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Traits add an extra layer of customization to Pathfinder PCs, one that I am particularly fond of because of the way they can support choices in background. Here are some Planescape regional traits as developed on the Planewalker Forums (original thread) that I use in my home campaigns.
Regional Traits List
Cager – Sigil
You have spent most of your life inside the City of Doors and its strange ways and urban lifestyle seem natural to you. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (Planes) and Knowledge (Local: Sigil) checks, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Canter – Sigil, Gatetowns
Sigil is a city of many voices and more tongues. Growing up there your ears are accustomed to untangling the cacophony. You gain a +2 trait bonus on linguistics and linguistics is always a class skill for you. Furthermore, you are able to understand the local cant of Sigil without problem and get a further +2 trait bonus to linguistics to understand such things as scramble speak or dabus’ rebuses.
Expatriate – Prime
Planars always wonder why gods spend so much time worrying about the Prime when the Planes are so much more obviously important. You’re from the Prime, though, and you know that the masses on the Prime are where the action is. Some of that radiates when you’re dealing with the servants of deities. You get +1 to Diplomacy and Bluff checks made against celestials or fiends. [contributed by Jem]
Gray Soul – Gray Waste, Hopeless
You spent too long on the Waste and some forgotten part of your hopes and dreams died away. It’s hard to play on those themes with you. Any attempt to fascinate you, be it by spell or bardic music or other ability, has a -2 to the DC. [contributed by Jem]
Blood Contract – Gehenna, Gray Waste, Baator, Acheron, & associated gate towns.
You grew accustomed to the ways of devils and loths; perhaps you have a little arcanaloth blood in your veins. Once per day you may sign a contract with your own blood to put all willing signatories (except you) under the effects of a Lesser Geas with a caster level equal to your hit dice and terms as written in the contract. The affected creatures must willingly sign the contract and you need not be a party to the contract other than as a signing witness.
Undue Persecution – Acheron, Baator, Gehenna, & associated gate towns.
Growing up on the plane of tyrannical order has sharpened your wits to a knife’s edge. You gain a +1 trait bonus to Diplomacy and Profession (Lawyer) checks and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you. This bonus increases to +2 if being used to help someone (including yourself) get away with or frame someone for a crime.
Perfected Processing – Mechanus, Automata
Though many subcycles you have developed a fine knowledge of how to properly work within the letter and spirit of the Law. You gain a +1 trait bonus to Diplomacy and Profession (Lawyer) checks and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you. This bonus increases to +2 if being used to get through bureaucratic paperwork and customs.
Pattern Recognition – Mechanus, Automata
Some might think that having lived for so long on a plane where illusions are impossible would make you a sucker for them, but as it turns out some of the plane’s own resistance has rubbed off on you. You get a +1 trait bonus on saves to resist illusions, since something tends to seem off about the patterns they impose on the world. [contributed by Jem]
Plays Well With Others – Arcadia
Time on the plane of community has helped you learn to work smoothly with allies. When you are using the aid another action, your friend gains a +3 bonus rather than +2. [contributed by Jem]
Due Process – Mount Celestia
You have been raised to uphold the law for the greater good and know how to apply it in service of justice. You gain a +1 trait bonus to Diplomacy and Profession (Lawyer) checks and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you. This bonus increases to +2 if being used to defend an innocent or bring the guilty to justice.
Inured To Chaos – Xaos, Bedlam, Limbo, Ysgard, Pandemonium, Abyss , & associated gate towns.
You’ve lived a long time in a place where sudden random upheavals are part of the background noise. When you’re flat-footed, you gain a trait bonus equal to 1/2 dexterity bonus to AC.
Blood of Fire – Fire Elemental Plane, & Related Quasi-Elemental Planes
Born and bred with the ever raging inferno of the elemental plane of fire. You are able to cast Produce Flame 1/day with your HD as the caster level.
Body of Stone – Earth Elemental Plane, & Related Quasi-Elemental Planes
You descend from the great and infinite seams and layers of stone and earth with the power of Elemental Earth in your blood and bone. You gain a +1 trait bonus to DR.
Dive training — Water, Ooze, Sand, Salt, Dust, any primarily submarine planar layer
You are an air-breather who has practiced and trained in working underwater for long periods. With 2 rounds of preparation, you can hold hold your breath longer: 3 rounds per point of Constitution before beginning to make Constitution checks, which start at DC 5 rather than 10.
Benthic Adaptation — Prime and planar oceans (not Water or Ooze)
You are inured to the deep. You never suffer from environmental high pressures (usually deep water) and need not make Fortitude saves to avoid pressure damage. You never take nonlethal damage from, or get hypothermia from, cold water; this does not apply to atmospheric cold, or ice.
Lightvision — Radiance, Lightning, Fire, Positive
Your eyes are long since adapted to brilliant light displays. You are never dazzled. Against effects that may cause blinding from bright light (GM’s judgment, but obviously including spells such as glitterdust, sunbeam, color spray, radiant burst, etc., but not blindness or power word blind), save separately for that effect and add 1/2 your HD to your roll.
Carrigmoore is a city that appeared in the “Planescape Reunion” book Beyond Countless Doorways. Here it is statted out as a Pathfinder settlement, along with the slightly altered history for the city that we use in our campaigns.
Carrigmoor is an asteroid city under a done, the final remnant of a planet destroyed by mage wars. A planar metropolis that was a center of trade for centuries it has fallen on hard times since a major plague swept the city a few hundred years ago.
CE small city
Corruption +4; Crime +3; Economy -5; Law –2; Lore +1; Society -3
Qualities academic, magically attuned, notorious, racially intolerant (nonhumans),
Danger +35 Disadvantages anarchy
Population 10,000 (9,500 humans; 400 planetouched, 100 other)
Guildmaster Loernzo, Door Openers Guild (N male human Exp 3)
High Priest Salendic Phrendal (LE male human Cleric 12)
Lord and Lady Cavendish (LN male / female human Wiz 15)
Coven Keeper, dealer in magical supplies (N female human Witch 11)
Emmason Corvus, Merchant and Crosstrader (CG male human Ftr 12)
Base Value 4,000 gp; Purchase Limit 30,000gp; Spellcasting 9th
Minor Items 4d4; Medium Items 3d4; Major Items 1d6
After the Great Upheaval, the guilds who had run Sigil for centuries saw the new factions as a terrible threat to their power. Already they had seized control of many of the Cage’s most crucial centers of power. The common histories don’t say how ruthless the Fated were in taking over the office of taxation, or how uncompromising the Godsman takeover of the Great Foundry was. When the Hall of Speakers passed a law declaring dual membership in both a guild and a faction illegal, the guilds were sure it was their death sentence.
A little-known but ambitious gate-city called Carrigmoor was their salvation. Although founded by wizards – refugees from the destruction of an entire world – almost a century before, Carrigmoor had not had much luck persuading planar merchants to use its newly minted portals. Eager for planar-savvy contacts, the masters of the city gave the guilds generous offers of power and influence if they would relocate to Carrigmoor.
The Planewalker’s Guild moved to the Infinite Staircase instead, while others settled for a lesser role in Sigil, but enough of the guilds accepted Carrigmoor’s offer that it was suddenly elevated from Obscure Clueless Hole to Exciting New Place to Be. With the knowledge and experience of the exiled guilds, soon trade and skilled professionals were coming to Carrigmoor from all across the planes. For a time, it seemed as if Carrigmoor would rival the City of Doors itself.
Then, about 200 years ago, Carrigmoor suffered a terrible plague. Reports of the exact nature of this disease are mixed. Some of the oldest guilders insist they symptoms were identical to the plague that decimated most of the Free League soon after Sigil’s Great Upheaval. Others said it was more of a drain on creativity and spirit taken to extremes, a more immediately fatal strain of what was recently known as the Iron Shadow. Still others compared the malady to devil chills or other feared lower planar diseases.
Members of the enigmatic race known as the Merchants Arcane, or simply the mercane, came to the decimated, terrified population of Carrigmoor and told them that they had recently created a city of their own, and that they were offering space for merchants and artisans at very reasonable rates. Desperate for escape, much of the remaining citizenry of Carrigmoor accepted. Only those too poor to leave or too proud to give up their power remained. A few even blamed the mercane for starting the plague, but most dismissed this idea as pure paranoia.
In the past 50 years the factions have begun to take an interest in Carigmoor. Following the examples of the Guilds during the Great Upheaval they have begun to set up bases of operation there and worm their way into controlling the infrastructure of the city. This has resulted in a far more dangerous environment than the old days in Sigil. With no Kriegenstanz to restrain them the conflict between various factions has at times erupted in open and outright violence. The one factor keeping this somewhat civil between them is that too much violence will drive people away as surely as the Plague did.
Gates of Carrigmoore
By Rip Va Wormer, Used and remixed for Planejammer with permissionRead More
Aballon is the planet closest to the sun in Golarion’s solar system, a planet inhabited by machine intelligences. Since I have a well known weakness for fantasy space games I decided to not only debut with a Mythic character, but also one that partakes of the more exotic realms in the core setting.
The being known as Either / Or is an Aballonian native. A self evolving machine who walks the Mythic path of the Trickster while pursuing his desire for stories by traveling across the stars in the Mythic ship known as the Silver Maiden.
Surprisingly, Either / Or is not only a keen observer of his fellow life forms but also an ardent student of their humor. While the idea of a machine telling jokes to a rapt audience is hardly intuitive it does tend to help set new passengers at ease.
Either / Or CR 17/MR 2
Invincible Aballonian Bard 10/Trickster 3
N Medium construct
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +24
AC 29, touch 13, flat-footed 26 (+3 Dex, +16 natural)
hp 173 (10d10+10d8+45)
Fort +6, Ref +15, Will +13; +4 vs. bardic performance, sonic, and language-dependant effects
Defensive Abilities block attacks, hard to kill; DR 10/epic, 5/adamantine; Immune construct traits; Resist acid 15, cold 15, electricity 15, fire 15, second save
Weakness sunlight dependency
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 30 ft. (clumsy)
Melee 2 claws +23 (1d8+5/19-20/×2 plus grab) and
unarmed strike +22/+17/+12/+7 (1d3+5/×2)
Ranged other ranged natural attack +20 (/×2)
Special Attacks bardic performance, bardic performance: countersong, bardic performance: dirge of doom, bardic performance: distraction, bardic performance: fascinate, bardic performance: inspire competence, bardic performance: inspire courage, bardic performance: inspire greatness, bardic performance: suggestion, mythic power (0/day, surge +1d6), spark
Bard Spells Known (CL 10th; concentration +15):
4th (2/day)—lend path
3rd (4/day)—invisibility sphere, dispel magic, arcane concordance, aura of the unremarkable (DC 18)
2nd (5/day)—codespeak, reveal true shape (DC 17), blood biography (DC 17), honeyed tongue, suppress charms and compulsions
1st (7/day)—expeditious retreat, cause fear (DC 16), comprehend languages, charm person (DC 16), detect charm
0 (at will)—boost, open/close (DC 15), know direction, mage hand, detect magic, mending, read magic, decipher
Str 20, Dex 16, Con —, Int 20, Wis 13, Cha 20
Base Atk +17; CMB +22 (+26 grapple); CMD 35
Feats Combat Casting, Dual Path [M], Eschew Materials, Experimental Caster, Improved Critical (claw), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Mythic Spell Lore [M], Power Attack, Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills Acrobatics +16 (+20 when jumping), Appraise +6, Autohypnosis +2, Bluff +28, Climb +26, Diplomacy +17 (+22 to influence the attitude of creatures), Disable Device +6, Disguise +20, Escape Artist +4, Fly -4, Handle Animal +6, Heal +2, Intimidate +28, Knowledge (Ancient History/Unhuman War) +15, Knowledge (arcana) +16, Knowledge (engineering) +23, Knowledge (Factions and Guilds) +15, Knowledge (planes) +16, Linguistics +15, Perception +24, Perform (act) +20, Perform (comedy) +28, Perform (oratory) +27, Ride +4, Sense Motive +12, Sleight of Hand +18, Spellcraft +21, Stealth +16, Survival +2, Swim +6, Use Magic Device +22; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping
Languages Aboleth, Aegyptos, Hellenic, Midani, Koine Sophias, Elven, Lower Planar Trade Tongue, Trade Tongue of Law, Celestial, Tir, Rilmani, Digital, Yithian; shortwave
SQ bardic knowledge, jack of all trades: trained skills, lore master, masterpieces (stone face, the dumbshow of gorroc, the winds of the five heavens), rune of agony, rune of imprisonment, versatile performance abilities (acting, comedy, oratory), well versed
Combat Gear Conduit rod (1/day); Other Gear Autonomous cartographer, Bag of holding III (12 @ 12 lbs), Book of perfect jokes, Bookmark of deception, Bottle of messages, Dyso’s travel canopy, Extraction scarificator (1/day), Haykali’s House of Cards, Ioun torch, Mithral rose, Pact parchment, Pact parchment, Rune of the inscrutable one, Silver Maiden, Book of letters (SIGIL), Chronicler’s kit, Cypher books, Entertainer’s kit
Bardic Performance (move action) (27 rounds/day) – 0/27
Block Attacks (1/round) (Ex) – 0/1
Bottle of messages – 0/1
Conduit rod (1/day) – 0/1
Extraction scarificator (1/day) – 0/1
Hideous Laughter (3/day) – 0/3
Lore Master (1/day) (Ex) – 0/1
Mythic Power (0/day, Surge +1d6) – 0/0
Rune of Agony (1/day) – 0/1
Rune of Imprisonment (1/day) – 0/1
Arcane Surge (Su) Use 1 power, cast known/mem arcane spell for free, non-mythic save 2x (take low) & roll 2x vs SR.
Bardic Knowledge +5 (Ex) Add +5 to all knowledge skill checks.
Bardic Performance (move action) (27 rounds/day) Your performances can create magical effects.
Bardic Performance: Countersong (Su) Counter magical effects that depend on sound.
Bardic Performance: Dirge of Doom (Su) Enemies within 30′ are shaken.
Bardic Performance: Distraction (Su) Counter magical effects that depend on sight.
Bardic Performance: Fascinate (4 targets) (DC 20) (Su) One or more creatures becomes fascinated with you.
Bardic Performance: Inspire Competence +3 (Su) +2 competence bonus for one ally on a skill check.
Bardic Performance: Inspire Courage +2 (Su) Morale bonus on some saving throws, attack and damage rolls.
Bardic Performance: Inspire Greatness (1 allies) (Su) Grants allies 2 bonus hit dice, +2 to attacks and +1 to fort saves.
Bardic Performance: Suggestion (DC 20) (Sp) Make a Suggestion to one Fascinated creature.
Block Attacks (1/round) (Ex) When hit by an attack, if you succeed with a melee attack at your highest bonus vs. the attack result, the attack misses.
Climbing (20 feet) You have a Climb speed.
Combat Casting +4 to Concentration checks to cast while on the defensive.
Damage Reduction (10/epic) You have Damage Reduction against all except Epic attacks (weapons with a +6 bonus).
Damage Reduction (5/adamantine) You have Damage Reduction against all except Adamantine attacks.
Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).
Deadly Throw (Ex) As a swift action, use 1 power to draw & throw a weapon with no AoO. Roll twice and add +1, taking higher.
Energy Resistance, Acid (15) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Acid attacks.
Energy Resistance, Cold (15) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Cold attacks.
Energy Resistance, Electricity (15) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Electricity attacks.
Energy Resistance, Fire (15) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Fire attacks.
Eschew Materials Cast spells without materials, if component cost is 1 gp or less.
Flight (30 feet, Clumsy) You can fly!
Grab: Claw (Medium) (Ex) You can start a grapple as a free action if you hit with the designated weapon.
Hard to Kill (Ex) Automatically stabilize when dying, and only die at neg Con x 2.
Immunity to Ability Damage Immunity to ability damage
Immunity to Ability Drain Immunity to ability drain
Immunity to Bleeds You are immune to bleeds.
Immunity to Death and Necromancy effects You are immune to Death and Necromancy effects.
Immunity to Disease You are immune to diseases.
Immunity to Energy Drain Immune to energy drain
Immunity to Exhausted You are immune to the exhausted condition.
Immunity to Fatigue You are immune to the fatigued condition.
Immunity to Mind-Affecting effects You are immune to Mind-Affecting effects.
Immunity to Non-lethal Damage You are immune to Non-Lethal Damage
Immunity to Paralysis You are immune to paralysis.
Immunity to Poison You are immune to poison.
Immunity to Sleep You are immune to sleep effects.
Immunity to Stunning You are immune to being stunned.
Jack of All Trades: Trained skills (Ex) You may use all skills untrained.
Lore Master (1/day) (Ex) Take 10 on knowledge checks, and 1/day take 20 as a standard action.
Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.
Mythic Power (0/day, Surge +1d6) Use this power to perform your mythic abilities.
Mythic Spell Lore [Mythic] Gain mythic spells equal to your mythic tier.
Power Attack -5/+10 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.
Second Save (Ex) If you fail a save against an effect with a duration > 1r, save again each turn
Shortwave (100 ft., other Aballonians) (Ex) An Aballonian can communicate with nearby Aballonians via invisible waves. This functions as telepathy 100 ft., but only with other Aballonians. In combat, if any allied Aballonians within range can act in a surprise round, all of them can.
Spark (Ex) As a standard action, an Aballonian can launch an arc of electricity at a nearby creature. This attack has a range of 20 feet with no range increment. In addition, whenever an Aballonian makes a check to maintain a grapple, it can use its spark attac
Stone Face Your antics can soften even the hardest visage. Prerequisite: Perform (comedy) or Perform (oratory) 7 ranks. Cost: Feat or 3rd-level bard spell known. Effect: You tell an old and humorous tale about a woman who refused t
Sunlight Dependency (Ex) Aballonians gain their energy from light. In areas of darkness, they gain the sickened condition.
Surge (1d6) (Su) Use 1 power to increase any d20 roll by the listed amount.
Surprise Strike (Ex) As a swift action, use 1 power to attack foe in 30 ft. They are flat footed and you bypass all DR.
The Dumbshow of Gorroc Your acting conjures hellfire and salt to destroy plants. Prerequisite: Perform (act) or Perform (comedy) 6 ranks. Cost: Feat or 2nd-level bard spell known. Effect: This pantomime tells the tale of Gorroc, a fool
The Winds of the Five Heavens You control the wind by telling a tale demonstrating the hubris of mortals. Prerequisite: Perform (act) or Perform (oratory) 10 ranks. Cost: Feat or 4th-level bard spell known. Effect: This short monologue te
Versatile Performance (Acting) +20 (Ex) You may substitute the final value of your Perform: Act skill for Bluff or Disguise checks
Versatile Performance (Comedy) +28 (Ex) You may substitute the final value of your Perform: Comedy skill for Bluff or Intimidate checks
Versatile Performance (Oratory) +0 (Ex) You may substitute the final value of your Perform: Oratory skill for Diplomacy or Sense Motive checks
Well Versed (Ex) +4 save vs. bardic performance, sonic, and language-dependent effects.
Autonomous cartographer Upon command, this item draws your surroundings, out to the limits of your normal vision, rendering them as if depicted by a competent but unexceptional artist. It does not record any details you cannot see. The autonomous cartographer creates the map as needed to fit upon a 1-foot-by-4-foot parchment or scroll contained within the item. A second command erases the scroll, allowing you to use it again. You may insert or remove a scroll as a full-round action. Construction Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, erase, prestidigitation; Cost 1,000 gp
Bottle of messages This green glass bottle has a tiny winding key on its elongated stem that, if turned, causes a shadowy cork to slowly become substantial over a 1-round period. Anything the owner of the bottle speaks into the bottle during this time (up to 25 words) gets trapped inside it once the cork fully manifests. As soon as the cork is removed or the bottle is smashed, this message is released exactly as if the owner had spoken the words at that moment. Once the bottle releases its message, it shatters. Construction Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, magic mouth; Cost 150 gp
Conduit rod (1/day) +1 CL for electricity spells & activate to teleport anywhere in electricity spell’s area.
Ioun torch This item is merely a burned out, dull gray ioun stone with a continual flame spell cast upon it. It retains the ability to float and orbit, and allows the bearer to carry light and still have his hands free. It may be in any crystalline shape common to ioun stones (ellipsoid, prism, sphere, and so on). Construction Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, continual flame, creator must be 12th level; Cost 62 gp, 5 sp
Rune of Agony (1/day) DC 17 Fort or -4 penalty on attack rolls, skill checks, and ability checks for 1 minute.
Rune of Imprisonment (1/day) DC 22 Will or be inprisoned in the gem
In the early ’80s we got to see some truly legendary adventures hit the shelves. Some of the deadliest and most memorable were the S series of modules - Tomb of Horrors (S1), White Plume Mountain (S2), Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (S3)and Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (s4). Of these the science fiction / fantasy mashup that was S3 ( ranked the fifth-best Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004) was my personal favorite.
Now it is the second decade of the 21st century and I play and design for Pathfinder, so it is only natural that I would be interested in how to pull off that classic adventure under modern rules.
So here are some resources online for the adventurous DM who wants to either run a reboot of S3 or just throw his/her players a curve by throwing some sci-fi elements into the game.
First off is Return Expedition to The Barrier Peaks, a blog post by WotC showing how to use d20 Future to run it under 3.x rules. There are a few things that can be harvested and adapted, but most will require some fine tuning to bring them in line with Pathfinder design. That said it is the one place you can find stats for the Powered Assault Armor in the module.
Then come the juicy bits – official Paizo rules for many of the things you will need. (Note that info on future weapons is in the Robot entry.) All links below go to data on the d20PFSRD, the best Pathfinder resource online and one I am proud to be a collaborator on.
Androids - a full fledged character race from Numeria that will work quite well in our reboot.
Robots - The baseline robot type is presented including four distinct ‘bots – the Annihilator (CR 16), Gearsmen (CR 4), Machine Soldier (CR 4), Mechanical Viper (CR 2) and Myrmidon (CR 11). In addition this entry contains Pathfinder rules for force fields, lasers and plasma weapons.
The Froghemoth (CR 13) – The main entry is the Paizo version as it appeared in the first Beastiary. It also includes links to several variants if you wish to mix things up.
Froghemoth Eggs (CR 2)- Because you always need more things covered in goo.
Vegypygmys - (CR 1/2 – 6)From the Tome of Horrors Complete we get a variety of them from Chiefs to commoners.
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (CR 8) - The Paizo version from Beastiary 3
So there you have it, a little sci-fi to jazz up your game. Robots are not just for Numeria!
Day two of the NOLA Comic Con was pretty packed. Each year the event has grown and this was the largest turnout so far. Loki and Cormac hit the crowd and managed to capture some fun stuff. Check it out!
(If you are on a device that won’t allow you to see them embedded video click here to watch.)
The first day is always an easy pace as people get their bearings and figure out what they want to see. Loki and Cormac arrived early on to scope things out and lay nefarious planes for today’s shenanigans.
Of course this being New Orleans the geekery takes on a whole different complexion, one infused by our long standing carnival and costuming traditions. Even with the relatively light crowds of opening day warriors of the Crescent City were present in their finery as the Krewe of Chewbacchus marched through the crowd.
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