Size/Type: Medium Humanoid (Elf); Hit Dice: 10d12 + 50; 144 HP Initiative: +5 Speed: 30 ft.; base speed 30 ft. Armor Class: 27 (32 when using Combat Expertise), touch 11, flat-footed 24 Special Defenses: Damage Reduction 3/- (Adamantine Plate), Spell Resistance 21 (Mantle of Spell Resistance)

Base Attack/Grapple: +10/+15 Attack: +16 melee (+11 when using Combat Expertise) Sword of Law (1d8+5, +2d6 Law vs. Chaotic/17-20x2) Full Attack: +16/+11 melee (+11/+6 when using Combat Expertise) Sword of Law (1d8+5, +2d6 Law vs Chaotic/17-20x2) Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft. Special Attacks: Sword of Mercy: 1d8+1d6+5 nonlethal damage (used against those he does not wish to kill) Saves: Fort +8, Ref +4, Will +11 Abilities: Str 20 (14), Dex 12, Con 20, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 18 Skills: Diplomacy +14, Handle Animal +9, Knowledge (nobility) +6, Knowledge (history) +6, Ride +8, Sense Motive +10 Feats: Weapon Focus (Longsword), Improved Critical (Longsword), Combat Expertise, Improved Initiative Bonus Feats (Knight): Iron Will, Diehard

Class Features: Armor Mastery (medium), Armor Mastery (heavy), Knight's Challenge

Challenge Rating: 10 Alignment: Lawful Neutral

Gear: Adamantine Plate (DR 3/-, as Dwarven Plate), Mantle of Spell Resistance (SR 21), Shield of the Garland (+2 Heavy Steel Shield), Ring of Protection +2, Belt of Giant Strength +4, Silver Gauntlets of Power +2, Sword of Law (Axiomatic Longsword), Sword of Mercy (Merciful Longsword)

Appearance: Variol is tall for an elf at just over six feet, with long blonde hair pulled back into a tail and serious green eyes. His manner is usually serious and aloof.

Information: Variol was a member of the Knights of the Garland, a knightly order dedicated to defending the borders of his home country. When the outpost came under attack by a black dragon, killing many of the order, the rest set out in search of vengeance. The remaining members of the order tracked the dragon to its lair and slew it, but at a terrible price: all of the knights but Variol himself were killed in the attack. Variol swore to uphold the honor of his order as the last Knight of the Garland. Using the wealth of the dragon's hoard to arm himself with powerful weapons and armor, he set off alone.

Tactics: Variol's main strategy in combat is to single out the foe most likely to pose a threat to him and expend a use of his knight's challenge to compel that enemy to attack him. He will use all subsequent actions fighting that foe until they are defeated, after which he will challenge and engage a new enemy. If a foe has surrendered or is unable to defend themselves, Variol will stop attacking; however, if he believes that they are still a valid threat he will use the Sword of Mercy to knock them unconscious.