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Miron
Miron Shewdanker
Biographical information
First Comic

757

Last Comic

945

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Age

38+

Hair color

Bald

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Vector Legion
Empire of Tears
Tyrinaria (formerly)

Class

Wizard or Sorcerer

Alignment

Evil[1]

Known masters

The Weeping King (nominal)

Status

Unknown

D&D Stats
Level

Wizard 15+ or Sorcerer 16+

Str

~9

Dex

~9

Con

6+

Int

18+ if wizard

Wis

~11

Cha

18+ if sorcerer

Spells

Baleful Polymorph, Contingency, Greater Dispel Magic, Horrid Wilting, Teleport, unspecified defensive spell

Miron Shewdanker was a member of the Vector Legion, and the de facto ruler of the Empire of Tears.

BiographyEdit

Pre-OrderEdit

Miron adventured with the Vector Legion (under 1st edition rules) for some time in his youth. Later, Tarquin decided to conquer and empire in the Western Continent. After his kingdom was overthrown, he hatched his plan to act as the power behind the thrones of a revolving series of kingdoms and empires in order to give the appearance of change while remaining in control the whole time. For this scheme he enlisted his old adventuring group, and Miron took on an active role.

No Cure for the Paladin BluesEdit

Miron acted as Chancellor for Lord Tyrinar[2] the Bloody of Tyrinaria, secretly aiding Tarquin[3] in controlling the kingdom from behind the scenes. In this capacity, he sent a letter to Haley Starshine about the imprisonment of her father.[2]

After the fall of Tyrinaria was orchestrated by the Legion, Miron took over as the power behind the throne for the Empire of Tears, along with the as-yet-unnamed human fighter member of the Legion.[4]

Blood Runs in the FamilyEdit

Miron was involved in Tarquin's contingency plans around the Order of the Stick and Girard's Gate. After the Linear Guild was forced to retreat from the pyramid, Kilkil and Tarquin executed this plan, which brought Miron, Laurin Shattersmith, and the entire army of the Empire of Blood to the scene. Miron stood by while Tarquin and Laurin murdered Nale, and refused to fight when Tarquin wanted them to kill Roy, Belkar, and "Durkon". However, he was obligated to engage with the Order when Tarquin called in a favor which he had apparently been sitting on for fifteen years.

During the battle with the Order of the Stick, Miron was successful in dismounting the Order by a Baleful Polymorph of Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator into a small lizard. When their own mount was banished by Vaarsuvius' Prismatic Spray, Tarquin, Miron, and Laurin engaged the Order on foot. Vaarsuvius identified Miron as the primary target for the party, and Miron was taken out of the fight in the first round, when Roy charged past an attacking Tarquin to use the Spellsplinter Maneuver to disrupt his casting of Horrid Wilting. This was the first use of that feat in many decades, as the knowledge had died with Horace Greenhilt, only to be learned by Roy in the afterlife. While Miron was able to dodge V's Disintegrate ray, he was stabbed twice by Belkar and hit with four arrows from Haley. The large amount of damage triggered a Contingency spell Miron had in place, causing him to teleport away from the fight involuntarily.[5]

In order get Laurin into the fight, Tarquin agreed to a favor for her. She called it in immediately, requesting that he turn over control of the Rift left over from the destruction of Girard's Gate to her control. Some time after their fight with the Order, Laurin and Miron investigated the unsealed rift supported by soldiers from the Empire of Sweat. Laurin became fascinated by what she saw in the Rift. The Snarl emerged and attacked her and Miron. It is unknown if he survived.[6]

Personality and TraitsEdit

His main motive is greed, as evidenced by the attempted ransom of Ian Starshine and his initial refusal to assist Tarquin during his battle with the Order of the Stick due to the lack of profit[7], though Tarquin called in an old favor he had been sitting on for twelve years.[8]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Arcane Caster: Miron is an arcane spellcaster of some ability. He is most likely a Wizard or Sorcerer, though he could easily be any number of alternate arcane-casting base and prestige classes. Whatever the class, he casts as a 15th or 16th level caster (depending on which spell progression), and has an 18+ in the relevant ability score for that class, based on his attempt to cast the 8th level Horrid Wilting spell.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Forum post by Rich Burlew
  2. 2.0 2.1 Comic #131, "Money Makes the World Go Round"
  3. Comic #757, "Something Blue"
  4. Comic #758, "Spins of the Father"
  5. Comic #928, "Go"
  6. Comic #945, "Jumbled Up"
  7. Comic #921, "Shot Down"
  8. Comic #924, "Resource Management"
Vector Legion
TarquinMalackMiron ShewdankerLaurin ShattersmithJacinda • Vector Legion Fighter
Appearances
757, 758, 759, 915, 916, 918, 921, 924, 925, 926, 927, 928, 945

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