Baltazo

Mysterious Leader of the Illuminated

Description:
CR 10
hp 26 (10 HD)
Male changeling wizard 10
LE Medium humanoid (shapechanger)
Init +1; Senses Listen +2, Spot +2
Languages Common, Auran, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant
AC 16; touch 16; flat-footed 15
Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +7 (+2 vs sleep & charm effects)
Speed 30 ft. (6 squares)
Melee mwk dagger +7 (1d4+1)
Base Atk +5; Grp +6
Wizard Spells Prepared (CL 10th):
5th – passwall, sending, teleport
4th – charm monster (DC 20), confusion (DC 20), greater invisibility, phantasmal killer (DC 19)
3rd – displacement, hold person (DC 19), lightning bolt (DC 18), suggestion (DC 19)
2nd – arcane lock, detect thoughts (DC 17), mirror image, scorching ray, see invisibility
1st – alarm, charm person (DC 17), expeditious retreat, magic missile x2, shield
0 – detect magic, detect poison, light, read magic
Abilities Str 13, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 20, Wis 14, Cha 15
SQ minor change shape
Feats Cosmopolitan (Bluff), Cosmopolitan (Disguise), Persuasive, Spell Focus (enchantment)
Skills Bluff +17, Concentration +14, Diplomacy +6, Disguise +15, Knowledge (arcana) +18, Knowledge (the planes) +18, Sense Motive +4, Spellcraft +18
Possessions none; formerly mwk dagger, amulet of proof against detection & location, bracers of armor +3, headband of intellect +2, ring of protection +2, ring of sustenance

Minor Change Shape (Su) Baltazo has the supernatural ability to alter his appearance as though using a disguise self (PH 222) spell that affects his body but not his possessions. This ability is not an illusory effect, but a minor physical alteration of his facial features, skin color and texture, and size, within the limits described for the spell. Baltazo can use this ability at will, and the alteration lasts until he changes shape again. Baltazo reverts to his natural form when killed. A true seeing spell reveals his natural form. When using this ability to create a disguise, Baltazo receives a +10 circumstance bonus on Disguise checks. Using this ability is a full-round action.

The changeling comes from the Eberron Campaign Setting.

Bio:

APPEARANCE
In his natural form, Baltazo had pale gray skin, blank white eyes, and only the suggestion of a nose and lips. However, he was usually encountered impersonating someone else, and he often wore a silver skull mask when he was “himself.” He favored simple black robes with a cloak, clasped with the symbol of his sect.

BACKGROUND
In the beginning, Baltazo existed only as a name. Sheen first heard Baltazo’s name in a message left for him by Gyderic, who asked him to seek a weapon that Morard had made. Our heroes learned that the cause uniting Gyderic and Baltazo was called the Illuminated, a sect infiltrating the factions to gain control of them. Baltazo had become the sect’s leader, displacing their founder, Green Marvent. Baltazo hails from a backwater Prime called Eberron, but nothing is known of his time before joining his sect.

Our heroes found his hidden lair in Plague-Mort, where they left him bound, rescued his slave Yolette, looted his belongings, and destroyed his laboratory.

When our heroes obtained the Eye of the Dawn, Baltazo kidnapped Hexla in an attempt to trade the witch for the diamond. But the party tracked him to his hidden lair, and Talan slew him.

Believing that Baltazo served a hidden master, Kalisa learned that the master’s name was Betzalel.

PERSONALITY
Baltazo believed in Marvent’s creed, but took over the sect to further his own cause. Other people were nothing more than pawns to him; though devoid of compassion or empathy, he was a virtuoso at manipulating others.

SOURCE
Original

INTERLUDES
Face of the Enemy
The Devil You Know

Baltazo

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