Tanis Half-Elven (as Skylord)
bonded mind, eagle's poise, elvensight, half-elf traits, griffon bond (Lionheart), lion's might (5/rounds), sturdy charge
Diplomacy +9, Gather Information +4, Handle Animal +20, Knowledge (nobility & royalty) +3, Listen +2, Ride +23, Search +2, Spot +10
Greater Weapon Focus (longsword), Greater Weapon Specialization (longsword), Heroic Surge, Mounted Combat, Quick-Thinking, Ride-by-Attack, Spirited Charge, Tremendous Charge, Weapon Focus (longsword), Weapon Specialization (longsword)
Common, Elven, Plainsfolk
Wyrmslayer (+3 dragonbane longsword) +25/+20/+15 (1d8+9/19-20)
+3 lance +23/+18/+13 (1d8+8/x3)
mwk composite short bow (+5) +19/+14/+9 (1d6+5/x3)
mwk silver dagger, +4 elven chain, +2 arrow deflecting heavy steel shield, Windrider ring (Functions as a ring of feather falling and a least crystal of adaptation)
Tanis Half-Elven's Bonded Griffon
Although he is only a relatively young half-elf, Tanis has streaks of gray in his red hair, at the temples and in his beard. Tanis wears an eye patch over right which has led to the belief that he has lost an eye, but in truth his eye is fine and the patch is magical in nature.
Tanis Half-Elven is a warrior through and through, but the gruff demeanor of the Captain of the Windriders hides a big soft heart. Tanis's greatest wish, if he survives the war, is to spend the rest of his life quietly with his love, Kitiara uth Matar.
Tanis the product of a brutal rape by a barbarian, was born to Elansa Sungold, an elven diplomat who was ambushed and captured returning home to Silvanesti. Elansa had made the difficult journey to troubled Solamnia to enlist the help of the knights, but had not had any luck convincing them of the danger of the southern barbarians. The subsequent trials she suffered on her trip home, was what it took to shock the complacency from the knights and served as a warning to them of the callous brutality lurking in the giant forest of the south.
During her pregnancy, Elansa came to understand the depth of the elven rage and bigotry as exemplified by her elven husband Kethrenan Kanan, brother to the former Speaker of the Sun and despaired. For a while it seemed that the noblewoman had given up on life refusing to take care of herself through the long and difficult pregnancy, but that all changed when the elven kingdom was visited by a envoy of knights from Solamnia. Learning that it was her own suffering that had led to the humans understanding of the danger of the barbarians, Elansa rallied both in heart and in body.
The delivery of the child was as long and difficult as the pregnancy had been, but almost through sheer determination and strength of will, Elansa persevered and it was soon afterwards she was regularly meeting with the knights to discuss the barbarian menace. Before long Lorac Caladon with great foresight, had appointed her as his liaison between the two kingdoms, laying the foundations of a great alliance.
Thus, it was that Tanis Half-Elven grew up in two worlds as his mother traveled to and from both lands. The young boy personally witnessed the bravery of both the Kirath as they fought the barbarians raiding parties and of the knights as they tamed their land in the harsh times of the Age of Despair. He grew up admiring not just the nobility and fury of the Kirath and the wild untamed honor of the griffon-backed Windriders, but also the unparalleled chivalry of the Knights of Solamnia.
However Tanis also saw he darkness of both peoples, as evil triumphed over the good in the hearts of man and elf alike. He saw and felt the harsh bigotry that had so very nearly cost his mother her will to live. He also witnessed as Elansa struggled mightily with some of the Solamnic knights, who more concerned about rules and regulations written by men from ages so long in the past that they were now naught but dust, than with the suffering of the flesh and blood people outside their gates.
As he grew into a man, Tanis who could see both the darkness and the light within himself, was riddled with self doubt and anger. With the patience only an elf could muster, Elansa eased her son through his angst riddled adolescence with wise and gentle guidance. The intelligent and thoughtful man that emerged, though still occasionally plagued with self doubt, embodied the honor and nobility of both human and elf.
Tanis had long admired the Windriders, who routinely transported him and his mother on their journeys to and from Solamnia, but had never dared to hope to join their ranks. He was therefore enormously surprised when offered personal training by their commander. At first unsure he would meet the high standards of the Windriders, Tanis was convinced by his mother to follow his dreams. There were many angry protests from the nobility of Silvanesti at the inclusion of a half-breed amongst the Windriders, so Solostaran Kanan, the former Speaker of the Sun "took the young elf into his household" giving him semi legitimacy, a sort of adoption. Long years of hard work and training paid off, when Tanis finally bonded with the fierce griffon, Lionheart.
Among Tanis's early accomplishments as a Windrider, was a daring raid deep into barbarian territory to the ruins of Pax Tharkas to help the dwarves of Thorbardin with their war against the barbarians. This would be the first time Tanis would meet the infamous dwarven guerrilla commander, Flint Fireforge. It was during this fateful meeting he was gifted with the mighty sword Wyrmslayer, by the corpse of the great Qualinesti King, Kith Kanan.
For many long years Tanis was at the forefront of the elven peoples battle against the simmering danger of the barbarians, eventually rising to the rank of Captain of the Windriders. So tightly focused on the barbarian menace was Tanis that not once during all that time did he ever think he would meet someone and fall in love, but that is exactly what happened when he was visiting his mother in Solamnia. Elansa, who had many years before divorced Kethrenan Kanan and married a Solamnic knight, had taken in the young daughter of the disgraced and fallen knight Gregor uth Matar. Kitiara was a spirited young child, but Elansa easily saw the deep wound behind the bravado the child used to meet the world. With the same wise patience she showed her son, Elansa nursed Kitiara through to adulthood, in the process instilling in her a reverence for nature and the wilds.
Although Tanis had met her before, it wasn't until he visited his mother during Kitiara's sixteenth year that he really began to be aware her as more than troublesome child. Kitiara's relentless youthful enthusiasm drove Tanis to distraction and was clear to all including the reluctant half-elf that she was out to win his heart. It wasn't until a couple of years later when she had journeyed to Silvanesti to undergo Kirath training, that Tanis finally succumbed to her wiles and they became lovers.
Before long the Dragonhordes launched their campaign to conquer Ansalon in the name of the Gods of Evil, turning the continent upside down. Tanis and Kitiara along with the other Heroes of the Lance were at the heart of the fight against this evil, bringing back hope with the rediscovery of the Gods of Light. Recently tricked into sacrificing her freedom, Kitiara was unfortunately captured and taken to the centre of barbarian power, the Bone Palace at Shadowmir Lake. Tanis along with many of his companions soon plan to launch a rescue attempt.
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This write up of Tanis is for the Dragonhordes alternate timeline, which was originally detailed in the four Palanthas Herald articles entitled, The Barbarian Tribes Go to War, Elves Flee Silvanesti, The Battle of Throtl Gap , and Evil Turns on Itself. This is Tanis shortly before he and the companions sneak into the great forest as the Highlords gather at Shadowmir and is a rough equivalent to Tanis when he went to Neraka in the main timeline. The Skylord class is normally only open to elves, however because the desperate situation in which the elven peoples of this timeline find themselves in, they are more than willing to teach the occasional highly talented half-elf like Tanis.
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