Ki Long (CR 1)

Ki Long
Male human monk 1
: CR 1; Medium humanoid (human); Hit Dice 1d8+1; 9 hp; Init +1; Spd 30 ft. (4 squares); AC 15 (+2 Dex, +3 Wis), 12 touch, 20 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +0/+1; Atk +1 melee (1d6, unarmed strike); Full atk -1/-1 melee (1d6, unarmed strike); SA flurry of blows; AL LG; SV Fort +3, Reflex +4, Will +5; Str 11, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 17, Cha 16.
Skills and Feats: Balance +4, Climb +3, Concentration +4, Diplomacy +5, Escape Artist +4, Jump +3, Knowledge (religion) +4, Listen +5, Spot +5, Tumble +4; Dodge, Improved Unarmed Strike, Mobility, Stunning Fist.
Languages: Common, Giant
Possessions: Belt pouch (x3), flint and steel, monk’s outfit, trail rations (x2), waterskin, wooden holy symbol (Heironeous).

Height: 5’8
Weight: 165 lbs
Age: 15 (or so... he’s not certain when his birthday really is)
Eyes: Green
Hair: A black topknot tightly braided, which falls halfway down his back
Skin: A deeply tanned bronze color
Misc: A colorful tattoo of a dragon snakes across Ki’s upper left arm and shoulder and onto his back a bit. The dragon’s whiskers and a small part of his face are visible on Ki’s neck, but the rest is usually hidden under his clothing.

Ki is thin and extremely well muscled. His youth combined with his baby face often mark him as a child, but his outgoing nature soon proves otherwise. He is usually wearing a smile, as though he’s perpetually seeing something that makes him happy. He is quick to laugh and genuinely enjoys helping people in any way he can, be that lending them money or working in their gardens for a while. Ki favors darkly colored clothing, usually a brown or green vestment. On hot days, he will slip out of the top half of his outfit, letting it hang behind him, which shows off his well-toned body.

Ki Long is extremely easy going. Unlike many other monks that have been sequestered behind monastery walls all their lives, Ki loves the company of other people. He is unusually witty and is able to get along easily with just about anyone. His sense of humor and his calm manner generally make everyone want to be his friend.

Though Ki has spent the majority of his life in a monastery, he is far from naïve. He could hardly be considered worldly, but he’s spent a great deal of time outside of the monastery walls and among the common people. He rarely feels like an outsider among throngs of people.

Ki has a great respect for life. He loves his own life a great deal. In fact, while he is still considered a bit reserved by most people, many of his fellow monks view him as nearly hedonistic. It is because of his respect for life that he travels, always on the lookout for anyone that can benefit from his help. While his overall goal in life is to become a paladin, his goal for the here and now is to help those than cannot help themselves in any way he can. He cannot abide the strong bullying those weaker than themselves and will intervene on behalf of the underdog in any situation.

Ki’s respect for life extends to his opponents as well as his friends. He is more likely to resolve a fight using non-lethal means than to kill his opponent. Usually, he will attempt to end the fight by knocking his opponent unconscious. For an obviously inferior opponent (such as a drunken tavern patron that picks a fight), this is usually little more than grabbing the opponent and putting a sleeper hold on them. With an opponent that proves too tough to be felled with such a simple tactic, Ki usually resorts to simply beating them unconscious. For a particularly tough opponent, Ki will attempt to stun them to gain some time to disarm or neutralize them without putting others at risk.

Despite his non-violent nature, Ki’s respect for life is tempered with a realistic outlook on life. He has never killed anyone before, but he realizes that in his pursuit for justice and protection of the common people, he may well be forced into a situation where he has to kill an opponent. He has accepted this. He believes he has made peace with this fact, though only time and the eventuality of killing an opponent will tell for certain. Given that he sees a vast difference between bullying and outright murder, it is likely that it won’t be long at all before his peace is tested.

As for himself, Ki wants more than anything to be a holy warrior, a champion of faith. Within the sermons of a traveling priest, he heard the holy voice of a god and became instantly and forever enthralled with love for his new patron. He takes heart in knowing that if he works hard enough and proves his capability, Heironeous may accept him into the ranks of his holy paladins. Material wealth and earthly goods mean little to him outside of the good they can do for those he helps and protects. Ki is much more interested in the heavenly reward of love and pride his deity will feel for him if he can earn a place among the paladins of Heironeous.