Lords of Fluviallis
Jhod Kavken, Councilor of Erastil
Councilor of Vallis
Jhod is a priest of Erastil and Councilor to the people of Vallis. He has worked and lived among the farming folk of Vallis and is on good terms with the Lady Arabella and Falinax, Minister of Resources. He is close with Akiros, a fallen paladin who is currently undergoing atonement to Erastil under his purview. He is glad to have a place of respect among the community and the leaders of Vallis and takes his role as speaker for the common folk seriously. Only recently he petitioned for the construction of a granary to aid the farmers, and he is still working on getting a mill built, which should render the farms of Vallis independent. He is usually found among the farms to the east of Knights Rest with his wolf companion.
He is also still searching for the lost temple of Erastil in the Stolen Lands, shown to him by the god in a dream. He has temporarily put that on hold as part of his new role, but plans to renew the search with vigor come spring.
Personality:Jhod is very devoted to Erastil and a very persuasive and charismatic man. He has a sort of calm, homespun aspect to his character that is very appealing to common men, making them feel relaxed around him. His willingness to jump in and do backbreaking work recently for injured or sick farmers and his use of healing magic has made him welcome among the farm households. Svetlanna also appreciates him and respects his efforts to help the farmers nearby, who she sort of feels obligated to look after as much as possible. Recently he has taken a traumatized elf woman under his wing; teaching her the ways of Erastil and helping her recover her dignity and strength of will. He has succeeded admirably and she now wants to become a better fighter, an area he cannot help her with.
Jhod Kavken is a man trying to redeem himself, both in his eyes and the eyes of his god. He had always been a pious man and a devout follower of Erastil, having been raised as an orphan in the church of Brandywine in Galt. As he grew older, he found that people listened to him when he spoke, and paid attention to his suggestions more and more frequently. When he became a full priest of the church, he found he had a penchant for leading others, and moved about in his community, sowing harmony, peace, unity, and a love of his god. Alas, it was this natural born leadership that got him in trouble.
Jhod has been all but excommunicated from the priesthood after he helped form a lynch mob against a Traveler in his home village thought was a werewolf responsible for several recent killings. Only a few hours after they lynched the man, the true killer was caught by a hunter and revealed to be nothing more sinister than a particularly wily worg. An investigation by the church of Erastil followed, and they found Jhod’s involvement in the village’s overly aggressive pursuit of the traveler’s lynching to be actionable. Only the fact that the traveler happened to be a bandit spy sent to town to look the place over (a fact that Jhod discovered only after the man was executed and his belongings were searched) kept the church from fully excommunicating the priest—and even then, only if he accepted exile.
And so Jhod traveled from his home in Galt up the Sellen and into Numeria. From there, his wanderings eventually brought him east into Brevoy, where he had a particularly vivid dream about an overgrown temple of Erastil guarded by a huge, angry bear. Upon waking from the dream, Jhod felt an irresistible tug to the south, and realized that Erastil had given him a chance to redeem himself. The tugging led Jhod to Oleg’s Trading Post, but there it stopped—and soon after he learned about the PCs and their charter from Svetlana. Jhod has also heard rumors of “lost temples” to Erastil in the Stolen Lands, and the first time the PCs return to the trading post after his arrival, he tracks them down and asks them to keep an eye out for anything of that nature—particularly an old temple guarded by an angry bear.
Since this time, he has focused his energies on building a place for himself in the new community of farmers outside of Oleg’s in the surrounding countryside. Using pleasant words, kind deeds, and a truly helpful hand, he has managed to gain the trust and admiration of the local farmers. His part in driving off a bloodthirsty evil fey has gone round the farms, and now they tend to bring their problems to him rather than try to deal with them individually. The overall result is the formation of a sort of farm collective, with Jhod at the forefront.