Pathfinder: Kingmaker Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, OSX, Linux
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 July 2018
  • Last Updated
    29 June 2018
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

Share this free guide:

Get a Gamer Guides Premium account:

Chapter 1 - Claiming the Stolen Lands

Chapter 1 - Claiming the Stolen Lands

Stag Lord's Fort

Travel: Stag Lord’s Fort

You shouldn’t need any specific preparations before heading off to this place, although you may want to buy some rations - enough to rest twice without any hunting success should suffice (you can’t rest inside the Stag Lord’s Fort area, but you can always exit to the world map and rest). If you want to be successful, you’ll disabuse yourself of the notion that you’ll be assaulting some keep and routing the defenders in one great action. At least, if you want to win, that is.

Instead, routing the Stag Lord’s garrison will ideally involve infiltration and the surgical removal of isolated pockets of bandits without any escaping to summon their friends. Only when all of these groups are destroyed should you make your move on the Stag Lord, himself. There’s a lot of fighting to be done, and you may have to burn through spells to ensure a clean victory, which may, in turn, require you to retreat and rest a few times during the larger operation - a good reason why you should have left yourself at least two weeks for the trek and the assault.

Note: Even with all the exploring listed above (and some extraneous exploration, besides) our date was 19, Lamashan, giving us nearly two months to complete our task, so time shouldn’t be a serious limitation.

Once those preparations are made, all that remains (you know, besides all the fighting) is traveling there, which you can achieve with the following directions (from Thorn Ford):

Southwest (cross the river) Southeast (along the river) Southeast (along the river, a third time) Southwest (along a different branch of the river) Southwest

Kressle’s Rebellion

You’ll arrive along the southern edge of the map. From here, follow the path north where, if you spared her earlier at the Thorn Ford camp, you’ll find Kressle. Her old loyalty to the Stag Lord is gone, and now she - and a group of her fellows - seeks an audience. As far as strategy goes, Kressle is useless, and if you indulge her straightforward approach by picking the dialogue option "It’s a bold plan and I like it. It’s time to pay the Stag Lord a visit!" she’ll come to a bad end - and you probably will, too. The Stag Lord’s personal guards are enough of a fight, but if they end up joined by other bandits (not to mention the Stag Lord’s pet Owlbear) you could easily end up overwhelmed.

That being the case, pick the dialogue option "Direct attack might not be the best option. I’ll look for other ways to enter the fort. Stay alert and join me when you hear the sounds of fighting." Don’t worry about the wording, she’s not as impulsive as all that - you’ll only have to worry about her coming to your aid when you confront the Stag Lord, or if you slip up and the alarm is sounded.

Clear the Eastern Moat

If you continue northeast along the southeastern end of the map you’ll eventually reach the fort, which consists of wooden walls behind a shallow ditch, inside of which lurk some Thylacines. It’s not terribly interesting, but you can find a corpse in the moat, on which is An Ancient Rostland Coin and some other trinkets.

The Front Door

After turning down Kressle’s direct approach, it’s somewhat silly to try the front door, but the approach isn’t entirely without merit. Interact with the door and you’ll have a number of responses you can make, most of them being differing degrees of useless. Claiming to be a traveler will just make them raise their guard and keep the door locked, while threatening to attack will achieve the same dubious result. Picking the [Lawful Good] option will indeed gain you an audience with the Stag Lord, although you’ll be fighting the Stag Lord’s personal guards, this time without the aid of Kressle, making it an even worse option.

Succeeding at a [Bluff 21] check might be worth the results, however, as it’ll get the doors open. Unfortunately you’ll be recognized by one of the guards, but with 6-on-3 odds, it’s too little, too late. This is a pretty straightforward fight that shouldn’t really be one you can lose (you may wish to rethink this whole "baron" thing if this battle presents you with any trouble).

There is a complication, however, and it’s one that you’ll need to keep in mind for every fight in the fort. Once a group of bandits has been reduced to one survivor, that survivor will attempt to flee and sound the alarm. If you’re not positioned advantageously, they could very well succeed, given that most of the bandits are more lightly armored than your warriors, and hence can out-run them. That being the case, prepare for this inevitability ahead of time by switching your focus off severely wounded bandits in favor of stronger ones, and try to have several characters near the soon-to-be last bandit before killing their last remaining ally. Done correctly, Attacks of Opportunity should spare you some grief. If you fail and the alarm is rung, you may as well just reload, rather than attempt to fight the entirety of the Stag Lord’s forces.

Feel free to talk your way into the gate and exterminate the gate guard - it’s honestly not a bad way to eliminate this group of Bandits and secure a way into the fort. Whether you do this or not, however, there’s merit in seeking out another approach as well, so after you defeat the gate guards, abandon your gains for now and leave the fort.

Slay the Zombies near the Western Wall

In addition to the gate, there’s another way into the Stag Lord’s Fort that’s somewhat less direct, although you’ll have to fight to get there. Make your way northwest along the moat surrounding the fort, killing Zombies as you go. While they may be new foes, they’re not much of a threat, having a fair share of HP, but little to speak of in the way of Attack or Armor Class. Their only noteworthy feature (besides being undead and hence immune to mind-affecting effects) is their Damage Reduction 5/slashing or bludgeoning.

Eradicate them and continue northwest along the moat until you find a larger, more dangerous group of Zombies near some ruins, who are led by two Zombie Lords. While somewhat stronger, they’re still weaker than basically every bandit you’ll have to fight, but unlike normal Zombies, at least they’ll drop Masterwork Scimitars for your trouble.

Once you’ve fought through the Zombies and reached the western end of the fort you should notice (hold down the "Tab" key) a variety of ways to interact with a… less than well-maintained section of the wall. Succeed at an [Athletics 19] check to force open a satisfactorily large breach in the wall, or a [Mobility 21] check to climb over the wall. If you fail the Athletics check it’ll alert the fort, while failing at the Mobility will remove that as an option. On the plus side, however, once you succeed you can freely travel back and forth without incident, so a little save/loading is all you need to gain another route into the fort’s interior.

Note this potential entry point, but don’t pursue it just yet, as there’s more undead to kill and loot to obtain. From the western wall, head southwest along the northwestern edge of the area, killing another group of Zombies near some ruins. When they’re all dead, loot some stonework north of the Zombies for a Taldan Warrior’s Dog Tag then pass a [Perception 6] check on some more ruins to the southeast to find another Taldan Warrior’s Dog Tag. To the southwest of the Zombies you can find a pile of corpses - properly inanimate ones, this time - one of which possesses a whopping 723 GP. On the other corpse you’ll merely find some trinkets.

Sway or Slay Akiros Insmort

Now that the exterior of the fort is cleared, return to the western wall and gain access, either through Mobility or Athletics. Once through the wall you’ll find a man named Akiros Insmort, who you may have met before, if you went to the Thorn Ford bandit camp before going to the Ancient Tomb, and if you did so in a timely manner. Given the benefits of not doing that, however, you probably didn’t, so you may want to introduce yourself. Don’t want to be rude, after all.

Akiros isn’t nearly as chatty here as he was (or would have been) at Thorn Ford, but you’ll largely get the same information from him, both textually and subtextually: he’s much more reasonable than the Stag Lord, and would rather legitimately rule than terrorize the area’s inhabitants. That said, his loyalty to the Stag Lord has diminished somewhat in recent days, making him susceptible to a [Diplomacy 23] check (which is also a [Neutral Good] act). Succeed at this aforementioned check and he’ll join your fight against the Stag Lord under the same conditions as Kressle: he’ll only show up when you encounter the Stag Lord himself, or when the alarm is sounded. Still, he’s a sturdy warrior, and every bit of help is appreciated.

If you can’t gain an ally, you can always try for an [Intimidate 18] check (a [Neutral] action) to convince him that this isn’t his fight. If your protagonist is Lawful, you can select a special dialogue option that convinces Akiros to leave and surrender himself to justice. If you fail either the Diplomacy or Intimidate checks listed above Akiros will attack, a matter you can expedite by simply picking the [Attack] option.

Should hostilities break out, Akiros won’t fight entirely alone, as his call will summon a Bandit Brawler (a strong warrior in his own right), a Bandit Bard (who will buff his allies, but also prove surprisingly effective at a distance with his spear), a Bandit archer, and a Bandit Alchemist, who will busy himself making your life hell by throwing a seemingly endless supply of Tanglefoot Bombs at you. Not only will these deal damage, but they’ll reduce your movement speed, making it very hard to chase down whatever survivor tries to run off and raise the alarm.

Most of these problems can be alleviated with Web, as the ground to the southeast of Akiros, between the nearby stable and the fort’s wall is just large enough to accommodate this spell. Cast the Web spell (or two) in the aforementioned location, gang up on Akiros and cut him down, and hope at least a few of the bandits to the southeast are caught by the Web spell so you can pick them off with ranged attacks. In particular, go after the Alchemist first, as he’s the real nuisance in this fight. Just be wary of the ruined stone wall, as it can give your targets cover - a benefit you won’t receive.

Given all these complications, it may be easier to eliminate this group of bandits that Akiros would otherwise summon before talking to Akiros. To do this, however, you’ll need to enter via the front gate (Akiros will spot you if you go through the western wall and don’t immediately talk to him) and turn west, where you’ll find them hiding behind some wagons. These impediments make a direct ranged assault unlikely to succeed, and if you find Web too messy, there’s another, arguably better solution. Approach with your Cleric just close enough to spot the Bandit Alchemist and hit him with a pre-emptive Hold Person spell. With his Will Save of +0, there’s a great chance you’ll take him off the board with a single spell, after which you should rush him, cut him down, then deal with the others.

This requires a little more planning that it may seem, however, as your character may struggle to navigate the terrain (and enemies) to get to their target in a timely fashion, plus you need to get past the Bandit Brawler, who is quite a bruiser in combat. Line up your warriors to the north, near the large tree in the middle of the fort, and buff one of them with Blur and Shield of Faith and make sure they lead the charge. Once the Hold Person is cast and combat begins, charge, and pay attention to your warriors to ensure they reach their target. Lastly, keep an eye on the Bandit Bard - he should target your Cleric with Hideous Laughter, who is well protected against that form of assault, but be wary lest he switches his focus to your warriors, who are more susceptible to it, although at its worst it’s only a DC 12 Will Save.

Ideally this won’t be necessary, as you’ll be able to talk Akiros into joining you - which is exactly what the good party wants to do. The evil party can, at their leisure, pick whichever option they prefer, although the only notable reward for killing Akiros is his Bastard Sword +1. As far as other loot goes, you can find a satchel under the large tree north of the four bandits that would have come to Akiros’ aid, inside of which is a Wand of Vanish and an Amulet of Natural Armor +1. Near the wagons those aforementioned bandits gathered around, you can also find a chest with a Potion of Shield of Faith.

Clear the Southeast

Find a new home for these items, then make your way back to the fort’s gate, as there are more bandits in need of a good smiting. You’ve cleared the gate and the western-most corner of the fort, now it’s time to head southeast from the gate and deal with the bandits in the southern corner of the fort. Here you’ll find another three foes, including a Bandit Brawler, a Bandit Alchemist and a Bandit armed with a sword and shield.

This time the Bandit Alchemist does you a favor by pacing from the campfire her fellows are gathered at to the wall to the southwest. Get close enough to spot her, and when she approaches the wall, rush her and cut her down quick-like. After that, you just need to deal with the two remaining bandits, a comparatively simple affair, since it’s a straight melee fight. The Bandit Brawler can dish out the damage, while the other bandit is more sturdy. Either try to spread your damage out evenly during the fight to prevent them from fleeing when isolated, or have a Hold Person ready to stop the last bandit.

Don’t relax your guard after defeating these bandits, however, as more fighting awaits. Just east of their campfire you’ll find a pen where four Ferocious Wolves lurk. By now these are paltry foes, and you should need little instruction to deal with them.

Kill the wolves, then get to looting. There’s a chest (Trickery 15) near some crates south of the watchtower in the corner of the fort which contains a Potion of Shield of Faith, among other trinkets. On the eastern front of a house northeast of the bandit’s campfire you’ll find a chest containing a Potion of Shield of Faith and a Potion of Enlarge, while on the northwestern end of the house you’ll find some boxes you can move. Do so, but be careful, as bandits lurk both behind the house and further northwest, including a wandering archer who may spot you and start a fight.

This can prove to be an opportunity more than a hindrance, however, depending on your luck and strategy. If you cast a Web spell (or two!) north of the wagon that forms a barrier between you and the bandits, then equip all your characters with ranged weapons, you can start shooting the bandits behind the house, as there are two in sight who are easy targets. Don’t give them your undivided attention, however, as there’s a Bandit Priestess back there, too, who will make her presence known shortly by casting Bless. Her following spells aren’t as nice, and include Hold Person, so target her immediately and shoot her down, then focus on the bow-armed Bandits who will undoubtedly return fire and who can score Sneak Attacks with their bows.

At this point it should be your six characters shooting at two bandits, as the melee-inclined bandits (of which there are several) will either get stuck in the Web trying to get around the many objects between you and them, or they’ll take so long to get to you that you’ll have ample time to prepare a character to meet them. The only concern now is the potential for you losing track of a bandit, killing all his fellow bandits, and being unprepared to stop him as he runs for the alarm.

Be aware of this potential and seek to eliminate it through vigilance - kill the Priestess and the archers to ensure that the only bandits left will be either stuck in the Web spell(s), moving to engage your party, or actively attacking in melee. Always focus on any bandits not stuck in the Web spell(s), and when there are two left, consider using Hold Person to neutralize one of the two, as extra insurance that they’re not going anywhere.

While doing this, be sure not to have any characters too far to the northeast (in the wedge formed by the logs and the wagon), as if you provoke the wandering archer, he’ll bring in his five friends. They’re somewhat less suitable for this strategy, as all but two of them will employ ranged attacks of their own, and many are too far out to be reliably stopped by a Web spell.

If you wish to avoid provoking this second group of bandits to the northwest, just make sure their archer isn’t wandering nearby, and use the time when he’s away to loot the chests. You can also do this to avoid any confrontation here, if you wish to deal with the group of bandits behind the house in a different fashion. The large chest contains a Glaive +1, while the small chest (Trickery 21) holds a Cloak of Resistance +1.

Kill the Bandits Near the Alarm

Backtrack to the gate once again, and from there head north around the large tree in the center of the fort. This tree may prove a bit of a distraction, as the next target group of bandits has a camp behind (to the north of) the tree. While the tree obnoxiously obscures them (fortunately you have red outlines to work with, at least), this fight isn’t all that tricky due to the bandit’s foolish decision to remain largely clumped up.

Approach until you can see the southern-most bandit (a Half-Orc specimen whose size makes him clearly stand out) and cast a Web spell (or two!) just north of him. This should subject the entire group of bandits to the spell’s effect, and two such spells will all but end this fight outright. After the Web spell(s) are cast, have your characters use ranged weapons to pick off bandits preferentially, starting with the Bandit Illusionist, then working on the Half-Orc, if for no better reason than the fact that his high HP will make him hard to stop should he be the last one remaining. The two southern-most bandits (including the Half-Orc) are inclined to melee combat, and once they’re gone, it’s a straight shoot-out.

Be wary of one thing, however - the straggler on patrol to the east. He should join the fight soon enough, and after both melee bandits and the illusionists are down, target him, as well. So long as you eliminate him when he shows up, you should be fine. Otherwise, if you forget about him and he’s the last survivor, he’s right next to the alarm, and will be unimpeded by the Web spell(s) the rest of his fellows are suffering through. As always, when there are two bandits left, consider using Hold Person to neutralize one and save the held foe for last.

Alas, unlike the last group of bandits, these ones weren’t the guardians of any great treasure. Not only is their equipment paltry, but the only container they guard is a chest, wherein you’ll find a Potion of Reduce Person and a Potion of Enlarge Person.

Neutralize the Owlbear

Unfortunately you can’t disable the alarm, either, which is now well within reach, being just east of the bandits who camped north of the large tree. More interesting, however, is the Stag Lord’s pet Owlbear, which is penned up just south of the alarm bell (southwest of the aforementioned camp, northeast of the aforementioned tree).

This large, dangerous aberration would have been all too eager to attack your flank should you have neglected it in favor of confronting the Stag Lord. Having fought your way through the camp, however, you have a variety of ways to deal with this beast.

Interact with the gate to bring up a dialogue box, where you can choose to make a [Lore (Nature)] check to calm the Owlbear down and convince it you’re not a bad guy, after which you can free the Owlbear (a [Chaotic Good] action) and let it wander its way to freedom. This is the action the good party will take.

You can also simply perform a [Chaotic Good] action and free the Owlbear, but if you don’t pacify it first, it’ll attack you. While dreadfully strong (it boasts around a +20 Attack bonus and will likely deal no less than twenty damage per hit), if you are fully healed, protected by Blur, engage with your tank, and have a bit of luck on your side, you should be able to cut it down. Your only reward for doing so, however, is some experience and a Bear Pelt. A hard sale, honestly.

A safer, more neutral option is to pass a [Trickery] check to simply seal the Owlbear in its cage. No animal cruelty, but also you won’t be letting this Owlbear wander around the countryside, or worse, attack you as you fight the Stag Lord.

Finally, you can try to put the beast down by passing a [Stealth] check. A caged animal isn’t hard to kill, but failing the check will result in you doing so somewhat less than quietly, effectively alerting the Stag Lord and whatever surviving bandits he has left - which may not be much of a downside, depending on how many you’ve slain thus far. The evil party will choose this action.

Beat the Bandits Behind the House

From the Owlbear pen, head east to get behind a house along the fort’s southeastern wall. You should have killed the bandits in front of the house earlier, and possibly the ones behind it, as well. If not, the tactics for cleanly doing so are similar to those for the last group of bandits you smote. Creep forward to spot the northwestern-most bandits, cast a Web spell (or two!) just southeast of them, and shoot down webbed bandits starting with the Bandit Priestess followed by any melee foes. When you’re down to two targets, paralyze one with Hold Person. Once the bloodshed has ceased, loot the Bandit Priestess for a Masterwork Club.

Deal with Auchs and Rovan

Mighty fine progress! With this much of the fort clear, there’s a good chance you can confront the Stag Lord directly and hope to win. Still, there’s more you can do to shift the odds further in your favor. Two of the Stag Lord’s top goons can be found nearby, northeast of the house the last bandit group (with the Bandit Priestess) hid behind. Here you’ll find Dovan from Nisroch and Auchs, who were mentioned much earlier, then scarcely brought up again.

They’re relatively strong opponents, but not so overwhelmingly strong that you should feel compelled to make use of debilitating spells like Hold Person or Web. Buffs like Bless, Blur, Shield of Faith and in Jaethal’s case, Divine Favor and Judgment should suffice. Auchs fights with a Greatclub, making him a somewhat heavy-hitting opponent, albeit one who has a laughably poor Armor Class and nowhere near enough HP to compensate. Dovan is more well-protected, but not enough so to make him challenging. The only thing you need to watch out for with Dovan is allowing him any opportunity to make a Sneak Attack, flanking with Auchs being the primary concern. Quickly cut down Auchs and you should have the fight well in hand.

After defeating Dovan (whether or not Auchs is defeated yet) he’ll do what any sensible villain in his position would do: he’ll try to strike a bargain to save his sorry hide. This might seem like a classical good party vs evil party decision, but, well, you may want to let the actual loot involved be your guide.

If you spare Dovan (a [Lawful Evil] act) you’ll indeed find his stash in the ditch to the left (northwest) of the gate. This stash contains a Diamond (sells for 1,250 GP) and an Amulet of Natural Armor +1. On the other hand, if you kill him you can loot his Agile Rapier +1, Chainmail +1 and Potion of Cat’s Grace. While the magical Chainmail is nice, and you probably have no shortage of characters who can use it, the Amulet of Natural Armor is more versatile.

In either event, you can loot Auchs for his Greatclub +2 and Belt of Mighty Constitution +2. This club is a potential upgrade for Amiri, although it’s not an uncontested upgrade; it should raise her Attack bonus by +3, but lower her damage per hit by roughly the same amount. It really depends on what you want out of Amiri, and if you’ve spent a bunch of feats bolstering her prowess in bastard sword, not that you should drop feats into greatclubs - you’ll certainly find some big, better weapon later on. The Belt of Mighty Constitution +2 should go on a front-liner, either on a character whose HP are somewhat suspect (Jaethal) or a tank that’s expected to soak extra damage (Valerie). Don’t worry too much about it, though - it’s only four HP at this point.

Deal with Auchs and Dovan however you deem suitable, then make a [Perception 16] check to spot a satchel you can loot behind a ladder south of the campfire Auchs and Dovan were at. North of the same campfire you can find a barrel, while further north, near a building, you’ll find a pack with a Scorched Fragment of a Necklace in it.

With that, you’re done clearing out the fort, save for the Stag Lord. It’s about time you introduced yourself, perhaps after a spot of rest to make sure you’re in top form.

Battle: The Stag Lord

If you’ve completed everything listed above in the walkthrough, you should have a fine shot at defeating the Stag Lord. There’s no guarantee, however, as the Stag Lord still has minions to guard him, and he’s no slouch in combat, himself. When you approach the estate at the northern end of the fort enough to provoke one of his guards, the Stag Lord will be called for, and he’ll answer the call.

After the cutscene he’ll move himself to a platform southeast of the estate’s door, from which he’ll merrily shoot at anybody within sight. He’s a deadly archer, with a high Attack Bonus and a healthy supply of HP, but the worst bit about this fight is how troublesome it can be to get your characters to move onto that balcony. You’re basically limited to attacking the Stag Lord and hoping for the best, as far as pathfinding goes. Against an unprepared party lacking buffs, who get caught up in the Stag Lord’s minions, and who have trouble focusing on the Stag Lord due to the platform he’s on, he’s quite capable of wiping the entire party. And no, he won’t provoke Attacks of Opportunity if you close on him.

On top of the Stag Lord himself he’s joined by a Bandit Priestess (on the opposite balcony) and a bunch of lesser bandits who either will engage in melee or with ranged weapons. They’re nothing you haven’t dealt with many times over by now, but with a foe like the Stag Lord taking advantage of every delay and distraction, they can be troublesome enough. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to deal with most of the Stag Lord’s minions; the Stag Lord is loathe to leave his platform, so you can simply provoke some bandits, retreat, then cut them down out of the Stag Lord’s sight.

Another possible solution - depending on your previous actions - is to simply let Kressle and/or Akiros help in the fight. They should appear after the fighting starts once the Stag Lord is summoned, in which case they’ll occupy the Stag Lord’s minions, allowing you to circle around to his platform and attack with your entire party.

Note: If you want to keep Kressle and Akiros alive through this fight, you may have to resort to trickery. In this case, provoke the Stag Lord’s minions to get the Stag Lord to appear, then retreat out of sight to the southeast. Buff a tank, then send them up to draw the attention of the Stag Lord’s minions, but don’t actually attack. Let them attack and lure them southeast to the rest of your party, where they can be safely cut down. Then just sneak up to the Stag Lord so he’s in sight and rush him with your warriors.

Vanquish the Stag Lord and you’ll get a series of moral choices ([Chaotic Good], [Lawful Neutral], [Lawful Evil] or [Chaotic Evil]). Make whichever one you find most fitting, as the result is the same either way. Some odd magic going on there, and who is this "her" he’s talking about? Mysteries to be solved another time. After defeating the Stag Lord, vanquish all his minions, and when the fight ends you’ll be able to get to looting.

Most of the lesser bandits have little of interest, but the Stag Lord, fittingly, is a treasure trove. Search his body to claim his Savage Bow, Reinforced Studded Leather, Stag Helmet, Boots of Elvenkind, Lesser Bracers of Archery, Cloak of Winter Veil and The Stag Lord’s Broken Charm.

The Savage Bow is a Composite Longbow +1 that has the "Aspect of the Falcon" ability which, when used gives you a +1 competence bonus on ranged Attack rolls and an expanded critical hit multiplier. If your protagonist is an archer, you just scored big, but anybody with a high Strength score can benefit from that Savage Bow and it’s not like you haven’t been switching to and from melee weapons regularly by now, anyway.

The Reinforced Studded Leather is +2 Studded Leather armor that allows the user to cast Barkskin once per day, which further grants the wearer a Natural bonus to Armor Class. Excepting your protagonist, the Reinforced Studded Leather will go well on any character who can wear light (but not medium) armor. Anybody who can wear medium armor likely already has a suit of armor that gives a +7 Armor bonus to Armor Class. Regongar will make fine use of it.

The Stag Helmet gives its wearer a +1 Attack bonus against flanked and flat-footed foes. The Stag Helmet will ideally find its way on a character who can regularly perform Sneak Attacks, although if you bestowed Precise Strike on your warriors, it’ll do well anywhere.

The Boots of Elvenkind give its wearer a +5 bonus to Mobility checks. Any character who may make Mobility checks frequently - whether it’s a ranged character who may need to retreat from enemy attackers, or a warrior who might want to charge through foes to reach their vulnerable allies - will put the Boots of Elvenkind to good use. Failing that, put them on your character with the highest Mobility score to make future Mobility checks that much easier to pass.

Lesser Bracers of Archery will bestow a +1 competence bonus on Attack rolls with ranged weapons. A character who uses ranged weapons almost exclusively (Linzi, Octavia, perhaps Tristian or possibly your protagonist) should get these. Give them to the most dangerous archer in your party, favoring your protagonist, then Linzi, then Octavia. They’ll get the most use out of it.

Finally, the Cloak of Winter Veil acts as a Cloak of Resistance +1 (+1 bonus to all Saving Throws) and gives the wearer Cold Resistance 10/-. Assuming you have all your casters covered, give this to your tank, as there’s a higher chance they’ll be used to draw the attention of critters that deal cold damage (or any damage, really) than any other character.

Search the Stag Lord’s Estate

Unfortunately, you’re not quite done yet. After distributing the booty, head into the Stag Lord’s estate and put on your trap-finding goggles, as there’s plenty of them about. It takes a stable genius to lay booby traps all over their house. In the room to the southeast you’ll find a trap [Perception 22] [Trickery 22] in the doorway, and another [Perception 22] [Trickery 22] on a bear skin rug. Disarm them, then loot a chest [Trickery 22] near a bed to score 500 GP, and a satchel [Trickery 16], the latter of which is obscured by the southeastern wall.

Return to the antechamber and from there head into a small room to the northeast, where you can spot [Perception 15] a chest [Trickery 15] which contains a variety of trinkets you can sell.

Backtrack to the antechamber yet again, but be wary of a fireball trap , which you can avoid if you stick to the southwestern end of the central rug in the room. Bypass this hazard and enter another, larger room to the northeast, which clearly serves as a prison. Unlock the door [Trickery 17] after which the prisoner - Nugrah - will immediately turn hostile. No "enemy of my enemy is my friend" business going on here. He’s a fairly strong spellcaster who will start out the fight with Thorn Body, followed by Flame Strike, so rush him, and mind you don’t let your warriors bottleneck the doorway. Once he’s dead, loot him for a Masterwork Club and a suit of Hide +2 armor. Now that this druid is gone, the mist should vanish entirely. Last thing to do is loot the chest in Nugrah’s cell for a Wand of Cat’s Grace, a Scroll of Stoneskin and a Scroll of Freedom of Movement.

Did You Know?: Stoneskin used to be the god-buff in 2nd Edition Dungeons and Dragons, as it utterly nullified the damage of a set number of attacks. The enchantment bonus of the weapon, the type of damage, or the amount of damage were all irrelevant. It’s been fairly toned-down in Pathfinder, but it’s still a handy, long-lasting buff that’ll give its target Damage Reduction 10/adamantine and absorb 150 HP of damage. Plus, you can actually cast it on allies in Pathfinder, instead of the spell being a personal buff, as was the case in the old days.

With that, there’s naught left to do but return to Oleg’s Trading Post and tell him the good news. You may want to rest along the way, if you’re injured, as it’d be an awful shame if some random encounter did you in on the eve of your victory. There’s also another matter of business you can deal with along the way back, so be sure to swing by Nettle’s Crossing as you return.