Important people need bodyguards. Lots of them. These bodyguards need a leader. In addition to overseeing the more physical bodyguards, bodyguard leaders may oversee infiltrators, spies, and technical geniuses.

Branden McKendrick is one such leader. He can be used as the chief of a security for a villain, or even for a benevolent organization if the PCs have become a little evil.

McKendrick believes in being prepared. To this end he will have stealthy bodyguards in the crowd, watching out for potential hostiles. If possible, these hostiles will be removed quickly and efficiently. In addition, he has technical experts scanning the radio waves, listening for anything suspicious. Organized attackers frequently use professional walkie talkies and other communication gear which they believe to be secure, but his experts know how to crack these codes. He may employ snipers on nearby rooftops, both to attack hostiles and to watch for hostile snipers. Finally, his client will be followed at all times by bulletcatchers, many of whom will be in disguise.

If given at least a minute to prepare, McKendrick will use his Plan talent to grant bonuses to himself and any nearby bodyguards. In any hostile event, McKendrick will rush his client, throw them to the ground, and cover their body, using the harm's way talent. His sudden action ability gives him an edge in a surprise assault.

Bodyguard Leader Branden McKendrick (Smart Hero 4/Tough Hero 3/Bodyguard 8): CR 15; Medium Humanoid (human); HD 4d6+3d10+8d12+30, hp 115, Mas 14; Init +2, Spd 30 ft.; Def 23 (+2 Dex, +7 class, +3 undercover vest); BAB +10, Grap +11; Atk martial arts +11/+6 melee (1d4+1) or small pistol +12/+ ranged (2d6+2); S/R 5 ft./5 ft.; SA combat sense +2; SQ defensive strike, harm's way, improved charge, sudden action; AL employer, any; SV Fort +9, Ref +10, Will +6; AP 7, Rep +5; Str 12, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 14.
Occupation: Law Enforcement (class skills: Diplomacy, Intimidate; bonus feat: Personal Firearms Proficiency)
Skills: Concentration +8, Craft (mechanical) +4, Demolitions +4, Diplomacy +9, Disguise +4, Drive +8, Forgery +2, Gather Information +4, Intimidate +11, Knowledge (behavioral sciences) +10, Knowledge (current events) +8, Knowledge (tactics) +14, Knoweldge (any one) +10, Listen +11, Profession +7, Research +5, Search +8, Sense Motive +9, Spot +11.
Feats: Alertness, Armor Proficiency (light), Combat Martial Arts, Confident, Educated (Knowledge [behavioral sciences], Knowledge [tactics], any other two), Personal Firearms Proficiency, Pistolero (Master), Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Quick Draw
Talents (Smart): Plan, savant (Knowledge [tactics])
Talents (Tough): DR 1/-, remain conscious
Possessions: small pistol with 4 magazines (15 rounds each), undercover vest, encrypted professional walkie talkie headset.

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