Note: This NPC was originally written as part of the Carick's College of Combat location, found here.
Karr Tindelman, CCC Battalion Head (heavy weapons)
Male half-orc barbarian 8/ fighter 7: CR 15; Medium humanoid (human, orc); Hit Dice 8d12+7d10+75; 152 hp; Init +1; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 22 (+9 armor, +3 deflection, +1 competence), 10 touch, 17 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +15/+21; Atk +26 melee (2d6+13/18-20, +2 keen greatsword of mighty cleaving); Full atk +26/+21/+16 melee (2d6+13/18-20, +2 keen greatsword of mighty cleaving); SA rage 3/day; SQ damage reduction 1/-, darkvision 60ft., fast movement, improved uncanny dodge, trap sense +2, uncanny dodge; AL CN; SV Fort +19, Reflex +8, Will +7; Str 26, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 13, Wis 11, Cha 9.
Skills and Feats: Climb +19, Handle Animal +4, Intimidate +14, Jump +18, Listen +4, Literacy +2, Ride +8, Speak Language (Common, Orc), Survival +5, Swim +11; Cleave, Dodge, Great Cleave, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Improved Sunder, Mobility, Power Attack, Spring Attack, Weapon Focus (greatsword).
Graduate: Karr Tindelman is a graduate of Carick’s College of Combat. He gains a +1 competence bonus to AC while wearing half-plate armor and a +1 competence bonus to attack rolls while wielding a greatsword.
Possessions: belt of giant strength +4, cloak of resistance +3, +2 keen greatsword of mighty cleaving, +2 half-plate of heavy fortification, ring of protection +3, traveler’s outfit.
Karr Tindelman is a grizzled old soldier. Being a veteran of literally hundreds of wartime campaigns, he knows the seriousness of battle. He also knows just how quickly a person’s life can be snuffed out, which results in Karr having a keen love of life. When he is not teaching, he is off enjoying a ride in the countryside or having a drink with his friends at a tavern. Karr respects strength and a warrior’s instinct, but he has an even greater respect for someone that also knows how to live.
Karr Tindelman is not a people person. Working closely in a one-on-one teaching session usually results in Karr getting annoyed or the student getting flustered or both. Because of this, Karr teaches by example. He tells the class what to do, shows them how to do it, and then sits back to watch them do it. He doesn’t expect that every student will pick every lesson up on the first try, but he’s quick to single out any student that simply isn’t making a good attempt. Any such student usually becomes the object of scorn, as Karr uses them as a marker of poor performance, such as by saying “Why can’t you get this lesson down? You’re starting to look a lot like Pichael over there!”
Karr’s lessons are usually very straightforward. Run in, bash through your opponent’s defenses, knock him over and kill him while he’s down. Defense is usually the last thing on Karr’s mind when he’s teaching a lesson, and his motto, which the class hears over and over, is “a good offense kicks a good defense’s butt any day of the week.”
Karr always makes an attempt to find out which students are learning the arts of war because they want to and which are there for other reasons. He tries to instill a healthy respect for one’s own life in each of his students, telling them old war stories in an effort to show them that a soldier’s life is short and fleeting and one should enjoy life to its fullest before the end comes. Many of Karr’s students think of him as an out of place philosopher as much as a soldier.