Female Drow Assassin|Rogue, 5' 4" and 128 lbs.
Shivra (of House Zar’Haelirin), level 6
Silent Hunter (Silent Hunter Benefit)
ABILITY SCORES: Str 14, Con 8, Dex 20, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 20.
AC: 20 Fort: 16 Reflex: 20 Will: 20
HP: 39 Surges: 5 Surge Value: 9
TRAINED SKILLS: Stealth +16, Thievery +13, Bluff +13, Intimidate +15, Perception +11, Acrobatics +13.
|RACIAL||Drow Encounter Power: Cloud of Darkness|
|CLASS||Assassin: Assassin’s Shroud (+2d6)|
|Assassin: Shadow Step (Teleport 3 Squares)|
|Rogue: Sneak Attack (+2d8)|
|FEATS||Level 1: Hybrid Talent (Shadow Step)|
|Level 2: Light Blade Expertise|
|Level 4: Backstabber|
|Level 6: Cruel Shroud|
|POWERS||Assassin At-will 1: Shadow Storm|
|Rogue At-will 1: Sly Flourish|
|Assassin Encounter 1: Gloom Thief|
|Assassin Daily 1: Grave Spike|
|Rogue Utility 2: Fleeting Ghost|
|Rogue Encounter 3: Low Slash|
|Rogue Daily 5: Bloodbath|
|Assassin Utility 6: Ghost of the Rooftops|
Leather Armor, Bloodclaw Dagger +2, Horn Totem Dagger +1, Rending Dagger +1, Dagger (4), Hand Crossbow, Quickhit Braces (heroic tier), Adventurer’s Kit, Rope, Silk (50 ft.), Crossbow Bolts (20), Thieves’ Tools, Collar of Recovery +1, Potion of Healing (heroic tier)
Chapter 1. Twin Fates
Shivra was born into the Fourth House of Zar’Haelirin, an identical twin to her sister Shali. She was the third in line as head priestess. Lolth favored House Zar’Haelirin, and has promised them great power for their loyalty.
Shivra is very beautiful, and loyal to those that she stands by. Do not be mistaken, she can be cold and calculating, ruthless and without remorse. She was raised since birth to be in the clergy of Lolth, but her twin sister, Shali, was a child prodigy for wilder types of arcane magic. Shali realized from a young age that her powers were ones from within, never granted by Lolth. Some times, in secrecy, Shali would speak to her twin sister, carefully explaining that a blind faith to Lolth or to any god for that matter will be her mortal undoing.
The drow society they lived in would not allow such disloyalty. Any examples of those it names traitors to the Spider Queen would die a horrible death. But these two sisters remained close, a bond that only identical twins could understand, and all the while keeping secrets only to each other. Until now…
Overtime, Lloth became aware of this treachery, and sensed a deception between these twins. Lolth ordered their matron mother to send forth her priestesses and guards to bring Shivra and Shali back to them alive. The mother matron knew Lolth’s intentions were to torture Shali, but to have it done by the hands of her twin sister Shivra. Lolth wanted to inflict unspeakable agony on Shali, thereby creating a rift between them so that their loyalty would lie only with the Spider Queen.
During this time, Shivra was traveling outside of their drow city collecting ritual components. Suddenly, her youngest priestess sister, and two male guards came to escort her home upon the request of the matron mother. This did not sit well with Shivra, and she grew suspicious upon their return home.
Elsewhere, Shali was being escorted back to the matron mother by five male guards, and another young priestess of Lolth. She knew something was amiss. A male guard unexpectedly whispered resentful remarks toward her, hinting at the matron mother’s intentions. At that moment, the young Lolth priestess raised her whip against the inferior male guard, and Shali knew this was her moment to seize upon. Shali let out a fierce, wintery blast of magical force, driving all her foes to their ground.
As the male guards lay upon the ground in agony, the young priestess glared back in anger, and lashed out at Shali. The agony of the priestess’s whip stung Shali on the arm, spreading pain as if bitten by several snakes. With a cold look in Shali’s eyes she extended her hands as a bolt of lightning leapt from each of her finger tips, striking the young priestess. The priestess howled out in pain, and convulsed, unable to move. Shali reached for her serrated dagger, and placed it upon the drow priestess’s throat.
“Tell Lolth, she has no hold on me!” The priestess’s dying body fell to the ground, her blood pooling about her, as Shali escaped into the Underdark.
Walking back home, Shivra was overcome with a feeling that something was wrong with her sister, and a sudden stinging sensation in her arm. She decided to ask, “What does the matron mother want with me?”
The young priestess responded, “It is rumored that another house will attack soon, and she wants you by her side.” Sensing the betrayal in her voice, Shivra grasped her venomous flail and whirled unexpectedly against a male guard. She struck him on the side of the head, knocking him unconscious as he fell to the ground.
“Dear sister, you’ve never been able to hide your true intentions well.”
The young priestess hissed in anger towards her sister, and at that moment the remaining drow guard drew his longsword and lunged toward Shivra in one smooth motion. Wildly missing Shivra, she smiled and laughed, knowing that his over reach had left his defenses exposed. Just then, the young priestess murmured softly, calling down a burning column of light, englulfing Shivra.
“Enough!” Shivra shouted out a thunderous blast, pushing her opponents back, as she then moved to engage her sister. The drow guard was unable to evade the magical blast, and was forced off the rock overhang into the abyssal darkness. Feeling the true power of Shivra’s might, the young priestess was thrown against the wall with concussive force, knocking the air from her lungs, and dropping her to her knees.
Shivra grabbed her by the throat, pulled her up from her knees, and slammed her against the wall. “What do the matron mother and Lolth have planned? Tell me and do not lie. Your life depends on it.” Gasping for air, the priestess spat into Shivra’s face. Shivra slammed the handle of her flail against the side of her face. “Tell me!” Shivra demanded as her red fiery eyes burned, seething with anger.
The young priestess direly realized her own fate, gasping for air while she choked on her own blood. “Wait, older sister! I was sent to ensure your return to torment a traitor within our own house.”
“Who?” asked Shivra, sensing the half-truth. “Lolth wants our sister Shali punished, and she has demanded it be done by your own hands.”
As Lolth’s betrayal sets in, the young priestess sneered, “You will not win against the will of Lolth and the mother matron.” Shivra once again slammed the handle of her flail against the side of the young priestess face.
“We will see about that” Shivra said. She then let her younger sister go and her body dropped to the cavern floor. Shivra turned and began to walk away.
The priestess looked up towards Shivra, enraged with anger and resentment. She softly whispered, “Die sister!”, and began to utter the incantation to bring down a column of holy fire upon her sister. Hearing those words, Shivra grasped her flail one last time, turned and swung against her sister. Just before her sister finished the incantation, Shivra’s flail slammed against her chest, shattering bone, collapsing her lungs, and dropping her to the ground.
As she stood over her sister’s dying body, Shivra dropped her venomous flail and the unholy symbol of Lolth next to her sister. “I did not want this fate for you, but you left me no choice.” Shivra turned, and walked into the Underdark to find her twin sister.
Chapter 2. Darkness and Light
(More story background to come.)