Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Terran-Blooded

(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Individuals with elemental blood in their veins are not uncommon in the Three Worlds. Creatures of elemental earth often crossbreed with the inhabitants of the world, resulting in progeny with abilities and affinities that reflect their elemental ancestry. Sometimes those with elemental blood show up immediately, and in some places they are common enough to form their own communities and breed true among themselves. In others the effect of such crossbreeding can lie fallow for generations, only to come to the fore after many generations of dormancy.

In most cases, the elemental ancestor can be ascertained, or at least guessed at based upon family histories and legends, but in others it is a mystery. Some scholars have speculated that no interbreeding with an elemental creature is necessary to result in elemental-blooded children - only that the parent be exposed to a powerful enough source of elemental power during conception, pregnancy, or delivery of the child. Such scholars often also believe that the dwarven race owes its terran affinity to the fact that they live underground for so much of their lives, so they and their theories are generally not taken seriously by others.

Creatures that bear a bloodline of elemental earth feel a sense of gravity and stability that ties them to the stones of the world. They have a palpable sense of inertia about them, which sometimes manifests as a slowness to take action.

Terran Bloodline Traits

Character Level
+2 on Climb checks
+2 on Climb checksPower Attack
Strength +1
Power AttackMeld into stone, once per day (Sp)
Terran affinity +21
Strength +1+1 to natural armor
+2 on Listen checks
Meld into stone, once per day (Sp)Earth mastery (Ex)2
Constitution +1
Terran affinity +21Improved Sunder
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with earth elementals and other creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth.
2 You gain a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls if both you and your foe touch the ground. If an opponent is airborne or waterborne, you suffer a -4 penalty on attack and damage rolls.

Favored Class: Terran-Blooded individuals may replace their racial favored class with the Sorcerer class. Terran-Blooded individuals must take the Elemental sorcerous bloodline and select earth as their element type.

Exclusive Class: All elemental-blooded individuals must replace their racial exclusive class with the Shugenja class. A Terran-Blooded shugenja must choose the earth element focus.

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