So when we last left off with these two we had determined that in combat Stan Dard was a bit stronger in combat due to 3 extra AC, and 3 extra HP. Making him 15% less likely to be hit, and able to take 1 hit more from the kobolds. Meanwhile, Frank has +2 in diplomacy and will be funneling his wealth into the community and churches, leading to him having a social advantage in settlements.
Thanks to a couple of adventures and lots of troublesome kobolds, they have both advanced in their abilities.
At level 2, both of them have trained to react much faster (Improved Initiative feat) no doubt perhaps driven by their rivalry and desire to outdo each other.
Frank, due to his purity and inner focus, has gained a new exalted talent. He now has the ability to create a nimbus of light on a whim. This will certainly give him a social advantage when dealing with good and holy creatures, but perhaps more useful is it provides a source of low light making him a bit less helpless in those dark caves and dungeons so many adventures take place in.
During this adventure(at the suggestion of Nysa), the adventurers here will be facing Stirges. The fights are expected to take place at/near cliffs. In this situation, Stan will have an even bigger advantage because he was wise enough to purchase a bow when he heard rumors of ‘evil mosquito bats’ while Frank stuck with his vow and refused to waste wealth. This purchase of a longbow means Stan is able to engage them at a distance of a hundred feet or more. In doing so he will have a 40% chance of hitting but will be able to engage first. He will also be able to engage those flying over the cliff or open space without risk to himself. Frank meanwhile will have to wait for them to come to hand, or have to fight them while crossing on rope or bridge, putting himself in danger and requiring feats of balance to remain safe. Once in melee, both will have a 45% chance of hitting their target. Stan will have a 10% chance of being hit, while Frank will have a 25% chance of being hit, in one on one combat.
Stan’s advantage in combat has actually grown over what it was at level 1. Meanwhile Frank’s social advantage has grown under specific conditions as well. The gap has widened a bit.