The Reverend Stephen Melkanos, A.A.S., E.V., Z.L., L.I.V.R. (aka “The Zen Lunatic”)
Class: Cleric/Magic User/Fighter (10/10/5)
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Race: ? (usually manifests in human form)
Sex: M (when manifest)
Being simultaneously an adventurer and a reclusive scholar typifies the dichotomous counterbalance of forces which is The Zen Lunatic. His studies in the sacred, the scientific and the sorcerous led him to the discovery of a lack of absolutes in the Multiverse, and to a greater understanding of the subjective nature of an objective reality.
As a result of his studies, he is adept at all sorts of illusions and polymorph variations. To him, reality is an editable document, which grants him a certain amount of self-confidence and a capacity for adapting to a situation. Or adapting the situation, which he will tell you is only a question of semantics.
The self-awareness and -control granted to him by the Zen state are demonstrated in part by the fact that inebriation in no way affects his spellcraft or prayer, and that in fact most people don’t even notice when he’s drunk out of his mind. A brief period as a bard may contribute to this ability to hold his liquor.
In person, he can be either flawlessly tactful, utterly heartless, or anything in between depending on situation, whim, or comic effect.
He eventually founded a new religion partly because none of the others quite said all that he believes, and also because there really isn’t anything else to do on a typical Thursday in his home town.
He also likes tea and coffee equally, which has led to him being regarded with suspicion and terror in several communities, not that he notices, or would care if he did.