Note: This NPC was originally written as part of the Carick's College of Combat location, found here.
Melora Malvus, CCC Battalion Head (shields)
Female human fighter 12: CR 12; Medium humanoid (human); Hit Dice 12d10+24; 79 hp; Init +1; Spd 20 ft. (4 squares); AC 29 (+1 Dex, +11 armor, +5 shield, +1 deflection, +1 competence), 12 touch, 20 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +12/+15; Atk +18 melee (1d6+7, +3 spiked heavy shield of light fortification), or +16 melee (1d8+2/x3, +1 battleaxe); Full atk +18/+13/+8 melee (1d6+7, +3 spiked heavy shield of light fortification), or +16/+11/+6 melee (1d6+7, +3 spiked heavy shield of light fortification) and +14 melee (1d8+4/x3, +1 battleaxe); AL CG; SV Fort +12, Reflex +7, Will +6; Str 17, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 11, Cha 10.
Skills and Feats: Climb +3, Intimidate +12, Jump +8, Listen +2, Ride +6, Spot +2, Survival +3, Swim +4; Dodge, Endurance, Greater Weapon Focus (heavy shield), Greater Weapon Specialization (heavy shield), Improved Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Improved Shield Bash, Mobility, Power Attack, Spring Attack, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (heavy shield), Weapon Specialization (heavy shield).
Graduate: Melora Malvus is a graduate of Carick’s College of Combat. She gains a +1 competence bonus to AC while using a shield and a +1 competence bonus to attack rolls while wielding a heavy shield.
Languages: Common, Giant, Goblin
Possessions: +1 battleaxe, cloak of resistance +2, +3 full plate, ring of protection +1, +3 spiked heavy steel shield of light fortification*, traveler’s outfit
*The enhancement bonus to this shield applies only to armor class, not to attacks made with it.
The phrase “tough old buzzard” would describe Melora Malvus very well. Melora is not especially pretty, a fact that doesn’t seem to bother her, since she has always found battle and war to be much closer to her heart than thoughts of courtship or a family. The thrill of a good battle gets her so worked up that many who see her fighting will swear she comes from an uncivilized barbarian tribe. She prefers to use her shield as a weapon and only seems to draw a real weapon as an afterthought.
She can be a hard teacher, but she’s quick to praise good work with a grin and a hearty slap on the back. Most of Melora’s students like her very much, as she’s one of the few instructors at CCC that fraternizes with the students. The fact she’s also the first to buy everyone a round of drinks certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Melora Malvus’s theory on war is that those who stay in the rear miss the best part of the battle. This philosophy certainly influences her teaching, as she often speaks in terms of being surrounded by the chaos of battle. She teaches first by example and then by hands-on sparring. Using a training dummy, she violently demonstrates a maneuver and then has the class pair up to practice it. After they seem to have it down, she repeats the process again and again with other maneuvers. Near the end of the day, she splits the class into two groups and a mock battle breaks out. Melora expects to see the lessons of the day used liberally during this battle and if they are not, the lessons will be repeated the next day.
Melora expects a full commitment from her students and won’t tolerate any slackers. She’s quick to weed out those that won’t make it through the rigors of her class and have them transferred to another instructor. The constant drilling and sparring that takes place under her instruction wears all but the most stalwart of students completely out, but it certainly helps prepare them for hardships of real battle they will eventually have to endure on a real war campaign. As to Melora herself, she never seems to tire and she rips through training dummies at such a rate that it’s rumored there is a tailor’s shop dedicated to nothing but repairing the wounds she inflicts on them.