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April 1, 2009, 8:42 pm

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Kaide Valefos


"Me?  Oh, I’m no one of importance.  Say, where are you folk heading?  Really?  Might I tag along for safety’s sake?  I have business there…"


Kaide is a dark-haired young man in his mid-twenties.  He has what would be considered a sickly look if he did not spend most of his time studying.  His clothes and his manners indicate upper class origins.


Kaide comes from an aristocratic family.  He spends most of his time travelling on his father’s money, partly because of a desire to see the world and partly because that makes it easier to avoid fights with the rest of his family.

He is something of a disappointment to his parents.  His father believes that the greatest honor a man can have is serving his king in combat, and that view is shared by Kaide’s two brothers.  However, Kaide’s scholarly temperment and personal distaste for violence (as well as a fair degree of clumsiness) mean that he has little to no interest in martial affairs.  Kaide has a natural flair for magic, which tempered his father’s shame at a son who refused to fight somewhat.  It’s still best for all concerned if Kaide spends as little time at home as possible.

Given his connections and his personality, Kaide functions much like an unofficial diplomat.  He enjoys visiting other countries, and he’s usually welcome there.  Because he never learned to properly handle a weapon, he will often try to join competent groups of fighters/adventurers/mercenaries heading to his next destination.  He strongly believes in the concept of safety in numbers and is willing to use his magical abilities to support the party. 

Of course, as is often the case, Kaide is not exactly what he appears to be.  He never lies to his escorts, exactly, but he doesn’t every say anything about the unspecified business he casually mentions.  Despite his pacifist nature and his disapproval of violence in all its forms, he is not a child nor is he a fool.  He knows that political threats can be just as dangerous as military ones, and he has his own ways of serving his king.  Simply put, Kaide is an assassin.

Because he appears to be only a slightly timid man with nothing to do except spend his father’s money, he is not seen in the same light as official dignitaries.  People seldom watch what is said around him or think he could be anything more than a scholar with a touch of wanderlust.  So he hears things, such as idle comments about this treaty or that economic practice that would weaken his country.

And when he hears these things, he usually takes steps to address the problem.  He’s learned several spells that can kill from a distance, and has devoted most of his magical education to learning ways to hide traces of such spells.  So when an ambassador or a diplomat or a trade baron suddenly has a fatal heart attack or dies in a tragic accident, no one is the wiser.

Roleplaying Notes

Kaide is a very pleasant young man, who tends to be amused far more often than he gets angry.  If he finds a party to escort him to the next place on the line, he will help them as much as he can, but will stay out of fights.  He relies on his magical skills to protect himself, but if forced into combat, he will prove to be an ineffectual fighter at best.

He usually downplays himself, saying he’s no one of importance.  If asked what he’s doing when he gets where he’s going, he’ll make a vague comment about having business, but won’t say more. If he’s pressed for an answer, and not saying anything will arouse suspicion, he’ll make an offhand comment about being interested in history or architecture or local legends, whatever his destinations are noted for. It helps that he is genuinely interested in these sorts of things, because of his scholarly outlook.

He has not been connected with the deaths he leaves behind, for the simple reason that most people think him rather useless.  However, if he is caught it could lead to interesting complications, particularly if his warlike father gets wind of it. 

It could also lead to complications if he doesn’t research his target well enough and kills someone after misunderstanding their intentions.

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February 29, 2008, 22:43
Not easy to come up with interesting assasin personality twists. This one succeeds me'thinks. I like how this flows too. A very subtle and usable fellow!
March 1, 2008, 14:36
Nothing like a soft-talker with a deadly touch, and the 'lazy son' mask is a good one. But there is another way for him to get into trouble: someone he targets will be warded against magic.

(So, what exactly do you need help with? He makes a fine minor NPC.)
April 30, 2008, 1:10
A very nice temporary addition to any traveling party and has enough plot hooks to make for an interesting, unexpectedly key npc. (If he gets caught and is known to be a a most recent traveling companion of the group they could all be implicated in the crime)

Like manfred said, where exactly do you need help with this one?
Dragon Lord
May 21, 2008, 11:28
I too don't quite see what kind of help need with this - looks pretty good to me

An nicely descibed minor NPC, with plenty of potential complications ... er, plot hooks ... for the PCs to get caught up in

The only advice I can offer is this -- take this out of the In Work section so we can all start voting on it
November 19, 2008, 9:22
Take it out of the In Work section, it doesn't belong here.

It's a great sub, adn crying out to be voted on!
November 19, 2008, 17:48
Is this still here? So, let's see...

...the lack of any story won't do forever, if he says he has business somewhere, inquiring people will want to know (PCs in particular). So pick some random boring interest - like history - he could claim to be interested into, even if he spends most of the time in inns and on the road.

Now that he has a much larger importance than the wasteful son, is he connected in any way to the 'official' secret service of a king? Of course can it be left open, but especially if he works on his own, can he provoke even more action. If the key people of the enemy are dying without your help, you should find out what's going on... especially if some of them are useful.

I like that he can provoke an entire spy campaign into existence.
December 26, 2008, 2:45
Seriously Ria, kick Kaide out of the door so we can vote on him already! :D
Ria Hawk
April 1, 2009, 20:10
Updated: Shoving this puppy live, added a tiny bit about his cover story.
Voted Pieh
April 1, 2009, 20:31
Very nice. He could have many plots tied to him. If he was to botch a job after traveling with the PCs I could see the authorities looking at them.
Voted Dozus
April 1, 2009, 22:38
I think this is one of the best assassin subs I've ever read. Instead of your generic silent killer with no heart, you've got a generally likable fellow who'll help you out, when he's not busy killing folk. The idea of a magic-user assassin is nice too. Very well done!
Voted axlerowes
April 2, 2009, 1:05
I like it, and I would use it. But before I used him I would have to answer some questions about kaide, a least for myself as a GM.

First are there things he will not do? I would imagine betray, his family, country men or those who trust him.

How does he see his victims? My first thought is he dehumanizes them. He kills from a distance and seems to kill people who have not put direct trust into him. He kills strangers who have no reason to trust him. But that is a slippery slope. Society is built on a trust of all those around us, so does Kaide only kill those from outside his country?

What are his ambitions?

How would Kaide respond to his counter part?

What are his other interests beside books, politics and murder?
Voted Cheka Man
April 2, 2009, 10:20
Much better then the traditional assassin.
Voted valadaar
July 10, 2014, 14:45
He's not bad, but the 'no-one of importance' would get him killed by any group that actually cared about security or were paranoid.

I'd have him have a good cover story and an elevator pitch ready to go - people will ask and he should be ready.


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