Pathfinder Society Scenario #4–05: The Sanos Abduction (PFRPG) PDF (based on
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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–7.
The Pathfinders are sent to the Sanos Forest in central Varisia to assist an agent researching the fey who inhabit the remote wood. But like many seemingly routine tasks in a Pathfinder's adventuring career, the simple support mission quickly turns into an adventure the PCs aren't soon to forget—presuming they survive.
Written by Jerome Virnich.
This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This scenario is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Cover is freaking AMAZING! Having read the scenario I am fully pumped-up and excited about running this over the weekend! My mind was blown by how excellent some of the encounters are written, how precisely chaotic a particular piece of block-text is written, and just how random the monsters are written!
Will totally write a review after running this, and will post some GM tools to the PFS GM boards.
The Chronicle Sheet offers a special Boon to gain a Fairy Dragon Imp Familiar. My 6 Cleric was wanting to take a Level of Sorcerer to gain a Familiar, and then the Imp Familiar Feat to take advantage of this, then continue on with Cleric.
The Boon says that you need Caster Level 7, Imp Familiar, and the ability to gain a new Familiar (through the Imp Familiar Feat), as well as an alignment within one step of CG. All of that would be met by my Cleric, and I am just wanting to do it because it seems cool flavor-wise.
However, under Imp Familiar, it specifies in the flavor text (not the prerqs) ARCANE Caster Level, which would mean it is impossible for me to get this Familiar, and as it is asigned to this haracter only, (unless I DM the game later), I basically can never get it. Officially, does the Boon make an exception for the Arcane Caster Level (to just Caster Leel as it says), or does it imply Arcane Caster level like other Imp Familiar Familiar's do?
You would need 7 levels of sorcerer to qualify for this familiar. Cleric and sorcerer levels do not stack for the purposes of determining eligibility for an improved familiar, as the cleric class does not grant access to a familiar. If you had sorcerer and witch levels, however, you would stack their caster levels since both the arcane bloodline and the witch class grant access to a familiar.
Sorry, I meant something different. I was wondering if I take 7+ levels of Cleric, and just 1 level of Sorcerer, (or Wizard to get the initial Familiar and the ability to take Imp Familiar), if I could otherwise take this specific familiar that way, meating all the prereqs, (Caster Level 7, Imp Familiar, and appropriate alignment.)
The Boon does not specify ARCANE Caster Level, just Caster Level, which is what I'm asking. Was that intentional, to allow more classes to be able to use this Boon, or was it accendentally not included, makinging it only Sorcerers, Witches, and Wizards (and maybe one or two others) that can benefit from it?
Cleric levels may as well be fighter levels as far as familiars are concerned. Whether or not the boon specifies arcane caster levels, the Improved Familiar feat does. You need to have 7 levels in a class that grants a familiar to qualify.
Thanks for the responce. While it would have been cool to finally have someting like that, like I said, I can see it both ways. It is kind of disappointing that only some classes can benefit from boons like this, but maybe one day everyone else will get some nice flavor boons along these lines, too.
My son was overjoyed at the idea of gaining the familiar for his sorcerer. Couldn't wait to add it, since he was moving up to L7. However, the number of prerequisites makes it nearly impossible to add this after the fact. We tried through Hero Lab and the app said no. A draconic sorcerer needs to have a load of prerequisites to make this possible, and even then it's toying with the system. In fact, ANY sorcerer is going to have problems utilizing this boon. So the "caster" prerequisite is hopeful at best. Oh well. This is the sort of minutia problem that dogs Pathfinder, in general, and makes it harder for nongurus to do things well. Just sayin'.
Only Witches, Wizards and Arcane Blooded Sorcerers can get Familiars.
Then perhaps the boon text should be revised to make this more clear. As it stands, it says "casters." Otherwise, nongurus waste a lot of time trying to make it work for the wrong type of caster.
I would add that there may be other extenuating circumstances where it may not work. Despite the instructions, it seems that it may be more complex in some cases than simply adding the Improved Familiar feat, even for the correct type of caster.
Even if a draconic sorcerer can't have a "normal" familiar, having access to one that possesses some draconic angle seems to make sense. Oh well. The final word seems to be No.