Summary Edit

Hacker Brass Player KenHood
Gnome Bard (Unaligned) Level 4 (XP 4,259)
Initiative +3
Passive Insight 12 Passive Perception 12; Senses Low-Light
HP 41 Bloodied 20 Surge Value 10; Surges Per-Day 9
AC 21 Fortitude 14 Reflex 18 Will 17
Saving Throws +5 v. illusion
Speed 5 Size Small
Str 10 (+0) Dex 12 (+1) Wis 8 (-1)
Con 14 (+2) Int 19 (+4) Cha 19 (+4)
Racial Abilities Fey Origin, Master Trickster, Reactive Stealth, Trickster's Cunning, Fade Away
Class Features Bardic Training, Bardic Virtue, Majestic Word, Multiclass Versatility, Skill Versatility, Song of Rest, Words of Friendship
Battack Basic Attack Unarmed (+2 v. AC, 1d4 damage) or Dagger (+5 v. AC, 1d4 damage) or Short Sword (+5 v. AC, 1d6 damage)
Branged Ranged Basic Attack Thrown Dagger (+6 vs. AC, 1d4+1 damage) or Shortbow (+5 v. AC, 1d8+1 damage)
Feats Bravo, Feyborn Charm, Hacker's Horrific Visage, Ritual Caster
Skills Acrobatics +3, Arcana +13, Athletics +2, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +12, Dungeoneering +6, Endurance +4, Heal +2, History +7, Insight +2, Intimidate +14, Nature +2, Perception +2, Religion +7, Stealth +5, Streetwise +11, Thievery +3
Languages Allarian, Elven
Rituals Comprehend Language, Glib Limerick, Lullaby, Traveler's Chant
Staggering Note (At-Will Standard Action Ranged 10 ✦ Arcane, Implement, Thunder)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +7 v. Will
Hit: 4 thunder damage, and Hacker pushes the target 2 squares. As a free action, an ally of Hacker's choice can make a free basic melee attack against the target before, during, or after the movement.
Vicious Mockery (At-Will Standard Action Ranged 10 ✦ Arcane, Charm, Implement, Psychic)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +8 v. Will
Effect: 1d6+6 psychic damage (+1d6 on crit); target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls until the end of Hacker's next turn.
Blunder (Encounter Standard Action Ranged 5 ✦ Arcane, Charm, Implement)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +8 v. Will
Hit: 1d6+6 damage (+1d6 crit) and slide target 2 squares. During the slide, Hacker or an ally can make a melee basic attack against the target as a free action, with a +5 power bonus to the attack roll.
Hacker's Evil Eye (Encounter Standard Action Ranged 10 ✦ Charm)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +10 v. Will
Hit: Until the end of Hacker's next turn, the target grants combat advantage to him and cannot willingly move closer to him.
Dissonant Strain (Encounter Standard Action Ranged 5 ✦ Arcane, Implement, Psychic)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +7 v. Will
Hit: 2d6+5 damage (+1d6 crit), and target takes -2 penalty to attack rolls until the end of Hacker's next turn. An ally within 5 squares can make a saving throw.
Ghost Sound (Encounter Minor Ranged 10 ✦ Arcane, Illusion)
Target: One object or unoccupied square
Effect: Hacker causes a sound as quiet as a whisper or as loud as a yelling or fighting creature to emanate from the target. He can produce nonvocal sounds such as the ringing of a sword blow, jingling armor, or scraping stone. If he whispers, he can whisper quietly enough that only creatures adjacent to the target can hear his words.
Fade Away (Encounter Immediate Reaction Personal ✦ Illusion)
Trigger: Hacker takes damage.
Effect: Hacker is invisible until he attacks or until the end of his next turn.
Majestic Word (Encounter Minor Action Close Burst 5 ✦ Arcane, Healing)
Target: Hacker or one ally in burst
Effect: The target can spend a healing surge and regain 4 additional HP. Hacker slides the target 1 square.
Special: Hacker can use this power twice per encounter, but only once per round.
Words of Friendship (Encounter Minor Action Personal ✦ Arcane)
Effect: +5 power bonus to the next Diplomacy check made before the end of Hacker's next turn.
Concerted Effort (Daily Standard Action Close Burst 10 ✦ Arcane)
Target: Hacker and each ally in burst.
Effect: Until the end of Hacker's next turn, each target gains a +1 power bonus to attack rolls. Whenever a target hits with at least one attack during his or her turn, the bonus increases by 1 for each target whose turn has not yet started.
Stirring Shout (Daily Standard Action Ranged 10 ✦ Arcane, Healing, Implement, Psychic)
Target: One Creature
Attack: +7 v. Will
Hit: 2d6+5 damage (+1d6 crit).
Effect: Until the end of the encounter, whenever an ally hits the target, that ally regains 4 hit points.
Fochlucan Banjo (Wondrous Item) (Daily Short Rest Ranged 20 ✦ Item)
Target: One Ally
Effect: At the end of the short rest, one ally who remained with 20 squares of Hacker gains a +1 power bonus to weapon damage rolls until his next rest.
Screaming Armor (Encounter Minor Action One enemy ✦ Item, Fear)
Effect: An enemy within 5 squares of Hacker suffers a –2 penalty to attack rolls until the end of Hacker's next turn.

Fluff Edit

Appearance and Personality Edit

Hacker face
Age: Probably near 100 years.

Gender: Male
Height: Maybe a hair over three feet.
Weight: Probably around fourty or fifty pounds.
Alignment: Unaligned


  • The meanest, roughest, toughest gnome that ever lived.
  • Hairless. Lacks even eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • Unnaturally pale skin.
  • Sharp features.
  • Broken nose. Pocked and scarred skin. Severe scarring on the left side of his face, possibly from burns, twists his lips into a perpetual sneer and half-closes his left eye.
  • Dresses in black or shades of colors so dark that they could almost be black.
  • Wears the pelt of a badger as a cloak.
  • Talks in a deep, resounding, ponderous baritone.
  • Chain-smoker.
  • If he's not an alcoholic, he's pretty doggone close. Can drink dwarves under the table.

The 'Facts' About Hacker Brass Edit

  • Raised by badgers.
  • Taught himself to read and write, after finding books left behind by his gnome parents.
  • Became the Badger King, after slaying the boar of his clan.
  • A tsunami destroyed the island of his badger clan.
  • Floated to safety on a raft made of bloated badger corpses.
  • Slavers 'rescued' him and sold him to the Temple of Apoli in Nova Imperium.
  • The priests were unable to make him a castrati. All their tools shattered in the attempts.
  • Earned the name, 'Hacker', after what he did after the priests tried to make him a castrati.
  • Was once a ritual sacrifice in the Valley of Bone, but managed to convince the priests to sacrifice themselves. Received many blessings from the gods as a result.
  • Worked for a time as a gladiator, who killed people with his words.
  • Invented the chocolate bar and cigarettes.
  • Lived in the sewers beneath the Grand Old Daunton Opera House, terrorizing the owners in the guise of a ghost.
  • Went to prison after a collapsed love-triangle culminated in serial murder and arson of the Opera House.
  • While in prison, convinced a cell-mate to eat his own head. Placed in solitary confinement.
  • After prison, wrote a satirical play about teenage love and suicide.
  • Play instantly hailed as the Greatest Love Story Ever Told.
  • Disgusted and disgustingly rich, Hacker abandoned high society and goes on a drinking man's tour of the Transitive Isles.
  • Wrote the seminal book, 'Fear and Loathing in Daunton'.
  • In the Jade Empire, forced to join the military as part of a criminal sentence. Worked as a drill sergeant.
  • Forced to leave the Jade Empire after striking a member of the noble family for not properly returning a salute.
  • Served on a pirate ship, then captained a pirate ship, then mutinied against himself.
  • While on an abandoned island, sang songs that lured sirens to their doom on dry land, so that he would have a steady food supply.
  • Invented the sandwich.
  • Once killed a man for snoring too loud, and then wrote the popular folk song, 'I Killed A Man For Snoring Too Loud'.
  • Despite overwhelming physical and circumstantial evidence linking him to the murder of the Man That Snored Too Loud, Hacker's successfully defended himself in the court of law, earning public acclaim and creating the catch-phrase, 'If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!' The opposing counsel, screaming, 'What does a glove have to do with anything?!' was lynched by an angry mob.
  • Decided to enter law enforcement. Declared his term as sheriff eminently successful after a bloodbath eliminated all people living on the island, and thus ended any possibility for crime.
  • Swallowed by a whale. Spat up on the shore, near a town of extremely gullible people. Persuaded them that he was a messenger of the gods, to whom they were to sacrifice all their worldly goods and their attractive daughters.
  • Serenaded the moon, winning the heart of Dayna, Goddess of the Hunt. After a whirlwind elopement, the goddess persuaded Joven to grant Hacker a permanent job as a demi-god. Hacker was charged with guarding the Golden Apples of Immortality. Forgot to bring his lunch on the first day of job. The gods, upset that the Golden Apples of Immortality no longer existed, stripped Hacker of his divinity and banished him from the afterlife. Dayna, traumatized by heart-break, goes into denial, believing herself untouched and untouchable by any male. The gods revise history to reflect this.
  • Defeated a minor devil in a banjo playing contest, winning the Fochlucan Banjo.
  • Banished from Bacarte (for the third time) because of acts of indecency so indecent that they offended pirates.

Hooks Edit

Really? Do I need to spell it out? He's the most interesting gnome in the world! Men want to be him. Women want to be with him. Countless people want to kill him or sacrifice him or distill him to get the juice of the Golden Apples or marry him or sue him or make him their king. He's ***** HACKER BRASS, ladies!

Kicker Edit

Hacker is kicked out of Bacarte, and he's looking for his next ***** adventure, so lead, follow, or get the ***** out of the way!

Math Edit

Ability Scores Edit

Str 0 10 0 0 10 0
Con 5 14 0 0 14 2
Dex 2 12 0 0 12 1
Int 9 16 2 1 19 4
Wis 0 8 0 0 8 -1
Cha 9 16 2 1 19 4
Totals 25   10

Attacks Edit

Basic Attacks
Attack TypeAttribAttrib TypeClassClass FeatureFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameMiscMisc NameLevelTotalvs?
Basic Melee


str 0 0 3Short Sword0 25AC
Basic Ranged


dex0 0 2Short Bow0 25AC

Defenses Edit

DefenseAttribAttrib TypeClassRacialFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameMiscMisc NameLevelTotal
Armor Class 1/4 dex/int 0 0 0   5 Screaming Hide Armor +1, Shield 0   2 21
Fortitude0/2str/con000 0 0 2 14
Reflex1/4dex/int100  1Light Shield0 2 18
Will-1/4wis/cha100  0 0 2 17

Saving Throw Bonuses: +5 v. Illusion

Senses and Reactions Edit

Senses and Reactions
Sense/ReactionAttrib modClassClass FeatureRacialFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameLevelOther/TrainedTotal
Initiative 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
Passive Insight -1 0 0 0 1 Skill Versatility 0 0 2 0 12
Passive Perception -1 0 0 0 1 Skill Versatility 0 0 2 0 12

Health Edit

--Base ClassConPer LevelRacialFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameOtherSurge Value BonusTotalBloodiedSurge
Hit Points 12 14 5 0 0   0   0 0 41 20 10

Surges per Day 9 (Class 7 + Con 2)

Speed and Movement Edit

Speed: 5 (Race 5 - Equipment 0)

Racial Features Edit


  • Ability Scores: +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma
  • Size: Small
  • Speed: 5 squares
  • Vision: Low-Light
  • Languages: Common, Elven
  • Skill Bonuses: +2 Arcana, +2 Stealth
  • Fey Origin
  • Master Trickster: Once per encounter, Hacker can use the wizard cantrip ghost sound as a minor action.
  • Reactive Stealth: If Hacker has any cover or concealment when he makes an initiative check, he can make a Stealth check.
  • Trickster’s Cunning: +5 racial bonus to saving throws against illusions.
  • Fade Away

Class Features Edit


  • Armor Proficiencies: Cloth, leather, hide, chainmail; light shield.
  • Weapon Proficiencies: Simple melee, longsword, scimitar, short sword, simple ranged, military ranged.
  • Implements: Wands.
  • Bonus to Defense: +1 Reflex, +1 Will.
  • Bardic Training: Ritual Caster; cast one bardic ritual (level 3 or less) per day without expending components.
  • Bardic Virtue (Virtue of Cunning): Once per round, when an enemy attack misses an ally within 9 squares, Hacker can slide that ally 1 square as a free action.
  • Majestic Word
  • Multiclass Versatility
  • Skill Versatility: +1 on all untrained skill checks.
  • Song of Rest: +4 to Healing Surges during rest.
  • Words of Friendship

Multi-Class Features Edit

Bravo (1st Level)

  • Intimidate
  • 1/Encounter: Designate one target as prey. Gain +2 to attack and damage against prey until EONT.

Feats Edit

  • Ritual Caster [Bonus]
  • Bravo [1st level]
  • Feyborn Charm [2nd level]
  • Hacker's Horrific Visage (re-skinned 'Vistani Heritage') [4th level]

Regional or Background Benefit Edit

  • Social Outcast: +2 to Intimidate

Skills and Languages Edit

Languages Allarian, Elven

SkillTrainedAttribAttrib TypeRacialFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameLevelTotal
Acrobatics01dex01Skill Versatility-1Hide Armor23
Arcana 5 4 int 2 0   0   2 13
Athletics00str01Skill Versatility-1Hide Armor22
Bluff54cha01Feyborn Charm0 212
Diplomacy54cha01Feyborn Charm0 212
Dungeoneering5-1wis00 0 26
Endurance02con01Skill Versatility-1Hide Armor24
Heal0-1wis01Skill Versatility0 22
History04int01Skill Versatility0 27
Insight0-1wis01Skill Versatility0 22
Intimidate54cha02Bravo & Regional Benefit1Screaming Hide Armor +1214
Nature0-1wis01Skill Versatility0 22
Perception0-1wis01Skill Versatility0 22
Religion04int01Skill Versatility0 27
Stealth01dex21Skill Versatility-1Hide Armor25
Streetwise54cha00 0 211
Thievery01dex01Skill Versatility-1Hide Armor23

Powers Edit

Powers KnownEdit

  • Racial (Gnome)
    • Fade Away
  • Bard (2/2/1/1)
    • At-Will - 1st Level
      • Staggering Note
      • Vicious Mockery
    • Encounter - 1st Level
      • Blunder
    • Daily - 1st Level
      • Stirring Shout
    • Utility - 2nd Level
      • Concerted Effort
    • Encounter - 3rd Level
      • Dissonant Strain
  • Hacker's Horrific Visage (feat)
    • Hacker's Evil Eye

Rituals KnownEdit

  • Comprehend Language (Arcana, 1st Level, purchased as starting equipment for 50 gp)
  • Glib Limerick (Arcana, 1st Level, free as part of initial class)
  • Lullaby (Arcana, 3rd level, purchased as starting equipment for 125 gp)
  • Traveler's Chant (Arcana, 1st Level, free as part of initial class)

Powers to Hit Edit

Power To-Hit
Attack TypeAttribAttrib TypeClassClass FeatureFeatFeat NameEquipEquip NameMiscMisc NameLevelTotalvs?
Misdirected Mark +4 Cha 0   0   +1 Fochlucan Banjo 0 0 2 7 Ref
Vicious Mockery +4 Cha 0   1 Feyborn Charm +1 Fochlucan Banjo 0 0 2 8 Will
Blunder +4 Cha 0   1 Feyborn Charm +1 Fochlucan Banjo 0 0 2 8 Will
Stirring Shout +4 Cha 0   0   +1 Fochlucan Banjo 0 0 2 7 Will
Dissonant Strain +4 Cha 0   0   +1 Fochlucan Banjo 0 0 2 7 Will

Equipment Edit

Equipment Name Price Weight Notes
Money 1,157.9 gp --  
Arcane Ritual Components 100 gp -- In belt pouch.
Arrow (x30) 1 gp 3 lbs  
Backpack 2 gp 2 lbs  
Bedroll 0.1 gp 5 lbs  
Dagger 1 gp 1 lb Single edged. Clip point.
Everburning Torch 50 gp 1 lb  
Fochlucan Banjo 680 gp 2 lb Bard implement. +1 to attack and damage rolls. +1d6 crit. +2 Song of Rest.
Flint and Steel 1 gp --  
Light Shield 5 gp 6 lb  
Odds-n-Ends 1 gp 2 lb String. Wax. Bits of leather and metal. Sticks. Fish-hooks. Spoon, fork, and dinner knife. Pocket-knife. Etc.
Pouch Belt 1 gp 0.5 lb  
Potion of Healing 50 gp --  
Rations, Trail (10 days) 5 gp 10 lb  
Ritual Book 175 gp 3 lb Price includes cost of purchased rituals.
Rope, Silk (50 feet) 10 gp 5 lb  
Screaming Hide Armor +1 520 gp 25 lb +1 to Intimidate checks. Encounter power.
Shortbow 25 gp 2 lb  
Short Sword 10 gp 2 lb  
Waterskin 1 gp 4 lb  
Total 2796 gp 73.5 lb  
  • Normal Load: 100 lb
  • Heavy Load: 200 lb
  • Maximum Drag: 500 lb

Wish List Edit

  • Resplendent Cloak (lvl 8, AV 2)
  • Resplendent Gloves (lvl 5, AV 2)
  • Resplendent Boots (lvl 6, AV 2)
  • Resplendent Circlet (lvl 7, AV 2)
  • Belt of Sacrifice (lvl 7, PHB)
  • Wand of Psychic Ravaging +2 (lvl 8, AV) or Master's Wand of Vicious Mockery +2 (lvl 9, AV2) or Master's Wand of Misdirected Mark +2 (lvl 9, AV2) or Wand of Allure +2 (lvl 9, AV2)
  • Preservation Shield (lvl 2, AV2)

Tracking Edit

Gold Edit

Items Edit

XP Edit

  • 2,250 XP -- Hacker Brass is a replacement for my previous character, Palindrome (Human Wizard 3), who died in the Closed Eye adventure.
  • 709 XP -- Closed Eye, pt. 2
  • 1,300 XP -- Love Bites

Changes Edit

  • Level 4
    • Re-train Power: from 'Misdirected Mark' to 'Staggering Note'
    • Re-train Feat: from 'Cutthroat' to 'Feyborn Charm'
    • New Feat: 'Hacker's Horrific Visage' (re-skinned 'Vistani Heritage')
    • +1 to Intelligence and Charisma

Judge Comments Edit

Approval 1 Edit

Approval from renau1g

Approval 2 Edit

Approval from TwoHeadsBarking:
Approved. Also, you should raise a stink the next time it takes this long to get a character approved, by which I mean politely remind people that you've been patiently waiting.

Approval 3 Edit

comments from covaithe:

  • Fade Away is an immediate REaction, not immediate action.

Nothing too serious there; approved.

Level 4 Edit

Approved by ScorpiusRisk

  • Only comment I have is I can't seem to find the Ex-Convict Background. What is it from?

Level 4 Edit

Approved by renau1g

I like the new feat.

Status Edit

Hacker is fully approved for level 4 with approvals from renau1g and ScorpiusRisk.

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