Monday, July 10, 2017

New Races

Part of the work I did for a new PW (that ended up not working and was based on what I wanted to for a Moonshaes PW). I'm trying to work out what I want to include in the core pack and what parts I want to make an optional download.

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This is an optional download that includes some new races and rebalances. It was intended for a new server that didn't happen.

All races lose "favored class", all base classes lose the experience penalty.
Green are new bonuses.
Red are removed stats.
Races not listed aren't changed.

Gold dwarf: +2 Con, +2 Wis, -2 Dex
Shield dwarf: +2 Con, +2 Wis, -2 Cha
Sun elf: +2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Con
Wood elf: +2 Str, +2 Dex, -2 Con, -2 Int
Wild elf: +2 Dex, -2 Int, +2 Con
Rock Gnome: +2 Con, +2 Cha, -2 Str
Deep Gnome: -2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma, No Slippery Defense, No Spell Resist, no ECL
Half-elf: +2 Con
Half-drow: +2 Con
Strongheart halfling: +2 Dex, -2 Str, +2 Con
Lightfoot halfling: +2 Dex, +2 Cha, -2 Str
Human: +2 Con
Aasimar: +2 Wis, +2 Cha, no +1 ECL
Tiefling: +2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Cha, no +1 ECL
Air genasi: +2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Con, no +1 ECL, No -2 Wis
Earth genasi: +2 Str, +2 Wis, -2 Cha no +1 ECL, No +2 Constitution, No -2 Wisdom
Fire genasi: +2 Dex, +2 Cha, -2 Wis, no +1 ECL, No +2 Intelligence, No -2 Charisma
Water genasi: +2 Dex, +2 Wis, -2 Str, no +1 ECL, No +2 Constitution, No -2 Charisma
Deep Gnome: -2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma, No Slippery Defense, +1 ECL (down from +3)
Star Elf: +2 Int, +2 Cha, -2 Con
Painted Elf: +2 Con, +2 Dexterity, -2 Cha
Yuan-Ti: +2 Dex, +2 Int, No Spell Resistance, No AC bonus, No +2 Cha, No Alertness, No +2 ECL
Goblin: +4 Dexterity, –2 Strength, and –2 Charisma, Small race
Hobgoblin: +2 Dexterity, and +2 Constitution, Medium sized Goblin
Kayal: +2 Dex, +2 Cha, -2 Wis
Imaskari: -2 Dex, +2 Int, +2 Con
Spellscale: +4 Cha, -2 Con, -2 Dex
Feytouched: +2 Cha, +2 Dex, -2 Con
Mountain Orc: +4 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, and –2 Charisma
Surface Drow: +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence -2 Constitution, No Spell Resist, No +2 Cha, No +2 ECL
Oakling: +2 Strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma, Humanoid Plant: While technically a plant, an oakling has more in common with most humanoids. This commonality precludes them from having the same level of immunities as other plants. Variation 1 of a plant race
Volodni: +2 Wis, +2 Con, -2 Int, -2 Cha, Humanoid Plant: While technically a plant, an oakling has more in common with most humanoids. This commonality precludes them from having the same level of immunities as other plants. Variation 2 of a plant race
Lythari: +2 Con, +2 Int, -2 Dex, Wolf Shape (no bonuses on transfer, not wildshape)
Zenythri: +2 Dex, +2 Wis, -2 Cha (law planetouched)
Svartalfar: +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, -2 Constitution

Kayal: Known as Fetchlings by humans on the material plane. Descended from humans trapped on the Shadow Plane, fetchlings are creatures of darkness and light intertwined. Generations of contact with that strange plane and its denizens have made fetchlings a race apart from humanity. While fetchlings acknowledge their origins, they exhibit little physical or cultural resemblance to their ancestors on the Material Plane, and are often insulted when compared to humans. Some members of the race also take offense at the name fetchling, as it was given to them by humans who saw them as little more than fetchers of rare materials from the Shadow Plane. Most fetchlings instead prefer to be called kayal, a word borrowed from Aklo that roughly translates to “shadow people” or “dusk dwellers.” Infused with the essence of the Shadow Plane and possessing human blood commingled with that of the Shadow Plane’s natives, fetchlings have developed traits and abilities that complement their native plane’s bleak and colorless terrain. Though most fetchlings treat the Shadow Plane as home, they often trade and deal with creatures of the Material Plane. Some fetchlings go so far as to create enclaves on the Material Plane in order to establish alliances and trade routes in areas where the boundary between the two planes is less distinct. These fetchlings often serve as merchants, middlemen, and guides for races on both sides of the planar boundary.

Spellscale: Among the humanoid races, spellscales are the most creative, experimental, and varied. Most generalities about spellscales collapse under examination, because each spellscale displays a unique philosophy and behavior. What's most true of them as a group is that these dragonblood humanoids have a very strong racial inclination towards sorcery.

Feytouched: Feytouched are a widely varied group of beings — some are wispy and beautiful, while others are ugly and brutish. Some resemble elves, with pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes. Others look more like trolls, with warty skin and disproportioned limbs. Regardless, all feytouched have at least one feature or characteristic that is out of the norm — vibrantly colored hair, feathered eyebrows, or a propensity for speaking in rhyme, for example. Despite their actual appearance, all feytouched are highly charismatic beings that draw attention wherever they go.

Feytouched have no cohesive culture; either they become isolated loners, or they immerse themselves in cosmopolitan society, sampling everything life has to offer. They are also drawn to the same natural settings that other fey called home. Most fey respond favorably to feytouched and consider them distant cousins. Feytouched that seclude themselves in nature are usually druids or rangers. Feytouched clerics are rare, since most fey have a strong aversion to the worship of gods.

Imaskari: Secret and few, the deep Imaskari are heirs to the lost empire of Imaskar. One of the earliest human empires, Imaskar rose in what is now the Dust Desert and Plains of Purple Dust. Wizard-kings of heady power, the Imaskari were destroyed by the slaves they had abducted from other worlds (who eventually became the folk of Mulhorand and Unther) and the machinations of unusual creatures of their own creation (the phaerimms). The Imaskari faded away into history as their empire crumbled, leaving behind nothing but mysterious ruins. A secret few, however, charged with epic wizardry, managed to preserve themselves and their kin. Fleeing deep into the bowels of the earth, they sealed themselves away from both the knowledge and the recriminations of the surface world.

The deepest fissures of the earth have long hidden an ancient secret: The descendants of the Imaskari still live. Thousands of years of isolation combined with purposeful magical modifications have transformed these deep Imaskari into a human subrace adapted to life underground. The deep Imaskari have long managed to conceal the existence of their hidden kingdom even from other Underdark races by enforcing complete separation. Now, however, deep Imaskari isolation is coming to an end. The magical seal that so long protected the kingdom of Deep Imaskar has been breached, and a few deep Imaskari have begun to wander the deep ways of the world that their ancestors fled long ago.

Oakling: Oaklings are unusual plant creatures distantly related to treants, though much further removed from the forces of nature. While a fairly new race, their origins are a mystery even to themselves. The first oaklings crept from the darkest forests en mass a little over a dozen decades ago, with little memory of or interest in where they came from.

Lythari: Lythari (originally Ly-tel-quessir) are good-aligned elven lycanthropic wolves, similar in appearance to werewolves and often mistaken as such. Lythari differ from werewolves in that they have no hybrid form and are friendly and companionable when in lupine form. Although much less numerous than werewolves, a lot of Lythari are sponsored by the church of Sel√Ľne.

Svartalfar : Svartalfar are the descendents of fey who settled on the Plane of Shadow. By bonds of oath and bonds of blood, they became servants of a dark god. They can be found anywhere the dark god’s work is being done. Often they take the role of the leaders or protectors of cults dedicate to dark gods. Other times they use their darkly seductive natures to torment others, preferring to inflict spiritual pain over physical. They are often blamed for bringing nightmares or tragedy, even if they had no role in the events.

http://nwn2customcontent.wikidot.com/wip-new-races

9 comments:

  1. Really like what you have so far (since this says WIP). Racial SR is just too much, I like that you got rid of it, also love the work you did in making the Genasi differ from each other more. Thanks again for all you do, eagerly awaiting the new release :) (sidenote, your color codes don't seem to display for me)

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  2. Nice work with the races, now genasi could be as playable as any others, instead of the 'original' gimped-dwarf-with-ECL-penalty version.

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  3. awsome changes , can't w8 to try some weird race/class combos. FYI for some reason i didn't get email notification about this post , i got one for the "trying to catch up" but not for this one. Good thing im checking anyway from time to time :)

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  4. Including them would be a great idea.

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  5. I think Kobold may be in there too but I'll have to double check. It's definitely going to be an optional download so it doesn't mess with current characters (mostly due to the genasi changes).

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  6. I've always liked the idea of a Genasi character, but had to do some 2da editing so that I could play them without gritting my teeth. Once again, you're doing a way better job on something that has bugged me since release. Thanks again, excited to play with all the new options!

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  7. Cool! Never could get why Genasi have ECL. Now it seems reasonable

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  8. Wait, all the other elves seem to gain +2 stats bonus, but Wood Elf not. Is that as intended ?

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  9. Generally the +2 Str was a heavy weighting but I think Pathfinder made some allowances for it. I'll look at the point value for +Str/+Dex/-Cha and see if the -Con can be dropped. I'll try to do the last update tonight (kobolds are being added as Dragonwrought Kobolds, Deep Gnomes will get the SR and the last of the ECL removed, and surface drow are replaced with just drow and probably keep their +Cha).

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