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Night Scale Assassin

This lithe half-elven woman wields a hand crossbow and is bedecked in dark leather that blends in with the shadows.

Night Scale Assassin CR 5

Source Magnimar, City of Monuments pg. 56
XP 1,600
Female half-elf rogue 5/assassin 1
NE Medium humanoid (elf, human)
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+4 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 34 (6 HD; 5d8+1d4+6)
Fort +2, Ref +7, Will +1; +2 vs. enchantments
Defensive Abilities evasion, trap sense +1, uncanny dodge


Speed 30 ft.
Melee short sword +4 (1d6+1/19–20) or dagger +4 (1d4+1/19–20)
Ranged +1 hand crossbow +8 (1d4+1/19–20) or dagger +6 (1d4+2/19–20)
Special Attacks death attack (DC 13), sneak attack +4d6


Str 13, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 17
Feats Point-Blank Shot, Rapid Reload (hand crossbow), Skill Focus (Stealth)B, Weapon Focus (hand crossbow)
Skills Acrobatics +12, Bluff +9, Climb +10, Disable Device +12, Disguise +9, Escape Artist +12, Intimidate +8, Perception +11, Sleight of Hand +12, Stealth +15; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception
Languages Common, Elven, Shoanti, Varisian
SQ elf blood, poison use, rogue talents (bleeding attack +3, lasting poison*), trapfinding +2
* See the Advanced Players Guide.


Environment any urban (Magnimar)
Organization solitary
Treasure NPC gear (+1 studded leather, +1 hand crossbow, daggers (5), short sword, potion of cure moderate wounds, potions of invisibility [2], shadow essence, other treasure)

Magnimar has its share of criminal elements, but the Night Scales claim to rule the city’s cutthroat underworld. Their various operations and misdeeds include smuggling, extortion, theft, and even outright murder every now and then. Members of the Night Scales range from toughs to pickpockets to con artists, following a strict hierarchy of power based on skill as much as social connections. Among these ranks, the Night Scale assassins are perhaps the most feared members of the thieves’ guild. Such assassins are responsible for taking care of nosy adventurers or pesky guards who don’t know to mind their own business. Night Scale assassins work to silence some of Magnimar’s mouthiest nobles as well as its uncorrupted political figures, and it is rumored that if one can get a hold of the shadowy gang, private parties might be able to arrange an assassination for a steep price.

A Night Scale assassin puts much care and time into surveying her targets. She tails them over the course of a week, noting where they go to market, what time they wake up, and whom they talk to on a regular basis. This wealth of information allows the assassin to choose the perfect time and place for an unsuspecting hit.