Rite Publishing released another NPC supplement for their Faces of Tarnished Souk product line : FotTS : Po’Kesteros, the Lostling. For now this high-level NPC series for Pathfinder features an interesting half-elf with extreme luck who could have a strange effect on the character’s life.
Po’Kesteros is an interesting character, who could serve many roles in a campaign. He is a renowned assassin, and the former leader of a thieves guild, but his most remarkable feature is his strange luck. While it brings many good things and helps him both in battle and outside of it, it has a nasty side effect : he has bad luck with other people, and for different reasons he lost everybody who ever gets close to him.
If you looking at his stats in his base version he is a CR 20 creature, a Male fey trickster half-elf alchemist (vivisectionist)/luckbringer/ninja, with his 14 levels in the luckbringer class giving most of his power. This class was presented in The Secrets of the Luckbringer by Rite Publishing in 2011, but all information to use Po’Kesteros as an NPC is presented in this book too. In short, the class enables the character to bend luck – reroll dice, gain luck based bonuses and force unlucky occurrences on opponents.
The character also possess two creature templates in his base form, fey and trickster. Both of these are bringing interesting supernatural abilities to the game from “simple” energy resistance to the ability to use the spells of your opponents. All in all I feel these are very nice additions to the character, but maybe trickster should give +2 CR instead of +1 CR for that many bonuses.
Of course, as it’s regular for the series you don’t have to use Po’Kesteros as a CR 20 NPC, as we have nine different options to use him from CR 23 to CR 7, which involves two more templates Adaptable and Preternatural to further customize the character. Of course, all of these templates are completely detailed in the supplement.
As I see Rite Publishing demonstrated again their ability to bring unique high-level NPC-s to the table with their Faces of Tarnished Souk series. With hi luck based powers I’m sure that Po’Kesteros will cause many memorable moments at many gaming tables. In the end, I give 5/5 points for this supplement.
For those who are interested in FotTS: Po’Kesteros, the Lostling it’s avaialble from DriveThruRPG both as a single product, or as a part of the Faces of Tarnished Souk bundle. The bundle includes a nice discount if you would like to get the whole series.
Zoltán “Cain” Mészáros