Pregen Kyra is overpowered!

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7th level Kyra killed Rodrik, my 8th level Invulnerable Rager, in one hit! (And it was awesome!)

Two weekends ago at Play On Con, I had the privilege of playing my dwarf barbarian at a table of 5-13: Weapon in the Rift. It was the most entertaining round of PFS I've had in quite some time, which is saying something since I had said the same thing about my first ever session of The Confirmation that I had played the night before. All in all, it was a great weekend.

The party was hopelessly outclassed by everything we encountered. From the very first hallway, to the very first puzzle, through the very first encounter took nearly about 3 hours of slapstick fit for a Three Stooges film. I was brought below 0hp 3 times that fight, while everyone else tried to keep the other [redacted] away from our only healer, the traitorous Kyra, curse her very name.

Skipping ahead a bit, my barbarian has had some... bad experiences with haunts in the past. So when he walked into a room and felt the temperature drop, he advanced to the rear as quickly as he could manage. It turned out not to be a haunt, but instead a dastardly [other redacted]! As his companions stood there, transfixed by it's arcane mumbo jumbo, he took it upon himself to unlimber his bow and fire upon the creature with specially prepared arrows. Clearly no marksman, the arrow went wide and he drew another hoping for a clear shot. The next round, I threw caution to the wind, and had him charge in wielding one of the specially prepared arrows. After a direct hit for what seemed like fairly low damage, I realized that I had not remembered to RAGE! (I'm telling you, the whole thing was a comedy of errors.) The next round (remembering that I had Ghost Rager, and no need for those silly arrows- hey, I don't get to play very often. Cut me some slack), I punched the [other redacted] in it's face with my cestus, dropped my bow and drew my "real" weapon, a dorn-dergar. We traded blows for about three rounds total, while most of the party either babbled incoherently or smacked themselves in the face. It was just me and the monk, toe to trailing ectoplasmic vapor against this seemingly unkillable thing! Each time Rodrik took a hit, I could feel his sanity cracking. After the third hit, my Barbarian was on the ground, unable to form a coherent thought (some would say that was no great change). It was then that Kyra revealed her true colors...

She claims that she confused my prone form with the enemy that had been trying to kill all of us. Seeing "it" helpless on the floor, she did the only thing she could: A coup-de-grace*! Seeing the mistake, the monk easily disarmed the cleric. That didn't stop her, though. She reached down and snapped poor Rodrik's neck! (Well, in actuality she only managed to deal 1 point of damage past my damage reduction, but it was enough to force a Fortitude save.) As I rolled the dice, I said the magic words "I can only fail on a 1." And sure enough, I look down to see a 1 staring back up at me. It was glorious.

And that is how an 8th level "Invulnerable" Rager was killed by an unarmed, level 7 pregen Kyra. And yes, I paid for an atonement to clear my "Ex-Barbarian" status after that scenario. The cleric and monk eventually brought down the [other redacted] at which point they decided it was better to cut their losses than to go on without my help (such as it was). Even after being brought back with a breath of life, Rodrik was unconscious with 12 Wisdom damage and Kyra didn't have a Restoration prepared. It was a failed mission, but for me it was worth every second.

*To be clear, the coup de grace was actually my idea. The GM said he was fine with it, and the player of the cleric thought the idea was hilarious enough to give it a shot. I don't want anyone to think this was some jerk GM or player who "did this to me".

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sounds like an interesting session, there's nothing quite like playing with good sports.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Colorado—Denver aka roll4initiative

That is hilarious! This made my day! Good to hear about some fun times.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Cool story! Why did you need an atonement though?

Shadow Lodge 4/5

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Alex McGuire wrote:
Cool story! Why did you need an atonement though?

Clearly by dying at the hands of such an unworthy opponent, I lost my Barbarian membership card and had to atone to get it back. I mean, and Ex-Barbarian is nothing more than an ill-tempered Warrior. :D

Brilliant, I was a little worried that the end was going to take a sudden twist and point out the GM was a jerk, but hearing you suggested it makes the whole story gloriously funny.

Thank you for making my morning sir!

Dark Archive 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The Order of the Kyra strikes again.

And having run that scenario a few times, the penultimate critter is no joke.


Well, considering that there's some fairly ineffective pregens (or at least ineffective in inexperienced hands which is often the case for the lower level pregens), having one that's an actually good build does seem over-powered....

But beyond the serious point.... wow, that's an amazing story.

Silver Crusade 4/5

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Level 1 Kyra once saved a whole party when I was GMing. There were only 3 PCs, all experienced players, but starting brand new level 1 PCs in The Devil We Know, Part 1. So I gave them 1st level Kyra as their NPC 4th team member.

So they get to the one fight that's notorious for being overpowered at tier 1-2 (the enemy is exactly the same as the tier 3-4 version!), and all 3 PCs went down to negative HP, while Kyra was running away from a failed will save vs Cause Fear. I decided it was in character for the enemy to assume it was over, tend to her own wounds, and check on her minions before shackling the PCs to be sold into slavery.

Kyra gets back 2 rounds later, channels positive energy to wake everyone up, and the fight was back on. They went on to win - barely. Pretty epic fight.

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