Naali 'Honeymouth' Thamikeil-thavo
Last daughter of Noma 'Stormstrider' Thamikeil-thavo; Shade-marked child of the Icehorn
Naali ‘Honeymouth’ Thamikeil-thavo, level 5
Build: Earth Warden
Guardian Might: Earthstrength
Background: Eldeen Reaches, Geography – Mountains, Goliath – Skywatcher, Martial – Bearer of the Heirloom (+2 to Nature)
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 19, Con 18, Dex 11, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 8
AC: 21 Fort: 17 Reflex: 14 Will: 16
HP: 68 Surges: 13 Surge Value: 17
Nature +13, Dungeoneering +9, Perception +9, Athletics +10
Acrobatics -1, Arcana +2, Bluff +1, Diplomacy +1, Endurance +3, Heal +4, History +2, Insight +4, Intimidate +1, Religion +2, Stealth -1, Streetwise +1, Thievery -1
Level 1: Courage of the Lone Stag
Level 2: Toughness
Level 4: Headsman’s Chop
Warden at-will 1: Strength of Stone
Warden at-will 1: Thorn Strike
Warden encounter 1: Roots of Stone
Warden daily 1: Form of Mountain’s Thunder
Warden utility 2: Erupting Font
Warden encounter 3: Rough Strike
Warden daily 5: Boiling Cloud
Hide Armor, Adventurer’s Kit, Earthborn amulet, Aftershock Broadsword +1, Potion of Resistance, Poison (heroic tier), Battleforged Shield Heavy Shield (heroic tier), Gauntlets of the Titans (heroic tier)
Naali grew up in a large clan group in the Icehorn Mountains upland of the Eldeen reaches of Eberron in a family of high standing due to her mother Noma’s powerful shamanistic abilities. Naali was the third of three sisters, and although a good-natured child, her unusual masklike facial markings sowed unease among her clan, who viewed them as a sign of a blemish in her nature.
Noma’s rank in the tribe protected Naali as she grew, although her skills in weaponry and athletic ability did not go unnoticed by those with a tendency to envy. She was prone to making trouble, as much trouble naturally found her as the other children singled her out, but also because she consistently pushed the clans boundaries of propriety in attempts to prove herself exceptional and thus negate the suspicions engendered by her skin markings.
A striking figure with a gruff manner, Naali developed strong skills as a warrior, forager, and scout. Her self-sufficiency suited these roles well, and while she never gained complete acceptance from anyone but her beloved mother, she achieved suitable standing among the clan to imagine she might eventually settle with a mate and lead a normal life.
As a consequence of her mother Noma’s death when Naali was 18 years of age, her position in the tribe began to deteriorate, in no small part due to her intolerance of the clan’s longstanding suspicions. Eventually, Naali determined to set out to live among the downlanders of the Eldeen Reaches, who would make no judgments about her shade-marked skin, and among whom she might build a life where she could be of service, as her mother had been.
Tall even among Goliath women, Naali is just under 8 feet in height. Heavily muscled but not to the point of clumsiness, Naali is exceptionally athletic and strong. In a race which looks at skin markings as an indication of one’s life path, Naali’s unusual patterns engendered suspicion among her clan, and one of the more outrageous rumors was that she was sired on her shaman mother by a particularly violent storm. Being “shade-marked” – i.e., with the eyes enveloped in darkness – was seen as a sign of a spiritual taint. She bears a old scar along her eye markings on her left cheek from being punished by the chief’s son Kalikko when he threatened to peel off her “mask” after catching her secretly observing the warriors’ initiation rituals as an adolescent.
She inherited her mother’s piercing gaze and thick hair, which she keeps plaited tightly away from her face both to flaunt the superstitious fears of her clan, but also to keep her field of vision unhindered. Her face is symmetrical and pleasing, despite the ever-present scowl she wears and the deep, dark bands of pigmentation that surround her eyes and mouth.
Naali favors the habit of the Goliaths in wearing as little as possible in order to show their skin markings, not only due to their unsettling effect of her kinsmen, but also to show off her rather intimidating figure.
Naali was a sensitive child, but brash and mouthy in the way of her people. While Noma lived, Naali learned avidly about the cycles of nature and the spirits of the Icehorn Mountains. While not a scholar, she had a fierce work ethic, and pushed to excel at all of her studies, whether martial or spiritual. Her successes reinforced the resentments of some of her peers.
Naali’s tenuous position among her people, despite her mother’s status within the clan, forced her to develop a considerable defense against daily taunts and jibes. Her nickname ‘Honeymouth’ was awarded by the chief after Naali famously heaped verbal abuse on his youngest son Kalikko at a clan gathering to celebrate his betrothal to Naali’s sister Rumila.
Her rapidly developing prowess with primal and martial powers overrode her well-deserved reputation as a hothead, although she was never totally accepted by the clan.
Duragilis Laedon was studying as a Warden of the Eldeen Reaches when Naali arrived. A serious youth of 16, Naali soon nicknamed him “Drudge.” They soon became friends and upon hearing of Drudge’s interest in the expedition to Xen’drik, Naali began considering her participation as well.
Noma ‘Stormstrider’ Thamikeil-thavo, Naali’s deceased mother, a powerful shaman of her clan. Noma was an honored member of the clan leadership, reading the patterns of lightning in the intense storms over the Icehorn Mountains. While Naali’s shade-marked skin engendered suspicion among the superstitious among her clan and a resentful attitude from Naali, Noma’s gravitas provided a safe upbringing for her youngest daughter. Noma’s death instigated Naali’s gradual separation from her tribe. Naali wears an amulet of Noma’s that held special power and significance to her.
Kalikko ‘Stonecrusher’ Mellakka-vi, youngest son of the chieftan of Naali’s clan. Arrogant even for a Goliath, Kalikko wedded Naali’s sister Rumila. Kalikko’s not-so-secret infatuation with Naali was suppressed and tended to emerge as spiteful and destructive behaviors.
Rumila ‘Cloudstepper’ Thamikeil-thavo, eldest sister of Naali and first daughter of the shaman Noma Stormstrider. Rumila took over the clan’s shamanistic duties upon her mother’s death. Although her elemental skills were nearly as vast as her mother’s, Rumila had little patience for Naali and the baggage she carried in the tribe.
Goals and motivations:
- Naali seeks to disprove the superstitious claims that her shade-marked skin indicates a blemished nature by using her skills for the betterment of her comrades and her adopted society. She has chosen to worship Balinor and trained intensively as an Earth Warden to protect others and harness the powers she learned from her shaman mother.
- Naali longs for the secure friendships she could not build as a child among her people. Her progress is somewhat hindered by her bluster and proclivity for making blunt pronouncements, but there is a rough charm about her clumsy attempts to be intimidating. She has clung to the sarcastic nickname of “Honeymouth” as a matter of spite, but those closest to her sometimes see the kernel of truth behind it.
- Naali is a Goliath and has a strong motivation to excel at battle, and everything else. She projects a front of solid stone, and has exceptional stamina. Her shamanistic heritage brings her close to the powers of the Earth, and she is a skilled Warden—just ask her. She will declaim about her skills at almost anything , whether fighting, form-shifting, hunting, drinking, swimming, or less publicly acceptable activities.