Elle’s Trivia

  • While in the Alpha Centauri game, Elle is directly influenced by Veronica Mars. In Eberron Prime, Elle is actually inspired by another great detective, ICPO Inspector Zenigata from Lupin III.
  • All the Brienne sisters are named after characters in songs I have on my IPod. Elle is named after the Beatles song, “Eleanor Rigby,” while Luisa is named after the Crooked Fingers’ song, “Luisa’s Bones,” which is featured in the second season episode of the spy comedy Chuck, “Chuck vs. The Dream Job.” Charlotte is one of the Rake’s dead children in the “The Rake’s Song” by the Decemberists from their album The Hazards of Love.
  • Elle’s half-orc partner Bruce ir’Caivyrne is inspired by none other than Bruce Campbell!

Wrong Elle!

  • It is completely coincidental that Kristen Bell plays a super-powered femme fatale named Elle on Heroes. I am a big Kristen Bell fan, continuing to watch that series specifically because she is on it.
  • Charlotte’s changeling partner “Molly” is inspired by the “gun moll” archetype. The two girls are the Bonnie and… Bonnie of the City of Towers.
  • Symbolism: Each of the Brienne sisters can represent the Three Progenitor Dragons. Elle’s dragonmarked House bloodline means she is closer to the Draconic Prophecy, therefore aligning her with Siberys, the Dragon Above. Luisa, who lacks a dragonmark, has a down-to-earth demeanor, which aligns her with Eberron, the Dragon Between. Finally, Charlotte, the youngest and a thief for House Tarkanan bears an aberrant dragonmark, enhancing her acrobatic abilities, allowing her to sneak into the mansions of Sharn’s rich and famous, naturally represents Khyber, the Dragon Below.
  • Elle’s surname is a play on both the last name O’Brian from the Alpha Centauri game and a reference to the hardy, female knight Brienne of Tarth in GRR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
  • The Brienne Sisters’ Genealogy: In keeping with the Brienne’s lower-class background, Elle and her sisters are descendants of the Valenar elves. They may or may not have a relative, who is a member of Medani Prophets, House Medani’s Draconic Prophecy researchers. The Brienne family’s own relationship with the House is tenuous for reasons explained above.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start

  • The Guitar Heroines are naturally a reference to the game Guitar Hero. They are also inspired by the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. If you don’t know Sex Bob-Omb is a Super Mario Brothers reference, your geek license is officially revoked today.
  • Charlotte Mishann Brienne is House Tarkanan’s reining Wizards & Wayfinder’s CCG champion. She plays against other gangsters in Sharn.
  • Elle in Barovia: I played Elle once as a PC in yutakabareru’s Ravenloft game. She chases and partners up with a necromancer pimp, who gets zombies to fight for his pleasure. Ironically, Strahd II would become a major historical NPC in Complete Eberron after causing the Ravenloft zombie virus to infect the Aereni elves. His current status is unknown.

Elle’s Character Sheets

Whenever I begin a new game, Elle is one of the first NPCs I ever stat out. Since her character concept is so close to my own style of play, which often involves lots of investigation followed by the inevitable Sneak Attack. Thus, she is always among the first batch of characters I use to test out a system or new concept. Below are two different builds for Eleanor Keyleth Brienne [d’ Medani]. It should be noted that while Elle is a dragonmarked character, she is always a lesser scion of her House. This is mostly due to her lower social class and the fact her sister Charlotte bares an aberrant dragonmark. In Complete Eberron, she renounces House affiliation and cannot take the “Favored in House” feat because of her allegiance to the Brelish Crown. These builds are taken from Eberron Prime, in which she is now semi-retired on Ein’s airship and Complete Eberron, where she is a spy for the Dark Lanterns. Her second iteration in Gestalt Eberron is not featured because I’m lazy and that Elle is just an improved, gestalt version of Elle, the Master Inquisitive.

Elle, the Master Inquisitive
Eberron Prime
Current Status: Semi-Retired aboard Ein’s Airship
CR 9

Female Half-Elf Rogue 8/ Master Inquisitive 1
True Neutral

Strength 8 (-1)
Dexterity 17 (+3)
Constitution 13[(+1)]/ (17) [(+4)]
Intelligence 14 (+2)
Wisdom 12 (+1)
Charisma 10 (+0)

Total Hit Points: 50

Speed: 30 feet
Armor Class: 20 = 10 +4 [studded] +3 [dexterity] +2 [shield] +1 [Amulet, natural armor]
Touch AC: 13
Flat-footed: 20 [improved uncanny dodge (no flanks)]

Initiative modifier: +7 (+4 [improved initiative])
Fortitude save: +8 (+1 [cloak of resistance])
Reflex save: +12 (+1 [cloak of resistance])
Will save: +4/+6 (+1 [cloak of resistance])
Attack (handheld): +6
Attack (unarmed): +6
Weapon Finesse: +10/+5
Attack (missile) +10/+5
Grapple check: +6

Region of Origin: Breland
Dragonmarked House: Medani [Mark of Detection]
Languages: Common Elven Gnome Orc Qabalrin

+1 Dagger [1d4 +1, crit 19-20/x2, range inc 10 ft., 1 lb., light, piercing]

+1 Throwing Manacles x20 [1d2 +1 nonlethal, crit x2, range inc. 20 ft, bludgeoning; Note: ranged touch attack, target is grappled (no threatened sqs., no Dex to AC; can take move actions) , Escape Artist DC 30, STR check DC 26, hardness 10, hp 10)]

+1 Sap [1d6 nonlethal, crit x2., 2 lb., light, bludgeoning]

+1 Rapier [1d6, crit 18-20/x2, 2 lb., one-handed, piercing]

+1 Hand Crossbow [1d4 +1, crit 19-20/x2, range inc 30 ft, 2 lb., exotic, piercing]

+1 Studded armor [light; +4 AC; max dex +5; check penalty 0; 20 lb.]+1

Buckler [shield, +2 AC; check penalty 0; 5 lb.]

Feats

Investigate Find/Analyze clues w/ Search; find clue (DC 10, +5 (disturbed), +10 (greatly disturbed)), analyze clue (DC 15, +2/day after event, +2 moderate, +5 major))
Least Dragonmark Mark of Detection (detect magic, 2/day)
Weapon Finesse
Improved Initiative
Exotic Weapon Prof.* Weapon: Throwing Manacles (Note: Character feat.)

Skills

Bluff +5
Decipher Script +7
Diplomacy+ 17 (+2 [half-elf] +2 [bluff] +2 [sense motive])
Disable Device +15 (+2 [thieves tools])
Gather Information +16 (+2[half-elf] +2 [know local])
Knowledge (local) +7
Listen Wis +8 (+1 [half-elf])
Move Silently +8 (+5 [boots of elvenkind])
Open Lock +16 (+2 [theives tools])
Search +15/+20/+24 +1 [half-elf] ((+5 [googles of minute seeing]) (+4 [Investigate]))
Sense Motive +13
Spot +13 (+1 [half-elf] +2 [dragonmark])
Use Rope +14

Equipment

1) Cure Light Wounds potion x8
2) MW Thieves Tools
3) MW Manacles x10 (DC 35 Escape Artist, DC 28 STR, hardness 10, hp 10)
4) Amulet of Health (+4) & Natural Armor (+1)
5) Note from PCs (d’Mir Gang’s sigil)
6) Goggles of Minute Seeing
7) Inquisitive’s Kit
8 ) Elixir of Truth (x2)
9) Boots of Elvenkind
10) Cloak of Resistance +1
11) Circle of Sound (message ring, Elle’s Party)
12) Misc. adventuring gear (rope, bedroll, rations, cigarettes, etc.)

Elle, the Spymaster
Complete Eberron
Current Status: A Mission in Newthrone, Q’Barra
CR 5

Female Half-ElfRogue 5
True Neutral

Strength 8 (-1)
Dexterity 16 (+3)
Constitution 13 (+1)
Intelligence 14 (+2)
Wisdom 12 (+1)
Charisma 10 (+0)

Total Hit Points: 26

Speed: 30 feet
Armor Class: 17 = 10 +3 [studded] +3 [dexterity] +1 [natural armor]
Touch AC: 13
Flat-footed: 17 [uncanny dodge]

Initiative modifier:+3
Fortitude save: +2
Reflex save: +7
Will save: +2
Attack (handheld): +2
Attack (unarmed): +2
Weapon Finesse: +7
Attack (missile): +7
Grapple check: +2

Region of Origin: Breland
Dragonmarked House: Medani [Mark of Detection]
Languages: Common Elven Goblin Orc

MW Dagger [1d4-1, crit 19-20/x2, range inc 10 ft., 1 lb., light, piercing]
MW Rapier [1d6-1, crit 18-20/x2, 2 lb., one-handed, piercing]
MW Hand Crossbow [1d4, 19-20/x2, range incr 30 ft., 2 lb., piercing]
MW Studded armor [light; +3 AC; max dex +5; check penalty 0; 20 lb.]

Feats

Least Dragonmark: Mark of Detection (detect magic, 2/day)
Weapon Finesse

Skills

Bluff +8

Diplomacy +12 (+2 [half-elf] +2 [bluff] +2 [sense motive])

Disable Device +12 (+2 [thieves tools])

Disguise +10 (+2 [disguise kit])

Forgery +8 (+2 [forgery kit])

Gather Info. +7 (+2 [half-elf])

Listen Wis +7 (+1 [half-elf])

Open Lock +11 (+2 [thieves tools])

Search +11/+16 (+1 [half-elf] (+5 [goggles of minute seeing]))

Sense Motive +9

Sleight of Hand +11 (+2 [bluff])

Spot +12 (+1 [half-elf] +2 [dragonmark])

Equipment

1) Dark Lantern Communicator/Scrying Watch
2) Googles of Minute Seeing
3) Amulet of Natural Armor +1
4) MW Thieves Tools
5) Forgery Kit
6) Disguise Kit
7) Escape Panic Button
8 ) Cure Light Wounds potion (x3)
9) Elixer of Truth (x3)

The character sheets were created using the Eberron Character Generator.

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