An Epic

Thuldin the Fallen, the Lord of Pride

Lord of Pride

Dwarf Ftr7: CR 7; ECL 7; Size M; HD 7d10+21; hp 58; Init +5; Spd 15 ft (base 20 ft); AC 19, touch 13, FF 18; BAB +7/+2; Grapple +10; Atk: +12/+7 melee (1d3 + 3, Unarmed), +15/+10 melee (1d12 + 8/crit x3, Greataxe +2), +11/+6 (1d4 + 3/crit 19-20, Dagger MW), +10/+5 ranged (1d6/crit x3, Handaxe), +10/+5 ranged (1d8/crit 19-20, Crossbow, light); SA +1 to attack orcs/goblinoids; SQ Darkvision, Stonecunning, +2 to saves vs spells or poisons, +4 dodge vs giants; SV Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +0; AL LE; Str 16, Dex 12, Con 17, Int 12, Wis 7, Cha 13.

Skills and Feats: Craft (Armorsmith) +4, Craft (Gemcutting) +2, Craft (Weaponsmith) +4, Diplomacy +3, Intimidate +4, Profession (Other) +2, Sense Motive +2; Armor Proficiency (Heavy), Armor Proficiency (Light), Armor Proficiency (Medium), Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Martial Weapon Proficiency, Power Attack, Shield Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency, Weapon Focus (Greataxe), Weapon Specialization (Greataxe).

Signature Possessions: Weapons: +2 dwarven silver-chased Greataxeaxe; Dagger,masterwork (silvered); 2 Handaxes, light crossbow. Armor: +1 dwarven Breastplate. Ring: Ring of Protection +2. Goods: Royal outfit. Magic: Wondrous: Gem of The Walker, also a luckstone. This special gift from The Dark Walker must be destroyed before Thuldin can be slain (see below). dwarven bracelet (300 sp value) dwarven girdle (300 sp value), 3 pouches dwarven necklace (100 sp value) dwarven ring (50 sp value)

Skills and Feats: Appraise+6, Bluff+2, Climb +1, Craft (armorsmithing) +10 , Craft (Metalworking)+2, Craft (Sculpting)+0, Craft (Stonemasonry)+2, Craft (Weaponsmithing)+2, Diplomacy+2, Forgery+2, Gather Information+2, Hide-1, Intimidate+6, Listen-1, Move Silently-3, Profession (Armorsmith)+1, Profession (Blacksmith)+1, Profession (Metalworker)+1, Profession (Miner)+1, Profession (Stonemason)+1, Profession (Weaponsmith)+1,Search+2, Sense Motive-1, Spot-1, Swim-13, Use Rope+2, Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Weapon Focus: Battleaxe, Weapon Specialization: Battleaxe.

This ancient dwarf appears grizzled beyond recognition. He was once the son of Thundin Greathammer, king of the Dwarfhold Khallin in the Northern Teeth. He had the utmost pride in the Dwarven race and believed they were superior to other races. Because of this, he convinced his father to pursue a xenophobic policy towards the neighboring human barbarian tribes, ceasing trade with them and even attacking them and forcing them to pay tribute. When an ancient green dragon harassed Khallin, Thuldin pursued the dragon with a small force of 300 dwarves, against his father's wishes. He wished to impress his father and the rest of his people. The dwarves managed to wound the dragon, angering it, but the force was decimated. Only Thuldin escaped, and he was vastly angry at his race for not having shown their "true might" and slain the dragon. Thuldin staggered home, wounded, but when he beheld the gate of the dwarfhold his prideful anger and disappointment surged and he turned away, vowing in anger to leave them to their fate. He could not face his father, knowing that alll his proud boasts had proven false and that his father was right. When the dragon flew to Khallin for revenge, the hold was undefended and her gates were wide open. Khallin fell and Thuldin subsequently shaved his beard to show contempt for the race that had proved him wrong in the eyes of his father. His pride in the Dwarven race was overreaching, and caused his fall. Thuldin then began wandering for many years, eventually making his way to the pass of Doom, where he was captured and sent to the Nameless City. He would emerge years later as the Lord of Pride.

The psychology of the Lord of Pride is complex; even though he hates dwarves, he cannot get over his pride in the accomplishments of his race, particularly in metalworking. He ruled Kale, the weakest of the Seven Kingdoms during his time. Kale was primarily weak because of the economic policies pursued by the other Lords. Saithith, the Lord of Gluttony, had no real economic policy to speak of. Brathelathor the Lord of Lust was derogatory and cruel to the Lord of Pride and purposely would not trade with him, although he heavily taxed all trade that came through his Kingdom from the East and headed towards Kale. Thuldin was slain by Valanduil the Elf and Bartarius the Barbarian in the year 8161 F.R.

Special power: (Each of the Deadly Lords possesses a special power granted to him by Vornoth the Night Walker himself. This power sets The Lord above other members of his race.) Thuldin cannot be killed while his special gem exists. If he falls, he will arise in 3 rounds with half his maximum hitpoints. The only way to kill him is to shatter the gem or completely destroy his body.