Pathfinder Society Factions Preview: Grand Archive and Vigilant Seal

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In May, we introduced the concept of major and minor factions, as well as introduced the first of our new factions for the Second Edition campaign: the Horizon Hunters and Radiant Oath. Then at PaizoCon (and in a follow-up blog) we shared two more factions, including the Envoys’ Alliance and the Verdant Wheel. Today we introduce the last of our major factions!

Grand Archive (Major Faction)

Archaeology is a destructive science, and adventurers tend to be more destructive than most. If the Society’s to uphold its mandate to study and preserve the past, then documentation and academic rigor are key. Yet members of the Grand Archive do not limit themselves to Absalom’s libraries; these bold explorers’ voyage to the most exciting sites to chronicle the past in person and share those tales with the world.

Faction Leader: Although third in line for the Sky Citadel Kraggodan’s throne, Gorm Greathammer (LN male dwarf) has always been drawn to the adventuring lifestyle. His passion drew him to the Pathfinder Society decades ago, where he distinguished himself as an explorer and chronicler, having numerous publications to his name and countless stories to retell. Even so, he regularly returned home to help administrate the sky citadel. After withstanding the exhausting Ironfang Invasion and direceting peace negotiations with Molthune, he returned to the Grand Lodge on an extended leave of absence. He now oversees the Grand Archive, promoting scholarship and uncovering centuries-old mysteries to solve at long last. Yet those who would expect the Grand Archive’s leader to be a shy, spectacled sage are in for a surprise; Gorm is daring, boisterous, and ready to get his hands dirty alongside his allies.

Objectives: The Grand Archive promotes the ongoing education of Pathfinder agents, the recovery of ancient knowledge, and the mastery of esoteric lore. Thanks to Gorm Greathammer’s leadership, the faction also encourages travel, so that agents can experience history directly, draw their own conclusions, and ensure that all relics receive the care and curation they deserve—especially where a berserker’s boots might otherwise shatter a priceless statue. After years of neglect and several noteworthy attacks, the Grand Lodge’s written records are a tattered shadow of what they once were, and the Grand Archive is dedicated to restoring the Society’s libraries by seeking replacement texts and long-lost documents the world over.

Vigilant Seal (Major Faction)

Rune-sealed doors, buried temples, warded vaults, and ancient keeps…these are among the most tantalizing sites for explorers to delve, yet all too often these ruins were abandoned for the same reason: their contents were too dangerous to leave unfettered yet too enduring to destroy outright. The Pathfinder Society’s track record of unleashing forgotten horrors while in the pursuit of glory and lore is dubious. Yet for every imprisoned fiend accidentally released while Pathfinders explore overgrown shrines, the explorers have also uncovered and defeated slumbering evils that would have otherwise emerged to plague the world unforeseen and uncontested. As far as the Vigilant Seal’s concerned, this tradition of cavalier recklessness must change.

Faction Leader: Among the most famous Pathfinders of the previous decade, Eando Kline (CG male human) famously explored Varisia, infiltrated the Hold of Belkzen, and plumbed the Darklands’ depths to uncover a lost serpentfolk city. Knowing that further publicity would encourage exploration and goad the serpentine villains to attack the surface, Kline returned to the Grand Lodge ahead of his rival Arnois Belzig, urging the Decemvirate not to publish either of their findings. The Decemvirate dismissed his concerns, and in disgust, Eando Kline resigned from the Society. For the past decade he’s led his own expeditions, always endeavoring to explore more responsibly than the organization he left behind. Yet with news of a change in the Decemvirate and respected colleagues rising to positions of power, Eando Kline has returned to the Society at last, accepting his old wayfinder so long as he could lead in the organization’s reform.

Objectives: Just as the Pathfinder Society decrees that its agents must “explore, report, and cooperate,” the Vigilant Seal expects its agents to “protect, contain, and destroy.” Dangerous artifacts are often best kept deep within the Grand Lodge or other secure sites, rather than left where they might cause harm. Where slumbering evils lie chained, agents are expected to ensure every link remains strong. And where those goals are impossible, those agents must be ready to neutralize the threat. The Vigilant Seal encourages its agents to be educated enough to identify and understand hazards, and Eando Kline believes that individual Pathfinders must exercise their own discretion in assessing the danger and knowing when to intervene.

And with that, you’ve now met all six of our starting factions, including four major factions and two minor factions. There are more previews yet to come, and of course even more to share at the new campaign’s launch on August 1st!

John Compton
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Yeah Team Eando!

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These are terrific new factions! Have we seen Gorm Greathammer before or is he new?

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Wow, Each of these two factions is Half-Dark Archives, combined with the Grand Lodge and Silver Crusade...

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Kate Baker wrote:
These are terrific new factions! Have we seen Gorm Greathammer before or is he new?

As outlined above, he's an NPC in Ironfang Invasion.

Prince Gorm Greathammer (N male dwarf bard 7/
Pathfinder chronicler 2):
The third child of Kraggodan’s
king, Gorm is also a member of the Pathfinder Society.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!

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He's also in Reaver's Roar

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Fantastic to see Eando Kline back into the thick of things, looking forwards to see what the team has planned with him!

Hopefully the inimitable Ms. Dralneen will be making an appearance in some manner related to one of these two factions as well!

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Thanks! I haven’t played Ironfang Invasion, but I have played Reaver’s Roar (with Rob GMing, actually), so I just didn’t remember his name!

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Eando is one of my favorite NPCs and I'm glad to see him again!

And I love our cadre of fantasy archaelogists finally acknowledging "preserve" as a much-needed tennant! I love this new addition. Kind of funny we'd see the most rational faction emerge at the same time as the new influx of goblin pathfinders, given the poor reputation our poor green friends will have thanks to their most popular monstrous cousins!

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I can kinda see the appeal of the Grand Archive (no real opinion about the Dwarf) but honestly, the Vigilant Seal sounds a bit confused.

It feels a bit contrary to what we do and while there are some areas where it might have made sense to contain something evil, usually the best option might be to defeat it.

IIRC the recent storyline in the Mwangi dealt with that topic, but from what I heard, actually not dealing with the problem right now might have been a mistake.

Honestly, I am a bit confused by Eando Kline, he sounds a bit like captain hindsight. And I can't really remember that many situations where society released something evil and did not immediately deal with it.

I know that we did work really hard to release something good.

It might just be the way these factions are represented, I suspect that scenarios will help us to understand them.

....and if you are getting old Pathfinders back into the fold... I would love to so Count Jeggare as a faction leader.

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I Second Count Jeggare!

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PATHFINDER SCP FOUNDATION?!

Yes. I am all in. Eando forever.

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I'm curious as to how "Arnois" is supposed to be pronounced.

Arn-wah?
Ar-noise?
Ar-no-is?

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Glad to see Eando, but I feel like the factions don't really cover all the bases.

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I’m going to be a third vote for Count Jeggare...

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Elando Kline?

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Just as the Pathfinder Society decrees that its agents must “explore, report, and cooperate,” the Vigilant Seal expects its agents to “protect, contain, and destroy.”

I'm all about it.

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Richard Lowe wrote:
Hopefully the inimitable Ms. Dralneen will be making an appearance in some manner related to one of these two factions as well!

Depends on how those reporting conditions go for a certain scenario...

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Blake's Tiger wrote:
Richard Lowe wrote:
Hopefully the inimitable Ms. Dralneen will be making an appearance in some manner related to one of these two factions as well!
Depends on how those reporting conditions go for a certain scenario...

I think either way will see her at least once more, if only in a mention, so that we know how those reporting conditions went.

Grand Lodge

The third faction was obviously going to represent the REPORT principle; and while I was hoping that the fourth would be more along the lines of a Lodge Militant, defending the Society by sword and shield from all its enemies both within and without, I imagine that I have one or two aspiring Pathfinders in my PC idea journal who could find themselves enthusiastically supporting Eando Kline in the fight against evil forces.

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we raise up our glasses against evil forces
Seal evil in cans, Eando Endorses.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

we raise up our glasses against evil forces

Seal evil in cans, Eando Endorses.

You make him sound like a Ghostbuster, asking Pathfinders hunt and capture evil creatures in his special containment artefact on the Grand Lodge grounds. Knowing our luck that this is going to explode, corrupt etc. in a couple of years and.... well, to be honest, that sounds like an interactive special.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
I can kinda see the appeal of the Grand Archive (no real opinion about the Dwarf) but honestly, the Vigilant Seal sounds a bit confused.

I think that's why their tag is "protect, contain, and destroy". Basically, assuming it's in that order of what you want to do. "Protect Innocents/Important things, Contain terrible things, and if you got the firepower, destroy it."

Since we're the PCs of the Pathfinder Society, I'm willing to bet we'll be called in most of the time when they need the "Destroy" part of the tag worked out, and NPCs will be doing most of the "Contain" part of things, though the occasional "Stop the seals from exploding!" or "Protect the village while seekers handle the elder demon!" will be a thing i'm sure.

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Eando Kline is back? Awesome - one of my best moments as a GM on the roleplaying side was when I was portraying him in a session, and I managed to get the lady talking with him to have to stop, turn to her party, and out of character ask what they were trying to accomplish... she'd gotten so into the RP she'd forgotten the point of making contact in the first place. :)

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I guess Vigilant Seal faction means Seal-Breakers faction might be more active in 2e PFS :D

But yeah, yay for Eando! I always kinda found it funny how Serpent's Skull chronicles refer to him, but he never did have relevance in PFS scenarios

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I've been really excited to reveal Eando Kline's return for a long while—Erik Mona's face when I first pitched it to him was pretty great. The Vigilant Seal just ended up being such a good fit, especially given the fiction about Kline that appears in the first 18 volumes of the Pathfinder Adventure Paths. A decade ago, the Decemvirate overrode his judgment and may have endangered the surface world. Now the Decemvirate looks a little different (not going to spoil how or why, but play #10-22 and #10-23), the Society's grown wiser, and Eando Kline can at last promote some degree of responsibility in this new era of discovery.

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CorvusMask wrote:

I guess Vigilant Seal faction means Seal-Breakers faction might be more active in 2e PFS :D

But yeah, yay for Eando! I always kinda found it funny how Serpent's Skull chronicles refer to him, but he never did have relevance in PFS scenarios

Modest spoiler for #5-07: Port Godless:

Eando Kline makes a significant appearance in this adventure.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

we raise up our glasses against evil forces

Seal evil in cans, Eando Endorses.
You make him sound like a Ghostbuster, asking Pathfinders hunt and capture evil creatures in his special containment artefact on the Grand Lodge grounds. Knowing our luck that this is going to explode, corrupt etc. in a couple of years and.... well, to be honest, that sounds like an interactive special.

Eando Kline's first day back went something like this.

Kline: "What the— Why are there all of these evil artifacts just stacked in a room? This vault contains nothing but iron flasks labeled 'CR 18+'! This is an accident waiting to happen. I'm fixing this!"

Developers: "Awwww..."

John: "Well, there goes that idea. Back to the drawing board, folks. C'mon, this Grand Lodge isn't going to get attacked all by itself! Now pitch me a new way we can ruin another Grand Convocation!"

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John Compton wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

we raise up our glasses against evil forces

Seal evil in cans, Eando Endorses.
You make him sound like a Ghostbuster, asking Pathfinders hunt and capture evil creatures in his special containment artefact on the Grand Lodge grounds. Knowing our luck that this is going to explode, corrupt etc. in a couple of years and.... well, to be honest, that sounds like an interactive special.

Eando Kline's first day back went something like this.

Kline: "What the— Why are there all of these evil artifacts just stacked in a room? This vault contains nothing but iron flasks labeled 'CR 18+'! This is an accident waiting to happen. I'm fixing this!"

Developers: "Awwww..."

John: "Well, there goes that idea. Back to the drawing board, folks. C'mon, this Grand Lodge isn't going to get attacked all by itself! Now pitch me a new way we can ruin another Grand Convocation!"

<3

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"The Pathfinder Society’s track record of unleashing forgotten horrors while in the pursuit of glory and lore is dubious"

Biggest understatement ever. Like. Ever.

Having said that, excited for the Vigilant Seal though!

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Fola Barun makes sense as a faction head, but seeing Eando Kline coming back after years of "desertion" ("" are put on purpose), lore-wise it makes sense to make him come back because the organization changes for the better, but it doesn't mean he's the right fit to become a figurehead/important character.

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I also voice my support for a Count Jeggare! It would be awesome if he led a Faction(or Minor Faction.)

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Philippe Lam wrote:
Fola Barun makes sense as a faction head, but seeing Eando Kline coming back after years of "desertion" ("" are put on purpose), lore-wise it makes sense to make him come back because the organization changes for the better, but it doesn't mean he's the right fit to become a figurehead/important character.

Dude has lot of popularity :p

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CorvusMask wrote:
Dude has lot of popularity :p

That's not the problem. There's market for him and with good reason. My problem is he went solo even if technically never left the Society. Sure he had his own group but it's far from teamwork as a concept in a bigger scale.

Wouldn't have been that difficult to portray him as continuing the side of the Shadow Lodge which cared about Pathfinders where the "old" Decemvirate couldn't care less. Comparing to that others previously spoke about Varian Jeggare, I would have no objections at all about him.

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Philippe Lam wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Dude has lot of popularity :p

That's not the problem. There's market for him and with good reason. My problem is he went solo even if technically never left the Society. Sure he had his own group but it's far from teamwork as a concept in a bigger scale.

Wouldn't have been that difficult to portray him as continuing the side of the Shadow Lodge which cared about Pathfinders where the "old" Decemvirate couldn't care less.

Eando would be uniquely unsuitable for a role in Envoy's Alliance specifically because when the chips were down he didn't stick around to look after fellow Pathfinders, he struck out on his own. He is, however, a highly seasoned and experienced adventurer with a following, reputation, and mindset that makes him an excellent fit for the Vigilant Seal. Since faction leaders push agendas, and the Vigilant Seal's primary agenda is not looking out for your fellow Pathfinders the way it is for Envoy's Alliance, it's a very reasonable place for Eando to stake a claim in the "new" Society, much more so than him trying to take charge of a union of folks he walked away from.

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Comparing to that others previously spoke about Varian Jeggare, I would have no objections at all about him.

Varian Jeggare is highly unlikely to ever be a future faction leader, because we like what Dave Gross has done with him and we want to leave the door wide open for any potential future where Dave can come back and tell more stories about Count Jeggare without needing to worry about our canon for Varian limiting the stories Dave can tell.

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I think sometimes there’s confusion about what the factions actually are. Unless I’ve been misunderstanding for the last several years, factions aren’t usually sanctioned groups formed by the pathfinder society. They come about organically (in world) based on the leaders and who decides to follow them. So whether or not the Society would put Kline into a position of power is irrelevant, if there are society members willing to follow him. It’s not like the Decemvirate welcomed Torch back and gave him control of a large population of Pathfinders when the Shadow Lodge formed. If Kline were to show up as a Venture Captain, that’s a different story.

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And if you don't like him, vote with your characters.

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I think the more popular a character (NPC) is, the more likely it would be for them to lead a minor faction during a given year's story line.

I was thinking Envoy's Alliance for my first character, but now I'm thinking the Vigilant Seal.

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I am still excited for the thought of Pathfinder SCP Containment Breach now... Sounds like a fun faction to contain things, and I hope that it will be that so things like Lore and Craft skills can be useful. More or less Craft Skills.

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Oriklad wrote:
I am still excited for the thought of Pathfinder SCP Containment Breach now... Sounds like a fun faction to contain things, and I hope that it will be that so things like Lore and Craft skills can be useful. More or less Craft Skills.

Crafting will be available in PFS2 as a downtime activity, so Craft skills will have uses regardless.

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Oriklad wrote:
I am still excited for the thought of Pathfinder SCP Containment Breach now... Sounds like a fun faction to contain things, and I hope that it will be that so things like Lore and Craft skills can be useful. More or less Craft Skills.
Crafting will be available in PFS2 as a downtime activity, so Craft skills will have uses regardless.

I'm assuming that like in Starfinder, crafting will no longer be an end run around WBL, so at long last it's safe to open it up a bit more for all characters.

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Philippe Lam wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Dude has lot of popularity :p

That's not the problem. There's market for him and with good reason. My problem is he went solo even if technically never left the Society. Sure he had his own group but it's far from teamwork as a concept in a bigger scale.

Wouldn't have been that difficult to portray him as continuing the side of the Shadow Lodge which cared about Pathfinders where the "old" Decemvirate couldn't care less.

Eando would be uniquely unsuitable for a role in Envoy's Alliance specifically because when the chips were down he didn't stick around to look after fellow Pathfinders, he struck out on his own. He is, however, a highly seasoned and experienced adventurer with a following, reputation, and mindset that makes him an excellent fit for the Vigilant Seal. Since faction leaders push agendas, and the Vigilant Seal's primary agenda is not looking out for your fellow Pathfinders the way it is for Envoy's Alliance, it's a very reasonable place for Eando to stake a claim in the "new" Society, much more so than him trying to take charge of a union of folks he walked away from.

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Comparing to that others previously spoke about Varian Jeggare, I would have no objections at all about him.
Varian Jeggare is highly unlikely to ever be a future faction leader, because we like what Dave Gross has done with him and we want to leave the door wide open for any potential future where Dave can come back and tell more stories about Count Jeggare without needing to worry about our canon for Varian limiting the stories Dave can tell.

I would love to get more novels about the count, or more novels in general. Thanks to the existence of audiobooks those are the books I actually do have the time to "read". I already spend way too much time reading scenarios and other material ^^

Unfortunately, I totally understand why he would not work as a faction leader, but it would be nice to meet him in a scenario at some point ^^

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CorvusMask wrote:

I guess Vigilant Seal faction means Seal-Breakers faction might be more active in 2e PFS :D

But yeah, yay for Eando! I always kinda found it funny how Serpent's Skull chronicles refer to him, but he never did have relevance in PFS scenarios

** spoiler omitted **

And after that encounter I thought he was all washed up.

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Philippe Lam wrote:
Fola Barun makes sense as a faction head, but seeing Eando Kline coming back after years of "desertion" ("" are put on purpose), lore-wise it makes sense to make him come back because the organization changes for the better, but it doesn't mean he's the right fit to become a figurehead/important character.

The Society is a club of archaeologist adventurers not some military organisation... there's no such thing even remotely similiar to "desertion", however many speech marks you want to use :P

He left the organisation because they did things badly, they didn't live up to the aims and ideals they'd started with. Now that change is in the air, he, an expert in the field, has a chance to help guide them to avoid the mistakes of the past... that sounds like the absolute perfect person to take on a leadership role.

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Richard Lowe wrote:
Philippe Lam wrote:
Fola Barun makes sense as a faction head, but seeing Eando Kline coming back after years of "desertion" ("" are put on purpose), lore-wise it makes sense to make him come back because the organization changes for the better, but it doesn't mean he's the right fit to become a figurehead/important character.

The Society is a club of archaeologist adventurers not some military organisation... there's no such thing even remotely similiar to "desertion", however many speech marks you want to use :P

He left the organisation because they did things badly, they didn't live up to the aims and ideals they'd started with. Now that change is in the air, he, an expert in the field, has a chance to help guide them to avoid the mistakes of the past... that sounds like the absolute perfect person to take on a leadership role.

Freedom of association goes both ways. If he can leave the organization when he wants, they can exclude him if they want. The objection is that their not having chosen to do so doesn't make much sense.

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Yet with news of a change in the Decemvirate and respected colleagues rising to positions of power, Eando Kline has returned to the Society at last, accepting his old wayfinder so long as he could lead in the organization’s reform.

I don't know all of the details with his story, but it sounds like leadership changed, and that included the promotion of some of his friends, so he leveraged his popularity among into acceptance back into the society and a guarantee that he could be outspoken without retribution.

Also, I don't particularly mind that some of my characters might not like a particular faction head. I have several who found Guaril Karela distasteful when he was running the Sczarni. And others who considered him family. The same could be said for Zarta, Gloriana Morilla, and definitely for Colson Maldris.

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Freedom of association goes both ways. If he can leave the organization when he wants, they can exclude him if they want. The objection is that their not having chosen to do so doesn't make much sense.

It really does, the people who are clearly in charge of restructuring the Society after whatever events end up having taken place at the end of Season 10 have some reason to want the Society to have a better reputation in regards to such things. Either the rank and file demanded change and it's a sop to them, or the Societies monied backers like the Blakros, etc have demanded more attention to proper archaeology and less releasing demons hither and thither, etc.

Whatever the reason is, Eando Kline is the perfect person to call upon and bring back into the fold if you want to rehabilitate how the Society is viewed by those outside and in, and actually get some damn fine archaeology done, his presence and acceptance of the post alone adds a level of quality in certain circles no doubt.

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Spoiler:
Well a man come back following some clues
Said some demons been set loose, some peasants been abused
Some eyrines blew up a building, some phantom stole a cart
Somebody got away, somebody didn't get too far yeah
They didn't get too far

Eando told the ten now back in my day son
pathfinders had an answer for the wicked ones
take all the witches hexes and that old banshee
Round up all them bad boys wrap em all in lead sheets
and don't let nobody see

Evil is the one thing you will always find
gotta draw your pentagrams, gotta double check your lines
with the arcane metals we'll lock em all up in tombs
And we'll all meet back at the local saloon

we raise up our glasses against evil forces
Seal evil in cans, Eando Endorses.

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I have been messing with the idea for quite some time my plan is to come up with a fitting character for each faction.

Vigilant Seal proved tricky, but I am going with an elf rogue (or ranger) multiclass build.

The character has become aware of all the dangerous things the elves have hidden, buried and forgotten, in the confident assumption that things would look much better in a couple of hundred years.

After trying to get the elven authorities to do something, that character got impatient after years of waiting for any real action.

Hopefully such a character would be a good fit for the Vigilan Seal faction, obviously, the outline is still very rough since I haven't seen the final rules yet.

It was not totally clear from the blog, but I hope that agents can be confident that Eando Kline supports them in their decisions to kill/contain any threads they might discover.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
It was not totally clear from the blog, but I hope that agents can be confident that Eando Kline supports them in their decisions to kill/contain any threads they might discover.

Seems like, the Blog says: "The Vigilant Seal encourages its agents to be educated enough to identify and understand hazards, and Eando Kline believes that individual Pathfinders must exercise their own discretion in assessing the danger and knowing when to intervene."

Which sounds to me like code for "don't just kick the issue up to HQ, you're the hero" :P

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