The third round of RPG Superstar 2009 is to redo your villain and add a stat block. I have to say, I do not have the patience to wade through stat blocks, but let’s see who improved their villain and do a top level check for awesomeness.
Sharina, Legend Singer (Female human bard 6)
The bard who gives the party fame and danger to leverage fame for herself. She’s not that much changed in fluff, but she’s grown on me in that I’ve internalized that there’s more description of her schemes beyond “she starts a war!” I don’t think she was perfect enough not to brush up the fluff. The writer uses a few more commas than good grammar can stand. Stat block’s OK but unremarkable. I approve of trying a low level villain, though. Overall she’s decent but I would hesitate to say Superstar material. 5/10.
Kar-En-Helit, Vessel of Moeris (Male human ghost wizard 18 )
This guy’s totally reworked and I liked the previous fluff better. Now he’s a guy who’s waiting to ensoul his Osirian god-emperor ancestor ghost. Concept’s fine, but the execution is a little confusing. Especially as it splits focus between before he emerges and after, and there’s not enough info on either. As for the stat block, I’m pretty confused about what are Kar-En-Helit’s stats, what are Moeris’ stats, and what are the stats of Moeris-in-Kar-En-Helit. 3/10.
Vashkar, the False Maharajah (Male vampire rakshasa Monk 8/Fighter 1/Eldritch Knight 4) *
Reworked from “generic rakshasa” to “demented vampire rakshasa who kills vampires and rakshasas!” Much, much more interesting. He starts to fall into the trap of not being in enough conflict with the PCs however. The stat block is just huge. I’m not so sure about legitimacy of the Eldritch Knight levels boosting his spellcasting (which is purely racial). Triple class nonhuman with a template may be pushing it complexity-wise. And even for CR20 this is a little buff. AC50, SR40, multiple DRs. 24 special abilities goes over my line for what I’d like to deal with. I think being a vampire rakshasa monk would be more than enough, especially with the new bloodline. But you have to respect biting off such a huge task. 7/10.
Aelfric Dream-Slayer (male human reincarnated wood elf lich druid 15)
Was one of my favorites from last time. He’s a druid who wants to stop an aberrant dream invasion by killing anything that can dream. Fair enough! Fluff slightly reworked and seems not as tight as last round. I feel like the addition of the Rovagug reference is to be gratuitously Golarionesque. And the stat block is kinda messy and error-prone. Hrm. 5/10.