My first thought is to split the city into 2. "City Proper" anyone can get in, even commoners. The "Inner Keep" however, only allows those of noble birth, or militia, or city guard, etc...those that would have papers.
Then, I thought that the city could be split into many districts. Also...don't forget about "Order of the Day." Maybe nobles are allowed into a certain district as a standing order, but because of a conspiracy, now all of a sudden nobles need to be "more thoroughly" searched.
I have to ask. Is it absolutely necessary to have her play 2 characters? If she's so new to the game, why double her burden? Can't you as the GM lower the risk to the party, or start them with more goodies, higher point buy, etc?
I see nothing wrong with having a party of 3. IMHO, the game will flow so much more smoothly. If the party is lacking something (disabling traps, healing, a knowledge check, etc)...introduce a friendly (or evil with a plan) NPC that can assist. Nothing permanent, mind you, just helpful for the time.
That being said...in what direction does she want to go? Martial smash face, sneaky, holy smash face, holy buffer, master of whispers?
As the others were saying...get her logged in!! We don't bite.
Would any PFS table turn away this monk?
Bardic Inspire Courage the party , able to buff the party with Barkskin and True Strike, able to reroll missed attack rolls or saving throws, able to heal (a little), able to roll any knowledge check. And the ability to use wizard wands.
barry lyndon wrote:
The in-character barbarian says, "I charge at him."The out-of-character barbarian says, "Let's roll initiative."
This would happen at exactly the same time. And said barbarian will have to wait his turn.
Let's just assume I have a 2nd level Half Orc Ranger with Toothy. He's taken Power Attack at level 1 and at level 2 Aspect of the Beast for claws.
I deal mostly with the Core, APG, UC and UM. And the Inner Sea Stuff. No ARG, please.
Don't build characters for your friends. It encourages laziness and hand-holding. Have conversations with your friends about their character-building, of course. Hell, print out this thread and show it to them.
Give a man a fish, he's not hungry for a day. Teach a man to fish...
PS. Why do the characters have to be optimized? Will that make up for a boring campaign?