Sunday, November 19, 2017

Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Ogre

Ogre
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Characters with ogre blood are likely the result of raids on humanoid settlements, but may also derive from alliances between barbaric tribes seeking to create a stronger generation of warriors. A small number of characters with a ogre bloodline are the result of the actions of the magically gifted and intelligent race of ogre mages (in fact, all intermediate ogre bloodlines are actually ogre mage bloodlines). These characters appear clumsy and brutish, but they can possess a high degree of cunning.

Ogre Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediate
2nd
+2 on Climb checks
4th
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
6th
Strength +1
8th
Power Attack+1 to natural armor
10th
Ogre affinity +21
12th
Strength +1Darkness, once per day (Sp)
14th
+2 on Concentration checks
16th
+1 to natural armorInvisibility, once per day (Sp)
18th
Charisma +1
20th
Ogre affinity +21Fly, once per day (Sp)
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with ogres and ogre magi.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Storm Giant

Storm Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

of all the giant bloodlines, the storm giant bloodline is the most prominent, in large part because several of the Great Houses of the Rhadynnic Sky Empire claimed descent from these powerful being, including the now lost House Llud of the High kings of Prydain. Due to political marriages, there are now many dynasties that can credibly claim to have storm giant forebears, and even those who do not often say that they do. For their part, storm giants seem somewhat embarrassed that they have become a sign of nobility among so many of the smaller folk, and have become quite circumspect in their dealings with outsiders in recent years.

The progeny of storm giants frequently have a greenish tint to their skin, and rarely a violet tinge instead. Those who tend towards green coloring often have dark green or black hair and deep green eyes. Those who tend towards the violent end of the spectrum, which includes the members of House Gilfaethwy, and used to include the members of House Llud before they were all killed in the whelming of Prydain, have hair that runs towards deep violent and silver or purple eyes.

Storm Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediateMajor
1st
--+2 on Climb checks
2nd
-+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
3rd
--Strength +1
4th
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack+1 to natural armor
5th
--Storm giant affinity +21
6th
-Strength +1Electricity resistance 5 (Ex)
7th
--+2 on Jump checks
8th
Power Attack+1 to natural armorCleave
9th
--Constitution +1
10th
-Storm giant affinity +21Water breathing (Ex)
11th
--Storm giant affinity +41
12th
Strength +1Electricity resistance 5 (Ex)Electricity resistance 10 (Ex)
13th
--+2 on Swim checks
14th
-+2 on Jump checksCall lightning, once per day (Sp)
15th
--Wisdom +1
16th
+1 to natural armorCleaveFreedom of movement, once per day (Sp)
17th
--Storm giant affinity +61
18th
-Constitution +1+1 to natural armor
19th
--+2 on Concentration checks
20th
Storm giant affinity +21Water breathing (Ex)Immunity to electricity (Ex)
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with storm giants.
2 You can breathe underwater indefinitely and can freely use special abilities while submerged.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Hill Giant

Hill Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

After ogres, the hill giants are the most common form of giant, and are apt to come into contact with the smaller folk more often than many of the other strains of jattalainen. They are notorious as slavers, and are not above visiting their lust upon unwilling thralls. Hill giants are also often found in the company of humanoids such as euroz and kell, and have been known to enter into close alliances with such creatures that sometimes result in progeny.

Character with the hill giant bloodline tend to be powerfully built, barrel-chested with overlong arms. They usually have brown or black hair and eyes of the same color. Their skin is tanned and ruddy. Like their forebears, they tend to be brutish but often have a cruel cunning.

Hill Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
Minor
4th
+2 on Climb checks
8th
Power Attack
12th
Strength +1
16th
+1 to natural armor
20th
Hill Giant affinity +21
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with hill giants.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Stone Giant

Stone Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Stone giants are usually unconcerned with the affairs of the smaller folk, but sometimes a stone giant tribe will form a strong bond with one of the mountain villages or farming families that it trades with. In rare cases, these alliances result in such close unions that they result in children.

Individual descended from stone giants generally have a grey pallor to their skin, and are frequently bald. A very small fraction of those with the stone giant bloodline have hair, which is almost always dark grey or black. One clear marker of stone giant heritage is the eyes, which are almost universally entirely black, lacking even in whites.

Stone Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediate
2nd
+2 on Climb checks
4th
+2 on Climb checksPoint Blank Shot
6th
Strength +1
8th
Point Blank Shot+1 to natural armor
10th
Stone giant affinity +21
12th
Strength +1Stone shape, once per week (Sp)
14th
+2 on Jump checks
16th
+1 to natural armorCombat Reflexes
18th
Constitution +1
20th
Stone giant affinity +21+1 to natural armor
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with stone giants.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Frost Giant

Frost Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Frost giants are alternatively the enemies and allies of the denizens of the icy lands of places like Elizon, Kysthjem, Midtenjord, Langjord, or the Dekkulde Isles. Many bands of frost giants raid their northern neighbors, but they are just as likely to join their some time targets in joint raids upon those from warmer climes. As a result, the frost giant bloodline commonly result both from the depredations of rape and pillage, or from the alliances between frost giants and smaller folk.

Characters bearing a frost giant bloodline tend to be massive for their race, tall and powerfully built. They usually have pale, almost white skin, and hair that runs from dirty yellowish blonde to light blue. They commonly have pale blue icy eyes.

Frost Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediate
2nd
+2 on Climb checks
4th
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
6th
Strength +1
8th
Power Attack+1 to natural armor
10th
Frost giant affinity +21
12th
Strength +1Cold resistance 5 (Ex)
14th
+2 on Jump checks
16th
+1 to natural armorImproved Sunder
18th
Constitution +1
20th
Frost giant affinity +21Cold resistance 10 (Ex)
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with frost giants.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Fire Giant

Fire Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Characters with the fire giant bloodline may be the result of voluntary or involuntary interbreeding with the greatfolk. Characters bearing a fire giant bloodline tend to be massive for their race, and almost always have a stocky dwarf-like physique. They usually have black skin, red or orange hair, and some even have red eyes.

Fire Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediate
2nd
+2 on Climb checks
4th
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
6th
Strength +1
8th
Power Attack+1 to natural armor
10th
Fire giant affinity +21
12th
Strength +1Fire resistance 5 (Ex)
14th
+2 on Jump checks
16th
+1 to natural armorCleave
18th
Constitution +1
20th
Fire giant affinity +21Fire resistance 10 (Ex)
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with fire giants.
 
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Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Cloud Giant

Cloud Giant
(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Bloodlines of cloud giants are most likely the result of long-ago alliances between that race and the ancient nobility of the smaller folk. Characters bearing a cloud giant bloodline tend to be massive for their race, and often have milky white or light blue hair. They frequently have silver or white hair and eyes of iridescent blue.

Cloud Giant Bloodline Traits

Character Level
MinorIntermediate
2nd
+2 on Climb checks
4th
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
6th
Strength +1
8th
Power Attack+1 to natural armor
10th
Cloud giant affinity +21
12th
Strength +1Obscuring mist, once per day (Sp)
14th
+2 on Jump checks
16th
+1 to natural armorImproved Bull Rush
18th
Constitution +1
20th
Cloud giant affinity +21Scent (Ex)
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with cloud giants.
 
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