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Druids always pick the hard way. It encourages natural selection.
  — Leeky Windstaff (Comic 358)  
Leeky
Leeky Windstaff
Biographical information
First Comic

344

Last Comic

399 (in person)
888 (phantasm)

Physical description
Species

Gnome

Gender

Male

Hair color

Grey

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Linear Guild

Class

Druid

Alignment

Neutral Evil[1]

Known masters

Nale (former)

Known apprentices

Kitty

D&D Stats
Level

13+

Str

~8

Con

~12

Wis

17+

Feats

Leadership

Abilities

Gnome racial abilities, druid class abilities, animal companion: hawk "Kitty" (deceased)

Spells

Druid spell list, as restricted by alignment

Leeky Windstaff was a neutral evil gnome druid an one-time member of the Linear Guild. He was hired by Nale to set an ambush for The Order of the Stick in Cliffport. His animal companion was the hawk Kitty.

BiographyEdit

War and XPsEdit

Leeky first appeared in a park near where Julia Greenhilt was being held hostage. He awoke four trees which he also magically protected from various forms of energy (although not sonic energy). With Roy off saving his sister, and Elan and Belkar occupied with Nale and Yokyok respectively, Leeky faced off against Vaarsuvius, Durkon, Haley.

Durkon fled at once, due to his irrational fear of trees. Vaarsuvius attempted to destroy the awoken trees, but found that V's magic did not harm them due to powerful abjurations cast by Leeky. The trees were then free to engage V in melee combat. Meanwhile, Kitty harassed Haley, neutralizing her ability to snipe from the roof.

Durkon was able to turn the tides when he Controlled Weather from a nearby roof. His use of the spell to produce a specific weather effect at a particular place and time, rather than a general weather effect, as the rules specify, was questionable, but Thor didn't care. The sonic boom from the lightning was strong enough to destroy the awakened trees, saving Vaarsuvius. The dwarf then engaged in melee combat with the gnome, a contest which was fairly evenly matched. But with V dispelling Kitty's protections, Roy killed the hawk, and the druid was soon outmatched.

Leeky surrendered to the Order after they defeated him in battle and was apparently handed over to the local authorities. When last seen, Pompey set Leeky free and the two were discussing Pompey's employment as a cohort, implying both had quit the Guild.

Blood Runs in the FamilyEdit

Leeky appeared as a phantasm in the illusory marriage of Tarquin and Elan's Mother. He was among the guests on Tarquin's side.

Current ActivitiesEdit

Leeky's current whereabouts and activities are unknown.

PersonalityEdit

Leeky was picked so he would be an evil opposite of Durkon. He is a short, amoral, and psychotic person devoted to the abstract concept of nature, rather than a short, moral, and kindhearted person devoted to concrete deity, Thor. He is extroverted where Durkon is usually calm and he also uses figurative language quite a bit, which is in opposition to Durkon's more straightforward speaking style.

Leeky was kicked out of his druid circle because he is clearly unbalanced (like Durkon was banished) and similar to Durkon's last name (Thundershield), his last name is an element followed by an item formerly in his possession (it was broken when Durkon summoned a lightning storm). He also has the power to control aspects of nature, which he uses in the city park of Cliffport by sending trees to attack the citizens (which clicks completely with Durkon's utter terror of them).

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Leeky was possibly the most powerful of the Linear Guild, as it took many characters working together to take him down (as well as willful misinterpretation on Thor's part of the spell "Control Weather") to stop the trees as Vaarsuvius could not stop them with Fire or Lightning. He had a powerful hawk as an animal companion named "Kitty" and he is of sufficient level (13+) that he is capable of shape-shifting into the form of a dire bear.[2] He likes to brag about his optimization, furthering his apparent power.

  • High Level Druid: The fact that he could awaken at least four trees (via the canonical fifth level spell Awaken)[3] suggests he is a high level druid. The energy emanating from his staff may suggest use of the spell Spellstaff, meaning it could have been only three awakened trees of his native spellcasting ability. Further, it is also possible that the staff could be a magical item storing more than one charge. Alternatively, with a high enough wisdom (20+) he could cast four 5th level spells per day. Regardless, his ability to cast Fire Storm, a 7th level spell, means he is at least 13th level and has 17+ wisdom.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Giant ITP Forum - Re: No love for Neutral alignments in OOTS, The Giant
  2. Comic #353, "If a Druid Falls in the City, Does He Make a Noise?"
  3. Comic #344, "A Walk in the Park"
  4. Comic #359, "Roll Over"
Linear Guild
NaleSabineThogZz'dtriHilgya FirehelmYikyikYokyokYukyukLeeky WindstaffPompey
Appearances
344, 345, 346, 352, 353, 354, 358, 359, 360, 361, 399, 888

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