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Faces of the Tarnished Souk: Perfect Aneshka, Fate's Immaculate Blade (PFRPG) PDF

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"Follow your destiny; deny it at your peril."

Belief has power. Some believe that freedom is an illusion, choice is a lie, and the path destiny has laid for us all is perfect, immutable, and undeniable. And when such a belief is held by an unstoppable dealer of death, you can only pray that fate is on your side.

This product provides Game Masters with details on a supreme swordswoman found amongst the Faces of the Tarnished Souk, ready for immediate use in any campaign - but especially for use within the Coliseum Morpheuon.  Each entry features ingenious stat-blocks from multiple OGL sources, history, motivation, secrets, and insight into the NPC’s most carefully guarded dreams, along with complete game statistics for low, middle, and high levels of play.

Within you will find: Perfect Aneshka, a killer supreme with a fate-driven theme

  • CR 22 Female horrifically overpowered half-giant ranger (urban ranger, weapon champion) 18
  • CR 14 Female horrifically overpowered half-giant ranger (urban ranger, weapon champion) 11
  • CR 8 Female horrifically overpowered half-giant ranger (urban ranger, weapon champion) 6
  • New magic items, including bracers of the Lords of Summer and Winter
  • Featuring Horrifically Overpowered feats from the mad mad geniuses at Super Genius Games!!!

Authors Matt Banach and Justin Sluder
Cover Artist: Toby Gregory
Pages: 11

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Reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMs magazine. Cheers!

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Thanks for the review Endzeitgeist, I'm glad you continue to enjoy the insanity which oozes from my brain and then refined by Matt and Steve.


I was under impression that horrifically overpowered feats were not meant for regular play. Could someone tell me if Aneshka is actually a standard NPC?

Regards,
Ruemere

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ruemere wrote:

I was under impression that horrifically overpowered feats were not meant for regular play. Could someone tell me if Aneshka is actually a standard NPC?

Regards,
Ruemere

Not meant for regular PC use. NPC use is fine if you're OK with it as a GM.


Thank you for the reply.

Regards,
Ruemere


It should be noted that Aneshka had her CR increased to reflect the HO-feats, but still is insanely powerful, even when compared to other FoTS-characters.

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ruemere wrote:

I was under impression that horrifically overpowered feats were not meant for regular play. Could someone tell me if Aneshka is actually a standard NPC?

Regards,
Ruemere

The Glib Answer: Here at Faces of the Tarnished Souk, we don't publish "standard" NPCs...

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The Tarnished Souk is a bazaar on the Plane of Dreams. Anything could be encountered there, including Horrifically Overpowered entities. While you can find "standard" creatures there, you're more likely to notice the abnormal "things" the normal creatures are existing around.

After all, anything is possible in a dream.

Edit: Also, thanks to everyone else chiming in to explain things. I love y'all. :D


Allow me to revisit my question then - does Aneshka adhere to NPC CR guidelines as outline by Pathfinder? Outrageous powers are fine with me as long as the character's strength does not make it reach beyond's its CR.

Yes, it is a trick, loaded, even unfair question. Still, as I a GM I owe my players a degree of fairness. Otherwise, why would I bother using rules at all.

Regards,
Ruemere

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ruemere wrote:
Allow me to revisit my question then - does Aneshka adhere to NPC CR guidelines as outline by Pathfinder? Outrageous powers are fine with me as long as the character's strength does not make it reach beyond's its CR.

As with any kind of CR modification, it all depends on the example. For Aneshka, while she is powerful, she has her weaknesses.

ruemere wrote:

Yes, it is a trick, loaded, even unfair question. Still, as I a GM I owe my players a degree of fairness. Otherwise, why would I bother using rules at all.

Regards,
Ruemere

I welcome questions off all kinds, and I have a question for folks.

Of those of you who have used any of the Faces of the Tarnished Souk, how did they play? Do you feel they are balanced for the CR in which you used them?


Justin Sluder wrote:
ruemere wrote:
Allow me to revisit my question then - does Aneshka adhere to NPC CR guidelines as outline by Pathfinder? Outrageous powers are fine with me as long as the character's strength does not make it reach beyond's its CR.

As with any kind of CR modification, it all depends on the example. For Aneshka, while she is powerful, she has her weaknesses.

ruemere wrote:

Yes, it is a trick, loaded, even unfair question. Still, as I a GM I owe my players a degree of fairness. Otherwise, why would I bother using rules at all.

Regards,
Ruemere

I welcome questions off all kinds, and I have a question for folks.

Of those of you who have used any of the Faces of the Tarnished Souk, how did they play? Do you feel they are balanced for the CR in which you used them?

I have used mostly lower CR versions for very specific applications (serial numbers filed off, colorful NPCs needed). The full-power originals are waiting for end-game plots. As the party average level reaches number fifteen, the time of biggest guns encroaches ever closer.

Stuff actually used includes content of Book of Monster Templates, NPCs from Evocative City Sites (the bartender fiend with aspirations to godhood and her ex-poisoner expert companion) and a few others.

(warning: some rambling ahead)

Somewhat on-topic note: in my games there are no unkillable opponents, the big bad bosses play by the same rules as heroes and if you hit anyone strong enough, they keel over and die, without last minute speeches, last second escapes or deus ex machina tricks.

It's a dirty world where a paladin is fine with taking away a hand of a notorious thief, economic and political interests drive forth holy folk, the evil guys can be bargained with and can be quite nice, and living is full of small choices... bystanders die from accidental fireballs, family members turn to be good and bad, and likable to the point of breaking law for them, laws are bent by the mighty (or not), and the players know that everyone can die.

Such is the world of Scarred Lands, probably one of the best settings of d20 era, quite lost to the RPG community due to White Wolf stranglehold on its property.

Due to Google's ever present sniffing, I cannot reveal my plans for the end-game yet, suffice to say it is going to be somewhat modified Coliseum Morpheuon - I'll just drop this little hint: Jack of Tears x Khan (x as in Cartesian product symbol).
Note: Jack of Tears is a baddie from Scarred Lands.

For now, I am just gathering resources to build my own planescapish continuum. And biding my time, since the PCs haven't yet survived challenges of modified Bonegarden (converted 3.5 sandbox from Necromancer Games).

Aneshka, well, if she was a part of a Faces anthology, I would not mind purchasing the book. For now however, I am a bit uncertain. If she is indeed "horrifically overpowered", and if she exists outside of standard d20 rules, well, I do not really think I can fit her in the roster of the beings I need.

Regards,
Ruemere

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I'm moderately familiar with the Scarred Lands setting. I found it interesting, but have moved the majority of my interest in pre-made settings onto Golarion and my various homebrew worlds.

Thanks for the feedback Ruemere.


I run my Questhaven game using the mid CR version of this called the Untarnished Souk it only appears at night in the political enclave within Questhaven called The Mar. It is a strange unexplained manifestation of the Untarnished Souk in the waking world.

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Steve, sounds like fun. I'd love to hear how things go.

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