Meet the Iconics: Yoon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Today, as part of our ongoing Meet the Iconics series, we introduce the next of the six new iconic characters featured in Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures. This week we meet Yoon, the iconic kineticist!


Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

Yoon always loved fire—the warmth, the color, the brilliant blaze. Fire always changed, and changed everything around it. Yoon could empathize. Fire was also always hungry—Yoon could empathize with that, too, as her family were immigrants in Minkai, and struggled to support themselves.

Not long after Yoon learned to walk, she learned to climb, and immediately took a shining to the rooftops of Oda. Her father only brought her to the city for the big festivals, and she wanted the best view to watch the fireworks celebrating the Lady of the North Star. Once, when she was climbing, Yoon fell, dropping into the river, and her father had to fish her out. Yoon coughed up a seemingly endless stream of water, and her grandmother scolded her, saying it would have been far worse if Yoon had hit the ground.

Yoon wasn't so sure. Just as fire had always been her friend, water had always been her enemy. All her life, it had taken her mother away on ships, for weeks or months at a time. And in the end, it refused to give her back.

Yoon's mother had been a brave warrior and explorer, and had told Yoon many fantastic tales of adventure and faraway places, primarily in the savage lands to the north. She also brought Yoon things, like the stuffed bear-owl creature named Gom-Gom, or the crooked stick used to play a strange northern game. Yet one day, her mother failed to return. Yoon and her father waited, growing more anxious as each week. When at last a messenger arrived and confirmed her mother's death battling siyokoys, a grief-stricken Yoon decided that no one else would ever call her by the same name her mother had. Forsaking her old name, she insisted on being referred to only by her mother's family name, the one her mother's adventuring companions had called her—Yoon.

Gom-Gom was the first to accept Yoon's new name. Eventually, even her grandmother gave in, though she continued to sniff at the impropriety. Yoon's grandmother had been a palace servant to the Shojinawa family once, and despite the fact that Yoon was determined to become a warrior like her mother, the old woman insisted on teaching her about things like poise, discipline, and self-control, arguing that they were just as important to a warrior as to a court scholar. Yoon didn't quite believe that, but did her best anyway, proving a quick and capable student.

Yoon's father fared worse. Still a loving, caring parent, he grew distant and sad after his wife's death, and spent more time muttering about things like imperial taxes and yakuza corruption. The new friends he made were constantly grouchy, and Yoon came to think of them privately as his Bitter Friends. They spent long evenings drinking and arguing in low voices, always careful to keep the windows closed and doors locked, even in the worst summer heat.

One night, as Yoon was once more watching fireworks in honor of the Lady of the North Star, her father went off to meet those friends. Yet even as the colored stars burst overhead, a new light blazed up to the east—a burning warehouse! Yoon went to watch the citizens fight the fire, but when she arrived, she found the place surrounded by imperial soldiers. Not only were they not helping put out the blaze, they were actively preventing those inside from fleeing. An uncomprehending Yoon wept to hear their cries, plugging her ears against the crunch of tetsubos on bone as the soldiers beat back burning men and women and their captain issued a proclamation about the punishment of Hwan rebels.

That's when Yoon saw her father.

He was in a knot of his Bitter Friends, blackened with ash, struggling to break through the ranks of soldiers. Even as Yoon called his name, she saw him fall beneath the soldiers' blows.

Screaming, Yoon raced for the line of soldiers. She might have gone unnoticed in the din, if not for the flaming board she scooped up and hurled at one of the soldiers, striking him in the helmet. As the man crumpled to the ground, several of his companions turned toward her. Yet as they advanced, truncheons raised, Yoon found her view suddenly blocked by her grandmother, wreathed in a snaking cloud of eerie black flames.

"Run, child!" the woman commanded. "If you listen to me only once in your life, run now, and don't come back!"

Yoon ran—through the city, out the gates, and into the surrounding fields. Only when she could run no farther did she finally collapse, exhausted, into the grass, listening to the night breeze and the song of insects. Behind her, the fireworks still continued, but the brilliant lines and stars no longer held Yoon's attention. As she held up a hand, little flickers of black flame flared into life around it. Her own tiny fireworks.

Her grandmother had commanded her to leave. Yoon understood that. She had struck a soldier, and no one harmed an imperial soldier and lived. But where should she go? She had always wanted to see Hwanggot, her family's homeland, but it lay across the water to the southwest, and there was no way Yoon was crossing that much water. In a sudden flash of inspiration, she decided to head north, up through the Forest of Spirits, then down along the mainland. She would be an explorer, like her mother. And she wouldn't have to be scared. After all, she still had her two oldest friends—Gom-Gom and fire. Between the two of them, they'd protect her.

Yet while a stuffed animal and a magical flame can handle a lot of problems, they weren't truly equipped to handle all Yoon's needs, and she might well have starved to death in the ensuing days and weeks if she hadn't fallen in with a mysterious traveler. Seemingly waiting for Yoon at a crossroads, the man spoke to Yoon of her powers, helping her come to understand them even as he taught her to scavenge and forage for food. Yet his greatest gift came on the slopes of the great volcano Kumijinja, where he called forth the spirits of the mountain's fire, presenting Yoon to them like a visiting dignitary. As the kami touched her, Yoon felt something inside her shift, and the flames that roiled inside her emerged, turning from black to a brilliant red. In that instant, she understood the fire she carried, and it understood her. When she woke from her trance-like reverie, the traveler was gone, leaving Yoon to continue her journeys alone—a child in age, yet armed with the courage of her mother, and the fiery wisdom of the mountain.

Mark Seifter
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Joe Hex wrote:
Are there pregen states for the Iconcis? Where?

Right here!


Liz Courts wrote:
Joe Hex wrote:
Are there pregen states for the Iconcis? Where?
Right here!

Thank you SO MUCH Liz for the link! You just made my night a whole lot more fun! Can't wait to read through all of these character stats. :)


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Larkos wrote:
Did Yoon ever accidentally burn Gom-Gom, I wonder...?

Of course not! The fire is Yoon's friend, and it would never do anything to make her sad.


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Ventnor wrote:
Larkos wrote:
Did Yoon ever accidentally burn Gom-Gom, I wonder...?
Of course not! The fire is Yoon's friend, and it would never do anything to make her sad.

The black flame is bad. It's not like the fire at all. It might do something like that. But it didn't. Gom-Gom is okay!


Arachnofiend wrote:

Wait, the pregen has her as small? Does the stat block have the ability adjustments for the Young template?

That's how it should be IMO, but it is kind of funny how that makes her a pregen that wouldn't actually be legal for anyone to build on their own in PFS.

Society characters don't get ability adjustments for age categories, I believe.


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I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.


Supperman wrote:
Loki_Thief wrote:
Very nice. I'm consistently impressed by the cool backstories of Paizo's iconics. It occurs to me that the Meet the Iconics series is still incomplete, though-- we've never gotten a story for the iconic Antipaladin! What dark events drove him onto the path of wickedness? What nefarious goals does he seek to accomplish? And most of all, what's the story behind the illustration on page 248 of the Advanced Class Guide? That poor pig's family deserve some answers!
His cheeseburger didn't have enough cheese once.

Worse, they left the Bacon off his Bacon Cheeseburger.

I mean it's right there in the name BACON Cheeseburger!


I like this back story most of all but I thought for sure she was from the frozen north, whatever the pathfinder version of Inuit is.

I hope her stuffed animal is an actual character like a Soulbound Doll with class levels or a kami that inhabits it.


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zergtitan wrote:
I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.

Found one for you:-D


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captain yesterday wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.
Found one for you:-D

Nice, but I believe Yoon is a girl.........


The Golux wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:

Wait, the pregen has her as small? Does the stat block have the ability adjustments for the Young template?

That's how it should be IMO, but it is kind of funny how that makes her a pregen that wouldn't actually be legal for anyone to build on their own in PFS.

Society characters don't get ability adjustments for age categories, I believe.

Society play doesn't have small humans, either.

But, looking at the stat block, there's no way she has that Con score with the Young template, and her stats are correct if you assume she's a Human with the +2 in Con. So that's settled, then.


Mark, can you tell us what mechanical adjustments were made for Yoon to be a 'small' human, if any?


Lamontius wrote:

I have my doubts and concerns about child characters in roleplay settings, but I get it

Too awesome for this game.

Berselius wrote:
Thank the kami she isn't chaotic evil! Instead she's a teenage girl out to find her place in the world. Also, it is just me or does Paizo seem to have a strange fixation with fire-based casters?

No really, aside from the Bloodrager, Paladin and Ranger iconic, all the casters seem to LOVE PLAYING WITH FIRE, then again, it seems 95% of the monsters shown in Non-Bestiary books are weak to fire.


Rynjin wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Joe M. wrote:
Don't the PFS pregen sheets contain strangely different backstory components around the material in that last paragraph? (I only skimmed them quickly and piecemeal last night, but I thought I caught some stuff that looked quite different.)
The backstory I wrote turned out to be too long, ...
...Why are blog posts limited by word count?

I want to know too.

Also, who has beaten who into submission for us to have a child/young Iconic?

Yoon, Iconic Kineticist wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Thank the kami she isn't chaotic evil! Instead she's a teenage girl out to find her place in the world. Also, it is just me or does Paizo seem to have a strange fixation with fire-based casters?
She's not a teenager. She's a preteen at best. She's young enough to be considered a Small creature, as per her PFS pregen, but my best teacher pedagogy puts her at around 8 years old. I don't know if her age was ever confirmed by the creative team. (I thought I heard 8 years old when she was revealed at PaizoCon, but I was told that no age was ever assigned to her back in May. When you're a teacher, sometimes you just fill these things in on the spot. ^_^)
Excuse me, Mr. Augunas. I'm not 8, silly, I'm 8 and a quarter! How old are you? And are you actually a magnifying glass? I've always wanted to find a talking magnifying glass. If you aim one right, you can use it to make sun-fire from the sun. But if you're a magnifying glass, you probably knew that because you can do it all the time!

I feel lke a rule got broken here, not sure which one...


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At first I didn't read it very well and I was like "yet another Tian-Min iconic?" then I actually read the whole backstory properly and like "oh, she's actually Tian-Hwan!" and that was cool, especially because it meshes well with the setting.

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Tels wrote:

Part of me regrets reading the pre-gen, but at the same time, some things made a lot more sense (as was mentioned and explained previously).

Now that hockey sticks are a weapon... how long until Casey Jones makes an appearance in Pathfinder?

As soon as the turtles travel through a portal to golarion


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zergtitan wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.
Found one for you:-D
Nice, but I believe Yoon is a girl.........

I'm a warrior and adventurer, like Eomma, does it really matter?

But yeah, I'm a girl. Eomma said that in Hwanggot, being a warrior or learning books and stuff is what girls do and boys do things like painting and farming, just like Appa.


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Thank the kami she isn't chaotic evil! Instead she's a teenage girl out to find her place in the world. Also, it is just me or does Paizo seem to have a strange fixation with fire-based casters?
She's not a teenager. She's a preteen at best. She's young enough to be considered a Small creature, as per her PFS pregen, but my best teacher pedagogy puts her at around 8 years old. I don't know if her age was ever confirmed by the creative team. (I thought I heard 8 years old when she was revealed at PaizoCon, but I was told that no age was ever assigned to her back in May. When you're a teacher, sometimes you just fill these things in on the spot. ^_^)

I'm willing to bet they didn't use the Young Character rules in Ultimate Campaign.

Because the , you know, she wouldn't be a Kinitecist at all.


Gars DarkLover wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

I have my doubts and concerns about child characters in roleplay settings, but I get it

Too awesome for this game.

Berselius wrote:
Thank the kami she isn't chaotic evil! Instead she's a teenage girl out to find her place in the world. Also, it is just me or does Paizo seem to have a strange fixation with fire-based casters?
No really, aside from the Bloodrager, Paladin and Ranger iconic, all the casters seem to LOVE PLAYING WITH FIRE, then again, it seems 95% of the monsters shown in Non-Bestiary books are weak to fire.

I'm thinking the movie Firestarter has a lot to do with why they went this direction, as well as Carrie. Young female pyrokineticists are practically a trope.


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Not to mention both those books are f#$~ing awesome classics:-)

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Schnappy das kleine Kobold wrote:
Gom-Gom is adorable. Can we get a plushie made?

I would buy 10.


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Over the moon with joy at seeing a Hwan Iconic! Cool story as well; I notice the majority of the occult iconics seem to have a "mysterious guardian" of sorts... I wonder if it could be the same entity?


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Berselius wrote:
Thank the kami she isn't chaotic evil! Instead she's a teenage girl out to find her place in the world. Also, it is just me or does Paizo seem to have a strange fixation with fire-based casters?

Fire-based characters make for great art.


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So could air, earth, and water if they gave those elements a chance.


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fire is the element of the mind so of course it's going to show up more in art.

also, i too want to see what story can be said about an antipaladin iconic.


Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know


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Kyo Yamato wrote:
Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know

Yoon


Kyo Yamato wrote:
Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know

Yoon is my real name, Mr. Yamato. It's the name I chose. It's Eomma's name. Should I ask you if your name is really Kyo Yamato? C'mon, even Gom-Gom gets it, and he's a bear-owl!


Bandw2 wrote:
Kyo Yamato wrote:
Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know
Yoon

You're my new friend, Bandw2! Does the w stand for wagon, like bandwagon?


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Yoon, Iconic Kineticist wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
Kyo Yamato wrote:
Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know
Yoon
You're my new friend, Bandw2! Does the w stand for wagon, like bandwagon?

My name stands for Black & White 2. 'W'


Tels wrote:
Mark, can you tell us what mechanical adjustments were made for Yoon to be a 'small' human, if any?

Was there any mechanical adjustments made for Yoon's age?


Kyo Yamato wrote:
Maybe I missed something, but Yoon is not her real name, right? then what is her real name? I'd like to know

You mean her birth name. Yoon is her real name now. Whatever her birth name was, I doubt she answers to it.


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i'm just loving the IC chats mark


Tels wrote:
Tels wrote:
Mark, can you tell us what mechanical adjustments were made for Yoon to be a 'small' human, if any?
Was there any mechanical adjustments made for Yoon's age?

She's small sized.

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Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark

I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...

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WANG FIRE!!! approves of another tian pyrokineticist.

Scarab Sages

Mark Seifter wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark
I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...

Just make sure that she is safe, the internet is not a safe place for a little girl. Although she does seem better equipped than most to deal with a flame war.


Imbicatus wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark
I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...
Just make sure that she is safe, the internet is not a safe place for a little girl. Although she does seem better equipped than most to deal with a flame war.

Hey, I'm a warrior, Mr. Imbi-cactus! I can fight monsters with all the other adventurers. A few swarming trolls shouldn't be any trouble. In fact, swarms and trolls are my specialties!

Why is your name missing the other c, anyways? You look like a cactus to me, not a catus.


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Yoon, Iconic Kineticist wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark
I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...
Just make sure that she is safe, the internet is not a safe place for a little girl. Although she does seem better equipped than most to deal with a flame war.

Hey, I'm a warrior, Mr. Imbi-cactus! I can fight monsters with all the other adventurers. A few swarming trolls shouldn't be any trouble. In fact, swarms and trolls are my specialties!

Why is your name missing the other c, anyways? You look like a cactus to me, not a catus.

...

...

...

I only just now realized it wasn't Imbicactus...


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How do you pronounce Yoon's name?

Is it like book or boon?


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@tels, hahahaha, i only just realized his avatar looks like an angry cactus.


Imbicatus wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark
I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...
Just make sure that she is safe, the internet is not a safe place for a little girl. Although she does seem better equipped than most to deal with a flame war.

Hmm, so after going out and adventuring with the Pathfinder Society Yoon will come home to be traumatized by the internet. The more I reflect on this character the more firmly I feel that I'll be waiving the reskinning rules and requesting anyone who plays her at my table to play her as a small sized human adult.

Scarab Sages

Tels wrote:
Yoon, Iconic Kineticist wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
i'm just loving the IC chats mark
I figured if people were talking to other iconics, like in Merisiel's "Ask All Your Questions Here" thread, then it was OK to have them talk to Yoon too! Uh oh, now Yoon is probably going to want one of those too...
Just make sure that she is safe, the internet is not a safe place for a little girl. Although she does seem better equipped than most to deal with a flame war.

Hey, I'm a warrior, Mr. Imbi-cactus! I can fight monsters with all the other adventurers. A few swarming trolls shouldn't be any trouble. In fact, swarms and trolls are my specialties!

Why is your name missing the other c, anyways? You look like a cactus to me, not a catus.

...

...

...

I only just now realized it wasn't Imbicactus...

Imbicatus is my (long inactive) SCA Persona. It's 6th century old Irish name that was a forerunner of the name Imchadh. It's a compound word of 'imbi' (around) and 'catus' (battle). My taking a Saguaroi avatar is a little play on words :)


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This is one of my favorite icons from Occult. I love her story and Gom-Gom needs to be a mighty magic item and be made into a real stuffed critter.

Grand Lodge

zergtitan wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.
Found one for you:-D
Nice, but I believe Yoon is a girl.........

Try this one. Lots of blue fire!


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Loyal Battle Monkey wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
I hope in the future we can get a picture of an adult Yoon.
Found one for you:-D
Nice, but I believe Yoon is a girl.........
Try this one. Lots of blue fire!

yoon has red fire(it's actually important, kinda)


She does take blue fire blast at level 7 though.

Silver Crusade

Tels wrote:
Tels wrote:
Mark, can you tell us what mechanical adjustments were made for Yoon to be a 'small' human, if any?
Was there any mechanical adjustments made for Yoon's age?

The Normal adjustments for young characters are -2 Str, -2 Con, -2 Wis, +2 Dex, so that's a starting point.

It looks different than that, but it's a starting point.

Grand Lodge

The Golux wrote:
She does take blue fire blast at level 7 though.

Exactly! :p An older, higher level Yoon would certainly love to throw out blue fire. After all, stuff will burn faster.

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