Rival Explorer (Half-Orc Bard 18)

Rival Explorer CR 17

XP 102,400
Half-orc Bard 18
NE Medium humanoid (human, orc)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +20


AC 24, touch 17, flat-footed 19 (+7 armor, +2 deflection, +4 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 102 (18d8+18)
Fort +8, Ref +18, Will +11; +4 vs. bardic performance, language-dependent, and sonic

Defensive Abilities orc ferocity


Speed 30 ft.
Melee +2 sword of life stealing +19/+14/+9 (1d8+5/17–20)
Special Attacks bardic performance 43 rounds/day (swift action; countersong, dirge of doom, distraction, fascinate, frightening tune, inspire competence +5, inspire courage +4, inspire greatness, inspire heroics, mass suggestion, soothing performance, suggestion)
Bard Spells Known (CL 18th; concentration +23)


Before Combat The bard casts cat’s grace and freedom of movement.

During Combat The bard casts haste on herself, and makes hit-and-run attacks.

Base Statistics

Without cat’s grace, the bard’s statistics are Init +4; Dex 18; Skills Disable Device +18, Escape Artist +18, Stealth +20.


Str 16, Dex 22, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 9, Cha 20
Base Atk +13; CMB +16; CMD 33
Feats Acrobatic Steps, Critical Focus, Dodge, Improved Critical (longsword), Mobility, Nimble Moves, Spring Attack, Staggering Critical, Weapon Focus (longsword)
Skills Acrobatics +12 (+16 when jumping), Bluff +10, Climb +10, Diplomacy +10, Disable Device +20, Escape Artist +18, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (arcane, dungeoneering, geography, history, local, nature, planes, religion) +14, Perception +20, Perform (dance) +20, Perform (oratory) +13, Perform (sing) +18, Perform (string) +25, Spellcraft +15, Stealth +22, Use Magic Device +20
Languages Common, Draconic, Orc
SQ bardic knowledge +9, jack-of-all-trades (use any skill, all skills are class skills), lore master 3/day, orc blood, versatile performance (act, dance, oratory, string, wind), weapon familiarity
Combat Gear scrolls of fireball (2), scroll of restoration restoration, scrolls of lightning bolt (2), scroll of remove curse, wand of cure moderate wounds (50 charges); Other Gear, +3 chain shirt, +2 sword of life stealing, belt of physical perfection +2, cloak of resistance +1, goggles of minute seeing, hat of disguise, headband of alluring charisma +4, necklace of adaptation, ring of protection +2, masterwork lute, masterwork thieves’ tools, 10 gp


Rival explorers compete against other adventurers, going after the same rewards.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game NPC Codex © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Alex Greenshields, Rob McCreary, Mark Moreland, Jason Nelson, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, and Russ Taylor.

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