Kingmaker Adventure Path
An oddly covered kobold dressed in tribal wear, always stewing and staring menacingly.
Tartuk was not always a kobold, but a cowardly gnome. When a band of ogres invade his gnome village, Tartuk ran out to surrender to the ogres and offer his help in destroying the village, but the ogres crushed Tartuk before he could squeak out his surrender. His accidentally heroic sacrifice was enough to give the village the chance to defeat the ogres. The village, sorrowed by Tartuk’s death, unanimously voted to restore him to life – so they decided to use a scroll of reincarnate that had sat in the village for years. In an ironic twist of fate, Tartuk was reincarnated as a kobold.
Scandalized, the village didn’t know how to react. Tartuk did – he hadn’t mean to give up his life in the first place and now he had been turned into the most hated of creatures – a Kobold! The fact that his new scales were the same deep purple as his hair in his previous life served only to ensure Tartuk’s shame. Enraged, he fled into the woods, only to nurse a deep grudge. He found a tribe of kobolds, joined them, using his magic and manipulative lies to rally them, and led his new army in an attack against his old village. The resulting battle was furious, and only Tartuk survived. That was fine with him. Since then, the mad kobold has drifted through several River Kingdoms, periodically haunting towns, murdering gnomes, and leading kobold tribes to their doom.
He has found the Sootscales and using an old statue, has tricked the tribe into believing in a phoney curse that will bring great doom upon the tribe if the tribe doesn’t do as Tartuk says. Tartuk had pushed the kobolds into war against the mites and is more than confident the two annoyances will wipe each other out.
The arrival of the PCs threw Tartuk’s plans out of whack and when the statue was returned to Chief Sootscale and broken (thus alleviating “the curse” from the tribe), Tartuk knew it was time for him to disappear and so he did, casting invisibility on himself and running from the cave into the Kamelands.