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Companions: Introducing Ekundayo, the Grim Ranger

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Dear Pathfinders,

We continue our story about those who will accompany you on your journey to the Stolen Lands. Many heroes rightfully call themselves Pathfinders – from the mighty Fighters to the cunning Rogues – but nobody is as good at literally finding paths where there seem to be none as the Rangers.

Ekundayo, or Ekun for friends, isn't too talkative. Even after earning his trust, one would need a lot of patience to learn something about his past. An experienced Ranger, a former mercenary, a devout worshipper of the dwarven god Torag... A soul on the verge of despair. When you meet him, he has nothing left to lose and only hopes to live long enough for a bloody revenge. Will you let his hatred consume him — or will you give him a new hope, a new place in life, a new home to fight for?

 

Ekun's family came from the South, from the hot deserts of Thuvia, but he's never seen the land of his ancestors. His true motherland is Absolom — the great city in the center of the world, where one can meet people of every known nation, every religion, and every creed. After the death of his parents, he went to seek his fortune in the northern continent of Avistan, where he traveled back and forth before ending up in the turbulent Stolen Lands.

In battle, Ekundayo relies on his trusty bow, sending death from afar, but he also can protect himself in close combat, armed with a sword. He has no need for heavy armor but handles shields well. A faithful hound accompanies him, always ready to help.

 

Ekun is a man of action, not a scheming diplomat. Should you decide to rely on his help in ruling the kingdom, you will benefit from his physical abilities and combat skills. He can do well protecting you and your people – or enforcing your orders, even the unpopular ones.

 

One More Thing  

Our partners at Paizo Inc. are working with the folks at Stranger Comics to bring the fantasy heroine NIOBE to the tabletop Pathfinder RPG! Niobe is a demigoddess adventuring in an original fantasy world filled with diverse and interesting cultures, horrific monsters, and exciting locales, just perfect for a Pathfinder adventure! Stranger is currently compiling Niobe’s adventures into a beautiful hardcover collection at this Kickstarter, which also includes a limited-edition “World of Niobe” 32-page Pathfinder RPG supplement! Please check out the campaign, and discover a new and exciting world filled with adventure!

 

Hail to the kings!

Owlcats.

 

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    1. Lewis Crown 5 days ago

      @ Blave Rangers come with tracking & since they tend to have higher wisdom than barbarians he will probably have a better survival skill. Also you can't be sure when/if those other characters will be in your party. Plus redundancy isn't a bad thing. An arcane trickster is a spellcaster & needs a good nights sleep to function well. The ranger makes a better guard for at night.

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      Blave 6 days ago

      @Lewis Crown: That doesn't mean a ranger will be useful. Survival is proabably covered by Amiri the barbarian and stealth and perception should not be a problem when you can have an arcane trickster with you. The question is whether or not a ranger brings enough on top of those skills to earn a place in the party. Maybe make tracking useful or something like that. And they should definitely add boon companion if they want his animal companion to have any use.

    3. Lewis Crown 6 days ago

      @ Blave Kingmaker is a wilderness heavy adventure so don't worry that he will be a valuable party member.

    4. Netobvious 6 days ago

      Ekundayo is an interesting Yoruba name from the West African region, especially Nigeria. Nicely done, Owlcatgames.

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      Rituals 6 days ago

      Looks interesting and I'm okey with the story setting for this character, but I hope we won't have this good vs evil path for every character like in KOTORII. I hope each character will have their own story and it doesn't have to end with your companion turning either evil or good. That feels kind of overdone and shallow to me.

    6. James Butcher 7 days ago

      I love him already. I know he's gonna be in my party all the time, once I get him. Rangers are awesome, and his armor looks outstanding.

    7. Morris 7 days ago

      The Pathfinders are an organization. So random fighters and rogues can't rightfully call themselves pathfinders unless they're members.

      Is Ekundayo actually a Pathfinder? Also is his Animal Companion a Wolf? or a Thylacine?

    8. Sebastian A. Jones 7 days ago

      Thanks for sharing the love for Niobe! And I am excited to play your incredible RPG!

    9. Thorsten Schreck 7 days ago

      I miss Kevan from Baldur's Gate (I know, different setting, different system ;) ), he wasn't talkative either but deadly as hell.

    10. Harlot 7 days ago

      Loving the companions so far. Seems like him being restless in life will be a great tie-in to the building of the kingdom :).

    11. Evil Midnight Lurker
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      7 days ago

      Does the hound have a name?

    12. Berserkerkitten Collaborator 7 days ago

      Yeah, sorry about the typo.

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      cotilla 7 days ago

      But why is he a worshipper of Torag? What drove a wilderness guy to the dwarven deity instead of Erastil?
      Also, the city is named Absalom.
      I don't know if the gods on this game will be well done...

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      Blave 7 days ago

      Also: Is boon companion a thing? Otherwise a ranger's animal companions is too weak to do pretty much anything.

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      Blave 7 days ago

      Sounds like a lawful neutral human ranger who worships Torag. An interesting combination.

      I just hope outdoor skills will be useful enough to warrant bringing a ranger along. Their combat abilities are usually a bit lacking (unless they face their favored enemies, of course) but a if the skills are important enough, a ranger providing them and ranged support should be a nice addition to the party.