Stamos, Captain of the Charred Watch

Saga: Nights on Olympus

Characteristics: Int 0, Per 1, Pre -3, Com -3, Str 3, Sta 3, Dex 2, Qik 2

Size: 1

Age: 35

Decrepitude: 0

Warping Score: 0 (0)

Confidence: 1 (3)

Virtues and Flaws: Vow [Minor Flaw, Personality], Disfigured [Minor Flaw, General], Educated [Minor virtue, General], Dependent [Major Flaw, Story], Driven [Major Flaw, Personality], Outlaw Leader [Minor Flaw, Social Status], Temporal Influence [Minor Virtue, General], Wealthy [Major Virtue, General], Large [Minor Virtue, General], Tough [Minor Virtue, General], Warrior [Minor Virtue, General], Self-Confident [Minor Virtue, General], Relic [General Virtue, General], Visions [Minor Flaw, Supernatural]

Personality Traits: Brave (3), Cunning (3), Loyal (3)

Reputations: To the “Latin-loyal people in the Cyclades,” Stamos is an Outlaw (3). (Outlaw Leader, Social Status Flaw). To “people in the Cyclades who dream of Byzantium resurgence,” Stamos is a Noble Freedom Fighter (1). (Vow, Personality Flaw)

Equipment: Full chain mail armor with Corinthian helmet, hoplite shield (heater shield), long sword, dagger, staff*, long bow*

*Not always carried.



1. Concept:

Stamos is the leader of a small cadre of elite warriors, on the run from the Latin conquerors, and dedicated to the preservation and ascension of the last Byzantium heir to the island state of Naxos.

2. House:

Not applicable

3. Virtues & Flaws:

The Charred Watch was once the elite military tacticians and personal guard of the last Byzantium king of Naxos. Charred Men swore fealty to the king in a ritual involving burning and scarification of the facial features. With this sacrifice, they foreswore their own familial and political aspirations and dedicated their lives to the king and his family as soldiers, guards, battle-hardened couriers, alchemists, philologists, and even spiritual advisors.

Vow [Minor Flaw, Personality]
Disfigured [Minor Flaw, General]
Educated [Minor virtue, General]

Following the establishment of the Venetian Duchy of Naxos, in the wake of the Fourth Crusade, Duke Marco Sanudo became the ruler of Naxos and its surrounding islands. It wasn’t until a decade later that Sanudo decided he must purge the court at Naxos of loyal Greeks and kill the native king (then confined to his villa on an island in the bay at Naxos’ capital, Hora). The entirety of the Charred Watch, which still existed as a secret society, was among those sentenced to death. However, some surviving members of the Watch were able to steal away with the king’s infant heir in a daring escape. Now these burned men dedicate themselves to the restoration of the Byzantium throne through the ascension of their ward, Zeno Allectoros.

Dependent [Major Flaw, Story]
Driven [Major Flaw, Personality]

The Watch, with Stamos as their elected leader, has lived in exile for the last fifteen years, never staying long in one place. Despite being on the run, many loyal Greeks in the Cyclades still provide support. Some give political assistance, some send trained servants, and most funnel significant wealth to the outlaw group. Instead of inhabiting a manor, members of Stamos’ band live secretly among the other inhabitants of several small villages on various Cycladic islands. They also inhabit an older bireme dromon with black sails, ballistae, and a front-mounted siphon.

Outlaw Leader [Minor Flaw, Social Status]
Temporal Influence [Minor Virtue, General]
Wealthy [Major Virtue, General]

Like all the Charred Watch, Stamos is a large, tough warrior, one very experienced in combat and well able to handle the defense of his ward.

Large [Minor Virtue, General]
Tough [Minor Virtue, General]
Warrior [Minor Virtue, General]

Before Stamos’ flight from Naxos, he secured from the king’s library two sets of valuable tomes once belonging to Leo IV the Wise. The first set included original relics of St. Lazarus with the translations Leo made of them in Constantinople some four hundred years prior. From bearing these, Stamos received a strong sense of purpose and was the recipient of guidance and visions from St. Lazarus. Second were the copies of Leo’s Tactica, some of the last in all of Greece. These manuals include the secret of how to use and manufacture Greek Fire. Stamos prevented these alchemical formulae from falling into the hands of the Latin and Frankish invaders.

Self-Confident [Minor Virtue, General]
Relic [General Virtue, General]
Visions [Minor Flaw, Supernatural]

4. Characteristics:

Stamos is a hardy fighter, strong and fast in battle. However, his social presence is weak, reflecting a lifetime of service to the king; Stamos spent much of his life standing a silent vigil with a watchman’s helm covering his burned features.

Intelligence (0)
Perception (1)

Strength (3)
Stamina (3)

Presence (–3)
Communication (–3)

Dexterity (2)
Quickness (2)

5. Early Childhood:

Stamos grew up speaking Greek. His childhood activities well suited him to training in the king’s service.

(5) Native Language: Romaic Greek (Cyclades Dialects)

(3) Awareness (Ambushes)

(1) Brawl (Dagger)
(1) Survival (Coastal Regions)
(1) Swim (Underwater)

6. Later Life (Educated + Warrior):

At 35, Stamos is the oldest living member of the Charred Watch; he has 30 years of “later life” experience between childhood and the current date.

Stamos’ training for the Watch began with his education at a young age; he learned the philosophies and sciences of warfare before he learned to swing a sword. Eventually, he learned to use every sort of weapon and to lead soldiers in doing the same.

(4) Dead Language: Latin (Alchemical Topics)
(4) Living Language: Arabic (Alchemical Topics)
(6) Native Language: Romaic Greek (Cyclades Dialects)
(4) Artes Liberales (Composing Dispatches) [Arabic, Classical Greek, Latin, Romaic Greek]
(6) Profession: Scribe (Codes and Ciphers)

(4) Craft: Alchemy (Greek Fire)
(2) Theology (Saints)
(1) Philosophiae (Moral Philosophy)

(3) Area Lore: Greece (Cyclades Islands)
(1) Carouse (With Soldiers)
(1) Etiquette (Around Those of Higher Station)
(6) Leadership (In Battle)

(1) Animal Handling (Horses)
(1) Athletics (Running)
(2) Ride (In Battle)
(2) Profession: Sailor (In Battle)

(3) Brawl (Dagger)
(2) Bows (Longbow)
(2) Great Weapon (Warhammer)
(6) Single Weapon (Long Sword)
(2) Thrown Weapon (Greek Fire Grenade)
(2) Siege Weapon (Greek Fire Siphon)

7. Apprenticeship:

Not applicable

8. After Apprenticeship:

Not applicable

9. Personality Traits:

Brave (3), Cunning (3), Loyal (3)

10. Reputation:

To the “Latin-loyal people in the Cyclades,” Stamos is an Outlaw (3). (Outlaw Leader, Social Status Flaw)

To “people in the Cyclades who dream of Byzantium resurgence,” Stamos is a Noble Freedom Fighter (1). (Vow, Personality Flaw)

11. Confidence:

Stamos’ Confidence Score is 3 and he has 5 starting Confidence Points. (Self-Confident, General Virtue)

12. Equipment:

Stamos always carries with him the dagger that belonged to his sworn king. He intends to gift this to his ward when the boy comes of age. In battle, Stamos carries a long sword and hoplite shield (heater shield). He wears chain mail armor and a battle-scarred Corinthian helmet like the other members of the Charred Watch.

  • Dagger (Brawl Ability; +0 Init; +2 Atk; +0 Dfn; +3 Dam; –3 Str; 0 Load; Inexp. Cost)
  • Long Sword (Single Ability; +2 Init; +4 Atk; +1 Dfn; +6 Dam; 0 Str; 1 Load; Exp. Cost)
  • Heater Shield (Single Ability; +0 Init; +0 Atk; +3 Dfn; +0 Dam; 0 Str; 2 Load; Std. Cost)
  • Chain Mail (9 Prot; 6 Full Load; Exp. Cost)

(3) INITIATIVE TOTAL (2 Quickness; 2 Weapon Initiative Modifier; -1 Encumbrance)
(13) ATTACK TOTAL (2 Dexterity; 7 Combat Ability; 4 Weapon Attack Modifier)
(13) DEFENSE TOTAL (2 Quickness; 7 Combat Ability; 4 Weapon Defense Modifier)
(9) DAMAGE TOTAL (3 Strength; 6 Weapon Damage Modifier)
(15) SOAK TOTAL (3 Stamina; 9 Armor Soak Bonus; 3 Tough Virtue)


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