Varden is more chaotic good
than true neutral. He is the consummate hero; loyal, determined, devout, defender of the
Varden is lucky to be alive after 14 real world
years. As my first serious character, I made some rookie mistakes with him. He's been
trampled, electrocuted and feebleminded. But he's so popular that the DM always gives him
one more chance.
His original DM didn't want demi-humans, so I
needed to persuade him with a compelling back-story. I got to play him anyway.
Varden was born in the world of Kylorus to Elenora
Kenzei, a human fighter, and Erin Tiberius, King of the enigmatic Sylvan Elves. They met
when Elenora saved him from an assassin's poisoned arrow during Tiberius' historic visit
to the Human Lands. It was true love, but they had to part ways under the crushing weight
of court politics.
Varden was born into a society not accepting of a
bastard half-breed. Elenora took refuge with the enlightened Druids, in whose forest they
When Elenora died, Varden journeyed across the
continent to tell Tiberius personally. His father bestowed the title of 'Erin' on him,
Varden having earned it by completing the perilous adventure.
Varden has defeated a demon and an ancient blue
dragon, which both terrorized his people. He forged alliances with the Centaurs and the
Barbarian Horde, both of which he called on win the Bugbear Wars.
Presumed lost at sea, he is a legend in his
homeworld. He was actually transported to Forgotten Realms. He has met Elminster, and he
prevented the resurrection of Bane in "Halls of the High King.".
Vardens khopesh, +3 is 3900 years old. It is named
Ramtetkhan, meaning wrath of pharaoh. His bracers of defense, AC 2 are also of an ancient,
powerful design. They work in conjunciton with his
blue dragon scale armor, +1. Varden likes to make use of his shapechange ability. He
most often takes the forms of bat, otter or wolverine.
Currently, he is searching for the Tome of
Leadership and Influence. He must also do penance to Chauntea for losing the Torc of the
Goddess in a battle with Xvim, the Son of Bane.
Varden has an animal companion, originally a "woodland familiar," a wildcat
named Eric, after a Monty Python skit, not the player.
(Note about the characters name: Varden: gallic name meaning "of the green
hill," in remembrance of his parents' favorite meeting place.
Kenzei: "Bob and Doug McKenzie," my favorite comedy act at the time (1985)).