Pelias
(circa "The Scarlet Citadel")


Medium Human Male
19th Level
Wizard

Hit Dice: 19d4+19 (66 Hit Points)
Initiative: +1 (dex)
Speed: 30 ft
AC: 11 (Dex)
Attacks: Staff +13/+8 melee
Damage: Staff 1d6 + 3 melee
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Special Attacks: Arcane Spells
Special Qualities: Summon Familiar, Scribe Scroll
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +15
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 22, Wis 18, Cha 12
Skills: Climb +10, Concentration +17, Craft (Calligraphy) +16, Gather Information +2, Hide +6, Knowledge (Arcana) +26, Knowledge (Nature) +26, Knowledge (Planes) +11, Spell Craft +28, Scry +27, Sense Motive +9
Feats: Brew potion, empower spell, alertness, enlarge spell, weapon focus (staff), Leadership, quicken spell, silent spell, skill focus (spellcraft), skill focus (knowledge, the planes), still spell

Climate/Terrain: Koth
Challenge Rating: 19
Treasure: Double Standard in his home in Koth.
Alignment: Neutral
Advancement: by Character class

"Men call me Pelias."

"What!" cried the King.  "Pelias the sorcerer, Tsotha-lanti's rival, who vanished from the earth ten years ago?"

"Not entirely from the earth... I am a sorcerer, and older than men reckon, but I am human."

Robert E. Howard, "The Scarlet Citadel"

Pelias is Tsotha-Lanti's rival.  Pelias' soul, which can be seen by reptiles and their kith, is such that the scaly creatures will flee his presence.  Pelias is a very excellent summoner.

Combat
Pelias fights with summoned critters and other spells.

There is some debate as to Pelias' alignment.  I personally favor an evil alignment (after all, the foul things of the world flee from him).  Sure, he helped out Conan, but even a basically evil person can show gratitude.  Pelius is driven by vengeance in the story, and doesn't seem terribly interested in the welfare of others, but... when I gave Pelius an evil alignment, I got soooo many emails from folks who consider him to be the single good wizard in the Conan Saga.  I compromised and gave him a neutral alignment.  Use what alignment you please, I guess.

Robert E. Howard's story, "The Scarlet Citadel," was first published in Weird Tales in January of 1933.  The story can also be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the Usurper"; the Arkham "Skull Face and Others", and the Gnome Press collection "King Conan".

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