Last Ruling Steward

Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
11	STR	2	11-	112kg; 2d6
12	DEX	6	11-	OCV:  3/DCV:  3
13	CON	12	11-	
11	BODY	4	11-	
16	INT	6	11-	PER Roll 11-
18	EGO	16	11-	ECV:  3
18	PRE	8	11-	PRE Attack:  2d6
12	COM	1	11-	
3	PD	1		Total:  PD/PDr
3	ED	0		Total:  ED/EDr
3	SPD	8		Phases:  6, 12
6	REC	2		
30	END	2		
30	STUN	6		Total Characteristics Cost:  74

Movement:	Running:  6"/12"
		Swimming:  2"/4"

Cost	Powers & Skills
Combat Training:
6	Combat Skill Levels:  +2 with Swords

100	The Palantir:  Clairsentience:  Normal Sight, See:  Future and Past, Range:  
	76,800,000,000", 0 END (+1/2), Visions Under the Limited Control of Sauron, 
	OAF [Unbreakable] (-1)

Background Skills:
6	Contact:  Boromir 15-
6	Contact:  Faramir 15-
2	Contact:  Theoden 11-
1	Favor:  Rohan (the Red Arrow)
90	Followers:  64,000 @ 75-points
15	Money:  Filthy Rich
10	Perk:  Head of State

3	Adunaic (Completely Fluent w/accent); Literacy; Similarity Cost:  -1
7	AK:  Gondor 16-
11	AK:  Minas Tirith 20-
9	Bureaucratics 16-
9	High Society 16-
5	KS:  Gondorian History 14-
8	KS:  Gondorian Nobility 17-
8	KS:  Politics of Gondor 17-
5	Oratory 14-
5	Persuasion 14-
2	Rohirric (Basic Conv.); Literacy
7	Tactics 14-
1	Westron (Native Accent); Literacy
1	WF:  Swords
317	Total Powers & Skills Cost
391	Total Character Cost

75+	Disadvantages
10	Age:  60+
	Psychological Limitation:
15	Fear of the Future (Common, Strong)
20	Proud (Very Common, Strong)
15	Under Sauron's Partial Domination (Common, Strong)
10	Public ID:  Ruling Steward of Gondor
5	Gondorian Nobility (LessPow, NCI) 8-
10	Sauron (MoPow, NCI) 8-
231	Bonfire Bonus
391	Total Disadvantage Points


Denethor II, son of Ecthelion II was the last Ruling Steward of Gondor. His family had ruled in the stead of the missing king for a thousand years (since Third Age 2050) and had been the hereditary steward of the Kings for hundreds of years before that. Denethor had two sons, Boromir and Faramir, who were his greatest captains. Denethor was born in Third Age 2935, and was eighty-four at the time of the War of the Ring. Although that is not particularly old for one in whom the "blood of Westernesse ran true", Denethor had been aged beyond his years by his attempts to use the palantir, and his encounters there with the mind of Sauron.

Although a great captain, Denethor was overshadowed in his youth by the greater captain Thorongil. In later life, he realized that Thorongil was Aragorn II and began to fear that Aragorn and Gandalf plotted to supplant his power over Gondor. Denethor opposed relinquishing the throne of Gondor to a descendant of Isildur, as Gondor's kings were descendants of Anarion, Isildur's brother.

In his pride and concern for Gondor, Denethor chose to look into the palantir to try to determine the actions of Sauron, and so fell under the Dark Lord's power, for Sauron had recovered the palantir of Minas Ithil centuries before. Sauron twisted all that Denethor saw in the stone, thus slowly unhinging the Steward's mind.

During the War of the Ring, Boromir was killed and Faramir struck with the Black Breath, a terrible magical disease. This, combined with Denethor's vision in the palantir of the fleet of Umbar sailing up the Anduin (which it was, but under Aragorn's control) caused the Steward to despair, and he tried to cremate both Faramir and himself. Faramir was rescued, but Denethor died in the flames, holding the palantir, which ever after would show no image but a pair of burning hands.

Toward the end of his life, Denethor took to wearing a mail shirt at all times, in the belief that the effort would keep his body strong.


1. The 64,000 followers are Gondor's army. The population of Gondor at the time is 7,700,000, according to ICE.

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