A is for Ajani

AtoZ2019AAjani Goldmane is a white-aligned planeswalker, even having one red-white and three green-white iterations. His specialty is magic of the purification of body and soul: spells that heal and strengthen his allies, and spells that evoke the inner, spiritual essence of others.

“Duty, honor, and valor are either in your heart or they are not. You will never know for certain until you are tested.”

Ajani was born on Naya and became an outcast within his own family, an albino leonin never accepted by the rest of his pride. The only person who cared about him was his brother Jazal, the leader of their pride and Ajani’s inspiration. Ajani had always shown potential as a mage and healer, but had assumed his main calling was to be a warrior in Jazal’s service. The day that Ajani’s brother was assassinated by unknown forces was the day that Ajani’s Planeswalker spark ignited, and everything changed. His quest to discover his brother’s killer has led him into a tangle of intrigue woven by mysterious forces, forcing him to broaden his skills as a warrior and to unlock new potential within himself. After thwarting Nicol Bolas’s plans on Alara, Ajani set aside his anger and began to travel the Multiverse. He became a mentor to leonin communities on many planes, including Theros.

While on Theros, Ajani set out to find his old friend, Elspeth. With the help of King Brimaz, he searched the plane for the woman who had become known as the Hydra Killer. When he finally found Elspeth, the situation was far more dangerous than he could have imagined. The gods blamed Elspeth for the unstable state of the world. To set things right, Ajani and Elspeth journeyed into Nyx and battled Xenagos. Elspeth killed the God of Revels, but with dire consequences; she was fatally wounded by the god Heliod. Though Theros was restored to its natural state, Ajani was furious with the gods for what they did to his friend.

Seeking a place to grieve, Ajani journeyed to Kamigawa and to the home of his friend Tamiyo. There he mourned the loss of Elspeth and began to heal. He learned from Tamiyo of the horrors that the Planeswalker Tezzeret committed against the innocent. Unwilling to allow such a man to cause more pain, Ajani set out to track him down, traveling to the plane on which the artificer was last seen: Kaladesh.

In Dungeons & Dragons

18_D36TzZooYHAs a planeswalker who dominates healing and purifying magic, Ajani Goldmane fits the role of a Cleric very well. His race doesn’t exist in the core rules, though, so we have to create one following the guidelines we can find in the DungeonMaster’s Guide.

The mountains of Naya are home to the leonin. Like lions, the males have manes, but the coloration of their coats range from mottle-jaguar to silver-gray to totally black. With the fall of the Empire of the Clouds, there was a divison in the race: Cloud Nacatl maintain an opulent lifestyle in the remaining mountaintop fortresses while the Wild Nacatl have returned to a more feral and tribal existence. Their social unit is the pride, each of them with a leader, which status is determined through ferocity and survival rather than blood ties.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2 and your Charisma score increases by 1.
  • Age. Leonin are close to human standards of longevity, but they reach maturity earlier, at around 10 years.
  • Alignment. Most leonin respect freedom in all its forms, so they tend to chaotic alignments.
  • Size. Your size is Medium, even though you are taller and heavier that average humans.
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Keen Smell. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that ely on smell.
  • Running Leap. With a 10-foot running start, you can long jump up to double your Strength score.
  • Languages. You can speak, read and write Common and your choice of one other standard language or Sylvan.

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