Thursday, January 13, 2022

Building Bhakashal - Character Creation - PCs - The Slayer


The next class up in the character creation challenge for Bhakashal is the Slayer. The Slayer was the first “custom” class I made for the setting. I wanted a hunter/tracker class of some kind, but I wanted to divorce it from any LOTR connections. My love for LOTR is boundless, but the Ranger is one of those classes that is specific to the setting, it wasn’t a good fit for Bhakashal.


What I did like was the idea of a class that was dedicated to fighting a particular kind of monster, “monster slayers” are a fixture of pulp fantasy, and a perfect fit for the vibe I am trying to create. The “aha” moment came when I decided to marry the Ranger and Assassin classes into something different. Assassins were a great concept, game mechanically at least, but the need to be evil and take on contracts for assassination was something that didn’t fit well with group based adventure play. 


The slayer in Bhakashal is affiliated with a temple and a god, not with a Noble House, but they are still a martial class, with all the appropriate benefits. Unlike most martial classes however, they have specific abilities related to particular kinds of opponent. Slayers are specialists that focus on the destruction of one group of dangerous creatures. Today we will create a 3rd level slayer, perfect for a one shot adventure.


Away we go!


Process

A. Choose a character class

B. Choose a Playable Group and Faction 

C. Generate Stats

D. Calculate Saving Throw Bonuses and HP

E. Add Skills and Playable Group Abilities

F. Choose Deity and Languages

G. Choose Equipment and Clothing 

H. Pick Armor and Weapons and Assign Attack Bonuses

I. Calculate Wealth

J. Calculate Encumbrance

K. Assign Spells/Class Abilities

M. Assign Personality Traits (optional)

N. Customize Playable Group Lore (optional)

O. Name Character

P. Assign magic items (for creating NPCs and PCs above level 1)



A. Choose Class (d20)

Slayer - Faction - Temple of Torphal (Death, Animals, Storms, Disease – antelope head, spear)


B. Choose Playable Group  (3d12)

Emberi (human)


C. Generate Stats

  1. For each stat roll 3d6 

1 5 5 /3 3 5 /3 5 6/ 2 3 4/ 6 2 5 /3 3 3

S 11 / I 11 / W 14 / D 9 / C 13 / C 9


  1. Apply stat minimums

STR 13 INT 13 WIS 14 CON 14

S 13 / I 13 / W 14 / D 9 / C 14 / C 9


  1. Switch any two stats (you cannot produce a result less than a minimum)

No switch


  1. Apply playable group bonuses

+1 CON +1 WIS

S 13 / I 13 / W 15 / D 9 / C 15 / C 9


  1. Apply Ability Modifiers

S - 13 [+2] 

I - 13 [+2]
W - 15 [+2]
D - 9 [0]
C - 15 [+2] 
C - 9 [0]


D. Calculate Saving Throw Bonuses and HP

All classes get a +1 bonus per 2 levels of experience, so +2 for a 3rd level slayer. 


Paralyzation STR and CON [+6]

Poison CON and DEX [+4]

Death Magic WIS and CON [+6]

Petrification CON and CHR [+4]

Polymorph WIS and CHR [+4]

Breath Weapon DEX and INT [+4]

Spell WIS and INT [+4]


Hit Points 

Class based, roll or take the average (1/2 HD), in this case I will roll: 1,6,4 = 11 HP


Bhakashal - Hit Points

Table 1 - Hit Point Progression by Class

Class-Type

HD

0-level NPCs/monsters - do not gain further HP beyond start

d6

A. Beastial/Cavaral/Chimerist/Conjuror/Gyre/Jinx/Myrmidon/

Necromancer/Phantasmist/Seer/Spellbinder/Spider/Thaumaturge/

Theurgist/Vox/Warlock

d6

B. Justiciar/Mercenary/Spartan/Slayer

d8

C. Monster

d8

Notes

All PCs/NPCs have the option of “taking the average” rather than rolling for each level of HP. The average normally rounds up, but in Bhakashal you round down, so a d8 is 4.5, which rounds to 4hp. There is NO CON bonus to HP.

All PCs and NPCs should record their roll for HP at each level. At 6th level and every level thereafter the player can reroll any one of those rolls

All animals/monsters have rolled HP based on their listed HD.


E.  Add Skills and Playable Group Abilities

  1. PCs get a skill(s) related to their playable group

Rolled: Weaponsmith


  1. All PCs then get a roll on the Bhakashal Skill table once for every point of INT bonus

Two rolls: Trapper, Astronomer


  1. Playable groups also have abilities

- move at 12” on land and 9” through trees. 

- selective vision control: 

  1. infravision 120’

  2. +4 on saving throws against brightness related blindness. 

- selective hearing control

  1. Stop take an action and concentrate: enhance hearing, reducing surprise to 1 in 6 as longa as maintained

  2. +4 on saves against sonic damage


F. Choose Deity and Languages

Gods of Bhakashal (4d12)

Chosen: Torphal 


Characters get the language of their playable group and one other language of their choice, and then one roll on the table for every point of their INT bonus. If a duplicate is rolled, roll on Special Table 1 instead

Emberi, Saan - rolled: Togmu, Saan, re-roll on Special Table 1 for duplicate: Marsh Dragon



Bhakashal Languages - (3d12)* Special Table 1 - (d12)

3-4. Chitin (insect people) 2

5-7. Garudin (bird people) 3

8-9. Humans (primate people) 2

10-12. Jugyi (turtle people) 3

13. Kutya (dog people) 1

14-17. Malu (fish people) 4 

18. Rakasta (cat people) 1

19-26. Saan (lizard people) 8

27-30. Togmu (frog people) 4

31. Urdyll (plant people) 1

32-33. Vodnik (castor people) 2

34-36. Yalan (snake people) 3

  1. Dragon, Black

  2. Dragon, Marsh

  3. Giant, Marsh

  4. Giant, Stone 

  5. Jackalwere

  6. Kobold

  7. Merpeople 

  8. Naga

  9. Ogre

  10. Sahuagin

  11. Wemic

  12. Roll on Special Table 2


G. Choose Equipment and Clothing 

Backpack, 50’ rope, (3) iron spikes, flint and steel, (3) torches, waterskin, iron rations, blanket, (3) candles, (3) flasks of oil, grapnel, horn, lantern, large sack, small chest - 350 gp - 30gp cost


Clothing: as illustration


H. Pick Armor and Weapons and Assign Attack Bonuses

Armor type - none AC: 10


Attack bonus for a 3rd level martial PC is +2 to hit


Initial number of weapons determined by class. Slayers start with 3 weapons and get an additional slot at 4th, so 3 to start.


Machete - [+4/+2], 1-6/1-8, WS: 2, WvrsAC: -1M/+2L/+3N, criticals: Dual Wield/Remain/Stab

Crossbow - [+2/+2] 2-5/2-5, WS: 4, WvrsAC: -1M/+2L/+3N, Range: 12/18/20, Criticals: Remain

Battle Axe 0 [+4/+2] 1-8/1-8, WS: 4, WvrsAC: -2M/+1L/+2N, Criticals: Cleave


I. Assign Wealth

  1. All PCs start with 50 gp, a 50 gp gem and 50 gp piece of jewelry, plus 10gp per ability score bonus point in whatever form they want = 130gp, 50gp emerald, 50gp silver ring

  2. For PCs and NPCs above 1st level, add [100 gp + 100 gp gem + 100 gp jewelry]/level plus 50gp per ability score “+” to wealth. = 200gp, 200gp ruby, 200gp gold ring + 400gp sapphire 

  3. Deduct cost of equipment, armor and weapons

30gp/26gp 

Total: 274 gp, 50gp emerald, 50gp silver ring, 200gp ruby, 200gp gold ring + 400gp sapphire


J. Calculate Encumbrance

  1. Weapon Weights are found in the weapon listings -  180gp

  2. Armor Weights are found on the Armor Table - /

  3. Equipment weight is precalculated for equipment packs, otherwise consult the Equipment Weights table - 350gp

  4. Deduct 50gp per point of CON and STR bonus - 200gp

  5. Total all weight and consult the Weight/Movement table - 330 gp, so 170gp can be added before slowing


K. Assign Spells/Class Abilities

There are two categories of foes, specific and general. A specific foe might be vampires, generic foes might be any undead. For this slayer I will choose the most common form of foe for slayers: animals. Animals were the first foe to be fought by any group of sentient beings, and regular hunters in the setting are all 1st level slayers that don’t advance.  


So the general foe is animals, the specific foe in this case is giant animals/dinosaurs. Giant animals are fairly common in the game, as are animals in general, so this is the most common variety of slayer in the game. 


A slayer gains +1 to hit and +1 to damage for every level of experience against their specific foe, and +1 to hit and + 1 to damage every 3 levels against their general foes, so for this slayer:

+1 to hit / +1 to damage against all animals

+3 to hit/ +3 to damage against all giant animals/dinosaurs


Slaying: When attacking creatures of the target type, the slayer makes regular to-hit and damage rolls. However, on successful attacks, if the slayer exceeds their natural “to hit” by 5 they have the option to try for a slay, an instant kill, using the assassination table. If this fails, they do half regular damage. Opponents of more HD than the slayer’s level get a saving throw versus death.


Surprise: the Slayer has a 3 in 6 chance to surprise others and only a 1 in 6 chance of being surprised. 


Tracking: Slayers track like PHB rangers, in wilderness, underground or urban environments, same odds. 


Disguise: Slayers get the disguise and spying abilities of the assassin 


Languages: If the Slayer gets any extra languages because of high intelligence, one of those languages is that of the target creature; if the creature does not possess a language, the Slayer gains the ability to mimic its sounds or behaviors and communicate basic concepts (e.g. danger, food, etc.) We will retroactively remove one of the slayer’s languages here (say Togmu) and replace it. Since the general and specific foes here are not an individual creature (e.g. vampires), we will choose the latter option, e.g. the slayer is good at mimicking sounds of various animals. 


A Slayer has a 10% chance per level of identifying a non-magically disguised primary foe and a 5% chance per level of identifying a magically disguised primary foe


Sage - a slayer is considered a sage with a special category in their primary foe (giant animals/dinosaurs) and a major field in their general foes (animals)


L. Assign Personality Traits (Optional)

  • Up to four, rolled on DMG tables. Note that players should always get to:

  1. Refuse or re-roll a personality trait

  2. Interpret a personality trait

  • Unkempt, trusting, proud, friendly


M. Customize Playable Group Lore (Optional)

  • None 


N. Name 

Bosk Tughlarn - Level Title - Slayer Hunter


O. Magic Items

For PCs and NPCs being made above 1st level, assign magic items as follows:

Level / 3 in permanent magic items

Level / 2 in temporary magic items

I permanent and two temporary items

Rolled:

+1 crossbow of speed

Potion of Healing

Potion of Treasure Finding



Bosk Tughlarn - 3rd  level Emberi Slayer Hunter- Temple of Torphal [CN]

MV:12”/9” - AC: 10 - HP: 11

 

Ability Scores

S - 13 [+2] 

I - 13 [+2]
W - 15 [+2]
D - 9 [0]
C - 15 [+2] 
C - 9 [0]

Deity - Torphal - Death, Animals, Storms, Disease 

Languages - Emberi, Saan, Marsh Dragon, animal calls

Appearance - See illustration

Skills/Abilities - Weaponsmith, Trapper, Astronomer

- selective vision control: infravision 120’, +4 on saving throws against brightness related blindness. 

- selective hearing control: Stop take an action and concentrate: enhance hearing, reducing surprise to 1 in 6 as long as maintained, +4 on saves against sonic damage

Saving Throws

Paralyzation [+6]

Poison [+4]

Death Magic [+6]

Petrification [+4]

Polymorph [+4]

Breath Weapon [+4]

Spell [+4]


Special Abilities

  1. +1 /+1 against all animals, +3/+3 against all giant animals/dinosaurs

  2. Exceed natural to hit against chosen foe by 5, attempt a slay on Assassination table, fail and ½ damage, opponents of more HD than the slayers level get a save vrs death

  3. Surprise 3 in 6, surprised 1 in 6

  4. Tracking in wilderness, underground or urban environments

  5. Disguise abilities

  6. 10%/level chance to identify non-magically disguised primary foe, 5% chance/level for a magically disguised primary foe

  7. Sage: major field (animals),  special category (giant animals/dinosaurs) 


Weapons - Class Attack Bonus: +2

  1. Machete - [+4/+2], 1-6/1-8, WS: 2, WvrsAC: -1M/+2L/+3N, criticals: Dual Wield/Remain/Stab

  2. Battle Axe - [+4/+2] 1-8/1-8, WS: 4, WvrsAC: -2M/+1L/+2N, Criticals: Cleave

  3. Crossbow* (20) - [+3/+3] 2-5/2-5, WS:special, WvrsAC: -1M/+2L/+3N, Range: 12/18/20, Criticals: Remain

*First shot in any round, ROF 2


Equipment: Backpack, 50’ rope, (3) iron spikes, flint and steel, (3) torches, waterskin, iron rations, blanket, (3) candles, (3) flasks of oil, grapnel, horn, lantern, large sack, small chest


Encumbrance: +170 gp

Wealth: 274 gp, 50gp emerald, 50gp silver ring, 200gp ruby, 200gp gold ring + 400gp sapphire

Clothing:  as illustration

Personality: Unkempt, trusting, proud, friendly


Magic Items - +2 crossbow of speed, potion of Healing, potion of Treasure Finding




 

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