Thursday, November 16, 2017

Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Aquan-Blooded

(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Individuals with elemental blood in their veins are not uncommon in the Three Worlds. Creatures of elemental water 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.

The aquan bloodline is most common among sailors and fishermen, and even the occasional character with no link whatsoever to oceans, seas, or large lakes. Such characters are often independent-minded, and generally don't live in any one place for long.

Aquan Bloodline Traits

Character Level
+2 on Swim checks
+2 on Swim checksPower Attack
Strength +1
Power AttackFog cloud, once per day (Sp)
Aquan affinity +21
Strength +1+1 to natural armor
+2 on Spot checks
Fog cloud, once per day (Sp)Swim 30 feet2
Constitution +1
Aquan affinity +21Improved Bull Rush
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with water elementals and other creatures from the Elemental Plane of Water.
2 If you already have a Swim speed, you gain +30 feet to your Swim speed.

Racial Restriction: Dwarves cannot be Aquan-Blooded.

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

Exclusive Class: All elemental-blooded individuals must replace their racial exclusive class with the Shugenja class. An Aquan-Blooded shugenja must choose the water element focus.

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