Has anybody thought about the place / role / origin of the dark folk on golarion? I would love to let them appear in my CotCT campagne, so under Korvosa.
My first thought was to link them to Cheliax. Perhaps are the dark stalkers descendend from a human noble family and the dark creepers were their very good treated halfling servants, before they were driven into the Darklands by the devil worshippers after Aroden's death.
Has anybody thought about the place / role / origin of the dark folk on golarion?
Yes! They're my pet race for the year. Stay tuned for more, but I promised you'll be better served on dark folk details in the coming months then you were before. ;)
I've had a Dark Stalker expy of the merchant from Resident Evil 4 serving as the "face" NPC for Kaer Maga for our local groups for a while. Eager to see where these guys are coming from. AND why they are so explodey. :)
I'm a huge fan of the dark folk--I tend to run them as shiftless merchant folk, rather than being truly sinister--I was strongly inspired by the Goblin Market in Courtney Crumrin years ago and that conception has stayed with me for years.
Yes. I put a bunch of them in a home-brew adventure I attempted a few years ago, though I gave them all cockney accents, with something more subtle for their Dark Stalker boss.
...Unfortunately, since the last session of it was while everyone was still just level 3 and everyone knew it, I figured the best way to end it was with everyone getting taken out in the boss’ death explosion, their goal achieved.
The Dark Folk being (mostly) non-evil makes them far more useful, narratively, than the Drow, in my experience. They can make unreliable allies-of-convenience, for instance, without being *guaranteed* to be treacherous. It's less of a stretch to use them in a much wider variety of roles than just 'dudes we stab for GPs and XPs.'
Pardon me gentle-beings. Please note that the link that Lilith posted several years ago has become out of date in the mean time. The current PathfinderWiki has a much more up-to-date article on Dark folk.
So any news on when/if we'll be seeing details on the dark folk?
They have a respectable presence in Mummy's Mask,, both in the Wati article in Half-Dead City and in the adventure itself in Empty Graves. There's different dark folk set up as enemies and potentially friendly NPCs, as well as an unusual take on dark folk and how they can fit into Osirion that makes a ton of sense.
Also....maybe a possible dark stalker love interest?