Skulls & Sword Coast
Draco Fanelluon (Shadowmantle)
Captain of the Wanton Wastrel
Race: Half-elf (Moon elf/ Rashemi) dhampir
Class: Bladelock (Undying) 14/ Swashbuckler 4
Status: Friendly (3)
Called “Shark-bait” by the other Free Captains, Draco is something of an enigmatic figure among the ships of Luskan’s Pirate Council. Outwardly, he appears to be a slight, half-elven man with abnormally pale skin, & messy white hair. He commands a fleet of three powerful ships, but despite this, Draco boasts next to no allies among the Free Captains of the Sword Coast. The sole exception to this rule is Ellyne Dlardrageth, who boasts a strange affection for Draco, despite his eerie nature.
According to legends, Draco is not a mortal man, but a monster: he doesn’t breathe; he has no heartbeat; his skin is always deathly cold; and he bears long pointed fangs where his canines should be. But, the oddity that has gained Draco his name & all its associated infamy is another odd quirk: even his merest wound can bleed with the volume of a dozen grown men. For these reasons, sharks & other oceanic predators follow Draco’s ship, the Wanton Wastrel wherever she sails.
None can say for sure where the awkward, dead-looking half-elf came from, but he has been sailing as a Free Captain for many years now. Though his crew seems loyal enough, rumors abound that the lot of them are either undead, or kept in Draco’s thrall by a mixture of Charm & Fear. But if Draco is a charmer by night, he’s certainly doing an excellent job of faking it during the day. Despite his imposing nature & reputation, in social situations, Draco is meek, awkward, & prefers to keep to himself. In confrontation, he buckles after only a few blows, & surrenders at the first opportunity. As a result, he is bullied by the few members of the Free Captains alliance who bother to talk to him, & easily intimidated into staying away from Sword Coast politics—at least for now.
Privately, Draco is the son of a fallen house of the High Forest. He is on a mission to retrieve an artifact—a magical blade—which once belonged to his family when they were still in good-standing among the elvish nations. But it was lost when a member of his house—Draco’s own mother—fell into darkness, & fled from the High Forest, taking the blade with her. He is hoping, by retrieving the blade & returning it to its rightful home, he can redeem his family & earn acclaim for himself in one fell swoop. Perhaps, if he can do a enough job of it, he might even be free of his curse.
Though most of the rumors surrounding Draco are gross exaggerations, they bear within them a shred of truth. Draco is the son of Valindra Shadowmantle, the moon elven lich who has long terrorized the northern Sword Coast. How precisely Valindra conceived a child in her undead state, no one is certain—including Draco himself. And certainly no one is hunting down the crazed lich to ask. Though, being approximately 150 years old, Draco estimates he must have been… created… near the fall of the Hosttower of the Arcane. Given his half-human nature, Draco presumes his father is Arklem Greeth, though he has no way to confirm these suspicions.
Whatever his origins, Draco is afflicted by a number of biological abnormalities not unlike those of shadow sorcerers. But, while a shadow sorcerer may possess only one or two death-like oddity, Draco is unfortunate enough to be afflicted by all of them. With his flesh so tainted by shadowfell energies, he has an almost imperceptibly low metabolism. As a result, his skin is always deathly cold, & his heart beats only about once a minute at rest—an event that often surprises him. In order to keep from clotting, his blood is necessarily thin, & leaks profusely with the slightest cut—the feature that earned the boy his nickname. Shadowfell’s energies, however, are able to quickly heal such wounds, leading to the massive amounts of blood that are sometimes seen trailing after his ship. He does breathe, but at such a slow & infrequent pace that few notice. This ability, above all the others, Draco has found great use for at sea. In fact, the pirate estimates he would likely have drowned several times over without it.
Draco does bear fangs like a vampire, & can use them to bite at his enemies. He can also use them to drink blood like a vampire, & suffers a low degree of bloodlust. Upon suffering damage, he can use this ability to regain some of his own vitality, or to substitute for meals, but otherwise suffers no other vampire-like demands.