Combat style (archery), elvensight (darkvision 30', low-light vision), favored enemy magical beasts +2, immune to sleep, wild empathy +1 (magical beasts -3),
Appraise +6 (+8 with bows or arrows), Bluff +4, Climb +3, Craft (bowmaking) +12, Disguise +4, Heal +2, Hide +4 (+9 with cloak), Knowledge (arcana) +4, Knowledge (geography) +3, Knowledge (local) +3, Knowledge (nature) +3, Listen +10, Move Silently +4, Profession (merchant) +9, Search +4, Sense Motive +4, Spot +12, Survival +4
Alertness, Point Blank Shot, Rapid Shot (b), Skill Focus (Craft – bowmaking), Track (b)
Common, Elven (Silvanesti), Khur
mwk longsword +7 (1d8+1/19-20)
+1 studded leather, cloak of elvenkind, potion of eagle's splendor, mwk longsword, mwk composite longbow [+1 Str], 20 mwk arrows, 150 stl in coins and gems
Alika has dark brown eyes and short-cropped dark brown hair that is just long enough to hide her slightly pointed ears. She is short and petite, standing less then five feet tall, but healthy and well-muscled. Her skin is well-tanned thanks to her nomad father and countless days spent in the desert sun. Although many of her best customers know that she has elven blood she is careful to keep that fact hidden from strangers, especially the Dark Knights and Pashin's other undesirables. She still fears that if the new Blackbird learns who she is he'll send his goons to finish the job his predecessor could not.
Akila Faskar had come to the Silvanesti Forest to die. The half-elven teenager was a skilled hunter and often served as a guide and guard for merchant caravans that traveled between Pashin and Ak-Krin. However, her drinking problem and her gambling problem often complicated her life in troublesome ways. For instance, when she lost a large sum of money playing dice with some men at The Wounded Crow she quickly found herself indebted to the crimelord of Pashin, Blackbird, and his organization. Then, while escorting some cargo from Ak-Krin to Pashin for Blackbird, she was so drunk that she got the caravan hopelessly lost in the middle of the desert. The wagon train was attacked by a cluster of hungry ankhegs; a majority of Blackbird's men were killed and most of the goods were destroyed by the magical beasts' acidic spit. When Alika finally returned to Pashin, alone, empty-handed, and hung-over Blackbird had the woman beaten within an inch of her life and left for dead in the wilderness. The hunter managed to crawl all the way to the edge of the Silvanesti Forest before, exhausted, she lay down to die.
Akila had never known both of her parents. Her father was a Fin-Maskar tribesman named Alfan who had been killed by giant scorpions when she was very young. He had also worked as a local guide and had also been a drunk. Somehow, somewhere, Alfan had had a brief romance with a Silvanesti woman who quickly realized her mistake and left the bastard child in his care. When Alfan died years later the little girl became Blackbird's property. It was clear, even at age six, that she didn't have the looks or personality to become one of his Hunting Birds, despite her elven bloodline. Instead he had her trained as a servant for his warriors. She learned how to take care of weapons, craft bows and arrows, hunt and track, and unfortunately, drink, just like her father.
Before she died Akila was found by a kirath patrol led by an elven woman named Lealine Donran. She pleaded with the haughty elves for help. None of the kirath were interested in helping another petty criminal that Blackbird's men had left on their borders to be finished off as trespassers. Only Lealine took mercy on the half-elf. She herself had a less then stellar reputation as a member of House Servitor. Nearly every noble house she had served had fired her for petty thefts and a generally disrespectful attitude. No one thought exiling a servant was worth the trouble of a ceremony so she was pressed into service with the kirath. Her elders hoped this would give her some sense of higher purpose that she obviously could not find in her regular work. And if she happened to be killed in the line of duty so be it. To everyone's surprise she excelled at her new job.
Seconds before she put an arrow into Akila's heart the truth-seek allowed Lealine to see deep into the young woman's soul. In that moment she knew Akila was not evil, but a good person lost in the wilderness of her own vices and poor choices. Seeing hope for the young girl Lealine decided to give the half-elven hunter a second chance, much like she had been given. She took Akila to a nearby border post and nursed her back to health. Isolated in a cabin in the woods for weeks the girl kicked her drinking habit and began fashioning weapons for the kirath, even patrolling with Lealine for a time. It wasn't long however, before elven prejudice forced Akila to return to Pashin. She had learned much from the kirath, but she was still half-human.
Gifted with a cloak of elvenkind and a suit enchanted armor by her friend as a reminder of her time in the Silvanesti Forest Akila returned to Pashin a new woman. Calling herself "Alika" now, the woman was relieved to learn that the Blackbird she had known was now dead and had been replaced by a half-ogre who thought she was dead too. She never looked back, but instead embraced the skills she had perfected living amongst the elves and settled in to the quiet reclusive life of a fletcher and bower in Pashin's marketplace. Although notoriously quiet and reserved she produces some of the finest weapons in the region. She has succeeded in keeping her true identity a secret from Blackbird's men and still will not touch alcohol.
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Alika is an NPC from Key of Destiny by Christopher Coyle. For more information on her role in the adventure please see p. 16 of the module.
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