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NPC Arsenal No. 4: Kitsune Mistress of Manipulation
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/15/2014 04:51:25

An Endzeitgeist.com review

This new series by Abandoned Arts offers you one NPC-build, a complex one - 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page character, so what do we get here?

The Kitsune Mistress of Manipulation at CR 7 is a straight level 8 sorceress of the Maestro bloodline - and at first sight, as an enchantment-specialist, that seems not particularly impressive complexity-wise. Where this build shines is in the small moving parts - from racial traits to feats, the character is thoroughly geared towards being a master-spy if there ever was one; With 4th level-spells at DC 23,a hat of disguise, a total of +45 to disguise and smart feat-choices that make this possible in the first place, this mistress should be considered an exceedingly good at evading/setting up PCs. Add to that the fact that the build is relatively neutral and you could either have a superb benefactor or deadly manipulator - in any way, she is guaranteed to be one of the top brass in any given social situation - though in combat exceedingly vulnerable and fleeing won't be an option, lacking any movement-related skills or thieving capabilities.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a landscape two-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

This kitsune is a master manipulator and top-brass in her given field, yes. However, as an agent/courtier, I don't think she works quite as well as she could, mostly due to not having any tricks beyond great disguises/social skills/enchantments. No stealth, no sleight of hand - as written, she is a great social manipulator, but not as cool/versatile an agent as she could have been. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 4 stars - a good, but VERY specialized build.

Endzeitgeist out.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
NPC Arsenal No. 4: Kitsune Mistress of Manipulation
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/15/2013 11:15:17

Occupying but a single page (so handy to slot into your game notes...), this presents an 8th-level NPC, a Kitsune Mistress of Manipulation (just why the product page says 'Mistress of Enchantment I'm not too sure!).

The character is definately a schemer, but can be shaded towards good or evil as you wish. She might be a spymaster or other court intriguer, rather than a criminal mastermind or thrall to some dark deity. A detailed stat block is provided as well as plenty of background notes.

Interestingly the first part of the notes explains the thought behind the build of this sorcerer kitsune. As well as showing you how she was put together, the rationale makes it possible to make intelligent changes as required to suit your needs.

There are also some tactical notes, although to be fair this character is not one for whom violence is a preferred option. She'd rather hire or otherwise manipulate others into engaging in brawling on her behalf or to further her ends, than do it herself! Yet should the distasteful need arise, she's perfectly capable of defending herself.

A neat character, just the sort of person you could imagine spinning intrigue and plots throughout part of your campaign world.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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