Pahgan, Young Mama in Training

by Carteeg Struve & Joe Mashuga

Pahgan (Pah’-gahn) (12/14/404 AD – current) is a Voda kunda who has been traveling on Terratrek with several others from her tribe. In addition, Pahgan has been studying in hopes of becoming one of the tribes’ shamans, thus earning the Voda honorific Mama. Although she has been traveling for a few years now, she has still not chosen a last name for herself. Even though most of her friends dress in the colorful assortments of clothing and jewelry usually donned by the Voda, Pahgan usually stays in the common variant style of black garbs with silver jewelry. Even for the kunda, she is short and slightly stocky for her kind.

Only sixteen years of age, Pahgan has proven herself an excellent student in the ways of Voda shamanism under Papa Drecanle Farlife. When her desire to Terratrek struck the very early age of fourteen, many of her older friends coming upon the Age of Travel joined her, shrugging off any desires to go their separate ways. Since then they have been traveling Adlatum exploring the various cultures, learning about various funeral practices, ways the dead are cared for, and how the different peoples view the afterlife. In addition to these, Pahgan has also performed séances and recently acted as a medium for the departed to communicate with the living.

Although Pahgan has an extremely bubbly personality, her joyful eagerness in talking about the dead and some of the more bizarre rituals she’s come across has resulted in many non-Voda trying to keep distance from her. Often she claims to have seen things that go against common thought and theory, even among the Voda, when it comes to death and the undead. Her friends Kiera and Shaabo sometimes believe her tales, but since she has failed to prove many of the odd things she had witnessed (for instance, seeing part of the soul of the former High Chief of Teusten being digested by his friends and family) often her traveling companions dismiss her wondrous claims as flights of fancy. When not believed, she has a strong tendency to pout.

Regardless of her sometimes unsettling nature, Pahgan and her companions are very eager to help anyone she comes across, whether they wish to be in the presence of a death-kunda or not, whether they are dead or not, and whether they wished to be helped or not. Although extremely fascinated by the dead, she very much wants to help the living as well when things go bad because “most dead people used to be alive at one point.”


Gaming Stats

3.5 Edition


Pahgan, Mama in Training

CR 5

Female Voda kunda cleric of Danbhala [Zivilyn] 5
NG Small humanoid (kunda)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Listen +3, Spot +3


AC 16, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+2 armor, +2 Dexterity, +1 natural, +1 size)
hp 26 (5d8)
Fort +4, Ref +3, Will +7
Defensive uncanny dodge
Weakness shadow of death


Spd 20 ft.
Melee +1 quarterstaff +4 (1d4)
Ranged sling +6 (1d4-1)
Special Attacks turn undead 4/day (+3, 2d6+7, 6th)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th)
1/day – speak with dead (willing spirits only; duration 1 minute)
at will – detect undead
Spells Prepared (CL 5th, +6 ranged touch)
3rd—locate object(D), remove curse, searing light
2nd—augury(D), consecrate, lesser restoration, status
1st—bless water, comprehend languages, hide from undead, sanctuary (DC 14), true strike(D)
0—create water, detect magic, detect poison, mending, purify food and drink
(D) domain spell; Domains Insight, Repose


Str 8, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 15, Wis 17, Cha 13
Base Atk +3; Grp –2
Feats Improved Turning, Investigator
Skills Concentration +8, Diplomacy +8, Hide +6, Knowledge (history) +6, Knowledge (religion) +7, Knowledge (the planes) +6, Open Lock +4, Sense Motive +7, Sleight of Hand +4, Spellcraft +6
Languages Common, Dwarven, Etlarnish, Kundaspeak
SQ shadow of death
Combat Gear elixir of hiding; Other Gear +1/mwk quarterstaff, amulet of natural armor +1, mwk leather armor, sling with 20 bullets

About Trampas "Dragonhelm" Whiteman

Trampas “Dragonhelm” Whiteman is best known for co-creating and administering the Dragonlance Nexus fan site. He is co-author of three Dragonlance books – Holy Orders of the Stars, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and Races of Ansalon. When not evangelizing Dragonlance and other settings, Trampas is a husband, father, podcaster, and web designer. Trampas also enjoys reading comics, reading fantasy and scifi novels, and playing D&D.
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