Travelers of the Cross World Inn
Scoláire de Báirseach
Human Ranger Dragon Scholar
Human Ranger 8
Armor Class 19
Hit Points 52/52
Speed 30 ft.
Background: Sage – Dragon Scholar
Abilities Str 18, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 8
Saving Throws Strength +7, Dexterity +5, Wisdom +6
Skills Animal Handling +6, Arcana +4, History +4, Investigation +4, Perception +6, Stealth +5
Senses passive Perception 16
Equipment: Breastplate, Longsword, Longbow, Shield, Backpack, Bedroll, Mess kit, Tinderbox, 10 Torch, Rations (1 day), Waterskin, Hempen rope (25’), Book Of Dragon Lore, Calligrapher’s supplies, 9 Parchment (one sheet), Vial of dragon blood, Letter from a colleague, Drake Egg, Half-dragon talon, Piece of dragon egg, Dragon Embryo Femur Bone, 160 Gold (gp), Black Dragon Embryo Heart, Cross World Inn Key, Harpers Identification Coin, 4 Kobold & Dragon Lore Book, Smoked Ham, 21 Arrows, Dragongleam (Spear)
Ranger Features: Combat Superiority (Feinting Attack, Maneuvering Attack, Parry), Poultices, Extra Attack, Primeval Awareness, Ranger’s Companion (Un Bach), Favored Enemies (Kobold, Goblin, Dragons), Exceptional Training, Natural Explorer (Mountain & Forest), Fighting Style (Defense), Land Stride, Ability Score Increase, Armor & Weapon Prof
Languages: Common, Elvish, Draconic, Dwarvish, Gnomish, Goblin
Tiny dragon, neutral good
AC 16 (natural armor)
Speed 15’, fly 60’
Str 6, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 10
Perception +6, Stealth +7
Senses: Blindsight 10’, darkvision 60’, passive Perception 16
Languages understands common and draconic but can’t speak
Keen Senses: Has advantage on wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight, hearing, smell
Magic Resistance: Has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects
Limited Telepathy: Can magically communicate simple ideas, emotions, and images telepathically with any creature within 100’ of it that can understand a language
Bite: +7 to hit, reach 5ft, one target. Hit: 1d4 + 5 piercing damage
Sting: +7 to hit, reach 5ft, one target. Hit: 1d4 + 5 piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 11 Con ST or become poisoned for 1 hour. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the target falls unconscious for the same duration, or until it takes damage or another creature uses an action to shake it awake.
Scoláire de Báirseach was born in the town of Silverymoon to Ceirde de Báirseach and Fada Gruaige. Both his parents where artisans crafting some of the most intricate and beautiful pieces of silver jewelry to come out of Silverymoon. While their focus was on silver, they would work with a number of different materials depending on the job. Throughout his childhood his parents made a point to teach Scoláire about the beauty of the world. Both, that created by different peoples, and that created within the natural world. They fostered a sense of respect and love for the world, helping him to see that beauty was a path to truth. Yet, his own predisposition to wonder about the nature of things lead him to take a more scholarly approach than his parents. He took to reading quickly and began asking for books at an early age. He gravitated towards the scholars who often visited the Vault of the Sages. Scoláire’s parents supported him in whatever endeavors he pursued and found ways to get more books into his hands and helped to foster connections with various scholars to help further his studies.
One scholar, in particular, took young Scoláire under his wing and taught him the importance of understanding all things as fundamentally good. Eolais Fírinne taught Scoláire that all things in the world had a place. Some of those things where for building and organization and others where for destruction and chaos, but that both sides where needed. He introduced Scoláire to the ideas of territorialization and deterritorialization. Ideas which have influenced and underpinned all of the subsequent work Scoláire has undertaken.
Eolais would spend hours discussing his ideas with Scoláire and challenging Scoláire to question the philosophical underpinning which was currently dominate with the scholars at the Vault of the Sages. Eolais believed that a strict definition of good and bad limited morality. Instead he saw this under the lens of desire. Some forces strove for the desire of territorialization, which could be understood as stratification and containment. Other forces strove for the desire of deterritorialization which could be understood as movement and opening. For Eolais, neither was preferably, instead the two where needed components of all things. Because, for Eolais, territorialization and deterritorialization were the underpinning desires and forces behind everything.
Scoláire soaked up everything Eolais provided and quickly started to view the world in a similar manner as Eolais. Yet, unlike Eolais he felt that a life of books wasn’t truly embracing the dual aspects of his own philosophy and therefore Scoláire felt that he needed to find a way to balance both aspects in his own life. He had to live the de/reterritorialization in actually not just talk about it and write about it.
Therefore, when Scoláire started down his own academic career as an adult he took on subjects which were generally considered too low or without value to be meaningful to other scholars. And he decided that the only way to truly studying them was to throw himself into them fully. Doing his own field research, Scoláire wrote his first book, On the Ecology of Goblins and Kobolds: An Examination of Deterritorialized Desire, on goblins and kobolds (focusing more on kobolds), arguing that at some fundamental level the impulsive desires of such humanoids is missing in many more civilized groups, which strive for order and to protect things. The desire to “trouble” territorialized spaces (both literal and abstract) is a key component to progress. The “movement” of the goblins and kobolds, in fact, is a movement which is at odds with the vertical societies, but not unneeded by those societies.
Many scholars found the work to either be revolutionary or, as one scholar put it, “A nonsensical, yet poetic, exploration into the mind of a kobold, which should prove useful for those looking to exterminate the vermin.”
In doing his own field research, Scoláire found that he had a natural understanding and knack for exploring the natural world. And it was during his time out in the wilds studying goblins and kobolds that he picked up his skills as an outdoorsmen. Through trial and error and the very need to survive Scoláire picked up the skills needed to survive in the wilderness. It was also during this time that he started to become fascinated with dragons.
In dragons he initially found that some dragons leaned more towards the deterritorialization side and other to the territorialization. He wondered if, like humans, they were more complicated than that. He wondered if both desires ran through all dragons. He started his research by reading as much as he could get his hands on. He was overwhelmed with the amount of information he found and quickly started to realize that he needed to get a more personal look at dragons. His next step was to interview anyone he could find who had had interactions with dragons. Again, he quickly realized that this was still giving him a view of dragons which was colored by past interruptions of their actions. Finally, he decided he needed to get out there and interact and investigate them a little more closely.
It was on one of his first trips about that he found Un Bach, his pet pseudodragon. Un Bach had been injured and Scoláire took the time to help Un Bach heal. Un Bach took to Scoláire very quickly and Scoláire found that Un Bach was more than just a subject to study but that he was one of Scoláire’s only friends. Since that time the two have been inseparable, working together to understand the real nature of dragons.
More recently, Scoláire has given some talks on dragons and written some small treatises but he still hasn’t finished his grand work. He has quickly become known as one of the living experts on dragons and it often sought out by various organizations and peoples as a resource for information about dragons. Scoláire is weary to share a lot of information with people whom he has just met or has not been properly introduced to. He fears that his knowledge will be used to destroy or control dragons and not as a way into truth of the world, as he himself sees it.