Creative Characters (Starfinder): Jelilah Hartennen, Special Liaison

Welcome back to Creative Characters, Starfinder edition, providing you with interesting and flavorful characters for you to use as pregens, NPCs, or simply to provide you with inspiration for your own character concepts. Currently, we have been looking at law enforcement with the members of the Particular Crimes Unit (PCU), an elite task force with significant technical and technological expertise. You can use the PCU as allied NPCs, either providing or requesting assistance from your players, as antagonists for when your players get involved in a little smuggling or blockade running or you could use these characters as pregens for your players and run your very own police procedural.

Our core team of detectives and Steward officers has already been completed; each one a 7th level character built using mechanic levels and the steward officer archetype. However, we are rounding out the PCU with a few additional characters which in some way break away from these constraints. These remaining members of the PCU provide GMs with some engaging and thematic NPCs for their own Starfinder police procedural. They also allow GMs to use the PCU as an ally or antagonist across a wider range of levels. Last week introduced the team’s civilian lab and research tech, Mu Ticker, who possessed mechanic levels but did not use the Steward Officer archetype. This week’s character is the reverse: using the Steward Officer archetype without any mechanic levels at all.

Meet Jelilah Hartennen, special liaison to the PCU and mystical interrogator.

Jelilah Hartennen

Human mystic (steward officer) 5 (xenoseeker)
LN Medium humanoid (human)
Init +1; Perception +13


EAC 16; KAC 17
Fort +3; Ref +3; Will +9


Speed 30 ft.
Ranged tactical infinity rifle +4 (1d6+5 F, boost 1d6)
Spells (CL 5th)

2nd (3/day, DC 18)hold person, zone of truth
1st (6/day, DC 17)charm person, command, mind thrust, mystic cure, wisp ally
0th (At will, DC 16)daze, detect affliction, detect magic, fatigue, grave words, stabilize

Spell-like Abilities (CL 5th)

At willmind link (once per individual per day)


Str 10; Dex 13; Con 14; Int 10; Wis 20; Cha 16
Feats Skill Focus (Mysticism), Spell Focus, Spell Penetration, Versatile Specialization
Skills Bluff +13, Intimidate +13, Life Science +9, Mysticism +16, Sense Motive +13, Survival +13
Languages Common
Gear datapad with augury spell chip module, D-suit I, improvisation adornment Mk I, personal upgrade Mk I (Wisdom), ring of resistance Mk 1, tactical infinity rifle and 25 credits


Connection (Su)

Jelilah is granted magical powers by the spirits of her ancestors who have long watched over others and sought out truth. She possesses the mindbreaker connection which grants the following abilities.

  • Share Pain (Su) – Whenever a foe deals damage to Jelilah, she can spend 1 Resolve Point as a reaction to reduce the damage she takes by 5 points and deal this to her foe unless they succeed a DC 17 Will save. This is a mind-affecting pain effect.
  • Backlash (Su) – Whenever a foe succeeds a Will save against one of Jelilah’s spells, completely negating its effect, they take 5 nonlethal damage. This is a mind-affecting pain effect.

Diplomatic Training (Ex)

In addition to gaining Diplomacy and Culture as class skills, Jelilah can use Diplomacy for Intimidate checks to demoralize a creature and Culture for Life Science checks to identify humanoids and monstrous humanoids. When Jelilah attempts a Diplomacy check to change a creature’s attitude, the target’s attitude only worsens if she fails the check by 10 or more.

Healing Touch (Su)

Once per day, Jelilah can spend 10 minutes to heal an ally up to 25 Hit Points.


Any sufficiently advanced technology utilizes at least some magic. When the peerless Captain Wun set out to create a Stewards task force based upon technical expertise and technological understanding, the PCU, he was faced with a problem. There is a lot of magic in modern technology. To address this problem, a special liaison was attached to the PCU, drawn from the Stewards existing specialists on magic and mysticism. Three months after the task force began and the position of special liaison had already been held by seven different individuals. The position had become something of a revolving door.

Until Jelilah Hartennen.

With a habitual scowl and an uncompromising outlook, Jelilah has made the position of special liaison her own, with little regard for cultivating the casual camaraderie the rest of the team shares. The intensity and focus she brings to the job can at times be off-putting and she rarely drops this professional demeanor, though the other members of the PCU would like to see her relax and loosen up once in a while.

While Jelilah can be hard on her colleagues for what she perceives as ‘occasional lapses in professionalism,’ she is harder and harsher on herself. She spends days reviewing her completed cases, analyzing each for the slightest mistake. The spirits of her ancestors, former Stewards going back several generations, reside within her. While they do grant her tremendous magical gifts, they are also a constant source of judgment. Jelilah feels the weight of their expectations upon her shoulders and is determined to not only uphold their legacy but to expand upon it.

That’s all for this week. Join us again next week when we shall finally meet the peerless Captain Wun.

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