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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Liberty's Edge

The PFS version of Yoon is Small Sized and has no other mechanical changes.

Also, Yoon and Gom-Gom are awesome and adorable. I like 'em. :)


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...

Didn't wait for her to be burning for one.


DHAnubis wrote:
reydragk wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

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

What is this from? I must watch it.
Cinematic Trailer for League of Legends, online game. It was, admittedly, my first thought when I say Yoon too,

The girl's name is Annie and she seems to have an hot temperament.


Yoon, Iconic Kineticist 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 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!

Yeah, you got me there Yoon, I better stop asking or I will start having doubts about my real name, for real. (¿?)


Dragon78 wrote:
Philo Pharynx 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?
Fire-based characters make for great art.
So could air, earth, and water if they gave those elements a chance.

Air, Lightning, Water, Ice, Earth, Metal(ic), Jell-O/Ooze, Light, Darkness, Shadow, Lightning + Fire, etc...


So what would Yoon's opinion be of other kineticists ? Such as an Aero/Aether kineticist or a Geo/Pyrokineticist?


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Gordrenn Higgler wrote:
So what would Yoon's opinion be of other kineticists ? Such as an Aero/Aether kineticist or a Geo/Pyrokineticist?

Well, there's five elements of kineticists: Fire is the best and it has all the best stuff and it lets you burn things. Water is icky and terrible and pretty lame and stuff because you have to use water. And then there's three more, and they're alright, probably, but not as good as fire.


UndeadMitch wrote:
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.

Also, she's not an NPC class to start...


Azten wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
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.

Also, she's not an NPC class to start...

Maybe the class has a lower starting age than most PC classes?


I can see this class having a lower starting age along with sorcerers, oracles, and maybe witches. Most other classes would require them to be teenagers if not older.


I think Mark had a character age/story idea in mind for his write up, starting age and PFS rules be damned!

Kineticist probably has a similar starting age to a sorcerer or other spontaneous casters that don't require lots of schooling for their concept.


Gom-Gom looks like an Owlbbear version of Pepe.

THIS PLEASES ME.


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Albatoonoe wrote:
IT IS A HOCKEY STICK!

Field Hockey at St. Trinian's School for Girls. Setting people on fire is positively a bonus for the team.


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Yoon, Iconic Kineticist wrote:
Gordrenn Higgler wrote:
So what would Yoon's opinion be of other kineticists ? Such as an Aero/Aether kineticist or a Geo/Pyrokineticist?
Well, there's five elements of kineticists: Fire is the best and it has all the best stuff and it lets you burn things. Water is icky and terrible and pretty lame and stuff because you have to use water. And then there's three more, and they're alright, probably, but not as good as fire.

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?

Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?


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shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....


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Milo v3 wrote:
shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....

wait like real hearts?


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Bandw2 wrote:
Milo v3 wrote:
shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....
wait like real hearts?

Yeah, they'd have to be unattended hearts, but still.

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Arachnofiend wrote:
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.

More likely they went the Living Greyhawk route... used standard stat generation with no modifiers for age.


Milo v3 wrote:
shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....

What about, like, an aetherkinetic chirugeon? The healing archetype for the kineticist?


LazarX wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
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.

More likely they went the Living Greyhawk route... used standard stat generation with no modifiers for age.

Nah, PFS doesn't use Ability Scores adjustment for Age Categories.


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Tels wrote:
Milo v3 wrote:
shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....
What about, like, an aetherkinetic chirugeon? The healing archetype for the kineticist?

Certainly. Allow me to direct you to our fine selection of KA LI MA!


HEART!


Vrog Skyreaver wrote:
Tels wrote:
Milo v3 wrote:
shadram wrote:

So Earth, Air, Fire, Water... Heart?
Occult Adventures is about the quest to take pollution down to zero?

Well... aetherkineticist could "theoretically" go around throwing hearts at their enemies....
What about, like, an aetherkinetic chirugeon? The healing archetype for the kineticist?
Certainly. Allow me to direct you to our fine selection of KA LI MA!

Just remember, those who know how to heal the body, also know the most painful ways to kill the body.


Imbicatus wrote:
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 :)

It's also part of the scientific name for the meadow gladiola.. Just sayin.


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Ask and ye shall receive.


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Looks like an interesting pregen, but some of the saves do not appear to be correct for Yoon/7. Please verify.

Printed/PDF Saves: Fort: +11, Ref: +10, Will: +5

Fort: +5 CON, +5 Class/7, +2 Cloak = +12 (vs. +11)
Ref: +4 DEX, +5 Class/7, +2 Cloak = +11 (vs. +10)

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Also, the CMD appears to be off by 1 for Yoon/7, printed as 17. Please verify.

10 BASE +5 BAB -1 STR +4 DEX -1 size +1 deflection = 18 (vs. 17)

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