Thursday, November 16, 2017

Campaign Design - Bloodlines: Auran-Blooded

(adapted from Unearthed Arcana)

Individuals with elemental blood in their veins are not uncommon in the Three Worlds. Creatures of elemental air 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 auran bloodline derives its power from a connection to the elemental Plane of Air. Characters with auran bloodlines tend to shift between emotions with surprising quickness, and may have hair or skin tinged with light blue.

Auran Bloodline Traits

Character Level
+2 on Balance checks
+2 on Balance checksImproved Initiative
Dexterity +1
Improved InitiativeGust of wind, once per day (Sp)
Auran affinity +21
Dexterity +1Weapon Finesse
+2 on Spot checks
Gust of wind, once per day (Sp)Air master (Ex)2
Constitution +1
Auran affinity +21Flyby Attack
1 You gain the indicated bonus on all Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, and Perform checks made to interact with air elementals and other creatures from the Elemental Plane of Air.
2 Airborne creatures take a -1 penalty on attack and damage rolls against you.

Racial Restriction: Dwarves cannot be Auran-Blooded.

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

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

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