Nakpik or Mik-Mek are the two named, but not exceptional kobolds from Kingmaker 1. My brother killed Mik-Mek by accident, while Nakpik became a constant companion on his journey after they met.
When I ran Rise of the Runelords, my party liked Brodert Quink so much they offered to pay for him to travel to Abaslom and train to become an actual spellcaster. He trained at the Clockwork Academy, quickly graduating. He returned to Varisia while the party was in the process of fixing up Fort Rannick and became their resident sage/war mage. He set up a lab and started working on building golems to defend the place.
My players took a shine to the Beast of Lepistadt in the Carrion Crown AP. I played him pretty well as hurt, yet volatile. They pretty quickly came to sympathize with him.
In the Council of Thieves, they loved to hate Thesing Umbero Ulvauno. He was nasty, egotistical, sniveling, very delusional and jealous. When he eventually
We also had a romance with Laori that had a fun twist:
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Was she the bard?
I think we ended up sapping her into uncoinciousness - and half crippling her in the process...
Trinia was the bard. My rogue wooed her and they became romantically involved. She watched over all those orphaned children I took in.
Laori was the spiky elf girl.
I really liked DM'ing the following:
-Chammady Drovenge: Some of the PCs weren't sure whether they wanted to kiss her or kill her, which she reflected back at them in spades. It was fun to role-play someone who came off as a flirtatious killer but really had a grand plan for the city.
-Skinsaw Man: One of the few times I've come close to freaking out my players with pure obsessive creepiness
-The Beast: Without the opportunity to RP this creature and all the tragedy he embodies, this adventure would have fallen flat. The PCs seem to care more for the Beast than anyone else they've met in Lepistatd. I love portraying the child-like innocence coupled with inhuman strength and size.
In our KM game which I'm playing, Mikmek (or is it Niknak) has unsurprisingly become the most popular character.
Serpents skull: The Chief of the cannibal tribe on the island (cant recall his name) The team had an incredibly hard time getting past all the cannibal barbarians ont he island in order to get off the the island so this portion of the campaign went on like a small war for quite some time.
I played him like a combination from little rascals savage "yum yum eat em up!" and head hunters from episodes of gilligans island. so even tho he was incredibly fearsome in combat, he was also hilarious, as the group attempted multiple times to parlay with him and all they got back from him was screaming, tounge sticking out and "yum yum eat em up"
Thats why i cant remember his name because the group just called him yum yum eat em up.
As a player, definitely Laori Vaus from Curse of the Crimson Throne. She was a cheerful priestess of Zon-Kuthon; I was a cheerful priestess of Sarenrae; we had so much in common despite the alignment and S&M stuff. Our group was all very sad when she decided to go off with the Naughtybat.
As a GM, I got loads of mileage out of the Second Darkness NPCs from Riddleport. The players hate a lot of them (Braddikar Faje, Clegg Zincher, Saul Vancaskerkin, Bojask, the Splithog Pauper) and have hooked up with some of them (Samaritha Beldusk, Lavender Lil).
Sasha Nevah from Serpent's Skull.
I play her up as a ditzy but loyal hottie who loves getting to hang around with the PCs because they're rich, good-looking, and have lots of fun, violent adventures. One of the PCs bonded with her so well that they've actually become bosom buddies and Sasha's effectively her cohort now. (All the more amusing because said PC is herself a complete ditz.)
I think Kendra Lorrimor is a nice NPC. I think it would be hilarious to play either of my Tiefling characters (the two sisters from Cheliax) in Carrion Crown, since both of them would quickly take a liking to her, and I mean that in the romantic sense. The kobolds of the Sootscale tribe in Kingmaker are also full of win (especially the chieftain), and I hope the PCs in my current campaign will be smart enough to make some use of them as the AP goes onward.
Akiros Ismort from Kingmaker 1. Once his backstory got out to the PCs, they all loved him.
Oh lord, I can't believe that I forgot about Akiros. Due to how I RP'd him, my original group mistook him ripping the Stag Lord necklace off his coat for him RIPPING A METAL BREASTPLATE OFF HIM WHEN HE STARTED TO RAGE. That was so over the top and awesome that we never forgot it and he became an instant fave. I bet I will do the same thing with the new group, just to see their reactions to the guy jumping to their aid after ripping a large chunk of steel in half with his bare hands.
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The Beast of Leipstadt. He became quite interesting, especially post-campaign. A wish was used to allow him to shed tears. He took the name 'Den.
Other adopted/beloved/hated NPCs:
- Laori Vaus got two of the PCs to convert to Zon-Kuthon with enthusiasm in our group's CotCT PF-Beta campaign, resulting in Korvosa now 7 years later being ruled by the King and Queen of the Crimson BDSM Throne.
- Nefeshti (Legacy of Fire), the den mother.
- Olangru (Savage Tide), most hated villain thus far.
- Shadowmist (RotRL) - think of "Max", the horse from Tangled.
Not counting NPCs I made up or added from external sources, my Kingmaker PCs have gotten most attached to:
Oleg and Svetlana
Auchs (they cured his mental trauma so he now goes by his real name, Caleb)
Elga Verniex ("The Old Beldame", prior to her reincarnate into a much younger gnome)
Perlivash and Tyg-Titter-Tut
However, there is a broad array of NPCs I either made up whole cloth or imported from other books (Eranex from Dragons Unleashed, Krojun from Curse of the Crimson Throne, a few others) that the players are equally fond of.
From my old Savage Tide campaign from a few years ago, the PCs were particularly fond of:
Rusty the Rust Monster
Captain Harliss Javelle
And of course, much loving-to-hate of Avner, Vanthus, Ripclaw, and Olangru.
Sanvil Trett, that dude can't do anything right
Meyanda, looks cool as F#*# and has been the most delightful NPC to flesh out.
Rosie Cusswell, who doesn't love Rosie!
Mr Plugg, one party hated him so much and had such a great time killing him they spent a week torturing him with The Whale before finally putting him out of his misery.... too bad for them he contracted Ghoul Fever from the Botflies beforehand...
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Iggwilv in the Savage Tide has terrified my players. The fact that demon Lords treat her with kid gloves and their own interactions with her have put her on the mad respect scale as well as the not wanting to have anything to do with shelf. The fact they Know her help is only putting her at a greater advantage already has them cringing for epilogue twists.
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The Great Zograthy from Magnimar (Shattered Star AP.)
By the book, he was meant to be a one-time encountered, pesh-addicted, Sczarni-connected, fortune telling con-man in a dockside bazaar the PC's go to for some info.
The PC's encountered him, got their info, and moved on. Many sessions later, he was named by assassins as their employer, so the party bum-rushed the bazaar, the barbarian dazed him for many round by slamming his head into a table, and hauled him off to a remote location for questioning.
During questioning, they realized he was not the guy - mistaken identity - and Zograthy realized he had them over a barrel, demanding a monthly payment of 100gp to not turn them in to the Sczarni or authorities.
Negotiating, an agreement was reached to teach Zograthy *real* magic, and after some very fortuitous die rolls, he mastered prestidigitation.
Fast forward two more sessions, Zograthy is being enrolled into the local school (his tuition bankrolled by the Sczarni syndicate.)
What was meant to be a one-time encounter has become the party favorite NPC; they want to keep track of his progress.
A favourite from our Kingmaker game was Jamery Gorbasken: eccentric chef, perpetrator of enormous or bizarre dishes, and proprietor of the bluemoonradish restaurant in the capital. He invited the ruling council to the opening night of the restaurant and presented them with the set menu:
This turned out to be:
Dried corn kernels (lightly seasoned) popped in a miniature brazier at the table
Electric eel sashimi
Elk steak flambé
Gorbasken’s (somewhat) mysterious demise…