Korsairs of Kortos – Pathfinder Swashbucklers
Here’s another themed adventuring party by yours truly. This week we take a look at the swashbuckler playtest class. I am probably behind presenting anything with playtest material, but I thought I would give the class the same treatment as I gave the gunslinger party (Thundersmoke) since the two classes are close cousins. I wanted to show everyone what types of characters you could create as a swashbuckler and break the traditional mold of The Three Musketeers.
I normally only create six characters for a party, but Grogg the half-orc came to me late to make seven. Out of this group I think that Taichyu may be the deadliest (Daisho at level 3 with Improved Critical for both blades at level 5) and the Princess may be the most fun to roleplay. Take a look at Bashir to see how Improved Trip would work with a swashbuckler then at Baedley and Johnas for the more Golarion-specific duelist types. And do not forget about Friedl the rabble rouser; he may be the most interesting of them all.
Now presenting for all you fun-loving swashbuckler-types; the Korsairs of Kortos!
Baedley Leafrunner (Male Half-Elf Swashbuckler)
A recent product of the academy in Taldor, Baedle Leafrunner has brought his formidable dueling abilities to Absalom in a sort of wanderlust. Wielding his falcata Chakre and buckler in the traditional Taldan style of Rondelero, he has subtly altered his style to focus more on blade speed than brute strength.
Advancement – Weapon Focus: Falcata (3rd), Taldan Duelist (4th), Endurance (5th)
Class Advancement – Horizon Walker (7th CL)
Johnas Northsun (Male Human Swashbuckler)
Hailing from the northern nation of Brevoy, Johnas Northsun took up dueling early in his life. After defeating many of those his age with his blade Excuri, he has sought out new challenges and adventure in Absalom at the Grand Lodge.
Advancement – Piranha Strike (3rd), Weapon Focus: Aldori Dueling Sword (4th), Dazzling Display (5th)
Class Advancement – Aldori Swordlord (6th CL)
Friedl Baredas (Male Human Swashbuckler)
The witty and carefree Friedl Baredas lives for the open sea and drinking the latest ale. Sailing the Inner Sea for Andoran, he sometimes (inadvertently, of course) blurs the line between pirate and privateer. With his rapier Geonal raised up high, he has pledged his blade to ending slavery on the open waters.
Advancement – Combat Reflexes (3rd), Extra Penache (4th), Sea Legs (5th)
Class Advancement – Inner Sea Pirate (6th CL)
‘Princess’ Furasha Busha (Female Human Swashbuckler)
The beautiful and intelligent Furasha Busha is a fiery swordswoman from Qadira. Trying to stand apart from her two hundred and eighty-eight siblings, she has become quite the master with her scimitar Jakia and strives to become the princess that she is destined to be.
Advancement – Retrain Slashing Strike with Dervish Dance (3rd), Combat Reflexes (3rd), Dodge (4th), Mobility (5th)
Class Advancement – Duelist (7th CL)
Bashir Narenan (Male Human Swashbuckler)
The quiet Bashir Narenan secretly revels in the dangers of explorating the unknown. He was once wrongly imprisoned in Osirion for exploring the wrong tomb and is now more attentive to who hires him and his khopesh Dread Talon.
Advancement – Combat Expertise (3rd), Improved Trip (4th), Piranha Strike (5th)
Class Advancement – Pathfinder Delver (6th CL)
Taichyu (Male Tengu Swashbuckler)
The pious Taichyu hails from the Far East and lives a code that almost mirrors that of the samurai. With his well-honed katana Yurashi, he intends to spread goodwill in the name of Grandmother Crow, Andoletta, and the Silver Crusade.
Advancement – Two Weapon Fighting (3rd; purchase wakizashi), Combat Reflexes (4th), Piranha Strike (5th)
Class Advancement – Paladin (6th CL)
Grogg Ironfist (Male Half-Orc Swashbuckler)
While growing up in the slums of Absalom, Grogg Ironfist did whatever he had to do to survive. Having been an enforcer, a gladiator and now an adventurer, he bears his morningstar and gladius seeking fame and fortune in the Worldwound for the Sczarni families.
Advancement – Piranha Strike (3rd), Weapon Focus: Gladius (4th), Mounted Combat (5th)
Class Advancement – Low Templar (6th CL)
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