Link to mod page on my site: https://artisans-corner.com/paina-npc-for-bg2ee/
(Hivemaster standalone kit linked at end)
This mod makes Pai’Na, the true neutral half-drow druid in the Graveyard tombs, a playable NPC with banters and interjections. She has a unique hivemaster kit.
I originally started working on this mod while writing Sirene BG1 and long before Sirene BG2. The writing's not my favorite, but I hoped she'd be a simple, unique NPC that'd be fun to write during my free time. Now I've bothered to finish the bulk of the writing I had left and now she's a fully playable NPC with roughly Bioware-NPC levels of content (though still silent).
The mod is compatible with Unfinished Business now... sort of. It doesn't mesh very well due to the different tone of speech, but you can recruit her after completing the Spider's Bane quest by talking to her a second time after receiving her reward.
“PAI’NA snarls when you ask about her past, telling you that it is none of your business and that it is enough to know that her half-drow heritage has made her an outcast from any form of civilized society. As a hivemaster druid, her duty of tending to the arachnids of the land is foremost, though she has decided to travel with you for now.”
Personality & Background
Pai’Na is the progeny of human and drow parentage – her mother was a human slave of the Underdark who escaped by some unknown means. Though she did not survive after reaching the surface, the newborn Pai’Na was taken in by a woman in the forest of Tethyr. Though a witch by reputation, the woman was actually a powerful hivemaster, and tutored Pai’Na in her ways. For reasons unknown, Pai’Na left her foster mother’s care not long after coming of age, before her training was complete.
Well, what else can I say about Pai’Na… her original BG2 character did not have much in the ways of personality, aside from her devotion to her spiders – her children, as she likes to call them. Therefore, much of her character as written is my own creation. She is very much unlike Jaheira and Cernd – don’t expect her to preach on about the importance of balance, as her foremost concern is for the safety of her own charges. Personality-wise, she can be moody, unsociable and temperamental, but she isn’t that bad of a person if you get on her good side. In short, she’s less of a druid and rather someone looking out for herself and her ‘family’, so to speak. She also despises drow, whom she blames for making her a social outcast, and doesn’t care much for humans either due to their lack of care for where they step. If you’re not charismatic enough, she will come to blows with Viconia.
HIVEMASTER: The Hivemaster is a druid that focuses on fostering and protecting insects and arachnids, including giant versions thereof. Most commonly stylise themselves after either communal insects, such as ants or bees (hence the name), or predators like spiders, scorpions and dragonflies.
– Immunity to all poisons and the following spells: Web, Summon Insects, Insect Plague, Creeping Doom
– Gains a +4 bonus to Armor Class and saving throws against attacks made by spiders and is ignored by them unless they are provoked.
– May cast Web and Spider Spawn as 2nd and 4th level priest spells respectively.
– May use the Poison Weapon ability once per day. Gains another use at levels 7 and 14.
POISON WEAPON: Each successful hit within the next 5 rounds will inject poison into the target. Each target can only be affected once per round. The amount of poison damage depends on the character's level:
1st– Target suffers 1 poison damage per second for 6 seconds (Save vs. Death at +1 negates)
5th– Target suffers 1 poison damage per second for 12 seconds (Save vs. Death negates), and also immediately suffers 2 poison damage (no save)
9th– Target suffers 1 poison damage per second for 18 seconds (Save vs. Death at -1 negates), and also immediately suffers 4 poison damage (no save)
13th– Target suffers 1 poison damage per second for 24 seconds (Save vs. Death at -2 negates), and also immediately suffers 6 poison damage (no save)
– 5th level: May shapeshift into a huge spider once per day.
– 8th level: May shapeshift into a sword spider once per day.
– 14th level: May shapeshift into a wraith spider once per day.
– May not wear heavier armor than leather.
– May not shapeshift into default animal forms.