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The basic HD is set by the Base Attack Bonus. A low BAB grants a d6 HD, a medium grants a d8, and a high grants a d10. However, if the class would normally have a higher HD (such as the barbarian, warblade, knight or dragon shaman), use the higher of the two. Every HD grants Hit Points and (for PCs at least) Reserve Points. Use the following table to see how much to give each. When leveling up comes, a player may choose to either gain their standard increase or roll their HP. RP is either the standard increase or 2(HD) (so a sorcerer would roll 2d6, a cleric 2d8, etc..) If you roll HP, you roll RP. When multiclassing, gain the “New Level” HP and RP for the class, not the “1st Level” HP and RP. There is no experience penalty when multiclassing. A level in your favored class instead grants you a +1 to HP gained that level and a bonus skill from that class list (so a dwarf fighter has 3 + Int Mod skills when he takes 1st level in fighter and gets 21 + Con modifier hit points.) HD d6 d8 d10 d12 1st Level HP 18 + Con Mod 22 + Con Mod 26 + Con Mod 30 + Con Mod 1st Level RP 24 + Con Mod 32 + Con Mod 38 + Con Mod 44 + Con Mod New Level HP 4 + Con Mod 5 + Con Mod 6 + Con Mod 7 + Con Mod New Level RP 7 + Con Mod 9 + Con Mod 11 + Con Mod 13 + Con Mod
Reserve Points: You gain Reserve Points as you level up. Outside of a battle, you may spend these reserve points on regaining hit points, up to your Max Hp. Reserve points come back after a full rest. During a battle, if you are healed by Conjuration (Healing) spells, you may spend up to the magical healing in Reserve Points (effectively doubling your healing in a battle as compared to a normal 3.5 D&D game. Score!) If you are dying and stabilized you may spend up to your Constitution modifier in RP each turn until you get back to 1 hp. If you are healed and it goes over your hit points, you can then add the left over into your reserve points. After an extended rest (8 hours of sleep or equivalent), your hit points and reserve points return to full. Action Points: Every level, you gain 6 + (½ your level) Action Points, unless you have a feat that adds to this. If you spend only 1 Action Point a day, you will gain it back. If you spend more than one, your Max for that level drops by one and you still only gain back 1 that day. These Action Points can be spent to • Add 1d6 to any d20 roll you choose (this increases to 2d6 at 8th level, 3d6 at 15th, and 4d6 at 22nd and 5d6 at 29th. When you roll multiple dice, you only count the highest number you rolled). • Regain any 1 spell you've cast that day. • Increase your Magic Rating by 2 for any one spell. • Regain any one use of a per day class ability (such as Rage). • Gain an extra attack at full bonus against one target in a full attack. • Gain the use of 1 feat that you qualify for for 1 turn. • To use a metamagic feat without preparing that way (if you are a prepared caster) or using a prepared metamagic slot or burning extra levels and taking a full round action to cast it (for spontaneous casters). • To regain up to your Psionic Rating in power points. • To spontaneously fill your essentia reserves to full, even if you don't have enough essentia, for 1 round. • To regain all martial maneuvers as a minor action. • Ask your DM for other uses!
Death and Dying Rules! 1) At 0 hp or less, you fall unconscious and are dying. Any damage dealt to a dying character is applied normally, and might kill him if it reduces his hit points far enough (see #2). 2) Characters die when their negative hit point total reaches -10 or one-quarter of their full normal hit points, whichever is a larger value. 3) If you’re dying at the end of your turn, roll 1d20. Lower than 10: You get worse. If you get this result three times before you are healed or stabilized (as per the Heal skill), you die. 10-19: No change. 20: LIFE SURGE! You get better! You wake up with hit points equal to one-quarter your full normal hit points. 4) If a character with negative hit points receives healing, he returns to 0 hp before any healing is applied. In other words, he’ll wake up again with hit points equal to the healing provided by the effect—a cure light wounds spell for 7 hp will bring any dying character back to 7 hp, no matter what his negative hit point total had reached.) He can use this time to spend Reserve Points like normal. 5) A dying character who’s been stabilized (via the Heal skill) doesn’t roll a d20 at the end of his turn unless he takes more damage. Saves: Everyone has 5 saves: Death, Defense, Fortitude, Reflex and Will. The equations for each are below. Fortitude, Reflex and Will act as they do in a standard Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 game, except now you take the higher modifier of two stats for a save's bonus. . Defense is used in place of Armor Class. Add all the normal armor class bonuses, using your classes defense bonus unless you are wearing armor; in that case use the armor bonus. Instead of AC having a base of 10, it has a base of a d20 roll, like a saving throw would. If you fail, you take damage from the attack. A death save is only used when you are dying. You are dying at 0 hit points or less unless a class feature says otherwise. Death: 1d20 + feat bonuses + item bonuses + spell or power bonuses vs DC 10. Failure is a strike. Success is no strike. A natural 20 is you return to ¼ hit points. 3 strikes, you die (unless you have a feat that states otherwise. Defense: 1d20 + (Dex mod or Int Mod) + (Armor bonus or Defense Bonus) + Shield Bonus + Natural Armor + Other bonuses (to AC). If you are Flat-Footed, you don't count your Dexterity or Intelligence modifer nor your dodge modifiers to Defense. Against a Touch attack, you use a Reflex save. Fortitude: 1d20 + (Str or Con Mod) + Base Fortitude Save Bonus + Misc bonuses Reflex: 1d20 + (Dex or Int Mod) + Base Reflex Save Bonus + Misc bonuses Will: 1d20 + (Wis or Cha Mod) + Base Will Save Bonus + Misc bonuses If you have a power that requires a save, you make an attack roll. Melee Weapon Attack: 1d20 + Base Attack Bonus + Strength Modifer (Dexterity if you have the Weapon Finesse Feat) + Any enhancement bonuses + Any class and feat bonuses. Ranged Attack Rolls: 1d20 + Base Attack Bonus + Dexterity Modifer + any enhancement bonuses + any class and feat bonuses. Touch Attacks: 1d20 + Base Attack Bonus + ½ Level (if an ability) or Spell Level (if a spell) + any enhancement bonuses + any class and feat bonuses + Dexterity (if no ability stated) or Ability Stat (ie. Intelligence for a Wizard spell, Wisdom for a Cleric spell, etc.) Ability/Spell Attacks (For spells that allow for a Fort/Ref/Will save): 1d20 + Spell Level + Primary Stat Modifier + Enhancement Bonuses + Class and Feat bonuses against their Fort/Ref/Will score. Fractional BAB and Save Bonuses: Here is the deal: BAB and Saves are fractions, but you round down for the number you use in battle. So you have a Root BAB and a Root Save Bonus for Fort, Ref and Will, and then an Active BAB and Save Bonuses that you use for effects and such. I'll explain Defense Saves later, and Death Saves have no Base Save bonus. BAB is the same: Low is ½ your levels, Medium is ¾ and High is equal to your level. So a Wizard (Low BAB) at level one has a Root BAB of ½ and an Active BAB of 0. His root saves are Fort 1/3 Ref 1/3 and Will 2 ½ and his Active Saves are Fort 0, Ref 0 and Will 2. If he took a level in Cloistered Cleric (also Low BAB), his Root BAB is 1 (½ + ½) and his Active BAB also becomes 1. His root saves become Fort 2 5/6, Ref 2/3 and Will 4. Why did Will become 4 instead of 5? Archivist and Wizard both have good Will saves. So Archivist only gave 1 ½ instead of 2 ½ to keep saves from becoming astronomical (since the halves now count). However, Archivist has a good Fort save, which wizard does not, so the character received the full 2 ½ bonus for that. So the Wizard/Archivist now has a Root
BAB of 1, a Root Fort of 2 5/6, a Root Ref of 2/3 and a Root Will of 4. His Active BAB is 1, Active Fort is 2, Active Ref is 0 and Active Will is 4. Defense Bonuses: The Defense Bonus for a class is based on that classes base armor proficiencies. It is not a fractional bonus like the bonuses for BAB and the three other saves. Defense Bonuses come in 4 varieties: Least, Lesser, Better and Best. Any class with no armor proficiencies (ie. The Monk, Sorcerer, Wizard) has a Least Defense Bonus. It is 2 + (Character Level / 3). A class with light armor proficiency (ie. Bard, Rogue) has a Lesser Defense Bonus. It is 3 + (Character Level / 3). Any class with medium armor proficiency (ie. Barbarian, Ranger) has a Better Defense Bonus. It is 4 + (Character Level / 3). Any Class with heavy armor proficieny (ie. Cleric, Fighter, Paladin) has a Best Defense Bonus. It is 6 + (Character Level / 3). You use the defense progression of your highest leveled class. If the classes are within 2 levels of each other, you use the class with the highest bonus. So a fighter 1/sorcerer 1 has a Best defense bonus and a Defense bonus of 6. A fighter 1/sorcerer 5 has a Least defense bonus and a Defense bonus of 5. If you wear armor, the armor bonus negates your defense bonus. Critical Hits and Fumbles: Under this system, you have a chance to do oodles of damage, or to harm yourself and your allies. When you roll an attack roll, if you roll within your critical threat range, roll again. If you hit on the second attack, you have scored a critical hit. You can choose a standard critical or to roll on the Critical Hit table. When you roll a natural 1, roll again. If the second attack also misses, you roll on the Fumble table.
TABLE D-1: CRITICAL HIT EFFECTS
D % ROLL EFFECT
01-31 Standard critical 32-62 Critical multiplier+1 63-64 Apply critical damage to shield (roll again if no shield) 65-67 Helm removed, ear injured (-2 Listen ld4 hours), stunned ld6 TABLE D-2: FUMBLE EFFECTS rounds D% ROLL EFFECT 68-69 Helm removed, ear injured (-4 Listen ld4 days), stunned ld6 01-19 DC 20 Dexterity check or fall prone rounds 20-33 DC 20 Dexterity Check or fall prone and stunned 1d4 rounds 70 Voicebox punctured, no talking ld4 hours 34-39 DC 20 Dexterity Check or fall prone and stunned 1d4 rounds 71-72 Eye injured,-2 Spot 1d4 hours 40-44 DC 20 Dexterity Check or lose action next round as you regain 73 Eye injured, - 4 Spot 1d4 days your balance 74 Knee gashed,-10 movement 1d4 hours 45-49 DC 20 Strength Check or drop weapon 75 Knee smashed,-20 movement ld4 hours 50-54 DC 20 Strength Check or accidentally fling weapon 2d6 feet 76 Fingers injured, 1d4 Dex damage away 77 Ankle injury,-10 movement 1d4 hours, 1d4 Dex damage 55-59 DC 20 Strength Check or accidentally fling weapon 3d6 feet 78 Knee injury,-20 movement 1d4 hours, 1d6 Dex damage away 79 Hip injury,-30 movement 1d4 hours, 2d4 Dex damage 80 Secondary arm wrist injured,-2 on secondary attacks, no shield use60-61 Shield tangled with opponent, DC 20 Dexterity Check or drop shield, reroll if no shield 1d4 hours 81 Secondary arm elbow injured, -4 on secondary attacks, no shield 62-63 Shield tangled with opponent, DC 20 Dexterity Check or drop shield, reroll if no shield, -4 AC next round use 1d4 hours 82 Secondary arm elbow injured,-6 on secondary attacks, no shield 64-65 Weapon tangled with opponent, no standard action next round 66-69 Weapon knocked away, lands 3d4 square away from you use 1d4 hours 70-74 Weapon possibly breaks, roll damage as normal but apply to 83-85 Secondary arm shoulder crushed, no secondary attacks, no weapon shield use 1d4 hours 75-76 Hit self for half damage 86 Primary arm wrist injured,-2 on primary attacks 1d4 hours 77-78 Hit self for normal damage 87 Primary arm elbow injured,-4 on primary attacks 1d4 hours 79-80 Hit self for critical hit damage 88 Primary arm shoulder injured,-6 on primary attacks 1d4 hours 81-82 Hit friend if in threatened area, otherwise self, half damage 89 Abdominal injuries, 1d4 Con damage 83-84 Hit friend if in threatened area, otherwise self, normal damage 90 Chest injuries, 1d6 Con damage 85-86 Hit friend if in threatened area, otherwise self, critical hit 91 Abdominal injuries, 2d4 Con damage damage 92 Chest injuries, 2d6 Con damage 87-88 Critical hit self, critical damage and roll on Table D-1: Critical Hit 93 Abdominal injuries, 1d6 Strength and Con damage Effects 94 Chest injuries, 2d4 Strength and Con damage 89-90 Critical friend if in threatened area, otherwise self, critical hit 95 Abdominal injuries, 2d6 Strength and Con damage damage and roll on Table D-1: Critical Hit Effects 96 Chest injuries, 3d6 Strength and Con damage 97 Throat cut, DC 20 Fort save or die, 3d6 Con damage on successful 91-98 Twist ankle; half speed for 10 minutes, DC 20 Dexterity check each round or fall prone save 98 Throat cut, DC 25 Fort save or die, 3d6 Con damage on successful 99 Roll twice, ignoring rolls of 99 or 100 100 Roll three times, ignoring rolls of 99 or 100 save
99 Possible decapitation, DC 30 Fort save or die, 3d6 Con damage on successful save 100 Possible decapitation, DC 35 Fort save or die, 3d6 Con damage on successful save
Skills: All skills are either Trained or Untrained. You may train a number of skills at first level (equal to the number of skill points a class would give at level up in the standard d20 system). A trained skill has a number of ranks equal to your character level. An untrained skill has a number of ranks equal to half your character level, rounded down. A class skill has 3 bonus ranks. You may train as many skills as your class allows, plus one extra skill per point of intelligence modifier you have. When you enter a new class, you get half their base amount of skills to add to trained skills, plus the new class's class skills become class skills for you. So, a level 5 character will have: all their Trained Class Skills at 8 ranks, all their Trained Cross-class Skills at 5, all their untrained Class Skills at 5 (3 + (5/2=2.5 round down to 2)) and all their untrained cross-class skills at 2. Only trained skills give synergy bonuses. Also, some skills have been supplanted or replaced. If you find a skill on your skill list that has been supplanted or replaced, please replace the skill with the proper one. Table 5–3: Altered Skills Old Skill New Skill Balance Acrobatics Climb Athletics Decipher Script Linguistics Forgery Linguistics Gather Information Diplomacy Hide Stealth Iajutsu Focus Duel Jump Athletics Listen Perception Move Silently Stealth Open Lock Disable Device Search Perception Speak Languages Linguistics Spot Perception Swim Athletics Tumble Acrobatics Use Rope Slight of Hand Acrobatics now encompasses Balance and Tumble. It is a Dexterity based skill. Athletics now encompasses Climb, Jump and Swim. It is a Strength based skill. Diplomacy now also includes Gather Information. Instead of two separate skills, you make a Diplomacy check as your would a Gather Information Check for the same purpose. Disable Device now also includes Open Lock. It is an Intelligence based skill. Duel is a special skill. It is the old Iajustu Focus skill, but now you train in it based on a weapon group. Linguistics is a skill covering Forgery, Decipher Script and Speak Language. Every rank is a +1 to all its writing purposes and gives you 1 additional language. When it is a class skill, you gain 3 extra languages right off the bat. Changelings and Illumians get Linguistics as a class skill no matter the class. They always get these 3 bonus languages. Perception is a skill that encompasses the old skills of Listen, Search and Spot. Anything dealing with sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste is a Perception check unless it is obvious. Ie. Someone talking to you or a giant rushing at you should be obvious, but checking for the faint taste of Black Mead poison slipped into his beer. Slight of Hand also controls Use Rope now. Stealth now encompasses the old skills of Hide, and Move Silently. It is a Dexterity based skill and you use one check to do both now (unless a skill challenge happens, of course). Feats: At character creation, you get 2 feats, plus any for your race, plus one for your background. This means any starting character has 3 feats, or 4 for a human (or similar race, like Vashar or Azurin). You gain an additional feat at every even level, as well as every level ending in 1 (11th, 21st, 31st, etc). So, barring bonus feats, follow the table Leveling Up for finding your feats. Ancestor Feats:
ART OF FASCINATION [ANCESTOR]
You claim descent from an illusionist or storyteller so great,
they say their craft became another world.. GREAT CRAFTER [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You can fascinate a single creature with your music or Your ancestor was a great blacksmith, renowned throughout poetics. You make a Perform check, and the target can negate the land (and perhaps even the planes). the effect with a Will saving throw equal to or greater than your Benefit: You gain a +3 bonus on all Craft checks . check result. If the saving throw succeeds, you cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If the saving GREAT DIPLOMAT [ANCESTOR] throw fails, the creature sits quietly and listens to the song for You are descended from a great healer, diplomat, and warrior. up to 1 round per level you possess. While fascinated, the Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Diplomacy checks, and your target's Spot and Listen checks suffer a -4 penalty. Any Leadership score (see the DUNGEON MASTER's Guide) is increased potential threat allows the fascinated creature a second saving by 2. throw against a new Perform check result . Any obvious threat automatically breaks the effect . You must concentrate, as if GREAT STAMINA [ANCESTOR] Your ancestor stood against all odds when fighting off a great casting or maintaining a spell. This is a spell-like, mindinvasion. affecting charm ability. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all checks you make for ARTIST [ANCESTOR] performing a physical action that extends over a period of time You claim descent from a creator of culture and civilization . (running, swimming, holding your breath, and so on), and +1 to Benefit: You get a +2 bonus on all Perform checks and on your hit point total. checks for one Craft skill that involves art (such as calligraphy, GREAT TEAMWORK [ANCESTOR] origami, painting, or sculpture) . You are a descendant of a great bard or contractor. [ANCESTOR] Benefit: When you and an ally flank an opponent, you gain a You are descended from a historian, judge, and storyteller. +4 bonus on your attack roll, instead of the normal +2 bonus. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Sense Motive and Spot HONEST MERCHANT [ANCESTOR] checks. Your ancestor was an honest merchant, to the point of [ANCESTOR] choosing an honest man over his own deceitful son. You are descended from a great maho-tsukai, an evil tainted Benefit: You get a +2 bonus on all Profession checks, allowing you to make more money at your work. wizard. Benefit: Add +3 to the Difficulty Class of all maho-tsukai spells IAIJUTSU MASTER [ANCESTOR] you cast . However, you also add +3 to the DC for the You are not only descended from the greatest duelist ever to Fortitude save you must make to avoid accumulating Taint have lived, but you share a karmic tie to his spirit. when you cast maho spells . Benefit: Once per day, you can make any one attack roll, This feat is only available if the maho-tsukai prestige class, saving throw, or skill check using your Iaijutsu Focus skill described in Chapter 12: The Shadowlands, is available. modifier in place of all other modifiers. For example, you can roll a [ANCESTOR] melee attack roll using only your Iaijutsu Focus skill modifier You claim descent from a great martial arts master. Benefit: If you adopt the Mirumoto niten master prestige class, instead of your total attack bonus (including Strength modifier, you gain an additional +1 AC bonus from the use of the niten weapon enhancement bonus, Weapon Focus bonus, size modifier, and all other bonuses to your attack roll). You give up technique. This feat is only available if the Mirumoto niten master prestigeall your other modifiers and use your skill modifier instead. class, described in Chapter 11 : The Empire of Rokugan, is IMPROVED AID [ANCESTOR] available. You are descended from a great ruler who gave his life to avert
ATTENTION TO DETAIL BLOOD SORCERER
COOL HEAD [ANCESTOR]
You are descended from a great diplomat. Benefit: You get a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks . Your ancestor was a Grand Master of all the elements, a master of meditation and contemplation. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all Concentration checks and a +1 bonus on Will saves. You claim descent from a paragon of virtue . Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on all Will saves against fear effects, and the Difficulty Class of any fear effect you create (through spell or other ability) is increased by 1 . Ifyou adopt the Akodo champion prestige class (see Chapter 11), allies within your aura of courage gain an additional +1 bonus on their saving throws against fear .
a war between his clan and another. Benefit: When using the Aid Another action in melee combat (see Aid Another in the Player's Handbook), your ally gains a +4 circumstance bonus on his attack roll or to his AC. Normal: The Aid Another action normally gives a +2 circumstance bonus on your ally's attack roll or AC against a single opponent.
KAMI'S INTUITION [ANCESTOR]
You are descended from Shinjo, the first Unicorn, the kindest
FEARSOME AND FEARLESS [ANCESTOR] and most compassionate of the kami.
Benefit: You get a +2 bonus on Sense Motive checks and on intelligence checks made to figure things out.
KARMIC TWIN [ANCESTOR]
You are descended from a warrior or leader whose love for his heir proved his final downfall . Benefit : You get a +2 bonus on all Charisma-based skill checks and Charisma checks. You have a karmic tie to another character. You may detect the direction of this character If he or she is alive, on the same plane, and you succeed at a Survival check against DC 15 (or a Wisdom check if you do not have the skill). A failure on this check gives
GIFTED GENERAL [ANCESTOR]
Your ancestor was a gifted general. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Initiative checks and a +1 bonus on all Fortitude saves.
no information. POWER ATTACK - IAIJUTSU [ANCESTOR] You may retry once per round as a standard action. The Your ancestor was a renowned duelist whose strength was character to whom you have this karmic connection may be legendary. another player character or an NPC under control of the DM, Benefit: In an iaijutsu duel, you add an extra 1d6 points of but he or she must also have the Karmic Twin ancestor feat . damage to the damage from your Iaijutsu Focus checks . KEEN INTELLECT [ANCESTOR] POWERFUL VOICE [ANCESTOR] You are descended from a priestess known for her keen You are karmically linked to a most trusted lieutenant and intellect devoted bodyguard of a great general or ruler. and powers of observation. Benefit: Your powerful speaking voice gives you a +2 bonus on Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on intelligence checks and a +1 Diplomacy checks and Perform checks when you are bonus on Knowledge, Perception and Spellcraft checks. speaking or singing. LUCKY SPY [ANCESTOR] RESIST POISON [ANCESTOR] Your ancestor was a great spy for his cause. Your ancestor was always in the face of danger. Somehow, his Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Disguise and Diplomacy natural resistance to poisons has been passed down to you. checks to gather information. Benefit: You gain a +4 bonus on Fortitude saving throws LUCK OF HEROES [ANCESTOR] against poison . You are descended from a quick-footed and quick-witted RESIST TAINT [ANCESTOR] hunter and scout. Your ancestor was a mighty warrior, who ventured into lands of pure Benefit: You get a +1 bonus on all Death, Fortitude, Reflex evil to try to redeem them. and Will saving throws. Benefit: You gain a +4 bonus on all Fortitude saving throws to
MAGIC IN THE BLOOD [ANCESTOR]
determine whether you acquire the Taint. You claim a karmic link with a great early spellcaster. SADDLEBACK [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You get a +2 bonus on Craft (Alchemy) and Spellcraft You have a unique karmic tie to one of the greatest riders ever checks. to live, even by Horselord standards. Benefit: You receive a +3 bonus on all Ride checks . MAGICAL ARTISAN [ANCESTOR] You are descended from a great artificer, one who crafted all SCHOLAR OF NATURE [ANCESTOR] sorts of amazing items. You are descended from a great scholar who threw himself Benefit: Choose one item creation feat . When determining into the study of medicine, herbs, and poison . your cost in XP and raw materials for creating items with that Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Craft (Alchemy) and Heal feat, multiply the base price by 75%. Since you must choose checks. this feat at character creation, you do not have to select an SEA LEGS [ANCESTOR] item creation feat you already know, but you get no benefit from this feat until you learn the item creation feat you have You are descended from a notorious pirate who preyed on merchant ships off the coast. selected . Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Balance and Profession MAGISTRATE'S MIND [ANCESTOR] (sailor) checks. You claim descent from a great magistrate. SILVER TONGUE [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You get a +2 bonus on Knowledge (history) and Your ancestor was a great diplomat and leader. Knowledge (nobility and royalty) checks . Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Bluff and Diplomacy checks. MANY MASKS [ANCESTOR] [ANCESTOR] You are descended from an important playwright . Benefit: Youget a +2 bonus on Disguise and Perform checks. You are descended an ambassador skilled at discovering falsehoods and uncovering plots. ONI'S BANE [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Diplomacy and Sense Motive Your ancestor was a spellcaster who sought to understand the checks . mystery of identity. Venturing into the Shadowfell, he lost his [ANCESTOR] own identity to an oni. Benefit: You gain a +3 bonus on magic rating checks (1d20 + Your ancestor was a man with honor, honor without fault. magic rating) to beat an outsider's spell resistance . However, Perhaps he was a knight, samurai or paladin. because of your ancestor's failure, you suffer a -2 penalty on Benefit: You are aware of any action or item that could Diplomacy checks. adversely affect your honor or your alignment, including magical effects. A moment's contemplation allows you to POWER ATTACK - DEMONSLAYER discern such information before performing such an action or [ANCESTOR] becoming associated with such an item . You are descended from a great fiend hunter, one who
SOUL OF HONOR
sacrificed himself to save an entire city or platoon. [ANCESTOR] Benefit: When you use the Power Attack feat against a Your ancestor was renowned for his loyalty to his family. creature with the [Evil] type modifier or a character with the Benefit: You gain a +4 bonus on Will saving throws against Taint, you subtract a number from your melee attack rolls and compulsion effects. add 1.5 times that number to your melee damage rolls. The [ANCESTOR] normal restrictions of the Power Attack feat apply. You gain no benefit from this ancestor feat if you do not have the Power You are descended from a famous bard or perhaps a paladin Attack feat . known for his sincerity.
SOUL OF LOYALTY
SOUL OF SINCERITY
Benefit: You gain a +4 bonus on Sense Motive checks and a 2 penalty on Bluff checks .
STRENGTH OF THE CRAB [ANCESTOR]
You claim descent from a great hero of your homeland. Benefit: When fighting side by side with at least one other Your lineage traces back to a powerful spellcaster, perhaps a character with your background or region of origin, you gain a Lady Sorcerous from Van Kreev or a dragon mage from +1 morale bonus on attack rolls and on saves against fear Altieriet. effects. Benefit: Three times per day, you can cast a spell with [ANCESTOR] extraordinary power. Add +1 to the saving throw Difficulty You claim descent from a great peasant hero, one who rose Class for these spells . above his social standing to become amazing. [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You get a +1 bonus on all Death, Fortitude and Will Your ancestor, Shiba Kaigen, was a samurai who used his saves and an additional +1 bonus against energy draining and knowledge of spellcraft to help defend a mountain pass from a death effects. Lion invasion . [ANCESTOR] Benefit: You can use the Aid Another action, making a Your ancestor was a fierce warrior, most likely a great admiral Spellcraft check against DC 10, to add +2 to the Difficulty or general. Class of an ally's arcane or divine spell. You must choose Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Initiative and Spot checks which when you choose this feat.
SPELL POWER [ANCESTOR]
STRENGTH OF THE CHARGER
[ANCESTOR] You share the spirit of a great horselord. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all Fortitude saves and +1 to your hit point total.
WARRIOR PRIEST [ANCESTOR]
Your ancestor was a holy man with a strong versing in the ways of war.. Benefit : You gain a +2 bonus on your Concentration checks when casting defensively and a +1 bonus on your Fortitude saves.
Flaws: At character creation, you may choose to take up to 2 flaws. For every flaw you take you can take a bonus feat. Flaws can be found in Unearthed Arcana. Major Traits: Major traits are a way to explain the unique experiences in your growth and development from a child, how Trogdek the Dwarf is not like Urgek the Dwarf. This goes beyond the six stats, the feats, the minor traits (below), the flaws, the skills and the classes. Major Traits can be Physical, Mental or Background. Each trait gives different bonuses, so keep in mind what they are. However, you are only allowed 1 Background Trait and it must correspond with your Region of origin. TRAIT DESCRIPTIONS The mechanics and detailed descriptions for all three types of character traits appear below in alphabetical order. Each of the three dozen descriptions includes the trait’s name, category, a basic overview of what it provides a character, its mechanics, and any applicable options. ARCTIC BORN [BACKGROUND] You were born to the ice and snow of the arctic. The bitterest cold has little effect on you, and you excel at traveling in areas similar to your homeland. Mechanics: You gain a +4 bonus on all saves against cold effects. You treat heavy snow as normal terrain rather than difficult terrain. You gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks and can use that skill trained, even if you lack ranks in it, while traveling through snowy areas. In addition, select one of the following trait abilities: Bear’s Toughness: You can heal nonlethal damage with your reserve pool as a fullround action even during combat. You can spend a number of reserve points equal to your Constitution score in this manner per day. Points spent using this special ability heal nonlethal damage as normal, but they do not heal regular damage. Ice Water Veins: You remain stoic even in the face of danger. After surviving howling blizzards and spending months at a time inside your clan home, you have developed mental toughness. You enjoy a +2 bonus on saves against mindaffecting effects. Wanderer at the Edge of Creation: Your curiosity always drove you to penetrate farther and farther into the arctic wastes. You gain a +2 bonus on all Balance, Climb, and Survival checks to reflect your experience. ARTISAN [BACKGROUND] You trained as a blacksmith, a cobbler, or in some similar craft before becoming an adventurer. Perhaps you never intended to have this life, but circumstances placed a sword in your hand and granted you the enduring drive to make a name for yourself with it. Mechanics: You gain training in one Craft skill at 1st-level.
You can purchase goods that you can make with your Craft skill at a 10 percent discount, as you know enough about your BRAVE [MENTAL] trade to find bargains on quality goods. You have always stood and fought when others have turned In addition, select one of the following trait abilities: and run away. Whether it is because of an insane sense of Clever Worker: Your long apprenticeship and many hours at invulnerability, religious faith, or a relentless desire to win, work have taught you efficiency. When you take 20 on a skill you never give up. check, you use half the normal time. You can use this ability Mechanics: You are immune to fear effects. on any skill check where you are able to take 20. Materials Expert: You have a keen eye for spotting flaws in CHARISMATIC [MENTAL] objects. When you damage an inanimate object, you inflict Through a combination of good looks and a powerful 1.5 times your Strength bonus in damage with a one-handed personality, you excel at winning the hearts and minds of weapon, or twice your Strength bonus in damage with a others. However, your sense of intuition suffers as a result. twohanded one. Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to Charisma and a –2 Merchant’s Eye: You have an almost uncanny ability to spot penalty to Wisdom. While you can manipulate others, you valuable items. You gain a +2 bonus to Appraise checks and tend toward self-absorption. can sell items at 10 percent more than their normal price. Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, you gain the +2 Charisma bonus but ignore the associated BEWITCHING [MENTAL] Wisdom penalty. You have an uncanny ability to manipulate others, perhaps due to an alluring CHILD OF FAITH [BACKGROUND] physical trait. Your eyes may be a strange color that You were raised in strict observation of religious tenets. You captivates men and women, or might even be a priest of the faith, though you are an you simply have a talent for twisting others around your adventurer now. finger. Mechanics: As long as you have a holy symbol of your Mechanics: When dealing with NPCs whose starting attitude religion on your person, you are filled with resolution and toward you is not hostile, you can choose to use this ability to faith that your god watches over you. You gain a +2 bonus temporarily improve their attitude toward you by a greater against all fear effects and, once per day, may opt to gain a +2 degree than normal. bonus on a single d20 roll of your choice. In addition, you When making your diplomacy check, treat the NPCs starting enjoy one of the following trait abilities: attitude as one level higher than it actually is for the purpose Fanatic: You fight in the name of your god, and your faith of determining their new attitude. That is, you would treat an drives you forward against the enemy. Once per day, you gain unfriendly individual’s starting attitude as indifferent, or an a +4 bonus to damage on a single attack as you strike with indifferent individual’s starting attitude as friendly. strength fired by your faith. If you choose this option, the NPC’s new attitude lasts only Inquisitor: You gain a +2 bonus to all Sense Motive checks. for a number of minutes equal to your Charisma score. After As part of your religious training, you learned how to detect that time, it returns to the state it held before you made your heresy among the faithful. Diplomacy check. If circumstances in the interim have Ordination: You are ordained as a priest of the faith, though rendered the NPC violent or hostile, such as if you attacked your rank is just above that of a lay person. When dealing him, he remains there rather than returning to his original with others of your faith, they must obey your orders within state. reason. They do not fight for you unless the need is dire, and You do not have to use this trait when dealing with an NPC. they do not sacrifice themselves. You can expect them to treat You can choose to make a normal Diplomacy check instead, you as a valued friend, such as by offering information, in which case the NPC’s change in attitude is more lasting, at giving you a place to stay, feeding you for at least a few days, the cost of a higher DC to achieve the change. and so forth. A title may come with this position. Consult with your DM for information on religions in the campaign. BLOODTHIRSTY [MENTAL] The sight of blood stirs you to a minor frenzy. Perhaps you CITY RAT [BACKGROUND] were exposed to violence at a young age, or you may simply You grew up on the tough streets of a city. From a young age, like inflicting pain on foes. you learned to scavenge and survive at the shadowy edge of Mechanics: If you deliver an attack that immediately causes the cradle of civilization. an opponent to die by dropping to –10 hit points or lower and Mechanics: You can make Survival checks in the city with a failing her +2 bonus, even if you lack any ranks in that skill. You can use Fortitude save, you gain several benefits. You gain a +1 Survival to track down any specific dealers and informants. morale bonus to damage and a +2 morale bonus on Will When searching for a specific item, you can make a Survival saves. These benefits last until the end of combat. check (DC equal to the cost of the item you seek divided by Note that you must deliver a blow that slays a conscious, 50 gp) to uncover a dealer who offers it. active opponent. You cannot coup de grace or kill a helpless In addition, select one of the following trait abilities: foe to gain this benefit. Bravo: You are an experienced street fighter. You gain the
ability to sneak attack for 1d6 points of damage. If you details even if you, as a player, have forgotten them. You already have sneak attack, increase its damage by 1d6 points. cannot remember extremely fine details, such as the text of a Burglar: You gain a +2 bonus to Stealth. In your younger book left open on a desk, but you can remember the general days, you relied on theft to keep yourself fed. gist of the book or the topic the passage covered. You always Face in the Crowd: You know the value of blending into the remember faces, names, and the basic sequence of events. crowd to escape notice. While in a large group, you can make a Disguise check as a standard action rather than spending FAITHFUL FRIEND [MENTAL] long minutes preparing your disguise. You cannot use this You are true to your friends to the bitter end. When they need benefit if the crowd is hostile or if you do not share the same your help the most, you are at your best. basic dress or ethnicity. Mechanics: You may designate up to six people as close friends. These individuals do not have to be player characters. DESERT BORN [BACKGROUND] When one of your friends is rendered helpless in any way, While others see the endless dunes of the desert as a daunting you gain an immediate +1 morale bonus to attacks, checks, obstacle, to you they are home. Intense heat has little effect and saves until he is safe. A friend is safe if he no longer on you. remains helpless or if he is somehow removed from danger. Mechanics: You enjoy a +2 bonus on all saves against fire You gain this benefit until the end of the encounter. effects. You treat Survival as a trained skill while in the desert You can change your faithful friends over time. Once you and gain a +4 bonus to all Survival checks made in that remove someone from this list, you must wait 24 hours before environment. You can survive on half the standard amount of adding a new person. You can drop one person from your list food and water; if you carry a three-day supply of food and of friends per day. water, for instance, it lasts you six days. In addition, select one of the following trait abilities: FOREST BORN [BACKGROUND] Dunestalker: You can run across the shifting sand dunes with You grew up among the towering trees of the forest, where ease, while others might slip or stumble in the sand. You gain you are at your best. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable in a a +2 bonus to situation where you can see the horizon. all Balance and Tumble checks. Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to all Survival checks in Camel's Tenacity: The desert is a deadly environment, and forested areas and may use Survival untrained in such several times you have survived dust storms and long periods regions. In addition, select one of the following trait abilities: without water through sheer willpower. Each round your hit Ghost in the Green: You can step into a forested area and points are 0 or fewer, you can attempt a Fortitude save (DC effectively disappear in the blink of an eye. Your talent for 15 + your negative hit point total). If this save succeeds, you finding cover in foliage is born of years spent in the woods. can take a standard action that round, and you do not fall You can take 10 on Hide checks in the forest at any time, unconscious. even during combat or other stressful situations. You continue to lose one hit point each round while your hit Tree Runner: From a young age, you have spent as much time points are below 0. Additionally, you automatically fall climbing trees as wandering the forest floor. You gain a +4 unconscious at –10 hit points and may die as normal bonus on all Climb checks and retain your active bonus to thereafter. defense while climbing. DEXTEROUS [PHYSICAL] HIGH BORN [BACKGROUND] You are quick and agile, though your body might be thinner You were born into the nobility and enjoyed a life of simple than normal leisure. However, for some reason you have been denied the or otherwise prone to injury. true fruits of your birthright. Perhaps you were the second or Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to Dexterity and a –2 third born and thus have no claim to an inheritance, or maybe penalty to Constitution. While you are lithe and flexible, your your realm was overrun by invaders. Despite this setback, you bones are somewhat still enjoy many of the advantages of your station. brittle and susceptible to injury. Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus on all Diplomacy checks Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, when dealing with nobles and officials. Your bearing shines you gain the +2 Dexterity bonus but ignore its associated through in formal circumstances. You also start with double Constitution the normal amount of gold to purchase equipment. In penalty. addition, select one of the following trait abilities: Title: You bear an official title in a nation or domain chosen EIDETIC MEMORY [MENTAL] by the DM. While in this land, you can access the upper You have perfect recall, allowing you to remember minor levels of the nobility or government. You might not gain an details from an event that others have long forgotten. audience with the king, but you can speak with an official or Mechanics: You enjoy a +1 bonus to all Knowledge checks. minor noble, if you wish. You gain a +2 bonus on Spot checks to detect a disguise. If Well Educated: You studied a wide range of topics in your you have any questions about an event, such as a person’s youth. You gain training in one extra skill of your choice. If name or exactly what happened, your DM must tell you the this skill is not normally a class skill for you, treat it as such.
INSPIRING PRESENCE [MENTAL] You possess an innate ability to bring out the best work in others. With a few words of encouragement from you or your determined effort to lead the way, your allies perform much better than normal for a brief time. Mechanics: As a standard action usable three times per day, you can grant an ally a morale bonus equal to your Charisma bonus. This bonus applies to one single attack or skill check of your choice. When you activate this ability, you must choose a target. Until your next turn, you can opt to grant the bonus to a single d20 roll the target attempts. You must choose to apply the bonus before the roll. The target of this trait must be able to see, hear, and understand you in order for it to take effect.
Mechanics: You may make Knowledge skill checks on topics that you do not have currently have access to as if you had ranks in that type of Knowledge equal to your Intelligence bonus. For instance, if you had an Intelligence 18 (a bonus of +4) and 2 ranks in Knowledge, you attempt Knowledge skill checks by applying your Intelligence modifier of +4 instead of your 2 Knowledge ranks to the d20 roll + key ability bonus (Intelligence) as normal. If your Intelligence bonus is zero or less, you gain no benefits from this trait. Should you fail a Knowledge check, you can try again after eight hours of rest. As you relax, you might gain an insight into a half-forgotten lesson or an ancient text you once inspected.
MIGHTY BUILD [PHYSICAL] INTELLIGENT [MENTAL] Your solid, broad build allows you to use tools and weapons You have a keen, well-honed mind, but your physical fitness that others would find unwieldy. While an enormous sword has suffered from your bookish obsession with learning. might pull someone else off balance, you have the steady feet Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to Intelligence and suffer a – and powerful arms needed to use it properly. 2 penalty to Strength. While your mind is powerful, your Mechanics: You can wield weapons up to one size category body’s might lags behind. larger than normal for you without penalty. You still suffer the Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, normal penalties for weapons above that size and for smaller you gain the +2 Intelligence bonus but ignore its associated ones. For example, if you are Medium, you can use a Large Strength penalty. weapon without penalty. However, you suffer the full penalties for a Medium creature using a Huge weapon; you JUNGLE BORN [BACKGROUND] do not act as a Large creature using a Huge Born and bred in the tropics, you wander the dense rain weapon. forests and jungles with the same ease that civilized folk stroll The benefits of this ability do not extend to shields. You down a street. cannot shield bash with larger shields than normal. Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to Survival checks and may use that skill trained in jungle and rain forest terrain. Heat and MOUNTAIN FOLK [BACKGROUND] humidity have little effect on you. You gain a +2 bonus to You hail from the towering mountains. Traversing the steep Fortitude saves made to resist high temperature conditions. In slopes, jagged cliffs, and perilous trails of the peaks seems no addition, you may choose one of the following trait abilities: more daunting to you than a simple walk through a cleared Ape’s Agility: While climbing, you can fight without penalty green field. or retain the benefits of a shield you carry. You have learned Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to all Survival checks made to fight and defend yourself while perched in a tree. in the mountains. In addition, you are steady on your feet Emerald Sentinel: If you have time to prepare an ambush site, from long hours spent walking along narrow paths. You gain you can create face paint and arrange the area to better hide a +2 bonus to any check or saving throw you make to keep your companions. If you spend 10 minutes preparing an ally, yourself from being knocked prone. You may select one of he uses your Hide bonus until he moves. the following trait abilities as well: Friend of Snake and Spider: You gain a +2 bonus on all saves Mountaineer’s Luck: If you should fall from any height, you against poisons. Many creatures of your homeland have immediately may make a Reflex save (DC 10) to grab hold of venomous bites, and you have built up a stronger than normal a ledge or similar outcropping (assuming such is available). resistance to them. Success means you stop falling and suffer no damage. You dangle in the air and lose your active bonus to defense until LITHE ACROBAT [PHYSICAL] your next action. You are graceful, flexible, and acrobatic. You move with Rock Hurler: You can throw rocks with unerring accuracy. excellent coordination and complete difficult acrobatic You are proficient with them and treat them as thrown, twomaneuvers with relative ease. handed, simple weapons with a 10-foot range increment. The Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to all Tumble checks. In stones inflict damage based on their size. Your DM judges the addition, you can use Tumble to move at your normal speed stone’s size by comparing it to other weapons. Normally, a without penalty. Medium stone is large enough that a human must hoist it in two hands. Picking up a stone to throw it is a move action. MASTER OF LORE [MENTAL] Stone Size Thrown Stone Damage You have spent years studying a variety of topics, granting Tiny 1d2 you a broad though not necessarily deep education. Small 1d4
Medium 1d6 Large 2d6 Huge 3d6 Gargantuan 4d6 Colossal 6d6 Tough as Stone: The mountains have bred toughness and tenacity into you. You gain +3 hit points at 1st level and +1 hit point at each subsequent level.
could not use this ability to walk past a pair of guards. You could use it to blend into a crowd at a tavern and spy on someone, however. You also gain a -2 to Reputation.
PERCEPTIVE [MENTAL] You possess an uncanny ability to notice tiny details that others would miss, even if you do not actively seek them out. Mechanics: The DM makes a Perception check for you in NOMAD [BACKGROUND] secret whenever such a check would reveal a falsehood or Your people wandered the steppes on horseback, going where hidden object or person. If the check succeeds, you learn that they pleased and robbing, herding, and conquering as they something is amiss. You must make another normal check saw fit. You were born into the saddle. yourself to determine the exact nature of the deception; the Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to all Ride checks, as you first check gives you only its general location or nature. For have spent more time on horseback than on your own feet example, if a woman in a disguise walked past you, you since you were born. In addition, select one of the following might notice that something is amiss about her dress or trait abilities: appearance. Cavalry Warrior: You learned to fight in the saddle from an early age. Given enough time to form a bond with your horse, RESILIENT TOUGHNESS [PHYSICAL] you fight with deadly efficiency. If you spend more than two You can overcome pain and injuries that would leave others days with a normal horse, it counts as a warhorse while you in battered, defeated heaps. You have an almost superhuman ride it. You gain a +1 bonus to attacks when fighting from capacity to fight through pain and ignore wounds. horseback with a horse that you have ridden into combat for Mechanics: As a full-round action, you can spend a number of at least one week and two battles. points from a reserve pool up to to your Constitution score to Horsemaster: Under your care, a horse becomes stronger, heal yourself. You can use this ability as many times per day faster, and tougher than normal. Through a combination of as you want, but the total points you transfer cannot exceed exercise and training, you grant any horse that you own for your Contitution score. more than a week a +2 bonus to Strength, Dexterity, and Special: If you possess the Diehard feat, you may activate Constitution. This bonus fades if the horse leaves your Resilient Toughness while disabled as a standard action. possession for more than a week. Only one horse can gain these benefits at a time. SAVAGE APPEARANCE [PHYSICAL] You wear war paint, have a bizarre haircut (such as a NONDESCRIPT [PHYSICAL] mohawk), are covered in elaborate tattoos, or carry a You have a face that seems to blend into crowds. You lack gruesome war banner. any noteworthy features or characteristics that would make In any case, your appearance promises bloodletting on the you easy to identify. If you wish, you can remain nearly battlefield. Consciously or not, your opponents pay more anonymous. attention to you in a fight than to your allies. Mechanics: During any noncombat situation, you can make a Mechanics: During combat, any opponents who can see you Hide check modified by your Charisma rather than Dexterity suffer a –2 penalty to Spot checks as they find their gazes to fade into the background. Make a Hide check, while invariably drawn to your strange appearance. This opening everyone present attempts a Spot check to oppose it. Those may allow your allies to sneak into position. If an opponent who succeed note your presence and act accordingly. Those threatens you and one or more of your allies, you may attempt who fail simply do not notice you. They are too absorbed in to force the foe to attack you as a free action. The foe must other things. Unless you take some noteworthy action or make a Wisdom check opposed by your someone seeks you out, those nearby fail to note your Charisma check. If you successfully oppose the check and he presence unless they must physically interact with you. chooses to attack your allies, he must attack you at least once Should you move within 5 feet of someone, your presence during the attack. You may use this trait ability once per immediately becomes apparent, unless you remain physically round. hidden or out of sight. Otherwise, people in the area act as if you are not there. They might speak freely about secret topics SEA CHILD [BACKGROUND] or fail to notice as you draw a dagger and move to attack. The sea is your home, whether you grew up on the coast or Anyone in the area who specifically wants privacy may make have spent more time aboard ship than on dry land. a Spot check each round to notice you as a free action. For Mechanics: You ignore any penalties to fighting aboard ship each consecutive round a character attempts the check, she due to heavy seas or swaying decks. You gain a +2 bonus to gains a cumulative +2 bonus. On the first round, the bonus is all Balance checks. +0; on the second round it is +2; third round +4; and so forth. In addition, you may select one of the following trait abilities: You do not gain the benefits of this trait if anyone actively Dolphin’s Agility: An expert swimmer, you can slip through seeks you outor is on watch for intruders. For example, you the water with unmatched agility. When you attempt a Swim
check, roll two d20s and take the higher of the two die results. You are stocky, compact, or even overweight. Your body Fisherman: When you were younger, you cast a net to haul in might be bulkier than normal, but the added mass is muscle fish for dinner or to sell at market. Now, you use a net to and thick bones, not just flab. You resist damage better than entangle your enemies. You gain Exotic Weapon Proficiency others do. (net) as a bonus feat. Mechanics: You gain a +1 natural bonus to defense. If you Marine: You know the seas are dangerous to any who travel already have natural armor, its bonus improves by 1 point. them. From sea serpents to pirates, danger always lurks over the horizon. You gain a +1 bonus to attacks with scimitars, STRONG [PHYSICAL] crossbows, and clubs. Your bulging, powerful muscles allow you to push aside material obstacles with ease. But this physical mastery comes at the cost of mental acuity. SHADOW BORN [BACKGROUND] Game Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus to Strength but suffer Your forebears were noted for their mysterious dealings, a –2 penalty to Intelligence and a –2 penalty to a second sinister reputation, and aptitude for magic. From a young age, ability score of your choice other than Intelligence. you displayed strange talents that, it is whispered, derived Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, from a diabolical pact between your parents and an you gain the +2 Strength bonus but you may ignore one of its otherworldly being. associated ability score penalties. You still must accept the –2 Mechanics: You gain a +2 bonus on all Knowledge checks penalty to either Intelligence or one other score of your with the arcana field of study and Spellcraft checks due to choice. your arcane upbringing. In addition, your blood is tainted with demonic influence—one of your ancestors was from TALL [PHYSICAL] beyond the veil of reality. Select one of the following trait Your long arms and legs let you tower over others. In battle, abilities: your height grants you improved reach, a key advantage. Arcane Nature: You gain +1 spell of the highest level you can Mechanics: You gain a +2 size bonus when making grapple cast in your first spellcasting class. For example, a first level checks. If you already have a size bonus, increase it by 2 wizard has 1 bonus 1st level spell slot. When he reaches points. In combat, you threaten one additional square beyond wizard level 3, he loses the 1st level spell slot, but gains an your normal threatened area. This square must be adjacent to extra 2nd level spell slot. a square you threaten, but it cannot be adjacent to you. You Infernal Glower: You exert a strange influence over others, as must have line of sight and line of effect to the square you your unusual ancestry shines through when you are angry or choose. You do not threaten this square if you do not threaten upset. Your eyes may glow for a brief moment, or the scent of any other space. You must decide which extra square you brimstone briefly wafts through the room. The phenomenon threaten on your action. Until you designate a square, you do grants you a +4 bonus to Intimidate checks. not threaten an extra space. You can change the square you Precognition: You enjoy the peculiar ability to catch brief threaten to a different one on your next action. glimpses of the future. Once per day, you can ask a question about the results of an action that you might take. There is a TOUGH AS IRON [PHYSICAL] percentage chance equal to 60 + your Charisma score that you You can withstand pain and terrible conditions for far longer receive a brief insight about this action’s result. Your DM than other people, though your solid frame is less flexible informs you if the action will yield a result that is good, ill, or than normal. both good and ill. Mechanics: You enjoy a +2 bonus to Constitution, but you suffer a –2 penalty to Dexterity. SHORT [PHYSICAL] Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, You are much smaller than normal—so much so that you you gain the +2 Constitution bonus while ignoring its count as one size category smaller than other humans. associated Dexterity penalty. Mechanics: You are size Small if you ordinarily would be size Medium, Medium if you would be Large, and so forth. As a Small creature, you gain a +1 size bonus to passive defense, a WEAPON BOND [MENTAL] +1 size bonus to attacks, and a +4 size bonus to Hide checks. You have a natural talent for wielding a single, specific type You suffer your choice of either a -2 square (-10 foot) penalty of weapon such as a longsword or crossbow. From a young to your base speed or a -2 penalty to Strength. You must make age, you demonstrated an advanced mastery of its use. this choice immediately and cannot subsequently change it. Mechanics: Select a single simple, martial, or exotic weapon. You also must wield weapons one size smaller than normal. You are automatically proficient with this weapon, even if Special: The short trait cancels the benefits of the tall trait, if your class does not normally grant access to it. You feel so you select both of them. Note that the strong trait effectively comfortable with the weapon, it feels like an extension of trades in the Strength penalty above for a –2 modifier to your body, personality, and intellect. You may choose an Intelligence and one other ability score. ability score other than Strength to modify your attacks and damage with the bonded weapon; consider the chosen ability STOUT [PHYSICAL] score’s bonus your Strength bonus for these purposes. For
example, you still gain 1.5 times the ability’s bonus to sometimes have trouble turning your gut instincts into damage when using a two-handed weapon. compelling arguments. You do not gain the bonus for Strength and your chosen Special: If you spend both of your trait selections on this trait, ability when using your bonded weapon type. You gain the you gain the +2 Wisdom bonus but you may ignore its benefits of only one of them, and you may switch between the associated Charisma penalty. two as a free action. WORLD TRAVELER [MENTAL] WISE [MENTAL] You traveled far and wide from your childhood on, exposing You are insightful, well attuned to your surroundings, and you to a tremendous variety of cultures. You fit in even in given to delving correctly into the motivations of others. strange social circumstances and have mastered a variety of However, at times you allow your intuition to override your dialects. sense of how to relate to others. Mechanics: You enjoy a +2 bonus to Diplomacy checks and Mechanics: You enjoy a +2 bonus to Wisdom but suffer a –2 gain two bonus languages. penalty to Charisma. While you can read emotions, you Minor Traits: At first level you may take up to two traits. These give a small bonus and a small penalty. The Traits are in Unearthed Arcana, as well as Dragon 356. At 5th level and every 5 levels thereafter, you can gain another trait if you wish. As well as the trait below: Here are some Traits. Abrasive You are difficult and demanding in conversation, which tends to oppress those around you. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Intimidate checks. Drawback : You take a -1 penalty on Diplomacy checks and Bluff checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be loud and abrupt or quiet and sinister, but either way, most find them disconcerting or irritating. Absent Minded blows that a more cautious warrior would avoid. Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on initiative checks Drawback: You take a -1 penalty to Armor Class. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait are often hotheaded and quick to anger, or simply think that the best defense is a quick offense.
You are fascinated by knowledge and learning and are capable of pursuing complex trains of thought quite quickly. Brawler However, your preoccupation with such thoughts makes you a You naturally move close to your opponents when fighting, little less aware of your surroundings. instinctively grabbing and punching rather than striking with Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Knowledge checks (although weapons. this does not let you use a Knowledge skill untrained). Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on unarmed attack rolls and Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Spot checks and Listen grapple checks. checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might flit from idea to idea, trailing off in mid-sentence or mumbling their way through complex ideas. Conversely, characters with this trait might be extremely articulate but still allow their thoughts to move faster than the pace of a conversation. Aggressive You are quick to initiate combat, and you tend to press the attack once battle is joined. Your enthusiasm makes you a dangerous foe, but you sometimes leave yourself open to
Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on all other attack rolls. Special: The bonus from this trait doesn't apply to natural weapons. A character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat can't select this trait (if a character with this trait later gains that feat, he loses the trait). Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait often disdain the use of weapons entirely, and some eventually learn more refined martial arts based on their instinctive fighting techniques. Many brawlers might not even be consciously aware that they fight differently from other characters; they simply know that the best way to take someone out of a fight is to grab him or punch him in the face. Cautious
Dishonest You are naturally deceitful and insincere with others. You have a talent for lying, but have difficulty convincing others when you do speak truthfully. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Bluff checks. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on Diplomacy checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be portrayed as crafty liars, or lying might simply be second nature to them, making actually telling the truth a difficult chore. Distinctive
You have some distinctive physical feature such as a scar, a prominent nose, a limp, or some similar characteristic that is You are cautious in combat, even a bit cowardly, and you take hard to disguise or conceal. more care to defend yourself than others. However, this caution renders you susceptible to fear effects. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus Benefit: You gain an additional +1 dodge bonus to Armor on Reputation checks. Class whenever you fight defensively or take the total defense action. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Disguise checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on saving throws made to resist fear effects. Special: This trait is available only if your campaign includes the Reputation variant. Special: You cannot select this trait if you have immunity to fear or fear effects. If you later Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait gain immunity to fear, you lose the benefit of might be sensitive about it, or they might play this trait. up its presence to gather attention, sympathy, or notoriety. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might consistently urge talking rather than Easygoing fighting, or they might do little to encourage that their companions avoid combat and You are naturally friendly. Others feel comfortable around simply remain as far away from foes as you, but this trait also makes it more difficult for you to be possible, using ranged weapons or spells. pushy or suspicious. Detached You maintain a distance from events that keeps you grounded but limits your reaction speed. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on will saves Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Reflex saves. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait are likely to be quiet and restrained, but they might be vocal when others falter in their beliefs.
Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Gather Information checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Intimidate checks and Sense Motive checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be more easily manipulated in interactions with NPCs, or they might simply prefer not to argue and instead use their natural talent to learn more about the world around them. Farsighted You have difficulty focusing on nearby objects, but your distance vision is more keen than normal. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Spot checks. Drawback: You have a -2 penalty on Search checks. Roleplaying Idea:Characters with this trait might be sensitive about it, or they might simply be oblivious to its presence, having never known any different way of experiencing the world. Focused You can keep your attention on a task despite many distractions; however, events in the background pass you by. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Concentration checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Spot checks and Listen checks.
presence, having never known any different way of experiencing the world. Hardy You are made of tougher stuff than the average person, but you're not quite as quick to react to dangerous effects. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Fortitude saves. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Reflex saves. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might see their physical prowess as normal and look down on less hardy individuals, or they might see it as their duty to play the role of protector and help those less able to endure physical hardship. Honest You are naturally straightforward and sincere. This quality helps you persuade people to your viewpoint, but you have difficulty telling lies and seeing deception in others. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Bluff checks and Sense Motive checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be naive and too unsophisticated to lie, or they might be aware of worldly matters and simply choose to take a higher ground. Illiterate
You cannot read, but you have devoted yourself to learning Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait other skills. often seem single-minded or even obsessive in their focus on a specific task. Hard of Hearing You have a slight hearing impairment, and to compensate, you have become more in tune with your other senses. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Spot checks. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on Listen checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be sensitive about it, or they might simply be oblivious to its
Benefit: Choose any one skill except Decipher Script or Forgery. You gain a +1 bonus on checks using that skill. Drawback: You are illiterate. Special: You can eliminate the negative effect of this trait by spending 2 skill points to become literate. Unlike with the barbarian, you cannot become literate by taking a level in any class other than barbarian. You can't select this trait if your character is already illiterate because of race, class, or any other reason.
Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Strengthbased skill checks and ability checks. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on Dexteritybased skill checks and ability checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait are likely to solve problems with physical strength rather than through trickery or finesse. Nearsighted
You have difficulty focusing on distant objects, but your eye Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be for detail is more keen than normal sensitive about not being able to read, or they might not value Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Search checks. "book learnin'." Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Spot checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be sensitive about it, or they might simply be oblivious to its You are skilled at finishing simple tasks quickly, but you have presence, having never known any different way of a difficult time dealing with longer, more complex tasks. experiencing the world. Benefit: Choose a skill that allows complex skill checks. You gain a +1 bonus on simple skill checks made using the chosen skill. Drawback: You take a -4 penalty on any complex skill checks made with the chosen skill. Special: You can take this trait more than once. Its effects do not stack. Instead, choose a new eligible skill each time you select this trait. This trait is available only if your campaign includes the complex skill checks variant. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might flit from subject to subject in conversation, or they might seem typical in most situations but leave most of their longterm projects perpetually unfinished. Musclebound Nightsighted Your eyes are particularly well suited to using darkvision, but they are less well adapted to what others consider normal light. Benefit: Add 10 feet to the range of your darkvision. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Spot checks when in areas of bright light. Special: You must have darkvision as a racial ability to have this trait. Roleplaying Ideas: This trait might not affect a character's personality at all, but it might make the character prefer going on underground or nighttime adventures. Passionate Inattentive
You are made of tougher stuff than the average person, but You are good at almost everything that requires strength, but you are highly suggestible. less adept than most at tasks that require coordination.
Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Fortitude saves. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Will saves. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be gruff and place extreme value on overcoming physical obstacles, or conversely, their weakness against magical enchantments might leave them fascinated and fearful of such things. Plucky You have a strength of will not reflected in your limited physical gifts. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Will saves.
Benefit: Your base land speed increases by 10 feet (if you don't have a land speed, apply the benefit to whichever of your speeds is highest). Drawback: Subtract 1 from your hit points gained at each level, including 1st (a result of 0 is possible). Special: You must have a Constitution of 4 or higher to select this trait. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait typically try to stay away from physical combat, but a rare few might relish it, striving to see if their superior speed is enough to best hardier warriors. Reckless You naturally sacrifice accuracy to put more power behind your blows.
Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Fortitude Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on damage rolls after successful saves. melee attacks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on melee attack rolls. might be annoyingly positive-minded, or they Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be loudly might only show their mental resilience in passionate about entering combat and overcoming foes times of dire need. through strength of arms, or they might be quiet and so desperate to avoid confrontation that they put extra effort into every blow in an attempt to end the encounter more quickly. Polite You are courteous and well spoken. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on Intimidate checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be honestly polite and kind, or they might simply be adept at mimicking social conventions to get what they want. Quick You are fast, but less sturdy than average members of your race. Relentless You don't know the meaning of the word "tired." You go all out until you simply can't continue.
Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Constitution checks and similar checks made to continue tiring activities (see the Endurance feat for all the checks and saves to which this benefit applies). Drawback: Any effect or condition that would normally cause you to become fatigued instead causes you to become exhausted. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait may see others as soft or weak, especially anyone who complains about being tired or fatigued. They might openly scoff at others' weaknesses or might quietly encourage them to "tough it out." Saddleborn You are a natural in the saddle, but you have little patience for handling animals when not riding them. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Ride checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Handle Animal checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait rarely bother to consider animals as good for anything other than mounts, but they are extremely confident about their riding abilities. Sickly Benefit: +1 on saves versus poisons and alcohol Drawbacks: -2 on saves versus diseases Role-Playing: Your youth was full of days stuck in bed with sicknesses and alchemists and apothecaries giving you every concoction they had to try to fix you. Maybe you always have a cough or a sniffle while you talk. And perhaps you are wary to take a potion. Skinny You are very slender for your race. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Escape Artist checks.
Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Escape Artist checks to escape a grapple and on grapple checks to escape a grapple or avoid being grappled. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on all other grapple checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might fear close combat, knowing they are less adept grapplers than most opponents. On the other hand, good escape artists with this trait might enjoy baiting larger foes into grappling them, knowing they can easily slip out of the grasp of most foes. Slow You are slow, but sturdier than average members of your race. Benefit: Add +1 to your hit points gained at each level. Drawback: Your base land speed is halved (round down to the nearest 5-foot interval). Special: You must have a base land speed of at least 20 feet to select this trait. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait tend to be relatively immobile in combat. They typically prefer to wear strong armor (or other protective devices), since it's hard for them to flee a fight. Specialized You have a knack for one kind of work or study, but other tasks are harder for you to accomplish.
Benefit: Choose one specific Craft, Knowledge, or Profession Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on Strength checks to avoid skill. You gain a +1 bonus on checks using the specified skill. being bull rushed or overrun. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on all other checks using the Roleplaying Ideas: Skinny characters tend to be pushed same skill (Craft, Knowledge, or Profession, based on the around by tougher types, so those with this trait might be shy, skill chosen). or they might be very defensive when faced with such Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait often see situations. themselves as elite artists or experts rather than mere professionals, and they might regard their chosen vocation or Slippery study as more useful or interesting than other tasks. You are less adept at grappling and wrestling than others of your size and strength, but you are adept at slipping out of another's hold. Spellgifted You have a gift for casting spells from a certain school. Although your spells from this school are more potent than
those of other casters, you are not as effective at casting spells Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Sense Motive checks. from other schools. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Diplomacy checks and intimidate checks. Benefit: Choose a school of magic. Add 1 to Roleplaying Ideas: This trait might express itself as comic your caster level when casting spells from that levels of paranoia, or it might make the character quietly school. cautious about others. Drawback: Reduce your caster level by 1 Torpid whenever you cast a spell that is not from your chosen school. You are sluggish and slow to react to danger, but also resistant to others' commands. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait might be loudly vocal about the merits of the school of magic that they understand most readily, or they might feel awkward and out of place around "normal" spellcasters as a result of their unusual aptitude. Stout You are heavy for your race. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on saves against enchantment (compulsion) effects. Drawback: You take a -2 penalty on initiative checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Torpid characters may be seen as lazy, or as methodical and measured in their actions. Uncivilized Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on Strength checks to avoid You relate better to animals than you do to people. being bull rushed or overrun. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Escape Artist checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Overweight characters are often bullied, so those with this trait might be shy, or they might be very defensive when faced with such situations. Some turn to humor to defuse such situations, while others become bitter. Suspicious You are naturally suspicious of everyone and everything. While this trait makes you hard to fool, it makes others slightly less likely to agree with you or find you threatening. Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on Handle Animal checks and wild empathy checks. Drawback: You take a -1 penalty on Bluff checks, Diplomacy checks, and Gather information checks. Roleplaying Ideas: Characters with this trait are likely to feel awkward in many social situations; that might be expressed as shyness and quiet behavior, or it might be expressed through an overly exuberant need to participate in conversations.
Weapon Groups: As per Unearthed Arcana, except Guns, Rifles and Exotics of both are weapon groups. Weapon Group Basic Axes Weapons Club, dagger, quarterstaff Exotic Weapons Double Weapons Orc double axe, dwarven urgosh (must also have Spears & Lances)
Handaxe, battleaxe, greataxe, Dwarven Waraxe (one dwarven waraxe handed)
Shortbow, longbow, composite shortbow, composite longbow Punching dagger (katar), spiked gauntlet
Elven double bow, great bow, composite great bow Bladed Gauntlet, claw bracer, panther claw, stump knife, tiger claws, ward cestus -
Clubs and Maces Crossbows
Club, light mace, heavy Warmace (one-handed), mace, greatclub, quarterstaff, tonfa sap, warmace (two handed) Light crossbow, heavy crossbow, repeating light crossbow, repeating heavy crossbow Hand crossbow, rapier, scimitar Club, dagger, dart, quarterstaff, scimitar, sickle, shortspear, sling, spear Battleaxe, greataxe, warhammer, dwarven waraxe, maul All weapons in the Exotic column which are also in your other weapon groups Great crossbow, hand crossbow
Shuriken, whip, whipdagger Greatspear, khopesh
Dwarven greataxe (onehanded), maul (one handed) -
Exotic Double All weapons in the Double column which are also in your other weapon groups Flails and Chains Light flail, heavy flail
Chain and dagger, scourge, spiked chain, three-section staff, whip, whip dagger Bastard sword (one handed), Khopesh, mercurial Longsword, mercurial greatsword, fullblade Kukri, sapara, triple dagger, war fan Butterfly sword, tonfa
Dire flail, gyrspike (must also have Heavy Blades)
Longsword, cutlass, greatsword, falchion, scimitar, bastard sword (twohanded) Dagger, punching dagger, rapier, short sword Nunchaku, kama, quarterstaff, sai, shuriken, siangham. Must have Imp. Unarmed Strike.
Double scimitar, gyrspike (must also have Flails & Chains), two-blades sword
Light Blades Monk
Rapier, longsword, shortbow, Elven double bow longbow Pistol butt, pistol, dueling pistol Grenade pistol, Holdout pistol, shield pistol
Hilt pistol (must also have heavy blades, light blades, axes or picks & hammers), spear pistol (must also have Spears & Lances) Spring bayonet, ring bayonet
Rifle butt, Carbine, musket,
Rifle, Hand cannon,
fixed bayonet, plug bayonet Picks and Hammers Polearms Slings and Thrown Weapons
Rocket launcher, blunderbuss Double hammer, gnome hooked hammer -
Light pick, heavy pick, light Dire pick, gnome battle hammer, warhammer, scythe, pick, maul (one-handed maul use) Glaive, guisarme, halberd, ransuer Dart, sling Heavy poleaxe
Bolas, chakram, gnome calculus, halfling skiprock, orc shotput, shuriken, throwing iron, boomerang, Xen'drik boomerang Duom, greatspear, harpoon, manti, spinning javelin Dwarven Urgosh (must also have Axes)
Spears and Lances
Javelin, lance, longspear, shortspear, trident
Magic Ratings: Magic Rating replaces Caster Level. There are a few differences. Magic ratings stack with each other of the same kind. Every class has a magic rating (and, unless otherwise stated, a Medium Martial Rating). Magic rating come in three strengths: Low, Medium and High. A low magic rating is equal to ¼ your level rounded down. A medium rating is equal to ½ your level rounded down. A high rating is equal to your level. Ratings come in types. You can combine similar magic ratings (ie. Arcane ratings stack with other Arcane Ratings). The types are Arcane, Binding, Divine, Incarnum, Martial, Psionic and Universal. Universal ratings tack with all other ratings. All classes have a medium Martial rating in addition to their own rating, except for classes with High Martial Ratings. All classes with High Martial Rating also has a Medium Universal Rating except the Crusader (which has Medium Divine) and the Soul Disciple (which has Medium Incarnum). Some classes have dual ratings. Use one for one type of spell casting and one for the other. So a level 7 Spirit Weaver and a level 1 sorcerer casts all Arcane Spells with an Arcane Rating of 8 and does all Binding with a Binding Rating of 7. Spell Resistance: Any spell resistance or power resistance that a player has is calculated with (normal score – 10 + 1d20). Just so you know. Monsters get the normal stable one. Metamagic: If you have the metamagic feat, you have a variety of ways to use it. Note that when burning spell slots, you may not burn slots from another class in order to cast a metamagic spell (ie. No using sorcerer slots to cast a wizard spell as a metamagic spell.) Prepared Casters 1. Can prepare the spell as the metamagic version 2. Burn spell slots on metamagic feats to add them onto prepared spells that they could cast prepared with such metamagic feats (ie. In order to be able to cast a quickened magic missile, the caster must be able to cast 5th level spells, and must spend the magic missile and four other levels worth or spell slots, like burning off a fireball spell and a mage armor, for example) 3. Spend an action point. 4. This is not including Sudden Metamagic feats or 0 Level Metamagic Feats, which can be used suddenly or flipped on and off as the caster wishes, respectively. Spontaneous Casters 1. Spend the full-round action to cast the spell with the metamagic feat as normal.They may either use the direct spell slot or burn off other spell slots, much like option two for prepared casters. 2. Set aside ahead of time certain spell slots to be used for specific metamagic feats. Ie. A 4th level slot to make one spell Quickened (this is the only way beside Spontaneous Quicken Spell that a spontaneous caster may use the Quicken Spell Metamagic feat.)
Epic Spells Yeah, you know those super broken normal epic spellcasting rules? Forget those. You know how it advances now? Every epic level you get a new slot: at 21st and every odd numbered level, you get two new slots in (Class level – 1 divied by 2). So at 21st? You got yourself a shiny new 10th level slot to use. At 22nd and every even numbered level, you get a slot for your highest three levels (so at 22nd, you'd get an 8th, a 9th and a 10th level slot). Oh, and recharges? They stop advancing after level 20. No more recharges for you. Epic Alternate Casters Psionics: Add 1 to your powers known for each odd numbered level after 20th that you gain. This is just plain easier. Incarnum: Your essentia reserves keep advancing, like it does in Magic of Incarnum. Every other even numbered level (so 24th, 28th, 32nd, etc.) you get 2 more essentia to spend and you can shape another soulmeld. Every 5th level (25th, 30th, etc.) you get another chakra bind per day. Every third level (23rd, 26th, 29th) you get a Split Chakra for free (so you can meld an additional soulmeld to that chakra, or even bind two to the same chakra). Binding: At 24th and every six levels there after you get an Epic Soul Bind (you can bind 1 Epic vestige to this slot). You also learn of 1 epic vestige. At 26th and every three levels thereafter, you get an additional soul augment. Martial Maneuvers: Use the standard rules for advancing martial maneuvers. Individualized Summoning Lists In this variant, each spellcaster has a unique list of monsters she can summon with any single summon monster or summon nature’s ally spell. When a spellcaster first gains access to a summon spell, she chooses one monster from the list. This chosen monster is the only monster she can summon with that spell. The GM is free to choose the means through which characters can add monsters to their summon lists with this variant, but it’s important that the method be consistent for all spellcasters. Here are some suggestions for determining when spellcasters may add monsters to their summoning lists. • Whenever a new spell level is obtained, add 2 to the new summoning list. • Add one monster to one summoning list to which the caster has access (or knows, for characters with a limited number of spells known) whenever a new spellcasting level is gained. Similar to the first option, though each list is about twice as long. • Add a monster to the appropriate summoning list whenever the character witnesses another spellcaster summon that creature. This requires a successful Spellcraft check (DC 15 + spell level) to learn how to summon the new creature. The sample individualized lists presented below were generated using the “add one monster to one summoning list whenever a new spellcasting level is gained” procedure. Both spellcasters gain access to a 9th-level summon spell at 17th level. Because of this, it’s best for them to simply pick a monster from their highest available list at levels 1st through 17th. However, because the number of 9th-level spells they can cast each day is severely limited, they are often best served by adding monsters to lower-level summoning lists at class levels 18th through 20th. This explains the strange order of levels at the end of the individualized summoning lists. For example, when Gundark Caldarkson reaches 18th level, he has access to only two 9th-level spells per day. Although he prepares the summon monster IX spell nearly every day, the elder earth elemental is the best possible choice for him in nearly every combat, and adding a new monster to his summon monster IX list doesn’t help him much. Instead, he adds the celestial dire tiger to his summon monster VIII list. For Summon Monster and its related spells, when it is a fiendish or celestial monster, you can use any of the following templates on the base animal. For standard creatures, such as a babau or a coatl, use the standard monster. For animals, choose: • • • • • • • Anarchiac Ash Axiomatic Air Celestial Cold Dark
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Dust Earth Entropic Fiendish Fire Ice Lightning Magma Minerals Ooze Radiance Salt Smoke Steam Vacuum Vivimatic Water Wood For elementals, you may choose any element, paraelement, quasielement, shadow or blood.
Contacts Table: Contacts 1. 2. 3. 4. Level A1 B2 C3 D4 Use column A for bard levels. Use column B for cleric, paladin, and rogue levels. Use column C for fighter and sorcerer levels. Use column D for barbarian, druid, monk, ranger, and wizard levels. 1st — — — — 2nd 1st — — — 3rd — 1st — — 4th 2nd — 1st — 5th — — — 1st 6th 3rd 2nd — — 7th — — — — 8th 4th — 2nd — 9th — 3rd — — 10th 5th — — 2nd 11th — — — — 12th 6th 4th 3rd — 13th — — — —
14th 7th — — — 15th — 5th — 3rd 16th 8th — 4th — 17th — — — — 18th 9th 6th — — 19th — — — — 20th 10th — 5th 4th This system codifies a phenomenon commonplace in most long-term campaigns: the friendly bartender, gruff weaponsmith, or absentminded sage who points the PCs in the right direction, passes along important clues, or offers unusual skills and knowledge. With this variant, the PCs have one or more unnamed contacts marked on their character sheets for later use. A player can define a contact for his character at any point during the game, giving the PC access to a friendly NPC. This variant is particularly appropriate in campaigns that feature mysteries, intrigue, and lots of character interaction. It’s especially effective in the hands of a GM who doesn’t mind improvising new NPCs on the spur of the moment. For example, when a character needs an inscription translated from the Lorumese language, an invitation to the Lord’s Pageant, or the services of a master in Craft (gemcutting), the player tells the GM that he wants to define one of his character’s contacts for the purpose. Then the GM describes how the contact came about, from the character’s point of view: “You buy your lute strings from Kinard Warshaw, who is the husband of a Lorumese woman, Teryeth. She remembers you as one of the musicians who performed at their wedding feast, and is happy to do you a favor.” In game terms, Teryeth has a friendly attitude toward the PC that continues unless the character does something to change the relationship. She is willing to translate the inscription, and she may perform a similar service on other occasions as time goes on. The player notes on the character sheet that one of his character’s contacts has been defined as Teryeth Warshaw, a speaker and writer of the Lorumese language. Obtaining Contacts Player characters automatically gain contacts as they rise in level; see Table: Contacts. When a PC obtains a new potential contact, he must select what type of contact it is (information, influence, or skill), but doesn’t define it further until it’s needed. A multiclass character gains contacts according to his class level in each of his classes, regardless of what his character level is. For example, a 3rd-level bard/2nd-level barbarian gains a new contact when he reaches 6th level if he takes 4th level in bard, but not if he takes 3rd level in barbarian. Npcs And Contacts While all defined contacts are friendly NPCs, that doesn’t mean that all friendly NPCs are defined contacts. The contact variant is intended to supplement, not replace, other social interactions with noncombatant NPCs. It gives a player a chance to insert a minor character into the ongoing drama. Defined contacts should be among the campaign’s most stable characters. Unless the characters are completely obtuse or have remarkable misfortune, the minor characters they define as contacts aren’t going anywhere. They’re generally available wherever they happen to live, and they usually have the time and inclination to help their friend the PC. Major NPC characters—those defined entirely by the GM—are off limits as contacts. A player can’t just say, “I want to define the queen as a contact.” A contact won’t risk life or livelihood on the PC’s say-so, but a contact makes some sacrifices for a friend. For example, a contact will burn the midnight oil translating an ancient text or sneak the key to the pantry out of the castle (as long as it’s back by morning). There’s an inverse relationship between the contact’s importance in the ongoing campaign and the amount of help she can provide. In other words, if you choose the mayor as your contact, sometimes he’s too busy to see you at a moment’s notice, but he’s very helpful when you get an audience. Beppo the cobbler, on the other hand, practically lives in his shop on Water Street— making him available day or night—but the ways in which he can aid you are more limited.
Types Of Contacts Contacts come in three varieties: information contacts, influence contacts, and skill contacts. Information Contacts Information contacts are useful for what they know. They’re the ones who hear all the rumors—and they can discern which ones are true. Some just have an uncanny sense of what’s going on in their neighborhood or town, such as the grumpy bartender, the talkative fruit merchant, and the watch captain who has seen it all. Other information contacts have more focused interests, such as the army sergeant who knows all about troop movements, the fence who is privy to every major theft in the city, or the scribe assigned to write down every utterance of the high cleric-prophets. An information contact is generally a commoner or an expert with one-third the class levels of his PC friend. It’s okay to give such a character a few levels in another class such as wizard, rogue, or fighter if it’s reasonable for someone in the contact’s position to have this experience. Most information contacts spend their skill points on interaction skills such as Diplomacy, Gather Information, and Sense Motive. Influence Contacts Influence contacts are useful because of who they know or who they are associated with. While a player can’t define the queen as his character’s contact, he can define one of her chambermaids as a contact. The maid doesn’t have a broad store of information, and she doesn’t have any skills the PCs might need. But she might be able to put in a good word with the queen, and she can certainly make introductions between the PC and the rest of the queen’s domestic staff. The purpose of an influence contact is to enable and smooth talks with more important, but less friendly, NPCs. An influence contact has one-quarter the class levels of his PC friend, almost always in an NPC class (adept, aristocrat, commoner, expert, or warrior) unless the character is in an environment such as a wizard’s academy where almost everyone has specific class levels. Skill Contacts Skill contacts are useful for what they do. Some skills—especially categories of Craft, Profession, and Knowledge—are rarely possessed by PCs. Skill contacts have those skills in abundance, so they’re useful when characters need a smith to repair a lance, an honest broker to appraise a giant pearl, or a herald who can identify the helmed knight displaying a twoheaded wyvern on her standard. A special category of the skill contact is the linguist, who can tell you what “Bree-Yark!” means in Goblin. A skill contact is generally an expert with half as many levels as his PC friend. He has maximum ranks in the skill he is best at, and his highest ability score is in the key ability for the skill in question. A skill contact always has the Skill Focus feat related to his field of specialty. Reputation In this system, every character gains a reputation of one sort or another as his career progresses, expressed as a reputation bonus. While a character might try to take advantage of his reputation from time to time, usually the character’s reputation precedes him—whether he wants it to or not. Reputation enhances noncombat interaction between characters by providing bonuses to certain skill checks. Those who recognize a character are more likely to help him or to do what he asks, provided the character’s reputation is a positive influence on the NPC or monster that recognizes him. A high reputation bonus makes it difficult for a character to mask his identity, which can be a problem if he’s trying not to be noticed. Metagame Analysis: Who’s Affected By Reputation? Hard and fast rules for how far a character’s reputation spreads are more trouble than they’re worth; whether reputation applies in any situation is best left up to the GM. But in general, the “radius” of a character’s reputation slowly increases as she attains higher levels. For example, a low-level character’s reputation score might apply only in her small town and the immediate surrounding countryside. Perhaps, by the time she reaches around 10th level, everyone in the province might have heard of her exploits. When she gets to 15th level or thereabouts, anyone in the country or region might know of her.
But what happens if she then visits the planar city of Glyff? She’s never been to the place before, and most Glyff residents have never been to the Material Plane, so her reputation doesn’t follow her there. But once she accomplishes something (often an adventure) that earns her a measure of fame in Glyff, her reputation “radius” expands to encompass that city. Not only do Glyff residents tell tales of her most recent adventure, some might be curious enough to find out what she accomplished on the Material Plane before coming to the City of Portals. With the event-based reputation variant, a character who is a newcomer to her location has a reputation score of 0 until she earns at least a ½-point increase by succeeding on an adventure in that location. Once she has done so, she gains the benefit of her full reputation score. (Don’t track a character’s reputation separately for different areas—people have either heard of her, or they haven’t.) When using level-based reputation increases, a character is entitled to benefit from her full reputation score once she has been in her new location for at least one level’s worth of adventuring, even if the adventures themselves didn’t bring her any reputation increases. Fame Or Infamy What a character’s reputation represents lies in the character’s interaction with the NPCs or monsters. Most characters with a high reputation bonus (+4 or higher) are considered well known within their profession or social circle. Whether this notoriety has a positive or negative effect depends on the point of view of the person who recognizes the character. Nom De Plumes And Secret Identities If a character successfully uses the Disguise skill or illusion magic to mask his identity, then what he accomplishes while disguised doesn’t affect his reputation score for good or ill. A character may adopt a nom de plume (as Robin Hood did) or wear a mask or other costume (as Zorro did) during his adventures. If so, the character tracks reputation separately for his true identity and his alter ego (much as comic-book heroes do). If the Crimson Cavalier needs to sneak out of town after embarrassing the captain of the guard, what better way to do so than by simply removing his mask, hiding his weapons in an oxcart, and departing while in his secret identity of Beppo the Dung-Merchant? Reputation Checks Most of the time, a character doesn’t decide to use his reputation. The GM decides when a character’s reputation is relevant to a scene or encounter. At the moment it becomes pertinent, the GM makes a reputation check for an NPC or monster that might be influenced in some fashion due to the character’s notoriety. A reputation check is equal to 1d20 + the character’s reputation bonus + the NPC or monster’s Int modifier. The GM may substitute a Knowledge skill bonus for the Int modifier if he decides the character’s past activities apply to a particular field. For example, if the character were a cleric, Knowledge (religion) might be appropriate. Additional modifiers that might apply include the following. Character is famous, known far and wide with either a positive or negative connotation +10 NPC or monster is part of character’s profession or social circle +5 Character has some small amount of fame or notoriety +2 The standard DC of a reputation check is 25. If the NPC or monster succeeds on the reputation check, he or she recognizes the character. That recognition grants a bonus, or penalty, on certain subsequent skill checks, depending on how the NPC or monster reacts to the character. Skill Checks When an NPC or monster with an Intelligence score of 5 or higher has a positive opinion of a character’s reputation, the character gains a bonus on Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, and Perform checks equal to his reputation bonus. When an NPC or monster with an Intelligence score of 5 or higher has a negative opinion of a character’s reputation, the character gains a penalty on Bluff and Intimidate checks equal to his reputation bonus. The bonus or penalty on these skill checks applies only when a character is interacting with an NPC or monster that recognizes the character. Others present in the encounter are unaffected by the character’s reputation.
NPC Reputations Players decide how their characters act. Sometimes, however, it’s appropriate for a GM to call for a skill check using an interaction skill affected by reputation. For example, an NPC might use Bluff to lie to player characters who, in turn, use Sense Motive to detect the lie. If an NPC tries to intimidate a player character, the GM can use the NPC’s Intimidate check to determine which characters see the NPC as intimidating and which don’t. Similarly, a Diplomacy check can tell the GM which characters find an NPC persuasive and which do not. At other times, players may want to know if their characters recognize a particular NPC or monster. A reputation check can help GMs in these situations. The reputation check to see if a player character recognizes an NPC or monster is the same as described above. However, the GM should make the skill check privately and keep the actual result secret. Doing this prevents players from using reputation checks as a form of radar for measuring the importance of every NPC they encounter. Modify the results of NPCs’ and monsters’ interaction skill checks by their reputation bonuses when they interact with characters who recognize them. Calculating Reputation Table: Reputation Scores Level A1 B2 C3 D4 1. Use column A for commoner levels. 2. Use column B for barbarian, druid, monk, ranger, rogue, and warrior levels. 3. Use column C for cleric, fighter, sorcerer, wizard, adept, and expert levels. 4. Use column D for bard, paladin, and aristocrat levels. 1st +0 +0 +0 +1 2nd +0 +0 +0 +1 3rd +0 +0 +1 +1 4th +0 +1 +1 +1 5th +1 +1 +1 +2 6th +1 +1 +1 +2 7th +1 +1 +2 +2 8th +1 +2 +2 +2 9th +2 +2 +2 +3 10th +2 +2 +2 +3 11th +2 +2 +3 +3 12th +2 +3 +3 +3 13th +3 +3 +3 +4 14th +3 +3 +3 +4 15th +3 +3 +4 +4 16th +3 +4 +4 +4 17th +4 +4 +4 +5 18th +4 +4 +4 +5 19th +4 +4 +5 +5 20th +4 +5 +5 +5 A player character has a reputation score based on his class levels; Table: Reputation Scores, summarizes this information for the standard player character and NPC classes. A multiclass character has a reputation score according to his class level in each of his classes, regardless of what his character level is. For example, an 8th-level barbarian/6th-level cleric has a reputation score of +3 (+2 from his barbarian levels, +1 from his cleric levels). His score increases to +4 when he reaches 15th level if he takes 7th level in cleric, but not if he takes 9th level in barbarian.
For a class not mentioned on this table, determine the associated reputation score by assigning the class to a column with classes of a similar sort. (For instance, the assassin class probably has the same reputation score as the rogue, and the blackguard would be equivalent to the paladin.) Reputation-Based Feats The following feats can modify reputation bonuses. Low Profile (General) You are less famous than others of your class and level, or you wish to maintain a less visible presence than others of your station. Benefit Reduce your reputation bonus by 3 points. Special You can’t select both the Low Profile feat and the Renown feat. You’re either famous or you’re not. Renown (General) You have a better chance of being recognized. Benefit Increase your reputation bonus by 3 points. Special You can’t select both the Low Profile feat and the Renown feat. You’re either famous or you’re not. Event-Based Reputation Rather than determining reputation increases purely by class levels, the GM can enhance characters’ reputations based on the characters’ actual adventures. At an adventure’s conclusion, he can hand out awards to the characters who were known to have participated, representing how much more famous (or infamous) their recent actions have made them. This variant doesn’t change much about the game (beyond what the reputation variant does in general). Characters have a slight incentive to choose adventures that earn them more fame, because their later social interactions will be more likely to succeed. But reputation is a double-edged sword in the d20 game, because it can turn into notoriety with a simple twist of the plot. The same peasants who buy the PCs drinks at the tavern one night might try to turn them in for a reward a week later after the sheriff frames the PCs for murder. If the characters earned public acclaim for ending a threat to the community’s safety, award each PC a 1-point increase in his or her reputation score at the adventure’s conclusion. If the accolades came from a narrower circle of people, such as the merchants of Gilburton or the druids of Deepwood, then each character gets a ½-point increase. (A single ½-point increase has no effect on reputation-related skill checks, but two such increases combine to provide a full 1-point increase.) If what the characters accomplished in the adventure directly affected, or came to the attention of, only a few (or no) other people, the PCs don’t get a reputation boost. This determination is obviously a judgment call. For guidance, the GM can consult Table: Event-Based Reputation, organized according to how much effect the successful completion of the adventure would have on the PCs’ reputation scores. If the adventure situation in your game is similar to a particular idea in the table, then the possible reputation award should be similar as well. (To generate an adventure idea randomly, roll d% and consult Table: Event-Based Reputation.) From Table: Event-Based Reputation, it’s clear that site-based adventures in which the PCs function as explorers don’t usually earn reputation awards. Few people care that four brave people cleared a grown-over ziggurat full of monsters, because they probably didn’t know about the ziggurat out in the wilderness to begin with, much less that it was full of
monsters. Adventures that affect only a few people likewise don’t earn reputation awards, unless the people in question are themselves celebrities. But adventures that affect an entire town or small region are worth ½ point, and adventures that affect a large city or nation are worth a full 1 point. The nature of the danger that is overcome is important, too. Merely annoying or mysterious dangers, such as green smoke coming from a cave (entry 77 on Table: Event-Based Reputation) or a series of sabotaged wagons (entry 87), don’t enhance PC reputations as much as dangers that create widespread panic and mayhem. Also, regardless of the severity of the danger, if those who benefited from the PCs’ success weren’t aware of the peril from which the PCs saved them, then the characters’ reputation award is ½ point apiece at best. Table: Event-Based Reputation d% 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Adventure Idea 1 Reputation Point if Handled Successfully Thieves steal the crown jewels. A wizard’s guild challenges the ruling council. Racial tensions rise between humans and elves. Two orc tribes wage a bloody war. A nearby kingdom launches an invasion. A prophecy foretells of coming doom unless an artifact is recovered. Sahuagin are being driven out of the sea to attack coastal villages. An antidote to a magic poison must be found before the duke dies. A recently recovered artifact causes arcane spellcasters’ powers to go awry. An evil tyrant outlaws nonofficially sanctioned magic use. All the dwarves in an underground city have disappeared. A kingdom known for its wizards prepares for war. At the eye of the storm that tears across the land a massive citadel floats. A major city faces a siege by a force of humans, duergar, and gnolls. ½ Reputation Point if Handled Successfully A dragon flies into a town and demands tribute. Wealthy merchants are being killed in their homes. The statue in the town square is found to be a petrified paladin. Cultists are kidnapping potential sacrifices. Goblins riding spider eaters have been attacking the outskirts of a town. Local bandits joined forces with a tribe of bugbears. A blackguard organizes monsters in an area. Miners have accidentally released something awful that once was buried deep. A mysterious fog brings ghosts into town. Slavers continue to raid a local community. A fire elemental escapes from a wizard’s lab. Bugbears demand a toll on a well-traveled bridge. Two well-known heroes fight a duel. An ancient sword must be recovered to defeat a ravaging monster. Ogres kidnap the mayor’s daughter. A shapechanged aboleth is gathering mentally controlled servitors. A plague brought by wererats threatens a community. Gravediggers discover a huge, ghoul-filled catacomb under the cemetery. Various monsters have long preyed upon people from within the sewers of a major city. Vampires prey upon a small town.
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Barbarians begin tearing up a village in a violent rage. Giants steal cattle from local farmers. Unexplained snowstorms bring winter wolves into an otherwise peaceful area. Evil mercenaries begin constructing a fortress not far from a community. An ancient curse turns innocent people into evil murderers. Mysterious merchants sell faulty magic items in town and then attempt to slink away. An evil noble puts a price on a good noble’s head. Colossal vermin stray out of the desert to attack settlements. A community of gnomes builds a flying ship. Thieves steal a great treasure and flee into mage’s magnificent mansion. The high priest is an illusion. A bulette is tearing apart viable farmland. A infestation of stirges drives grimlocks closer to civilized lands. A huge fire of mysterious origin threatens treants in the woods. Evil nobles create an adventurers’ guild to monitor and control adventurers. Suddenly, all the doors in the king’s castle are warded with arcane lock and fire trap. A certain type of frog, found only in an isolated valley, fall like rain on a major city. Barge pirates make a deal with a covey of hags and exact a high toll to use the river. 0 Reputation Points if Handled Successfully The tomb of an old wizard has been discovered. A caravan of important goods is about to leave for a trip through a dangerous area. A gate to the Lower Planes threatens to bring more demons to the world. The holy symbol of a high priest is missing. An evil wizard has developed a new type of golem. Someone in town is a werewolf. A mirror of opposition created an evil duplicate of a hero. New construction reveals a previously unknown underground tomb. A wizard is buried in a trap-filled tomb with her powerful magic items. An enchanter compels others to steal for him. The keys to disarming all the magic traps in a wizard’s tower disappeared. A wizard needs a particularly rare spell component found only in the deep jungle. A map showing the location of an ancient magic forge is discovered. An emissary going into a hostile kingdom needs an escort. A haunted tower is reputed to be filled with treasure. A lonely mountain pass is guarded by a powerful sphinx denying all passage. A druid needs help defending her grove against goblins. Gargoyles are killing giant eagles in the mountains. Adventurers exploring a dungeon have not returned in a week. The funeral for a good fighter is disrupted by enemies he made while alive. A huge dire wolf, apparently immune to magic, organizes the wolves in the wood. An island at the center of the lake is actually the top of a strange, submerged fortress. Buried below the Tree of the World lies the Master Clock of Time. A child wanders into a vast necropolis, and dusk nears. A strange green smoke billows out of a cave near a mysterious ruin. Mysterious groaning sounds come from a haunted wood at night. A sorcerer attempts to travel ethereally but disappears completely in the process. A paladin’s quest for atonement leads her to a troll lair too well defended for her to tackle alone.
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A new noble seeks to clear a patch of wilderness of all monsters. Clerics resurrect a long-dead hero only to discover she’s not what they thought. A sorrowful bard tells a tavern tale of his imprisoned companions. A halfling caravan must pass through an ankheginfested wilderness. An innocent man, about to be hanged, pleads for someone to help him. The tomb of a powerful wizard, filled with magic items, has sunk into the swamp. Someone is sabotaging wagons and carts to come apart when they travel at high speed. A jealous rival threatens to stop a well-attended wedding. A woman who mysteriously vanished years ago is seen walking on the surface of a lake. An earthquake uncovers a previously unknown dungeon. A wronged half-elf needs a champion to fight for her in a gladiatorial trial. People grow suspicious of half-orc merchants peddling gold dragon parts in the market. Undead shadows vex a large library, especially an old storeroom long left undisturbed. An absentminded wizard lets her rod of wonder fall into the wrong hands. The door into an abandoned house in the middle of town turns out to be a magic portal. Two parts of a magic item are in the hands of bitter enemies; the third piece is lost. A clutch of wyverns preys upon shepherds as well as sheep. Evil clerics gather in secret to summon a monstrous god to the world. A huge gemstone supposedly lies within an ancient ruined monastery. Lizardfolk riding dragon turtles sell their services as mercenaries to the highest bidder.
Incantations Incantations are like spells, but they can be cast by characters who are not spellcasters. This variant enables characters who know the correct ritual gestures and phrases for an incantation to achieve powerful magic effects. Incantations don’t use spell slots, you don’t have to prepare them ahead of time, and you can use an incantation an unlimited number of times per day. Incantations have drawbacks: They’re time-consuming to cast, and success isn’t assured. They are often expensive, and some require additional participants to complete the ritual. Some incantations work only under certain specific conditions, such as during a full moon. Most important among the drawbacks, an incantation rarely fades away quietly if the caster fails to perform the ritual correctly. Instead it reverses itself on the caster, explodes with a cascade of magical energy, or weakens the barrier between worlds, enabling hostile outsiders to emerge onto the Material Plane. This variant gives a measure of magical power to nonspellcasters, but the incantations themselves are usually too specific in effect to increase a character’s power in the general sense. Because many incantations require academic skills such as Knowledge, the characters best equipped to cast them are often spellcasters anyway. Incantations provide a useful way to introduce powerful magical effects in a lower-level game under controlled conditions. PCs will still use spells rather than expensive, risky incantations whenever they can. Incantations are also more specific than spells, so the GM can introduce them into the game without worrying that they’ll spread beyond the immediate situation. If you want characters in your low-level game to take a brief sojourn to Ysgard, you can introduce the incantation Hrothgar’s journey. Because it requires the construction of a thatched hut in the middle of a forest and works only during the winter solstice, you don’t have to worry about the characters exploring the Outer Planes whenever they get the urge. If you gave low-level PCs easy access to the plane shift spell, on the other hand, they could wander the planes until they ran afoul of the first outsider more powerful than they are (which is almost any outsider). Metagame Analysis: Creating Incantations It’s important to realize that this system for creating incantations is meant as a starting point, not the last word. Anytime you apply multiple modifiers to a single DC, the potential for accidental consequences or intentional abuse is there.
To keep incantations under control in your campaign, avoid creating incantations with skill check DCs lower than 20. Furthermore, you should emphasize how much faster, easier, and safer spells are than incantations. Every incantation you create should have at least one component that’s difficult for the caster to deal with, such as an XP cost, an expensive material component, or a significant backlash component. Because incantations don’t require spell slots—or even spellcasting ability—you need to make sure that characters can’t simply cast incantations repeatedly, stopping only to sleep. Incantations are most effective when they’re specific; they should always be more narrowly focused than spells that accomplish similar tasks. The planar binding spell, for example, can trap and compel service from any elemental or outsider with 12 HD or less. A comparable incantation, Xecilgarasp among the bones, would call one specific bebilith named Xecilgarasp for a specific job: guarding a tomb. If ordered to do anything else, Xecilgarasp attacks the caster instead. And if Xecilgarasp ever dies while guarding a tomb, the incantation is thereafter useless. The Xecilgarasp among the bones incantation is just as powerful as the planar binding spell in the specific instance it was designed for, but it has limited or no utility beyond that. Discovering Incantations Obscure tomes and spellbooks filled with mystical ramblings, descriptions of magic theory, ordinary arcane spells, and utterly useless or incomprehensible magical writing often hide the instructions for performing incantations. In those dusty volumes, diligent readers can find incantations with real power—magical recipes that provide step-by-step instructions for achieving a powerful effect. If the characters have access to a well-stocked library of magical information, finding a set of instructions for a particular incantation requires a successful Knowledge (arcana) check with a DC 10 lower than the DC for casting the incantation. Just being aware of the existence of a particular incantation requires a Knowledge (arcana) check with a DC 15 lower than the incantation’s casting DC. Casting An Incantation At its simplest, casting an incantation is akin to preparing and cooking something according to a recipe. You must have the ingredients in hand, then use your skill in cooking to perform each step in order. In game terms, this means having the required incantation components, then succeeding on a number of skill checks—often Knowledge (arcana) checks—during the incantation’s casting time. Each incantation description tells how many successful skill checks are required to cast the incantation. Unless otherwise specified, the caster makes a skill check every 10 minutes. If checks involving more than one skill are required, the checks may be made in any order, as desired by the caster. Failing one skill check means that 10 minutes have gone by, and the incantation is in danger of failing. If two skill checks in a row are failed, the incantation fails. Each incantation has a consequence associated with failure. Even if the incantation fails, the casting still consumes all the components (including expensive material components and experience points). Because of the unusual outcomes possible on a failure, the GM may choose to make these skill checks in secret. Doing this prevents the player of the caster from knowing whether an incantation has succeeded or failed. If the consequence of failure is immediate and severe (such as death resulting from a failed fires of Dis incantation), the effect is obvious, and concealing it serves no purpose. Many incantations have a backlash component, which is an ill effect suffered by the caster at the conclusion of the casting or upon failure of the incantation (see Backlash, below). Saves and Spell Resistance If an incantation allows a save, the formula to calculate the save is included in the incantation’s description. For checks to overcome spell resistance, divide the incantation’s skill check DC by 2 to get the effective caster level for the spell resistance check. For example, the caster of a fires of Dis incantation (DC 23) would add +11 to a d20 roll when attempting to overcome the spell resistance of the target. Interrupting Incantations Incantations take a long time to cast, but they aren’t as delicate and exacting as traditional spells. Casting an incantation does not provoke an attack of opportunity, and a caster can even pause the ritual for a short time in order to fight, cast a spell, or take some other action. For each round the incantation is interrupted, the DC of all subsequent skill checks to
complete the casting increases by 1. Time spent during the interruption of an incantation does not count toward the incantation’s casting time. Taking 10 As long as the caster of an incantation is not threatened or distracted, he may take 10. Incantations with backlash components or similarly harmful aspects count as threats that prevent the caster from taking 10. A caster may never take 20 when attempting to complete an incantation. Incantation Components Most incantations require components not unlike those of spells, including verbal, somatic, focus, and material components. In addition, some require secondary casters (abbreviated SC in the Components line of a description), or cause some sort of backlash (abbreviated B), or cost the caster some amount of experience points (abbreviated XP). Secondary Casters Some incantations require multiple participants to have any hope of succeeding. These secondary casters are indispensable to the success of the incantation. However, no matter how many people are gathered in the dark room, chanting with candles, only one character—most commonly the one with the highest modifier in the relevant skill—is the primary caster who makes the relevant checks. Secondary casters can’t help the primary caster succeed by means of the aid another action, but their presence is required for certain aspects of the ritual nonetheless. Often, an incantation is hosted with more than the minimum number of casters. If the primary caster or a secondary caster is killed or disabled, one of these bystanders can step into a role. If an incantation requires a check involving a skill other than Knowledge (arcana), any secondary caster can make that check if he or she has a higher skill modifier than the primary caster. Casters who favor the Hrothgar’s journey incantation, for example, keep bards on hand if they aren’t highly skilled in Perform (oratory) themselves. Backlash Some incantations damage or drain the caster in some way when they are cast. They have a backlash component: damage, negative levels, or some other effect. The caster experiences the backlash effect regardless of the success or failure of the incantation. Failed Incantations When two skill checks in a row result in failure (whether or not they’re made by the same character), the incantation as a whole fails. The character who failed the second check experiences the effect indicated in the incantation’s description. In general, the consequences of failure can be divided into the following categories. (Many of these effects are not mentioned in the sample incantations that follow; they are provided here for use in incantations that could be developed for a campaign.) Attack A creature is called from elsewhere to battle the caster (and often any bystanders and secondary casters). The incantation’s description tells the GM what Challenge Rating the creature should have, how it behaves, and how long it persists. Augment The incantation was supposed to weaken or destroy its target, but it makes the target more powerful instead. An incantation that deals damage might heal its target or cause it to grow in power, for example. Betrayal The incantation seemingly succeeds, but the subject of the incantation (or, in rare cases, the caster) undergoes a dramatic alignment change. Over the next 1d6 minutes, the subject’s alignment becomes the extreme opposite of what it was previously (for instance, lawful good becomes chaotic evil, or chaotic neutral becomes lawful neutral; a neutral subject
randomly becomes lawful good, lawful evil, chaotic good, or chaotic evil). The subject generally tries to keep its new outlook a secret. Damage Either the caster or the target takes damage as the consequence of failure. Death Someone—usually the caster or the target—dies. Some incantations allow a saving throw to avoid this consequence of failure. Delusion The caster believes the incantation had the desired effect, but in fact it had no effect or a very different one. Falsehood The incantation (typically a divination) delivers false results to the caster, but the caster believes the results are true. Hostile Spell The caster of the incantation is targeted by a harmful spell. The incantation description gives the specific spell, save DC, and other particulars. Mirrorcast The incantastion has the opposite effect of what was intended. Reversal The incantation affects the caster rather than the intended target. Sample Incantations The following incantations are among the better-known incantations in existence—which means that no more than a few eldritch scholars know about them. Characters can learn of their existence during the course of an adventure by making a Knowledge (arcana) check (see Discovering Incantations, above). Call Forth the Dweller Divination Effective Level: 6th Skill Check: Knowledge (arcana) DC 20, 6 successes Failure: Falsehood Components: V, S, M, F, XP, Casting Time: 60 minutes Range: Personal Target: You Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: No This incantation contacts the enigmatic, extradimensional being known as the Dweller on the Threshold, an entity that imparts knowledge about its specific obsession: doors and other entrances.
To cast call forth the Dweller, the caster must inscribe forty-two mystic symbols around an open doorway, then begin the chants and supplications required for the incantation. If the incantation succeeds, an image of the Dweller—an inky mass of tentacles and mouths—appears on the other side of the doorway. The Dweller on the Threshold truthfully answers any questions it is asked about a particular door. For example, the Dweller can provide a magical password that unlocks a door, indicate how to disarm a trap on a door, reveal the weaknesses of a door’s guardian, or describe the room that lies beyond the door. Its answers are clear and fairly specific, if somewhat terse. The caster may well appreciate such concise answers, because one of the forty-two symbols inscribed around the doorway during the casting of the incantation fades away with each word the Dweller on the Threshold speaks— and when all the symbols are gone, the Dweller disappears. If the caster asks the Dweller on the Threshold a question that doesn’t involve doors, the Dweller responds with a cutting insult, often about something the caster thought was secret. Each word of the insult likewise makes a symbol disappear from the perimeter of the doorway. The exact nature of the Dweller on the Threshold is shrouded in mystery. Some contend that it is somehow connected to the god of secrets, although no one has ever found conclusive evidence that the Dweller on the Threshold is evil. Option If the doorway used as the focus is one that the Dweller has been asked about in the past, the caster gains a +4 bonus on the Knowledge (arcana) checks during the incantation. For example, if Boredflak uses call forth the Dweller to learn about the Gateway to Despair, then when he reaches the Gateway, he can use the Gateway as the focus and gain a +4 bonus when he uses the incantation to ask about the Arches of Certain Doom. Failure If the caster fails two consecutive Knowledge (arcana) checks, the Dweller on the Threshold gleefully lies, employing falsehoods that demonstrate its inclination toward mischief and cruelty. Material Component Forty-two mystic symbols inscribed around the perimeter of the focus doorway (requiring materials costing 500 gp). As described above, these symbols gradually disappear during the time the incantation is in effect. Focus An open doorway large enough to allow a Medium creature to pass through it. XP Component 400 XP. Backlash After speaking with the Dweller on the Threshold, the caster is exhausted. Campaign Use This incantation is an obvious solution for characters who are “stuck” by an especially impenetrable door. The exhaustion backlash makes it less likely they immediately try the door after casting the incantation, and the XP cost ensures that they won’t try to use call forth the Dweller on every door they face. If you introduce this incantation in your game, you’re giving the PCs occasional access to a powerful divination. But because it’s rather specific, it doesn’t make the characters more powerful. Typically, getting through a door lands PCs in trouble more quickly than if they were unable to pass the portal.
Fires of Dis Conjuration (Calling) Effective Level: 6th Knowledge (arcana) DC 23, 6 successes; Knowledge (religion) DC 23, 2 successes; Knowledge (the Skill Check: planes) DC 23, 1 success Failure: Death Components: V, S, M, XP, SC, B Casting Time: 90 minutes Range: Touch Effect: 80-ft.-radius burst centered on caster Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: Reflex half (DC 19 + caster’s Cha modifier) Spell Resistance: Yes This incantation, dreamed up by insane cultists, opens a fell rift between the Material Plane and Dis, the fiery second layer of the Nine Hells. This rift brings about a massive conflagration that destroys almost everything in the immediate area, then releases a powerful devil who capers over the smoldering ruins and begins to rampage across the countryside. The fires of Dis ignite everything they touch—except for the caster, who is transported to Dis as the result of the incantation’s backlash. When the incantation is complete, the fires of Dis fill an 80-foot-radius spread around the caster’s former location, dealing 18d6 points of fire damage (Reflex half) to all creatures and objects. Additionally, everything flammable in that radius is now on fire (as described in Catching on Fire). In the following round, a pit fiend comes through the rift, which then closes. The creature begins to destroy everything in sight. Failure Death of the character who failed the second consecutive skill check. Material Component Rare unguents and dark alchemical concoctions worth 5,000 gp. XP Component 1,000 XP. Backlash The caster is knocked unconscious and transported to Dis (no save). Extra Casters Six required; they chant choruses and supplications to various dark deities throughout the incantation. Campaign Use Obviously, the backlash component is significant enough that most PCs will not seriously consider casting this incantation. But even a low- to mid-level character has a decent chance of making all the skill checks without failing twice in a row, so the incantation could show up in a campaign in a number of different circumstances. For instance, the PCs may be tipped off that suicidal cultists are trying to bring the fires of Dis to their city, and they have to disrupt the incantation. The fires of Dis might also have a place in a mystery adventure, where the PCs must discover who stole rare alchemical compounds. A routine investigation takes on new urgency when the PCs find out that the missing vials can be the material component for a fires of Dis incantation.
Hrothgar’s Journey Conjuration (Teleportation) Effective Level: 6th Skill Check: Knowledge (arcana) DC 20, 2 successes; Perform (oratory) DC 20, 4 successes Failure: 5d6 points of fire damage to caster Components: V, S, M, SC, B Casting Time: 60 minutes Range: Touch Target or Targets: Caster plus four to twelve other creatures Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless) (DC 16 + caster’s Cha modifier) Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless) Hrothgar’s journey is an incantation based on the tale of Hrothgar, a powerful barbarian hero from ages past. When the poetic epic of Hrothgar is recited in the stifling heat of a sweat lodge during the winter solstice, the orator and his listeners receive the same final reward that Hrothgar did: a one-way trip to Ysgard’s plain of Ida, where they can drink and make merry with the greatest warriors of myth. To cast the incantation, the caster must construct a small, windowless hut in the middle of the forest, then build a bonfire in the hut’s center. At least four and up to twelve others accompany the caster into the hut. Then the flames are lit and the telling of the tale of Hrothgar begins. Because the bonfire is large and the hut is small, the atmosphere inside quickly gets stiflingly hot. This is the incantation’s backlash; unlike most backlash components, it affects the incantation’s other targets as well as the caster. Any creature inside the hut must make a Fortitude save every 10 minutes or suffer the effects of severe heat (as described in Heat Dangers). Just as the tale of Hrothgar approaches its conclusion (near the end of the casting time), the bonfire’s flames light the hut on fire, which creates a great deal of smoke but no additional heat or damage. If the final skill check succeeds, the flames consume the hut’s roof and walls, revealing the plain of Ida on the plane of Asgard. Material Component A windowless, thatched hut in a forest. Backlash Component Severe heat. Extra Casters Four required; they provide the dialogue for other characters in the epic of Hrothgar. Campaign Use Hrothgar’s journey is well within the reach of mid-level PCs, especially bards. Of all the Outer Planes, Ysgard is perhaps the most hospitable to PCs and the easiest to work into an ongoing campaign, so the incantation may be a good way to whet the players’ appetite for planar travel without opening up the entire cosmology. In the hands of NPCs, Hrothgar’s journey can be an escape route for the barbarian raiders the characters have been chasing for months. Or a mischievous NPC bard can beckon the PCs into a warm hut on a cold winter’s night, promising them a wondrous reward if they just listen to a tale… Creating New Incantations General Factors for Incantations
Check DC Modifier
Skill Checks Requires checks involving more than one skill -1 Requires a skill not on wizard class skill list -1 Casting Time 1 hour between checks -1 Casting time is restricted -4 (only during full moon, for example) Casting time is severely restricted -8 (only during lunar eclipse, for example) Range Touch to close/close to touch +2/-2 Close to medium/medium to close +2/-2 Medium to long/long to medium +2/-2 Area Doubling area/halving area +3/-3 Target Unwilling target must be helpless -2 Limited targets (by HD, creature type, and so on) -3 Single target to multiple targets +4 Duration Rounds to minutes/minutes to rounds +2/-2 Minutes to hours/hours to minutes +4/-2 Hours to days/days to hours +6/-2 Days to permanent or instantaneous/ +10/-4 permanent or instantaneous to days Focus and Material Components Expensive material component (500 gp) -1 Expensive material component (5,000 gp) -2 Expensive material component (25,000 gp) -4 Expensive focus (5,000 gp) -1 Expensive focus (25,000 gp) -2 XP Component Per 100 XP (max 1,000 XP) -1 Extra Casters 10 or fewer secondary casters -2 11-100 secondary casters -6 101 or more secondary casters -10 Backlash Per 2d6 points of damage -1 Caster is exhausted -2 Per negative level caster gains -2 Caster reduced to -1 hp -3 Caster infected with disease -4 Backlash affects secondary casters too -1 Making unique incantations for your campaign is a tricky balancing act. Incantations are intentionally constructed to be much more idiosyncratic than spells are. And because incantations hinge on skill checks, it’s possible for a character to get
access to powerful magic before he—or the campaign—is ready for it. The following guidelines will help you balance the benefit of an incantation with its negative aspects, and also determine how difficult the incantation is to cast. 1. Determine School When you design an incantation, first decide which school or schools the incantation would fit into if it were a spell. Each school has a specific DC, which serves as the base skill check DC for the incantation you’re designing. Consult the descriptions of the schools of magic if you aren’t sure which school an incantation should belong to. If you’re designing an incantation that could qualify for more than one school, choose the most important one to provide the base DC. Other schools add one-third their DC to the total. For example, the fires of Dis incantation has conjuration as its most important school (because of the pit fiend it calls) and evocation as a second school (because of the fiery burst it creates). Thus, the fires of Dis incantation has a base DC of 41 (30 + 11) for all skill checks made during its casting. Each summary below specifies the range, target, duration, and other aspects of an incantation associated with a particular school. Abjuration DC 32; Range: Close; Target: One or more creatures, no two of which can be more than 30 ft. apart; Duration: Minutes;Saving Throw: Will negates; Spell Resistance: Yes. Conjuration DC 30; Range: Close; Target: One creature; Duration: Hours (Instantaneous for teleportation subschool); Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless); Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless). Divination DC 30; Range: Long; Target: Personal; Duration: Minutes; Saving Throw: None; Spell Resistance: No. Enchantment DC 32; Range: Close; Target: One living creature; Duration: Minutes; Saving Throw: Will negates; Spell Resistance: Yes. Evocation DC 34; Range: Medium; Area: 5-ft.-wide bolt or 20-ft.-radius burst; Duration: Instantaneous; Saving Throw: Reflex half; Spell Resistance: Yes. Illusion DC 32; Range: Touch; Target: One living creature or 20 cu. ft. of matter; Duration: Minutes; Saving Throw: Will disbelief; Spell Resistance: No. Necromancy DC 34; Range: Close; Target: One or more creatures or corpses; Duration: Instantaneous; Saving Throw: None; Spell Resistance: No. Transmutation DC 32; Range: Medium; Target: One creature or 20 cu. ft. of matter; Duration: Rounds; Saving Throw: Fortitude half (often harmless); Spell Resistance: Yes. 1. Modify DC Next, determine modifications to the base DC based on the specifics of your ritual; see the table below for a list of general factors and how they change the skill check DC. Increasing the base range of an incantation, for example, is a factor that increases the DC. Reducing the duration of an incantation, on the other hand, is a factor that reduces the DC.
1. Set Level Finally, set the effective level of the incantation. Incantations are like 6th- through 9th-level spells, so you can set the effective level of the incantation by comparing what the incantation does to what spells of that level can accomplish. The effective level determines a number of aspects of the incantation: how many total successes are required, the exact save DC of the incantation, and sometimes the incantation’s precise range and duration. Total Successes Equal to the incantation’s effective level. Save DC 10 + incantation’s effective level + caster’s Cha modifier. Duration and Range Assume a caster level of twice the incantation’s level, using the same formula a spell would. For example, an incantation with a duration of “minutes” would last 12 minutes if it’s effectively a 6th-level spell. The same incantation with a range of medium can affect a target up to 220 feet away.
Table Leveling Up Level Trained Class Skill Bonus 1st 4
Untrained Class Skill Bonus 3
Trained CrossUntrained Cross- Special class Skill Bonus Class Skill Bonus 1 0 Major Traits (2), Minor Traits (2), Feats (2), Background Feat, Racial Bonuses 3rd feat, Racial Skill Bonus Racial Ability Bonus Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 4th Feat Racial Power 5th Feat, Racial Skill Bonus Racial Ability Bonus Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 6th Feat Racial Power 7th Feat, Racial Skill Bonus Ability Increase (+1 to all), 9th Feat 10th feat Racial Power Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 11th feat, Racial Skill Bonus Racial Ability Bonus 12th feat Racial Power Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 13th feat, Racial Skill Bonus
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9
19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15
Racial Ability Bonus 14th feat Ability Increase (+1 to all), 15th Feat, Racial Power 16th Feat, Racial Skill Bonus Racial Ability Bonus Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 17th Feat Racial Power 18th Feat, Racial Skill Bonus Racial Ability Bonus Ability Increase (+1 to any 2), 19th Feat Racial Power 20th Feat, Racial Skill Bonus
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