Some day, I might stop doing these at the last minute/late and split up articles covering different angles for different days. Though, Wikipedia has an amusing line about the sidereal zodiac going from February 13th to March 14th.
The eccentric and uncooperative genius* (professor, scientist, holy person, whatever). It’s a good character archetype. What would Back to the Future be without it? What would Doctor Who?
* See Aquarius I for why this is relevant.
So, I have a task to spec out another NPC for the Conan campaign. Since party NPCs who do the magic thang should be kind of less cooperative than usual to force the PCs to get stuff done on their own merits, why not have Aquarius in mind? Actually, I think a player is going to play the character. Yet, the player is eccentric and uncooperative (and friendly), so nothing really changes. Not that the character’s personality is up to me, but it helps visualize the character which helps me with numbers.
Speaking of numbers, STR: 14, DEX: 13, CON: 17, INT: 17, WIS: 23, CHA: 18 seems about right for this 14th level scholar. Got to love heroic character generation where this is an average character of such a level. Even with an okay Con, I still need to make sure he has Great Fortitude as a feat to avoid the “squishy scholar” problem that can arise. 76 hit points would be adequate for someone who avoids doing dumb things, but our group isn’t known for that.
He totally should have Summon Elemental as a spell based on a writeup that our GM did, so that means Master Wards and Signs which means having four sorcery styles prior to 12th level (i.e. not foregoing a sorcery style). Counterspells, Prestidigitation, Oriental, and? Hypnotism will help with Wars of Souls. Curses enables Gelid Bones for the one cheesy combat spell in Conan.
Expertise in Knowledge: Arcana and Decipher Script are obvious needs. Knowledge: Religion makes sense for a priest even if it’s less of a need. Can get into the mysteries mechanics, which I dislike for overcomplicating a game (d20) that doesn’t need complications.
Lightning Reflexes and a coherent plan for what to do in combat are likely important. The former because Reflex saves actually matter in our campaign and a bump in initiative is okay. The latter because the previous scholar’s plan was to act like a barbarian and go unconscious at inconvenient times. Though, if Gelid Bones is going to happen, then the combat options are more limited as Combat Expertise is nonsynergistic, as would be Intricate Swordplay. Even fighting defensively should be out, which makes 5 ranks in Tumble less important. Hmmm.
The other think Oriental opens up is the Meditation path for Power Point recovery, awesome to have Greater Meditation compared to the rarely easy to pull off human sacrifice plan.
Not being very Aquarian in this post, going back to Wikipedia, we get links from Aquarius to the god Ea, which opens up a number of interesting possibilities since we are in the right part of the world for Middle Eastern gods. Possibilities that require further research.
Back to the Olympics. Hey, they are an Aquarius kind of thing.