Thieves & Kings
Coinneach "Old Man" Shadow
Guardian Angel of the Echo Wood
“Elves called me ‘Olórin’, the ‘Old Dreamer’; Dwarves called me ‘Tharkûn’, the ‘Man of the Wand’. It was Men that know me most as the ‘Cottager’, the ‘Rustic’, the ‘Churl’, the ‘Lout’; also the ‘Grayling’, ‘Odd Shadow’, ‘The Eternal’, and ‘Old Man Ash’. None now know me as ‘Incánus’, the name of my birth. You may call me what you like.”
Medium Celestial, Neutral Good
Armor Class : 17 (Natural Armor)
Hit Points : 192 (16d8+64)
Speed : 30’, Fly 90’
STR 18 (+4), DEX 18 (+4), CON 18 (+4), INT 17 (+3), WIS 20 (+5), CHR 20 (+5).
Saving Throws : Wis +9, Chr +9
Skills : Insight +7, Perception +9.
Damage Resistance : Radiant; Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing damage from non-magical weapons.
Condition Immunities : Charmed, Exhaustion, Frightened.
Senses : Darkvision 120’, Passive Perception 19.
Languages : All, Telepathy 120’.
CR : 10 (5900 XP)
Angelic Weapons : Old Man Shadow’s weapon attacks are magical. When he strikes with any weapon, it deals an additional 4d8 Radiant damage.
Magic Resistance : Old Man Shadow has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Innate Spell-casting : Old Man Shadow’s innate spell-casting ability is Charisma (DC 17). He requires only verbal components to any casting of his spells.
At-Will : Detect Evil and Good.
1/day each : Commune, Raise Dead.
Immortal Nature : As an immortal, Incánus doesn’t require food, drink or sleep.
Multiattack : Incánus makes two melee attacks.
Staff : Melee Weapon Attack : +8 to hit, reach 5’, one target.
Hit : 7 (d6+4) bludgeoning damage, plus 18 (4d8) radiant damage.
Healing Touch (3/Day) : Incánus touches another creature. The target magically regains 20 (4d8+2) HP, and is freed from any curse, disease, poison, blindness or deafness.
Change Shape : Incánus magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast with a challenge rating equal to or less than his own, or back into his true form. He reverts to his true form if he should ever die. Any equipment he is wearing or carrying, is absorbed or borne by the new form.
In the new form, Incánus retains the same statistics and ability to speak, but his AC, movement, Strength, Dexterity, and any special senses are replaced by those of the new form, and he gains the statistics and abilities (except class features, legendary actions or lair actions) that the new form has, but that he lacks.
Deva are angels created as divine messengers and agents to the various planes; the Material Plane, the Shadowfell and the First World as required, capable of assuming the form appropriate to their assignment. Many angels will assume these forms for years, lending aid, hope and courage to good-hearted folk, often taking the innocuous shape of a human farmer or forest beast, quietly helping the locals. When the time is made right, they will reveal themselves , casting off their guise.
Incánus never speaks of his exact origins, nor of the incident that made him an outcast, but the loss of his left wing is a visible and constant reminder of his uncertain nature. He has retained the powers granted in his creation, but has also lost his connection with the higher powers that once ruled him. Rather than sink into despair and rebel, as most celestials might, he wandered aimlessly for a time, hiding his true self in shame, travelling about the lands of Argoth and even beyond, keeping his true powers hidden.
Eventually resigning himself to his lonely status as an outcast, he chose to return to his original assignment in Echo Wood and live a simple life in a forgotten corner of the Forest Kingdom. In time, he began performing his old duties to the best of his ability in quiet solitude, appearing as a simple farmer, a pale echo of what he might once have accomplished, but he once more began to make a difference. Eventually, he drew attention to himself, and was removed one night from the growing regional conflict by an unknown force, and cast into the Forgotten Cages of the the Creeping Hut.
Incánus tells people to use their own intelligence and appreciate their own existence; to seek wisdom, but not to be made cold and distant by such knowledge. A leader of warriors who rarely takes the field himself, he would teach kings to rule wisely, but to enjoy themselves while they may. He prefers to encourage and help others to fulfill their own destiny, promoting their strengths and quietly sitting behind the conflict and giving them the glory.
Incánus usually takes the form of a tall, broad-shouldered human with a long beard who bears the marks of working in the world. He usually dresses in the weather-beaten cloaks and clothes of a typical farmer, and bears an old, gnarled staff. He can, however, take any shape, and can portray himself as a trickster, a rake, a stern father figure, a fool, or any other stereotype that he wants to assume, depending on what he wishes to accomplish or what reaction he wants to elicit from those around him.
When circumstances require, Incánus may cast off all disguises to appear in his true form; a tall male humanoid creature with a muscular build, and silvery, ashen skin. He wears a long black coat with silver clasps and pauldrons over his shoulders, open to reveal his bare chest, and over black trousers and high boots. His long silver hair hangs parted on either side of his face and the emerald glowing eyes that display his celestial nature. Most unusually, a single black raven wing unfurls above his right shoulder. He wields weapons left-handed, when he must fight.
A fairly successful farmer who owned a large farm, Green Dagger Farm located some miles east of Thornkeep, Coinneach Shadow is something of an enigma. Few in the town knew much about him, and he had a reputation of shooting with his crossbow before talking to visitors to his farm. He would bring his produce into town every market day, but otherwise kept to his work.
Known by most as “Old Man Shadow” he was of an undetermined age, but seemed both spry and healthy as long as anyone knew him. He was a gray-bearded man of weathered visage, gruff tone, alert, dancing eyes, nondescript attire, and a hawk-like nose. He was almost always smoking a meerschaum pipe that was spouting vile-smelling blue or green smoke.
A natural storyteller, normally a witty, clever, and very charming man, he was, however, imperious, grave, and terrible when his fury was raised. Furthermore, he was a consummate actor; he rarely revealed the full extent of his true nature to anyone, even those closest to him.
Coinneach Shadow came to Thornkeep in TR 1027, under mysterious circumstances. He paid for a large plot of land to the Baron of Thornkeep in gold flake nuggets, hinting that he had been a successful prospector of some sort.
Keeping much to himself over the years, he was known to take on orphans as help on his farm, keeping them around for a few years before sending them off to be apprentices in various trades. He also had a few friends come by the farm, from time to time, to help with the animals and crops, before they too would leave for other parts unknown, sometimes to return, but often not.
In early-1049, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. One of his friends reported the farm abandoned, its stock taken and the fields neglected, hinting at his disappearance being sometime before the snows had melted. The furnishings and tools on the farm were seized by the baron’s clerks to pay for taxes, and an heir was sought to replace its ownership. It is assumed he and his stock were taken by creatures from deeper in the woods.
A few months later, notice was sent by a litigant in Mornhaven, since identified as Carlios “the Scrivner”, that the “heirs” of the land would be arriving to claim their birthright before the end of the year, thus preparing the barony’s clerks for the day someone would either claim the lands for themselves, or admit to a disinterest in taking up the land, seeking a settlement instead.
In recent events, a pattern has emerged, wherein “Old Man Shadow” has been seen to have built a working relationship with the nearby denizens of Echo Wood, including his neighboring farmers and select small farmers in the community of Thornkeep. He seems to have especially helped Tiressia and her dryads, as well as worked closely with the Sootscale kobold tribe.
In a recent discussion with Lady Ivis Blackshield, it was revealed that she and “Old Man Shadow” were “Friends”, and the two were often engaged in fairly deep philosophical discussions regarding the nature of the gods, though he was never particular to a specific faith or belief. She has suggested to have been the last person to see him alive.
After several scrying efforts using the Stone Cauldron of Scrying, the adventurers have determined he is being kept in the shape of a raven or crow, in a crude wooden cage along with many other birds, each in their own cages, in a crude wooden hut of some kind. Using Mistress Idara as a medium, they have determined that he speaks only crow, and seems to have been reduced to that beast’s own intelligence (Int 2).
He and several other shape-changed individuals were rescued from The Creeping Hut in early-TR 1050 by the adventurers. His presence was dispelled suddenly by Scales on the 2nd of Kelen, revealing his true nature as a fallen angel. He was grateful for the efforts of the adventurers, and acknowledged who he was, but did not discuss his past much. It was revealed he had been trying to bring the local creatures of the lands around Silvershadow Lake into a stabilizing force in the region, a task the adventurers seemed to be continuing to do in his stead.
He spent the day with them, hearing their tales of adventure and encounters with the hags and their minions in the region. He answered their questions to the best of his ability, including describing the events that led to his rescue of the adventurers as potential sacrifices by the hands of the The Green Daggers, including a description of where he recovered them in the depths of the tunnels under Mornhaven. He then left, promising to return once he had visited with some of his old allies and he had reoriented himself to the present situation, including both Tiressia and Sylessi among the creatures he needed to get in contact with once more.