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"Franklin Payne is British. Never mind that there is no Britain in Arcanum, they don’t need it because they’ve got the whole empire condensed into one man. Payne fights the good fight, climbs the mountain because it’s there, and can talk your ear off about the adventures he’s had. He’s useful in a lot of little ways.”
-PRIMA’S OFFICIAL STRATEGY GUIDE


Location[]

Franklin Payne can be found inside his home in Black Root once the player begins their trek to Thanatos.

Circumstances[]

Franklin will regale the player with his past and recent adventures. If the topic of Thanatos comes up, then Franklin may offer his services to the party.

Recruitment[]

  • Payne will join as a Regular Follower provided:
    • The party has an open follower slot
    • The player is at least level 34

Special Follower Considerations[]

Interactions[]

  • Franklin has a boisterous and dramatic travelogue about the dangers and adventures to be had for many of the places that the party visits
  • The player will get special responses from Payne if they themselves share their adventures with him, and name drop:

Levelling Scheme[]

Franklin is a combat specialist for Firearms and Melee. He is also a bit of the renaissance man as he makes use of the first level of all of the Technological Disciplines.
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  • Dodge 1
  • Gun Smithy 1
  • Firearms 1
  • Smithy 1
  • Melee 1
  • Max HPs 38
  • Herbology 1
  • Firearms 2
  • Chemistry 1
  • Melee 2
  • Gambling 1
  • Max HPs 54
  • Dodge 2
  • Explosives 1
  • Firearms 3
  • Mechanical 1
  • Melee 3
  • Max HPs 70
  • Therapeutics 1
  • Firearms 4
  • Electric 1
  • Melee 4
  • Gambling 2
  • Max HPs 86
  • Dodge 3
  • Firearms 5
  • Melee 5
  • Max HPs 98
  • Perception 19
  • Gambling 3
  • Max HPs 110
  • Perception 20
  • Dodge 4
  • Max HPs 120
  • Gambling 4
  • Max HPs 128
  • Dodge 5
  • Dexterity 19
  • Max HPs 138
  • Dexterity 20
  • Max HPs 400


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Background[]

Franklin Payne comes from a long line of explorers, most notably Quentin Payne from the era of exploration. He is the most famous adventurers alive, the recipient of many honors, and the go-to man when extraordinary measures need to be taken. Ever fearless and joyful and resourceful in battle despite the odds, his enthusiasm can be quite infectious.

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