The Shackled City
Young cleric of Boccob with a fixation on death
William Boccobian: male human Cleric 3 (Boccob); Medium (5’/5’) Humanoid; HD 3d8+3; HP 27; Init +2; Spd 30’; AC 18 (+2 Dex, +4 chain shirt, +2 heavy shield), touch 12, flat-footed 16; BAB/Grap: +2/+3; Attack +3 melee (1d8+1, morningstar) or +3 ranged (1d4+1, sling); SA – Spells, turn undead 3/day; AL NG; SV Fort +4, Ref +3, Will +6; Str 13, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 16, Wis 17, Cha 15; Languages: Common, Celestial, Gnomish, Goblin, Infernal.
Skills: Diplomacy +7, Knowledge (arcana) +6, Knowledge (architecture) +9, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +7, Knowledge (geography) +5, Knowledge (history) +5, Knowledge (local) +6, Knowledge (nature) +6, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +5, Knowledge (religion) +8, Knowledge (the planes) +5; Listen +2, Profession (priest) +5, Speak Language 1.0, Spellcraft +8, Spot +2
Feats: Domain Spontaneity (Knowledge), Domain Spontaneity (Magic)
Traits: Absent-Minded, Long Shadowed
Cleric Spells (4/3+1/2+1, DC 13 + spell level): 0 – ; 1st – detect secret doorsD; 2nd – .
Domains: Knowledge (all Knowledge skills are class skills, cast divination spells at +1 caster level); Magic (Use arcane scrolls/wands at half your cleric level.)
Turn Undead: 3/day – Turning check (1d20+2), Turning Damage (2d6+3).
William stands 5’6” and weighs 134 lbs. His dead pan stare seems to seep out of a chiseled face with deep set brown eyes and a mop of dark black hair, complemented by a light tan complexion and short black beard. Unarmored, he wears heavy black boots with dark brown breeches, belted with black leather and adorned by two hardened pouches. An off white muslin shirt is barely visible from beneath the black leather vest, emblazoned with the symbol of Boccob. Wrapping the cleric is a hooded light brown leather cape, trimmed in supple black elk hide; tattered a bit near the corners about ankle high. A backpack is slung over his right shoulder, seemingly weighed down with a variety of adventuring gear, and a large wooden shield sits upon the ground.
Seventeen years ago a child was brought to the church of Boccob, newborn and abandoned. The wife of a local priest, barren herself, petitioned the church for care of the infant and raised him as her own. The boy, William, was educated in the faith of Boccob and groomed to be a priest. Knowledge of his origins was kept secret from him throughout childhood.
At the age of eight he was sent away to learn the path of the priest. Proper schooling proved most suitable to his disposition and he excelled in his studies. It was early in this career that William found himself drawn to the darker pursuits of religion, possibly aided by the curriculum of the institution. More than once he was reprimanded for sneaking into more advanced classes on corpse study and necromancy. Often he would even descend into the catacombs for solitude and study.
Somewhere in his fifteenth year William was summoned back home at an unexpected time. Upon return to the Cauldron region, horrifying news was revealed. A cult at odds with the church of Boccob had raided his hometown and laid waste to the faithful therein. It was rumored that these invaders sought religious artifacts, although none appeared to have been stolen. William’s parents, both prominent in the church at this time, were cut down in a most horrifying fashion. William reacted with quiet detachment, and an odd degree of intrigue concerning the manner the deaths. The faithful were laid to rest and the remaining clergy sought to rebuild their numbers, accelerating William’s path to priesthood.
There was one remaining clergy member who had known William before he left, and he was tasked with this transformation from young man to priest. After only a short time on this path the clergyman found that William’s demeanor was ill suited for such a life. Although William was well educated and knowledgeable in the ways of Boccob, a morbid fascination permeated his thoughts and caused great distraction. It was also noted that William neither sought nor accepted any comfort for the passing of his parents, and it was determined that he was not ready to become a priest.
It was during this time that William found a series of letters among is mother’s belongings. Several of the letters referred to her inability to have children, and the miracle that was given to her by Boccob. William discovered his adoption, which only exacerbated his distraction. It was at this time that the head priest approached William and offered a new path. “You are the son of adventurers from a distant land,” he told William, “and the time has come for you to spread the word of Boccob in your own way.” Of course, William asked for more information about his lineage. The head priest replied, “In time all will become known, but for now you must find yourself. Without that knowledge you can never know your ancestors.” After much discussion, William saw the wisdom of his faithful elder and agreed to serve in the clerical path of Boccob; wandering the land attempting to find himself and establishing centers of faith for others.
The search for his own blood kin still permeates his thoughts and drives his life.