How many times have you seen a cool new show or read a great book and have wanted to play out the characters? How difficult would it be to move that character class or type to a class in Pathfinder or DnD? Have you ever tried to convert a concept in a movie or a book to a game only to end up in total failure when the concept was either way too overpowered or grossly under-powered? How can one convert an idea from a movie or a book that they've seen to a playable class?
I have been watching the Legend of the Seeker on Netflix. The Legend of the Seeker is based around the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind. In the show as in the books the Seeker is a hero who has been called to fight an awesome darkness. The Seeker is an almost mystical figure of myth and legend who is born whenever there is a great evil to overcome.
Like all good heroes the Seeker is not alone in his quest. In the show the Seeker has a female compaion who can turn the minds and souls of others called a Confessor and a very powerful wizard of the First Order. The Confessor is the judge of the lands of the world and no one can lie to a Confessor. The Wizard of the First Order is a powerful mage who is able to use both arcane magic and arcane healing.
In this series I will be taking a look at the Pathfinder game and considering the ways in which I could use existing classes to create alternate class features for the Seeker, The Confessor and the Wizard of the First Order. I am considering using the Witch, the Wizard and the Fighter base classes and I plan on modifying them to fit within the abilities of the above character types.
A First Look
First we have to look at what they can do,what gives them their power and how they function in the world.
Seeker - Power granted by the magic in the Sword of Truth and a magical sense that he seems to possess. A Seeker is able to fight many enemies at once and uses the Sword of Truth to block even magical attacks. The Seeker seems to have an almost supernatural ability to dodge blows. A Seeker is born but does not become a Seeker until he is named.
Confessor - Power granted from the order of the Confessor. A Confessor is born with her power but she must go to the order to be trained. A Confessor is almost rogue-like in her ability to use stealth and has the ability to touch a person and "Confess" them to do her bidding. Once a confessor is able to confess someone they remain her slave until she dies.
Wizard of the First Order - Power granted by birth. A Wizard is trained by a master in the arcane arts. A wizard of the first order calls upon inner power to channel their magics. Wizard fire is known only to the wizards of the first order. In the show the wizard displayed a mastery of multiple forms of magical schools including divination, illusion, transmutation, conjuring and evocation.
Now that we have a base understanding of these archtypes we will spend some time over the next few columns discussing how to make them effective Pathfinder classes.
The Legend of the Seeker, The Swords of Truth Novels and all other concepts are copyright Terry Goodkind and ABC Studios.