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RobbieOC
2006-08-09, 01:58 PM
Loatuo Firewalkers

Fluff

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Lava flow on the side of Mt. Loatuo

The time had finally come for his induction, and Rel was terrified. He knew well what he had to do, and he knew relatively well the best method of doing it – he just was not sure that he could. Very few that began their ho’ike came back alive, and he really wanted to stay alive. He gripped the end of his spear until his knuckles turned white and swallowed hard. He was sweating, but he knew it was less from the anxiety he was feeling, and much much more from the immense amount of heat radiating off of the molten rock flowing past him, not two feet from his sandals.
* * The dwarf, Derrick Ironblood, walked up behind him, reached up and placed a heavy hand on his shoulder.
* * “You’ll do fine, lad. Keep your head up, and don’t let the creepers get a hold of you. That’s where most get done in. Keep your eye on the stone and put everything else aside.”
* * “Right.” Rel sighed. Easy for him to say. The dwarf had been a firewalker for years. Rumor had it he’d been around longer than the high priest, though no one else was old enough to say for sure.
* * Rel looked to his side and swiped a lock of blond hair out of his eye to see his competitor. She was young and slender and the woman – Avonne – stood next to her, much as Ironblood stood by him. Avonne was whispering something into the girl’s ear and they both threw nasty stares towards Rel.
* * High priest Koa-lun walked slowly to the top of the Rock and stared down into the waiting crowd. He cleared his voice and began the ceremony.
* * “Friends and fellow devotees! Today we are about to welcome in a new member to the firewalkers. They know what they must do and have proclaimed themselves ready to begin the trial. Let us wish them both luck and may Loatuo favor them!”
* * Rel grimaced and prepared his mind. He was going to win, because he must. He would be the next to join the ranks of the firewalkers and there was no one that was going to stop him. Not the girl standing next to him, not the creepers and certainly not the nasty Avonne throwing daggers at him through her eyes.
* * Suddenly, the starting gong went off and Rel dove, head first, into the molten hot magma flowing swiftly in front of him…

Thousands of years ago on the small island of Oahaui, the mountain of Loatuo spewed forth both fire and earth and destroyed the small village at the foot of the mountain, covering it in melted rock and burying the village under layers of grey pumice and shining obsidian. Though one village was destroyed, many others lived and grew to fear the towering mountain. For years they lived in terror that the mountain would once again get angry and send the lava and monsters that once destroyed their neighbors.

They began to worship the mountain, hoping their reverence would appease the spirits within and they could prolong their inevitable doom. The mountain, however, seemed less than interested in their feeble attempts to please it. Their fear drove them on, and they continued their worship of the mountain. Over hundreds of years, their devotion grew and grew and the Loatuo Firewalkers were born.

Their rituals covered everything from battling the nasty Lava Creepers to swimming races across the melted rocks. They became fanatics, and they began to recruit members from not only their small island, but also from the mainland. Vacationers came to see the crazy cult in the mountain and wound up joining them, instead. No one can really explain this, but it seems that dwarves and Halflings have become the most susceptible to joining this new island sensation.

The word "Firewalker" is actually a misnomer. Though most Firewalkers can indeed walk across fire, their most important ability is that they can actually swim through lava. Their special abilities allow them to immerse completely in lava and come out completely unscathed. This is, in fact, one of the most important parts of the ho'ike, swimming across a lake of lava to retrieve the Stone of Fire and Earth from the other side. They are still called Firewalkers by the locals, simply because it is an old habit.

Purpose: The Firewalkers are an ancient brotherhood of warriors dedicated to appeasing the spirits at home in the active volcano Loatuo to protect the villages on the island of Oahaui.

Alignment: TN though anyone can join, assuming they are fully devoted and can survive the ho'ike.

GP Resource: Very low. There are no membership fees and money means very little on the island of Oahaui, so the firewalkers do not have the ability to support any of their members. They do look out for each other, but not with money.

Membership requirements: Proof of dedication to the magma spirits by successfully completing the ho'ike - a literal trial by fire where each member is required to swim across a lake of magma and complete a small, fire-oriented obstacle before they can be fully inducted into the ranks of the Firewalkers.

Authority figures:

High priest Koa-lun (N, human male cleric 10/ firewalker 5)

Koa-lun is a tall, lanky human male and high priest of the Loatuo Firewalkers. He is a good-natured man, though he takes his position seriously, always watching over his priests and followers. He is quick to laugh and swift to react to danger. Some say he was born to serve Loatuo, and he would be the last to argue that. He always does what he thinks is right by him and his, though he could really care less about the “world at large.” He has dark skin – a product of growing up on the island of Oahaui and wears his long black hair in a braided pony tail. He wears little clothing, opting for maneuverability and comfort over clunky armor. He carries a quarterstaff and wears the traditional headdress of the Firewalker high priest.

Other important figures:

Derrick Ironblood (LN, dwarf male cleric 8/ firewalker 5)

Derrick Ironblood is the oldest living member of the Firewalkers. He has been around longer than any of them and is often found surrounded by the younger members, sharing stories and telling tall tales about their lore and history. He is a jovial man. He loves the company of others and he loves a good mug of mead even more. He wears his fire-red hair and beard groomed neatly. His favorite outfit is a tight fitting brown robe, which he wears nearly everyday.

Avonne Heathrow (CN, human female fighter 8/ firewalker 5)

Avonne is possibly one of the least popular firewalkers among the group. She is stern and rude, though her loyalty to the group is unquestioned even by Derrick Ironblood, who has made it no secret that he dislikes her. She wears a suit of studded leather armor and carries a dire mace with her at all times, which tends to make most of the other firewalkers nervous. She has raven black hair and deep green eyes, which seem to burn into one’s eyes when she stares at them.

Racial makeup: Human 45%, dwarves 25%, Halflings 20%, others 10%

Class makeup: Clerics 50%, druids 20%, sorcerers 10%, rangers 5%, barbarians 5%, monks 5%, others 5%

Lore:

DC 10: The Firewalkers are a secretive group of fanatics that live on an island and do rituals involving fire and maybe even virgins.

DC 15: The Firewalkers are actually a beneficial group protecting the villages of a small island from giants that live in the nearby volcano.

DC 20: The Firewalkers get their name because they have learned to not feel pain from fire and use these amazing abilities to fight of monsters and hold back the lava that constantly threatens the small villages of Oahaui.

DC 25: The Firewalkers are in a constant battle with a group of magma oozes that threaten the nearby villages, and someone becomes a member of the Firewalkers through a special ritual where they have to swim across a lake of magma.

DC 30: The Firewalkers are led by a man named high priest Koa-lun. They have been around for centuries protecting the villagers. What else do they want to know?

Possible adventure hooks:

Recently, a nasty band of sahuagin raiders has been causing trouble for some of the local villagers, and the Firewalkers are a little out of their league. They have called in the PCs to help keep the cities safe, and in return might be able to pay them back with some powerful fire-based weaponry.

Over the centuries, the Firewalkers have donated millions of GP worth of resources to the spirits within the mountain. What exactly are these spirits? Are they real spirits or some other organization trying to take advantage of the altruistic Firewalkers?

A band of pirates has stolen a lot of loot from a cave they found hidden on a secluded beach, far from any of the villages. The PCs are surprised when they are approached by a Pyroclastic dragon (Draconomicon) and asked to retrieve his hoarde (which may or may not be the tithes mentioned above – and if they are, what will the Firewalkers say if the PCs are seen with it?).

Joining the Firewalkers is an adventure in itself. How do the PCs make contact? How do they prove their worth? How do they make it across the lava without dying? What if the Firewalkers make two of them race against each other?

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The island of Oahaui

RobbieOC
2006-08-09, 01:58 PM
Crunch

New Prestige Class: Loatuo Firewalker

For the warriors of the Loatuo Firewalkers, the most important thing is protecting the small villages that ring the island of Oahaui. Dominated by the huge, conical volcano in the middle, Oahaui often finds itself being attacked by the various fire and earth based monsters that make their home in the mountain – particularly the threat of the roiling Lava Creeper.

The Firewalkers have honed their body to be resistant to fire. They can – as their name implies – walk on burning coals and swim through lakes of lava. They fear nothing made of fire and actively seek out the creepers to keep them from attacking the villages.

Most hunters have a difficult time with creatures like the creepers, but through centuries of constant battle, the firewalkers have learned many tricks and techniques to make their attacks more accurate and their hits more deadly. They embrace combat with the evil oozes and the people of Oahaui are ever thankful for the presence of these gracious benefactors.

Most Firewalkers start as clerics or druids, though wizards and sorcerers can get a lot of benefit from the fire resistance offered by the prestige class. Fighting types do not often take the path of the firewalker, but it is not unheard of.

Firewalkers do not necessarily stay on the island of Oahaui. Some choose instead to take their talents and skills to other places in the world, bringing the ideals – and ooze slaying abilities – to help others who might need their help. They can certainly find a niche in near any group who spends a lot of time crawling through dungeons.

The most important step to becoming a firewalker is the ho’ike. During this process, the new initiate must swim across a burning lake of magma and retrieve the Stone of Earth and Fire on the other side – and they must race at least one other potential member while doing so. This test requires a lot of study and preparation, and most do not make it through this process.

Hit Die: d8

Requirements
To qualify to become a Loatuo Firewalker, a character must fulfill all the following criteria
Base Attack Bonus: +3
Skills: Knowledge (dungeoneering) 4 ranks, knowledge (religion) 4 ranks, swim 4 ranks
Feats: Athletic, endurance
Special: Must successfully complete the ho’ike, or firewalker trial of fire

Class skills: Balance, climb, craft, jump, knowledge (local), knowledge (dungeoneering), listen, search, survival, swim
Skill points per level: 4 + Int Modifier


{table]

Level
BAB
Fort
Ref
Will
Special
Spells per day


1
+0
+2
+0
+0
Fire resistance 5
+1 of existing class level


2
+1
+3
+0
+0
Favored enemy: oozes +2
--


3
+1
+3
+1
+1
Fire resistance 10
+1 of existing class level


4
+2
+4
+1
+1
Favored enemy: oozes +4
--


5
+2
+4
+1
+1
Fire immunity, viscous critical
+1 of existing class level

[/table]

All of the following are class features of the Laotuo Firewalker:

Weapon and armor proficiencies: Firewalkers do not gain any additional weapon or armor proficiencies.

Spells per day: When an odd numbered level in Loatuo Firewalker is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained, except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. If a character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a Laotuo Firewalker, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.

Fire resistance: At first level, a Loatuo Firewalker gains resistance to fire equal to five hit points. This bonus increases to 10 at level three.

Favored enemy (oozes): At level two, a Firewalker has become adept at fighting against the Lava creepers that infest their holy mountain and gains the ability favored enemy (oozes). This works exactly as a rangers favored enemy and stacks with the ranger’s bonus, if necessary. At level four, this bonus increases from +2 to +4.

Fire immunity: At fifth level, a Firewalker has become completely immune to the effects of heat and is immune to fire of any kind.

Viscous Critical: At 5th level, a Firewalker has become so adept at fighting the Lava Creepers that they can deal extra damage on a particularly solid hit. This feature gives them the ability to score critical hits against an ooze even though they are normally immune to such an attack. This does not allow them to sneak attack or sudden strike an ooze.

New Spells:

Pyroclastic Fist
Transmutation [Fire, Earth]
Level: Clr 1, Drd 1, Magma 1
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: --
Target: You
Duration: 1 round/ level
Saving throw: None
Your fist is made of molten rock. You deal 1d6 points of damage on an unarmed attack (half of the damage is fire, the other half is bludgeoning. In addition, you deal splash damage to all adjacent squares.


Pyroclastic Bomb
Evocation [Fire, Earth]
Level: Clr 5, Drd 4, Magma 4
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Area: 10 ft. radius
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Reflex Halves
Spell Resistance: Yes
A ball of molten rock launches from your hand and flies to its intended location. The bomb deals 1d6 points of damage/ level [max: 10d6], in addition, it deals splash damage to all adjacent squares. Half of the damage is fire and half is bludgeoning.


Pyroclastic Salvo
Evocation [Fire, Earth]
Level: Clr 8, Druid 8, Magma 8
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Area: 10 ft. radius
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Reflex Halves
Spell Resistance: Yes
A number of balls of molten rock equal to half your caster level launches from your hand and flies to its intended location. The bomb deals 1d6 points of damage/ level [max: 10d6], in addition, it deals splash damage to all adjacent squares. Half of the damage is fire and half is bludgeoning.


New Domain: Magma

Granted Power: Once per day, a cleric with the magma domain may choose to have either fire resistance 5 or acid resistance 5 for a number of rounds equal to half their cleric levels.

1 Pyroclastic Fist - 1d6 unarmed fire/ bludgeoning damage
2 Heat Metal - Make metal so hot it damages those who touch it
3 Stone Shape - Sculpts stone into any shape
4 Pyroclastic Bomb – Magma ball deals 1d6/level splash damage
5 Flame Strike - Smite foes with divine fire (1d6/level damage).
6 Stone Skin - Ignore 10 points of damage per attack
7 Earthquake - Intense tremor shakes 80-ft.-radius
8 Pyroclastic Salvo – Multiple magma balls deal 1d6/level splash damage
9 Elemental Swarm* - Summons multiple elementals.
*Cast as an earth or fire spell only


New Creature: Lava Creeper

Size/Type: Large Ooze
Hit Dice: 6d10+36 (71 hp)
Initiative: -5
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), swim 10 ft.
Armor Class: 4 (-1 size, -5 Dex), touch 4, flat-footed 4
Base attack/ Grapple: +4/ +10
Attack: Slam +5 melee (2d4+3 plus 1d4 fire)
Full attack: Slam +5 melee (2d4+3 plus 1d4 fire)
Space/ reach: 10 ft./ 5 ft.
Special attacks: Fire, constrict 2d4+3 plus 1d4 fire, improved grab
Special Qualities: Blindsight 60 ft., split, ooze traits
Saves: Fort +8, Ref -3, Will -3
Abilities: Str 15, Dex 1, Con 22, Int - , Wis 1, Cha 1
Skills: Swim +10
Feats: -
Environment: Active volcanoes
Organization: Solitary
Challenge rating: 5
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 7-9 HD (Large); 10-18 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment: -

Flowing down the rock ahead of you is what appears to be a burning puddle of molten rock. It hisses and roils as it slides over the ground toward you, flames licking the ground and leaving a long, scorched streak in the earth behind it.

The Lava Creeper is an ooze native to the island of Oahaui. While they make their homes in the active volcano Loatuo, they are often seen sliding down the mountain and into the small towns that dot the island’s shores after the volcano erupts. The people from the villages know not to take the monsters on themselves, and have learned to bring in the help of the firewalkers that live in the mountain.
* * The lava creepers have also become an important part of the firewalker initiation process. There are many creepers that inhabit the inside of Loatuo, and it is rare that a ho'ike is completed without the nasy oozes making their presence known.

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The dreaded Lava Creeper is barely distinguishable from regular lava

RobbieOC
2006-08-09, 04:50 PM
Alright, I've got a good start going. I've been taking an Earth Science class this summer, and we talked about volcanoes and magma and all that stuff one day, and I started thinking about all this stuff a while ago, so it was perfect when I saw the contest. Hope you guys enjoy!

...also, I don't know Hawaiian or anything. All the names are made up and just sound semi-islandic to me. Sorry.

Also, this is my first contest, so... feedback welcomed encouraged!

Update: Got a lot done today! Wow. I still need to do the feat tree, and I'm going to try and get some maps put up... since I've still got a lot of time before this is all due. I'll probably be tweaking some stuff before I officially present it to be voted on, so I'm still desperate for any advice anyone has, especially on those spells. I'm not real sure if they're leveled appropriately...

HealytheHealslime
2006-08-10, 03:52 PM
Very nice! I'm not sure if it will see play in many campaigns, (Hawaiin culture isn't the most popular mythology to base a DnD campaign around) but it's their loss. ;D

I don't see any large balance problems, but I'm still a newbie to this game. Keep up the good work!

RobbieOC
2006-08-10, 05:16 PM
Very nice! I'm not sure if it will see play in many campaigns, (Hawaiin culture isn't the most popular mythology to base a DnD campaign around) but it's their loss. ;D

I don't see any large balance problems, but I'm still a newbie to this game. Keep up the good work!

Yeah, it's not really meant for a campaign to be built around - mainly I see it as a nice setting for a diversion from the main storyline. Even adventurers deserve to go to the beach every once in a while... but that doesn't mean it has to be relaxing necessarily. After all, they are adventurers.

Glad you like it! :D

RobbieOC
2006-08-15, 09:36 PM
*Bump*

I believe I'm finished with this. Any last minute suggestions, comments or critcisms before I officially enter it?

The Glyphstone
2006-08-23, 10:47 AM
Well, the fluff is cool, but it clashes considerably with your "crunch" PrC. Immersion in lava deals 20d6 fire damage/round, so even your group's leaders would be dead after 2 or 3 rounds of 10-110 fire damage (after the Fire Resist 10). Impossible for them to be "swimming" in the lava. Not sure how to make that into a 5-lvl PrC, though...would work better in a 10-lvl, gradual resistance building towards immunity at Lvl10.

RobbieOC
2006-08-24, 02:34 PM
But they do get the immunity at level 5. I know it's kind of abrupt, and I've been considering making it a 10 level PrC, but I haven't gotten around to it really. And, part of the whole challenge is the ability to do it at lower levels - it requires ingenuity, toughness (the quality not the feat), or a nice item which grants fire immunity. Any of those will work. I specifically gave them fire immunity at the end of the prestige class. Maybe you missed that or maybe I read you wrong, but it is there.

If I were to change it to a 10 level class, what should I change about it? What should I add/remove?

The Glyphstone
2006-08-24, 04:45 PM
Yeah, I missed that. I thought it gave Resist 5 at 3rd, and Resist 10 at 5th. It's perfectly fine as a 5-level PrC with that.

RobbieOC
2006-08-24, 06:45 PM
I don't know about perfectly fine, but I feel it's fair anyway. Thanks.