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Aloof Scholar

Aloof Scholar CR 8

Source NPC Codex pg. 232
XP 4,800
Human bard 7/Pathfinder chronicler 2
N Medium humanoid (human)
Init +6; Senses Perception +13


AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+3 armor, +1 deflection, +2 Dex, +1 dodge, +1 natural)
hp 61 (7d8+2d8+18)
Fort +6, Ref +9, Will +8; +4 vs. bardic performance, language-dependent, and sonic
Defensive Abilities live to tell the tale (1/day)


Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk dagger +6/+1 (1d4–1/19–20)
Special Attacks bardic performance 25 rounds/day (move action; countersong, distraction, fascinate, inspire competence +3, inspire courage +2, suggestion)
Bard Spells Known (CL 7th; concentration +10)
3rd (2/day)—glibness, scrying (DC 16)
2nd (4/day)—blur, daze monster (DC 17), detect thoughts (DC 15), locate object
1st (5/day)—charm person (DC 16), comprehend languages, detect secret doors, silent image (DC 14), unseen servant
0 (at will)—dancing lights, detect magic, know direction, mage hand, message, open/close


During Combat The Pathfinder chronicler casts blur, then casts haste from her scroll. Preferring to stay out of melee, she uses bardic performance to aid her allies, and casts daze monster or charm person on enemies who come close. If threatened, she withdraws, drinks her potion of invisibility, and makes her escape.


Str 8, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 12, Cha 16
Base Atk +6; CMB +5; CMD 19
Feats Dodge, Extra Performance, Greater Spell Focus (enchantment), Improved Initiative, Mobility, Spell Focus (enchantment)
Skills Knowledge (arcana, local, nobility, religion) +17, Knowledge (history) +13, Linguistics +7, Perception +13, Perform (keyboard instruments) +7, Perform (oratory) +15, Profession (scribe) +9, Spellcraft +12 (+14 to identify magic item properties), Stealth +12
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven
SQ bardic knowledge +4, deep pockets (200 gp), elven magic, lore master 1/day, master scribe, pathfinding, versatile performance (keyboard, oratory)
Combat Gear potion of invisibility, scroll of cure serious wounds, scroll of disguise self, scroll of haste, scroll of identify, scroll of see invisibility, scroll of speak with animals, scroll of tiny hut, wand of cure light wounds (20 charges); Other Gear +1 leather armor, masterwork dagger, amulet of natural armor +1, cloak of resistance +1, ring of protection +1, silver mirror (worth 1,000 gp), 63 gp

Often lost in their own thoughts, sometimes these scholars forget others are around them. They’re usually solitary, but have to go out exploring in search of information—or pay adventurers to retell their stories.

Denarath Lithernorn

Given a choice, Denarath would rather avoid people and be left alone with the company of books. They give their opinions and observations directly and without deceit or the vagaries of tone, and never talk back when she disagrees with their opinions. Unfortunately for Denarath, chronicles are by definition the stories of other people and their deeds, so she needs to deal with other people for her work. She puts up with them with a quiet and detached reserve, waiting for them to perform deeds worthy of being immortalized in her prose. She takes an equal interest in all types of martial and magical prowess, and encourages allies to invite new, different members into their group.

Combat Encounters: During battle, Denarath sheepishly hovers behind the other combatants and gives her support with stoic detachment. After a battle, she searches the bodies for any maps, scrolls, or books that might be good sources of information. After that, she immediately pulls out a book and quill to write down an account of the high points of the battle.

Roleplaying Suggestions: Denarath is extremely quiet and withdrawn. Her face betrays little emotion, and she speaks only in brief, concise sentences. Tending to take things too literally, she often scoffs at common figures of speech. She can be a hassle to travel with, since she packs a giant trunk of books for even the shortest journey. She reads late into the night, and refuses to leave until she’s had time to pick up the tomes she’s left scattered around.