by Carteeg Struve & Joe Mashuga
Kutudel Un-Non (Koo’-too-del Oon-Nawn’) (4/24/312 AD – current) of Clan Lysagra is the current Mahkalif of Terragrym, recently installed by the Elder Council under the selection of the Shadowed Light. One of the younger Mahkalif’s to be appointed, Kutudel was believed by many to be an easy target of manipulation by members of the Council. He has proven them wrong. A former slave and an open follower of Greasnas, Kutudel has developed a hard backbone and is steadily carving out portions of the government, making them answerable to him as opposed to the adversarial members of the Elder Council.
Born into slavery, spot-checking for magical adeptness showed he had great magical talents, unlike the previous six generations of his bloodline who had none. For the first forty-years of his life, Kutudel worked as a kitchen-boy in the home of the former Regional Lord of Gogsmoke, Brobine Tras-Non of Clan Jendelasodra. He was treated in a typical fashion for one of his low rank if not better, and his mother and father instilled into him faith in the goddess Greasnas, even if their faith of late was relatively lacking. Upon coming to age to be spot-checked for magical aptitude, Kutudel prayed to his goddess for a miracle to deliver him from his current station. Either by luck or miracle, the wish came true. He was found to have extraordinarily latent talents in the arcane. His ties to his enslaved family were cut, and he was made a citizen of the state.
He spent the next decade studying the art of sorcery, however his own interests were more guided towards military training. With his prospects rising, former Regional Lord Brobine arranged for his marriage to his daughter Voneica, who Kutudel had entertained the favors of a few times while enslaved, not unlike several other slaves. The marriage lasted for nine-years until it was discovered that Voneica had become barren after overdosing on mixtures meant to prevent her from becoming pregnant. Kutudel also discovered Voneica had not stopped her visits to the servant quarters upon their marriage. His request for separation was granted, and the Clan of Jendelasodra was scandalized. To separate himself from backlash, he entered the military corps to help fend off the creatures living in Terragrym’s wilds.
Kutudel was never promoted into the officer ranks, but he did become a very able Vetcevi (a rank near equivalent to a sergeant). Use of sorcery became very easy for him, but his love was more sided in the physical combat, especially when magic began to fail in later years. After the Starfall he married a woman named Eranetz, a traveling singer/songwriter/dancer who often performed for the military. The careers of the two would often lead them in separate directions, but they recognized that their absence from each other made their short times together all the more passionate. A few days after their thirty-fourth wedding anniversary, Eranetz discovered she was with child. On that same day, the secretive group known as the Shadowed Light selected Kutudel to be the new Mahkalif, ruler of Terragrym.
His promotion to chief executive of the nation was a tremendous shock to Kutudel. Although he was skilled in sorcery and combat, he believed he had never done anything to stand out from the masses. But the selection of the Shadowed Light was final. His coronation was in early 421 AD, and since then he has had to fight the Elder Council for every decision made. Furthermore Kutudel came to learn that the Elder Council was in the habit of hiding information from the Mahkalif in order to limit his ability to judge decisions and act. Frustrated with the stubbornness of the upper government, Kutudel has begun hiring agents outside of the normal avenues in hopes of finding out secrets kept by the Council and the individual members. If reason would not work, he would resort to blackmail and extortion when he had to.
Regardless of current political annoyances, he has put finding the cure to the newly discovered prophotona plague as his top priority. Every morning and every night he continues to pray to his goddess for guidance and wisdom while looking forward to the birth of his first child.
Kutudel Un-Non of Clan Lysagra, Mahkalif
Male Igurna fighter 8/sorcerer 2
LE Large monstrous humanoid (ogre)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Listen +5, Spot +5
AC 26, touch 13, flat-footed 25 (+6 armor, +3 deflection, +1 Dexterity, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 98 (4d8+8d10+2d4+28)
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +12
Resist fire 10; SR 25
Spd 40 ft.
Melee +2 icy burst greatsword +21/+16/+11 (3d6+12/19-20 plus 1d6 cold)
Ranged +1 javelin +14 (1d8+7) or
heavy crossbow +13 (2d8/19-20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Typical Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 6th, +20 touch)
3rd (5/day)—water breathing
2nd (7/day)—blindness/deafness (DC 19), detect thoughts (DC 19)
1st (8/day)—charm person (DC 18), detect secret doors, disguise self, true strike
0 (6/day)—arcane mark, detect poison, light, mage hand, prestidigitation, resistance, touch of fatigue
Str 24, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 20, Wis 17, Cha 24
Base Atk +13; Grp +24
Feats Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Great Cleave, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Improved Sunder, Leadership, Power Attack
Skills Bluff +15, Climb +14, Concentration +15 (+19 casting defensively), Handle Animal +14, Intimidate +20, Jump +20, Knowledge (arcana) +11, Ride +7, Sense Motive +8, Spellcraft +18, Swim +20, Use Magic Device +12
Languages Common, Dwarven, Elven, Igurni, Magius, Minotaur, Ogre
SQ summon familiar (none currently)
Gear +2 icy burst greatsword, +1 javelin, amulet of natural armor +2, bracers of armor +6, minor ring of fire resistance, ring of protection +3, heavy crossbow with 40 bolts, spell component pouch