A new scenario has arrived for Eclipse Phase. It’s called The Devotees, and it’s got all kinds of tasty ingredients:
- Pit your Firewall team against Nine Lives, the most ruthless syndicate of soul thieves in the System.
- Investigate a horrifying new psychosurgery technique that creates worshipful slaves.
- Includes new information on the organization and key figures in the Nine Lives crime syndicate.
- Includes details about Legba, Nine Lives’ asteroid stronghold in the Main Belt.
- Includes hooks for future adventures against Nine Lives.
Asked by na-ru-to123
Here’s a crash course on NPCs.
There are two kinds of NPCs at a tabletop: story-relevant and character-relevant. If they don’t fit into one of these aspects, they’re either selling the PCs something or irrelevant.
Story-relevant NPCs are as they sound: there to deliver the story. This is your quest-givers and plot-deliverers. These are mainly people-of-interest that interact with the world and deliver pertinent information, but have little interaction with the PCs on a personal level.
Character-relevant NPCs come in all shapes and sizes. The largest distinction between story-centric NPCs and character-relevant NPCs is that while the latter will obviously bepushing the story, their main focus is to interact with the characters and promote character growth.
Not all NPCs need to be in every scene, nor do they need to be babysitters. Gauge your player’s interests in NPCs by viewing their reactions and listening to their responses to anyone they meet in the game. Then, based on those reactions, decide whether or not the NPC stays, and how often they should make future appearances.
Pathfinder specific, an NPC should usually represent a class/competency that the PCs do not already have within their party. If you’re a Fighter, and someone shows up to Fighter better than you, it’s often more disheartening than endearing.
Alternatively, if your PCs are looking for a mentor, this might be the kind of experience they’re looking for, which all comes down to a matter of finding out what they’re looking for exactly.
This comes back to the first point. Ask them questions!
Being nervous is completely normal, and absolutely part of the job. However, gaining an understanding of what the party is looking for and finding ways to deliver upon that will ease your nerves to wonderful degrees.
You can do it! Don’t feel lost, just go for it!