A brave, honourable, completely insufferable Cavalier
Init – 1; Senses NA.; Perception + 0
AC 17, touch 9, flat-footed 18
Fort + 4, Ref — 1, Will + 1
Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)
Melee: Longsword + 4 (1d8 + 3) x2, Lance + 4 (1d8 + 3 (x2 when mounted)) x3
Special Abilities: Challenge, Mount, Tactician, Order of the Lion (+ 1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks from challenge target; can make untrained Knowledge (nobility) checks)
Str 17, Dex 8, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 13
Base Atk + 1; CMB + 4; CMD 13
Feats: Lookout, Power Attack, Mounted Combat
Skills: Diplomacy + 5, Handle Animal + 5, Intimidate + 5, Ride + 3, Sense Motive + 5
Treasure: 100 GP, Chainmail + 6, Heavy Steel Shield + 2, Backpack, Bedroll, Crowbar, Flint & Steel, Grappling Hook, Common Lamp, Oil, 10 ft. Pole, Hemp Rope (50 ft.), Tent, Waterskin, Banner
Emryse Pondale is a 19-year-old human Cavalier. Brave and determined, she is a sworn member of the Order of the Lion, pledged to protect her King and country. Her appearance is not particularly striking: she stands at an average height of 5’6, with dark red hair and darker brown eyes. She is strong in her ideals, leading her to be very overconfident in her own abilities. Above all else, she believes in the value of honour and duty, and has no patience for liars or traitors.
Emryse was born into a very old noble family, defined by its patriotism and loyalty to the King. Her mother died shortly after Emryse’s birth, so she and her twin brother, Emryn, were left to be raised solely by their father in the Capitol. Emryse’s father is a military man: a high-ranking captain of the King’s Guard; as such, he raised his children to follow his ideals. He instructed the siblings in both warfare and politics, preparing them to join him in the King’s service.
Emryse embraced his teachings, throwing herself into her training with determination from a very young age. She could swing a sword before she could read properly, and dreamed of the day when she would swear her oaths and take her place among the King’s warriors. Her brother, however, was not so enthusiastic. Unlike his sister, Emryn quickly grew skeptical of the teachings of his father, and questioned the true nature of what he claimed to be ‘right’ and ‘just’. When their training was finally completed and the twins were expected to swear their oaths, Emryn refused and loudly denounced both the King and those who served him. Furious at the shame his words brought to their family, their father disowned Emryn and sent him away to fend for himself.
Emryse was left in a difficult position after her brother’s betrayal. While she had taken her oaths eagerly and without regret, she and her family no longer held the same esteem in the King’s court. The harsh words of her brother had disgraced the good name of her family and her father, and she was the only one left who could reverse it.
While she was determined to prove herself again, her skill in battle was vastly overshadowed by her lack of experience. After swearing her oaths, the novice Cavalier was assigned to Abell, where she would join the city guard. There, she would be able to obtain the practical experience she needed without causing too much damage. Disappointed, but still resolved to her purpose, she set out for new adventures in Abell with her most faithful companion: her horse. Even so, she eagerly anticipates the day when she can return to the Capitol, decorated and proud, to restore honour and respect to her family.