Skull & Shackles
The captain of the Tyrannous and lord of Hell Harbor is a powerfully built, middle-aged man with pale skin and strong, chiseled Chelish features. His short-cropped black hair is only beginning to gray at the temples, and his eyes shine an icy blue.
Arronax EndymionCR 10
Male Human (Chelaxian) Aristocrat 6/Fighter 6
NE Medium humanoid (human)
Init + 5; Senses Perception + 10
AC 21, touch 13, flat- footed 20 (+ 8 armor, + 1 Dex, + 2 deflection)
hp 94 (6d10+ 6d8+ 30)
Fort + 8, Ref + 7, Will + 7 (+ 2 vs. fear)
Defensive Abilities bravery + 2
Speed 30 ft.
Melee + 1 keen longsword + 16/+ 11 (1d8+ 7/17- 20/×2) and
masterwork dagger + 14/+ 9 (1d4+ 3/19- 20/×2)
Special Attacks weapon training abilities (heavy blades + 1)
Str 16, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 14
Base Atk + 10; CMB + 13 (+ 17 disarm); CMD 26 (28 vs. disarm)
Feats Alertness, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Greater Disarm, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Shield Focus, Toughness, Weapon Focus (longsword), Weapon Specialization (longsword)
Skills Bluff + 15, Climb + 9, Intimidate + 15, Knowledge (geography) + 8, Knowledge (nobility) + 8, Perception + 10, Profession (sailor) + 15, Sense Motive + 10, Swim + 9
Languages Common, Infernal
Combat Gear Feather token (anchor), Potion of cure serious wounds (2); Other Gear + 2 Breastplate, + 1 Keen Longsword, Masterwork Dagger, Belt of mighty constitution + 2, Boots of speed (10 rounds/day), Ring of force shield, Ring of protection + 2, Bicorne hat, Chelish Admiral’s coat, 682 GP
Boots of speed (10 rounds/day) Affected by haste
Bravery + 2 (Ex) + 2 to Will save vs. Fear
Combat Expertise + /- 3 Bonus to AC in exchange for an equal penalty to attack.
Combat Reflexes (2 AoO/round) Can make extra attacks of opportunity/rd, and even when flat- footed.
Greater Disarm When disarming a foe, their weapon lands 15 ft away in a random direction.
Improved Disarm You don’t provoke attacks of opportunity when disarming.
Ring of force shield An iron band, this simple ring generates a shield- sized (and shield- shaped) wall of force that stays with the ring and can be wielded by the wearer as if it were a heavy shield (+ 2 AC). This special creation has no armor check penalty or arcane spell failure chance since it is weightless and encumbrance- free. It can be activated and deactivated at will as a free action.
Shield Focus + 1 Shield AC
Weapon Training (Blades, Heavy) + 1 (Ex) + 1 Attack, Damage, CMB, CMD with Heavy Blades
Area of Operation Hell Harbor ([[Devil’s Arches]])
Arronax Endymion takes great pride in his appearance, and he wears only the finest clothing, custom tailored in the style of the pre – Thrune Chelish naval uniforms. He wears dozens of medals, presumably from his navy days, though he has had all of them re – cast in the shape of his jolly roger, a crouching imp skeleton run through with a spit. He retains the use of his previous rank of admiral, but he deliberately wears his admiral’s stripes upside down on his sleeves.
Arronax Endymion was born in Westcrown. A military brat and second son to famed Commodore Arrodius Endymion, Arronax was quick to follow in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the Chelish Imperial Navy at the young age of 16. His father used his position and influence to have his young son stationed at a relatively safe and small port in the Bay of Solva, but Arronax lusted for the chance to prove himself in battle, and switched his paperwork with another new conscript. He was soon off to guard the Arch of Aroden at Corentyn. Arronax stayed on at the Arch for the next 5 years, attaining the rank of captain and taking a wife soon after. The promotion placed him in command of a small ship with a letter of marque granting him permission to raid the ships of rival nations, a task at which Arronax proved most adept. After numerous successes, the young captain caught the eye of Lyserius Thrune, a wealthy noble who offered to sponsor him. With Lyserius’s support, Arronax swiftly achieved the rank of admiral, in command of the Fourth Chelish Fleet. During this time, he spent months at sea chasing down enemies of the House of Thrune throughout the entire Inner Sea region, traveling as far north as the Steaming Sea, east to the isle of Jalmeray, and south to the waters of Desperation Bay. Through his exploits, Arronax grew rich and became quite the toast of Corentyn society.
Still, while Arronax’s successes grew, the months at sea gnawed their way through his personal life. His many triumphs brought significant attention to his house and his beautiful young wife Adelise. The Endymions were often expected to attend important social affairs, but with Arronax usually at sea and unable to attend, Adelise went to these events in her husband’s stead. An excellent conversationalist, she grew quite versed in culture and current politics, and transformed into a budding socialite. As she became more of a scene fixture, she started squandering the family’s considerable finances, and eventually fell into a sordid and very public affair with Lyserius Thrune, the very nobleman who had sponsored Arronax’s ascension to the admiralty. When Arronax returned to Corentyn and learned of the affair, he marched straight into Lyserius’s court and demanded a duel. Lyserius responded by ordering a guard to shoot Arronax in the knee with an arrow and had the wounded Admiral thrown out into the street. With great effort, Arronax staggered back to his flagship Tyrannous and, after healing his injury, retaliated by plundering Lyserius Thrune’s shipping houses and burning them to the ground. This triggered a rapidly escalating clash that, in the end, Lyserius Thrune won. With an Imperial warrant issued for his arrest, Arronax had no choice but to abandon his wife and holdings forever and f lee south to the Shackles.
His crew remained loyal, and when the Tyrannous finally sailed into Hell Harbor with a boatload of riches ransacked from Thrune warehouses and ships, flying an upside down Chelish flag with a white skull painted over the shield, they found a place more welcoming of plunder and treachery. Arronax purchased the service of several moderately talented captains and went on a piratical rampage, principally targeting Chelish trading vessels. With his knowledge of Chelish tactics, trade routes, and the weaknesses of the ships and their captains, he proved to be a highly efficient scourge indeed. Within a month, he’d seized more than a dozen vessels, enough to make a name for himself as a Free Captain.
Over the following years, Endymion acquired a sizable fleet and reputation. His crew swelled with mutineers from the Chelish navy, who soon became known throughout the Shackles as the Devils’ Own. Endymion continued to operate out of Hell Harbor, and purchased large chunks of property within the port, building himself a great manse overlooking the harbor. Endymion’s reputation for swift and creatively cruel punishment earned him loyalty as surely as his reputation for crushing Chelish ships, and soon, Endymion found himself referred to as Lord of Hell Harbor. He did little to stifle the use of this title.