Note: This NPC was originally written as part of the Roadside Ambush encounter, found here.
Male half-orc cleric 8/barbarian 4: CR 12; Medium humanoid (human, orc); Hit Dice 8d8+4d12+36; 103 hp; Init +1; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 21 (+1 Dex, +6 armor, +3 shield, +1 deflection), 12 touch, 17 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +10/+13; Atk +15 melee (1d8+3/19-20x3, +1 keen spear) or +12 ranged (1d8+3/19-20x3, +1 keen spear); Full atk +15 melee (1d8+3/19-20x3, +1 keen spear) and +10 melee (1d8+3/19-20x3, +1 keen spear) or +12 ranged (1d8+3/19-20x3, +1 keen spear); SA rage (2/day), rebuke undead, spells; SQ darkvision 60ft, fast movement, uncanny dodge, orc heritage, trap sense +1; AL CE; SV Fort +14, Reflex +5, Will +10; Str 17, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 8, Wis 15, Cha 6.
Skills and Feats (armor check –4): Climb +4 (1 barbarian, +3 Str), Concentration +7 (4 cleric, +3 Con), Hide +6 (+1 Dex, +5 item), Intimidate +5 (7 barbarian, -2 Cha), Jump +4 (1 barbarian, +3 Str), Knowledge (religion) +3 (4 cleric, -1 Int), Listen +7 (5 barbarian, +2 Wis), Move Silently +6 (+1 Dex, +5 item), Spot +7 (+2 Wis, +5 item), Survival +9 (7 barbarian, +2 Wis); Greater Overrun, Improved Overrun, Power Attack, Scorpion’s Strike, Superior Overrun, Weapon Focus (spear). Strength Domain: Once per day as a supernatural ability, Houge Krahl can perform a feat of amazing strength. He gains an enhancement bonus to Strength equal to his cleric level (8), which lasts for a single round. Activating this power is a free action.
War Domain: Houge Krahl gains the Weapon Focus (spear) feat.
Typical Cleric Spells Prepared (6/6/5/4/3; Save DC 12+spell level): 0th—cure minor wounds, guidance (x2), resistance, virtue (x2); 1st—bane, cause fear, command, deathwatch, doom, enlarge person*; 2nd—bull’s strength*, cure moderate wounds, darkness, death knell, hold person; 3rd—bestow curse, cure serious wounds, magic vestment*; 4th—divine power*, poison, spell immunity.
Languages: Common, Orc
Possessions: Amulet of health +2, +1 breastplate of shadow, boots of elvenkind, cloak of resistance +1, eyes of the eagle, +1 heavy wooden shield, holy symbol (wooden), +1 keen spear, potion of cure moderate wounds, ring of protection +1, scroll of cure serious wounds, traveler’s outfit.
Weight: 240 lbs
Eyes: Small and angry, with pupils that look solid black.
Hair: Black. Short and messy, with the appearance of having been cut with a dull knife.
Skin: Light gray, the color of limestone. Ruddy and scarred.
Houge Krahl lives to fight. Every aspect of his daily life is geared towards fighting. He dominates those around him, cowing them into admitting that his is stronger than they are. Those he can’t intimidate thusly, he goads into challenging him, where he makes an example of them for others to see.
Houge Krahl has become the warchief of a band of vicious orc warriors through little more than his own strength and brutality, which is legendary, even among orcs. Despite the stigma of being a half-orc among orcs, his ruthlessness and fearlessness in combat put him in a position to challenge the last warchief. Once he prevailed, there was no shortage of those wishing to challenge him, seeing a half-orc as an easy target. Thus far, Houge Krahl has brutally slaughtered more than a dozen such challengers. Many assassination attempts have also been made but between the strength of Houge and the diligence of his good friend Jarell, each has been thwarted.
Unlike some other orcish chieftains, Houge Krahl does not like to showboat his fights, dragging them out for the entertainment of whoever might be watching. Instead, he is brutally efficient, seeking to end the fight as quickly as possible. Usually, he will open a fight by overrunning his opponent(s), stabbing them with his spear as he barrels over them. If he’s facing a single opponent, he will position himself within reach so he may attempt to stab them as they stand up. Against an opponent larger than himself or against multiple opponents, he will often use his rage ability to increase his Strength and make it more likely he will prevail with an overrun attack.
Houge Krahl prepares spells that either aid him or hinder his opponents, and does not concern himself with buffing his allies. If he knows a fight is coming, he will prepare himself using bull’s strength and enlarge person. If he’s facing more than one opponent, he will also use bane. Houge Krahl has triumphed against more than one strong opponent by using hold person to paralyze them and then making a coup de gras attack with the bonus damage from his strength domain ability.