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Hirelings, Henchmen, Animal Companions, Familiars, and Sidekicks

Enhanced Rules Series

offering variant rules for NPCs

The ScampSmiling Orc Publishing proudly presents "Hirelings, Henchmen, Animal Companions, Familiars, and Sidekicks," a captivating addition to the Enhanced Rules Series.

This manual introduces variant rules that empower you to weave a vibrant array of characters into your party and unleash challenging minions upon your adventurers.

Flexibility at its Core: Discover the cornerstone of flexibility in this guide, where variant rules cater to your narrative desires. It's not just a guide; it's an invitation to explore uncharted possibilities and elevate your D&D experience.

Options: Delve into five distinct styles, each offering specialized NPCs to enrich your campaign dynamics:

  1. Hirelings:

    • The unsung heroes of every party, providing the backbone of support.
    • From mundane tasks to specialized skills, they ensure triumph over adversity.
  2. Henchmen:

    • More than mere help, they add layers of complexity and motivation.
    • Bound by loyalty or personal goals, they enrich your campaign's narrative.
  3. Advanced Animal Companion:

    • Transcend the typical roles of pets with mounts, protectors, and thieving companions.
  4. Familiars:

    • Magical companions from mystical realms aiding and empowering magic users.
  5. Sidekicks:

    • True companions and comrades, forging unbreakable bonds in the face of adventure.

A treasure trove of new material and enriching content, immerse yourself in a world where your adventuring party expands beyond the player characters, featuring:

  1. Comprehensive Rules:

    • Unlock the secrets of incorporating Hirelings, Henchmen, Animal Companions, Familiars, and Sidekicks as full-fledged NPCs. This manual provides the tools to seamlessly integrate these characters into your campaigns, adding depth and complexity to your storytelling.
  2. Statblocks Galore:

    • Dive into the intricacies of over 60 meticulously crafted Hireling and Henchmen NPCs. Each comes to life with unique abilities, personalities, and backgrounds, ready to join your party on their epic quests.
  3. Animal Companions Unleashed:

    • Explore a deep dive into six types of animal companions, each with its own distinct characteristics. The manual introduces a new feats system tailored specifically for animal companions, enhancing their roles in your adventures.
  4. Familiars of Mystical Realms:

    • Delve into the mystical realms with a look at eight species for familiars. The manual goes beyond the ordinary, offering a new feats system for familiars that empowers magic users in unimaginable ways.
  5. Sidekick Archetypes:

    • Meet the Scamp, the Apprentice, the Confrere, and the Honor Bound - four compelling Sidekick Archetypes. This section provides insights into their roles, personalities, and unique abilities. Additionally, a feats system for sidekicks allows you to customize their growth and capabilities.
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February 07, 2024
This title was added to our catalog on February 07, 2024.