Infiltrator (Investigator Archetype)
Doors and people alike open for those deemed trustworthy, and with the art of disguise, a cunning individual can take advantage of that to undermine them from within, or simply investigate their goings-on.
Indeed, today the recurring ghost of archetypes all sharing the same name returns with yet another infiltrator! I poke fun, but today we’re looking at the investigator flavor of this concept, which specializes in undercover operations. Like an undercover cop, they infiltrate an organization specifically to learn all they can from within, and potentially use that to bring it all crashing down.
However, in a world of fantasy, these infiltrators can be much more than cops with a convincing cover story. Indeed, the ability to use alchemically-fueled shapeshifting and disguises means they can appear in forms both mundane and monstrous, to achieve their goals, a notion that reminds me of detectives in various series who dramatically rip away disguises at the right moment when making arrests. The more comedic the series, the more outlandish the disguises.
Regardless of the nature of their disguises, these infiltrators can do a lot with them, and even their mundane disguises are incredibly impressive, able to mimic individuals vastly different from the investigator, and all thrown together in a matter of minutes.
This is supplemented by their ability to mimic voices, which they train to do quite well, though the more different the voice is than their own, the harder it can be to maintain it.
However, all of this is made even more impressive by their various applications of alchemy, as they learn how to make their various extracts tied to changing and disguising their form even more potent and long-lasting, not to mention putting their talents into making their alchemically-induced disguises all the more perfect.
Interested in a sneaky investigator that can walk into nearly any enemy stronghold given enough preparation and the right disguise? This archetype might be for you. While a social and rogue-ish build works very well with this archetype, consider also throwing in some power and prepare to cut loose with some polymorphing combat extracts.
As masters of disguise, these investigators can adopt many different personas to suit their needs. However, that gives no indication of who they are inside, which may take real trust to bring out.
Riding pegasi and proclaiming to be descended from angels, the Order of the Shining Eye claim to wish for nothing more than the good of all. However, Masina Devena isn’t buying it. Her investigations within have discovered that the order is digging for something, a weapon they call the Burning Eye.
Though still unnerved by the notion of vehicular and mounted travel, Phra is no ordinary orang-pendek. Thick clothing and a few touch-ups have allowed this educated investigator to pose as a halfling from a far-away land, demonstrating uncanny genius in portraying herself as a retainer or servant to many an organization, learning all she can from within.
The party is in the midst of routing a cultist cell, when one of the cultists reveals himself to be a double agent, willing to aid them if they do not blow his cover. Do they trust him, or do they assume he is lying, both might have terrible consequences.