Over the course of their career, a character with a bloodline becomes more powerful than one without a bloodline. Because the power gain is gradual over a span of twenty levels, a static level adjustment doesn't truly reflect this difference. instead, a bloodline character must take one or more levels of "bloodline" at various points in his career, as noted on Table: Bloodline Levels. Before a character with a bloodline reaches the indicated character level, he must take one class level of "bloodline." Class levels of "bloodline" do not increase a character's character level the way a normal class level does, but they do provide certain benefits (see below).
There are a few important rules unique to the Three Worlds campaign setting with respect to Bloodlines. These are:
- Race Restrictions: Some bloodlines are foreclosed to certain races. For example, a dwarf may choose the Elemental bloodline, but may never be Air-Blooded or Water-Blooded. The only Elemental bloodline options available to dwarves are to be Earth-Blooded or Fire-Blooded. These restrictions will be detailed in the individual bloodline descriptions.
- Class Restrictions: Some bloodlines restrict what class options a character may choose. For example, a character who chooses an Elemental bloodline who elects to take levels as a sorcerer must take the Sorcerous Bloodline that matches his elemental bloodline. Further, some characters may find certain classes foreclosed to them as the result of taking a particular bloodline. For example, a character who has chosen the Demon-Blooded bloodline may never become a Paladin. These restrictions will be detailed in the individual bloodline descriptions.
- Exclusive Class: Taking a bloodline may change a character's available exclusive class. In such a case, the exclusive class associated with their character race is set aside, and the exclusive class associated with the chosen bloodline is substituted instead. For example, a khülen who selected the Hag-Blooded bloodline would not longer have Spirit Shaman as their exclusive class, and would instead have the Witch class as their exclusive class. Bloodlines that alter a character's exclusive class are noted in the individual bloodline descriptions.
- Yuan-ti Blooded
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