Schism: Consequences of the Divine
Gauthak, level 4
Runic Artistry: Wrathful Hammer
Background: Veteran of a Religious War (+2 to Athletics)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 19, Con 15, Dex 12, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 8.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 12, Dex 12, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 8.
AC: 23 Fort: 16 Reflex: 13 Will: 18
HP: 31 Surges: 9 Surge Value: 7
Religion +7, Endurance +7, Athletics +13, Arcana +7
Acrobatics +2, Bluff, Diplomacy, Dungeoneering +4, Heal +4, History +1, Insight +4, Intimidate, Nature +6, Perception +4, Stealth +2, Streetwise, Thievery +2
Level 1: Goliath Greatweapon Prowess
Level 2: Weapon Expertise (Hammer)
level 4: Armor plate proficiency
Runepriest at-will 1: Word of Exchange
Runepriest at-will 1: Word of Binding
Runepriest encounter 1: Flames of Purity
Runepriest daily 1: Rune of Endless Fire
Runepriest utility 2: Shield of Sacrifice
Runepriest encounter 3: Word of Alliance
Scale Armor, Maul +2, greatsword, Reflexive plate
Gauthak grew up in the mountains and wild plains. There he saw the savagery of nature and the value of his tribe. His tribe taught him that the stongest should rule and like most of his fellow tribesman he worshipped Kord believing that strength and fostering strength in others to be the highest virtue in life. However it was this principle of fostering strength in others that eventually caused the schism between him and his tribe. He believed that his tribe and even Kord were to concerned about cultivating strength in themselves and not in others. This caused a schism between him and his tribe eventualy causing him to considered a pariah by the very people who he was expected to protect. He left his tribe, as well as his tribes name behind him, and began to search for other people who thought like him.
His search brought him to a group of people known as the warhounds of bane. They taught him that Bane like Kord believes in strength but also he believes that it must be fostered in others as well and the only way to do this is through constant war and strife. Only this way would true strength be aquired and the stong would rule. Gauthak for a very long time believed this to be true. He followed the hounds for a five years crafting weapons and enchaning them with the runes of his people believing he was doing the right thing. However two years ago this all changed. During one particularly bloody campaign the town they were attacking defeneded to the last man. All their fighting men were either wounded or dead. However their woman and children rather then surrender picked up their weapons in the face of certain death. Impressed by their valour Gauthak asked for them to be spared as what they were witnessing was nothing if not an act of true strength and courage.
However he was told in no uncertain terms that Bane demanded that this place be conquered and he cares not who his left alive after they conquer it. Gauthak was disgusted by this response. He prayed to Bane to stop this however he heard no response. So one last attempt of desperation he carved one last rune in dedication to Kord to answer his prayers. This rune was his masterwork it took him 12 hours of uninterrupted effort carved directly into rock. This rune said one thing on it “storm” Kord answered his prayers with the largest storm he had ever scene. This storm was so massive that it collapsed the mountain pass the hounds were using to get to the village effectively cutting off the village from the attack.
You would think that Gauthak would be elated by his old god answering his prayers. However with the answering of his prayers two realizations came to him. 1. That his belief in Bane was a lie that Ban was not about fostering strength but about conquest. 2. That all those campaigns he waged in Banes name were nothing more than wars of conquest and that he helped with the slaughter of thousands. Gauthaks faith was broken by this realization so now he believes that his tribe was right worry about yourself and improve yourself. So that is what he seeks to do from now on. He is currently living life as a mercenary who wishes to test himself against the stongest and toughest that this world has to throw at him.