Marshal, meanwhile, has a lot of options that are just sort of statically useful support abilities and a couple of options that synergize quite well with what I have laid out for the build (Tactical Genius and Mythic Bond will both combo well with the Ranger's Animal Companion). A more support-y shell from Marshal will help my character, to continue eriktd's use of roles from The Forge of Combat, double as both a Hammer (rendering the enemies into a fine paste of loot) and an Arm (helping any Hammers in the group succeed in the aforementioned paste-rendering through buffs).
Those are really good points, SPCR! I don't usually think of an alchemist as a strong support class-- especially a Vivisectionist, creepy! :) -- but as long as you've got Infusion, why not? You can hand out salves and stuff before and after a fight, too.
|Askold "Beerfiend" Magnusson|
|Askold "Beerfiend" Magnusson|
It's the last day, and here is my official submission!
Name: Pakk Holstad
Trait: Chance Encounter (Trickster)
Here’s a better picture of Pakk, though the avatar isn't too bad.
The last thing that I need to do is spend money on gear. I should have all that in the profile in a few minutes.
I, um, might have gotten a little invested in his background. I created the original Pakk for a Wrath game a while back, and so the GM then recommended the names of several NPCs for Pakk to have history with. I have no idea if they are canonical NPCs in the AP or not, but if they are then hopefully they provide some fun hooks!
tl;dr: Pakk is a researcher working in Kenabres for some field-research on his dissertation. He accidentally got involved with a Cult of Haagenti a few years ago but has been on a safer path since he was rescued from whatever horrific force was unleashed.
Male half-orc beastmorph dimensional excavator ectoplasm master alchemist 1 // panoply savant occultist 1
N medium humanoid (human, orc)
Init +1; Senses Perception +0
AC 18, touch 11, flat-footed 17 (+6 armor, +1 shield, +1 Dex)
hp 11 (1d8+3) FCB: hp
Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +4
Speed: 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)
Melee: scimitar +4 (1d6+4/18-20)
Ranged: bomb +1 (1d6+3/x2)
Special Abilities: bomb 4/day (1d6+2 fire, DC 13), legacy weapon (+1), mind barrier (4), physical enhancement (+2), sudden speed, warding talisman (+1)
Alchemist Extracts Prepared (CL1st)
1st—cure light wounds, long arm (DC 14)
Occult Spells Known (CL1st; concentration +4)
1st (2/day)—enlarge person, shield (DC 14)
0 (at will)—mage hand, resistance (DC 13)
Str 19, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 7
Base Atk +0; CMB +4; CMD 15
Feats: Extra Mental Focus, Throw Anything
Traits: Chance Encounter (campaign), Pragmatic Activator, Self-Doubting (drawback), Student of Philosophy (social)
Skills: Bluff +2 (+5 to lie), Craft (alchemy) +7 (+1 to create alchemical items), Diplomacy +2 (+5 to persuade), Knowledge (arcana, engineering, nature, planes, religion) +7, Spellcraft +7, Use Magic Device +7
Languages: Abyssal, Common (Taldane), Draconic, Giant, Orc
SQ: alchemy (alchemy crafting +1, identify potions), burning assurance, fey thoughts (bluff, stealth), focus powers (energy shield, legacy weapon, mind barrier), implements (abjuration: buckler; transmutation: scimitar), mutagen (+4/-2, +2 natural, 10 minutes), orc blood, resonant powers (warding talisman (saves +1 (resistance)), physical enhancement (strength +2), mental focus (6 points: abjuration 3, transmutation 3), sacred tattoo, skilled
Gear: buckler, chainmail, scimitar
Bomb (Su): In addition to magical extracts, alchemists are adept at swiftly mixing various volatile chemicals and infusing them with their magical reserves to create powerful bombs that they can hurl at their enemies. An alchemist can use a number of bombs each day equal to his class level + his Intelligence modifier. Bombs are unstable, and if not used in the round they are created, they degrade and become inert—their method of creation prevents large volumes of explosive material from being created and stored. In order to create a bomb, the alchemist must use a small vial containing an ounce of liquid catalyst—the alchemist can create this liquid catalyst from small amounts of chemicals from an alchemy lab, and these supplies can be readily refilled in the same manner as a spellcaster’s component pouch. Most alchemists create a number of catalyst vials at the start of the day equal to the total number of bombs they can create in that day—once created, a catalyst vial remains usable by the alchemist for years.
Drawing the components of, creating, and throwing a bomb requires a standard action that provokes an attack of opportunity. Thrown bombs have a range of 20 feet and use the Throw Splash Weapon special attack. Bombs are considered weapons and can be selected using feats such as Point-Blank Shot and Weapon Focus. On a direct hit, an alchemist’s bomb inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage + additional damage equal to the alchemist’s Intelligence modifier. The damage of an alchemist’s bomb increases by 1d6 points at every odd-numbered alchemist level (this bonus damage is not multiplied on a critical hit or by using feats such as Vital Strike). Splash damage from an alchemist bomb is always equal to the bomb’s minimum damage (so if the bomb would deal 2d6+4 points of fire damage on a direct hit, its splash damage would be 6 points of fire damage). Those caught in the splash damage can attempt a Reflex save for half damage. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the alchemist’s level + the alchemist’s Intelligence modifier.
Ectoplasmic Extracts (Su): Instead of using alchemical reagents in order to create alchemical items (including his bombs, extracts, and mutagens), an ectoplasm master uses reagents such as corpse dust, crystallized ectoplasm, and similar reagents as alchemical catalysts. Just as with standard alchemists, the costs of these materials are insignificant and are comparable to the costs of the valueless material components of most spells. As a result of his eccentric techniques and use of odd alchemical components, an ectoplasm master has an expanded formula list. He adds all sorcerer/wizard spells of 6th level or lower from the necromancy school to his alchemist formula list (but must still learn each of these spells normally). If a spell appears on both the alchemist formula list and the sorcerer/wizard spell list, the ectoplasm master uses the lower of the two spell levels listed for the spell. This ability alters extracts and replaces Brew Potion.
Mutagen (Su): At 1st level, an alchemist discovers how to create a mutagen that he can imbibe in order to heighten his physical prowess at the cost of his personality. It takes 1 hour to brew a dose of mutagen, and once brewed, it remains potent until used. An alchemist can only maintain one dose of mutagen at a time—if he brews a second dose, any existing mutagen becomes inert. As with an extract or bomb, a mutagen that is not in an alchemist’s possession becomes inert until an alchemist picks it up again.
When an alchemist brews a mutagen, he selects one physical ability score—either Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution. It’s a standard action to drink a mutagen. Upon being imbibed, the mutagen causes the alchemist to grow bulkier and more bestial, granting him a +2 natural armor bonus and a +4 alchemical bonus to the selected ability score for 10 minutes per alchemist level. In addition, while the mutagen is in effect, the alchemist takes a –2 penalty to one of his mental ability scores. If the mutagen enhances his Strength, it applies a penalty to his Intelligence. If it enhances his Dexterity, it applies a penalty to his Wisdom. If it enhances his Constitution, it applies a penalty to his Charisma.
Throw Anything (Ex): All alchemists gain the Throw Anything feat as a bonus feat at 1st level. An alchemist adds his Intelligence modifier to damage done with splash weapons, including the splash damage if any. This bonus damage is already included in the bomb class feature.
Panoply Specialization: At 1st level, the panoply savant must choose (but doesn’t learn how to use) a single panoply. When learning new implement schools, he must choose either schools associated with his chosen panoply or the chosen panoply itself. Once he has learned to use the chosen panoply, he can learn any further implement schools freely.
Focus/Resonant Powers (Su)
Legacy Weapon (Su): As a standard action, you can expend 1 point of mental focus and touch a weapon to grant it an enhancement bonus. The bonus is equal to 1 + 1 for every 6 occultist levels you possess (to a maximum of +4 at 18th level). Enhancement bonuses gained by this ability stack with those of the weapon, to a maximum of +5. You can also imbue the weapon with any one weapon special ability with an equivalent enhancement bonus less than or equal to your maximum bonus by reducing the granted enhancement bonus by the appropriate amount. The item must have an enhancement bonus of at least +1 (from the item itself or from legacy weapon) to gain a weapon special ability. In either case, these bonuses last for 1 minute.
Mind Barrier (Sp): As a swift action, you can expend 1 point of mental focus to create a shield of mental energy around you that protects you from harm. The shield prevents a total of 2 points of damage per occultist level you possess. It lasts until the start of your next turn or until exhausted. For example, if you are 5th level, the mind barrier protects you from 10 points of damage; if you are hit by an attack that would deal 12 points of damage, the mind barrier is exhausted and you take 2 points of damage. You can activate this ability as an immediate action, but doing so costs 2 points of mental focus instead of 1.
Physical Enhancement (Su): The implement enhances its bearer’s body. When you invest mental focus in the implement, select a physical ability score. The implement grants a +2 temporary enhancement bonus to that physical ability score for every 3 points of mental focus invested in the implement (to a maximum of +2 at 1st level, plus an additional 2 for every 6 occultist levels you possess). Ability: Strength.
Sudden Speed (Sp): As a swift action, you can expend 1 point of mental focus to grant yourself a burst of speed. This increases your land speed by 30 feet for 1 minute. This ability does not stack with itself.
Warding Talisman (Su): The implement wards against adverse effects. Whoever wears (or holds, for bells) the implement gains a +1 resistance bonus on saving throws for every 2 points of mental focus invested in the implement, to a maximum bonus of 1 + 1 for every 4 occultist levels you possess.
Chance Encounter (campaign: You always tended to get in over your head as a child, but your biggest youthful misadventure was the time you “accidentally” found yourself behind enemy lines in the Worldwound. You probably never would have made it back home to Kenabres if not for the help of a mysterious woman who helped you trick your way through a group of cultists. The woman never told you her name, but you remember her beauty and a deep sense of sadness she seemed to carry with her. Her skill with the bow was impressive as well, but the thing you remember most about her was the symbol of Desna she wore—she often held onto it without seeming to realize it, as if the connection to the goddess was something she clung to in a sense of need, as someone might clutch at a rope while dangling over a vast pit. She left your side a few moments before you were picked up by a patrol of crusaders, who finished the job of escorting you back to safety, and you’ve never seen her again. Ever since, you’ve just been lucky when it comes to trickery. Once per day, if you fail an Acrobatics, Bluff, Disguise, Sleight of Hand, or Stealth check, you may immediately reroll that check as a free action. You must take the second result, even if it is worse. Associated Mythic Path: Trickster. Multiple Characters: You and other characters were all saved by the same mysterious woman in your childhood. This could have been the same event, or she could have saved you on separate occasions—the discovery that someone else was saved by the mysterious stranger has resulted in a long friendship (or perhaps friendly rivalry) with the others she rescued.
Pragmatic Activator (magic): While some figure out how to use magical devices with stubborn resolve, your approach is more pragmatic. You may use your Intelligence modifier when making Use Magic Device checks instead of your Charisma modifier.
Self-Doubting (drawback): Your ever-present fear of failure causes a downward spiral. The first time each day that you fail a Will saving throw or skill check, you take a –2 penalty on the next Will saving throw or skill check of that kind.
Student of Philosophy (social): You were trained in a nowdefunct philosophical tradition—such as that of the nowdestroyed Galtan universities or Lirgeni astrologers—and learned to use logic and reason to persuade others. You can use your Intelligence modifier in place of your Charisma modifier on Diplomacy checks to persuade others and on Bluff checks to convince others that a lie is true. (This trait does not affect Diplomacy checks to gather information or Bluff checks to feint in combat.)
Half-Orc Racial Traits
As a young student in Kenabres’ public school system, Pakk was exceedingly bored. His teachers had assumed that he was too dumb to understand their material, and so he was stuck with children who were all at least two years younger than him. Even when he demonstrated to one teacher that he really knew what he was doing, he was still only placed in an age-appropriate classroom, not necessarily the one for which he was ready. Pakk often got in trouble for not paying attention, but he would answer every question more or less accurately. It got him into lots of fights on the playground.
But he wasn’t the only one who felt stifled. Pakk found a group of likeminded students who were bored of their education and wanted more. They figured out how to order scrolls and books from libraries much bigger than the relatively small ones in Kenabres. They could learn about the things that they wanted to learn about. Within a few years, this young group of rogue scholars had amassed their own personal library and were beginning to conduct experiments of their own. Magic. Alchemistry. Rituals. It was dangerous and exciting! Their high-level study group would sit for hours to discuss cutting-edge manuscripts written by the leaders in their fields from all over Golarion. And they didn’t just stick with the ivory tower, either. Any knowledge was good.
Pakk found an old scroll written by a particularly smart orc shaman that discussed the using specific needles and inks to create magical tattoos. Pakk had not gotten any tattoos yet, though it was quite common for half-orcs to do so by his age. But what to get? There were so many arcane runes, and plenty that might be useful magical tattoos. Besides, the Varisians had comparative studies—perhaps they could be combined! One of Pakk’s friends, Bran, retrieved an ancient-looking tome that none of them had been able to read, and opened to a page with a symbol that Pakk had never seem before. Bran said that he had been learning the language, and that the symbol was part of the formula for the philosopher’s stone. Maybe that would be a good tattoo.
Pakk was thrilled with this discovery. He, Bran, and the others compared notes across multiple papers before deciding on cold iron needles and ink infused with gold. He asked Bran to take the reins in tattooing the symbol on his left shoulder. It hurt far more than Pakk expected it to. As the tattooing session continued, Pakk felt woozy and discoordinated. He heard Bran and the others chanting, and looked around to see that they had joined hands around him and were speaking in an unfamiliar language. But their eyes were blank, like they were no longer in control of themselves. Pakk’s shoulder started to burn where Bran had been tattooing him, and his vision went completely blank.
And he dreamed.
In his dreams, he remembered a beautiful woman with a butterfly necklace bending down to pick him up. He was in the usual study room. And there was pain. And screaming. So much screaming, and so much blood. But the woman picked him up and drew a bow that she aimed in the direction of the screaming.
Apparently, Pakk’s dreams were a weeks-long coma from which his parents thought he would never wake up. A tiefling named Dr. Othirubo tended to him during this time and saw to his total recovery. When he awoke, Pakk began speaking with Dr. Othirubo about what had happened. Apparently, he and his friends had inadverently contacted Haagenti: the demon lord of alchemy. The demon lord whose symbol had been tattooed on Pakk’s shoulder. The demon lord who had responded to their summons and slain everyone except for Pakk.
Pakk was mortified. He had no idea that he and his friends had been dabbling in demonic rituals! That wasn’t what he wanted to do at all! He was terrified that Dr. Othirubo was going to turn him in to the Eagle Watch, who would surely have him executed for treason. But Dr. Othirubo insisted that he would do no such thing. Instead, he would help Pakk channel his academic interests towards safer paths. Despite his fiendish heritage, Dr. Othirubo had gained the begrudging acceptance of both Kenabres and the wider academic community by discovering a cure for a particularly virulent form of demonplague. It was this cure, he said, that he believed had helped Pakk to recuperate from his injuries.
In the aftermath of the Haagenti incident, Pakk tried to remove his tattoo, but it has remained persistent regardless of the removal method used. But Dr. Othirubo commented that the symbol almost looked like a butterfly wing. Perhaps, rather than removing it, if it bothered him so much, then Pakk could augment the design. Considering the Desnan motifs of his mysterious benefactor, Pakk now has something across his back that resembles an abstract butterfly—not too unlike the holy symbol of Desna.
Under Dr. Othirubo’s tutelage, Pakk became fascinated with the alchemical sciences, specifically those peer-reviewed and rigorously tested for safety. He devoted himself to his studies, fascinated with the way that ordinary items could be combined in extraordinary ways. As Pakk’s knowledge (and hunger for) it grew, Dr. Othirubo encouraged him to apply for further training at the University of Lepidstadt, where he could learn from many people. That was, of course, back in the country that had persecuted him and his parents when he was a child. But with a stunning letter of recommendation, Pakk was accepted into the University—with a scholarship!
Pakk earned his academic credentials with the leading alchemists of Ustalav. He participated in research in several laboratories dealing with all kinds of alchemy, none of whom were trying to appeal to demons to help them in their research. And yet Pakk remained curious: was there a way to channel certain kinds of construed of as inherently negative—in a positive way? He had already stumbled on some ways to use crystallized ectoplasm to augment his research, and he was sure that given enough time he could discover more about the structural resonance of different extraplanar materials.
For his dissertation, Pakk chose to return home to Kenabres to study the effects of the planar energies of the Worldwound on different alchemical phenomena. His research is going swimmingly, and he is excited to publish his findings. Dr. Othirubo has been excited to welcome Pakk back, and has shown great interest in his work, defending it against more skeptical old guard academics. He's a bit too humble to see himself as anyone's mentor, but definitely considers Pakk a respected colleague and friend despite having at least twenty more years of experience. The two have similar ideas about the connection between alchemy and planar energy, and have often discussed them over drinks. Once when drunk, Dr, Othirubo admitted feelings for a beautiful woman named Jeslyn. They're apparently old friends, but Pakk has never met her.
He is quick-witted and talkative once he gets on a topic that interests him, and more insightful than what is usually expected for a half-orc. He is curious and ambitious to the point that it has gotten him in trouble (a lot)—more in his youth than in adulthood, but still some trouble. However, he is a bit shy and unsure of himself: he has a big case of impostor syndrome and an inferiority complex and is prone to second-guess himself if anyone else questions him.
Pakk is not a crusader, but an academic. He is willing to engage with whatever tools are necessary to seek the truth and advance it. He's nervous about the demon hordes more because of the destruction that they represent, which is not good for long-term research. Ultimately he hasn't seen enough of the depravities of the Worldwound, so the realities of demons seem more abstract.
Pakk's alchemical research revolves around the oddities of abyssal planar energies and their influence on different reactions. His lab is filled with grisly trophies that he has bought from warriors returning from the Worldwound, mostly pickling in formaldehyde. Dr. Pavlenco—his primary advisor back at the University of Lepidstadt—was keen on researching something called Blackfire, but Pakk has gotten the distinct impression that he shouldn't ask around about that too much in Kenabres.
I want to take Pakk through an awakening of confidence as he overcomes his self-doubt and realizes his potential. But I also look forward to allowing this self-doubt to claw at him for a long time. Pakk is used to people calling him a monster, and as an alchemist he is capable of proving them right with his mutagens. He will grapple with his discoveries and abilities, on one hand marveling at what he can do while fearing that he is giving in to some darker, baser nature.
Paak was inadvertently drawn into a cult of Haagenti that nearly killed him and did kill his friends. That’s not something that you forgot, or easily move past. I would like Pakk to struggle with some kind of temptation, whether related to Haagenti or something else. I think that if Pakk confronts the reality of what is happening in the Worldwound firsthand and recognizes the destructive power of the abyss, it could lead him to seek knowledge and power, not for its own sake, but to ensure some measure of balance.
Mechanically, I would like to see Pakk prestige into the Moral Usher class as an agent who will tip the balance of the scales in the Worldwound back from its abyssal death spiral towards one of life reclaimed.
There is also a not-unreasonable chance that he could try to learn the Thunder and Fang style if he delves more into his orcish heritage, which is perfect for the Trappings of the Warrior panoply.
If “Good preferred” makes this a hard sell, then he can lean neutral good. But I’d rather he get there on his own naturally.
Then he heads off to his lab a few blocks away (also in the northern Gate District). He usually arrives a little before his lead research assistant, Pemberton, and the other two (unnamed) people working in his lab. He has some items purchased from warriors returning from the Worldwound (with the absolute signed permission of the city government), from severed demonic talons to broken swords seeping with (weak) abyssal energy. He uses these, along with a bevy of chemicals and more esoteric materials, to research the way that the abyssal planar energies change different chemical reactions. On an especially great day, he probably makes a breakthrough like reversing an otherwise irreversible reaction by infusing his setup with a concentrated abyssal miasma, demonstrating, at least theoretically, that the energies could be put to productive use instead of constantly purged.
After a productive day of research, he returns to his apartment (rented through the funding of his primary advisor at the University, Dr. Nicolas Pavlenco). There he checks on a few kettles stills where he practices some amateur distilling and brewing, and settles in to read through more books and journals. If he has an order to fill, he takes a crate down to whichever establishment has made their requests and sticks around for a drink or two if it’s a friendly-enough bar (like the Defender’s Heart usually is). Three or four if someone can muster up a good sing-along, though Pakk’s singing voice usually sounds like a rusty fork dragging across a chalkboard.
Pakk has tried (probably unsuccessfully) to start up a lecture series and discussion group on planar phenomena for the small number of potentially like-minded academics (not his students) in the city. On a great day, he’ll have attracted a few people to whichever space his has convinced to host him. They might even have interesting ideas instead of conspiracy theories and can have a fruitful discussion on ley lines, planar substrates, and other metaphysical topics like the areas where the shadow plane “leaks” onto the material plane.
He also has dinner with his parents once a week: his mother Uzru (a shaman/medic) and father Farlis (a carpenter). They’re both getting on in years but have their own modest home in New Kenabres. On an odd day, he might even run into an old childhood friend, but those are fewer in number all the time as they go off to fight in the Worldwound and don’t return.
Please remove Raban from consideration in the Hierophant round-up. I do not want him to be considered for this game.
RECRUITMENT IS OFFICALLY CLOSED!
I will be going over all entries, and will let those who had submitted as to whether they have made it or not. Afterwards, I'll make an announcement in the recruitment thread. Keep some of these builds in a pocket in case there may be need for some sort of replacement, depending on any unforeseen issues that might pop up!
Again, thank you so much for all of the submissions!
|Askold "Beerfiend" Magnusson|
Askold "Beerfiend" Magnusson wrote:I would do that to someone, knowing full well, just to mess with them in a F2F game.
But then you are found out when, contrary to your expectations, both are selected!
I did play 2 characters once in a face to face game, including mimicking their accents, because one player wasnt there for real life reasons and specifically asked me to do so.
It actually got a bit draining, constantly switching from "Angry male not Russian Bloodrager" to "Flirty female Galtese Bard".
Also, the joys of tracking buffs in level 10 like Pf1e games on 2 character sheets!
Arghhh, GM can you shoot one of them please?
This is how our recurring table meme of Succubus Speznaz snipers was born, "Hmm, what CR appropriate monster can actually shoot one of your fairly optimized characters? Oh, hej, a gunslinger with charisma to damage at level 1? BOOOM."
"Yes, there are 5 highly attractive Succubi here, but you can see them and they just ploink you at super long range, no naughty grappling haha!"
One player "My Cleric shouts: Can I be naughtily grappled please?"
GM:"You hear some laughter, and then the sentence "get out of your armor first"
Cleric:"GM, can I ID where the voice came from via perception?"
Cleric (of Cayden Caylean):"I perform a semi strip dance sensually removing my four mirror armor"
GM: Perform Dance please
Cleric:I dont have that, but my cha is ok so, oh, nat 20!
GM:You hear some polite applause
Cleric: I want to ID where the applause comes from
GM:Yeah, your perception is pretty gud.
Cleric: "BWHAHAHAHAHA I cast burst of radiance! Be blinded fiends, by my glimmering Abs!"
"Behold my glimmering Abs" became his catchphrase from this day on.
|Anathiel of the Broken Halo|
|Anathiel of the Broken Halo|
|Askold "Beerfiend" Magnusson|
the CRPG is quite interesting in terms of what it does with mythic paths.
It is also sufficiently different from the PnP that it isnt too much of a spoiler.
What I did find interesting is that the Demons, especially Nocticulas faction, come across as far more relatable then the Fae adversaries in Kingmaker.
Selections have been completed and PMs have been sent out!
Could the following please dot in the discussion and gameplay thread!
Arrius Voralius Constantine
Anathiel of the Broken Halo
Those not selected in this round, if you would like to be a back up in case anyone has to stop for any reason, feel free to check in!
"Behold my glimmering Abs" became his catchphrase from this day on.
Hmmmm . . .. I'm in a game on this board where's somebody's used that phrase . . ..
Oh, uh, COOL!
When I didn't see a PM earlier in the day, I had written this application off.
Thank you for letting me try a little quirkiness out!