Faction Overview: Wayfinders

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Illustration by Josef Kucera

The Wayfinders represent some of the Society's foremost experts in first contact scenarios. An organization dedicated to fully pursuing the Starfinder Society's mission statement of exploration, the Wayfinders are at the forefront of expeditions to scan a planet, set foot on an asteroid, or greet a previously unknown species. Wayfinders have a natural passion for exploration, be it through social situations with new species or discovering ancient alien ruins.

Before I start this blog, I want to congratulate some of you on being excellent detectives. The Organized Play team worked diligently in putting together a release schedule for our Starfinder Society factions, which we're now in the process of unveiling. At PaizoCon, several of you approached me and mentioned something about "the Wayfinders" and I feigned ignorance and made jokes about magical compasses. It appears that one of our scenarios let this secret out way earlier than anticipated... so, it's about time to dish out some facts.

With the Wayfinders faction, we have a group of like-minded Starfinders with a common interest: exploration. Starfinders working with the Wayfinders specialize in going beyond the Pact Worlds and into the star systems beyond. They eagerly travel into the Vast to seek out new life and new civiliz... they eagerly explore the Vast and engage with alien species, learning about foreign cultures and crafting strong alliances between the Starfinder Society and alien organizations. Many outsiders consider the Wayfinders' boundless enthusiasm for exploration as reckless; some even cite the recent Scoured Stars incident as a reason for the Starfinder Society—particularly the Wayfinders—to take a more cautious approach to exploring the Vast.

A faction as dedicated as the Wayfinders deserves a dedicated leader. Fitch (CN female ysoki technomancer), not only provides active support to fellow Wayfinders, she also goes out of her way to help Starfinders without ties to her faction. Starfinder Society #1-03: Yesteryear's Truth, by Paizo's own Jason Keeley, is a fine example of Fitch stepping in to energetically support fellow Starfinders going on missions into the Vast. I suspect many players will enjoy interacting with Fitch, especially after getting a chance to meet the faction leader onboard the Wayfinders' flagship: the Master of Stars.

Illustration by Sebastian Rodriguez

Now, I've backed myself into a corner when it comes to showcasing these factions. In the last two blog posts, I've shown off some boons related to the factions. So, I suppose it makes sense to showcase something specific to the Wayfinders. Like I did with the last two previewed boons, I'm going to showcase a different category of boon for the Wayfinders. Allow me to introduce something we've been calling a capstone boon.

Alien Allies (Untyped Boon)

Your tireless contributions to the Wayfinders' cause has not only uncovered unknown worlds; you've also introduced a new species into the Society.

Prerequisites: Wayfinders: Tier 4

Cost: 4 Fame

Benefit: When you select this boon, it does not apply to your current character. Instead, select one of your Starfinder Society characters with 0 XP. That character can select a new playable race without expending the personal boon slot. That character cannot slot a different race boon into the personal boon slot, but can slot another type of personal boon. The rules on this new race will be made available in a future update—and may vary by season.

Special: A new character can only benefit from this boon once. You can only purchase this boon once per character.

Ok, I guess I can't just smoke bomb out after dropping something like that, can I?

Each of our factions will have a capstone boon. These boons are all untyped boons that apply to a new character in the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. The Wayfinders' boon is something that the organized play team knows is popular: access to new races. As the boon says, the specifics of the new race aren't yet detailed, which is quite intentional (I swear, I'm not skimping out on work). John and I have schemed together and already have potential candidates for this new race, but the result will come down to player choice. Hint: Just like in Pathfinder Society, the reporting conditions will be very important to the continued narrative of the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild campaign.

Alrighty, another week, another faction complete! Check back soon, when I present details on the Dataphiles—a faction we've talked about before, but have some new ‘data' to share (*badumtish*). Ok, that joke was bad and I'm sorry... but believe me when I say, you'll want to come back to read about the Dataphiles and a new subset of boon that's sure to shake up how people think about gaming in the organized play format!

Thurston Hillman
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Very cool, I think each of these get better and better. I think they all fit the flavor of the setting very well.


Is this the Exo-Guardians' capstone or the Wayfinders'?

Preview wrote:


Prerequisites: Exo-Guardians: Tier 4


Nice.

I hope there's a Silver Crusade style faction as well!

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Dal Selpher wrote:

Is this the Exo-Guardians' capstone or the Wayfinders'?

Preview wrote:


Prerequisites: Exo-Guardians: Tier 4

Gah! Sorry for some of the flubs here, the blogs have been one of the later additions to the "Road to Gen Con" and after spending the past few weeks going over scenarios and guides, it looks like a few gremlins (space pugwampi?) have snuck in.

Obviously, this requires Wayfinders Tier 4!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

Oh, I like Fitch! Another interesting faction! I am especially excited about the capstone boon.

Hmm

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Nice.

I hope there's a Silver Crusade style faction as well!

I believe they've already said that the Exo-Guardians are sort of the spiritual successor to the Silver Crusade. Their symbol even looks like Seelah's helm.


Thurston Hillman wrote:
Dal Selpher wrote:

Is this the Exo-Guardians' capstone or the Wayfinders'?

Preview wrote:


Prerequisites: Exo-Guardians: Tier 4

Gah! Sorry for some of the flubs here, the blogs have been one of the later additions to the "Road to Gen Con" and after spending the past few weeks going over scenarios and guides, it looks like a few gremlins (space pugwampi?) have snuck in.

Obviously, this requires Wayfinders Tier 4!

You guys and gals are busy and a blog typo here and there are not a big deal. But I do have a related concern. How carefully were the pregens checked? Mistakes made on those are pretty much permanent since many copies will have been printed out before a correction could take place. The last set of Pathfinder pregens were much better then the core ones but even they had some errors. With there being a second set of pregens that don't necessarily match the versions released for the demo and last minute changes to the stats system I can easily see the possibilities for a few typos/errors creeping in.

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Bigguyinblack wrote:
You guys and gals are busy and a blog typo here and there are not a big deal. But I do have a related concern. How carefully were the pregens checked? Mistakes made on those are pretty much permanent since many copies will have been printed out before a correction could take place. The last set of Pathfinder pregens were much better then the core ones but even they had some errors. With there being a second set of pregens that don't necessarily match the versions released for the demo and last minute changes to the stats system I can easily see the possibilities for a few typos/errors creeping in.

It's my understanding that the pregens are slated to have multiple sets of eyes review them. Also, they'll be going through an external editing pass (unlike the blogs). I'm hoping to announce more on the pregens soon™.

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First World Bard wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

Nice.

I hope there's a Silver Crusade style faction as well!
I believe they've already said that the Exo-Guardians are sort of the spiritual successor to the Silver Crusade. Their symbol even looks like Seelah's helm.

Eh, I got more of a guard/space cop vibe from them, rather than just an in general "we want to help people!"


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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Dal Selpher wrote:

Is this the Exo-Guardians' capstone or the Wayfinders'?

Preview wrote:


Prerequisites: Exo-Guardians: Tier 4

Gah! Sorry for some of the flubs here, the blogs have been one of the later additions to the "Road to Gen Con" and after spending the past few weeks going over scenarios and guides, it looks like a few gremlins (space pugwampi?) have snuck in.

Obviously, this requires Wayfinders Tier 4!

An early success! More to come!!! >:D


This product is one of the most furry-friendly tabletop rpg's I've seen come out since Mouse Guard. I love it.


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SPACE PUGWAMPI!!! wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Dal Selpher wrote:

Is this the Exo-Guardians' capstone or the Wayfinders'?

Preview wrote:


Prerequisites: Exo-Guardians: Tier 4

Gah! Sorry for some of the flubs here, the blogs have been one of the later additions to the "Road to Gen Con" and after spending the past few weeks going over scenarios and guides, it looks like a few gremlins (space pugwampi?) have snuck in.

Obviously, this requires Wayfinders Tier 4!

An early success! More to come!!! >:D

Woohoo!


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I fear for a Kirk/Branigan old school paladin, just for immunity to extra-terrestrial diseases.

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So I assume that Fitch is going to be mostly unavailable for Absalom based scenarios since she's constantly out in the field and its starting to affect the faction's paperwork. I mean there are so many datapads that need her thumbprint and, oh look, another holomail she didn't answer!

Just....someone tell me where she parked that twelve billion credit ship she's flying around in? And did she just send in ANOTHER request for Exo-Guardian support? What's she doing now, refighting the Swarm Wars?

Yes, of course the Exo Guardians said they're going to support her, she's already let them blow up a planet this year! What do you mean she found life on a comet? How the hell did she do that, it's a comet!

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Eleanor Ferron did an extraordinary job in making these fun faction leaders even more engaging, endearing, and memorable in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–01: The Commencement. I think you'll really appreciate Fitch's idiosyncrasies.

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
(space pugwampi?)

SPACE PUGWAMPIS!!!!!!!!

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John Compton wrote:
Eleanor Ferron did an extraordinary job in making these fun faction leaders even more engaging, endearing, and memorable in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–01: The Commencement. I think you'll really appreciate Fitch's idiosyncrasies.

You mean the cybernetic mouse lady has MORE idiosyncrasies?

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thecursor wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Eleanor Ferron did an extraordinary job in making these fun faction leaders even more engaging, endearing, and memorable in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–01: The Commencement. I think you'll really appreciate Fitch's idiosyncrasies.

You mean the cybernetic mouse lady has MORE idiosyncrasies?

I think, much like all our faction leaders, Eleanor's done a fantastic job of highlighting some great characteristics. Not to mention quirks... so many quirks! :)


Is her focus on self-augmentation in any way related to her apparent albinism?

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*pictures a one player wayfinder union where every character takes that boon and passes it on to the next one*

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I wonder which factions lost their leader when the incident happened and have someone suddenly pushed into place trying to adapt.

I'm sure that The First Seeker feels like that, but it sounds like there should be others as well.

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BretI wrote:

I wonder which factions lost their leader when the incident happened and have someone suddenly pushed into place trying to adapt.

I'm sure that The First Seeker feels like that, but it sounds like there should be others as well.

I have the feeling that Fitch is a long haul cowgirl. Maybe it's the picture but she looks like this is not her first rodeo.

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I like the write up. And I get wayfinders as a designation similar to the wayfinder compass. I just think of the Wayfinder Foundation from Eberron. So in the same spirit, I found my faction.

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Speaking of Faction Leader quirks, will GMs have suggestions or a framework on how to RP the various key NPCs as they're released?

For example, I've encountered no shortage of different "personalities" for Drandle/Drendle Drang/Dreng while playing PFS. Some GMs roleplayed him as crotchety, some as absent-minded, some as an alcoholic or addict, and some as a kindly old man with years of experience. Some of that may be the fault of different authors, but I'm hoping each of the Faction Heads and Starfinder (VCs?) will be more consistent in how people interpret and portray them.

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Nefreet, all of those are Drandle Dreng. He's a crafty old geezer who changes how he presents himself with every conversation!

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Well there's the Drendle Drandle axis which represents sobriety and the Drang Dreng axis which indicates willingness to get your PC's killed for frivolous reasons...

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Nefreet wrote:

Speaking of Faction Leader quirks, will GMs have suggestions or a framework on how to RP the various key NPCs as they're released?

For example, I've encountered no shortage of different "personalities" for Drandle/Drendle Drang/Dreng while playing PFS. Some GMs roleplayed him as crotchety, some as absent-minded, some as an alcoholic or addict, and some as a kindly old man with years of experience. Some of that may be the fault of different authors, but I'm hoping each of the Faction Heads and Starfinder (VCs?) will be more consistent in how people interpret and portray them.

Table variation is table variation, you can't hold a GM down and demand he use only one specific cartoon voice you heard at one other specific table. Generally I give each NPC a little something from the text and something that seems obvious from their picture. In Drendle's case I make him a drunk Professor Farnsworth "Good news everyone, *urp* you're going to Cheliax to face certain death!"


A new race on a future character you say..? Does that mean there's a possibility of playing a roaming space-Wilden..? Or where they never fitted to Pathfinder/Starfinder in the first place <.< I promise to give them more than a three word vocabulary if they exist~

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