Lair Assault: Spider Killer – Zarif the Scout

When WotC announced the next Lair Assault I was very excited. With it being tied into the Rise of the Underdark theme it was bound to feature the Drow in some fashion, and the adventure title of “Spider Killer” just screams drow attack. Being a huge fan all things drow (I blame reading the R A Salvatore series when I was younger) I have always had a fondness for the devious dark elves and their underdark antics.

Lair Assaults give me a rare opportunity to participate as a player when I visit Mondo Comico in Nottingham (as I usually DM the events here in Leicester) so as soon as Paul announced the date they were running this I signed up immediately. The only difficult choice to make; what character to play?

My last game as a player up at Mondo was in SyMatt’s adventure at the UKTweetup event where I played my psychotic pixie (feegle) scout, and I was sorely tempted to level him up to the required 9th level for Spider Killer. But then I thought, what better to hunt down and kill evil dark elves and their arachnid allies than one of their own, and so Zarif the Drow Scout was born.

Born a lowly member of a minor house in the great drow city of Menzoberranzan, his house foolishly joined an attack on another house in order to rise in the hierarchy of the city. However, as is often the case in Menzoberranzan, their allies betrayed them and the attack failed. Tradition in the city held that those failing such an action deserved to be wiped out. As the nobles of the family were executed the foot-troops and slaves were taken as prisoners by the other houses involved and Zarif was treated the same as any other slave. He couldn’t stand this and soon took the risk of fleeing the city and joining the ranks of Bregan D’aerthe, home of many houseless males from throughout the city and beyond.

Whilst there, he honed his skills as a scout, not only in the environs of the Underdark but also up on the surface world, most recently in the embattled city of Neverwinter. Following a botched attempt to take control of Neverwinter by Bregan D’aerthe, Zarif took to wondering the sword coast and plying his trade as a blade for hire. When he heard the opportunity to strike at a Drow Priestess in the tunnels of fabled Undermountain he was quick to sign up, eager for his blades to taste the flesh of the Lolth-worshipping fiends that had made his younger years so miserable.


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Zarif, level 9 Drow, Scout

Two-Weapon Style: Flashing Blade Mastery

Ranger Wilderness Knacks: Ambush Expertise

Ranger Wilderness Knacks: Mountain Guide

Level 4 Wilderness Knack: Wilderness Tracker

Level 8 Wilderness Knack: Beast Empathy

Background: Bregan D’aerthe Spy, Upperdark Slave (+2 to Dungeoneering) 


Str 12, Con 10, Dex 21, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 10.


Str 11, Con 10, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 8.

AC: 24 Fort: 16 Reflex: 20 Will: 17

HP: 62 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 15


Dungeoneering +14, Athletics +9, Acrobatics +13, Stealth +15, Perception +12


Arcana +4, Bluff +4, Diplomacy +4, Endurance +3, Heal +7, History +4, Insight +7, Intimidate +6, Nature +7, Religion +4, Streetwise +4, Thievery +8


Level 1: Cunning Stalker

Level 2: Drow Heretic

Level 4: Tainted Wounds

Level 6: Light Blade Expertise

Level 8: Knife in the Dark


Lolthtouched: Cloud of Darkness

Scout aspect of the wild (scout) 1: Aspect of the Cunning Fox

Scout aspect of the wild (scout) 1: Aspect of the Lurking Spider

Level 2 Scout Utility Power: Safe Passage

Level 6 Scout Utility Power: Healing Lore

Scout aspect of the wild (scout) 7: Aspect of the Dancing Serpent


Adventurer’s Kit, Caltrops (2), Hand Crossbow, Crossbow Bolts (20), Nightmare Ward Hide Armor +2, Blackshroud Rapier +2, Spiderkissed Short sword +2, Potion of Healing (heroic tier) (2)

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