Monday, September 25, 2017

Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Doppelganger-Blooded

(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

The blood of doppelgangers flows through the veins of many of the denizens of the Three Worlds. Much of the intermingling is the result of the Alvari creation of the race of changelings, which directly injected doppelganger heritage into the ancestral lines of many people as the result of both successful and failed experiments, and also did so indirectly, by creating changelings who went on to intermarry with members of many of the other races. For their part, many doppelgangers have engendered the creation of doppelganger-blooded progeny by living clandestinely among humans for their own nigh-inscrutable purposes.

Those with doppelganger ancestry are most commonly found in cities and towns as changelings tend to gravitate towards urban areas, leading to many citizens of those settlements knowingly or unknowingly having doppelganger blood. In some places, doppelganger heritage is so common that it would probably be easier to count the number of people who do not have doppelganger blood than to count those who do, most notably Enselm which has almost as many changelings as it has gnomes. Although they are most common in urban areas, the doppelganger-blooded can be found anywhere, even in the most isolated and out of the way rustic farmstead.

Though those with doppelganger blood often gravitate towards clandestine or even criminal professions, this is by no means universal. As the offspring of shapeshifters, the doppelganger-blooded have been known to assume almost any outlook and take up almost any occupation. Even so, their natural gifts make the doppelganger-blooded especially attractive to criminal organizations and spy rings, and many offer substantial inducements to tempt those with this heritage into these lines of work. The doppelganger bloodline only provides a minor bloodline. Anyone with an intermediate bloodline would effectively be a changeling, and anyone with a major bloodline would essentially be a doppelganger.

Doppelganger Bloodline Traits

Character Level
+2 on Disguise checks
Alter self, once per day (Sp)
Charisma +1
Detect thoughts, once per day (Sp)
Doppelganger affinity +21
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with doppelgangers or changelings.

Racial Restriction: Changelings cannot be doppelganger-blooded, because effectively they already are.

Exclusive Class: Doppelganger-blooded individuals can replace their racial exclusive class with the Gutter Mage class.

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