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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Aspect of Bacchus - Religious Figure of a Musical Deity

An Aspect is a religious figure - a living embodiment of one of the gods. They appear to serve both the living god and to be a boon to the faithful.  The idea comes from the D&D 3.5 Miniature Handbook, and I still use the equivalents for most of the gods in my world, except for a few where I've set them out like the figure for Bacchus below. 

Aspect of Bacchus      CR 10

CN Medium Outsider

Init +10 Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +25


AC 24 touch 16, flat-footed 18 (+6 Dex, +8 natural)
hp 126hp (12d10+60 con)
Fort +13, Ref +14, Will +9
Defensive Abilities Damage Reduction 5/epic,  Immune to cold, electricity, paralysis, enchantment, necromancy, poison & sleep, Resist Acid & Fire 20, SR 21


Speed 40 ft. Flight 60 (A)
Melee +4 Mace-Lute+15  (1d10+11)
Ranged Weapon +18 Javelin (1d10+7)
Special Attacks  See Invisibility, Telepathy 1000 ft, Turn Undead (See Below)


Str 17, Dex 23, Con 20, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 24

Base Atk +12 CMB +15 CMD 31

Feats Weapon Finesse, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Cleave, Power Attack 

Skills Balance +20, Bluff +24, Diplomacy +21, Perform (All) +21, Knowledge (Arcana) +18, Knowledge (History) +18, Knowledge (Nobility) +24, Perception +25, Sense Motive +20, Intimidate+20, Fly +20, Knowledge (Music) +30 

Other Gear  Multiple musical instruments

Languages Common, Dwarf, Elf, Faerie, Minotaur, Gamorec, Phaetox 

Environment Any land or urban (Often an obelisk or Temple or Music Site)
Organization  Solitary with 3-30 0 - 1st level entourage (No more than 1 aspect to a single god is ever in a 10,000 mile radius.)
Treasure Value  Triple
Advancement: By Character class (Bard)

Aspects are religious figures that are best understood as a living embodiment's of a divine ideal. While not actual gods but they do best represent an immortal representative and come to serve the faithful in the mortal planes. Most Aspects are heavily aligned to one of the alignment radials - Lawful, Chaotic, Good or Evil. They serve this radial and the deity equal.

The truest representative form of an Aspect of Bacchus is a ten-foot tall reveler, wearing a toga, sandals and a laurel of ivy in their hair. They often have a lute or other musical instrument on hand, as well as kegs of alcohol nearby. Most times in mortal planes, 
they appear as mortal size and either in the Bacchanalian attire or something more appropriate to their local religious followers. Most are followed by a throng of devotees that come to listen to the god-like music they play at virtually any occasion. Either they or their devotees splurge in an excess of celebrations – wine, music, games. An Aspect of Bacchus is always about imbibing to extremes.

The best way to influence a Bacchanalian is to play music. Beating a perform check of DC 25 will make the aspect neutral to you; a perform check vs a DC 30 will make them positive. Lower than 20 perform, and the aspect will treat you with disdain. Increase the DCs by 5 if the performer attempts to sing or any other non-instrument type of perform. (I use this rule generally, musicianship is associated with playing instruments, not other forms of entertaining.) 
Attempts to use magic to influence the music is seen as cheating and is disdained and rebuked by the faithful. So having a +5 musical instrument is okay, casting a spell to enhance your musicianship isn't kosher.

An Aspect of Bacchus has the Bardic abilities of a 12th level Bard (minimum.)

Intoxicating Voice: Any mortal that listens to an Bacchus Aspect sing or play music must make a DC 18 Will check or fall into a drunken stupor equivalent of being staggered. They are able to take a single move action or standard action each round (unable to take full round actions.) Dispel Magic or Purify Poison will purge the effect. An Aspect can activate or dispel this at will, usually by clapping his hands or laughing.

Turn Undead: Most Aspects represent living faiths, as such they turn as 20th level clerics in their home temples/obelisks. For a Bacchus Aspect they turn at 

between 15th-18th level in urban areas and between 8th-10th in all other spots. Regardless of location, they turn at their optimum at parties and fests with large groups of followers and revelers. They turn at the worst in dungeons or wild natural areas. 

Saturday, 24 December 2016


As my two little angels were decorating for the holidays, I thought this would be a good fit in my fey game setting.


XP 1,200
NG Medium Construct
Init +7 Senses Darkvision 60, Low-light vision; Perception +6

AC 18 touch 13, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +5 natural)
hp 47hp (5d10+20 size)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +2
Defensive Abilities    DR 5 /Adamantine,  Immune Construct Traits
Speed 30 ft.
Melee Two-Handed Weapon +8 (1d12+4.5)
Special Attacks Trumpeting, Smash Object
Special Trait Learning
Space 5 ft   Reach 5 ft

Str 17, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 14
Base Atk +5 CMB +8 CMD 21
Skills: Perform (Dance, Percussion or String) +5
Languages Common, Elf, Dwarf
Gear Trumpet

Environment  Any
Organization   Solitary or Troupe (7-12)
Treasure Value  None
Advancement: Unlimited

Trumpeting: A nutcracker has a magical trumpet that has a 10 mile radius. Any creature aligned with the nutcracker hears the blast and can respond if it is able. They can blast the trumpet no more than
three times a week.

Smash Object: A nutcracker is designed to defend their castle or other area.  If they are able to seize either a weapon or amour, their smash effect will destroy the item.  This effect can be dome twice a day but no more than once a day on any specific object

Learning: As a construct, nutcrackers should have no ability outside of their military prowess. However, nutcrackers often spend time around families, and pick up many skills suck as music, baking or dancing from interacting with their living. They have the same number of skill points as their HD.

A nutcracker is a construct designed to protect an area of importance, often home locations when armies are away.  They are assigned to areas in a castle and rarely leave.  Many times, living creatures form a bond to these constructs, and they form a very strong affection to those weaker then themselves, often children or fey which they can earn skills.

Unlike many other construct-types, Nutcrackers are unlimited in their HD. They can be built up to become any size HD, if their designer has the time and coins to do so.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snow Cloakers aka Wrapping Deaths

Snow Cloakers (Wrapping Deaths)

Medium Size Aberration (Psionic)

Hit Dice: 5d8+5 (27 hp)
Initiative: +6
Speed: 10ft, Fly 40 ft (good)
AC: 18 (+6 natural, +2 Dex), touch 12, flat-footed 16
BAB / CMB / CMD: +3 / +7 / 19
Regular Attack: Tail slap +7 (1d6+5), Bite +3 (1d4+2)
REACH: 5 ft. / 5 ft.
Special Attacks: Engulf, Psionics
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60
SAVES: Fort: +5 Ref: +5 Will: +7
Abilities: Str 19 Dex 14 Con 13 Int 10 Wis 13 Cha 9
Skills: Perception +12,  Move Silently +10, Knowledge (nature) +10, Survival: +10
Feats: Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Imp Initiative 
Climate: Any Cold Forest or Mountain
Organization: Mob (3-6), Flock (7-12)
CR: 6
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Lawful Evil

Advancement: 6 - 9 HD (Medium) or 10 - 16 HD (Large)

Out of nowhere, the land arises, moaning and comes flying toward you…

Smaller, faster and a more cunning version of the standard cloakers found in the underground. Most have white wings and light gray body, small eyespots cover it’s back. These creatures are highly intelligent and plot ambushes to minute details. They seek both victims to devour as well as treasure, magic and other items.

They live in small communities called flocks, with at least one higher HD leader. They can be hired or bribed by other evil Masters, looking for their services in trapping victims.

Snow Cloakers plan combat, and only attack when they believe they have superiority over their victims. They like areas that are close to civilized areas, but also in proximity to caves or valleys where they can use their flight ability to quickly escape. They begin by using psionics. Once their foes are disoriented at least half their numbers will swoop in, attempting to use their engulfing ability to smother anyone left standing. If their initial foray is not properly executed, many snow cloakers retreat. At heart, they are cowards, and will engage with foes only if they believe they have already won the battle.

Engulf: When Snow Cloakers make a grapple check, they wrap themselves around their victim smothering them into unconsciousness. They inflict 1d6 + (20- touch AC of their victim) each round. Any non-blunt attacks done on the cloaker will inflict ½ damage on the cloaker and ½ damage to the victim.

Psionics: Control Light, Deceleration, Distract, Dimension Door, Ectoplasmic Form, Id Insinuation, Chameleon, Recall Pain, Energy Ray (Cold 1d6, 40 ft, DC 15) DC: 15, PSPs: 25

Monday, 12 December 2016

Displacerus - quadruped with vicious, sharpened tentacles and a vision effecting field

A snarling, dangerous beast from another world that hunts both highly populated forests or remote spires. It's most unique feature is a vision reducing field that mimics the displacement area of effect spell that limits missile spells and effects. Even non spellcasters are hampered as their sharpened tentacles regenerate quickly.


CR: 4
NE Large magical beast
Init: +2; Senses: Darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +10

AC: 17, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +5 natural, -1 size)
hp: 42 (5 +15 HD)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +3
Defensive Abilities: Displacement, resistance to ranged attacks, Tentacle Regrowth, Posion

Speed: 40 ft.
Melee: Bite +8 (1d8+4), 2 tentacles +8 (1d6+4/18-20)
Space: 10 ft.; Reach: 10 ft. (15 ft. with tentacles)
Str 18, Dex 15, Con 16, Int 5, Wis 12, Cha 8
Base Atk: +5; CMB: +10; CMD: 23 (31 vs. trip)
Feats: Dodge, Skill Focus (Perception, Stealth)
Skills: Perception +10, Stealth +12; Racial Modifiers: +8 Stealth

Languages: Common (Understand but cannot speak)
Environment: Forest or Spire
Organization: Solitary or pair
Treasure: Standard
Advancement: 6 - 10 HD (Large) or 11-20 HD (Huge - 20 ft tentacles)

Displacement (Su): A vision affecting field surrounds a displacerus, making it difficult to see it’s exact location. Any melee or range attack (within 50 ft) directed at it has a 50% miss chance unless the attacker can locate the beast by some means other than sight. A true seeing effect allows the user to see the beast’s position, but see invisibility has no effect. Missile or spell attacks greater than 50 ft away miss 100% of the time.

Resistance to Ranged or Magic Attacks (Su): A displacer beast has a +4 resistance bonus on saves against any ranged magical attack that specifically targets it. Area of effect spell attacks of 10 ft or more radius do not suffer this resistance. Spell users that have a True Seeing or equivalent spell in effect are not affected by this resistance.

Tentacle Regrowth: This creature will regrow a large primary tentacle in 1d3+1 rounds when destroyed. Each tentacle has 8+1d4 hp and an AC of 21. The tentacles they must be attacked specifically. All critical hits scored against a tentacle if confirmed, can sever one of them (if choosen or targeted by the PC.)

Infectious Poison (Su): Twice a year a displacerus must poison other creatures to spread its seed. The infected animal must make a Fort DC 18 to avoid the three day transformation process. It picks either very strong, fast or charming creatures.

This terrific hunter species known to terrorize many forests and other remote locales.  They exist to feed and to inflict suffering on others. They have a sleek but long dog-like body, and usually a red-purple leathery skin, small black eyes and a fang filled mouth but there is a membrane inside it, preventing food from being directly absorbed.

It's most prominent feature are it's four main tentacles that are ten feet long, and five to six smaller tentacles. It feeds through absorbing blood from suckers on the smaller tentacles. They can attack with two of these large tentacles every round. It is common for these creatures to lose one tentacle during a combat and continue on but if they lose two or more they will immediately flee.

These weird, barren creatures are unable to mate even with its own kind. Once a year they are able to infect other quadruped creatures with a poison that if the creatures fails the save, they will transform into a displacerus. Even when more than one comes through portals from other worlds together, they rarely stick near each other as willing pack-mates. They will sometimes track each other, and come to another's aid or help, if they can either receive or steal a good meal from the combat.

It is surmised by some experts that Displacerus are not native to Nyssa, but come as unintended guests when other creatures either travel or summoned here from other worlds via summoning spells. Unlike the base creature, they are not dismissed when the summoning spells end.