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Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Synast - gaunt psionic humanoid, with a large extended brain and no skull

These were some of my ongoing evil masterminds, found in dungeons or other places of wealth. They are basically 3.5 psionic creatures, I've been working on a new Nyssian Psionic process, but I don't game enough and I'm always a bit too busy working on something else.

Synast CR 7
NE Medium Humanoid
Init +1 Senses Perception +7

AC 13 touch 11, flat-footed 12 (+1 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 45hp (7d8+14 con)
Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +4
Defensive Abilities    DR 10/magic

Speed 30 ft.
Melee Short Sword +6 (1d6+1)
Special Attacks Synaptic Blast
Spell Like Abilities (CL 7th - Psion)

Str 11, Dex 12, Con 7, Int 15, Wis 14, Cha 13
Base Atk +5 CMB +6 CMD 17
Feats Synaptic Focus, Inquisitor, Opportunity Power

Skills Autohypnosis+10, Bluff +10, Disguise: +9, Diplomacy +12, Sense Motive +10, Knowledge (Psionics) +9, Knowledge (History)+9, Perception +7

Languages Dwarven, Giant, Elven, Common

Environment: Usually Urban (towers and libraries)
Organization: Solitary, Pair, Trio, Synod (5-9)
Treasure Value  Double
Alignment: Usually Neutral Evil
Advancement: By character class


Synaptic Blast: This psionic ray slows a creatures ability to maneuver and attack, inflicting a –2 attack penalty on attack capacity for the next three rounds. To avoid this effect, a victim must make a Will DC of 14. Unlike their other powers, this has no psp cost for a synast to manifest. Also, the three round duration begins when the first round the ray has stopped, so if a character is hit for four consecutive rounds, they will suffer a –8 for the three rounds.

A gaunt, grey-skinned humanoid with a large extended brain and no apparent skull-case around it, a cerebrum twice the size of a regular man. When using their psionic powers, the blood vessels in its brain glow a bright green. They seemingly always appear as frail especially during of times of physical stress.

Synasts are evil humanoids obsessed with obtaining great riches or powerful artifacts. While often seen alone, synasts always work in synods, teams loyal to each other and a particular goal. Death of an individual member doesn't deter them from their goals, and sometimes may motivate them to invite others into their group. Synod leaders are at least 5th level psions.

With sharp eyes and keen minds, they carefully study both problems and people before taking action. Synasts may work with other races or groups in an apparent subservient role but they usually control events behind their master’s back. Even without psionics, a synast can easily manipulate creatures, convincing others to do its dirty work. They are content to let things stream quietly if things are going as they need them to but if problems occur, synasts don't have a problem completely taking over.

A synast is a nasty combatant as they can control other creature’s synapses, able to paralyze, blind or turn some men temporarily insane with a touch. These cowards avoid danger whenever possible, preferring to manipulate events behind the scenes.

New Feat: Synaptic Focus: A Synast is considered always focused when it comes to its synaptic powers. They never need to make a focus check to activate or renew any synaptic power.

Psionic Powers* They manifest as a 7th level Psionic; DC 13+ power level; 56 PSPs
4th Level: Synaptic Shut-Down, Psychic Vampire
3rd Level: Synaptic Short, Hustle, Energy Retort
2nd Level Power: Synaptic Lock, Animal Affinity, Mental Disruption, Chameleon
1st level Power: Synaptic Manipulation, Synaptic Grapple, Call to Mind, Inertial Armor, Energy Ray

*These are the typical powers known by a synast, some may choose different powers per power level.

Synaptic Manipulation: This ability temporarily makes a ligament move in the direction the psion desires. It is for one round only Required Touch; Cost: Base 1 PSP, Save: SC11+1

Synaptic Lock: This ability temporarily locks a ligament so it cannot move. It is for three rounds. Required Touch; Cost: Base 2 PSP, Save: SC12+1

Synaptic Short: This ability shorts a ligament so it cannot move. The effect lasts for five rounds. Even if the victim makes their saving throw on the first round, they must make it again every round to be free. Cost: Base 2 PSP, Save: SC12+1

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Silver Bulette

Most of the time adventurers in my games are in spires or underground dungeons but at mid to lower levels much of the story is getting to the locations, so wandering monsters are a big part of the game. That's where the Silver Bullete comes in, a huge size, hungry creature that can jump teleport. Plus I just love the name of the creature and what it can do...

Silver Bulette CR 10
XP 3,200
N Huge magical beast
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent, tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +11


AC 27 touch 13, flat-footed 22 (+5 Dex, +14 natural, -2 size)
hp 147hp (14d10+70 con)
Fort +14, Ref +14, Will +5


Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft.
Melee Bite +19 (2d10+7) and 2 claws +15 (2d8+7)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks leap, savage bite, Silvery Flash


Str 25, Dex 20, Con 20, Int 5, Wis 13, Cha 3
Base Atk +14 CMB +23 CMD 38 (42 vs trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (bite), X3
Skills Acrobatics +11 (+19 jumping), Perception +15; Racial Modifiers +4 on Acrobatics checks made to jump


Environment temperate hills or underground
Organization solitary (adult)
Treasure Incidental (gems or coins stuck to its hide)


Leap (Ex) A silver bulette can perform a special kind of pounce attack by jumping into combat. When a bullette charges, it can make a DC 16 Acrobatics check to jump into the air and land next to its enemies. If it makes the Acrobatics check, it can follow up with four claw attacks against foes in reach, but cannot make a bite attack.

Savage Bite (Ex) A bulette's bite is particularly dangerous. It applies 1-1/2 times its Strength modifier to damage inflicted with its bite attack, and threatens a critical hit on a 18–20.

Silvery Flash: A Silver Bulette can dimensional jump, moving up to 500 feet away in one round. Treat as an improved bull rush if any creatures are in it's path. It can do this 3 times a day. When it moves in this fashion, there is a momentary flash of silver when it enters and exits the astral.

A Silver Bullette is a legend from the Spirelands - a huge creature that burrows just beneath the surface. It normally feeds on creatures that are in it's path, but if hungry it will go out of its way to attack caravans or other large groups. It is peaceful as long as it gets enough to eat, but when it does not, it starts to look for easy targets that are near it to feed on.

Named after its ability to jump or teleport small ranges, with the associated silvery flash.

These creatures are sexless, they spontaneously compost  into three or four smaller versions of themselves that stay together for 8 - 10 months until they grow large enough to survive on their own.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ferroplasmic Feline (Psionic Cat)

Ferroplasmic Feline (Psionic Cat)

Small Size Magical Beast

Hit Dice:
2d8+2 (11 hp)
Initiative: +2 (dexterity)
Speed: 30 ft

AC: 16 (+2 size, +2 Natural, +2 Dexterity)
BAB / Grapple: +2 / -2
Attacks: +3 Bite (1d3+1)
Special Attacks: None
Special Qualities: Detect Psionics, Scent, Buffer
Saves: Fort +1, Ref +2, Will +3

Abilities: Str 6, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 8, Wis 17, Cha 10
Skills: Acrobatics +8, Stealth +8, Move Silently +9, Perception +9, Sense Motive +12
Feats: Weapon Finesse (Bite), Rubbing Buffer
Climate/Terrain: Any (usually urban)
Organization: Solitary or Hex (6 cats)
Challenge Rating: 2
Treasure: None
Alignment: Usually neutral good
Advancement Range: 3-6 HD (Small) 7-12 HD (Small)

Rubbing Buffer: After three rounds of rubbing their skin or tail on one creature, that creature gains a +3 on the first saving throw they need to make. Given to allies, most often children.

A small blob of goo is in a corner of the room, jumps up, and moments later you see a small orange colored cat take form hissing at something from afar.

Most generally appear the same size and shape as a regular sized cat, most are black and white or dull orange in color. Often they are trained to hunt & detect undead, rats or other vermin. They are not true cats, as their natural form is a gooey blob of green goo. But they spend so much time in the mortal world they are just as accustomed to their alternate cat form.

Their natural home is a webby nest, within a very small opening, seemingly impossible for them to get through. They can breed both domestically and wild - they prefer to hunt for their own foods, but some are spoiled by human, dwarf or tenderfoot owners. Families are sometimes adopted by the cat, especially if there are friendly children that inhabit the same same area.

Psionics: detect dimensional space, detect evil, dimension door (20 ft), sense link (100 ft), ectoplasmic form; PSP 15; Psion Level: 2

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Grey Dwarves (or Gravity Dwarves) plus Trel Magical Ore

Have long used the fantasy trope of clouds as islands in the sky. These grey dwarves are the major inhabitant. They mine a white ore in the clouds, that enables levitation.

Grav   (Grey or Gravity or Cloud Dwarves)
Medium Sized Humanoids

Hit Dice:                         2d8+6 (17 hp)
Initiative:                        -1
Speed:                             20*
AC:                                 20 (+3 natural, +1 size, +2 Shield, +5 Breastplate), 14 Touch, 17 Flat
Base Attack/Grapple:     +2
Attack:                            Hammer +6 (1d10+3), Heavy Crossbow +2 (1d8)
Special Attacks:              Mass Manipulation, Psionics
Special Qualities:            Low-Light Vision
Saves:                              Fort  +5  Ref  -1   Will  +1
Abilities (Soldier)           Str 16, Dex 7, Con 17, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 10
Typical                            Appraise +3, Craft (Stonecutting) +3, Craft (Mining) +3, Perception +3
Feats:                              Weapon Focus (Hammer); Stone Interaction (+5 skill bonus)
Climate/Terrain:              Cloud Isles
Organization:                   Patrol (2-7), Army (20-50), Town (500-2000)
Challenge Rating:            2
Treasure:                          Double Standard
Alignment:                       Lawful Neutral
Advancement Range:       By Class

Gray skinned dwarves, three feet tall and almost as wide, with short white beards that are over 300 pounds. Most wear light metal armor, and use either a pick or hammer for both their work and combat weapon.

Grav are best known as reclusive cloud miners, who exclusively control trel production which is a magical ore that gives the wielder levitation properties. These psionic creatures can manipulate gravity, to levitate or featherfall almost at will. When the grav are transporting their goods they become targets of raiders, so they often look to hire adventuring companions.

Society: Grav society is extremely codified; every citizen knows their exact duties.  Leaders are chosen at birth based on exhibiting greater psionic talents. They are taken away for instruction by the elder counsel, never knowing their birth families only the responsibilities that come with prestige and political power. Nobility or societal rank is rarely hereditary, higher level military station comes from success in battle, similarly, higher social rank comes from action, wealth and fame. Grav give nothing away, those who have something, have it because they earned it.

Those of the lower class usually take one of two roles: soldier or miner. Both are dangerous jobs, however, everyone in grav society has the possibility to advance upward due to performance. They may have little money, but they are a content lot and few grav would ever disobey their elders. Like their land based kin, grav enjoy pints of mead, and it is a little nervy to witness dozens of them drinking together in near perfect unison, no planned co-ordination but their natural instincts taking over.

While friendly, Grav rarely do well with strangers. They don't understand things like artistic expression that doesn't fit into pre-determined functional slots. But what many non-Grav often find most surprising is that for a codified society, they have little fear about expressing themselves or their ideas. All Grav are free to express themselves and to question the reasons for decisions their elders make, the only difference is once a group or society makes a decision, few Grav ever question it, as they trust each other.

Combat They fight using psionics to control the weight of the weapons and armor foes use, making it impossible to wield in battle or strong enough to move more than a few feet without extreme effort. Grav often grapple foes and drag them off a cliff or mountainside then safely levitating back up. They concentrate on an enemies leaders or spellcasters. Grav soldiers never surrender and willingly sacrifice their lives.

Miner or Soldier: mass manipulation (self) PSP: 5  (by HD)
Noble: mass manipulation, phobia amplification (heights), levitate; PSP: 15 (3 HD minimum)

Grav as Characters
+2 Constitution, +2 Strength, -4 Dexterity
Bonus Feat: Weapon Focus (Hammer)
Speed: 20 (15 in armor)
+1 Natural Armor Bonus / 3 HD or class levels
Fighter is the preferred class for soldiers;
Psion for Nobles.
Psionics: +5 PSP, Mass Manipulation

Trelline (Trel) is one of the base magical metals on Nyssa. It is mined almost entirely by the Grav dwarves in the clouds above the land. It is a pure white stone, with small cracks on its surface. The Grav must go into the deepest parts of the cloud to obtain the ore. With a processed piece of Trel, upon concentration, the user can slowly levitate upwards - speed and distance depends upon the user. Their communities are based on permanent cloud isles that must mine for Trel, they need to go to new clouds, find a line and do their work to extract the ore. Unlike traditional ground ores, Trel is always being naturally generated in new clouds. Clouds have a centralized gravity, meaning down is towards the cloud centre base.

Monday, 19 November 2018


A native and twisted plant form found in some of the deepest jungles of the land. While unsure of their origin, they have long been a nightmare to root out. These twisted entities try to manipulate the environments to control others to do their bidding.


NE Medium Plant
Init +2 Senses Low-light vision; Perception +6


AC 16 touch 9, flat-footed 16 (+7 natural, -1 size)
hp 75hp (10d8+30 con)
Fort +10, Ref +3, Will +3
Defensive Abilities Immune mind-affecting effects, poison, sleep, polymorph, stunning

Speed 10 ft.
Melee Bite +8 (1d12+2/X3), Root Tentacles +6 (1d8+3)
Special Attacks Tentacles Reach 25 ft
Spell Like Abilities (CL 9th)
Summon Small Animals, Detect Alignment or Magic (5/day)
Charm Animal or Humanoid (4/day; DC 14) & Control Plant (4/day; DC 15)

Str 19, Dex 11, Con 16, Int 13, Wis 11, Cha 11
Base Atk +7 CMB +12 CMD 22 / +12 to avoid being tripped, bull rushed, etc
Feats Deep Roots, Multi-Attack
Skill Bonus +4 Perception
Skills +7 Perception , +10 Stealth; +8 Knowledge (Plant), +4 Stealth bonus if planted outside
Languages Druid, Fae, Elf plus one

Environment    Any Forest
Organization   Solitary or Pod (2-4)
Treasure Value  Standard
Advancement (11-16 HD - Medium), (17-22 HD Large)


Root Reach - Their roots can stretch out up to 200 ft their base. They cannot attack in this area, but can move objects closer to them.

Non-Detection: The Seymourian has a DC 25 to be found or caught by magic spells, otherwise they are observed as normal plants.

This plant has long been a nuisance in forests and gardens. Appear as larger than normal plants, with an extensive root system. But when cultivated by either an evil druid or someone with knowledge they can breed a smart and quite dangerous specimen that is sentient. These creatures control an environment as their home, and anything in their radius can be affected by their charms.

Appear as a large sized, heavily rooted, broad leafed flower, with a bright rose or red petals. While it is almost impossible to immediately notice them (DC 18) if intruders see the Seymourian talk, they notice small eyes, nose and mouth in the largest petal. Seymourians try to control the creatures around them for their own purposes, whether looking for followers, wealth or love.

It often has allies that are only vaguely aware of what they are, they just know the entity can protect or raid a forest area better than anyone else.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Corpse Wraith - Undead Template

Wraith Lords are the undead abominations that seek to end life merely to cause suffering to others. While some creatures are driven by greed or sadism, these creatures have no dark passion, they merely want to destroy other things and beings, just for the sake of destruction. Cunning and seemingly cruel, they display no outward emotion.

Corpse Wraith (Template)

Size and type: Change to undead; do not recalculate hp
Hit Dice: Change to d12, 3 HD is the base, it can be higher
Speed: As original creature; loses swim burrow or climb movement, gains fly 40 (good)
Armor Class: +5 deflection bonus (if not in host), otherwise as host
Attack: Incorporeal Touch
Full Attack: Incorporeal Touch

Damage: based on HD
3-4 HD: 1d6 dmg + 1 charisma drain, +1 deflection AC bonus
5-8 HD: 1d10 dmg + 2 charisma drain, +2 deflection AC bonus
9-12 HD: 2d8 dmg + 2 charisma drain, +4 deflection AC bonus
13-16 HD: 2d12 dmg + 3 charisma drain, +6 deflection AC bonus
17 HD +: 3d10 dmg + 1d6 charisma drain, +9 deflection AC bonus

Level tiered effects
3-4 HD: +1 deflection AC bonus; +1 on SA effect DCs
5-8 HD: +2 deflection AC bonus; +2 on SA effect DCs
9-12 HD: +4 deflection AC bonus; +4 on SA effect DCs
13-16 HD: +6 deflection AC bonus; +6 on SA effect DCs
17 HD +: +9 deflection AC bonus; +8  on SA effect DCs

Special Features

Displacement: 50% miss for missile weapons or spells that require attack rolls.

Special Attacks:

Paralysis Stare (DC 13), paralyzed for 10 rounds or less, can do once every 1d3 rounds. Subtract the saving throw from 17 to find the number of rounds the victim is paralyzed. Those affected can mumble with great effort but cannot cast spells, turn or activate magic items requiring words.

Chill Metal: (DC 11) can affect any piece of metal once a day, it is an auto effect if not being controlled or touched by a living creature.

Word of Terror: (Will DC 15) or tremble in fear for 1d4 rounds, if less than 6HD/levels will flee, usable once an hour

Possess Corpse: Can infest any dead humanoid body. Corpse Wraiths retain their mental stats but take on the corpse. They do this usually to escape detection. They have limited capacity to retain their host's memory.

Wraith lords retain the memories and abilities they had in life, including any spell casting abilities. Most reside in urban settings, where it is easy to hide their presence as well as to find a new host body if needed. They are hunted down with religious zeal by Jackalla, the undead hunters of Nyssa.

They appear as a dark spirit, all their features matching who or what they were during their life, but they have an evil, ominous presence.

Creatures killed by wraith lords have their spirits or souls absorbed by the wraith lord, and can only be freed once the wraith itself is vanquished. New Corpse Wraiths are created by necromancers who are seeking undead servants. Unlike with many other types of undead, corpse wraiths are not mindless servants, once created they serve themselves and try to get freedom and accomplish their own goals.

The most powerful ones are released by their masters to serve as free-willed terrors, not in their thrall but in equal service. Appear as grey-shaded humanoids, in tatters mostly in the background unnoticed as they go about their actions. When they attack, they seem to instantly change to vengeful warrior spirits, full of dread, power inflicting horror on anyone within fifty feet.

Monday, 5 November 2018


Frush, are weird tentacled creatures that reside in the ships and many temples mostly in and around the Isle of Oromos. They can telepathically move things, and best known for their capacity to move ships, skimming across the top of the shiven, While they are fully cognizant of the prime world much of their energies exist on the astral, so they are creatures stuck between the different planes and realities.

City, D&D, D20, Nyssa, Pathfinder, Electronic

CR 5
N Medium Aberration
Init +0 Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8

AC 17 touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+5 natural)
hp 26 hp (4d8+8 con)
Fort +3, Ref +1, Will +5

Speed 20 ft., Climb 20 ft, Swim 20 ft
Melee Grapple +4 (1d8+3)
Special Attacks  Psionics, Constrict (1d4+3), Imp Grab
Special Qualities: All Around sight

Str 7, Dex 10, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 13
Base Atk +3 CMB +6 CMD 16
Feats Mind-Link
Skills +9 Perception , +9 Survival, +9 Deception
Languages Understand basic common but speak via Mindlink

Environment  Underground or City Tunnels and Jammers
Organization  Solitary
Treasure Value Double
Advancement By HD 5 - 8 (Medium), 9-16 (Large)
Alignment: Neutral (50% tend towards LN)

Frush are medium sized collections of sentient pink plazene - appearing as frazzled strings emerging from a core glowing spiked ball. It has all the functions and features of other mortal creatures such as eyes and ears, yet they mostly ignore these as they highly prefer to touch through their plazene, their nerve tentacles. When they move, they blast new tentacles to new location, then pull themselves towards that direction and the other planted tentacles drop. It seems to take considerable effort and co-ordination, so it is obvious that there is a centralized intelligence controlling the motion. The challenge is most of the time they are inanimate, blobs on a wall or ceiling, almost invisible except to those that are already aware of them.

Who or how they were discovered was lost long ago, but they have a presence in many cities where they are relied on for their unnerving capacity to monitor and control. Light, sound, even motion can be tracked, simply by having a frush view an area. When they are placed they subtlely control for the betterment of their masters. They take over any area, mechanically controlling any object or device with movement in a 90 foot radius. Many parks and jails in Oromos among many other places have a Frush in a central location, controlling and commanding the physical structure.

Oromians around 500 hundred years ago learned to plant a Frush inside a ship to enable movement. The creature needs to settle and once it does enables the ship to move through the First Ether Plane - physically moving the ship, usually a few feet above the ground. Eventually they realized with higher level specialized wizards to pilot the ship, they could travel into and out of the astral enabling travel between known portals in hours, instead of the days it used to take. These ships are called Jammers, and enable movement through-out the domains, but only by the Oromians, who control and manipulate the ships for trade purposes.

Psionics: PSP: 25; DC 14+ (1d12); Manifests as a 5th level Psionic
Powers: Biocurrent, Control Movement, Create Sound, Levitate, Sense Presence

Mind-Link is my basic psionic telepathy. Any creature with the psionic feat and a current reserve of 1 PSP, can contact an Open Mind, free of PSP charge and send or receive a short message within a 1 mile radius. They can do this any round, but it is an action to send information, except on the first round of mental transmission.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Codex and Evil Gods Codes

A codex is a simplified listing of ideas and instructions for a group of faithful. While technically it doesn't have to be for a specific deity, they usually are. It will list histories associated either with a god figure or one their followers, such as an angel and moral philosophies associated with the figure. Most contain spells and heavenly maps that only those of a particular spell casting level can understand.

Greater Gods
Quanna: Goddess of the Light, Mistress of Flight, LG, Weekly, (Often called the Lady)
Mathai: God of the Hunt, CG, Monthly, Green, Patron of Rangers
Darras: God of the Poor, NG, Weekly, Brown, Patron of Landless Knights & the Poor
Japeth: God of Courage, LG, Monthly, Orange, Patron of Paladins
Keran: God of the Night, Master of Fright; LE, Any, Monthly, Black.
Cush: God of Bloodshed & Murder, CE, Before Battle, Red, Assasins
Shion: (Shine) God of Greed, NE, Any, 3 coins arranged in a triangle, Patron of Finders (Thieves).
Faval: Lord of Destruction & Rebirth, CN, Non-Lawful, Flame / Teardrop
Casna: God of Justice, LN, Weekly, Purple, Patron of Monks
Holon: Earth Mother, Mistress of Druids, Neutral, Any, Seasonal

Rowena: Lady of the Cold, NE, White, Patron of Undead
Anubis: Defender of the Dead, LN, Patron of Jackalla
Crayos: Keeper of Secrets, N, Patron of Seers
Jubal: Lord of Shadows, CN, Patron of Spice (Drugs)
Fatanus: Lady Luck, CN, Gaming Wheel / Dice
Orelleo: Lord of Traveling, NG, Any, Patron of the Gypsies
Rosetti: Mistress of Beauty, Lady Love, CG, Patron of Sorcerers
Jamile: Lady of Suffering, CE, Any time when sick.
Jamine: Lady of the Plague, CE, Any time sick
Stradamia: Mistress of music, Patron of Bards, N
Shellonna: Lady of the Oceans, Patron of Sailors
Shi-Lo: Lord of Combat, N, Patron of Monks

Great Horned One: Patron of the Minotaur-kin
Father Stone/ Mother of the Mountains: Patron of the Dwarves
Tree Lord / Spirit Mother : Patron of the Fey
Phoenix: Lord of Flames, Patron of the Phaetox
Fenris: Beast Lord, NE, Any, Grey, Master of Lycanthropes,
Bourdana: Master Chef, Lord of Inspiration, N

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God of the Night, Master of Fright;

Alignment: Lawful Evil
Follower's Alignment: Any
Associated Colour: Black
Holy Days: Every Month
Sacrifice: Tithe (20%) or forty hours of service
Familiar Form: Avian (Black Raven or Black Snake)
Domains: Protection, Evil, Fear, Summoning, Darkness, Sickness, Pain, Healing
Followers: All, Evil Aligned people, City Folk, Rogues, Sorcerers, Poor, Gamblers
Rank: Usually referred to as Lord or Master; ordain both genders.

The Dark One, the accursed. Lord of Fear. Master of Horror. Master of Darkness.

His faith is based on fear of what is beyond the coil. Both the dark and night are not just within his domain but represent what is beyond you.  While many look to his church to grant them access to power, many more look to the horror to move past their own fears. His church gives relief, but it also
demands payment. Many view His as the true source of all evil in the world, but his followers merely say that only with the strength of Keran can they overcome their fears. Yet other followers say there are only two kinds of people, those who fear and those who are the source of fear, who you are is based on what you choose to be.

He has two primary types of followers, those who want succor and those seeking to inflict fear on others. His good aligned followers appease their dark lord, offering sacrifices of every type to keep their Lord content. They are not happy or proud, yet they know that this way, the dark way they can get done what needs to be done. Many of these types of followers constantly wear a small obvious black article of clothing. When committing their rituals, they wear dark masks or cowls. In some places it is against the law to worship the dark one, but in most places their obelisks are public and those who go there are not questioned for their alignments or choices.

The other type seek power - willing to commit horrific or evil actions in order to get what they want. They are drawn to the dark obelisks to commit both dark  rituals and evil actions, and they are then given harder challenges that they must overcome to be granted more powers. Few have any compulsion about doing the horrific actions and often enjoy comitting acts of violence, torture and blasphemy.

While distinct in their attitudes, at most obelisks there is no division. Evil priests often work for good aligned ones, or vice versa up the chain of power. Positional advancement happens because of success. Most times there is no single path -there are direct ones with use of  violence and terror but many times, there are other harder less obvious routes; this is how the good aligned Keranites accomplish their goals.

Failure is not just personal for the good aligned Keranite, it also means more influence and power for the evil aligned ones. Perhaps the only blessing is that good-aligned Keranies always help their own, uncaring about personal advancement but doing what they can for others who share
the hope and faith.

Clerics on Nyssa are often dual worshippers, so it is common for Keranites to follow good or Neutral aligned gods. They must always, especially in cities, openly wear their Keranite colours and symbols. They worship the dark one because they feel they must, but follow others because it is in their hearts. As long as they do not proclaim the good (or neutral) over anything else, and commit their service as required, they are not

Black is the colour of their priest's vestments. Most good aligned Keranites wear one small but obvious black clothing item; others just do the whole goth thing. Evil ones are much more elaborate, wearing dark, twisted vestments that have obvious twisted features.

His avatar form is usually a rogue dressed in chain mail with two anthril blades, always a precursor to commit a secret action. They come to challenge the faithful to commit dark actions. They never come to help, help is for the weak, and when the avatar assists there is always a cost.

Most religions on Nyssa tend to small shrines or obelisks as modest gathering places - Keran tends towards large, opulent churches and temples with huge monasteries and statues. They often have the most followers, and have huge weekly or more often services. Screams, songs and ritualistic ceremonies are common for public actions - these are where the good-aligned Keranites must come. There are also smaller, dark, horrific rituals where evil actions are done for power or sometimes far worse.

Like many other Nyssian deities, Keranite faithful do not have an official list of rules they must follow. Instead they have a code that they learn to recite in times of danger; this guides them to make the correct decision. Individuals may interpret the code differently. However as long as they truly and faithfully follow their heart, they are true to their High Lord.

Keran Code
In darkness there is truth
Bitter, ugly nasty, truth
Do what cannot be spoken aloud
Do what you may not want to do
Simply because it is the only way
Never hesitate
Kindness or courtesy is a weakness,
Be strong, and bold and take action
Purge hesitation
Do what must be done
And you will be rewarded
Evil is a marking of failure
All your success will be rewarded

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God of Bloodshed & Murder,
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Follower's Alignment: Any Evil or chaotic or blood-thirsty
Associated Colour: Red, Blood or Bloody Weapons
Holy Days: None, Before and After Battle
Sacrifice: Tithe (10%) or twenty hours of service/month
Familiar Form: Red Tinged Bear or Snake
Followers: Chaotic or Evil Aligned people, Soldiers, Barbarians, Rogues, Assassins
Domains: Chaos, Strength, Protection, Evil, Rage, Tyranny, Ferocity, War
Rank: Often referred to as in local military command codes; Mostly Male

The First Killer. lord of Murder. Battle Master. Red Lord.

His faith is of those who kill, for profit, for protection or for fun. They enjoy killing others simply because they can. Many times there are benefits to society, but for his followers, they want to grow in power and prestige as the blood splatters upon them. His church is a military often a city's official militia, under constant threat to act out in violence to protect those who are too weak to do so themselves.

Except for professional, full-time soldiers, few actively worship him outside of battle. Yet during combat, his is the name constantly called out for aid and advice abd accuracy to strike a lethal blow. His followers care little about following specific honorifics, they want to do battle and then drink and brag among colleagues.

There are official churches or obelisks dedicated to Cush, few are utilized on a regular basis. Instead anywhere a group of soldiers gather during a battle, they raise a spear and dump a bunch of corpses around it, this is a simple brutual but effective obelisk to his faithful. In most military compounds there are small carvings that are dedicated to Cush. Both the low-level grunt or highest official Battle General can appreciate Cush and his followers, except most believe they take the blood-rush too far, and try to discourage the boldest acts of his faith. They do not try ban it, as there have been many instances of internal conflicts between the Cush faithful and others. Unlike other faiths they do not have specific holy days, instead, both before a battle or after one, the faithful show their devtion.

Red or blood is the colour of the faithful. They are not expected to wear it, except in the middle of battle when they want it smeared over their clothing. There are few non-chaotic followers, and they do not have official services, merely the faithful take small symbolic action before or immediately after battle. There is rarely official clergy but experienced battle-lords can get the faithful to follow them if they prove successful in battle. In many cases, High Priests are transformed captains who one day was changed into a priest because of the need for one - in most cases these immediate priests will be killed in battle within 10 days of their change.

His avatar is a battle-tested knight wearing half-plate, heavy sword and shield. Only coming after a minimum of nine days of battle, to lead on the tenth day. What is most important is battle, not the purpose of either side. Not common, but the avatar, has sometimes come to help one side on the tenth day and help the other side on the eleventh.

Like many other Nyssian deities, Keranite faithful do not have an official list of rules they must follow. Instead they have a code that they learn to recite in times of danger; this guides them to make the correct decision. Individuals may interpret the code differently. However as long as they truly and faithfully follow their heart, they are true to their High Lord.

Cush's Code
Be strong and true
fight with your brothers
Be brave
to fight with your comrades
Train your mind and soul
to fight with your mates
Kill your enemy
without thought, hesitation or regret
Spill their blood
to show your honour, courage and conviction
Blood will be spilled
Blood will flow
make sure it is not yours

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Shion: (Shine) God of Greed, NE, Any, 3 coins arranged in a triangle, Patron of Finders (Thieves).

Alignment: Neutral Evil
Follower's Alignment: Any Evil or Rogues
Associated Colour: Gold, Silver and Platnum coins arranged in a triangle
Holy Days: Every Week
Sacrifice: Tithe (10 %) every job
Familiar Form: Rat (Raven or Snake)
Domains: Trickery, Luck, Knowledge, Evil, Darkness,
Followers: All, Evil Aligned people, City Folk, Rogues, Shop-Keepers, Travellers, Homeless
Rank: Usually referred to as Finders

Those of honour or wealth or stature try to make the laws, to control you. Ignore everything except your own impulses. Let Greed be your guide. What you want is yours if you can take it. And when you no longer desire, it is there for another.

Don't try to be greedy, yet never hesitate. Take, because you want, because you desire, because you plan, because you can. And if you can't, it was never yours.

There are just as many official Shion churches as unnofficial ones, and they are all training centres, where the would be finder comes to learn, both in skill and rumour. They plan, using whispered codes for every step. His priests are dual classed clerics or wizard along with rogues. They give advice, but don't give homilies, as only success is important.

Shion has few enemies, as other deities know he just doesn't care about laws or rules, it is not personal, it is just a challenge where nothing is personal. Yet nobody likes or trusts him, as he will steal from you or kill you as it doesn't matter, except success.

Like other Nyssian deities, Shinites faithful do not have an official list of rules they must follow. Instead they have a code that they learn to recite in times of danger; this guides them to make the correct decision. Individuals may interpret the code differently. However as long as they truly and faithfully follow their heart, they are true to their High Lord.

Shion's Code
Greed is your guide
be true to your self
Never hesitate, take what you want
But do so with thought, plan and cunning
Be not cruel or kind
Take because you can
Take because you want
Take because you practiced, long and hard
Greed is your test
Success is your only reward

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Lord of Destruction & Rebirth, CN, Non-Lawful, Flame / Teardrop

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Follower's Alignment: Any Non Lawful
Associated Colour: Swirl of Colour
Holy Days: Every Day
Holy Symbol: Tai Chi Symbol with a Flame and Teardrop
Sacrifice: Tithe (5%) or fifty hours of service
Familiar Form: Swirlthine (Flying Swirling Snake)
Domains: Protection, Chaos, Summoning, Mothers, Giving Birth, Darkness, Blindness, Sickness, Pain, Healing, Shouting
Followers: All, Chaoticly Aligned people, City Folk, Sorcerers, Gamblers, Sick or Insane
Rank: Usually referred to as Master; ordain both genders.

The Binder. Maker. The Breaker. Open Circle.

Few follow Faval from childhood, it is a blessing that happens to individuals who are shaken to the core and awaken with an appreciation of absudity and non-linear thinking, that others call the insane. Most often his followers awaken from moments of chaos or horror and understand that horrific actions are not personable, one needs to accept that things happen, but then fight them. They are usually the calm one in the midst of  terror with a higher plan; perhaps gifted with abilities they never had before.

Faval followers do not have a church or obelisk, rather when fourteen or more come together they can see an obelisk between them. What it says to them is personable, but usually there is a general theme. Unlike other religions they have no pre-set literature or scripture, they speak from their heart or mind or from another place, and if you want to listen you do, if you don't, then walk away. Few Favarians care about personal expressions but if your actions stops or enforces someone else to do what they don't want to do, then Favarites get involved.

Favourines when called or marked, become servants of chaos. Very few become priests, as other religions, but they become dedicated to helping their community. Many become fervent speakers, others speak to just a few at a time, some hide away until called out. Those who become leaders are often gifted with abilities, usually just a few spell like powers. Favines are the only known type of priests that can use a un/holy symbol of anothe power to cast their spells.

Favalites don't make long-term plans, but make hundreds of small term ones. They do tend to help
the greater communities they are in, but it is rarely observed by others. They don't seem to be doing anything, yet they
are always there, always involved.

Rarely trusted, barely tolerated, neither good nor evil can make sense out of these lunatics, but that is the point. They are swirls of chaos, but sometimes when many swirls come together, incredibly powerful acts or statements happen.They have brought down countless kings or bishops, because a community (not necessarily theirs) senses a need to do, so they do, and many times their collective actions can get everyone around them involved - regardless of race or faith the collective madness happens and things change.

Favar's Code
Do not not do
when you have no script
when there are no numbers
because why not
is purer than thought
And if you think about it
You've already lost
Just do
Just do
just do

or Favians,

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Lord of the Afterlife, LN, Lawful Neutral, Eye

Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Follower's Alignment: Any Lawful
Associated Colour: Purple or Grey
Holy Days: Every week or special days of the dead
Holy Symbol: Ankh
Sacrifice: Tithe (20%) or fifty hours of service
Familiar Form: Jackal
Domains: Law, Protection, Mourning, Undead, Summoning, Darkness, Light, Healing,
Followers: Jackalla, Mourners, Lawfully Aligned, City Folk, Sorcerers, Undead Hunters,
Rank: Usually referred to as Master; ordain both genders.

Anubis is an exception on Nyssa, as he is not originally from this mortal domain. He is from another land but was called on during times of crisis due to the overwhelming threat of undead. Once he and his followers came, they found a new home here, and remained settled in the cities.

Their duties have remained much the same, keep the old vows, protect the living while hunting down undead. The last item is what they are most famed for, as there are few adventurers that haven't seen them do their tasks with religious ferocity.

Unlike other peoples, they do not care to get followers or wealth. They want to be left alone to
practise their rituals. Others can help them, or even change their own ways to match the Anubians, but that is their choice, and the followers of Anubis don't try to convince others, they do what needs
to be done.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Tranzania (Mundania)

An idea I got while watching one of the Disnee TV shows with my daughter. Thought their set-up as not magical, not historic and not exactly fantastical is a decent set-up, then I started writing it up and found it worked. The base idea is that a separated section of a mundane world (think of Switzerland or even a small island) has connections to D&D style outer planes. 

Tranzania (often called Mundania)

This is a small sized, little recognized country that has multiple advantages. A long ruling and stable nobility, advanced technology, and many allies. But it has terrible secrets and connections to other worlds which constantly provides terrible dangers. 

Like most mortal worlds, magic exists but here it is practiced by a small number of users, with very few high level users. It is not that it is illegal but it is highly centralized and controlled. Users must prove themselves before they are given access to advanced spells. There are a only a few higher levels and they are mostly used as teachers, who teach a rare few students every generation. While there are limited number of officially sanctioned casters, there are many more hedge wizards and circles of secret practitioners. They are not officially restricted but they are constrained because of the strict control of both training & components.

The country has been lead by the Von Trazen family for more than 200 hundred years - noble and sophisticated, they lead by example. Their family has been involved in the military and enterprise pursuits for hundreds of years. While not officially a democracy there are elections to determine speakers, official positions and the nobility listen to the results and polls. They are no longer interested in expanding the nation as they once were. Now, they wish to keep peace and stability. They heavily encourage trade, travel and communication between their subjects and the world. (This world might be a known fantasy world, our own real world or something else entirely.

What is little understood by all but a few nobles is there is a working Gate to the Fey lands, and use this to keep monsters out of their lands. Fey are key allies and friends, they help maintain the magical obelisks. The Trazenites use the Fey to ensure magic is active and to keep the devils out of their lands.

An occasional giant or Pegasi may be tolerated but everyone in the Trazen Empire understands that there are threats and they must contained at all costs. The warrior classes keep outsider beasts at bay, and priests keep warriors safe by having the protections in place. The primary reason warriors work with the Empire is to pay the high taxes, the common hope is to work on watch for ten years then be given freedom and nobility. Nobles do not have to pay taxes but they get a small stipend, most still need to work to survive. Depending on their distinction, their titles may not be passed down to their progeny.

Like the regular world, guns and technology exist, but the problem is that anything magical killed by machines will return, so their use is limited a stop-gap measure at best. Magic creatures are warded by magic and killed by anthril (magical silver) or other magical weapons. 

Their peace and their success is used to maintain peace and stability but there is a hidden truth - Trazenites are not human. Perhaps they once were, but their intermingling with the outer planar friends (especially fey) has changed them. Now they must continually resist the lure of the Wild if they want to keep the portion of humanity they still have. They are the perfect neighbours & allies, keeping the fully human friends safe, keeping their fey and other-worldly allies happy but secreted away and the dangers of the other worlds away from this non-magical earth.

Any fighter or rogue classes that do not have magical abilities - use standard campaign level wealth

If up to 10th level, adventurers usually do not reside on the mortal or prime world, but after that they may find themselves in the Outer Worlds. 

TrazEN - Capital
LG large city
Corruption +0; Crime +2; Economy +3; Law +5; Lore +3; Society +2
Qualities Insular, Academic, holy site, prosperous, strategic location, tourist attraction
Danger +10
Government autocracy
Population 1.000,000 (98% human; other half-human)
Notable NPCs
Captain of the Guard Uranda Hollis (LN female human fighter 5)
High Priest Mallor Rollux (LG male human cleric 10)
Lord Mayor Zalton Valderac (N male human aristocrat 4)
Base Value 12,800 gp; Purchase Limit 75,000 gp; Spellcasting 9th
Minor Items 2d4; Medium Items 314; Major Items Not available

Arcane Magic does work but has a higher cost to utilize. Every spell higher than third has an energy multiplier. 3rd level as 5th level. 4th level as 7th level, 5th as 9th level. Higher level spells are incredibly rare, but through co-operative spell-casting can be cast. 

Technology : The world is stuck at late 16th century technology. While their sciences have evolved, many pieces of equipment like their magic is severely limited. Guns, explosives and any 18th century technology isn't available on this world. Even if brought into the world, within days it will break down and cease working.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Nyssian Minotaurs

Minotaurs are often considered a base humanoid as there are many other variants. On Nyssa they are one of the Horn-Kin, one of the original creatures to begin building civilizations. They are hunters to the core of their essence, it is part of their personality to be watchful and always protectionist in nature. Unlike their other Horn kin are a rapine species, they have no female cow as part of their species, instead they must mate with other creatures. In the past, when they had empires, they raided for slaves to use as breeding stock. Now they either pay or get into equal relationships to raise their calves, especially female horn-kin. More than half of Minotaurs are in male-to-male relationship with their own kind. It has been millennia since their empires scrawled the land, now they are a distinct species that make their living among others. In some they are heralded for their gladiatorial skill, act as bodyguards, but usually they work as rangers, protecting the outlands. It was discovered long ago, that because they rarely refuse a personal challenge, it is common for Minotaurs to break rank, thus despite their brute strength, are not a preferred warrior race for the front lines. Base Stats: +3 to strength, -1 to any two (intelligence, wisdom and charisma) Bonus: Tracking Skill +4 +6 to skills One free feat Skills and feats as ranger or fighter 2 HD Immune to maze magic, +1 to natural AC, +3 skill points, +2 to strength or constitution 3 HD Specialize in Large Axe, Spear or Mace +3 skill points, New Feat 4 HD Never flat-footed, +1 to natural AC, +3 skill points, +2 to strength or constitution 5 HD Divine Compass, (They never lose their direction), +3 skill points, New Feat 6 HD Hunt skill - Gain their HD as a one time boost to hunt rolls, +1 to natural AC, +3 skill points 7 HD Horn Attack - Double damage, +1 to natural AC, +3 skill points, New Feat, +2 to strength or constitution 8 HD Intimidation Gain their HD as a one time boost to intimidation rolls, +1 to natural AC, +3 skill points 9 HD Charge Attack - Gain triple damage on a hit if charging from more than 20 feet away +9 skill points, New Feat, +4 to any two ability scores
Minotaurs must finish their natural HD progression before they are able to select a new class. If they deviate, they are unable to gain additional levels in this progression path.