Dreamers Deep - A Strange Aeon's Campaign
Cohorts. They are fun to have and provide a lot of extra help and depth to characters. But they have a major weakness. It is difficult for them to “keep up” with PCs. Since they are one to two levels lower than the primary character, they have lower hit points and ability scores and often get trampled by rampaging boss creatures. In an effort to try and make sure they remain relavent, here is the solution I will be using.
a) Maximum Cohort level will be determined according to the chart listed under the Leadership feat. Cohorts will not keep track of experience points. When a PC gains a level, her cohort may also gain a level if her leadership score is high enough to allow her a cohort of that level.
b) Cohorts will receive a limited form of the “elite” template for free (no “level adjustment” cost). They will have +50% hit points, and gain a +2 bonus to Strength and Constitution. True, they may have more hit points than the PCs, but they will generally have lower attack bonuses and worse gear to balance it. It’s the only way they’ll be able to keep up with the PCs).
c) In addition to receiving the limited form of the “elite” template for free, cohorts may have up to one point of racial level adjustment for free (allowing some racial options from the Bestiaries to be taken). As the natural races of Ondoron are significantly more advanced than the standard Pathfinder races, the level adjustment should not give the cohort any extreme advantage.
d) Cohorts get one Character Point per effective level that they have, and an additional 1 per level they attain. Cohorts will not be able to gain character points in any other way, but may spend them following the same rules as PCs.
e) Cohorts have 20 attribute points to use for purchasing attributes.
f) Equipping Cohorts: Cohorts get starting cash/gear as if they were a PC of their level. No more than 25% of their starting cash can be spent on any single item.
g) Cohorts may also purchase a background for the listed Character Point cost. And they receive the two traits for free as if they were PCs. Cohorts may not take any of the campaign traits for Strange Aeons….these are reserved for PCs.