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Fax Celestis
2011-06-23, 12:37 PM
What's In A Name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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What's In A Name? III - Stargazer
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The contest begins with the posting of this thread and will continue until the 20th of July. Soon after, a poll will be opened for everyone to vote for their favorite that will last for a week.


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Rules
1. You will be creating an original d20r prestige class based around a name/idea: in this case, the "Stargazer" or "astrologer". What exactly a Stargazer is is up to you, but it must follow d20r rules. Some quick notes are attached at the bottom that delineate the differences between a 3.5 PrC and a d20r PrC. This contest has an additional suggestion: make use of the horoscopes and calendar found here. (http://wiki.faxcelestis.net/index.php?title=d20r:Calendar)

2. Entries must include name, complete class, and fluff, combat related and role playing related. Incomplete entries at the deadline will be disqualified.

3. Entries must be d20r system, using the standard format below.

4. Post all entries on this thread. Do not post conversation here. Any and all comments and discussions will take place on a separate thread (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10471398#post10471398).

5. One entry per participant. No double-teaming.

6. Entries copied from some other source (splatbook, alternate website, etc) will be disqualified. All entries must be a new creation, not one already posted. Converting an existing homebrew (not an existing publication) to d20r format is acceptable.

7. No reserving posts. Feel free to post a framework and tweak it, but you have to have the basic entry already done.

8. Please state if you do not want critiques: otherwise other participants will likely give a rundown of your build in the chat thread.

9. Your material must stay within the bounds of the OGL. You may reference any material that is presented in the SRD or in d20r's forum (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewforum.php?f=2).


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Format
Formatting lovingly stolen from ErrantX's PrC contests
PRESTIGE CLASS NAME

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Quote of Some Kind by a member of the class!

A general description of whatever the class is!

BECOMING A CLASS NAME
How you would normally become a member of this prestige class.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
:
:
:
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Class Skills
The Class Name's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are....
Skills: a Class is trained in the X skill set and chooses Y other skill sets.

Hit Dice: dx

{table=head]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special

1st|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

2nd|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

3rd|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

4th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

5th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

6th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

7th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

8th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

9th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability

10th|
+x|
+x|
+x|
+x|Class Ability[/table]

Proficiencies: A Class Name is proficient with simple weapons and selects X other weapon groups to be proficient in.

Put all the different class abilities in here!

PLAYING A CLASS NAME
Brief description on how to play the class you are designing.
Combat: Here's a section where you will describe common combat methods for your class. Remember to include information on how your class will use his powers in combat.
Advancement: This is a section on different options and paths that the class can go down when they advance in power.
Resources: What resources might a member of this PrC be able to draw on.

CLASS NAME IN THE WORLD
A quote of somebody else talking about your class!

A brief description of how your class is persevered in the world and how he interacts with the world.
Daily Life: Some general information about the typical day in the life of your class.
Notables: Make up some cool information about notable figures in the history of your class. It's best to give a little information from one of the good alignment and evil alignment (unless it's a good or evil only class).
Organizations: Some information about organizations dedicated to the practice of your class and other organizations which members of your class will be attracted towards.

NPC Reaction
This is an in detail description of how NPC's would perceive your class and the immediate generalization that people would give of your class.

CLASS NAME IN THE GAME
This is a good place to provide a quick note on how your class will effect game play statistically.
Adaptation: This is a place where you put in detail how people can adapt your class into their campaign setting.
Encounters: This is a place to describe what sort of encounters PC's will have with NPC versions of your class.


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d20r System Notes
General System Changes: There is a listing here (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=256) of the system changes. Some of them are delineated below for quick reference.
Prowess: Primarily combative classes (like the warlord) receive 6 prowess per level. Secondarily combative classes (like the rogue) receive 4 prowess per level. Primarily casting classes receive 2 prowess per level. Prowess is used to improve combat-related feats (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=122). The cap for prowess invested into an investing feat is your BAB +3. The cap for prowess invested into a style feat is your BAB*6.
Spellcasting: 3.5 wizard-style prepared spellcasting is gone. "Prepared" casting classes will use a system like the d20r paladin (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=198)'s spellcasting.
Ability Keywords: Class features now have ability keywords, such as [Aura] (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116), [Arcane] (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=259), or [Lore] (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=118). Prestige classes can improve features with the correct keyword in the same fashion that 3.5 spellcasting-improving classes did.
The Progressing Keyword: [Progressing] is a special keyword that interacts with favored class, multiclass feats, and prestige class progressions. Class features with the [Progressing] keyword are the ones that are advanced by prestige classes with "+1 level of existing X feature". For instance, a class that gives "+1 level of existing Aura feature" advances a base class' [Aura, Progressing] class feature, but not a base class' [Aura] feature.
Skills: Skill lists are not a specific list per class: instead, classes receive training in between one and four skill sets. More about the skill system can be seen here (http://wiki.faxcelestis.net/index.php?title=D20r:Skills).
Proficiencies: Weapon proficiencies use a variant of Unearthed Arcana's weapon group system, which you can see a breakdown of here (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161515). Armor proficiencies are unchanged.
Available classes to work with at this time: Symbol (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=259), Engineer (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=258), Luckthief (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=131), Rogue (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16), Dreadnaught (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=70), Cleric (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71), Trapper (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=193) (not mine), Warlord (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=116), Paladin (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=198), Soulknife (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=120), Savant (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=118), Monk (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=114), Fencer (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=115), Ranger (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68), Hunter (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=32), Medium (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=31), Druid (http://forum.faxcelestis.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15). There's also the unfinished frameworks for the Sorcerer (http://wiki.faxcelestis.net/index.php?title=D20r:Sorcerer) and Wizard (http://wiki.faxcelestis.net/index.php?title=D20r:Wizard), and Psion (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/psionic/classes/psion.htm) and Psychic Warrior (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/psionic/classes/psychicWarrior.htm) are going to be pretty much as-is.


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The Prize
The winning prestige class (any any class I feel to be of high enough quality, with the author's permission) will be included in the final version of d20r as an available prestige class, and your name will be included in the credits in the final product.

Disclaimer: (in full-size font because I am not a douche) I reserve the right to edit or alter the winning prestige class, whether it be for balance, system changes, or otherwise. However, I will make every effort to keep the final product as true to the original as possible. The winning prestige class (and any that I select for being exceptional) remain the property of their creators, but allow specifically for me to edit them as required to make them feasibly includeable into the final d20r product.

InaVegt
2011-06-23, 03:45 PM
Fateweaver

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The stars form a tome that describes the events of all times. I can revise this text.

Fateweavers know the inherent power of the stars, and the way they describe events of ages past, of the now, and of the future yet to unfold. They have studied the workings of Fate intensively, and have learned how to make minute changes in the weave of stars that bring fate, thereby making changes upon the way things unfold upon Earth. They are capable of bringing both blessings and curses upon those whose lives they touch.

Fateweaver
How you would normally become a member of this prestige class.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Intelligent Defenses (SR) class feature
Journeyman level of Knowledge (Arcana)
Heroic Destiny feat

Class Skills
Skills: a Fateweaver masters Knowledge (Arcana)

Hit Dice: d6

Prowess: A Fateweaver receives 2 prowess per level.

{table=head]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special

1st|
+0|
+0|
+0|
+2|Fateweaving (minor), Lore

2nd|
+1|
+0|
+0|
+3|Fateweaving (fast)

3rd|
+1|
+1|
+1|
+3|Fateweaving (medium)

4th|
+2|
+1|
+1|
+4|Fateweaving (major)

5th|
+2|
+1|
+1|
+4|Fateweaving (grand)[/table]

Proficiencies: A Fateweaver is proficient with no additional weapons or armor.

Put all the different class abilities in here!

PLAYING A CLASS NAME
Brief description on how to play the class you are designing.
Combat: Here's a section where you will describe common combat methods for your class. Remember to include information on how your class will use his powers in combat.
Advancement: This is a section on different options and paths that the class can go down when they advance in power.
Resources: What resources might a member of this PrC be able to draw on.

CLASS NAME IN THE WORLD
A quote of somebody else talking about your class!

A brief description of how your class is persevered in the world and how he interacts with the world.
Daily Life: Some general information about the typical day in the life of your class.
Notables: Make up some cool information about notable figures in the history of your class. It's best to give a little information from one of the good alignment and evil alignment (unless it's a good or evil only class).
Organizations: Some information about organizations dedicated to the practice of your class and other organizations which members of your class will be attracted towards.

NPC Reaction
This is an in detail description of how NPC's would perceive your class and the immediate generalization that people would give of your class.

CLASS NAME IN THE GAME
This is a good place to provide a quick note on how your class will effect game play statistically.
Adaptation: This is a place where you put in detail how people can adapt your class into their campaign setting.
Encounters: This is a place to describe what sort of encounters PC's will have with NPC versions of your class.

Shadow_Elf
2011-06-25, 09:14 PM
The Zodiac

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An Elmoon-aspected Zodiac harnesses the power of the moon

We draw our seasons from what we experience. The heat of summer, the death of autumn, the chill of winter and the rebirth of spring. But these seasons, they have a deeper meaning; a meaning which is sourced in the cosmos.
-The Book of Zodiac

Legends tell of a mythic book. A book which describes the powers that fuel the turning of the seasons. It explains that the sun and the moon are the source of the change that drives the world. That their powers can be harnessed, too, to emulate the powers of the seasons. The book is known as the Book of Zodiac, and it exists in an unknown number of copies. Each copy shares one similarity; they teach the reader as they are read. Some magical enchantments that lies in the words forces understanding on a worthy pupil. When a book of zodiac has completed its instruction, it infuses the student with one of four aspects; Soliel, Elmoon, Sunfall or Lunesway. A Zodiac is born.
Zodiacs are defined by their aspect. Contrary to appearances, Zodiacs are not scholars; most are actually warriors of blade or bow. But their techniques are aspected by the teachings of the book forever; they become refined machines of war, fueled by the push and pull of the moon and the searing heat and light of the sun. Warriors of the cosmos, united only in the source of their power. The Book of Zodiac's first words most aptly describe its graduated pupils; "This book shall teach you to harness the power of sun and moon to lay waste to your foes. What you do with that power and which foes you make are up to you, but know this; for good or ill, a Zodiac never backs down, for the universe itself is always on their side."

Becoming A Zodiac
Becoming a Zodiac requires first and foremost that one is taught by the Book of Zodiac. Beyond that, Zodiacs require basic martial proficiency at the very least, though the more skilled they are with weapons, the better.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Skills: Nature (Journeyman) OR The Planes (Journeyman)
Base Attack Bonus: +5
Special: You must read an entire Book of Zodiac. The book cannot be read for more than one hour each day, and it must be read manually. The Book of Zodiac takes approximately twenty hours to read fully.

Zodiac Class Features
Skills: The Zodiac gains Knowledge (The Planes) and Knowledge (Nature).
Prowess: A Zodiac gains 6 points of prowess per level.
Hit Dice: d8

Table 1 The Zodiac
{table=head]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special

1st|
+1|
+1|
+1|
+2|Sign of the Zodiac, Aspect

2nd|
+2|
+1|
+1|
+3|Sign of the Zodiac

3rd|
+3|
+2|
+2|
+3|Dual Aspect

4th|
+4|
+2|
+2|
+4|Sign of the Zodiac

5th|
+5|
+3|
+3|
+4|Avatar[/table]

Proficiencies: A Zodiac gains one additional weapon group of their choice.

Aspect (Ex) [Lore]
Upon entering the prestige class, a new Zodiac chooses one of the following aspects: Soliel, Elmoon, Sunfall or Lunesway.

Soliel:
Your weapon attacks deal an additional 1d6 fire damage. Increase this to 2d6 fire damage at the third level of this class, and to 3d6 fire damage at the fifth level. You gain resistance to fire damage equal to five times your Zodiac class levels. You gain a +2 bonus to Diplomacy and Athletics checks.

Elmoon:
Your weapon attacks deal an additional 1d6 negative energy damage. Increase this to 2d6 negative energy damage at the third level of this class, and to 3d6 negative energy damage at the fifth level. You gain resistance to negative energy damage equal to five times your Zodiac class levels. You gain a +2 bonus to Grapple and Disable Device checks.

Sunfall:
Your weapon attacks deal an additional 1d6 cold damage. Increase this to 2d6 cold damage at the third level of this class, and to 3d6 cold damage at the fifth level. You gain resistance to cold damage equal to five times your Zodiac class levels. You gain a +2 bonus to Survival and Stealth checks.

Lunesway:
When you hit with a weapon attack, you regain 1d4 hitpoints. Increase this to 2d4 hitpoints at the third level of this class, and to 3d4 hitpoints at the fifth level. Whenever you would cause a creature to regain hitpoints, increase the hitpoints gained by your Zodiac class levels. You gain a +2 bonus to Initiative and Handle Animal checks.

Sign of the Zodiac [Lore]
The Zodiac gains a Sign of the Zodiac from his Aspect. He gains additional Signs of the Zodiac at second and fourth level, plus a Sign from a different Aspect at third level (see Dual Aspect). Each Sign that a Zodiac knows can be invoked once per encounter, or once every five minutes while out of combat.

Dual Aspect [Lore]
Choose another of the four aspects. You gain the benefits of that Aspect, except your Zodiac levels are considered two lower for the purposes of calculating the Aspect's benefits. You also gain a Sign of the Zodiac associated with that Aspect.

Avatar [Lore]
You become the embodiment of your Aspect. Select one of your ability scores. You gain a +2 permanent bonus to that ability. You gain additional benefits based on your original aspect chosen at first level.


Signs of the Zodiac:
Soliel:
Sakat (Arms of the Kraken): This Sign requires a full-round action to invoke. Make two attacks with your weapon for each Zodiac level you have or a number of attacks equal to one plus your base attack bonus divided by five, whichever is greater. No more than two attacks can be made against the same creature. You may take a 5' step after each attack, if you so choose.

Agni (Magmic Blast): This Sign is invoked as a free action when you hit with a weapon attack. The target takes an additional 4d6 fire damage for each Zodiac level you have. The target can make a reflex save to halve the damage; the save DC is equal to 10 + your Zodiac level + your highest ability modifier. You can also push the target up to 15' and knock them prone if they fail their reflex save.

Anandja (Joyful Infusion): This Sign is invoked as a swift action. You and all allies within 30' of you regain 2d8 hitpoints for each Zodiac level you have, up to a maximum of 8d8 hitpoints.

Alejia (Maddening Blow): This Sign is invoked as a standard action. Make a touch attack against an adjacent creature with a weapon you are wielding. On a hit, in addition to dealing damage, the target is force to make a Will save or be cowered. The target can make a new Will save at the start of each turn, and remains cowered until its Will save is successful; the save DC is equal to 10 + your Zodiac level + your highest ability modifier

Elmoon:
Horjin:

Eris:

Los:

Nelig:

Sunfall:
Malarb:

Gaelenen:

Raghni:

Lumin:

Lunesway:
Hasan:

Semisa:

M'oll:

Meskan:

Playing A Zodiac
Combat:
Advancement:
Resources:

Zodiacs in the World
Quote quote quote,
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Daily Life:
Notables:
Organizations:

NPC Reaction

Zodiacs In The Game

Adaptation:
Encounters: