Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms
Perilous Gateways
The Shadow Path
9/25 The Unspoken Hall
9/18 Iltkazar
9/11 Oryndoll
9/04 The Labyrinth
Supplemental Information
9/25 The Speaker, unwilling heir to an ancient prophecy
9/25 Gamadurth, an unholy weapon of malicious intelligence
9/18 Durhgathu Maendrar, would-be leader of a new religious revival
9/11 The Life Eater, a prestige class for demon-worshiping assassins
9/11 Wiirlan, an illithid life eater
9/04 Baphitaurs, demon-kin residents of the Labyrinth
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Perilous Gateways
The Shadow Path: A Portal Network

By James Wyatt

Durhgathu Maendrar

Durhgathu Maendrar: Female shield dwarf Rog7; CR 7; Medium-size humanoid; HD 7d6+21; hp 45; Init +3; Spd 20 ft.; AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 18; Atk +7 melee (1d6+2/x4, +1 heavy pick); SA sneak attack +4d6; SQ dwarf traits, evasion, traps, uncanny dodge (Dex bonus to AC, can't be flanked); AL CE; SV Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +1; Str 13, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 12, Wis 8, Cha 8.

Skills and Feats: Appraise +11, Bluff +9, Climb +11, Craft (locksmithing) +11, Craft (metalworking) +3, Craft (stoneworking) +3, Decipher Script +11, Diplomacy +1, Hide +13, Intimidate +1, Move Silently +13, Search +11, Use Magic Device +9, Dodge, Martial Weapon Proficiency (heavy pick), Mobility.

Dwarf Traits: Durhgathu has a +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against orcs and goblinoids, a +2 racial bonus on saves against spells and spell-like abilities, a +2 racial bonus on Fortitude saves against all poisons, and a +4 dodge bonus against giants. She also has darkvision (60-foot range) and stonecunning (+2 racial bonus on checks to notice unusual stonework; can make a check for unusual stonework as though actively searching when within 10 ft. and can use the Search skill to find stonework traps as a rogue can; intuit depth). Durhgathu also has a +2 racial bonus on Appraise checks and Craft or Profession checks related to stone or metal (these bonuses are already figured into the statistics above).

Evasion (Ex): If exposed to any effect that normally allows a character to attempt a Reflex saving throw for half damage, Durhgatha takes no damage with a successful saving throw.

Possessions: +2 studded leather, +1 heavy pick, scroll of flame strike.

Durhgathu Maendrar believes that she was called by Baphomet to revive his worship among the dwarves of Iltkazar. She has no illusions that the demon lord has any greater plans in place for her, and she has no aspirations to conquer the world and lay it at her demonic patron's feet. She expects, in fact, to die a martyr to her cause, and lulls herself to sleep at night imagining how future generations of Baphomet cultists will whisper her name with reverence during their dark rites.

Durhgathu is a spry and nimble dwarf, stocky in frame and very plain of face. Her dirty blond hair falls in an unkempt braid over one shoulder, and a downy beard adorns her chin. She scowls constantly as she bustles about Iltkazar or along the Shadow Path on what she believes are missions for Baphomet. She has not yet succeeded in winning any converts to the worship of the bull-headed demon god, and she has had to kill too many targets of her evangelization to keep them from alerting the authorities to her activities. But she has nothing but confidence that her patron will open a way for her and help her accomplish the task he himself set before her.

Durhgathu has contacts all along the Shadow Path and is the one common link among the life eaters in Oryndoll, the baphitaurs in the Labyrinth, and the Speaker, who resides in the Unspoken Hall. These various devotees of Baphomet aren't quite sure what to make of her: She does not seem to be a natural leader, but it is clear that she has the motivation and drive to accomplish much. Some, particularly among the life eaters, are beginning to wonder if her true purpose has more to do with reviving the use of the Shadow Path than any mission in Iltkazar.

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