How to Recruit Octavia
Octavia can be found by freeing her and Regongar at the Technic League Encampment.
Enslaved at a young age, Octavia was taught magic by her captors to increase her value. Along with her lover and fellow slave, Regongar, she gained her freedom when an adventurer - who was crossed by her masters - tracked the slavers down and defeated them. Despite her years of slavery, Octavia has managed to retain an optimistic, light-hearted demeanor - a stark contrast to Regongar.
Octavia fits into a classic CRPG niche which veterans of the genre should recognize: the roguish mage. Her progression as a wizard may be somewhat stunted by her investment into the Rogue class, but the trade-offs are arguably worth it - not that there are any better arcane spellcaster companions, anyway. These trade-offs include superior ranged combat competence and having access to every skill as a class skill.
More on the latter later, but her ranged prowess shouldn’t be pushed too far, as her low Base Attack Bonus will keep her from being terribly deadly with a bow. On top of that, her damage output with ranged weapons will always be suspect, as, although she’s got a great Dexterity score, her Strength is pretty unimpressive. This means she won’t be making much use of composite bows, and an extra 1d6 Sneak Attack damage will not be an impressive damage bonus for long. Fortunately, she excels as a Wizard, coming focused in Transmutation magic and with a wonderfully high Intelligence score that’ll keep her DCs high. Her Constitution is pretty low, however, so ensure she never becomes the target of enemy aggression, as she doesn’t have the HP to endure such attention for long.
Where Octavia really shines is her skills - well, no, actually, it’s her spells, but she shines here, too! As mentioned earlier, she gets every skill as a class skill thanks to her Rogue level, and since her Intelligence is high, she’ll get plenty of skill points per level. All that said, her high Intelligence and Dexterity scores make her very proficient with the Mobility, Trickery, Stealth, Knowledge (Arcana) and Knowledge (World) skills, and if that’s not enough, her Charisma is high enough to make Persuasion a viable option, too. Having Octavia deal with your traps by investing in Trickery is a wise move, although actually detecting them may be something you leave to other characters.
Filling that classic Imoen role in your party, Octavia can be your primary arcane spellcaster and trap disarmer, making her a good fit in nearly any party or at least one that’s lacking a player-generated mage.