Regarding Pakano


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He immediately seems sketchy as hell, and I think my players would immediately think he killed Wipa's husband if they heard his backstory (which I feel like would be common knowledge for members of the tribe). Also he's so openly antagonistic to them that I have a really hard time believing they wouldn't just kill him the moment they're alone with him. Thoughts?


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If your party's response to someone in their Following with bad vibes is to immediately murder him, they shouldn't expect to be counted as members of the Broken Tusk for long.


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He is the relative to one of the Following's elders and they have no evidence of him doing anything wrong besides being a jerk. Your players should get bad vibes from him and they should not trust him. But nothing he does should warrant putting him to death. If your players attack him, I would use his stat block at the end of the book but have the Following break the fight up after 1 round or something. If you let the fight play out for long, you will probably have some dead PCs on your hands.

If they take off with the idea that he may of killed Wipa's husband, I wouldn't let them find any evidence that he did because that would accelerate the conflict.

My take on Pakano is that he is an entitled jerk due to his physical strength and his status with Grandfather Eiwa but wasn't set on causing harm to the Following until the Night of the Green Moon when he gets embarrassed in front of the whole Following and scolded when he was expecting everything. That was the final straw that made him go from jerk to villain.


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He immediately seems sketchy as hell, and I think my players would immediately think he killed Wipa's husband if they heard his backstory (which I feel like would be common knowledge for members of the tribe)

There are ways of delivering information as more than just a dry text dump or dossier which is able to impart various pieces of information that may not be explicit.

Example 1 (not suspicious): "Yeah, that's Wipa. Poor Wipa, her husband died a few weeks ago. Mauled by aurochs -- guess he bit off more than he could chew. But that's life isn't it? Fandarra gives, Fandarra takes it away."

Example 2 (suspicious): "Yeah, that's Wipa. Poor Wipa, her husband died a few weeks ago. Mauled by aurochs. Never would have thought he'd make such a novice mistake, just doesn't seem in his character."

If you're just text-dumping on them, yeah, they're going to be suspicious, but try and keep in mind this AP is not about solving a murder mystery. Some of the responsibility is on you to keep things 'on track'.


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My party managed to knock him out during the end of book 1 and captured him. Now I'm trying to figure out how to deal with that.

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