Sir Elstone Kinsaid
by Heine Stick
Armored Mobility (Ex): Treats heavy armor as medium armor.
Demoralize (Ex): Gains a +2 profane bonus to Intimidate checks made to demoralize an opponent. If successful the opponent is shaken for 7 rounds.
Fight to the death (Ex): Gains Diehard as a bonus feat.
Sneak attack: If an opponent is denied his Dexterity bonus to AC, or when Sir Kinsaid flanks, Sir Kinsaid deals an additional 3d6 points of damage.
Unbreakable Will (Su): Immunity to fear effects. +2 bonus on saving throws vs. mind-affecting magic.
Bluff +8, Climb +4, Diplomacy +16, Gather Information +6, Intimidate +14, Knowledge (local) +6, Knowledge (nobility & royalty) +4, Knowledge (religion) +6, Ride +8, Sense Motive +19, Swim +6.
Cleave, Diehard, Improved Critical (longsword), Negotiator, Persuasive, Power Attack, Trustworthy, Weapon Focus (longsword), Weapon Specialization (longsword).
Darkbringer (+18/+13/+8 melee, 1d8+6/17-20). When fighting humans, his combat ability changes to +20/+15/+10 melee, 1d8+8+2d6/17-20.
full plate +2, Darkbringer (+2 human bane longsword), masterwork heavy steel shield.
Standing 6 feet tall and having the physique of a strong warrior Elstone Kinsaid is an imposing figure even without his armor. His square jaw and his ice blue eyes only add to this impression. Small streaks of grey can be seen in his short-cut dark brown hair.
Being a politician, Kinsaid knows that appearance is an important factor when dealing with diplomats, merchants, warring factions etc. etc. Therefore he takes great care to maintain his appearance. When possible he starts his day by going through several swordplay routines as well as other physical exercises, both honing his skill with a sword and keeping in shape. This is often done in the company of his officers.
When not dressed for battle Kinsaid wears a dark-blue tabard decorated by the Death Lily, the symbol of the Knights of the Lily. Underneath the tabard he wears a masterwork chain shirt. He always wears his magical sword, Darkbringer, in a black scabbard inscribed with words in the Nerakese language, saying "Takhisis is mighty!"
When dressed for battle, the Lord Knight of Palanthas wears his full plate+2. This magnificent armor is jet black, with the symbol of the Knights of Neraka edged in gold. The helmet is studded with 5 gems (one red, one blue, one green, one black and one white). As always Kinsaid wears Darkbringer in the black scabbard. When carrying his shield he does so with his left hand.
Darkbringer is a magnificent weapon. Kinsaid inherited it from his father, who was a high ranking officer in the Red Dragonarmy and who was involved with "training" the red dragons and their riders. The blade doesn´t have so much as a single scratch, the metal clear as a mirror. As is the case with the scabbard, Nerakese words are inscribed along the blade. These runes read "Darkness shall prevail!"
Elstone Kinsaid is a pragmatic man. He is well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of those who serve him and the people of Palanthas. He also knows that in order for Palanthas to thrive its citizens need to feel some sense of freedom. As such he cares great care not to enforce the laws set down by the Knights of Neraka too strictly. If trouble stirs though, he is quick and ruthless in his dealings with those doing the stirring.
Although a practical man, Sir Kinsaid is evil at heart. He longs for the day when the Dark Queen re-enters the world to claim it for herself. He yearns for the day when Ansalon will fall to the iron might of his beloved Knighthood.
Like most other Dark Knights (or at least those Knights he grew up with) Sir Kinsaid is an honorable man. He treats his enemies with respect and he fights fairly. This is true on the battlefield as well as corridors of politics.
Sir Kinsaid was born in 352 AC at the end of the War of the Lance. His father was a high ranking officer in the Red Dragonarmy by the name of Graim Kinsaid. He was in charge of training the red dragons and their riders in the difficult art of cooperation. Sir Kinsaid never knew his mother but it is whispered that she was a mighty cleric of Takhisis. Other rumors say that she was a Nerakese barmaid. Sir Kinsaid himself refuses to talk about her.
Graim fled Neraka at the end of the war, taking his son with him. They ended up in Palanthas. Graim Kinsaid was a ruthless man and he raised his son to be the same, teaching him about the values of the Dark Queen and the shortcomings of those who served her.
In the year 361 AC Graim was captured by the Knights of Solamnia. He had been a wanted man and some wench to whom he had confided in a drunken stupor had betrayed him. The young Elstone grabbed his sword (given to him by his father mere days before), fled their home and wandered the streets of Palanthas, scared and alone. A few hours after the apprehension of his father Elstone was approached by a man who called himself Ariakan.
The following years were spent at Storm's Keep, training to become a Knight of Takhisis. Elstone Kinsaid joined Lord Ariakan on many ventures, including the journey of the homeland of the Tarmaks.
The time had finally arrived. The Knights of Takhisis were ready. The armies and fleets were assembled. Ansalon would soon be swept away by the swift and very effective campaign of conquest waged by the Knights of Takhisis. In preparation of the coming war Sir Elstone Kinsaid was given the command of a Shield of Knights of Takhisis. He had proven his worth many times over during the preparations and the dealings with the Dark Knights' allies. Lord Ariakan also saw an able war time commander of Palanthas (a city Lord Ariakan craved) in Sir Kinsaid.
Palanthas was conquered and Sir Kinsaid put in charge of the Dark Knight forces occupying the city. His command did not last very long however. The Chaos War rocked Ansalon with the end result being, that Chaos was defeated. The Dark Knights, their numbers greatly reduced, were kicked out of Palanthas.
Years later the Knights of Neraka re-entered Palanthas as part of a deal they had struck with the blue Dragon Overlord Khellendros. Sir Kinsaid was once again put in charge of the city.
Sir Elstone Kinsaid is a politician, and as such he prefers to resolve conflicts through diplomacy. That is not to say he fears combat, quite the contrary. If conflicts cannot be resolved through diplomatic means (and Sir Kinsaid will not go to extreme lengths to ensure that it does), he will not hesitate to draw Darkbringer – a magical longsword given to him by his late father. Sir Elstone Kinsaid is a very skilled swordsman who has proven his skills many times over on the battlefield.
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