No-Prep Character: Wendlyn

Friday, June 18, 2021

It’s been a few months since we last checked on our adventurous friends in the town of Otari, but you can now get the entire Shroud of Four Silences novella in eBook form here on paizo.com or on the Kindle bookstore. Next, we’ll look at the pyromaniac scamp, Gristleburst, wrapping up our No-Prep Character series based on the novella’s main adventuring party. What would you like to see next in the world of Pathfinder (or Starfinder) fiction? Do you prefer blog-based flash fiction, email-based serialized novellas, or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below.

Wendlyn, Incorrigible Thief

Wendlyn grew up in Otari and knows just about everyone in it. This means she knows which people are safe to target with her petty larceny. She’s been on the wrong side of Captain Longsaddle of the Otari town guard for as long as she can remember, but she keeps away from the sorts of crimes that would call for serious punishment, or that would seriously hurt anyone. The people of Otari are immune to her thefts but not her pranks; she’s fond of hiding animals where they’ll surprise people or livening up a celebration with some unexpected fireworks. She considers it to be all in good fun. Captain Longsaddle would definitely disagree, as would her younger half-sister, the pious acolyte Lisavet.

Wendlyn is an excellent person to become acquainted with in Otari, as she knows a fair share of the town’s secrets. Her lifelong inclination toward theft also makes her just the right person to disable a tricky lock or disarm a complicated trap. She’s eager to join just about any escapade, illicit or otherwise, as long as no one seems likely to get seriously hurt.

a lithe half-elf woman wears dark leather armor and wields a short sword

Wendlyn, illustration by Valeria Dryzhak

Wendlyn — Creature 2

Unique, CG, Medium, Elf, Human, Humanoid
Female half-elf rogue
Perception +10; low-light vision
Languages Common, Elven
Skills Acrobatics +10, Deception +6, Otari Lore +7, Society +7, Stealth +8, Thievery +10
Str +2, Dex +4, Con +0, Int +1, Wis +3, Cha +0
Items leather armor, lesser alchemist’s fire (2), rope, shortbow (20 arrows), shortsword, thieves’ tools

AC 17; Fort +7, Ref +9, Will +11
HP 30
Nimble Dodge [reaction] Trigger Wendlyn is targeted with an attack by an attacker she can see; Effect Wendlyn gains a +2 circumstance bonus to AC against the triggering attack.
Speed 30 feet; mobility

Melee [one-action] shortsword +10 (agile, finesse, versatile S); Damage 1d6+4 piercing

Ranged [one-action] shortbow +10 (deadly d10, propulsive, range increment 60 feet, reload 0); Damage 1d6+1 piercing

Ranged [one-action] lesser alchemist’s fire +10 (range increment 20 feet, splash); Damage 1d8 fire plus 1 persistent fire damage and 1 fire splash damage

Mobility Wendlyn doesn’t trigger reactions from movement when she Strides half her Speed or less.

Sneak Attack Wendlyn deals an extra 1d6 precision damage to flat-footed creatures

Surprise Attack On the first round of combat, if Wendlyn rolls Deception or Stealth for initiative, creatures that haven’t acted yet are flat-footed to her.

Plot Hooks

Game Masters might consider the following plot hooks as a means of integrating Wendlyn into any Pathfinder Second Edition game.

  • Wendlyn needs the heroes to help her recover a hand mirror she stole from an abandoned house and then fenced, as she didn’t realize its presence was keeping a ghost confined to the old house. She hopes to recover the mirror from the fence and get it back into the house before anyone’s hurt.
  • One of the heroes is an alibi who can prove Wendlyn wasn’t at the scene of a crime that Captain Longsaddle is certain she committed. The heroes must work to prove the thief’s innocence—in this particular matter, at least.
  • The heroes have come across a strange puzzle box that defies all attempts to open it, but an expert locksmith like Wendlyn might be able to help.
  • Through her shady contacts, Wendlyn has heard of a plot to smuggle drugs into Otari’s harbor late at night. She hopes to intercept the smugglers, dump the drugs into the harbor’s waters, and teach the smugglers to stay out of her town.

Ron Lundeen
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Grand Archive

Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Ah! YEAH! Huzzah! Can'T wait to see our funny goblin friend! :3


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I really like things like this that flesh out existing focus towns (like Otari is right now). I also loved the story she was from... any chance we could get a sequel?


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Heck yes! I've been waiting for this!

Scarab Sages

I’ve really enjoyed the email based novellas

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

"Why, I don't even know the meaning of the word*"

*she doesn't


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Put my vote in for both blog-based flash fiction and email-based serialized novellas.


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What would you like to see next in the world of Pathfinder (or Starfinder) fiction? Do you prefer blog-based flash fiction, email-based serialized novellas, or something else entirely?

More Pathfinder stories that help cover the stuff that contextualizes the world, but doesn't get a lot of screen time in game is always my favorite. Stories about people's lives before they become powerful adventurers, or who are in the background of adventures and what it's like for them are really interesting for me, and help add more texture to playing the game too.

I like both forms of fiction, and mixture of both is great.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, PF Special Edition, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I love these small no prep characters. Mostly because they get my brain factory spinning on ideas for characters and NPCs


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Loving these characters! Thank you!

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