Note: This NPC was originally written as part of the Carick's College of Combat location, found here.
Slith, aka “One-hand Slith”, Master of Horses
Male goblin fighter 4/ranger 3: CR 7; Small humanoid (goblin); Hit Dice 4d10+3d8+12; 49 hp; Init +2; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 16 (+2 Dex, +3 armor, +1 size), 12 touch, 13 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +7/+4; Atk +10 melee (1d2+3 non-lethal, Small +2 whip), or +10 melee (1d3+3/19-20 x3, Small +2 keen punch dagger); Full atk +8/+3 melee (1d3+3/19-20 x3, Small +2 keen punch dagger), or +8 melee (1d2+3 non-lethal, Small +2 whip) and +3 melee (1d3+2/19-20 x3, Small +2 keen punch dagger); SQ darkvision 60ft; AL LE; SV Fort +10, Reflex +7, Will +4; Str 12, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 13, Cha 7.
Skills and Feats: Climb +7, Handle Animal +13, Hide +6, Jump +7, Listen +5, Move Silently +10, Ride +17, Sleight of Hand +4, Use Rope +4; Animal Affinity, Deft Hands, Endurance, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip), Mounted Combat, Track, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (punch dagger), Weapon Focus (whip).
Combat Style (Ex): Slith has selected two-weapon combat. He gains the Two-Weapon Fighting feat.
Favored Enemy (Ex): Slith gains a +2 bonus on his Bluff, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against vermin. He gets the same bonus on weapon damage rolls against vermin.
Skills: Slith gains a +4 racial bonus on Hide, Move Silently and Ride checks. This is reflected in the stat block above.
Wild Empathy (Ex): Slith can improve the attitude of an animal in the same way a Diplomacy check can improve the attitude of a sentient being. He rolls 1d20+1, or 1d20-3 if attempting to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2.
Languages: Common, Goblin, Gnoll
Possessions: bracers of armor +3, cloak of resistance +1, horseshoes of speed, peasant’s outfit, stump knife ( Small +2 keen punch dagger), Small +2 whip
Slith (often called “One-hand Slith” by the student body, due to the fact that his left hand is missing, replaced by a stump knife) is not like most goblins. His dedication to his job as stablemaster of CCC and his love of animals is quite atypical for his race. His extensive training in the arts of war has also drilled any hint of cowardice out of him. He is no less petty and cruel for his training, though, and he seems to take a sort of sadistic enjoyment both from scaring the students and watching them get hurt in the field due to their own ignorance.
Slith is often spoken about in hushed tones among the students. Stories abound about Slith sneaking into a barracks at night and slitting the throats of students he doesn’t like. One popular rumor that has circulated for years is that the bodies of several students that earned his ire are buried in the large manure pile behind the main stable building. Contrary to popular belief, Slith has never killed any of the students, as he values his position too much to risk being fired. He has, however, orchestrated the expulsion of more than one student that crossed him.
Slith is not an instructor. More often than not, when students are anywhere near him, it is because an instructor has brought his class for a lesson in mounted combat (or they are on punishment duty, being forced to brush the animals down or muck out stalls). Still, he does occasionally like to visit the field to watch classes, always hoping to witness an injury or two. Woe to any student that takes out his ire for being thrown on an animal, though. Slith is extremely protective of his animals and has a reputation on the campus for having nearly whipped to death a young girl that tried using a willow reed to punish a horse that had thrown her.