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Claude Duval, Gentleman of the Road

“Unmasking the Charismatic Highwayman: Claude Duval’s Daring Escapades and Captivating Charm Revealed!”

Claude Duval, Gentleman of the Road
  • Alias: None known
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Highwayman, Gentleman of the Road
  • Religion: Not explicitly mentioned in historical accounts
  • Allies: Other members of his highwayman gang, those sympathetic to his causes
  • Enemies: Law enforcement, aristocracy, individuals who seek to maintain social order
  • Abode/Base of Operations: Various hideouts in the English countryside
  • Nationality: French-born, operating in England
  • Languages: French, English
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
  • Affiliation(s): Highwayman gang, sympathizers with his Robin Hood-like intentions
  • Significant others: None prominently mentioned in historical records

Step into the tumultuous world of Claude Duval, a name whispered in awe and admiration across the English countryside. A rogue with an unmatched flair, he navigates the highways with the grace of a phantom and the charisma of a suitor, leaving tales of daring escapades and chivalrous antics in his wake.

Character Description: Claude Duval’s presence is an enigma of contrasts. His form is that of a gallant cavalier, his attire an artful fusion of dashing elegance and rugged boldness. His eyes gleam with a playful glint, mirroring the charm that dances upon his lips. With a stance both confident and nonchalant, he commands attention with a mere flourish of his hand.

Driving Fear and Motivation: In the depths of his heart, fear resides as an unwelcome guest—fear of the mundane, of living a life shackled by the humdrum. He fears the prospect of being trapped in the confines of a predictable existence, devoid of the adrenaline that courses through his veins during his daring escapades. It’s this fear that propels him to do what he does, for the thrill of defying conventions and conquering the open road.

Unveiling the Why: Claude Duval’s path to infamy began as a mere traveler, a soul navigating a world filled with injustice and societal constraints. A chance encounter with the injustices inflicted upon the vulnerable set him on an unforeseen course, and he decided to become a highwayman—a modern-day Robin Hood of sorts. He aims to redistribute wealth, to bring a glimmer of hope to those oppressed by the upper echelons of society, and to rewrite the narrative of the downtrodden.

The Grand Ambition: Beyond the glory of successful heists and the thrill of eluding pursuers, Claude Duval’s ambition extends to kindling an uprising—a rebellion against the imbalance between the privileged and the marginalized. His motivations extend beyond personal gain, his endeavors transcending mere criminality. In his heart, he yearns for a society where valor and kindness are championed, where camaraderie supersedes class divisions, and where his actions resonate as a call to arms against tyranny.

In the annals of Claude Duval’s tale, there exists a tapestry woven with daring exploits, heartfelt gestures, and a desire for justice. His life reverberates through the winding roads he traverses, an embodiment of swashbuckling romance and noble intentions. Whether painted as a criminal or a champion of the oppressed, his story stands as a testament to the human spirit’s unyielding quest for freedom and the unquenchable thirst for adventure.

Claude Duval, Gentleman of the Road

Medium humanoid (human), chaotic good

Armor Class: 15 (leather armor) Hit Points: 67 (9d8 + 27) Speed: 30 ft.

10 (+0)16 (+3)16 (+3)12 (+1)14 (+2)18 (+4)

Skills: Acrobatics +5, Deception +6, Insight +4, Performance +6, Persuasion +6 Senses: Passive Perception 12 Languages: French, English


Rapier. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1d8 + 3 piercing damage.

Charmed Words. Claude Duval can use his action to engage in a brief but charming conversation with a creature. The target must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed by Claude for 1 minute. The charmed creature regards Claude as a friendly acquaintance and is more inclined to converse rather than attack.

Evasion. If Claude Duval is subjected to an effect that allows him to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, he instead takes no damage on a success and half damage on a failure.


Charming Persona.Claude Duval has advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks when dealing with aristocrats or authority figures.
Elegant Finesse.Claude Duval can add his Charisma modifier to his attack and damage rolls when using a finesse weapon.
Noble Banditry.Claude Duval can use his Charmed Words ability as a reaction to divert the attention of an enemy attacking him or his allies.


  • Fine leather armor
  • Rapier
  • Tricorn hat
  • Thieves’ tools
  • Nobleman’s attire
  • Lockpicks

Magic Items

  • Duval’s Charmed Feather: This feathered trinket allows Claude Duval to cast Charm Person once per day.

Legendary Actions

Claude Duval can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time, and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Claude Duval regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.

  • Graceful Parry. Claude Duval can use his reaction to add his Charisma modifier to his AC against one attack.
  • Eloquent Banter. Claude Duval can use his legendary actions to engage in witty dialogue, distracting or charming an opponent within 30 feet. The target must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed or distracted for 1 round.
  • Quick Footwork. Claude Duval can use his legendary actions to move up to half his movement speed without provoking opportunity attacks.

Currently in the World

Claude Duval painting by William Powell Frith, Date 1860
Claude Duval painting by William Powell Frith, Date 1860

Claude Duval stands at a crossroads, his stance confident yet relaxed, as if the very world bows before him. His attire is a symphony of elegance and ruggedness, a testament to his dual nature. A tricorn hat perches jauntily atop his head, casting a shadow over his sharp eyes that hold an air of playful mystery. His hair, a cascade of dark waves, dances in the wind, echoing the untamed spirit that defines him.

In the heart of a moonlit glade, dappled shadows play upon the forest floor, creating a mosaic of nature’s artistry. The rustle of leaves accompanies the subtle whisper of the wind, as if the woods themselves hold their breath in his presence. A fine mist, born of the nearby stream, weaves through the trees, wrapping the scene in an otherworldly aura.

His mood is one of quiet confidence, a confidence that flows from the knowledge that he is master of his domain. His lips curl into a half-smile, a knowing grin that hints at secrets shared with the stars above. As he stands amidst the symphony of the night, his gaze drifts skyward, as if seeking guidance from the heavens themselves. In this tranquil moment, Claude Duval is both the orchestrator and the audience of the drama that is his life, a tale of audacious exploits and enduring legend.

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