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Template Grafts | Universal Monster Rules


Source Interstellar Species pg. 166
Guides provide safe passage for a fee, shepherding travelers through dangerous or unfamiliar territory. Most specialize in a specific region, using their knowledge, connections, and adaptability to bring clients to their destination in one piece. Used to situations where they and their clients are on their own, guides tend to prefer finesse to force in tough situations, but if charm doesn’t work, they’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.
While the most straightforward way for players to encounter a guide is by hiring one, guides offer a variety of other potential encounters. Players might find a stowalong on their ship, retrace a captains club guide’s adventure, use a personal concierge to gain access to power, or help a courier track down a local rumor. Guides also often have valuable information about planetary conditions, know the location of unexplored sites, and can make connections with influential locals.

Aliens in the "Guides" Family

Captains Club Guide13
Personal Concierge3

Guides, Courier

Source Interstellar Species pg. 166

Courier CR 7

XP 3,200
Transitional ryphorian
N Medium humanoid (ryphorian)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +19


HP 100
EAC 19; KAC 20
Fort +6; Ref +8; Will +10
Resistances cold 2, fire 2


Speed 30 ft.
Melee ultrathin sword cane +15 (2d4+7 P; critical bleed 1d4)
Ranged flare compliance ray +13 (2d4+7 F; critical blind)


STR +0; DEX +2; CON +2; INT +5; WIS +2; CHA +4
Skills Acrobatics +14, Bluff +19, Diplomacy +19, Sense Motive +14, Stealth +14
Languages Common, Triaxian
Other Abilities local shortcut
Gear elite stationwear, flare compliance ray , ultrathin sword cane

Special Abilities

Local Shortcut (Ex) In locations the courier is familiar with they increase their speeds by 10 feet and the speeds of allies within 50 feet by 5 feet.


Couriers’ knowledge of an area comes from their work delivering goods throughout their city, planet, or system of choice. They make it their business to be friendly with their customers, who range from small businesses and long-distance lovers to underground criminal enterprises. Couriers get to know their delivery area well, gathering information on shortcuts, hotspots, and landmarks usually known only to locals. They fit in guide work between deliveries and usually pick up customers while on the job, learning to keep an eye out for those new to an area who might be willing to pay to get the lay of the land.