|Strom the Barachan
(circa "The Black Stranger")
15th level Rogue
Hit Points: 15d6 (54 hitpoints)
Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative)
Speed: 30 ft.
AC: 16 (+1 Dex, +5 Masterwork Breastplate)
Attacks: Cutlass +13/+8/+3
Damage: Cutlass 1d6+2
Face/Reach: 5 ft. by 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Sneak Attack +7d6, Crippling Strike
Special Qualities: Evasion, Uncanny Dodge, Defensive Roll
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +10, Will +6
Abilities: Str 14, Dex 12, Con 10, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 15
Skills: Appraise +19, Balance +19, Bluff +20, Climb +20, Profession (Navigator) +20, Gather Information +20, Intimidate +20, Spot +21, Innuendo +20, Sense Motive +19, Listen +2
Feats: Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Expertise, Quickdraw, Leadership, Improved Initiative
Climate/Terrain: Zingara, Pictish Wilderness, Barachan Isles
Challenge Rating: 15
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Advancement: by Character class
The Black Stranger
Count Valenso Korzetta
Black Zarono the Buccaneer
Galbro the Senschenal (Valenso's Cohort)
|"Strom had halted just within good earshot. He was a big man, bare-headed, his tawny hair blowing in the wind. Of all the sea-rovers who haunted the Barachans, none was more famed for deviltry than he."|
|~Robert E. Howard, "The Black Stranger"|
|Strom is a stormy
man, impatient and quick to rage. He commands the ship
The Red Hand, and is a pirate of the Barachan Isles.
Evil and voracious, Strom has a quick mind. Aided by Galacus, his
cohort and first mate, Strom has made a bloody name for himself and is
infamous on the Zingaran Main. He is accounted one of the best swordsmen
of the Barachans.
|The Barachans are
famed for their furious and headlong style of battle, but they are as wary
as they are ferocious. Strom is no different.
Sneak Attack: If Strom catches an opponent flat-footed or when they cannot effectively defend themselves, he can strike for +7d6 damage. (See Crippling Strike below)
Uncanny Dodge: Strom keeps his dex bonus to AC, can't be flanked, and gets a +2 save vs traps.
Crippling Strike: Strom's sneak attacks are so precise that if he successfully does a Sneak Attack, he also does 1 point of strength damage to the victim.
Defensive Roll: Strom can roll with a potentially lethal blow to take less damage from it. Reflex save (DC=Damage dealt) for half damage 1/day when a blow would reduce him to 0 hit points or less.
|Robert E. Howard completed twenty-one Conan
stories during the four years that he wrote them. Of these,
seventeen were published in Weird Tales. The other four,
rejected by Farnsworth Wright, the editor of Weird
remained unpublished until many years after Howard's suicide. "The
Black Stranger" is one of these four completed stories.
After it was rejected, Howard made an unsuccessful attempt to salvage the story as a pirate yarn, substituting his pirate hero, Black Vulmea, for Conan, and calling it "Swords of the Red Brotherhood."
L. Sprague de Camp later found the original draft of the Conan version of the story and severly edited it so that the story would fit better into his personal idea of Conan's chronology. This rewrite was titled "The Treasure of Tranicos." De Camp changed the ending of the story: In the original, Conan decides to take up piracy again. In De Camp's alteration, some Aquilonian nobles divine Conan's location and go there to pick him up so he can lead a revolt against the King of Aquilonia. De Camp also changed the identity of the Black Stranger, changing it unnecessarily from a demon from the outer dark to Thoth Amon. He further changed the names of some characters. Strom became Strombanni in De Camp's recension.
Howard's original tale, unedited, was first published in paperback in 1987 in Karl Edward Wagner's "Echoes of Valor". It has since been published in Millenium Press' "Conan Chronicles Volume 2", which was recently released and is still in print.
|The artwork above for "Echoes of Valor" is by Ken Kelly and features Conan, Belesa, and Tina against the picts. This has got to be one of the worst examples of Mr. Kelly's art I have ever seen. The main trio seem static and posed and do not look threatened or scared or worried or... well, they don't really display any emotion at all. Really a shame, since I know Mr. Kelly can do better than this. His covers for the three Berkley/Putnam Conans were incredible, as were his artwork for the El Borak series by Howard. His Frazetta-like art works a lot better than his Boris imitations.|
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