We joke about gamers at conventions who want to tell you about their characters. Most of the time it's perfectly okay, but there's always that one guy who follows you into the bathroom talking about his +5 Holy Avenger. Dude. It's not all right.
As a long-time gamer, I sympathize with the desire to tell others about your paladin. Hell, in the Pathfinder Tales novels I'm basically telling you about my characters. Maybe it's time to turn the tables... with a twist.
When Prince of Wolves came out in 2010, James Sutter wrote a good article describing Radovan for Kobold Quarterly. I tease him that Charisma shouldn't be Radovan's dump stat, but I can't complain unless I stat him out myself.
But I won't. Or at least, I won't show those stats.
My secret is that with Hero Lab I have created character sheets for the important characters for all of my Pathfinder Tales novels. They're a big help when I deal with spell battles, but they also provide inspiration for action scenes. Can the game version of Radovan catch a knife thrown at him? I looked it up. Totally legit!
While I don't want to reveal any "official" stats to preserve the mystery of the characters, there's no reason you can't show us your version.
How would you stat up Radovan and Jeggare? How about Azra or Malena from Prince of Wolves? Burning Cloud Devil would be a challenge, as would Jade Tiger and all of the kami Arnisant meets in Master of Devils. Perhaps the most fun would be statting out Caladrel, Fimbulthicket, Kemeili, and Oparal from Queen of Thorns. And don't forget Ellasif and Declan from Winter Witch! I'm not sure Elaine or I ever did stats for them.
Post your character stats for any of my Pathfinder Tales characters in this blog's comments by January 2, 2013. With a little help from the Paizo editorial team, I'll choose three favorites to receive a signed copy of Queen of Thorns and a Radovan miniature.
What do you say? You've got my full attention. Tell me about my characters.
UPDATE: Additionally, each of the three winners will receive a free copy of Hero Lab from Lone Wolf Development. If the winner already owns Hero Lab, you’ll be able to select up to $20 worth of add-on packages for Hero Lab. The contest has also been extended to January 2, 2013.
So, I had a real problem. Radovan or Varian? I had a pretty good thoughts on both, but every time I tried to put something together, it all kinda falled apart. So, today I made a decision: I'll make Kemeili. She was cool, and a bit mysterious character and her interactions with Radovan were funny and entertaining. So here's my take on Kemeili:
Female elf inquisitor of Calistria 10
CN Medium humanoid (elf)
Init +6; Senses low-light vision; Perception +5
DEFENSE AC 19, touch 14, flat-footed 16 (+5 armor, +1 deflection, +3 Dex)
hp 63 (10d8+10)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +10; +2 vs. enchantments
OFFENSE Speed 30 ft.,
MeleeSting of Calistria +12/+7 (1d3+1)
Ranged mwk daggers +11 (1d4/19-20)
Special Attacks bane (10 rnds/day), critical precision (D)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 10th; concentration +12)
6/day—touch of fatigue
Spells Known (CL 10th; concentration +13)
4th (1/day)—cure serious wounds, sending
3rd (4/day)—blood biography, dispel magic, magic vestments, speak with dead
2nd (5/day)—delay poison, detect thoughts, honeyed words, invisibility, spiritual weapon
1st (6/day)—cure light wounds, disguise self, divine favor, interrogation, wrath
Domain Torture (UM)
STATISTICS Str 10, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 14
Base Atk +7/+2; CMB +7; CMD 20
Feats Lightning Reflexes, Persuasive, Whip Mastery, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (whip)
Skills Bluff +15, Diplomacy +19, Intimidate +26, Know (religion) +13, Profession (temple prostitute) +11, Sense Motive +21, Stealth +11
Languages Elven, Common
SQ cunning initiative, detect alignment, discern lies, judgment /4/day), monster lore, second judgment, stern gaze, solo tactics, teamwork feats (coordinated defense, duck and cover, precise strike), track +5
Combat Gear+1 studded leather armor, Sting of Calistria, mwk dagger (2); Other Gear ring of protection +1, potion of cure moderate wounds(2), spell component pouch, cleric's vestments, book of joy, holy tattoo of calistria (holy symbol), 450 gp
Sting of Calistria
This normal-looking whip is Kemeili's favored weapon, as it represents her goddess. The sting of calistria is a +1 whip. If activated, it can change it's shape to wicked, barbed +1 wounding scorpion whip.
So here she is! I hope ypu like it half as much as I enjoy reading your books! Here's also a quick drawing of Kemeili as I imagined her: Kemeili!
This is really hard, but I've begun narrowing these excellent entries down to three favorites. Soliciting designers' opinions has both reinforced my admiration of some of the more innovative builds and reminded me how much I appreciate some of the simpler ones that just work.
Thanks for making this so difficult! You've also made it great fun and taught me a surprising amount about rules published since the boys first saw print.