Note: This NPC was originally written as part of the Repository location, found here.
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Venus Hallek, Head Librarian
Female gnome expert 5: CR 4; Small humanoid (gnome); Hit Dice 5d6; 20 hp; Init +0; Spd 20 ft. (4 squares); AC 11 (+1 size), 11 touch, 11 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +3/-1; Atk +3 melee (1d2 non-lethal, unarmed); Full atk +3 melee (1d2 non-lethal, unarmed); SA spell-like abilities; SQ +1 racial bonus to attack rolls vs. kobolds and goblinoids, +1 racial bonus to DC of illusion spells, +2 racial bonus to saves vs. Illusions, +2 racial bonus to Craft (alchemy) and Listen checks, +4 dodge bonus to AC vs. giants, low-light vision, weapon familiary; AL NG; SV Fort +3, Reflex +1, Will +4; Str 9, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 15, Wis 10, Cha 10.
Skills and Feats: Appraise +11, Climb +3, Craft (alchemy) +4, Craft (bookbinding) +8, Decipher Script +11, Forgery +8, Gather Information +8, Hide +4, Listen +6, Profession (librarian) +4, Search +11, Speak Language(Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Halfling), Spot +8; Diligent, Investigator.
Spell-like abilities: 1/day-dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation, speak with animals (burrowing mammals only, duration 1 minute).CL 1st.The save DC is Charisma-based.
Possessions*: 39 sp, scholar’s outfit.
*Venus has little in the way of personal possessions. She is content simply to live in the Repository and be able to read and examine the books, maps and other materials, most of which were commissioned or purchased by her in the name of the library. The Repository is both her responsibility and her playground, and she considers it to be the only possession she will ever need.
Aside from Lelaras Kenivelson, Venus Hallek is perhaps the oldest fixture of the Repository. During the two year period when the building and its contents were undergoing restoration, Lelaras happened upon the little gnome toddler wandering around the building, naked, dirty and crying. After making a good, but ultimately futile, attempt to locate her parents, Lelaras raised her as though she were his own child. She literally grew up inside of the Repository, and there are many things about it she knows that not even Lelaras is aware of.
Many people think that Venus is too serious, and indeed, she takes her job as head librarian very seriously. However, she is as happy-go-lucky as any gnome when she’s not working. Growing up, she explored every nook and cranny of the Repository and made a habit of reading every book that caught her eye. If she didn’t know the language a book was written in, she had Lelaras teach it to her. Even today, her hunger for learning manifests itself obviously, as she is almost never to be seen without her nose in a book.
Venus Hallek might be one of the most qualified individuals in the Repository to teach, but she never does. Her current excuse is that she’s too old to put up with having to teach, but much like the other explanations she has used over the years, this is just an excuse to keep her time free. She would much rather be reading a new book than teaching from one she has already read.