Doctor Cora Watson
Investigator of all things medical or scientific
Female aasimar (protector)
Age: 41 (but looks a decade younger because of her longer lifespan)
5’11", 150 lbs., black hair, blue eyes
Alignment: Neutral good
Class/Level: Bard 4 (College of Lore)
Background: Guild Artisan (Apothecary)
Initiative +2 (Dex + Jack of All Trades)
AC 13 (leather armor + Dex + Ring of Protection)
HP 41 (HD 4d8 +4 (Con) +10 (kicker))
Damage resistances: Necrotic, radiant
Str 11 ( +0 ) Dex 12 ( +1 ) Con 12 ( +1 )
Int 15 ( +2 ) Wis 18 ( +4 ) Cha 19 ( +4 )
Saving Throws (+1 to all saves; included):
Str +1, Dex +4, Con +2, Int +3, Wis +5, Cha +7
Skill Proficiencies (all others get half proficiency):
Arcana +4, Deception +6, Insight +8, Investigation +4, Medicine +8, Nature +4, Perception +6, Persuasion +6
Tool Proficiencies (all others get half proficiency): Alchemical supplies, herbalism kit, tinker’s tools, violin
Languages: Common, Celestial, Elven, Indrana
Passive Perception 16, Passive Investigation 14, Passive Insight 18
Bardic Inspiration (4/long rest): Bonus action, grant d6 to another creature.
Cutting Words: As a reaction, spend Bardic Inspiration to penalize another creature.
Jack of All Trades: Adds 1/2 proficiency bonus (round down) to any ability check not already using proficiency bonus.
Song of Rest (d6): During a short rest, allows friendly creatures who hear and spend at least one HD to regain additional HP.
Healing Hands (1/long rest): As an action, touch a creature and cause it to regain hit points equal to her level.
Radiant Soul (1/long rest): Transform as an action, gaining glimmering eyes and two incorporeal wings. For 1 minute or until ended as a bonus action, you have a flying speed (30 ft.) and once per turn you can have one attack or spell deal (level) in additional radiant damage to one target.
Healer: When you stabilize a creature, it regains 1 hit point. As an action, you may tend to a creature and restore 1d6+4+its HD in hit points, and then the creature cannot benefit from this feat until a short or long rest.
Spell slots ( +6 attack, save DC 14): 4 / 3
Cantrips: Light, Mage Hand, Prestidigitation, Vicious Mockery
Level 1: Cure Wounds, Dissonant Whispers, Heroism
Level 2: Detect Thoughts, Enthrall, Knock, Lesser Restoration
Rapier ( +3 attack, 1d8 +1 piercing, finesse)
Dagger ( +3 attack, 1d4 +1 piercing, thrown)
Ring of Protection
Potion of Healing (x2)
Visiting cards and carrying case
Letter of introduction from Guild of Alchemists and Apothecaries
Extra set of fine clothes for the Necropolis
Healer’s kit (x7)
Rope (hempen, 50 ft)
Rations (10 days)
Cockatrice fetus (“half-formed horror”; from broken egg; preserved for experiment)
1 dose glowing mushrooms (toxin that made Pilgrim’s Pond residents suggestible)
3 doses antitoxin for glowing mushrooms
Box of clockwork parts
Bottle of motor oil
1 vial of quicksilver (nonmagical)
3 vials of quicksilver (magical)
Blood samples and red metal lozenges from 2 owlbears
Raw materials for Potion of Healing (x3)
Blank Book (“Diary of a Traveling Physician”)
123 gp, 4 sp
Doctor Cora Watson is a protector aasimar, born in Travistead, the chief shipyard in Knolleria. She trained in the medical sciences only indirectly; her primary career was as an apothecary. She still holds membership in the Guild of Alchemists and Apothecaries. But she did feel the wanderlust of not wanting to sit in a shop her entire life, so she struck out as an adventurer.
Cora met Barnaby H.S.R.A.E. Holmes, Esq. early on, and they traveled together for years. Their investigative skills complemented each other, and they became close friends. Occasionally known as Holmes and Watson, they proved capable of solving even the strangest crimes.
About five years ago, Cora encountered the Indrana nomadic tribe. Among them, she met Lorin, a cleric of storms and cousin to Garanja of the Indrana. Cora and Lorin fell in love, and they married. Their marriage would not last long, though. During a visit to The Necropolis, Lorin was arrested by members of the House of Úndi, tried for heresy, and sentenced to be “cast off”. As she saw the elves push Lorin into oblivion, Cora’s faith in the elves and the church went with him. (There is a rumor that the arrest was due to an affair between Lorin and an elven woman, but no one has had the heart to repeat the rumor in Cora’s presence.) Garanja thus feels obligated to protect Cora because Lorin was his family (and because of guilt over having heard the rumor of Lorin’s dishonor in having an affair).
Cora met Ghath, a goliath samurai, only after joining the Collection Agency in Fish Town. He first took notice of her when the outskirts of the town were struck by a disease that magical healing failed to cure. After a relatively short investigation, Cora discovered that the disease had been caused by Blacksprout, a local weed that had grown out of control in the area. She was responsible for the decision to eradicate the Blacksprout weed, which in turn allowed those struck by the disease to recover. While this made a friend of Ghath, it made Cora an enemy of the Earth Temple priests, who had already failed completely to heal the disease. Later on, Ghath stumbled upon Cora as she practiced the violin. He had never heard a violin before and found the music soothing. He has since asked her on many occasions to play.
Cora first noticed Sterro Regul, an elven sorcerer, when she rolled into Fish Town and turned over her finest funerary armor to the Baroness Piecesa as an offering for entry into the Collection Agency. The last time an entourage of elves visited Fish Town, a trio of them attempted to abduct Barnaby after Barnaby defeated one of them, a supposed grandmaster of Chesnik. Another of the elves recalled Cora from her visit to The Necropolis and gave chase. Unexpectedly, Sterro intervened in the fight to save her from whatever fate her hunter had in mind. Since then, Cora has accepted Sterro in the group out of obligation borne out of this incident.
Cora first met Blairdoggle Needlebringer, a thorn goblin rogue, when she arrived in Fish Town. When they met, Blair showed her a book she had obtained from a hidden library run by a secret society of librarians and bookdealers: Ganthar’s Treatise on Airship Propulsion Systems. The book was beautifully decorated and still locked. Because Cora had just met Blair, she did not ask to view the book more carefully.