The Desire for Pathfinder

14 December, 2009

In support of Nevermet Press‘ first product Portrait of a Villain – the Desire, I present a version of the Desire for Pathfinder:

The DesireThe Desire

Her beauty masks only evil and villainy, an insatiable lust to break the titled, the noble and the powerful.

The Desire CR 9 (6,400 XP)
NE medium humanoid (devil, human, immortal)
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +12
AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14; (+3 armor, +3 Dex, +1 dodge, +1 natural)
hp 56 (7d8+21)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +10
Defensive Abilities desire’s gift, false flattery, lover’s guardian; Immune charm
Spd 30 ft.
Melee masterwork envenomed dagger +6 (1d4+1 + giant wasp poison)
Spells Known (CL 7th), spells per day: 6 1st / 5 2nd / 2 3rd
3rd– dispel magic, see invisible
2nd– blur, cat’s grace, eagle’s splendor, whispering winds
1st – alarm, comprehend languages, cure light wounds, identify, unseen servant
0 – detect magic, ghost sound (DC 16), mage hand, message, open/close, resistance
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 7th)
3/day – alter self, charm person (DC 17), suggestion (DC 19)
1/day – mass suggestion (DC 21)
Str 12, Dex 17, Con 16, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 22
Base Atk +5; CMB +6; CMD 16
Feats alertness, dodge, eschew materials, extra performance, great fortitude [B], iron will [B], leadership, throw anything
Skills Diplomacy +16, Knowledge (Local, Nobility) +13, Perception +15, Perform (Act, Dance, Sing, Stringed) +16, Sense Motive +15, Use Magical Device +16.  From Bardic Versatile Performance: Acrobatics, Bluff, Disguise, Fly all at +16.
Languages common, draconic, elfin, infernal
SQ Bardic Abilities, Beauty, Honeyed Words
Gear Amulet of Natural Armor (+1), Bracers of Armor +3, other items as given by her lovers or acquired
Environment urban
Organization unique
Treasure Value considerable

Bardic Abilities The desire is a 7th level Bard with the Versatile Performances of Act and Dance.

Beauty (Ex) The Desire is exception alluring, possessing unearthly beauty and charm, she gains a +2 circumstance bonus to all social rolls against those who find her attractive.  When such a person would attack her, they must make a Will save (DC 19) or suffer a -1 moral penalty to all of their attack against her for the duration of the encounter.

Desire’s Gift (Su) The Desire has full control over the magic items known as Desire’s Gifts, see the item for more details.

Honeyed Words (Su) Given time, the Desire can worm her way into almost any heart.  If she spends at least an hour a day in the company of a person for a week, the Desire gains a +4 competence bonus on all social skills and +2 to all of her abilities’ DC against that person for the next month.

Lover’s Guardian (Ex) For each adjacent ally, the Desire gains a +1 circumstance bonus to armor class up to a maximum of +4 as they constantly move to protect her.

Lover’s Sacrifice (Su) Once per round, as a free action, The Desire may switch places with one of her allies within 10′.

Notes – This version is not designed for direct combat but for manipulation, deception and evasion.

Desire’s Gift

These pieces of jewelry, rings, amulets, bracelets or whatever are subtlety marked with The Desire’s mark.  The colors used are primarily red and gold.  Within The Desire’s circle, ownership of such an item is considered a mark of favor.

The owner of the Desire’s Gift gains a +2 enhancement bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy checks and their clothes always looks at least passably good.  But the most important ability is that The Desire can call upon a Shield Other from anyone she knows the name of who possesses one of her gifts.  Though the nearest Desire’s Gift will also automatically trigger when she is attacked.

moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot neck, ring or wrists; Price 5,000; Weight –
Requirements Create Wondrous Items or Forge Ring, Bestow Curse, Eagle’s Splendor, Prestidigitation, Shield Other; Cost 2,500 (+200 xp for D&D)

If you do not use Pathfinder, you can find The Desire for:

Basic Fantasy at Sycarion Diversions.

The World of Darkness at Tenletter.


  1. Hmm, an interesting take. I was expecting a human with some classes tacked on. I like what you’ve done though – something I might use on my players in the near future. 🙂

    • Thank you. It is my hope that she will be useful for someone’s evil plot.

  2. I would like to repost this (under creative commons license) here if you have no objections?

    • Please be my guest. Though a link back would be welcomed.

    • How funny… I was going to ask the same thing!


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