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Game News Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Kickstarter Update #63: Daeran the Oracle

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Owlcat Games; Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

    Today's Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Kickstarter update formally introduces another one of the game's companions. Daeran Arendae was previously mentioned when Owlcat unveiled the extra romances stretch goal during the campaign back in February. He's a debauched aasimar noble who was somehow granted the powers of an Oracle when his entire family was killed by a demon during his birthday celebration. Like other Oracles, Daeran suffers from a curse that also grants him certain advantages.

    Stories about good-hearted outcasts that rebel against the corrupt and unjust ways of society are not uncommon in folklore and literature. But this is certainly not the story of Daeran Arendae – a young and spoiled Mendevian noble who lives a life of debauchery, in a constant little war against the knightly, almost exalted, ideals of his homeland.

    A decade before the events of the game, young Daeran was the proud scion of a thriving noble clan, one of the oldest in Mendev. His ancestors rose to power long before the Worldwound opened and forever changed the fate of their home country and the whole world. Rich and powerful, the Arendae family was touched by celestial forces, with each generation being blessed with one or two aasimar children, Daeran among them.

    But it all came to an end when a powerful lilitu demon decided to invite herself to Daeran's birthday feast. When crusaders opened the gates of the Arendae family estate a few days later, they found nothing but desolation and death. All the guests had been killed by a demonic plague, with the young count, now the last member of the Arendae family, being the only survivor.

    An unknown divine intervention saved Daeran's life, granting him the powers of an oracle (you can read more about the Oracle class in one of our previous updates). On Golarion, oracles don't choose their fate – they are chosen by cosmic forces and receive a gift that is also their burden. Daeran's gift was the healing power of the Life mystery, combined with a curse that makes him freeze in situations that require immediate action, but also protects him against sudden attacks by treacherous – or even invisible – foes (the Powerless Prophecy curse). He is a valuable addition to the team, a talented healer who can also use divine power to assist allies or crush foes.

    Today, if you hear Daeran's name, it's either followed by curses, news on the count's latest scandalous endeavors, or flattery and praise of dubious sincerity. Joining the crusaders seems to be his latest excess, done either out of boredom or for the sake of scandalizing society. Keeping company with Daeran is an adventure all its own, as his main gift is, perhaps, the ability to bring some rampant festivity even to the harsh reality of the crusade!
    Four companions left to go.
     
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  2. Tom Baker's Arse Learned

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    thanks for the warning
     
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  3. deuxhero Arcane

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    Life is a crap mystery except for one very specific build that requires paladin multiclass... which needs LG alignment and is thus impossible for him. Benchwarmer.
     
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  4. jac8awol Learned

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    Handsome spoiled rich kid asshole with healing powers. Doesn't seem to have much reason for joining the crusade, sounds like a flaky frat boy who'll back out when the going gets tough. Not very exciting based on this intro.
     
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  5. Mr. Magniloquent Savant

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    Don't be so cynical. Owlcat did NPCs well enough in Kingmaker. They made poor first impressions, but that's because they were supposed to. Their ultimate development was not cookie cutter and worth seeing to fruition. This NPC is likely to have a guilt and redemption tale that should be interesting.
     
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  6. jac8awol Learned

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    I suspect you are right. Owlcat: Masters of low expectations getting us to say, "Well yeah, in hindsight that was better than I was expecting!"
    It's like anti-marketing of obfuscation +1.
     
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  7. Iluvcheezcake Liturgist

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    Yeah, the companions were suprisingly good after the initial impressions
     
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