Welcome to Creative Characters for Starfinder! I’ll be your host, Maximus Buutoks! Now now, I don’t mean to be cheeky, though I am aware of how that may sound to audience members from the Earth area. A warm welcome to all of you!
Now you regulars know the digs: Creative Characters is a series of articles that give you, yes you!, 5 characters of the same level that you can drag and drop into any game. Do you need a baddy in a pinch? How about you need a group of PCs for a fun adventure that’s coming up, but your players are short on time? How about you just really like the backstory of one of them? By all means, use them! For you newcomers this group is known simply as “The Charmers”, and they are all the core classes who DON’T take Charisma as a key stat, built to emphasis Charisma. Last week we met Boom-box, Street Vesk. This week we meet someone relatively new to adventuring, but an old-hand when it comes to danger and sudden death. Introducing retired* Goblin Matron (* – all the infants disappeared under suspicious circumstances), Suzetta Biretta!
DEFENSE SP 42 HP 38 RP 7
EAC 22; KAC 23
Fort +3; Ref +9; Will +6
Speed 45 ft
Melee Tactical sword cane +8 (1d4+3 S)
Ranged Advanced shobad horizon striker +8 (3d4+6 P) (with Merciful fusion)
Str 10; Dex 18; Con 12; Int 10; Wis 13; Cha 18
Feats Antagonize, Shot on the Run, Skill Focus (Culture, Sense Motive), Skill Synergy (Diplomacy, Intimidate).
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +6, Bluff +15, Culture +14, Diplomacy +14, Disguise +10, Engineering +8, Intimidate +14, Medicine +8, Profession (goblin matron) +10, Sense Motive +17, Sleight of Hand +15, Stealth +17, Survival +7.
Languages Common, Goblin
Gear D-suit II, Quick release sheath, tactical sword cane (concealed in quick release sheath), advanced shobad horizon striker, merciful fusion, personal upgrade mk I (Cha), Ioun stone: clear spindle, 90 creds walking around money
Operative Specialization: Detective
Evasion; trick attack +3d8, Suzetta Biretta can use Sense Motive to perform trick attacks; operative exploits: Hampering shot, Holographic clone, Jack of all trades; Specialization exploit: Glimpse the Truth; Tinker.
Hampering Shot (Ex)
For your debilitating trick, you can reduce your target’s speeds by half and prevent it from using the guarded step action until the beginning of your next turn.
Jack Of All Trades (Ex)
You’ve learned how to handle any situation. You can use all skills untrained, and you double your operative’s edge bonus when using a skill in which you have no ranks (in Suzetta’s case +4).
Holographic Clone (Ex)
You can create holographic duplicates or psychic projections of yourself that conceal your true location. Once per day as a standard action, you can create 1d4 images of yourself that last for 1 minute per operative level. This ability otherwise functions as mirror image. You can use this exploit an additional time per day at 6th level, and again at 10th level.
Glimpse The Truth (Ex)
By picking up on subtle clues and hidden traces in your immediate surroundings, you can see things as they really are. As a full action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to gain the effects of true seeing for 1 round with a range of 60 feet.
Tinker (Racial trait)
As a move action, a space goblin can remove the penalties associated with the broken condition from a single piece of equipment until the start of
his HER next turn. The item then becomes unusable for 10 minutes (and retains the broken condition after that until it is fixed).
If you’re ever in a bind for a babysitter Suzetta is your Goblin. Through her 60 years of life she’s had over 450 children, she thinks, can’t quite remember, but she’s disciplined each and every one of them, and it shows. If there was ever a hammer handy she would have used her boot before you had to time to fetch the hammer. Despite advanced age for a Goblin she’s still upright, but as previously mentioned she’s retired, forcibly, after the last lot of children were “Oops. Lost, I guess?” according to the official statement. It didn’t help that they weren’t her children. Forced out of child care Suzetta found it took zero adjusting to begin a life in adventuring instead. “The targets are just bigger idiots I don’t really likes,” she said. “Instead of me own smaller idiots I don’t like.” Isn’t she sweet? While she started adult life, a begger with no one, she has come to the twilight of her life with plenty of material wealth and company, wanted or not.
Her specializations were honed over the years and perfected. Jack of all trades fits very neatly into entertaining a room full of goblin youth, none of which agree and all of which want to fight. If they’re hungry, you can Survival to feed them. If they’re fighting, Intimidate to get them back in order. Just don’t care? Stealth can help you melt into the background! Wanna sleep for just five minutes? Forget it, NOTHING stops a child from jumping all over an adult. Tinker helped when Suzetta needed to change the channel, though nowadays it’s usually to access information in the broken information device of a captured target. Holographic Clone would help her to escape tight spots or to entertain the children with someone else to throw food at. And Glimpse the Truth speaks for itself: just pausing and taking a truly deep breath will let you smell out whichever tyke it was that stole your Goblin soaps magazine just before you were about to go on break, or help you sense out the invisible monster threatening your team.
Clayton Forcecore, boss of The Charmers, met Suzetta in a space dive. She was “intelligently persuading a male target not to struggle” with the use of the toilet bowl and Clayton couldn’t help but laugh. He was more impressed that the method worked, and that she’d had a 14-2 success rate (14 of the last 16 targets were brought in successfully, and compliant). She hasn’t missed a day or work, but Clayton does wish she’d stop reminding him that she could “whop you right behind the ears, if you gimme that stink eye again, young man.”
Suzetta Biretta, or SB to those who want a swift groin kick, doesn’t mind the other members of The Charmers. Boom-box reminds her of a younger version of herself, and she constantly gets him and his brother, Treadz, confused, not realizing there is actually 2 separate Vesk. She does, however, have an irrational fear of “that tin can with a death’s face on it”, Glitterskull, the Mystic assassin of the group. Nothing, not even the chill winds of a winter’s night spent sleeping on wet newspaper, will give Suzetta Biretta the shivers — except for the perfect chrome face of Glitterskull, peering at her silently from the shadows, as the Android assassin awaits the groups next mission is genuine silence.
“There’s summat wrong ’bout that ‘bot,” Suzetta always mumbles, before finding a reason to leave the room.
So, readers, join me next week when we meet Glitterskull! A cold lead pipe of death, wrapped in a sparkling hot-pink skullmask and body suit. Whoever said the mystic has to play the healer?