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Lanolin: The Wicked Elven Infiltrator
Posted on Mon, May 09, 2005 by Dongul
Duicarthan writes "Remember Lanolin from the 1st Edition's Rogue's Gallery? This elven combat mage has wandered the Flanaess since the Hateful Wars. Take a look at the purity of the elves gone bad. A survivor, marred by conflict and corrupted by dark magics.

Lanolin: The Wicked Elven Infiltrator
By: Rick Miller, aka Duicarthan
Used with Permission. Do not repost without obtaining prior permission from the author.

Lanolin was born Elwarcen Kchysc within the Faerie Kingdom of Celene in 434 CY. Lanolin was trained within the wilds of Celene and quickly became a defender of the elven nation during the Hateful Wars. It was during this time that Lanolin and Melf fought together and developed a rather uneasy rivalry. With Melf as the commander of the elven forces in the southern Lortmils, with Lanolin as his rather unruly lieutenant. The two quickly rose to prominence during this time, though, Lanolin's glory was always overshadowed by Melf. Over time, Lanolin began to despise the fact that it was only Melf's royal blood that sustained his rank within the armies of Celene. He began to distance himself from following the Hateful Wars.

Following the Hateful Wars there was no place for action-junkies like Lanolin within the confines of Celene. As such, Lanolin quickly took to adventuring within the southern Lortmils area and eventually found himself in the Suss Forest exploring the many ruins among stalwart adventuring parties. It was among these ruins that Lanolin discovered an ancient blackened iron band covered in elven runes. The ring quickly revealed itself to him as an elven ring of antiquity. Its name was Etherason, and it was once a great Ring of Power within the kingdom of Celene. The ring quickly worked to feed Lanolin's fascination with magic and helped to corrupt the elves world view.

Lanolin returned to Celene in the early 560's to find that his families lands had been assimilated by the royal court of Celene. While most elves consider this an honor, Lanolin flew into a fiery rage, razing many of the buildings of his former home and injuring many of the elven militia. Lanolin declared himself a free agent and spat his disdain for the elven kingdom. With this besmirch of character Lanolin was arrested, tried, and banished from the Faerie Kingdom by none other than his rival - Prince Melf. While Melf and the Kingdom of Celene did not consider Lanolin evil, they also could not help but see that he was on the path of destruction and therefore a threat to elven solidarity.

Years have passed, but Lanolin still adventures outside the confines of Celene. He has changed his name from Elwarcen to Lanolin, mostly due to his fondness of ungents and oils extracted from sheep's wool. Lanolin, is a verifiable sociopath. With the persuasion of his ring of power, Lanolin's fascination with magic has changed to a obsession. His primary goal in life is to amass great wealth, power and arcane knowledge through whatever means necessary.

Lanolin is a relaxed smooth-talker; cunning, slightly-arrogant, and invariably ruthless. He has no qualms about using others for his own ends, but in a way that makes them believe it was for their own good. When adventuring he often ends up with more treasure than would be considered a fair share, though convincing those with him that it is rightly so. Usually bluffing or through the use of charm spells if needs be. Lanolin has used wishes to increase his abilities and continues to search for magical items or spells to increase his abilities.

Appearance: Lanolin is 5 ft. 3 in. tall and weighs 133 lbs. He has a fair complexion and vibrant violet eyes. He appears to be 157 years old, with wavy black hair falling over his shoulders. He tends to smirk mischievously when plotting an unscrupulous action and has been known to verbally mock honest adventurers. When not adorned in his elaborate mithral scale mail, Lanolin has been known to wear dark green shirts with elven lace-embroidering as well as tight black leather pants. He is never without his magic items and will hastily beat a retreat if overchallenged, only to return for a counter-assault on his terms.

Tactics: Lanolin is an intelligent adversary and is rarely if ever encountered alone. In combat, Lanolin prefers to use charm spells on enemy fighters, and heavy damage spells on enemy spellcasters. When confronted in melee, Lanolin quickly switches to a defensive stance and will attack with his spear, often channeling spells through it. If hard pressed, Lanolin will attempt to burn spells to deal more damage via the Arcane Strike feat, until he is at or below 25% hp, at which point he will attempt to teleport out.

Development: Lanolin is the perfect infiltrator of adventuring parties. He delights in finding magical treasures almost as much as goading good characters into committing evil acts. He enjoys appealing to their greed and fears, corrupting them within. Though to anger him is to earn his undying vengeance. Recently, Lanolin has been spotted along the Wild Coast, the Suss Forest, and the northern reaches of the Pomarj in roving bands of adventurers battling the orcs and other humanoids here and there. Rary the Traitor has also recently taken an interest in the avarice adventurer and they maintain communication via message spells and various spies.

Lanolin, male high elf Wizard 9/Fighter 6/Spell Sword 3: CR 18; Medium humanoid (elf); HD 9d4+36 plus 6d10+24 plus 3d8+12; hp 172; Init +8; Speed 30 ft.; AC 29, (touch 17, flat-footed 25); BAB +18/+13/+8; Grapple +18; Attack +22 melee (1d6+10, +3 shortspear) or +21 ranged (1d6+10, +3 shortspear) or +21 melee (1d8+8, +3 longsword); Full Attack +22/+17/+12 melee (1d6+10, +3 shortspear) or +21/+16/+11 ranged (1d6+10, +3 shortspear) or +21/+16/+11 melee (1d8+8, +3 longsword) or +18/+13/+8 melee (1d3+5, unarmed strike); SQ +2 Inherent bonus to Dex and Con, contingency stoneskin) if threatened with melee, permanent spells comprehend languages, protection from energy-cold, protection from evil, see invisibility; Immunity to Sleep Effects (Ex), Low-light Vision (Ex), +2 Saves vs. Enchantment Spells and Effects; Wizard Features: Scribe Scroll, Summon Familiar, Spells, Spellbooks, Bonus Feat; Fighter Features: Bonus Feat (4), Proficiency: Tower Shield; Spellsword Features: Ignore Spell Failure 15% (Ex), Bonus caster level (2), Bonus Feat; AL CE; SV Fort +19, Ref +16, Will +17; STR 20, DEX 18, CON 18, INT 26, WIS 11, CHA 12.

Skills and Feats: Bluff +6, Climb +13, Concentration +25, Craft (alchemy) +16, Decipher Script +13, Diplomacy +8, Intimidate +13, Jump +13, Knowledge (arcana) +29, Knowledge (architecture and engineering) +10, Knowledge (geography) +10, Knowledge (history) +13, Knowledge (nature) +13, Knowledge (religion) +10, Knowledge (planes) +13, Listen +2, Ride +5, Search +10, Spellcraft +31, Spot +2, Swim +6; Arcane Strike, Brew Potion, Combat Casting, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Wondrous Item, Improved Critical: Shortspear, Improved Initiative, Improved Toughness, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Maximize Spell, Scribe Scroll, Weapon Focus: Shortspear, Weapon Specialization: Shortspear.

Spells Known (Wiz 4/6/6/6/5/3/2): 0 -- acid splash, arcane mark, dancing lights, daze, detect ghost, detect magic, detect poison, disrupt undead, flare, ghost sound, light, mage hand, mending, message, open/close, prestidigitation, ray of frost, read magic, resistance, touch of fatigue; 1st -- burning hands, charm person, comprehend languages, disguise self, expeditious retreat, feather fall, identify, mage armor, magic missile, protection from evil, shield, sleep, true strike; 2nd -- bear`s endurance, bull`s strength, cat`s grace, detect thoughts, flaming sphere, fox`s cunning, gust of wind, invisibility, mirror image, scorching ray, see invisibility, web; 3rd -- blink, daylight, dispel magic, displacement, fireball, fly, haste, lightning bolt, protection from energy, stinking cloud; 4th -- charm monster, dimension door, fear, globe of invulnerability, lesser, ice storm, invisibility, greater, phantasmal killer, stoneskin; 5th -- baleful polymorph, cloudkill, cone of cold, dismissal, permanency, teleport; 6th -- contingency, disintegrate, globe of invulnerability.

Spells Prepared (Wiz 4/6/6/6/5/3/2): 0 - acid splash, detect magic, mage hand, prestidigitation; 1st - burning hands, disguise self, magic missile x2, shield, true strike; 2nd - detect thoughts, flaming sphere, gust of wind, mirror image, scorching ray, web; 3rd - blink, displacement, fireball x2, haste, lightning bolt; 4th - fear, ice storm, invisibility, greater, phantasmal killer, stoneskin; 5th - baleful polymorph, cloudkill, cone of cold; 6th -- contingency, disintegrate.

Possessions: +3 returning shortspear, +3 longsword (magical beast bane), +4 mithral scale mail (improved acid resistance, moderate fortification), +3 mithral buckler, +6 amulet of health, +6 headband of intellect, rod of negation, ring of misdirection, +6 gloves of dexterity, +4 cloak of resistance, bag of holding (type I), ring of power (see below), various scrolls containing the following spells CL10: charm person, cloudkill, cone of cold, dispel magic, fear, fireball, fly, globe of invulnerability, ice storm, lightning bolt, magic missile, read magic, stinking cloud, teleport, web), masterwork healer's kit, masterwork alchemy tools, spell component pouch, spellbooks, 680 gp.

Etherason, the Ring of Power: +3 intelligent ring of protection); Ability Scores: Int 17, Wis 10, Cha 17; AL CE; Comm: Speech, Telepathy; Ego 18; Languages: Abyssal, Common, Draconic, and Ignan; Primary
Ability: detect magic/ at will, Item has 10 Ranks in Bluff, bull's strength 3/day; Ex. Power: charm monster 3/day;
Special Purpose: To gather powerful magical items of any sort; Special Purpose Power: etherealness 1/day; Senses: 120ft. Darkvision and hearing.
Moderate Abjuration; CL 12; Forge Ring, shield of faith; Price: 99,100 [Price: 18,000 (base ring), +3,600 (detect magic), +5,000 (10 ranks in Bluff), +6,500 (bull's strength), +16,000 (charm monster), +50,000 (etherealness) = 99,100]

References: Rogues Gallery pg. 43, Lanolin: (Player: Lawrence Schick), Living Greyhawk Gazetteer.

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Re: Lanolin: The Wicked Elven Infiltrator (Score: 1)
by Osmund-Davizid on Mon, June 06, 2005
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Generally I like the ideas of further fleshing out NPCs that were only given short backgrounds. If I remember correctly, nothing of Lanolin's past was really detailed in his Rogue's Gallery entry. So more info on him is a welcome addition to our collected body of work.



Re: Lanolin: The Wicked Elven Infiltrator (Score: 1)
by Duicarthan on Tue, June 21, 2005
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nope not much was written on him at all. I just recently finished teh graphic as well and it can be downloaded here at canonfire in the Downloads are under Illustrations. http://www.greyhawkonline.com/duicarthan/pix/lanolin.jpg


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