I’ve always enjoyed the fact that Pathfinder uses the same stats for creatures and NPCs that it does for player-characters. This is not only a nod towards ease of use – since what’s good for the PCs is good for the monsters and vice versa – but also allows for some interesting combinations when you begin to freely mix and match. Case in point, Faces of the Tarnished Souk: The Ghost-Light That Dreamed, Gozutozawa.
Gozutozawa, the Ghostlight That Dreamed, is an excellent example of a monster using PC-oriented resources, fleshed out with some new material, that creates a truly innovative character. In this case the eponymous Gozutozawa is a will-o-wisp with levels of summoner…and its eidolon is a human named Lucky.
The base form of Gozutozawa, which has an impressive amount of levels as well as two templates, is a hefty foe at CR 21 (with full stats for its eidolon, of course). The book also presents two lower-level versions for GMs interested in introducing this unique character to their group before it’s reached the pinnacle of its power.
Of course, this PDF is far more interesting for what it presents that round out the character. For example, we’re told what Gozutozawa’s hope, aspiration, and goals are should you place the character within the context of Coliseum Morpheuon (though the character works anywhere) along with a sidebar about ways to integrate the character into the game.
It’s after this that we see the new mechanics (and a few reprinted from other sources), and these are what truly make the character. Along with two new feats that let a creature like a will-o-wisp cast when it has no arms or voice, there’s a method for implanting ioun stones in a creature’s body, and a series of new magic items which include a generous number of new ioun stones.
Finally, we come to the new summoner archetype – the monstrous summoner. This doesn’t truly swap out any existing class abilities. Instead, it makes their eidolon have a humanoid form with a few mechanical modifications, and opens up some new potential evolutions. Finally, we have the new Crafty and Tough templates, which are tightly focused in strengthening a creature in their respective areas.
Gozutozawa isn’t just an incredibly innovative character, it’s also a great sourcebook for making characters that blend the line between monsters and characters. A will-o-wisp that summons a person is just the beginning of the possibilities that are presented here. The Ghostlight That Dreamed is a sweet dream that will bring a lot to your campaign.
[5 of 5 Stars!]