magic Defense Adjustment: +4Spell Immunity: None
Cha:14Leadership:12Loyalty Base: +0Maximum Number of Henchmen: 5
Appearance:16Initial Reaction Adjustment: +5

Hit Points: 9
Base THAC0: 20
Melee THAC0: 20
Missile THAC0: 18
Natural armor class 10
Balance Defensive adj. -4
Thief, Defense bonus -2
Single Weapon Fighting Style -1
Weapon Proficiencies
Dagger (Chosen Weapon)
Non-Weapon Proficiencies
Etiquette (free) 11
Reading/Writing (free) 8
Single Weapon Fighting Style -
Tightrope walking 10
Tumbling 12
Native Languages
Weapons - Primary and Offhand
WeaponMeleeMissileRoundFactorSm-MedLargeTypeSize PB / S / M / L /EX
Saving Throws
Paralyzation: 13 Poison: 13 Death Magic: 13 Petrification: 12 Polymorph: 12
Rod: 14 Staff: 14 Wand: 14 Breath Weapon: 16 Spell: 15

Rogue Skills
SkillBaseRacial ModsAbility ScoresArmorSP 1SP 2SP 3SP 4Final
Bribe 5+0 +0 +0 +0 5%
Climb Walls 60+0 +15+5 +10 90%
Detect noise 15+0 +0 +0 +0 15%
Find/Remove Traps5 +0 +5 +10+0 20%
Hide In Shadows 5 +0 +15+0 +5 25%
Move Silently 10+0 +15+0 +10 35%
Open locks 10+0 +15+35+0 60%
Pick pockets 15+0 +10+40+5 70%
PSPs: 18 MTHAC0: 20 MAC: 7
Attacks: None
Defenses: None
Wild Talent
Power PSPs Range Area of Effect MAC
Displacement 4/2 0 personal 6
Psionic Powers
(Psychometabolic Devotion)
PSP Cost:
Preparation Time:
Area of Effect:
This power resembles the displacer beast's natural ability to make itself appear to be up to 3 feet from his actual location. The psionicist decides where this false image will appear. This is a very effective means of protecting oneself from attack, giving the psionicist a two-point bonus on his armor class (lowering it two points). True seeing will reveal the character's real location.
Racial Abilities
Balance bonus - +1 bonus to the Balance subability.

Class Abilities
    Backstab - Surprise attack may inflict double damage. For every four levels beyond first, the damage multiplier increases by one.
    Bribe* 5% - Skill in administering bribes.
    Climb walls* 90% - Able to climb vertical or smooth surfaces.
    Defense bonus - -2 AC bonus when unarmored and unencumbered.
    Detect noise* 15% - May hear faint noises.
    Find/remove traps* 20% - Skill at finding and disarming traps.
    Hide in shadows* 25% - Grants the ability to hide in shadows.
    Move silently* 35% - May move without making a sound.
    Open locks* 60% - Skill at opening locks with the proper tools.
    Pick pockets* 70% - Skill at pilfering small items from pockets or purses.
    Thieves' cant - Knowlege of the secret language of thieves.


Wild Talent (free) - Allows automatic aquisition of a Wild Psionic Talent.


Movement and Encumbrance
Encumbrance Unencumbered Light Moderate Heavy Severe
Weight (lbs) 0-40 41-58 59-76 77-96 97-110
Movement 15 10 7 5 1
THAC0 -1 -2 -4
AC +1 +3
Currently carrying 25.90 pounds (None Encumbrance, 15 Movement)
  • Items Carried
    • Backpack
      • Common robe (white with a symbol of Larani for formal occasions)
        • Potion of Healing x1 (Wrapped in the robe)
        • Potion of Extra-Healing x1 (Wrapped in the robe
        • Potion of Invisibility x1 (Wrapped in the robe
      • Magical scroll of Detect Traps (priest) x1
      • Dry rations (1 week)
      • Flint and steel
      • Torch x3
      • Waterskin
      • *Hidden in a concealed compartment in the bottom of the backpack
        • Boots, soft (black)
        • Braies (black)
        • Tunic (black)
        • Thieves' Picks
    • Belt pouch, small
      • * Dram x315
    • Holy symbol (Larani)
  • Items Readied
    • Dagger
  • Items Worn
    • Belt
    • Drawers
    • Hose
    • Shoes
    • Tunic
      • *Worn hidden under the tunic is a Dagger in a Small Sheath
1MinaHumanFighterChaotic Neutral1710girlfriendUnknown
Character History
Pheylan was born the son of a prostitute, in the lice-infested back room of the Wooden Parrot in the wharf district of Tychuss. His father was likely some drunken sailor or dock worker, but in that business in that part of town no one keeps track or even cares.

The earliest years Pheylan can remember, were as a young child forced to perform various cleaning and manual labor tasks in the Parrot for his scraps of food and the chance to sleep in the shed. The only individual who ever even bothered to speak to him, beyond the frequent kicks and orders to do this or that, was Karr (the night bartender at the Parrot). Karr would occasionally slip Pheylan a scrap of bread or just give Phelyan a wink and friendly smile when he saw him. Pheylan knew he was the child of one of the prostitutes, but he was never acknowledged by any of them, and so never really knew which of them might be his mother until Mary became sick. Everyone knew when one of the women got sick, because the word spread quickly through the staff and the other employees began avoiding them. He knew, just like all of the others at the Parrot, that she was sick. He also know that she would probably die, just like most of the other women did. But this was just another meaningless bit of information, until the day Karr told him to go see Mary on the second floor.

As he climbed the stairs to the second floor, he wondered why Mary would want to see him. He was not normally allowed on the second floor during business hours, and so knew something strange was going on. As he entered her room he knew she would be dead soon, because of the death smell he recognized from when he had cleaned up after the few other women had died. One of the other women, a prostitute named Anne, was in the room sitting next to Mary, and motioned Pheylan over next to her when she noticed him. Mary's eyes were closed and he assumed her already dead, when all of a sudden her head turned towards him and she stared straight at him. To this day, he will never forget what she said. "I'm sorry, my son," she gasped with her last breath.

Anne explained that Mary was indeed his mother and had planned to save up and leave the Parrot and take Phelyan with her, but she said "Life don't always go as you plan it". She passed him a small plain leather disk on a leather cord and hung it around his neck. "I ain't sure what it is," said Anne, "but your ma held it dear and woulda wanted you to have it."

After that, Pheylan found himself curiously untroubled by his mother's death and resented himself for it. He knew he should feel some remorse at the death of his mother, but he could not bring himself to grieve for the woman he never knew. Regardless, he placed a great value on the leather necklace and was never seen without it afterwards.

Life continued fairly much the same for a long time after that, with Pheylan continuing to perform labor at the Parrot for bits of food and the occasional chance to sleep inside the shed. Then one day when he was 12, when the scraps had been particularly light, he was caught attempting to sneak into the kitchen store room and was tossed out into the street at the whim of the owner (a particularly gruff man known only as Hobb who seemed to like no one but his money). Shortly after, Karr came outside and apologized to Phelyan but said there was nothing he could do. He then gave Pheylan a copper (more money than Pheylan had ever seen) and a piece of bread and told Pheylan to look for a man named Jord at the docks who might be able to use Pheylan and provide some food and shelter in return for work. Pheylan found tears coming to his eyes as he thanked Karr and quickly turned away before he started crying in response to the unexpected generosity.

As he began moving through the streets of Tychuss, he became lost and eventually grew tired and curled up in an alley to sleep. The next thing he knew, he awoke as someone was going through his pockets. Terrified, he pretended to still be asleep as the large man with the dagger found and took his copper piece and his remaining crust of bread. However, when the man reached for the leather cord around Pheylan's neck, Pheylan could not control himself and threw himself past the man and began running. Unfortunately, the larger man quickly caught him and grabbed him. The last thing Pheylan remembers of that night was the man drawing back his fist as he said, "You just may do, boy".

Then a little later he awoke in a foul-smelling, dank room and his hands were tied. He heard some talking nearby and decided to pretend to be still unconscious, but began slowly surveyed his surroundings. Through nearly closed eyes, he noticed the large man who had robbed and hit him talking to an older man behind a rickety wooden table with a few copper pieces and his leather necklace on it. The large man said "You know he's worth more than that, you bastard." After a second he continued, "He nearly fooled me... pretending to be asleep while I rifled him, and then when I reached for that worthless necklace, quick as a cat he shot past me and almost got away from me. He's got quick reflexes and some smarts too." After a second, the older man began speaking and said " Yes, I think you're right. Even now the lad is awake and listening to our every word." The old man quickly dropped another two coppers on the table and said "Now take that and go. I won't offer any more.". With that the large man grabbed the copper off of the table and headed out the door, locking it as he left. The old man looked closely towards where Pheylan was, and with a large humorless smile said "Well, boy, it seems that I have purchased your life."

"You may call me Torvald," he continued, "and what is your name boy?". Pheylan thought about refusing, and then seeing that it could do no harm told him that his name was Pheylan. Then Torvald asked Pheylan about his home and family, and Pheylan told everything including his eviction from the Parrot. "From what my man just said, it seems you value this necklace very highly. Sentimental value perhaps?" When Pheylan answered that it was, Torvald told him that he could have it and some bread and water if he could escape from the ropes tied around his wrists and ankles. After a few seconds of squirming, Pheylan was able to escape his restraints. Torvald only smiled and congratulated him, but as promised produced some bread, water, and most importantly gave Pheylan back his necklace.

What followed was a blur as Pheylan looked back on it. Torvald explained in depth the meaning of a man and his word and how that was the most powerful thing in the world. In addition he explained that a man who broke his word was as good as dead. Then he told Pheylan that an oath was required from him... an oath of silence. This oath was to never reveal names, places, or any other information learned from Torvald or any of his "associates". Then Torvald informed Pheylan that if he did not swear this oath, Torvald would respect his decision and his honor but would be forced to quickly and painlessly kill him. Terrified but aware of the meaning of this oath, Pheylan swore the oath to Torvald, meaning to hold himself to every word. Then his training began...

The next day, Torvald began playing games with Pheylan that he soon learned were lessons. At times Torvald would instruct him in certain things like picking pockets, hiding, sneaking, and a strange form of communicating with hand signals and saying one thing while meaning another. At other times he would be sent with other men and women to learn other skills like climbing walls, opening locks, and some instruction on the use of a dagger. Regardless of his training, he was always returned to the room with Torvald and slept on some straw in that room whenever the lessons had finished.

Pheylan found himself enjoying the lessons, since they challenged him and most of his instructors were kind to him and seemed to compliment his progress frequently. When he wasn't "training", Torvald would talk to him of things, and then smile and ruffle his hair and comment on his quick progress. Then finally the day came when Pheylan turned 13 and was told he would have to make a choice.

With unaccustomed seriousness, Torvald explained to him that this was one of the points in his life where he would have to make a decision that would impact the rest of his life. Torvald explained to Pheylan that the time had come for the choice which all men who take the oath of silence must make. He explained to him that he would either swear an oath to the lia-kavair, or he would have to leave the sewers and never return. He was also informed that even if he did not take this oath, he would still be held to the oath of secrecy he had taken earlier and his life would be forfeit if he broke that oath at any time. Pheylan had become close to Torvald by this time and agreed to take an oath to the lia-kavair and continue along the path of the thief.

Torvald took him to room filled with a circle of people in robes with hoods obscuring their faces, and after escorting him to the center of the circle turned and took his place among the circle and drew the hood of his robe over his head and face. Not knowing what to expect next, Pheylan stood quietly within the circle as instructed by Torvald. He was surprised when a woman's voice came from one of the robes, and began to speak. "Who sponsors this boy into the lia-kavair?" she said. Then Pheylan recognized the voice of Torvald as he said, "I do.". Then the female voice spoke again. "Very well, know that his life and your life are now joined, and his actions will reflect upon you." This surprised Pheylan, and suddenly Pheylan knew that if he betrayed the lia-kavair Torvald's life would be in jeopardy as well as his own. Then the female voice spoke to him. "Pheylan, have you been informed in the nature of the oath and the penalty for oath-breakers?" "I have," replied Pheylan. "Very well. If you are prepared to take the oath of the lia-kavair, then begin" she said. Pheylan then recited the oath, word for word as drilled into him by Torvald, ending it by making a small cut along his palm with a dagger and squeezing a few drops of blood onto the blood stained spot in the middle of the floor. "The oath is complete," said the woman. "Welcome to the lia-kavair of Tychuss."

Then Pheylan began working and was allowed outside the sewers for the first time since his capture. It started with small jobs working crowds in the marketplace, initially acting as lookout for other cutpurses and then he began cutting purses and stealing small items himself. Pheylan didn't mind stealing from the wealthy and middle class people, because as Torvald explained it they had more money then they knew what to do with. In addition, most of the money they stole went directly back to the poor people as the thieves purchased food and supplies in the districts where the rich and middle class would never go. In this way, it seemed that what they did was essential to the survival of the poor communities as well as their own. They never willingly hurt anyone, preferring stealth and secrecy to direct conflict and hurt or killed only when essential to their survival. Pheylan knew exactly what would happen to a thief if he or she were caught, and knew that the prisons could kill as easily as the noose and therefore it was a matter of fighting for survival.

Torvald admitted that some members of the lia-kavair did prey upon the poor, but those actions were frowned upon and not condoned in any way. As Pheylan spent more time working for Torvald, he came to realize that Torvald was a man of some power within the lia-kavair. Soon Pheylan was also working with other thieves in occasional small break-ins and robberies around Tychuss.

Then came the day of the change, when Pheylan was 14. It was to be a routine job, climb to the second story, break into the house and steal anything small and of value. Pheylan was to be the second man into the house and provide ears and eyes inside the house for Rios (one of the best burglars in the business). However shortly after entering the house, an alarm was raised from outside and Pheylan glanced out the window from behind the curtain to see what the alarm was. That's when he noticed a neighbor speaking to two members of the watch and pointing to the window they had entered. He knew they were in trouble and alerted Rios to the danger.

Rios suggested moving to the rooftops to gain some quick mobility, and led the way to the roof. Then he took a running leap and jumped to the rooftop of the next building. However, just as he was starting his jump, Rios hit a loose roof tile and lost his balance, falling two stories to the alley below. Pheylan looked down in fear at his friend, now unmoving and surrounded by city guardsmen. At that moment, one of the guardsmen looked up and yelled "Hey, there's another one". Panicked and fearing for his friend, Pheylan threw the small bag of valuables they had stolen to the next rooftop and barely made the jump to the other roof as well. By this time an alarm had arisen from the guardsmen below. Pheylan became more panicked and began quickly crossing from rooftop to rooftop, eventually gaining some distance from the pursuing guards.

Once he felt he had gained enough distance, he quickly climbed down to the streets. As luck would have it, it was the Feast of Genin so losing the remaining pursuit in the crowd was not too difficult. After ensuring that he was no longer being chased or followed, he made his way back to Torvald's place.

When Pheylan arrived at Torvald's he immediately explained what had happened. Torvald told Pheylan that he needed to escape the city until the search for him was called off, and based upon the valuables they had stolen and whom they had stolen them from it might be a while.  Torvald also assured him that Rios would keep his oath if he was still alive, and then he referred Pheylan to a friend he trusted in Beloy and told Pheylan he would send word for him there when it was safe for him to return. Then Torvald took the stolen items pulled a chest from a concealed compartment in the back of the room.  From it he pulled the robes and holy symbol of a priest of Larani, and quickly informed Pheylan that this disguise should help him escape the city. Finally, Torvald pressed a few coins into Pheylan's hand and with a quick hug he told Pheylan it was time to go and wished him luck.

After quickly changing into the disguise, Pheylan went back into the crowds looking for an inconspicuous way out of Tychuss. By luck, Pheylan happened to walk by a large tent fully loaded with food and drink. Since he was quite hungry and thirsty, he casually walked in with a few  others began to eat and drink his fill, planning to also stash some food for the road. While he was eating and drinking, a lord began to speak to the assembly and Pheylan heard the lord mention a trip out of the city. Seeing this as his way out, Pheylan quickly signed up, planning to use the trip to escape the city and then ditch the group at the first opportunity and head to see Torvald's friend in Beloy. Little did he know the food and drink was drugged, and he would next wake having been dumped into the middle of the wild with a small group of strangers...