The Long Road of Power
(Greenbelt) Akiros Ismort
A man who lacks the will to keep going
Akiros Ismort CR4
Male human ex-paladin 1/barbarian 4
CN Medium humanoid (human)
Init 7 armor, 1d10+29)
Fort +11, Ref +2, Will +6
Defensive Abilities trap sense +1, uncanny dodge
Speed 30 ft.
Ranged composite longbow 2/×3)
Special Attacks rage (15 rounds/day), rage powers (quick reflexes, renewed vigor (1d8+5))
During Combat Akiros fights with the ferocity of one who
doesn’t care if he lives or dies; he rages on the first round of combat, and focuses his attacks first on healers, then other spellcasters, and finally on non-spellcasters.
Morale Akiros fights to the death.
Base Statistics AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 18; hp 50; Fort 3/19–20); Str 14, Con 16
Str 18, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 15
Base Atk 2 Str) with 20 arrows and 3 +1 magical
beast bane arrows, silver holy symbol of Erastil, silver Stag Lord amulet worth 20 gp, 80 gp
Of the three lieutenants, Akiros is the least satisfied with his lot in life—but that’s nothing new for him. Simple farmers in a proud rural area in Taldor, Akiros’s parents wanted nothing more for him than life as a protector of the town—as a paladin of Erastil, no less. Every moment of Akiros’s life was spent in preparation for his acceptance into the order, yet not one month after he achieved his parents’ dream and became a paladin, Akiros fell in love with the married daughter of one of his hometown’s wealthier merchants, a woman named Rosilla. The affair ended all too soon when Rosilla’s husband found out what she’d been up to and threatened to divorce her. The thought of losing the life of luxury was too much, and she told her husband that Akiros had raped her. Furious, he took Rosilla to the temple of Erastil to confront her attacker. The young paladin was flabbergasted, but when Rosilla took things too far by spitting on him and publicly denouncing him as a rapist, a heretofore unknown rage woke in Akiros’s heart. All of his repressed frustrations and anger poured out in one powerful blow, and with that blow he snuffed out Rosilla’s life. As she crumpled to the floor, Akiros knew his life had been snuffed out as well. He turned on Rosilla’s dumbfounded husband and killed him as well, and with the temple guards still in shock, he fled the city. He barely made it out of Taldor, stowing away on a merchant ship bound for Mendev. Akiros switched ships dozens of times as he fled north, losing himself in the River Kingdoms, living as a bandit, a vagabond, and a criminal, and growing to enjoy his newfound rages.
Eventually, his wanderings took him into the Stolen Lands—he’d heard of the Stag Lord, and still unsure of where he needed to be in life, he sought this new liege out. Akiros has been with the Stag Lord’s bandits for only a few months, but already his commanding presence has earned the Stag Lord’s favor—Akiros is now considered to be the second-in-command of the fort, much to Dovan’s displeasure. Ironically, Akiros has come to the realization that life as a bandit is even more hollow than life as a paladin of Erastil, and when the PCs make their attack on the fort, he sees in them an opportunity for a new life and, perhaps, redemption. At some point, once the battle for the fort begins, you should have Akiros tear his amulet of office from his throat, cast it aside, and then step in to fight with the PCs. This can either be at a point where things are looking bad for the PCs and they could use a little extra help, or it can be at the start of the battle. In any event, Akiros could well become an important part of the Kingmaker Adventure Path if the PCs let him.