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Ruaidhri Hawkbane

by Marco Dalmonte

(The Silver Hunter)
Bane of Lycanthropes, Patron of Hunters
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 3 (Initiate), LE, Thought
Symbol: a giant hawk with human eyes pierced by a silver arrow in its chest
Portfolio: destroying all lycanthropes, protecting demi-humans, hunting, revenge
Worshipped in: Known World (Minrothad, Darokin), Sind, Undersea
Appearance: an elven hunter wearing a silvered chain mail and holding a silver longsword, with a longbow on his shoulders and silver-tipped arrows in his quiver
History: Ruaidhri was born in the IV century AC on the Traders' Isle in Minrothad in a family of wood elves. He witnessed all his parents and relatives massacred by the werehawks during the spreading of lycanthropy in Minrothad. Mad with rage and burning with vengeance, he led the faction of elves that eventually brought about the Silver Purge in AC 443. After wiping out Minrothad of its werebeasts, he left his home to complete his revenge, following all traces and rumours pointing to the existence of werehawks all around the world. He killed the last member of that race in AC 593. After all his travels and experiences he was convinced that despite all his efforts and long life, the world could have never been freed by the plague of lycanthropes by a mere mortal. For this reason he chose to walk the path towards immortality: to go on with his hunt eternally. He became immortal in the VIII century AC and his cult spread especially in Minrothad and Undersea.
Personality: Ruaidhri is obsessed by his crusade against what he perceives to be a cursed race preying on the living people and above all a constant threat to the life of all demi-humans (he was an elf). For this reason, the werecreatures but be eliminated without showing any regret or mercy. For his inhuman hatred of all lycanthropes he has become a fierce enemy of Mrikitat, Orcus and even Zirchev, who instead protect them. Ruaidhri is a loner who doesn't want stable alliances, and even his sponsor Malinois abandoned him when he realised the extent of his pupil's hatred. In order to pursue his vendetta, Ruaidhri will go to great lengths, even allying himself with Entropics if needs be.
Patron: unknown [likely: Saimpt Malinois]
Allies: none
Enemies: Mrikitat, Zirchev, Orcus
Classic D&D Stats:
Followers' alignment: any
Favoured weapons: long and short bow (allowed all classic hunter's weapons: dagger, long and short sword, quarterstaff, spear, sling, bolas, net, trident and javelin)
Clerics' skills & powers: bonus tracking skill
D&D 3E Stats:
Domains: Thought, Law, Evil, Hunt
Preferred weapon: long bow
Sources: PC4