Kingdoms in Death
Ricardo Ennio DeLaude
Riccardo Ennio DeLaudé
Male Human Magus (Spellblade) 2
NN Medium Humanoid (Human)
Hero Points 1
Init 3 Dex)
Armor DR: 4/magic or Large (7 (5, Ref 4
Spd 20 ft.
Melee +1 Longsword
- Normal – 4/19-20/x2) and
Unarmed Strike 3/20/x2)
Magus (Spellblade) Spells Known (CL 2, 4 melee touch, 4 ranged touch):
1 (4/day) Shocking Grasp, Burning Hands (DC 16), Mirror Strike (DC 16), Unerring Weapon (DC 16)
0 (at will) Ray of Frost, Read Magic (DC 15), Detect Magic, Prestidigitation (DC 15)
Str 17, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 20, Wis 13, Cha 16
Base Atk 4; CMD 18
Feats Defensive Combat Training, Two-weapon Fighting
Traits Classically Schooled, Scholar of the Great Beyond: Knowledge (History)
Skills Acrobatics 1) (6/day) (Su), Cleats, Earplugs, Force Athame (Sp), Hero Points (1), Spell Combat (Ex)
Combat Gear +1 Longsword
- Normal -, Chain Shirt; Other Gear Artisan’s tools, masterwork: Craft (Tattoo), Artisan’s tools, masterwork: Craft (Weapons), Backpack, Masterwork (empty), Bedroll, Blanket, winter, Canvas (sq. yd.) (5), Charcoal Stick, Cleats, Earplugs, Flint and steel, Paper (sheet) (10), Pocket Watch, Pouch, belt (empty), Rope, silk (50 ft.), Scarf, reinforced, Shaving Kit, Spellbook, wizard’s (blank), String (50’)
Arcane Pool (1) (6/day) (Su) At 1st level, the magus gains a reservoir of mystical arcane energy that he can draw upon to fuel his powers and enhance his weapon. This arcane pool has a number of points equal to 1/2 his magus level (minimum 1) + his Intelligence modifier. The poo
Cleats -50% walking penalty for slick surfaces.
Earplugs +2 save vs. hearing effects, -5 hearing-based Perception.
Force Athame (Sp) At 2nd level, a spellblade magus can sacrifice a prepared magus spell of 1st level or higher as a swift action to create a dagger of force in his off hand. The athame lasts for 1 minute or until dismissed, has an enhancement bonus on attack and damag
Hero Points (1) Hero Points can be spent at any time to grant a variety of bonuses.
Spell Combat (Ex) Use a weapon with one hand at -2 and cast a spell with the other.
Ricardo Ennio DeLaudé
Magus (Spellsword) 2
In all media there are methods by which you show a portion of yourself. However, some are inherently more distinguished than others. Ricardo has made it his life’s goal to find the perfect medium. He cannot simply try one at a time, no. That would take far too long, a human life is only so short.
At a young age, Ricardo began his massively artistic career. He drew on anything and everything, with whatever he could find. When parchment and ink bored him, he would paint on the stonework of houses and bridges.
He later learned how to apply tattoos, claiming the permanence and pain endured was a form of devotion to art itself. It brought Ricardo such pride that others would share with him their own emotions and beliefs as he shared his with them. It was a bond forever borne upon one’s own skin, forever connecting two souls. Ricardo is connected to a LOT of souls.
Eventually, the application of color and shape to a surface grew boring, and repetitive. He still wanted to create, but there were so many limitations to simple painting. It could not truly represent the beauty of one’s soul, especially his own. He searched form something else, and found a new calling in the craft of metal. A third dimension with which to work was surely the key. He apprenticed and a local blacksmith, taking quickly to the trade. The sheer amount of time spent crafting them brought life to each and every piece. The heat of the forge, endured; the melding of sweat and metal; his own life’s blood, fallen for the sake of his art: all these sacrifices made the process of creation so much more meaningful, and the end result so much more beautiful. But still… there was something missing. Something that will always be, and never be different, was a fine way to express how one feels in a moment, but feelings change. With change must come a new expression, but a series of crafted objects is no better than a simple textbook, a timeline of events. All in the past, nothing in the now.
Ricardo was perplexed by his new dilemma. For a long time, he sat, depressed, at a loss as to how he could improve himself, how he could show the world just how great he was. Nothing would come to mind.
In his sadness, Ricardo would walk the streets of the city, thinking to himself, and hoping he might stumble upon his next burst of inspiration. One of his many walks took him by the local mage academy. He looked through the gates, and saw many young students practicing their art in mock combat. Each spell was different, every single cat was unique. Even the same spell from the same student was produced slightly differently each time. Ricardo gazed on in awe, as a wide smile slowly grew across his face. This was it, this was perfect. This was how Ricardo could show himself, express himself. Or at least, he thought it was.
For a long time, Ricardo studied the art of magic. It’s every application became a point of interest, and Ricardo refused to stop teaching himself about it. Magic was a valid avenue of interest in terms of self-expression. Each time he created a spell, the result was slightly different, each expressing hoiw he felt in that exact moment. However, it’s greatest advantage was also its greatest disadvantage, for all Ricardo could express WAS but a single moment. Some emotions endure, sustain themselves for a period of time. This was as close as he had ever come to perfection, and by Erastil’s name, he would not stop searching now.
Ricardo spent days pacing back and forth, searching his soul for the answer. One day, when he saw his older brother Enrico practicing his dueling style, he decided on a whim to stay and watch. The grace and strength of each swing, the beauty of every sword motion… Ricardo stared in wonder and amazement. Something completely new, utterly renewable, and impossible to truly master… the art of martial combat was truly an art to behold. The continuous motion of the blade and the user was captivating. From that day forth, Ricardo picked up the sword and practiced each and every day. He would master this new art form, and perhaps use it to become a TRUE artist.
Ricardo practiced with his sword every day, and studied his magic when he became too physically tired. In his efforts, he realized something. His entire life, he had emulated the actions and expressions of others. Never had he come up with his own. Not to be distraught by this revelation, Ricardo swore he would create his own medium. In honor of all those who showed him how to be who he was, he decided that he would incorporate only the skills he currently had into his own style of art. Focusing on the two skills he had, that he thought were the most expressive, Ricardo decided to integrate his magical prowess into his sword-fighting style.
This took many months of practice, but the result was something of which Ricardo had hardly dared to dream. Through the fluid movements of his sword poured his every thought, and through the power and singularity of his magic screamed his passion. Ricardo had finally found what he had been searching his entire life for. The perfect form of expression.
Not to be content with merely having the ability, Ricardo swore he would use it. He challenged others to duel, and found his style of combat to be truly devastating. This discovery only reassured Ricardo that he had made the right choice. He chose to dedicate his newly acquired power and skill to defend his family, without whom he would never have had the freedom or the inspiration to find his true calling.