Kingmaker—Assembling the Perfect Party

Monday, September 17, 2018

One of the key elements of tabletop roleplaying games like Pathfinder is the collaborative storytelling that comes from a party of different characters all adventuring together. In many cases, the inter-party conflicts and dynamics of a campaign are as memorable as the overall plot like the villain and her motivations. In a single-player digital adaptation of such a game, capturing that same sense of disparate personalities is vital to making the final game feel like Pathfinder. Pathfinder: Kingmaker, from developers Owlcat Games emulates this cherished aspect of the genre perfectly with their wide array of supporting characters players can combine into the perfect team.

While players have the ability to create their own cast of companions after completing the game's tutorial and prologue, the eleven pre-made companions provide a wide variety of character types, both adhering to and bucking genre tropes to play with. Each has a backstory linking them to the game's overarching plot, an intricate series of side quests focusing on their character development, and interpersonal dynamics both with the player and their fellow companions sure to add hours of additional entertainment as they banter while making camp or interject their thoughts during key encounters.

Which companion is your favorite? Who are you most excited to get to know (and possibly romance)? Which ones do you see as comprising your default adventuring party?

Amiri

The kellid barbarian Amiri hails from the harsh Realm of the Mammoth Lords, where she was exiled from her nomadic tribe for daring to challenge traditional gender roles. Unwelcome in her homeland and resentful of anyone who doubts her battle prowess, Amiri is more eager to prove her worth to her new "chieftain"—you!

Ekundayo

Born in Absalom, the teeming City at the Center of the World, to a Garundi family, the reserved ranger Ekundayo sought only a peaceful family life in the River Kingdoms when raiding trolls forced him on a different path. A devoted follower of Torag, Ekun now seeks revenge for his slain loved ones and a new start, be that with decent companions he meets along the way or on his own.

Harrim

The dwarf cleric Harrim is the embodiment of the nihilistic faith of Groetus, god of the end times, which he doesn't so much as proselytize as ooze from every pore in his dour body. Ever ready to remind his companions of the futility of, well, just about everything, he may just as well adventure with them than do anything else. Everyone's going to end up dead at the end of time, anyway, so why not die in the service to the Stolen Lands' new ruler?

Amiri, Ekundayo, and Harrim

Jaethal

Elves are known throughout Golarion for their otherworldly grace and alien demeanor, but the inquisitor Jaethal takes this aloofness even further—by being a unique undead in service to Urgathoa, goddess of gluttony and undeath. On the run from her past in Kyonin—the type of murder and betrayal you'd expect from someone angling for the favor of such a fell god—Jaethal serves at her own whim, perhaps wanting nothing more of her companions than potential corpses for a future undead army of her very own.

Jubilost

Few authors in the world have as lengthy and prestigious bibliography as the esteemed gnome alchemist, Jubilost Narthropple. Hailing from the centers of learning in metropolitan Absalom, Jubilost doesn't suffer fools lightly, and he believes everyone to be a fool. Though his arrogance makes him few friends, his interest in the mysteries of the gnomes' origins in the First World and his expert knowledge on just about everything (at least in his own mind) make him a valuable resource in uncovering some of the region's most enigmatic mysteries.

Linzi

Your first and most loyal companion, Linzi was kicked out of the Academy of Grand Arts in the neighboring River Kingdom of Pitax after she wrote less-than-flattering things about the city's King Irovetti. The optimistic halfling bard has selected you to be the subject of her magnum opus, a book telling a tale of high adventure written by those involved, at the time of their exploits instead of decades later based on second-hand reports.

Jaethal, Jubilost, and Linzi

Nok-Nok

Most civilized creatures see goblins as little more than monsters, and sometimes, even goblins see their kin in much the same light. Nok-Nok, a rogue with ambitions of being "the fith gawd" (an addition to the four-member pantheon of goblin hero gods), is one such case. Bullied and tortured by his tribe, he's more than happy to work with longshanks who don't abuse him, and will gladly prove his loyalty and worthiness to you, as long as you give him plenty of things to stab along the way.

Octavia

A former slave of the Technic League mages of neighboring Numeria, the half-elf arcane trickster Octavia is a ray of sunshine despite the gloomy conditions of her life prior to meeting the game's hero. Octavia has an optimism that rivals Linzi's and a sense of compassion that's hard to ignore should you act the tyrant in her company.

Regongar

Octavia's closest and oldest friend, the half-orc magus Regongar, is decidedly less optimistic and compassionate than his partner. Cruel, hedonistic, and vengeful, Regongar would rather kill his enemies quickly and without fuss (especially his former captors among the Technic League) than delay the drinking and love-making to follow, a stark contrast to Octavia's more forgiving approach.

Nok-Nok, Octavia, and Regongar

Tristian

Soft-spoken and aloof, the human cleric Tristian hails from the Padishah Empire of Kelesh far to the east, where he was raised in the church of the sun goddess Sarenrae. With a grace becoming his celestial patron, the wandering priest spreads the word of the Dawnflower—as well as her tenets of healing, light, and redemption—into the heart of the Stolen Lands, and if he had his way, into the hearts of his companions as well.

Valerie

Bestowed by divine beauty and charm, the noble-born human, Valerie, was raised in a convent dedicated to Shelyn, goddess of art and love, set on the track of a paladin of the Eternal Rose. She wasn't interested in any of that, however. Tired of countless suitors inundating her with mediocre art the tenets of her faith prohibited her from ripping up and throwing in their faces, Valerie instead took up the life of a trained fighter, mastering the defensive and offensive applications of the tower shield. Now in the baron or baroness's employ, Valerie is staunchly loyal and invaluable on the battlefield.

Tristian and Valerie

Of the 11 companions in the game, four are romanceable—Valerie for male PCs, Tristian for female PCs, and both Octavia and Regongar for both male and female PCs. Whether you pursue a romantic relationship with any of them is your choice, but regardless of your decision, each of your companions provides endless possibilities for bringing the collaborative, party-based excitement of the Pathfinder RPG to life!

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Voss wrote:
I'm a little more puzzled that there are so few full casters and they're both clerics. Octavia comes preset as rogue/wizard, which is a little annoying. (granted, arcane trickster comes at no effort, but still)

Pretty sure Regongar is a sorcerer, a draconic one at that (although I'm basing that on a recent trailer they put out where he casts some variant of Form of the Dragon so I'm just guessing that based on that spell, his personality, and that his free hand in the artwork seems to be turning into claws.

Think I also read his class in a Kickstarter update ages ago, but not sure.


ShadowFighter88 wrote:
Voss wrote:
I'm a little more puzzled that there are so few full casters and they're both clerics. Octavia comes preset as rogue/wizard, which is a little annoying. (granted, arcane trickster comes at no effort, but still)

Pretty sure Regongar is a sorcerer, a draconic one at that (although I'm basing that on a recent trailer they put out where he casts some variant of Form of the Dragon so I'm just guessing that based on that spell, his personality, and that his free hand in the artwork seems to be turning into claws.

Think I also read his class in a Kickstarter update ages ago, but not sure.

He was originally going to be a sorcerer, but when the kickstarter bonus (or whatever its called) unlocked the magus, they switched him to an eldritch scion. He still has a dragon bloodline*, and dragon disciple is in the game, so... form of the dragon is quite possible for him.

*its worth noting that eldritch scions may be based on sorcerer bloodlines rather than bloodrager bloodlines (since the latter aren't in the game). That means some bonus spells and bloodline abilities are slightly different. Personally I'm intensely curious about Abyssal...


Voss wrote:
ShadowFighter88 wrote:
Voss wrote:
I'm a little more puzzled that there are so few full casters and they're both clerics. Octavia comes preset as rogue/wizard, which is a little annoying. (granted, arcane trickster comes at no effort, but still)

Pretty sure Regongar is a sorcerer, a draconic one at that (although I'm basing that on a recent trailer they put out where he casts some variant of Form of the Dragon so I'm just guessing that based on that spell, his personality, and that his free hand in the artwork seems to be turning into claws.

Think I also read his class in a Kickstarter update ages ago, but not sure.

He was originally going to be a sorcerer, but when the kickstarter bonus (or whatever its called) unlocked the magus, they switched him to an eldritch scion. He still has a dragon bloodline*, and dragon disciple is in the game, so... form of the dragon is quite possible for him.

*its worth noting that eldritch scions may be based on sorcerer bloodlines rather than bloodrager bloodlines (since the latter aren't in the game). That means some bonus spells and bloodline abilities are slightly different. Personally I'm intensely curious about Abyssal...

Yeah, just looked him up on a wikia someone's made for the video game and he's listed as a Magus and the trivia section mentions he was originally going to be a Sorcerer. A little disappointed by that, honestly; if they kept him as a Draconic Sorcerer then he could've been angled towards the Dragon Disciple - his personality certainly sounds very dragon-y. That and having him be a bit of a bastard makes him feel a little too much like Seltyiel.


He still can go to dragon disciple. He's a draconic eldritch scion- charisma, spontaneous casting, the whole bit.

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That and having him be a bit of a bastard makes him feel a little too much like Seltyiel.

Is that Mr. Straps 'n' Belts, the iconic? They have personalities?


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Sorry for the thread necromancy!

I've been playing since the game officially came out (dislike beta tests), however never got passed three or four areas in Chapter 2. Also took the summer off; too many other fun things to keep my retired butt busy. So now that summer is almost over, it is time to start playing again, however I will be starting over, so I am looking or suggestions.

Front line (pretty fixed at this point):
Valerie - Tower Shield Fighter 5, Inquisitor 1, Dragon Disciple 4, finish off Tower Shield Fighter.
Amiri - Barbarian 2, Two Hand Weapon Fighter 18
Harrim - Cleric 3, Fighter 1 (maybe), finish off Cleric

Back Line (really wide open):
Linzi - Bard 20
Tristian - Cleric 20
Octavia - Rogue 1, Wizard 3, Arcane Trickster 10, finish off Wizard
Ekundayo - Ranger 20

Not considered at all (for various reasons):
Jaethal, Jubilost, Nok-Nok, Regongar

Main Character:
Wizard 20, means I have to have either Octavia or Linzi for Trickery
or Ranger 20, same as above for Trickery
or Rogue 1, Ranger 19, so wide open as he can pick up Trickery

Harrim, Valerie and Amiri are the tanks.
Harrim and Valerie(minimal as Inquisitor) provide healing.
Linzi, Octavia or Rog1/Ran19 provide trickery.
Octavia or Wizard provide arcane.

My current leanings are Front Line as above. Back line as Octavia, Linzi and Wizard. Perhaps bringing in Ekundayo for Linzi occasionally.

What do you guys think? thanks,

-- david


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Rats, Inquisitor is not an arcane class. Stupid website, so Valerie will take something else to qualify for Dragon Disciple. Looks like I will have to take Linzi so I get some additional healing.

-- david


Archeologist Bard would work for you. Also try to spec some of your companions out for kingdom roles. Valerie can cover the CHA based one since between Valerie and Octavia, Valeries CHA is higher and can be boosted to 16 quickly. But be careful of alignment/personality conflicts when you make decisions since you advisers can quit their positions. Also depending on your view of mods there could be 2 that might interest you, 1 puts in the Oracle class and another has kingdom events shorten to 1 day.

EtG


You can also save as much gold as you can and at level 4/5 try the custom party. Unless your main is a Paladin its the only way to get one since their is an awesome suit of full plate for a good character but works best on a Paladin. You get it when you unlock the hidden cache in the dwarven stronghold.

EtG


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

@EtG,

Was the Archeologist Bard for Valarie, or for my main character? (I think you meant it for Valerie).

I do not use the mods, however I did try for a complete custom party when I first got to Oleg's after editing: C:\Users\papad\AppData\LocalLow\Owlcat Games\Pathfinder Kingmaker\Saved Games the .zks file member player.json. On the last line there is a Money token and just upped it by 20,000 so I had a custom party. This current try I am trying to use the companions and not customer pc's.

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- david


For your main ideally since it gives you the trapfinding and other goodies to use going forward.

EtG


Octavia will be a must for most of your run either for spellcasting or trapfinding.
Valerie is an awesome tank but she could use archaeologist for arcane strike also works for Dragon Disciple.
Amiri will be solid damage and wilderness skills.
I prefer Tristan for healing since he is more speced for it.
Ekundayo with the right gear is beastly.
So your main ideally as an archaeologist will be able to fill in the gaps and provide utility should work well.
The bard level for Valerie will help as I said for dragon disciple but you should grab that level along with a CHA boost at 4. Should help for kingdom tasks, there are a fair few new events and locations that appear during exploration for a boost in XP. One appears in the first chapter that involves a manticore, seemed it could be problematic but my party of level 5's mushed it fairly quickly.

Have fun with it now, let me know if you get and play with the 3 dlc and what you make of it.

EtG

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