The Barrowbrook Frontier
While they are technically able to be called from anywhere, there are a few vestiges that are known only to the most learned scholars of Parthenos. Some of these vestiges are rumored to have once been heroes and gods of the world; others have more uncertain origins. Regardless of their source, these vestiges are available to be bound by any binder of Parthenos.
Jahvert the Relentless
Vestige Level: 3rd
Binding DC: 20
Special Requirement: Yes
Long ago, there was a law-man by the name of Jahvert. Born of two tribes, he could find a welcome home with neither. His mother was a prostitute and his father was a sheriff, and he was born inside the jail cell that his father had put his mother in after arresting her for her trade.
From his father, Jahvert learned an unbending sense of obedience to the law. He grew up to be a skilled hunter of fugitives, and took pride in bringing each one to justice no matter the cost. Jahvert would travel from town to town across the frontier lands, seeking to teach criminals the importance of the law.
There was one man, however, who eluded Jahvert, who slipped from his grasp time and time again. Each time Jahvert would close in, this mysterious criminal would escape. Jahvert grew more and more desperate and took greater and greater risks to pursue this man. Finally, he got himself in over his head and fell into a trap laid by some hostile savages.
When all seemed lost, Jahvert was saved by his quarry. Even in the face of death, however, Jahvert would not relent, refusing to bargain for his life. To his surprise, however, his savior fought off the savages, and then begged only a short while to go and say goodbye to his daughter. Jahvert reluctantly acquiesced.
To his great surprise, the man actually returned and surrendered. Unable to reconcile his obedience to his duty with the debt owed to this man, Jahvert clapped the irons on himself and dove into a nearby river, drowning. Unfortunately, the conflict introduced by this act meant that his soul had no home to go to, and so he lives on as a vestige.
Jahvert will not appear to anyone who has broken a law in the preceding twenty-four hours; even if they broke it unknowingly, but were later made aware that they had broken a law, Jahvert will not appear.
Jahvert appears as a stern, heavy-jawed member of the binder’s race. He is always impeccably dressed in a police or town guard uniform, and carries a billy club. When he appears, he takes a moment to quickly assess the binder, and then speaks directly and to the point in a stern voice.
The binder’s jaw elongates slightly to an underbite, and two of his lower teeth grow into small tusks.
Jahvert is not given to granting mercy, and he has no patience for liars or equivocators. When he has control, he exhorts the binder to punish the guilty (as he perceives them). His speech is brusque and no-nonsense, and he will not tolerate unclear speech from others. He does not permit the binder to break any laws, rules, agreements, or contracts for as long as he has control.
When you bind Jahvert, you gain a number of abilities pertinent to tracking down fugitives.
- Follow the Trail: You gain benefit of the Track and Urban Tracking feats, but you are only able to use them to follow the trails of humanoids and domesticated animals.
- Skills of the Lawman: You gain a +4 bonus on Survival, Sense Motive, Gather Information, and Use Rope checks when used against humanoids.
- Improved Grapple: You gain use of the Improved Grapple feat.
- Lesson Learned: When using the Swim skill, you ignore armor check penalties.
- Subduing Strike: When striking a foe denied his DEX bonus to AC, including a foe you are grappling, you deal an additional 1d6 non-lethal damage, and another 1d6 non-lethal damage for every five effective binder levels you have.
Vaujon the Fugitive
Vestige Level: 4th
Binding DC: 25
Special Requirement: Yes
Vaujon was a pauper who one day stole a loaf of bread from a baker. The baker had him arrested, and Vaujon was sentenced to hard labor.
Prison life didn’t agree with Vaujon, however, and he escaped, again and again. Each time, he was swiftly caught, and each time, his sentence was extended. Finally, Vaujon succeeded in escaping by stealing a cart and driving it through the labor camp’s gate. Unfortunately, a small child was in the horses’ path, and was trampled to death.
Guilt-stricken, Vaujon pledged to turn his life around. He worked hard and established a profitable business, building a new identity for himself and tithing the bulk of his wealth to good churches.
Unfortunately, Vaujon had attracted the attention of a legendary bounty hunter. Vaujon had, by this time, adopted a daughter, and so he abandoned his life once again and moved on. Over and over he had to do this, and each time, the bounty hunter caught up to him.
Finally, Vaujon could run no longer. He found his adopted daughter a husband and went to seek out the bounty hunter to surrender. To his surprise, however, the bounty hunter had gotten himself caught in a trap. Vaujon freed the lawman from the trap and surrendered, asking only to see his daughter one last time. To his surprise, the lawman acquiesced.
Upon Vaujon’s return, the lawman told him that he was free, and leapt into a nearby lake, drowning. Vaujon couldn’t bear to tell his daughter the truth about his past and so retreated into hermitage, where he died alone, unable to come to terms with his feelings of guilt.
Vaujon requires that a loaf of stale bread be placed in the center of his sign.
Vaujon appears as a huge, filthy man with long, matted hair and an unkempt beard. His wrists and ankles are bound with chains that lead off to nowhere. When he emerges, he immediately consumes the bread in the center of his sign; he will not speak until he has finished eating.
Binders who have bound Vaujon grow physically larger and develop a hunch, and are surrounded by the faint sounds of clinking chains.
Vaujon feels great remorse over the fact that he ultimately escaped punishment for his crimes; therefore, he compels those to whom he is bound to confess their crimes to any authority figure they come across. Likewise, he cannot abide imprisonment, and compels his binder to use any and all means at their disposal to escape any involuntary confinement.
When you bind Vaujon, you gain the strength of a man used to a life of hard labor, and the guile of a former prisoner eluding the law.
- Powerful Build: You are treated as one size category larger whenever it would be beneficial to do so (load limits, grappling and bull rushing, weapon size, etc). You are treated as your normal size category when it would be beneficial to do so (AC and attack). Your reach is unaffected. This effect only applies when Vaujon’s sign is showing.
- Strength of the Convict: You gain a +4 bonus to your Strength score.
- Skills of the Fugitive: You gain a +4 bonus to Bluff and Forgery checks, and can use Forgery even if you have no ranks in the skill.
- Walk Through Walls: You gain the ability to slip into the ethereal plane for a brief period. This ability lasts until the end of your turn (meaning you can take only a single move action before returning to the material plane). You may use this ability a number of times per day equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum 1), and no more often than once every five rounds.