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Open Design - New Paths - Expanded Spell-Less Ranger

Open Design - New Paths - Expanded Spell-Less Ranger

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Published by J Scot Eckrosh
A book of options. Which are spell-less.
A book of options. Which are spell-less.

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Published by: J Scot Eckrosh on Jun 06, 2013
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Open Design
The Expanded Spell-lessRanger
written & designed by:
Marc Radle
edited by:
Kate Berens
cover by:
Christopher Swal
layout & interior art by:
Rick Hershey
published by:
Wolfgang Baur
Compatibility with the Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game requires the Pathfinder® Ro-leplaying Game from Paizo Publishing, LLC. See http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG formore information on the Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game. Paizo, Publishing, LLC doesnot guarantee compatibility, and does not endorse the product.Pathfinder is a registered trademark of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and the Pathfinder® Ro-leplaying Game and the Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game Compatibility Logo are trade-marks of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and are used under the Pathfinder® Roleplaying GameCompatibility License. See http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/compatibility for more in-formation on the compatibility license.©2012 Open Design LLC. All rights reserved. www.koboldquarterly.com
Open Game Content:
All material — including but not limited to art, place and charac-ter names, character and setting descriptions, background, and new class descriptions—is Product Identity. All other content is considered Open Game Content.
The Expanded Spell-less Ranger
The ExpandedSpell-less Ranger
“Aragorn Didn’t Cast Spells”
Skilled trackers, cunning scouts, and deft skirmish-ers, rangers are adaptable, self-sufficient masters of survival, both in and out of combat. The ranger’sunique mastery of weapon styles, skill at hunting allmanner of prey, and unparalleled knowledge of hisenvironment, are just a few of the elements that makethis class so versatile and popular.The ranger class has been around since theearliest days of the game, and of the various incarna-tions over the years, the version of the class presented
in the
Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook 
is probably one
of the best yet. However, there still remains one as-pect of the class that many feel has never quite fit:Spells. From Aragorn to Robin Hood, none of thecharacters of fiction, myth, and folklore from whichthe ranger class is drawn makes use of magic spells.Each has a host of unique abilities and impressiveskills, certainly…but they don’t cast spells.The spell-less ranger is an alternate class,much like the samurai, ninja, and anti-paladin. Alter-
nate classes are standalone classes whose basic ideas
are very close to an established base class, yet whoserequired alterations would be too expansive to detailin an archetype. An alternate class operates exactlylike a base class, except that a character who takesa level in an alternate class can never take a level inits associated class—in this case, a spell-less rangercannot also take levels in the
Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook 
ranger class.Although similar in many ways to the Path-finder RPG ranger, the spell-less ranger has no spellcasting ability. Instead, the class receives specialized
ranger talents (similar to rogue talents) and a deadly
stealth attack which can be used within the spell-lessranger’s various favored terrains or against his manyfavored enemies. The spell-less ranger also gains anumber of additional class abilities, most notably na-ture’s healing, which allows him to make use of theHeal skill with much improved results when in a fa-vored environment.Finally, a number of new ranger feats andclass archetypes are included, along with a ranger
tracking sheet and animal companion character sheet.While these are designed primarily for use with thespell-less ranger alternate class, they could also workquite well with the standard Pathfinder RPG ranger oreven a 3.5 ranger. As an added bonus, thanks to thePathfinder RPG’s unified animal companion rules,the animal companion character sheet could just aseasily be used for a druid’s animal companion, a wiz-ard’s or sorcerer’s familiar, or even a paladin or cava-lier’s mount.
: any
Hit Die
: d10
Class Skills
The spell-less ranger’s class skills are Acrobat-ics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Handle Animal(Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge(dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (geography)(Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Perception (Wis),Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Stealth (Dex), Survival(Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks per Level
: 6 + Int modifier
Class Features
The following are class features of the spell-lessranger.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
: You are proficient
with all simple and martial weapons and with light
armor, medium armor, and shields (except towershields).
Favored Enemy (Ex)
At 1st level, you canselect a creature type from the ranger favored enemiestable. You gain a +2 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Per-ception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks against crea-tures of the selected type. Likewise, you get a +2 bonuson weapon attack and damage rolls against them. Youmay make Knowledge skill checks untrained when at-tempting to identify these creatures.At 5th level and every five levels thereafter (10th, 15th,and 20th level), you may select an additional favored en-emy. In addition, at each such interval, the bonus againstany one favored enemy (including the one just selected,if so desired) increases by +2.If you choose humanoids or outsiders as a fa-vored enemy, you must also choose an associated sub-type, as indicated on the table below. (Note that
are other types of humanoid to choose from—those

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