Name: Rose Ornalfi
Int: 21 (+1 taken at each of lvl 4, lvl 8, lvl 12)
Hit Pts: 77
Detailed class: Rogue 1/Wizard 3(Illusionist), focused [CM p.34] illusion mastery [UA p.63]/Master specialist 1[CM p.70]/
Progression: Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Master specialist 1/Spymaster 1/Master specialist 9
[banned schools: necromancy, abjuration, enchantment]
Feats & such:
Feat: Spell focus (illusion)
Feat: Able learner (bluff & disguise)
Feat: Skill focus (bluff)
Feat: Create wondrous item
Feat: Quick reconnoiter [Complete Adventurer p.112]
Feat: Deceptive spell [Cityscape p.60]
Skill focus (spellcraft)
Greater spell focus (illusion)
Save DCs of illusions with will disbelief increase by 2
Gain concealment for 1rnd/spell level on casting illusions
All illusion spells mastered as Spell Mastery feat
5 Diplomacy (add +2 from bluff, +2 from sense motive)
5 Disable device
17 Disguise (add +2 from bluff)
5 Gather information (add +2 from knowledge: local)
17 Knowledge (arcana)
17 Knowledge (local)
5 Move silently
5 Open lock
4 Profession: Cook
5 Sense motive
17 Spellcraft (add +2 from knowledge: arcana)
All cantrips except necromancy, abjuration, enchantment
Color spray, Disguise self, Nystul's magic aura, Silent image, Ventriloquism
Grease, Mage armor, Identify, Magic missile, Enlarge person, Feather fall
Glitterdust, Web, Alter self, Rope trick
L3: 4 +2(IM) +1(MS)
Illusory script, Invisibility sphere, Major image
Stinking cloud, Fireball, Leomund's tiny hut, Lightning bolt
L4: 4 +2(IM) +1(MS)
Hallucinatory terrain, Greater invisibility, Shadow conjuration
Detect scrying, Wall of fire, Mass enlarge person, Mass reduce person
L5: 4 +2(IM)
Persistent image, Shadow evocation
Cloudkill, Wall of force, Transmute rock to mud, Permanency
L6: 4 +2(IM) +1(MS)
Mislead, Permanent image, Programmed image, Veil
Wall of iron, Chain lightning, Control water
Rose was born into a lower class family struggling to survive. As such it was natural for her to enter her working life as a rogue, even though her talents lay in other directions, as she simply could not afford to take any other path in life. This changed after she stole a spellbook from an illusionist. She was tracked down, as is only to be expected when you steal a wizard's spellbook, but rather than having sold it, she was found trying to puzzle out the writings. The wizard was impressed, more so when he realized that she had actually made some progress on understanding it. Rather than being imprisoned, he asked that she serve out her term as his apprentice.
[Rogue 1 at this point]
Finally allowed to read and study, Rose proved to be a very able pupil. She learned the arts of magic, and followed her master into illusion, specializing in it. She was even more single-minded than her master, focusing on it to the exclusion of several other fields of study. He sent her on assignments to various other towns, and when she returned, he tested her on what she'd learned. He would tell her a place, and she would have to remember it and create an image of it from her memories. He would then ask her to disguise herself as an inhabitant of that place using a simple disguise spell, then critique it, pointing out inconsistencies and errors. He drilled her in illusions, forced her to combine transmutation and illusion spells to create a seamless disguise, evocation and illusion to distract and damage, and conjuration and illusion to provide an impression of overwhelming force. Finally she was, in his mind, ready, and her apprenticeship was over.
[Rogue 1/Wizard 1]
As she traveled, she saw the reactions of people to the various different types of wizard. All wizards were seen as dangerous, especially evokers and conjurors. But the ones that drew the most distrust were enchanters. If she wanted to travel safely, she was going to need to avoid use of any and all enchantments, because using them made people wonder if she had used enchantments on them. As the skill upon which she relied most, other than disguise, was bluff, and the consequence of a good bluff could easily be mistaken for an enchantment, she was going to have to be very careful about them. "Blow that for a lark", she decided, and decided to focus even more intensely on illusion.
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Master specialist 1]
It was at this point when she was contacted by an acquaintance of her old master. A person for whose appearance Rose had been subtly prepared. "I know who you are", he said, "and so might anyone else. You could easily get in trouble, but if you work for the crown, we will protect you and show you how to protect yourself. It comes at a price - we will use your talents in the service of your country." And so was she recruited as a Spy master. He then taught her the tricks of remaining in character, adding words and actions to her disguise, teaching her how to hide her thoughts so they couldn't be read by a keen observer. Chagrined that he had seen right through her, she listened, learned, and started to understand the hidden depths that she had not even known to look for.
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Master specialist 1/Spy master 1]
From this point on she was sent on several missions for the crown, all through the Spymaster who recruited her. "I am the only one who controls my agents", he said, "because I am the only one who knows you well enough to know what you can and can't do. If I die, and only if I die, do the identities of my agents get passed up the chain. So it's in your best interests to make sure I don't." By this time she had worked out that he was also connected to her previous master, and that when he referred to the crown, he was referring to the prince, though not necessarily directly. It didn't matter much. She traveled, had fun, learned what she wanted, and occasionally had to do something for the crown, such as infiltrate a noble's household and discover anything useful to the prince, such as how many men were actually ready for combat, the morale of the men, stockpiles of arrows and such. Occasionally she'd be asked to sabotage their activities, by having small accidents happen. Life was fun. Until the day when she discovered that the Spymaster had been brutally murdered. Did that mean that her identity had been passed on to another? Was she free? Was she still protected from the consequences of her actions on behalf of her country?
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Spy master 1/Master specialist 4]
From that point on she became even more focused. She joined up with one of the groups that worked with the prince, and as a magical support caster she helped them as they challenged the warlords, hunting small groups, misleading them and leading them into trouble, and occasionally wiping them out or taking prisoners. She used her master's advice, and tried to combine magic and non-magic effects. Like casting mass enlarge person on a group of one of the warlord's men in the bog after she led them there chasing a group of illusionary heroes. A bog barely strong enough to support a normal human couldn't take the increased weights of a dozen giant-sized ones in full armor, and she was the only one who emerged. She continued to work on behalf of the crown, so if she was being watched by her Spymaster's successor, she would not be seen to have broken her agreement. And yet no contact was made.
Lord Edgwharton suffered from her displeasure. He had constantly supported those nobles who were harassing the prince, though he never actually officially took arms against him. One winter, however, he had the worst luck. One of the barrels of food disgorged a cloud of insects upon opening, and it was only the luck of having an open window that saved the cook from being stung to death. Freshly caught meat ended up tainted when served at a feast, and he lost half a unit of cavalry when their legs slipped out from beneath them while riding at full speed along a cobbled street. A good quarter of one of his infantry units disappeared while crossing a river, and those that witnessed it said it was as if they had just disappeared, while another claimed they had all shrunk during a rope cross and been swept downstream by the turbulent waters. None of this was ever connected to a new serving girl who started helping out after the cook was scared by the swarm.
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Spy master 1/Master specialist 6]
When the prince was finally crowned, the focus of her group was changed to hunting down the warlords' minions and bringing them to justice. It was a task she took up with glee. "Evil must be fought whenever it rears its head, because evil unopposed is evil rampant". The group went out on specific missions, sometimes to hunt down a bunch of remnant minions from one of the warlords' armies, sometimes to hunt down brigands. She wasn't always good at following the plans exactly, but she had few equals at improvising when something went wrong, as it all too often did. As they say, "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy". Her training in knowing when to use magic and when not to was very useful. Most of the mages available for this work insisted on using magic whenever possible. Rose just went with whatever worked. She could scout ahead in an almost impenetrable disguise, especially in towns and villages, and return with detailed knowledge of what she'd seen. She could conjure illusionary monsters to frighten and distract their targets, and if they realized it was only illusion, she'd follow them up with real ones. She learned from other illusionists and wizards, traded spells, bought any available spell scrolls, and then found ways to use what she'd learned for the benefit of the group. They were her colleagues, her friends, her armor against the world.
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Spy master 1/Master specialist 8]
While other mages have gone into reclusion or semi-reclusion now that they are no longer required for the war effort, Rose hasn't. For her, the hunt will not end until those that work against the interests of her country have been killed, um, brought to justice. War is coming. The latest disagreement between the king and the High Patriarch is, to her mind, a sign of things to come. The High Patriarch has tasted secular power, and wants more. The king is the heart of secular power, and wants to retain it, not hand it over to another. How long before they start to war against each other, and once they do, how long before new warlords rise again, taking advantage of this split? She and her group need to forestall it for the good of society, as well as for themselves. Because sooner or later they will be in the firing line. And a dark day is looming...
[Rogue 1/Wizard 3/Spy master 1/Master specialist 9]
Equipment is mostly going to be in the form of smallish, useful items and spell scrolls which will immediately be written into my spell books. Please let me know if there are any spells I can't get my hands on.