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Marina of Pretensa, Royal Wizard of Sumdall, Head Mistress of the Magic School of Izmer

by Robert Blezard

Re-duxed Izmer character for World of Kulan by Robert Blezard using modified stats from Jamis Buck's NPC Generator.

Race: Human
Class: 15th level wizard
Sex: Female
Age: 48
Alignment: Lawful good

Strength: 9 (-1)
Dexterity: 14 (+2)
Constitution: 9 (-1)
Intelligence: 20 (+5)
Wisdom: 15 (+2)
Charisma: 15 (+2)

Hit dice: 15d4-12
Hit points: 29
Initiative: +2 (Dex)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armour class: 22 (+2 Dex, +4 mage armour, +4 shield spell, +2 amulet), touch 22, flat-footed 20
Base attack/grapple: +7/+6
Attack: +8 melee (1d4+2, +2 dagger) or +8 ranged (1d4+2, +2 dagger)
Full attack: +8/+3 melee (1d4+2, +2 dagger) or +8 ranged (1d4+2, +2 dagger)
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +11

Special attacks: Spells
Special qualities: Bonus wizard feats, extra skill points and feat for being human, spells, summon familiar.

Languages spoken: Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven, and Terran.

Skill points: 24 (1st level wizard) + 84 (2nd to 7th level wizard) + 18 (for being human).
Skills: Concentration +11, Craft (alchemy) +15, Decipher Script +15, Diplomacy +7, Hide +6, Knowledge (arcana) +15, Listen +8, Move Silently +6, Profession (librarian) +14, Profession (teacher) +14, Ride +6, Spellcraft +17, Spot +8.

Feats: Alertness, Brew Potion, Combat Casting, Craft Wondrous Item, Eschew Materials, Forge Ring, Quicken Spell, Scribe Scroll (B), Spell Penetration, Silent Spell, Still Spell, Toughness.

Spells: As the Royal Wizard of Sumdall and the Headmistress of the Magic School of Izmer, Marina has access to almost any spell she needs. Most of her memorised spells are utilitarian, on a day-to-day basis, but when fighting to protect Izmer she has the spells below memorised.
Wizard spells prepared (cast 4/5/5/5/5/4/3/2/1): 0th - acid splash, detect poison, detect magic, message; 1st - endure elements, mage armour, magic missile, protection from evil, shield; 2nd - bear's endurance, flaming sphere, levitate, protection from arrows, whispering wind; 3rd - blink, fireball, Leomund's tiny hut, magic circle against evil, wind wall; 4th - dimensional anchor, ice storm, Silenced fly, Stilled lightning bolt, wall of fire; 5th - cone of cold, dismissal, feeblemind, Mordenkainen's faithful hound; 6th - antimagic field, chain lightning, true seeing; 7th - Quickened fireball, Silenced globe of invulnerability; 8th - sunburst.

Possessions: +2 dagger, amulet of natural armour (+2), bracelet of capture (see below), 50-foot silk rope, backpack, bedroll, belt pouch, flint and steel, sack, spellbook, spell component pouch, trail rations (one week), waterskin.

Bracelet of Capture: This magic bracelet allows Marina to cast a magical lasso to snare an opponent. She may attempt to do so twice a day. The opponent or object Marina attempts to snare must be within sight. You must roll higher than the Armour Class of the creature (treat objects as an Armour Class of 10) to capture it.

Once ensnared, the creature may not attack as long as it is ensnared. If the captured creature is at least 5 points stronger than Marina, it can move, dragging her behind it.

The magic lasso lasts 6 rounds, then fades at the end of that time. It also disappears if Marina is damaged and you roll less than 15 on the Concentration check.

Personality: Pragmatic, unfailing, and snippy.

Description: Human female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, long, dark hair (greying) and auburn eyes. Marina tends to wear formal clothes as befit her status as the new Royal Wizard of Sumdall. However, when she is working in the Royal Library, she tends to dress as she did when she was the personal assistant to the previous Royal Wizard, Vildan. At home, in her leisure time, in the company of her husband and visiting friends she often dresses in long, flowing garments and simple, yet elegant, jewels and accessories.

Alternate World of Kulan Background: The woman known as Marina was born the border city known as Pretensa and she still calls that city home even though she's become the new Royal Wizard. After the Dragon Conflict ended, there were few wizards left from either side and Queen Savina was unsure if she could even trust those that sided with her. As a result, in a very unpopular move, she named Marina of Pretensa as the new Royal Wizard of Sumdall with all the duties that the position entails.

No one was more shocked than Marina and the last 25 years have been difficult to say the least. Not only is she responsible for the Queen's magical safety, she must also be Savina's magical adviser when dealing with Izmer's Chamber, as well as on foreign and political matters. Marina has been the target of assassins more than once, from jealous rivals, but her considerable magical skill and/or her husband, Ridley Freeborn, has always saved her from harm.

The Queen seems willing to let Marina grow into her role gradually, and has not shown any indication that she plans to replace Marina anytime soon. Marina's detractors state that Queen Savina favours Marina because she favours Ridley and that if the young knight met with an untimely death that the Queen would sweep Marina away like yesterday's sweetmeats. The truth is that Savina has become to rely on Marina and Ridley to help protect her and Izmer from its enemies, both internal and external.