Thursday, 28 April 2016

Japeth - High Paladin, Lord of Protection, God of Courage


This was the first of the deities codes that I created for one of my games. A long time ago... I had a good player, but he always seemed to stretch what he could when running his paladin which caused many of the other players frustration. I wrote the code, and said that it was up to him to interpret him, but that I expected him to keep it. He did and always did a good job, and stepped up to game it in a good, consistent and fun way. It worked so well, I eventually wrote the codes as brief belief outlines for my other good aligned gods.

Japeth - God of Courage

Alignment: Lawful Good
Follower's Alignment: Any non-chaotic & non-evil
Associated Colour: Orange
Holy Days: Every Month or once a Tenday
Sacrifice: Tithe (10%) or twenty days of service every year
Patron: Paladin, Lawyers, Scribes, Politicians, Soldiers
Familiar Form: Tiger, Orange Fox
Domains: Good, Law, Protection, War
Prohibited Domains: Chaos, Darkness, Destruction, Evil, Madness, Trickery
Followers Titles: Paladin, Defender, Knight, Orange Sash Knight, General


God of Courage. High Paladin. Lord of the Holy. The sword and the shield. The protector. The ever-vigilant. These are the names for Japeth, the High Lord Paladin, defender of the weak. He is a hero, always willing to sacrifice himself for the greater cause. He is also brother to Cush, the Chaotic Evil Lord of bloodshed and murder, and always they fight in a eternal struggle. Yet, there are stories told of many adventures they undertook together

He is the patron of paladins, and all warriors who risk their lives to protect someone else. He is the celestial general and just as others follow him, so too his followers lead other mortals. Yet, unlike many mortals, Japeth knows he is a leader in wartime, and is a steadfast servant to His queen – Quanna. Studied experts also revere the High Lord, as they know that generals don't just lead because of grace or charm, but work and dedication to a cause.

Orange is the most often worn colour for his faithful, it represents tenacity of purpose. Many times, the devoted wear trim of gold, green, purple or brown to show their unity with other faiths. Perhaps because of the great devotion that mortal paladins show Japeth, he constantly tries to show his own willingness to serve others for he leads by example, an important tenet in the faith.

His familiar form is that of a tiger, large, strong and brave. It appears when invoked, ready to guard an important paladin or cleric. Often, they come not during battle, but in times of supposed safety, to remind the faithful that they must always be ready. These forms can be sent to the faithful, but do not remain under the command of a paladin, always to a cleric, and usually to someone protecting a holy site. An orange-tailed or a fully orange fur-skin animal is a common familiar type, that suddenly appears serving someone of the faith.

His avatar is a paladin, in full plate armor, and a golden vorpal sword; ready to strike down evil. They say few words, but may lead the faithful in a battle song. They stand in front of a leader, and will defend them at any cost. When accompanied by at least a dozen faithful, he can sing a song of sharpness, giving all other warriors within 200 feet of him, remarkable abilities with their own swords. At the battle of Thoresh, he slew avatars to both Keran and Cush; yet he fell from the massive damage inflicted by a greater tyrant.


Japeth’s Code
Remember, lead by example
Show honour to all
Obey the law
Protect the weak, our charge
Enforce the rules
And not your beliefs
Respect the enemy
But never let them see doubt
For we are brave, strong and true
Go in the name of Japeth
He will protect you, Always


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Blue Bees of Boreth

On Nyssa, all healing magics have a blue colour, and some experts believe it was the use of these blue potions from the blue bees that created the first association.

Blue Bees of Boreth
Dimunitive Outsider (Swarm)

Init:                      +6
HD:                     40hp (9d8+0 con) 
Speed:                 Fly 60 (E)
AC                      20 (+2 size, +6 Dex, +2 natural), touch 18, flat-footed 14 
BAB +14           CMB -1      CMD 16
Attack: Swarm (2d6)+
SA:                      Buzzing as Distraction (17)
SQ:                      Immune to Poison, Swarm traits
Saves: F +6, R +11, W +6
Abilities: S 1, D 22, Co 10, In 7, W 12, Ch 10
Skills: Perception +17
Feats: Alertness, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes
Environment: Spirelands (Bor-Vessan Region)
Organization: Rave (5-7 Swarms)
CR: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Neutral
Advancement: None

The blue bees are infamous in the Boreth Spireland region for many reasons, primarily because of the blue honey made from there nectar. Unlike other kinds of bees, they do not have a poisonous sting, but they do significant damage because of their numbers. Few other creatures would dare hold these creatures prisoner, their buzzing sound drives men insane.

Bee farmers from the region discovered that the buzzing could be countered by concentration, they train their young men to ignore the damning buzz, and it is these few that harvest the blue nectar. These bottles of blue honey are usually sold for 50 crowns (g.p.) but some of the more elaborate bottles can go for much higher. Druids often use the blue honey for components for many potions and elixirs.

Buzzing: Their constant buzzing is maddening, those who hear it must save vs Will 17 or go into a blind rage, unable to control their action and will do anything to get away from the sound.

Swarm: These bees inflict 2d6 on the first round. For each additional round, their attack inflicts +1d6 additional damage.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Nyssian Choker

I have always loved the choker creature, as it seems to be the most typical dungeon creeper: looking for food and scraps of treasure, never overly dangerous, but something that fits into the underground lurker theme so well. But I dislike their small size and bare intelligence, Mine is adjusted for levels and size, you can scale the HD to use them not just as threats for the lowest levels. Good stand alone protector, willing to hide until the time is right to strike.  

Nyssian Choker

NE Small Aberration
Init +6 Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +X
 DEFENSE
AC 17 touch 13, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, +1 size)
hp 16hp (3d8+3 con)
Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +4
 OFFENSE
Speed 20 ft. Climb 10 ft
Melee 2 tentacles +6 (1d4+3)
 STATISTICS
Str 16, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 7
Base Atk +2 CMB +4 CMD 16
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Climb +16,Stealth + 13
Languages Undercommon
 ECOLOGY
Environment  Any non Extreme (Garden or Urban)
Organization  Solitary or Pair 
Treasure Value Half Standard
Advancement Typically Monster / HD or rogue levels

Appear identical to standard creature, but increases to a medium size at 4 HD. They are also much smarter then typical chokers found on many other worlds. This doesn't mean their primary tactics are vastly different but they do have an escape route ready if the attack fails. They are anti-social, preferring to be left alone to do their work, guarding small areas, either in dungeons or locations next to them.

Unlike their kin, they often work for others, as part of lair defenses to protect an area. they kill weaker creatures and capture others so they can be questioned. They follow simple orders, as they have problems with anything too complex. Stories abound over city revolutions, where one group is deposed and another coming into power, and they still don't even know where the choker guards or their safe words to get through dangerous passageways protected by these critters.

HD Advancement Table

4 HD +6 skills, Feat, Increase to Medium Size, +1 natural AC, Increase Dmg (1d6+3)*
5 HD +6 skills, Increase Tentacle Dmg (1d6+Double Strength Dmg)
6 HD. +2/+2 to any 2 Ability Scores, +6 skills, Feat, +1 natural AC
7 HD +6 skills, Increase Tentacle Dmg (1d8+Double Strength Dmg)
8 HD Gain +2/+2 to any 2 Ability Scores, +6 skills, Feat, +1 natural AC
9 HD +6 skills, Increase Tentacle Dmg (1d10+Triple Strength Dmg), +1 natural AC
+HD Natural AC increase every other HD, +6 skills, Increase choking multiplier dmg every +3 HD

Monster HD increase is the most typical route for advancement but the rare few will gain rogue levels. Once they take non-HD levels they are unable to gain additional Monster HD.

*Only one tentacle does maximum damage, the other is one damage level down. Normally if the first attack is successful that one inflicts max damage. If the second one hits, it does the higher damage capacity.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Clockwork Clicker (Winder)

I like clock-works. In a fantasy world, this is the only type of low-level construct that is common place in my setting. I created the default one as the (N)PC humanoid one awhile ago. This one presented here will most likely be the small tinker one. It can be done for a larger, strong base, but it so works like a wind-up toy.


Clockwork Clicker CR 1
N Small construct (clockwork)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +2

DEFENSE

AC 13, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+1 Dex, +1 natural, +1 size)
hp 21hp (2d10+10 size)
Fort +0, Ref +1, Will -1
DR 5 Clockwork traits; Resist cold 10, fire 10

OFFENSE

Speed Flight 30 ft.,  (Average)
Melee Peck +3 (1d3)

STATISTICS

Str 5, Dex 13, Con 10, Int 3, Wis 9, Cha 5
Base Atk +2; CMB -1; CMD 10
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Perception +2
Languages Common (Understand - can not speak)
SQ winding

ECOLOGY
Environment any (Usually urban)
Organization solitary
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Winding (Ex) Clockwork winders need to be wound up in order to be active. The standard model has 12 hours of operation per HD after winding. They form a temporary bond with whoever wound them up. Once their time ends, they cease operating. They do not die from not being wound-up, they are just inactive. If left inactive for long periods of time, their mechanical parts break and they can no longer be wound into action.

Mechanical Tricks (Ex): works similarly to the Teach an Animal a Trick process found in the PHB. Every clockwork can be coded with one trick per two HD by a Mechanist who can code the clockwork with a Knowledge (Clockwork) skill check.

This small metallic creature is shaped like a raven, tiny gears connecting its metal plates. An even smaller wind-up mechanism is at the base.

A typical clockwork clicker or winder is roughly the shape of a small doll or animal, usually 2 feet tall or long and weighs 10 pounds. The stat block here represents an avian companion, but other animal forms and movements are possible.  They originated from clerics of Zathera, and became a collectors items. Eventually some mechanist found a way to instill them with a semblance of life-energy, and have been used as mechanical servants ever since.

Most clickers are used to scout or send messages but many have been taught almost any craft skill. They have limited intelligence, but as they are active and experience life, they learn, and this increases their intelligence. Typically their intelligence score is equal to their 1+HD, a few are even higher due to upgrades. Despite their intelligence, they cannot speak. Assume they learn a new language for every +2 intelligence score higher than 10.

Mechanical Skills: Acrobatics, Climb, Craft, Disable Device, Fly, Knowledge (Clockwork, Engineering, local), Perception, Stealth, Swim,

For every additional HD gained:
Gain +4 skill points & +1 to their intelligence score  (Int 20 Max)
Gain feat and an +2 increase in two ability scores every second even-numbered HD.
Add +1 to their natural AC and DR every odd-numbered HD.

Upgrade: Every 5 HD they get a +2 to any one of the following: Natural Armor, one skill check, +5 on any movement type, attack with one weapon, damage with one weapon or gain a new feat if they have all of the qualifications.

Clickers, as mechanized objects, do not grow in size. Only experience will enable them to gain HD levels. The object presented in the primary block, started as a 1 HD clockwork. The starting number of tricks = half DC. The DC to create a new clicker clockwork is noted below.

1 HD    = Small Size; Knowledge (Clockwork DC 10); Cost 100 exp points, 200 gold pieces
5 HD    = Medium Size; Knowledge (Clockwork DC 15); Cost 1000 exp points, 2,000 gold pieces
10 HD  = Medium Size; Knowledge (Clockwork DC 25); Cost 10,000 exp points, 10,000 gold pieces
15 HD  = Large Size; Knowledge (Clockwork DC 35); Cost 250000 exp points, 30.000 gold pieces

1 HD = Small Weapon (Base 1d3)
5 HD  = Medium Weapon (Base 1d6)
10 HD  = Two Medium Weapon (Base 1d6) or Heavier Weapon (1d10)
15 HD   = Two Large Weapons (Base 1d10) or Single Significant Weapon (Base 3d6)

Free willed Clickers (those with Int & Wis = 10 or higher) can choose to gain class levels. When they are free willed, they no longer gain mechanical tricks as listed in the primary entry.

Clockwork Traits: Immune to poison, sleep, paralysis, disease, death effects, necromancy spells or any fortitude save unless it affects objects.  They are immune to emotion based spells (fear) but other enchantment charm spells work normally. They are subject to critical hits but not bleeding effects. They gain no constitution bonus. Healing spells, such as Cure Light Wound, have no affect on them but restoration spells or effects (make whole or rapid repair) do work. Potions and magical items that fit humanoids (boots, hats, rings, etc) also do not work or fit them. 

They do not sleep. They repair themselves at a rate of 1 hp/hour if they are fully active and take no other action. If they are not wound up, even at full hit points, they cease functioning. When below 0 hit points, they are staggered, and lose 1 hit point for every day they are not repaired. At -20 hit points, they cease operating. At -50 hit points they are damaged beyond repair and can not be repaired short of a wish spell. 

If at -20 to 0 HP, a knowledge check (clockwork DC 20 or engineering DC 30) will repair a clock work to one hit point. If active this can repair the clockworks for 1d6 hit points once a day. This takes 6 hours to complete.

If under -20 HP, a knowledge check (clockwork DC 25 or engineering DC 35)  will reactivate the clockwork, bringing it to 1 hit point. This takes 24 hours to complete and 100 gold pieces per hit point below -20 for replacement parts.


Monday, 11 April 2016

Candibodies (Candy Antibody Swarm)

Candibodies   (Candy Antibody)

NG Tiny vermin (extraplanar, swarm)                       CR 4
Int+10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +4

DEFENSE
AC 21, touch 21, flat-footed 14 (+6 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 size)
hp 50 (6d8+36)
Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +4
DR 10/Evil; Immune swarm traits, weapon damage

OFFENSE
Speed Fly 40 ft. (good)
Melee swarm (3d6 plus distraction)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks distraction (DC 15), Candy Ray

STATISTICS
Str 1, Dex 20, Con 14, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 13
Base Atk +5; CMB —; CMD —
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative
Skills Fly +21, Perception +8
Languages Candinesse (understand, can not speak)

ECOLOGY
Environment Candyland
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3–6)
Treasure None

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Candy Ray (Ex) Each candy in a Candibody swarm is equipped with a singular ray, able to inflict a small amount of damage. Each swarm can shoot in any number of directions a single time a round. The ray is a bright coloured jumble of colours, inflicting 1d4 damage to outsiders. (Treat as Magic Missile for defenses, etc)

Borrow Body (Ex): Though rare, sometimes a candibody swarm will inhabit a corpse in order to physically move the body to prevent further damage to it. During this time, they can also experience very recent memories of the fallen.

Appear as mass of small circular flying candies, its outside wrapper acting as wings, with one unblinking eye in front. They arise when outsiders cause damage to either the land, visitors or the fey inhabitants in Candyland. Each can shoot a colorful blast of energy, equivalent to a magic missile once a round. Act as a warning system more then a defense mechanism.

If the land is sprouting these candies to ward off a foe, then the land considers whatever it is to be a threat. All fae and their allies will treat a candibody as a trusted ally, and will do everything they can to assist a candibody in repelling the threat. Since nobody has ever seen a candibody except during times of crisis, everyone treats it such, and will do what they can to assist.


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

 Phaetox, Advanced Creautre Class

The Phaetox is one of my oldest playable PC races, used as a flying bastion of strict order in a world of chaos and destruction. My version is loosely based on the Phaeton from the Dragon Lance setting, which itself was based on the Greek myth of the same name. While they have a significant benefit - flight, the harsh penalty of not being able to lie in even the smallest way was a great trade off to minimize power-gaming. 

This is a chance for me to adjust this creature to my new base. I am now leaning most non-player class options to specialized monster levels instead of class ones. When players pick a creature like a Phaetox, they choose whether to advance as the creature or as a class, but if they are an NPC they are always advanced as the creature class.

 PhaetoxThese humanoids appear the same as a human, except on concentration they can sprout flame wings as part of their devotion to their heavenly patron – the Eternal Mother of Order, Lady Phoenix. They are the epitome of order, as they instinctively follow rules even if they don't understand or agree with them.


Personality: They are great believers in discipline but others describe them as sour and serious. Most are peaceful, spending most of their lives in simple work and simple pleasures, such as music, art, sports. They defer to others in areas of specialty (such as magic or legal issues) and avoid conflict with most others in philosophy, but are open to friendly discussions with friends.


Physical Description: Phaetox appear as five feet tall, humans with white, blond or red hair. Most wear simple tunics; if armed they usually use a dagger, cross-bow or staff, Their warriors often use small one-handed crossbows. They avoid heavy armor as it can gives movement penalties. When in danger, they can sprout flame wings from their back. The average citizen use their flame wings to quickly avoid dangers but the warrior caste use their wings as many others use a sword.


Relations: Phaetox view elves, jahlen, and halflings with some suspicion, as these races often bring disruption to Phaetox society. They see the dwarves as a potential ally but rarely have formalized relations. They have no pre-set opinion on humans, though individuals who are bound to Law or their heavenly patron are well received. Unless visitors are known fugitives, they are welcomed to their cities, but no one is above Phaetox laws or customs. Likewise, even if one of the chaotic races, once you've proven your loyalty they will show respect and gratitude.


Alignment: They tend towards both law and neutrality. These peaceful people are highly organized and have followed ceremonial laws for millennium.


Lands: Their territories are mountain regions, spires and the cloud isles, preferring cities to rural areas. They do a mix of hunting and harvesting, and trade with other races when they can.


Religion: Their devotion is to the Phoenix, their living connection with the Mother of Order. Phaetox clerics do not exist, but druids, rangers and monks sometimes act as a center piece of their faith through their actions not their words. Though rare, Paladins exist, as they balance roles of both crusader and custodian of laws.


Language: Phaetox & the common tongue. At higher levels they also learn Avian, the language of common flying beasts.


Adventurers:  The most common reason why Phaetox adventure it is the chosen path for those who fail the ritual of ascension. They depart from their communities to dedicate themselves to a lawful purpose and learn their personal path along the way. Well over eighty percent of those who leave, return and do so with their faith reinvigorated and ready to ascend into unity with the phoenix. A few however are permanently changed, these exiles are usually evil and are bared from re-entry into Phaetox communities.


Phaetox Racial Traits+2 wisdom, +2 charisma, -2 strength
+2 diplomacy, +2 knowledge (religion), +2 Fly
Flame Wings for 1 minute per point of constitution (15 con = 15 minutes)Speed: Fly 30 (Clumsy), Better movement, fly capacity as fight time increases
Racial Hit Dice: 1d6 / level
Attack and saving throws as Cleric; + 6 skill points per HD
Natural Attack: Flame Wings (1d4 dmg), does not gain bonuses for high strength. If creatures are immune to flame, take only one point of damage. At higher levels, quarter the maximum to determine the damage flame wings will do to flame resistant creatures.


Disadvantage: Unable to lie or tell any falsehoods; can not take ranks in disguise or bluff

HD Adjustment Table 
2 HD Radiate Law, Feat, Speak Avian
3 HD Resolve, Law Domain (1st), Feat
4 HD Law Domain (2nd), + 2 Wis & Con, Speak Elemental
5 HD Flame Wings, +2 to wing attacks, 1d8 Damage; Duration (5 min / Con)
6 HD Protection from Chaos - Spells (Constant), Feat, Law Domain (3rd)
7 HD Greater Resolve; + 2 Wis & Con, Speak Elder Lawful
8 HD Flame Wings, +4 to wing attacks, 1d12 damage; Duration (10 min / Con),  Law Domain (4th)
9 HD Protection from Chaos 40 ft Radius (3/day), Feat, Law Domain (5th)
10 HD Absolute Resolve, + 2 Wis & Con; Flame Wings, 2d10 damage (at will), Law Domain (6th)

Phaetox cannot deviate from their creature class features until they reach 5 HD. If they change to gain standard classes, they cannot gain their higher level natural class features at a later point.


Radiate Law: +2 reaction bonus from lawful creatures; -4 from chaotic creatures


Flame Wings are considered a magical touch attack. They inflict damage on creatures that suffer from damage from fire or from a lawful aligned weapon. Their flames are temporary in nature, they do not cause material items such as wood or paper to be consumed. Phaetox can take weapon feats to gain additional specialty or abilities when using their wings in combat.


Resolve: Gain Wis or Cha bonus on saves vs illusions or falsehoods
Greater Resolve; Gain HD bonus + Wis / Cha bonus on saves vs illusions or falsehoods

Absolute Resolve: Immune to falsehoods and illusions


Speak Lawful Languages: While appearing very similar to humans, they are in fact closer to planar beings. As they adventure, they learn to speak avian, then elemental, and finally a lawful dialect that all lawfully aligned creatures understand


Law Domain: Cast Spells from this domain, Can use either their wisdom or charisma score to determine highest level and saving throws same as other spell-casters. Domain Spells: 1st—protection from chaos, 2nd—align weapon (law only), 3rd—magic circle against chaos, 4th—order's wrath, 5th—dispel chaos, 6th—hold monster


Core Racial Skills: Craft (any), Diplomacy, Heal, Knowledge (local, geography, history, religion), Perception, Perform (Any), Sense Motive, Stealth, Survival


Preferred Classes: Fighter, Monk, Ranger, Sorcerer,


Restricted Classes: Barbarian and Cleric


Phaetar In some locations there is a lawful evil variation called the Phaetar that have pale white skin and their wings are pitch black flames. As they gain levels, they gain protection from good instead of chaos. These are individuals that failed or chose not to ascend. They have chosen another path, one where they lead instead of following laws. Most of these exiles try to gin levels in wizard cabals or evil churches (usually Keran) for power, but a cavalier or ranger options are fairly popular as well. While Phaetar seek power, comfort and personal wealth, they try to take these things from others, as few have the confidence to face their kin as they rarely return to their native lands.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Flumph, Advanced

This was always one of my favorite creatures - and never understood why they were picked on. Yeah they are odd, but lots of creatures in the manuals are weird, and they are interesting.  There are so many beasts that have duplicates ..how many giant variations do we really need? This is how I`ve pictured them, increasing in speed and number of tentacle attacks as they advance in HD.

ADVANCED FLUMPH CR 1
LG Small aberration
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +7

DEFENSE
AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +4 natural, +1 size)
hp 9 (2d8)
Fort +0, Ref +3, Will +5

OFFENSE
Speed 5 ft., fly 20 ft. (perfect)
Melee sting +5 (1d4 plus acid injection)
Special Attacks stench spray

STATISTICS
Str 10, Dex 16, Con 11, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +1; CMB +0; CMD 13
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Diplomacy +2, Fly +18, Perception +7, Sense Motive +3, Stealth +11
Languages Aklo, Common

ECOLOGY
Environment any land or underground
Organization solitary, pair, or colony (4–16)
Treasure standard

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Acid Injection (Ex) When a flumph strikes an opponent with its spikes, it injects a burning, irritating acid that deals 1d4 points of acid damage immediately and another 1d4 points of acid damage on the round after the attack. The target can end the acid's effects by submerging the wound in water for a round or by being treated with a DC 15 Heal check. A creature that grapples or swallows the flumph takes this acid damage automatically every round it maintains this contact with a living flumph.

Stench Spray (Ex) A flumph can spray a 20-foot line of foul- smelling liquid once every 1d4 rounds. This spray functions like the stench universal monster ability, except it only affects creatures struck by the spray, which must make a DC 11 Fortitude save or be sickened for 5 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based. Alternatively, the flumph can concentrate the spray on a single target within 5 feet. To use this version of its stench spray, the flumph must succeed at a ranged touch attack (+5 for most flumphs). If the target is hit, it must make a DC 11 Fortitude save or become nauseated for 5 rounds; otherwise, it is sickened for 5 rounds. The odor from this spray lingers in the area and on all creatures struck for 1d4 hours, and can be detected at a range of 100 feet (creatures with the scent ability can smell it at double this range).

Flumphs on Nyssa often take an ownership role of many of the under-earth caverns and the less populated spires, wanting to keep them safe if ever needed. While the Flumphs are lawful, they stay in the background, helping out if needed but not enough to be involved, then slowly depart to help another group.

They are not a highly social race but they keep their friends close to them even if separated by long distances as they can reach out via their telepathy abilities. They use this to share knowledge or even show up to assist if needed. They have strong connections to the Dreamlands, and this is what many other creatures heavily associate them with. Some colonies sell their dream travel to non-threatening groups to enter the faerie world awake.

HD Advancement: 6 skill points/HD, 1 new feat every 2 levels

3 HD +2 / +2 to any 2 ability scores, Minor Telepathy, Weapon Use
4 HD Acid Injection (1d6, Heal DC 18), Read Others Dreams
5 HD Stench Spray (DC 15, sickened for 7 rounds),  Two Tentacle Attacks
6 HD +2 / +2 to any 2 ability scores,  Fly Speed 40
7 HD  Acid Injection (1d10, Heal DC 20), Minor Telepathy (2 miles)
8 HD  Stench Spray (DC 19, sickened for 9-16 rounds),  Three Tentacle Attacks
9 HD  Fly Speed 50; Dream Travel
10 HD  Acid Injection (2d8, Heal DC 24); +3 / +3 to any 3 ability scores

At any point a Flumph may proceed in a class level instead of HD advancement. Their typical choices are ranger, rouge or sorcerer.

Small Weapon Use: Flumphs at 3 or higher HD can use small weapons in combat using their tentacles.

Minor Telepathy: Can communicate with any creature of low intelligence or better if they have line of sight

Major Telepathy: Can communicate with allies or individuals they have previously met before and can communicate within 2 miles.  They take 2-5 rounds to make a mental connection, they do not know if the person is there until they spend the entire time mentally looking for them.

Tentacle Attacks: at the HD indicated, they gain multiple tentacle attacks, which can attack at the same time at no penalty

Read Others Dreams: Flumphs can intuitively sense when others are having bad or cursed dreams. They get +20 on sense motive rolls on nearby sleepers to read dreams. They use this to help humanoids overcome any dream or sleep curses.

Dream Travel: Flumphs are one of the few creatures that can travel into the dreams of other creatures and can passengers with them. They do this to break curses for willing allies. They do not take evil or threatening creatures with them when they travel.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Little Piggies (Candyland)

Another one of the Candyland beasts that I created but didn't get a chance to use in my game. 

Little Piggies (Minchies)
N(G)   Small Fey                               CR 1
Init +3 Senses Low-light vision; Perception +3
 DEFENSE
AC 17 touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +1 natural, +2 leather armor, +1 size) 
hp 4 hp (1d6+1 con)
Fort +1, Ref +5, Will +1
 OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft.
Melee Light Hammer or Axe +3 (1d3)
Ranged Short Bow +3 (1d4)
Special Attacks Squeal
 STATISTICS
Str 8, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 13
Base Atk +0 CMB -1 CMD 12
Feats 
Weapon Finesse 
Skills +2 Craft (any), +2 Perform (Any), +4 Stealth, +7 Perception; +4 bonus on perception checks from their strong snout
 ECOLOGY
Environment     Candyland
Organization     Solitary or Foot (5 Piggies), Sty (21-40)
Treasure Value  Average (Coins or gems)
Advancement    By HD or Class (Bard, Druid, Ranger, or Rogue)

Squeal After one round of combat, a Piggie can squeal, and all other Piggies gain +1 on combat and damage rolls if within 40 ft. A squeal can last for 1 + 1d4 rounds. Higher HD piggies can squeal for a stronger effect. For every 2 additional HD, add +1 to the and squeal bonus. (3 HD=+2, 5 HD=+3, etc) Some higher HD Piggies can make their squeal last much longer, but they specialize by using their feats to increase its efficiency.

Little Piggies (sometimes called Minchies) are one of the oldest inhabitants of Candyland, as they have been there for at least twenty generations, and found in much of the written stories of ages past. They reside almost everywhere in the Dreamlands, as they are well respected for their hard work and friendliness. Almost every game or story town will have a small community of Piggies that has official duties plus others who will help when needed.

They appear as four feet tall pigs with rounded ears, snouts, short wiry tails and cloven hooves. Most are very careful about their appearance, wearing sharp-dressed fashion and make sure they stand out from each other. They have very elaborate rituals for almost every aspect of their lives and interactions as they need to make sure they do not offend. While careful and polite, they sometimes get playfully wild when drinking at night, never enough to hurt each other, but still very different from their calm and polite demeanor during the day.

Appear as the perfect cross between domestic pigs and orcs. They are unsure if they are the result of magical cross-breeding or not but they have no one to ask. One interesting tidbit about them is that all of their spells always affect an orc – in fact, most orcs do not get saving throws for most mind affecting spells cast by their Piggie brethren. They prefer raw vegetables over meats and they never consume pork, and find it bothersome when others eat it in their presence.

Most Piggies are good-aligned and very helpful to citizen and sleeping visitor. But they can be very pig-headed, stubborn to the point of excess. Since they are a communal species, they share the efforts and rewards to everyone in their sty. Occasionally, an intense rivalry will appear between sties, causing friction or worse. Some of these groups break apart, and some go rogue - rarely attacking but will cause other problems with groups of their kin and fey allies.

HD Adjustment: +6 skill points / level
2 HD Reaction bonus +2 from other fey and fey allies; +1 to AC, Gain Feat
3 HD Gain +2 to Squeal bonus, Gain Tracking Feat*
4 HD Gain +3 / +3 to any two attributes+1 to AC, Gain Feat
5 HD Gain +3 to Squeal bonus, Increase Reaction Bonus to +5 to animals, plants and fey
6 HD Gain +3 / +3 to any two attributes+1 to AC, Gain Feat, SR 16

Few Piggies ever get higher than 6 HD, but the few who do gain levels in Bard, Druid, Ranger, or Rogue.

*can substitute with another combat feat

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Strangling Jack

Not specifically a creature for Candyland, but one there in the many farms, a deadly strangling vine that strikes at night.

Strangling Jack  CR 4
NE Medium plant
Init +1; Senses low-light vision, tremorsense 500 ft.; Perception +5

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 8, flat-footed 11 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)
HP 39 (6d8+12 con)
Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +4
Immune plant traits

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft. (in patch or the farm) otherwise 10 ft
Melee tentacle vine +7 (1d6+4 plus strangling entangle)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks Strangling Vines +8 to maintain hold on CMB; Cumulative damage (add +1d6 each new round); Up to five vines can emerge, but it can only attack any round and no more than one can wrap around the same victim.

STATISTICS

Str 17, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 3, Wis 14, Cha 7
Base Atk +7; CMB +7; CMD 18 (can't be tripped)
Feats Ability Focus, weapon focus (vine)
Skills Climb +4Perception +5, Stealth +20*, Knowledge (Plants or Farming) +5 Bonus: Gain +8 on stealth checks if not moving

ECOLOGY
Environment temperate forests, hills, or plains (farms)
Organization solitary or patch (2–4)
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Strangling Vines (Ex) Strangling Jack will try to hold and choke opponents. They get +8 to maintain the hold on the second and subsequent rounds. They can attack up to five victims, but they can initiate or respond to only one combatant each round. Victims can try to escape by making a DC 16 Reflex save.  While the target is entangled, its vines also grasp at the target's mouth, preventing the target from speaking or casting spells with verbal components while entangled. When a creature is entangled by this ability, the strangling jack can initiate another vine attack on another creature.

A Strangling Jack is a mysterious and deadly figure in the farmer`s patch, as nobody knows where they originate from. Druids believe they emerge from the patch to kill any "invaders" in the plant`s domain. They have strong choking capability and kill most humanoid figures that appear in their patch at night. Most will leave their farmer and their family alone, as it knows that it needs both daytime feedings as well as their nighttime snacks to thrive.

It appears as a mass of vines, usually attached to a pillar or other outdoor feature. It is only when they make a move to strangle a victim does it roughly take a humanoid-like form. Smaller vines or lesser HD (3 HD) will sometimes take on a vague animal like figure (squirrel or dog) and larger vine masses sometimes form rough imitations of elementals (12 HD).

While evil and insular, Strangling Jacks can be requested to help their farmer or fey neighbours against a shared foe. They may wish to feed, but don't want to be left alone. They can be placated with animal sacrifices as opposed to them hunting intelligent beings. Evil druids like to seek out Strangling Jacks and plant them in their lairs.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Nighttime Lurker (Bed Horror)

One of my few evil Candyland monsters. They haunt both the mundane world and fairy land, slipping in and out of the Dream and Mortal realms to get their screams, and then slip out. Never had a chance to insert them in my Fey themed game, still gonna run a bunch more fey / dream games so they will be getting to make an appearance now and then.


Nighttime Lurker (Candyland Horror) CR 7
NE Small Sized Fey
Init +4; Senses darkvision 90 ft, low-light vision; Perception +16

DEFENSE
AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+5 natural)
hp 60 (8d8+24 con)
Fort +5, Ref +10, Will +8
Immune Fear, Charm, Hold Spells

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +10 (1d8+3/18-20)
Special Attacks: Backstab X 2 dmg

STATISTICS
Str 16, Dex 19, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 14, Cha 8
Base Atk +5; CMB +8; CMD 18
Feats Dodge, Improved Critical (claw), Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (Claw)
Skills  Disable Device+8, Escape Artist +8, Intimidate + 16, Perception+16, Stealth+16, Sleight of Hand+5

ECOLOGY
Environment  Candyland
Organization  Pair or gang (3–6)
Treasure   Double

Horrific Essence: Lurkers almost by definition are horrific, not to terrify opponent`s but to make opponents hesitate to investigate them. Their aura is to intimidate in a passive way, granting a forget spell, to details the viewer just saw. This gives NPCs a -6 on skill or saving checks on information skill checks against them.

The Lurker is a small, shadowy fey that excels in hiding away and waiting for opportunities to frighten people. It gets considerable glee hearing children or anyone else screaming and it does everything it can to incite others to flee.

A master of intimidation and stealth, it bides its time until it can maximize the affects. They are just smart enough to appreciate partners and do everything they can to be with stronger creatures for support but not to be beholden to them. The hate repaying favors and will hide away to avoid being caught and forced to abide by their promises.

One of the reasons there seems to be so many lurkers is that their haunting is considered a non-lethal kind, so most times they are not considered to be a big enough threat to pursue. But their horrific essence also limits the capacity for others to hunt them down.  Though not undead, will often act as such, so they pretend to be turned, in order to escape conflict.