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Jiǔtóu Zhìjī Jīng is Kim Richards' character in High Rollers D&D. She is a tiefling monk.

Jiǔtóu, together with Cam, Elora and Trellimar, travel around Arrak as a group to prevent Broken Sky from destroying Dawn Republic. She also has a personal goal to confront Korak the Champion for what he did to her family and herself in the past.

StatsEdit

Race Class & Level Alignment
Tiefling Monk, Level 15
Way of the Four Elements
Chaotic Neutral
Background Patron Armour Class Hitpoints
Folk Hero None 18 75
Ability Scores
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
8 20 11 10 16 10
For spells, features, traits, equipment and proficiencies, click here.

Note 1: Hitpoints correct as of Episode 79.[1]
Note 2: Ability Scores correct as of Episode 79.[1]

AppearanceEdit

Jiǔtóu's skin is purple in colour. Her horns, a distinctive tiefling feature, are fully grown. She also has a tail, another distinctive tiefling feature. Thanks to her horns she reaches a height of 5' 9" (175cm). Just like Kim's Minecraft avatar, nanosounds, Jiǔtóu has a pair of flower hairpins pinned in her long black hair. She also has red eyes that glow, sometimes with flames. On her back are multiple scars from the torture she faced as a slave during her younger days.

Jiǔtóu wears a Chinese-inspired robe, mainly in colours of red, black and gold, over her underclothes. She wields a guandao (reskined quarterstaff for flavor).

After ResurrectionEdit

HRStorySoFar - Resurrected Jiutou

A physically young Jiǔtóu, with her companions standing behind her. Screenshot from "The Story So Far".

Jiǔtóu is resurrected in Session 9 after her death in Session 6. As a result of the consequence linked to the character's first resurrection, Jiǔtóu is physically reduced in age to when she was 15 years old, yet retains her present memory, including the teachings by Master Guanyin. She had to tailor her clothes to fit her now small stature.

On several occasions, Jiǔtóu uses her younger stature to prevent anyone from serving her alcoholic beverages, either to simply avoid drinking them or to not harm the tavern's owner.

PersonalityEdit

Jiǔtóu is quite an angry character, the result of years of suffering. She gets bored easily and often wanders away from the group when she feels they aren't moving quickly enough. She values freedom, and her objective is to free other tieflings who are suffering as slaves. She is headstrong, even to the point of her own destruction and peril. After being revived from death, Jiǔtóu is now cautious of her actions, knowing that certain actions may lead to undesirable consequences.

Jiǔtóu is very fond of her parents after losing them at a young age, but no longer remembers how they look like. In Session 16, when Enoran revealed her exquisite costume that reflects her inner personality, Jiǔtóu shares with him the story of a tiefling Coming-of-Age ceremony, a tradition where parents would dress their children, upon reaching adulthood, in elaborate clothing. She never got a chance to wear such clothing and appreciate Enoran's work. Enoran then tells her that perhaps it is a day where she should give herself another chance.

HistoryEdit

Jiǔtóu was born in a village housing freed tieflings in Bresseras to Mei Li and Zhi Rong. Jiǔtóu spent her childhood just like any typical young tieflings at that time.

Her life abruptly changed at the age of six, when a party of dragonborns raided the village at night. Jiǔtóu witnessed her parents being murdered by a dragonborn whose scales are of red and gold. The same dragonborn abducted her and used her as his personal slave. She is forced to work for him for the next seven years until she successfully escapes his domain. She fled to the Dawn Republic and sought shelter at a monastery run by elves and half-elves. They took her in and taught martial arts and meditation to help her through the trauma.

By age 19, Jiǔtóu felt she was ready and embarked on a quest to free her fellow tieflings from slavery by confronting Korak the Champion, a dragonborn whose scales are of red and gold. She was 23 years old by the time she was on a caravan travelling to the capital Talis'Val, where she met the other adventurers.

In Session 6, Jiǔtóu was killed during a scuffle in the vault of the ruined manor, resulting in her companions having to divert their journey to resurrect her. After completing the task given to them, she is resurrected in Session 9, although with consequences.

RelationshipsEdit

Her CompanionsEdit

See Also: Cam's, Elora's and Trellimar's relationship with the companions

At first, Jiǔtóu is annoyed by her companions for meddling with problems that do not concern her, yet she still helps them to solve the problems so that she could finish her quest as soon as possible. It is through such activities that she slowly opens up to them, especially during the Golden Light Festival. Her improved relationship with Elora, who is an elf, could also be contributed to her experiences with the elven and half-elven monks and nuns back at the monastery during her younger days.

Her death in Session 6 affected both Cam and Elora badly. Trellimar remains composed but advised them on possible locations to resurrect her. During her meditation in Arborea with Master Guanyin, Jiǔtóu reach out and help Trellimar who had fallen in battle in Session 8. Shortly after being resurrected, with the memories of what Master Guanyin had shown her still fresh in her mind, she made a blood oath that she will fight for and stand by them. She now becomes more receptive to her companions and tries to return the favour whenever possible.

Cam BucklandEdit

Despite Cam being irritating, she remains with him because Cam is travelling to Talis'Val to perform for Korak the Champion. Unknown to the rest, she plans to confront Korak as it is his kind, the dragonborn, that enslaved the tieflings.

In Session 9, when Cam passed out drunk at the Oaken Wagon in Feyden, she tries to carry him into the room upstairs for him to rest despite her small stature; Elora and Falk helped her out. However, in Session 11, Jiǔtóu, as well as Elora, Falk and Trellimar, are all shocked by Cam's action leading to Dimitriv's death. Yet, she remains by him as they enter Talis'Val. She also agrees to participate in Cam's performance in Session 16, although reluctant at first.

Despite her oath, Jiǔtóu's frustration towards Cam grew, especially in his joking manner to mask his problems. In her perspective, she believes Cam tries to avoid responsibility for the death of both Dimitriv and Mirela. She eventually confronts him on this issue in Session 27. Cam explains that although he uses his humour as a facade, he claims that he is not running away from his problems, giving priority to saving the problems that the Republic is facing first. He also rebukes Jiǔtóu and states that the circumstances leading to Dimitriv's death are far different to Mirela's, making him upset at Jiǔtóu for making such comparisons. Nonetheless, the two try their best to protect one another after their conversation got interrupted by the attack from Dimitriv's revenant spirit.

Korak the Champion and the dragonbornsEdit

See Also: Korak the Champion's relationship with Jiutou

Jiǔtóu dislikes the entire dragonborn race, especially the one with scales are red and gold that murdered her parents during one of the dragonborn's raids on a village housing tieflings that escaped slavery. The same dragonborn found her and used her as a slave for seven years, after which she escaped and fled to the Dawn Republic. As Korak the Champion is a dragonborn with scales of red and gold, she believes that he is the one who murdered her parents and has enslaved her.

However, when Jiǔtóu confronts Korak the Champion in Session 15, Korak tells her that it was his twin brother, whose scales are also of red and gold, that had enslaved her. Jiǔtóu felt that her training to get revenge has gone to a waste, but Korak rejects her statement. He proposes to Jiǔtóu that they should form an alliance and get revenge in Bresseras since Korak also wishes to get revenge on his father and brother. Korak also believes that tieflings should no longer be seen as an enemy, but as a race that co-exists with the dragonborn, since another war is highly unlikely to happen again.

After receiving a letter from Korak in Session 16, Jiǔtóu has a friendly conversation with him during the tea reception at the Feast of Stone later in the evening. As Korak is a warrior, she wishes to see him returning to fighting.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Note: This section only lists prominent spells, features, traits, equipment, and proficiencies. See Player's Handbook for more information on the character's race and class.

Jiǔtóu carries an explorer's pack. She can speak, read and write Common, Infernal and Abyssal. She is also proficient in cooking.[3]

Being a tiefling monk who follows the monastic tradition of the Way of the Four Elements, Jiǔtóu is proficient in martial arts and has regularly uses the following disciplines: Elemental Attunement, Sweeping Cinder Strike and Water Whip. She also regularly cast Hellish Rebuke and Thaumaturgy as part of tiefling's Infernal Legacy trait.

CrownrendEdit

Main article: High Rollers D&D/Homebrew#Crownrend
HighRollers Crownrend Stats

Mark Hulmes publicly released most information about Crownrend via his Twitter account.[4]

Crownrend is a legendary sentient weapon of Chaotic Evil alignment that Jiutou obtained in Episode 21. It is a dark iron bracer forged around a large fire-red ruby gemstone that glows with malice and intensity when caught in firelight.

The following are instances when Jiǔtóu activates Crownrend to transform it into the first form:

  • Episode 22: activated during the 1346 Grimfang Keep coup d'état. Jiǔtóu punched a hole where Queen Sharisa's heart is and severely wounded Fandrel.
  • Episode 25 and 26: activated during the ruined watchtower ambush against members of the Broken Sky. Crownrend consumes Varesh's heart, injures the young green dragon Irathax and materialises a fire whip to restrain a bronze griffin.
  • Episode 27: activated during the second encounter of Dimitriv's revenant. Jiǔtóu uses it to free Cam from the revenant's grip.
  • Episode 28: activated during the third encounter of Dimitriv's revenant. Killed a nightmare and Crownrend absorbs its heart.
  • Episode 32: activated during the rescue mission in Melody. Killed the leader leading the hobgoblin operations in Hallow. Also injures the manticore.
  • Episode 34: activated during the Battle of Hallow. Jiǔtóu uses it to force Dulgrim to shoot himself.
  • Episode 36: activated it during the confrontation against King Alfadon and Queen Shalana, both who had become winter werewolves. Nearly killed Queen Shalana by resisting the urging from Crownrend.
  • Episode 36: activated during the confrontation against King Selandris and Queen Malisendal. She severely wounds Selandris with it and whips Sylval off the top platform of the Spire with a materialised flaming whip.

Crownrend's second form of transformation is currently not known, though it is suggested during the 2016 Christmas Special episode that it can become a full body suit with wings, allowing the wielder to fly.[5]

Doss LuteEdit

Jiǔtóu obtains a doss lute in Session 19 during the adventurers' exploration of the Temple of Tharizdun. The doss lute is one of the Instruments of the Bards, so it is capable of allowing the owner to cast the following spells once per day each: Animal Friendship, Fly, Invisibility, Levitate, Protection from Evil and Good, Protection from Fire Energy and Protection from Poison.[6]

Although Jiǔtóu is attuned to the doss lute, according to the Player's Handbook, only bards can be attuned to such instruments. Dungeon Master Mark Hulmes is made known to this error after several viewers point out the mistake. Yet, Mark allows Jiǔtóu to keep the doss lute, reasoning that it would be a waste since none of the adventurers are bards.[7]

TriviaEdit

Kim as Jiutou

Kim wearing a replica of Jiǔtóu's horns.

  • Kim's character Jiǔtóu is inspired by the same-named character featured within the famed classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods.[8]
  • At DigitalityX 2016, cosplayer and YouTuber N1njaG1rl cosplayed as Jiǔtóu, a costume that she worked on for several months. She won first place for her performance, which can be viewed here.[9][10]
  • In one of Kim's gifts, she receives a silicon replica of Jiǔtóu's horns made by one of her fans. Katie encourages her to wear the headwear in one of the High Rollers D&D livestreams, given that she too will wear the Moon circlet made by one of her fans. Both of them wear their respective items in Session 21.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 HIGHROLLERS LIVE FROM SEATTLE! - HighRollers D&D (4th June 2017) at 0:33:20
  2. THE PERFORMANCE! - High Rollers D&D: Episode 16 at 2:37:15
  3. The Festival Episode - HighRollers D&D: Episode 26 at 01:04:10
  4. Mark Hulmes D&D's Twitter, 16 Feb 2016, 14:39 UTC
  5. Wet Willie - HighRollers D&D: Episode 37 at 2:49:14
  6. Doss Lute statistics shown on screen at the top, Werewolves! - HighRollers D&D: Episode 36 at 1:16:30
  7. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - HighRollers D&D: Episode 20 at 0:09:34
  8. THE ADVENTURE BEGINS - High Rollers D&D: Episode 1 at 0:11:26
  9. DigitalityX 2016 - Cosplay Showdown
  10. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - HighRollers D&D: Episode 20 at 02:56:44
  11. MY NEW ROOM and I58 VLOG! at 02:38
  12. , Katie's Twitter, 15 Jul 2016, 16:10 UTC