Wednesday 22 July 2015

Misha Volkov - Pathfinder Druid

Misha Volkov - Neutral Good Human Druid (Level 1) (with lawful/neutral leanings)
Abilities: Str 10, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 18, Cha 11
Skills: Diplomacy 1, Handle Animal 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (nature) 1, Perception 1, Spellcraft 1, Survival 1, Swim 1
Feats: Animal Affinity (bonus to Handle Animal and Ride), Nature Soul (bonus to Knowledge (nature) and Survival)
Traits: Erastil's Speaker (bonus to diplomacy; diplomacy a class skill)
Spells: Create Water (0), Discern Health (0), Divining Rod (0), Calm Animals (1), Commune with Birds (1)
Animal Companion: Barsuk, female badger
Languages: Common, Druidic, Gnomic, Sylvan
Gear: Basic survival gear, spell components, and a quarterstaff.

Appearance/Personality: Fair skin, white-blond hair and ice blue eyes common to the region. Maybe slightly shorter than average, but as broad-shouldered as most in the remote community. Misha is the youngest of three siblings, with brother Maksim the eldest and sister Marya in the middle. Often mistaken for shy, Misha's quietness comes more from an inner calm and strong sense of self that means he doesn't feel the need to compete for attention to know he's real. 

Background: Misha is the only vegetarian in the village, particularly odd in a family of hunters. It is not part of his druidic training but a personal decision he took when he was old enough to understand.

With Anya, Devin and Piotr, Misha is one of Svetlana's childhood friends; he's also Anya's brother-in-law. Whilst the youngest by a few years, his wisdom and intelligence have given him an emotional maturity that found him better suited to their company than to children his age. They were also the group whose games took them furthest into the forests, allowing him to indulge in his love of the wild.

It may be that Devin's fast talking got them out of most of the trouble his imagination had led them into, but sometimes it took Misha's calm to soothe things over. Adults often forgot he was part of the group until he spoke, and whenever he interceded forgot he was so young.

It surprised no one that the druids took an interest in him from an early age. In many ways, this was a blessing to the community: being so remote and with no dedicated cleric or healer locally, childhood mortality is high, but with regular visits from the druids, far more of this generation survived.

In the months before Svetlana left, the druids had found a place for him in their ranks. She regretted this meant he would not accompany her but could see he was on his own journey. He does miss his friends from time to time, but  is leading the life he was born for.

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