Meet the Iconics: Adowyn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today we introduce the next of the new iconic characters from the Advanced Class Guide: Adowyn the hunter. Adowyn will also be a playable character in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous set due for release in February 2015.

There’s always a need for a skilled hunter, someone who can track down a threat and put an end to it. And when a quarry is particularly dangerous or elusive, there’s only one hunter the people seek: Adowyn.

Born to a pair of skilled woodworkers in the quiet town of Crowstump on the northern border of Nirmathas, Adowyn was always a wild child, more comfortable sneaking around in the mud chasing the town rooster than practicing her letters or learning to carve. She grew up surrounded by peoples from far-away lands, merchants and traders who had come to make deals with her parents. Fascinated by their stories, Adowyn was eager to see the world beyond, and when a journey with her father finally gave her that chance at the age of 14, she was overjoyed.


Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

That joy was short-lived, however. Not a day after Adowyn and her father left home for the dark forest trails of the Fangwood, a diseased bear charged into their camp, savaging Adowyn’s father before she could even cry out. Using the bow her father had carved for her, she sank arrow after arrow into the beast, tears streaming down her cheeks. At last the bear fell. The creature was dead—but so was her father.

Lost in the woods, Adowyn found herself in the Blight, an area of the Fangwood where the trees grew thick with disease and rot. Worse still, she found that no matter which direction she walked, all paths led back to her meager camp. She spent six months alone there, hunting and scavenging what food she could find and honing her skills at the hunt. The beasts of the Blight were cunning and deadly, and making her the prey nearly as often as she was the predator. Yet all of that changed when she found Leryn.

Wounded by a fight with a rotting treant, the lean gray wolf was limping through a clearing when Adowyn chanced upon him. She knew right away that the wolf was not from this place, but rather was trapped in the Blight like she was. She approached him with a scrap of meat from her most recent kill, earning his trust. Over the following month, she nursed the wolf back to health and named him Leryn, after her father. She soon found that she could sense his mood, knowing instinctively when he was hungry, angry, or excited. They shared much with each other in those first months. She exulted in his feral appetites, his thrill of the hunt, and he learned to calm his urges, gaining her patience and determination.

Years passed, and the two became an inseparable team, learning to anticipate each other’s moves and hunting together as one. Now the whole of the forest was their prey, but still they could not escape the Blight. Indeed, the rot in the wood seemed to be growing worse by the day, and neither hunter could shake the sense of something just beyond their reach, stalking them but never revealing itself.

For months the tension grew. Adowyn and Leryn slept in shifts, keeping watch over their small hovel. Finally, in the dead of night, their mysterious watcher revealed itself, smashing the side of their home while unleashing a terrifying howl. Rolling out of the debris, Adowyn and Leryn rose to face the threat.

A gigantic bear rose up before them. Like the beast that killed her father, this one too was poxed, but it was far larger, with a sickly green foam spilling from its lips. Leryn leapt upon it, clawing and biting at its flank while Adowyn drew forth her bow. Taking aim, she sunk a shaft deep into its left eye. With an agonizing growl, the bear shook loose the wolf and tore off into the woods, with Adowyn and her friend in hot pursuit.

The chase lasted until dawn, when the Leryn's fangs finally managed to sink into the bear’s throat, bringing it down. The pair stopped over their kill to admire their work, and it was only then that they realized they were no longer in the Blight.

It was by sheer chance that they found their way to Crystalhurst, a community of druids in the southern Fangwood. They stayed there for a while, regaining their strength and sharing what they had learned with the druids, who swore to put an end to the Blight. The druids thought that Adowyn might make a fine disciple for their order, but her bond to Leryn perplexed them, as it was stronger than any they had ever known. In the end, they excitedly concluded that the pair must be something new entirely, and were eager to study them. Yet while Adowyn learned a great deal in her short time there, Crystalhurst was not a place she meant to stay. Soon, she and Leryn set out once more, intent upon returning home to see Adowyn’s mother and sister.

The young woman who returned to Crowstump was nothing like the girl that had left. The townsfolk kept their distance from her and the fierce wolf that padded along behind her. Returning to her home, she found only strangers. It seems that her mother and sister, heartbroken after the loss of Adowyn and her father, had left years ago to start a new life somewhere less troubled by painful memories.

In the years since that day, Adowyn has wandered the Inner Sea with Leryn at her side, working as bounty hunter. She’s stalked a naga through the bleak wastes of Osirion, brought back a master thief from the sewers of Oppara, and even managed to recover the tail feathers of the elusive Jade Hawk without harming the reclusive bird. The only quarry she hasn’t managed to track down is her own family, but that search never ends—one day, she’ll be reunited with her loved ones.

Adowyn is never found without Leryn by her side. To others, she is quiet and brooding, but she can frequently be found having animated conversations with her wolf, as if he were responding in kind. She wears the armor and garb of the rangers of Nirmathas, a gift she was given after hunting down a patrol of Molthuni regulars that were stalking behind the lines terrorizing small villages. The bow she carries is her father’s, a weapon she treats with reverence. In battle, Adowyn and Leryn single out their foes with grim determination.

Jason Bulmahn
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I expected Lamontius would be waxing poetic by now...

Also.. the wolf's name is Licker?


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Wonderful story, but I hate to see the people of Golarion consider the ACG classes as "something new".

Also, did Lykir's art originate as a Eidolon? That mark on his forehead seems out of place...


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:O

Adowyn: "you know nothing, Valeros"

Valeros: "Dammit, you keep saying that!"


Nice back story on how the Hunter and her wolf met

edit:brought back a master thief from the sewers of Oppara

i feel sorry for the poor wolf


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I figured it was pronounced, "Lie-Keer"

love the art, backstory is cool, this one gets a <3

Shadow Lodge

Lamontius wrote:

:O

Adowyn: "you know nothing, Valeros"

Valeros: "Dammit, you keep saying that!"

Probably because it's true.


Awesome!


If Ygritte had to take care of Ghost after Jon Snow fell...


Great story. Sad to see though that there's no explanation for her spell casting abilities though.


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Brutedude wrote:
Great story. Sad to see though that there's no explanation for her spell casting abilities though.

Studying with druids would seem to cover it...


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WolfenFenris wrote:

Wonderful story, but I hate to see the people of Golarion consider the ACG classes as "something new".

Yeah

Weird

Grand Lodge

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Beautiful art, love this one!


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Really like it! Was hoping for an Iconic from Nirmathas!

Also really excited about the possible changes to the hunter class. I am hoping it will be THE CLASS to go if you want to focus on your animal companion.

Grand Lodge

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Don Hastily wrote:
WolfenFenris wrote:

Wonderful story, but I hate to see the people of Golarion consider the ACG classes as "something new".

Yeah

Weird

I just took it to mean that she was something new to those druids in particular. Like, they thought she might be a druid but she wasn't.


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Hey you got your ranger in my druid! You got your druid in my ranger!


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Thanks for bringing us home, Jason :)

And now I want to run an adventure in the Blight. It reminds me a bit of the Lost Woods in the original Legend of Zelda, where walking through it the right way might be your only way to find the dungeon.

I'm looking forward to picking up a copy of the ACG at GenCon.

Cheers!
Landon


Cool! I love the little additions to the Hunter that will (hopefully) help it keep up with more specialized classes. Also, I adore spontaneous casting. Great stuff. Looking forward to playing one.


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Lamontius wrote:
<3

what does this symbol mean? its on my phone in the smiley menu, my wife and i assumed it was the symbol for dick and balls:) i'm assuming thats not right...


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Devastation Bob wrote:
Hey you got your ranger in my druid! You got your druid in my ranger!

"You got my attention!" barked the animal companion.

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I'm pleased to see that the recent plague of surviving parents in our iconics has been arrested.

Liberty's Edge

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captain yesterday wrote:
Lamontius wrote:
<3
what does this symbol mean? its on my phone in the smiley menu, my wife and i assumed it was the symbol for dick and balls:) i'm assuming thats not right...

It's a heart. Turn the monitor sideways and squint and you can sorta see it.


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LazarX wrote:
I'm pleased to see that the recent plague of surviving parents in our iconics has been arrested.

yeah that was rather bothersome

Dark Archive

She's very good looking, isn't she. Beautiful.

That would be small consolation for the unhappy master thief encountering that pair down the sewers though.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Lamontius wrote:
<3
what does this symbol mean? its on my phone in the smiley menu, my wife and i assumed it was the symbol for dick and balls:) i'm assuming thats not right...

This made me laugh a lot harder than it should have.


Valeros better treat Adowyn right or that wolf of hers will have fighter for lunch

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WolfenFenris wrote:
Wonderful story, but I hate to see the people of Golarion consider the ACG classes as "something new".

I don't think they're new so much as they're rare...and thus seen as new by a particular isolated community who hadn't seen one before.

And I quite like Adowyn and Lykir. They seem like very solid Iconics.

Silver Crusade

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*puts his tent out, cleans his flame-thrower and waits for the 'At least I hope the Hunter will be some 90G cup size gal in a harem slave outfit' people*


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Took them long enough to bring us a redhead! :)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Lamontius wrote:
<3
what does this symbol mean? its on my phone in the smiley menu, my wife and i assumed it was the symbol for dick and balls:) i'm assuming thats not right...

either way, just as good

Paizo Employee Lead Designer

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Zaister wrote:
Took them long enough to bring us a redhead! :)

Oh, I know. I've been hearing about it for many years now. :)


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Zaister wrote:
Took them long enough to bring us a redhead! :)

Still Not Ginger!

Shadow Lodge

Am I loosing my mind or did the wolf's name change?

Silver Crusade

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Nice story, I like the badassery of a level 0 character surviving so long in the Blight.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
Nice story, I like the badassery of a level 0 character surviving so long in the Blight.

i think killing the bear made her a level 1 character

Managing Editor

Due to all the pre-Gen Con hustle and bustle, the original version of this blog accidentally used the wrong name for the wolf. His name is actually *Leryn*.

Fixed now. Sorry for the confusion!

Shadow Lodge

*whew* thought the meds were wearing off there for a minute.


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Wow! A redhead who isn't a slutty pirate wench or a witch. That's a nice change.

Scarab Sages

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Is this just a phase or has Paizo finally left its teenage phase of cleavage windows and bare belly buttons behind? Both this Hunter and the girls in the Iron Gods Player's Guide look totally badass and functionally dressed. If anything, that makes them hotter.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Jason Bulmahn wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Took them long enough to bring us a redhead! :)
Oh, I know. I've been hearing about it for many years now. :)

And totally not from your redheaded girlfriend, whose character is named ... never mind.


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Arikiel wrote:
Wow! A redhead who isn't a slutty pirate wench or a witch. That's a nice change.

and what is so wrong with a slutty pirate wench or a witch?

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the Queen's Raven wrote:
Am I loosing my mind or did the wolf's name change?

Canon is fluid.


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Blackvial wrote:
Arikiel wrote:
Wow! A redhead who isn't a slutty pirate wench or a witch. That's a nice change.
and what is so wrong with a slutty pirate wench or a witch?

Nothing I suppose but it's nice to see that redheads can be more then one of those two stereotypes.


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The art is glorious.


The art is great. The character's background story, OTOH, is not very creative or interesting, IMHO.


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TOZ wrote:
Canon is fluid.

{ponders "printer ink ooze"}

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Neato - totally called Nirmathas being the origin country.

Her and Lini need to have some small story together! :D


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
TOZ wrote:
Canon is fluid.
{ponders "printer ink ooze"}

no bad, i hate dealing with oozes

Dark Archive

Woo! Big-hipped red-haired warrior woman is on the prowl! Back away all you white-haired bundles of twigs!

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