Thoughts on the Minstrel hireling, or rather their A Hero’s Welcome ability.
You get to deduct the minstrels skill level from all prices in town. While I don’t mind that they can get free rations and arrows, I’m thinking that this is kind of crazy. I mean, it’s just so damn potent!
Last night, my group bought a river boat, and they just stuffed it with food and arrows, because hey, it was free!
So we discussed this back an forth, and one of my players actually said something clever; while it might seem weird that a merchant or poor fisher would give you food ad libitum, then that is also not necessarily what happens.
The minstrel gives you praise for the big hero your are and how you are on an important quest, so a lot of people might chip in just a little bit of dried meat or a piece of bandage or a leftover arrow or two. When 50 to a 100 people do this, you end up going away with a significant amount of provisions.
Looking at it this way, it just seem way less crazy. It almost seem plausible, hell even likely.