Matthew Hardrada (CR 2)

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Matthew Hardrada
Male human monk 1/psion (egoist) 1
: CR 2; Medium humanoid (human); Hit Dice 1d8+1d4+2; 12 hp; Init +1; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 13 (+1 Dex, +2 Wis), 13 touch, 12 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +0/+4; Atk +0 melee (1d6, unarmed strike); Full atk -2/-2 melee (1d6, unarmed strike); SA flurry of blows; SQ psionics; AL LN; SV Fort +2, Reflex +4, Will +6; Str 11, Dex 13, Con 11, Int 15, Wis 14, Cha 11.
Skills and Feats: Autohypnosis +4, Balance +3, Climb +2, Concentration +4, Diplomacy +2, Heal +5, Knowledge (psionics) +4, Listen +4, Move Silently +3, Spot +4, Swim +4, Tumble +3; Dodge, Improved Grapple, Improved Unarmed Strike, Psionic Body, Wild Talent.
Psion Powers Known (Save DC 13+power level): 1st-force screen, thicken skin, vigor
Power points/day: 5
Languages: Common, Dwarven, Goblin
Possessions: Belt pouch, fishing net*, peasant’s outfit, 5gp, 16sp.
*Matthew doesn’t carry this item unless he’s fishing.He keeps it at the house of a friend and fellow fisherman, Lamden Oglethorpe.

Height: 6’0
Weight: 185 lbs
Age: 26
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown with a few streaks of dirty blonde
Skin: Caucasian, nicely-tanned
Misc: Matthew is not a large, bulky man, but he is tall and his muscle structure is very toned and well-defined from years of constant training.His hands bare many small scars, the result of both martial arts mishaps and fish fins.

Personality:
Many people who know him passingly would say that Matthew Hardrada is cocky and self-centered.Most people who know him well would say that’s a falsehood.The truth is that Matthew is very focused on his physical conditioning and health, but he’s as committed to the few people he calls friends as he is to himself.

Matthew is very intelligent and his mind is always at work.His friends, mostly fishermen and dock workers, constantly come to him when they have a problem that needs to be worked out because they know he’s more capable than most. All his life, if you asked Matthew he would claim that between his mind and his body, his body is the more impressive of the two.Within the past year, though, he came to doubt this claim himself as he noticed a sort of clarity of thought that he was told may be a budding psionic ability.In his spare time, he has meditated on the idea and within the past few months, he has come to accept and even welcome the change in himself, nurturing his mental abilities until they became full-fledged psionics.

Matthew’s favorite past time is fishing.He loves the comradery of his fellow fishermen and can spend hours on a pier casting his net and enjoying the company of his fellows.He also enjoys swimming and he considers it good exercise for keeping himself in shape.He doesn’t enjoy fighting in the sense of someone that wants to see blood and guts, but his focus on maintaining a healthy body has lead him down the path of martial arts, which has taught him much about hand-to-hand combat.

History:

Contrary to what some of the local fishermen might say, Matthew has not lived in the city of Sasserine all his life.He has, however, lived in the city for a little better than three years.Before that time he wandered around from place to place doing odd jobs to feed himself.He’s not exactly certain where he was originally from, since his family was killed by bandits on the road when he was only four.After a few days in a cage, Matthew was liberated by a small party of dwarven bounty hunters that found and killed the bandits.Not wanting a small human child running underfoot, the dwarves deposited Matthew at the nearest human settlement, a small town near the coast, and moved on.At first, he was sheltered in a small chapel dedicated to St. Cuthbert, the priests there having been the ones that hired the bounty hunters, but after a few weeks, the priests took him to a local monastery, which took him in.

 

Growing up, Matthew was well-liked by the other children his age, but he had few friends.Several of the children in the monastery slouched off when their teachers weren’t around, but Matthew took their lessons to heart.Even when none of the monks were around, he was constantly exercising and practicing his katas.While the other children liked him, they eventually quit asking him if he wanted to sneak off to play, knowing that he would politely decline and continue his lessons and meditations.

 

When he was sixteen, Matthew left the monastery and began wandering.He didn’t journey too far and he stayed near the coast.After a few months, he would leave one settlement and move on to another.Eventually, he ended up in Sasserine.It was the largest city he had ever seen and he quickly found a niche for himself among the local poor fishermen of the Shadowshore district, who occasionally take him in when the weather is extreme.He still feels a bit of wanderlust, but it’s not enough to make him want to leave just yet.Despite not having a real home, he genuinely likes the city.

 

Recently:

A little less than a week ago, Matthew was walking back from the piers after an unsuccessful day of fishing.He heard a loud call for help coming from down an alleyway, though none of the other people he saw in the area so much as looked.Curious and genuinely wanting to help, he entered the alley and saw four large thugs harassing someone dressed in the clothes of the city watch.Another watchman lay dead nearby with a knife shoved hilt-deep into his chest.Matthew acted before anyone saw him, throwing his net over three of the thugs.He rushed to the uncovered tough and grabbed him, wrestling him to the ground and striking him on the side of the head, knocking him out.Caught in the net as they were, the other three were little problem to subdue.

 

The guard thanked Matthew and introduced himself as Laren Whistler.He helped Matthew retrieve his net and asked where he could find him in the future so he could be rewarded.Matthew replied that he needed no reward, but could be found on the docks most days, fishing or swimming.He hasn’t seen Laren since.

 

Hooks:

It’s possible that Laren meant what he said about rewarding Matthew for his help.He would have had to make a report about the dead guard and the four toughs, and his description of Matthew might have impressed his boss, who might try to find Matthew to offer him work.Of course, Laren may also have simply reported that after the thugs killed the other guard, he beat them up himself.

 

Another possibility is that Laren might have murdered the thugs after Matthew left.Perhaps he wanted revenge for the other guard’s death, or perhaps the toughs were extorting money from them through blackmail and Laren saw an opportunity to silence them for good.If this is the case, he might try to pin the murder on Matthew.