Quick, chaotic, and destructive, Firebending is a difficult art that only the most dedicated are able to master. Firebenders are always of the offensive, overwhelming their foes with barrage after barrage of fiery kicks, jabs, and sweeps.
Adventures – Often, Firebenders serve as part of military detachments and adventure under the orders of their superior officers or on their own initiative, seeking to advance the interests of the Fire Nation. Alternatively, they may travel on more personal quests, seeking to regain lost honor or improve their standing within the Fire Nation political hierarchy. Still others adventure to prove and increase their power and command of their destructive art.
Characteristics – Firebenders are fast, powerful, and aggressive. Lacking the potent defensive moves of the other bending disciplines, Firebenders seek to strike quick and hard, defeating their opponent before defense is necessary. They use a variety of attacks to project their fire, with quick hand jabs and punches resulting in short bursts of fire while sweeping kicks create arcs of flame. Some of the most powerful Firebenders are able to create walls of fire, or generate blue fire or electricity, the most powerful forms of the Firebending art.
Alignment – Master Firebenders, like all other benders, show a high degree of discipline and self control, though like their unpredictable medium, they can lose control of their emotions. They can be of any alignment, and can undergo alignment shifts as their beliefs change.
Religion – While the extent of Firebender spirituality is unknown, it is commonly thought that Firebenders revere the sun as the source of their powers. It is also thought that some Firebenders revere past Avatars from the Fire Nation. Many Firebenders are stubbornly individualistic and do not profess any strong religious beliefs.
Background – Many Firebenders receive their training through the military, becoming soldiers in the Fire Nation army. Others seek out individual masters or train at temples dedicated to the art.
Races – All Firebenders (with the exception of the Avatar, who is able to master all four elements) are members of the group known as the Fire Nation.
Other Classes – Of all the other bending disciplines, Firebenders are the most individualistic and the least likely to work well with other benders. That said, they can benefit from working with Airbenders or Waterbenders, who can provide some defensive capabilities to augment the Firebenders’ offensive bent. They also work well with the martial classes, often serving amongst them in the Fire Nation army.
Abilities – Wisdom is the most important ability for Firebenders, as it governs the save DC’s for some of their best abilities. Dexterity is also important as it provides a boost to Armor Class and increases their ability to hit with their Fire Blasts, as is Constitution, which provides needed hit points for a class that often enters combat.
Hit Dice – d6
Class Skills – Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Firebending (Wis) Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Bending) (Int), Knowledge (History) (Int), Listen (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Spot (Wis)
Skill Points at 1st Level – (4 + Int Modifier) x4
Skill Points at Each Additional Level – 4 + Int Modifier
Base Attack Bonus|
1st|+0|+0|+2|+2|Fire Blast 1d6, Play with Fire, Child of the Sun|1|+3
3rd|+2|+1|+3|+3|Improved Unarmed Strike|2|+4
4th|+3|+1|+4|+4|Fire Blast 2d6|3|+4
8th|+6/+1|+2|+6|+6|Fire Blast 3d6|5|+5
10th|+7/+2|+3|+7|+7|Fire Resistance 5|6|+6
12th|+9/+4|+4|+8|+8|Fire Blast 4d6|7|+7
15th|+11/+6/+1|+5|+9|+9|Cold Resistance 5|8|+8
16th|+12/+7/+2|+5|+10|+10|Fire Blast 5d6|9|+8
20th|+15/+10/+5|+1|+12|+12|Fire Blast 6d6, Cold and Fire Resistance 10|11|+9[/table]
Weapon and Armor Proficiency – A firebender is proficient with all simple weapons, short swords, longswords, glaives and padded, leather, and studded leather armor.
Improved Unarmed Strike – A firebender gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat at third level.
Child of the Sun - Firebenders draw much of their power from the sun, the ultimate source of fire. During the day, firebenders gain a +2 circumstance bonus on Firebending checks due to the influence of the sun. Additionally, during the passage of a comet near the planet, Firebenders gain an additional +5 circumstance bonus to Firebending checks. However, the close link between the sun and firebending has its drawbacks. During a solar eclipse, firebenders are unable to use any firebending abilities.
Base DC: 5
The first ability a firebender learns is Fire Blast. The firebender generates fire using the heat inside his body and propels it at great speeds toward his foe using a quick jab with his fist. A blast deals 1d6 damage at 1st level (dealing half damage to non-flammable objects) and increases in power as the firebender gains levels, as shown above. A blast is a ranged attack, and a firebender can use a number of blasts in one round equal to the number of iterative attacks he can make (as determined by his BAB).
In addition to using his Fire Blasts to attack from range, a firebender can channel his blasts through his unarmed strike, dealing Fire Blast damage in addition to unarmed strike damage for each blow. A firebender must make a successful melee attack in order to channel his Fire Blast.
Base DC: 5
Early in their training, firebenders learn to block or deflect attacks directed at them and their companions. Once per round, a firebender can attempt to negate a ranged attack (either conventional or bending) targeted within 10 feet +5 ft/3 class levels. Negating this attack requires the firebender succeed in an opposed attack roll. If the firebender’s attack roll is less than hisopponent’s, the attack is unaffected by the deflection attempt and is resolved as normal. Using this initial Deflect Bending attempt counts as an immediate action. Because of fire's insubstantial nature and offensive outlook, firebenders take a -4 penalty on this opposed attack roll.
Additionally, a firebender has the option of reserving iterative attacks in order to gain more Deflect Attack attempts. Whenever he makes a full-round attack, a firebender may choose to forgo a number of iterative attacks, gaining a number of additional Deflect Attack attempts equal to the number of attacks the firebender reserved. Regardless of how many attacks a firebender forgoes, he cannot use more Deflect Attack attempts than he has iterative attacks due to high Base Attack Bonus. These subsequent Deflect Attack attempts do not count as actions, and can be used any time during the round, even when it is not the firebender's turn.
If a firebender is caught flat-footed, he can make a Reflex save (DC 10 + ˝ the attacker’s BAB + the attacker’s Dexterity modifier) to still make a Deflect Attack attempt. A flat-footed firebender can never make more than a single Deflect Attack attempt.
For example, a 15th level firebender’s Base Attack Bonus allows himto make 3 iterative attacks. If he decides to make a full-round attack, he can reserve as many as 2 of these attacks in order to gain 2 additional Deflect Attack attempts (bringing her total to 3 for that round).
Play with Fire
Base DC: 5
A firebender learns to finely manipulate fire. He gains the ability to draw fire from any source (including the Firebender’s own body heat) within his bending range, alter its basic shape, move it around at a rate of 5 feet/round, and hold it in his hands. Firebenders can warm their tea, create balls of fire to act as torches, or start campfires using this ability. Moving the fire an additional 5 feet adds +2 to the Firebending DC. Fire moved using this seed deals damage per round depending on its source; for example, natural fire deals 1d6 damage, and fire produced by the firebender’s body deals damage equal to his Fire Blast.
Endure Elements - Beginning at 5th level, a firebender learns to harness his internal heat as protection from extreme temperatures. A firebender gains a +4 bonus on saves to resist the effects of cold weather, but not fire or cold damage from any other source.
Firestorm – Of all the bending disciplines, firebending is the most offensive, truly embodying the belief that the best defense is a good offense. Beginning at 6th level, whenever a firebender spends a full round attacking, he may make an extra attack at his highest base attack bonus. The extra attack may not be used in a Deflect Bending attempt, and the firebender must make at least two Fire Blasts in a turn in order to use this ability. When using a Firestorm, the firebender takes a -2 penalty to all attacks made that round.
Energy Resistance - At level 10, a firebender gains Fire Resistance 5. At level 15, a firebender gains Cold Resistance 5. At level 20, a firebender's Fire Resistance increases to Fire Resistance 10.
Fire Kick (Template)
Base DC: +10
By using quick and powerful kicks to propel his firebending, a firebender can greatly increase the range and power of his abilities.
• Applications: Applying this template to a firebending seed doubles the firebender's effective bending range for the purpose of that firebending seed. This range increase takes effect after determining the firebender’s bending range based on a high Firebending skill check. The seed also allows the firebender to use his firebending abilities while his hands are full or immobilized. Note that this template cannot be applied to any form that cannot be performed with the feet (such as by applying another template involving a body part or when stuck in a waterbender’s Steady Stance). Finally, the damage dealt by the seed increases by +1d6 when Fire Kick is applied. This bonus to damage increases by +1d6 for every 15 by which a firebender’s skill check exceeds the base DC.
Base DC: 10
• Whip: A firebender may, as a move action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity, form a long, narrow tongue of fire, coiling around like a rope. This whip has all the statistics of a normal whip with the exception that it deals 1d6 damage (half fire, half slashing damage) and counts as a light weapon for the purposes of two-weapon fighting. Additionally, a firebender may treat it as a normal whip for purposes of weapon-based feats. The fire in this whip can be used to use Deflect Bending without needing to be remade and the whip can also be extended an additional 5 feet by increasing the Firebending DC by +10. A firebender can increase damage done by the whip by one step (from 1d6 to 1d8, etc.), increasing the Firebending DC by +4 per step. Firebenders are considered proficient with their fire whips, even if they are not proficient with normal whips.
Base DC: +10
Rather than simply burning her opponents to a crisp, firebenders often seek to earn a strategic advantage in positioning.
• Repel: The firebender makes a sudden explosion at the end of his hands, pushing opponents back with the force of the attack. Through this application, a firebender may initiate a bull rush through his Fire Blast, with the bender’s Wisdom score acting as the blast’s Strength score. For every 4 points by which the Firebending check beats the DC, the bender gains a +1 on the bull rush attempt. If the blast moves the opponent back more than ten feet, the opponent must make a Reflex save or be knocked prone.
Additionally, by turning her fire into a forceful explosion, a firebender can deal full damage to even non-flammable objects when firebending, and deals double damage to flammable objects. Applying this template adds +10 to the Firebending DC.
Blades of Fire
Base DC: 10
The Fire Nation is notorious for its soldiers and their capabilities with both martial weapons and the martial use of fire. Their combinations of both are often devastating to the enemy.
• Channel: A firebender is able to channel his internal heat into any melee weapon he wields as a move action. The firebender may attack with a melee weapon and have that attack deal Fire Blast damage in addition to the weapon damage. A firebender can choose to maintain the flames around his weapon by spending a swift action every turn to continue dealing Fire Blast damage with the weapon. A firebender can apply this seed with two weapons at a time by adding +15 to the Firebending DC.
• Create: Alternatively, a firebender can use this seed to create a weapon completely out of fire. This weapon deals no damage of its own, but rather deals the firebender’s Fire Blast damage, but also allows the firebender to apply weapon-based feats.
Base DC: +10
• Intensify: Oftentimes, from a firebender’s point of view, a fire is simply not hot enough. By focusing on an already existing source of fire as a standard action, a firebender can increase the damage it deals by 1d6, plus an additional 1d6 for every 4 points by which the Firebending check exceeds the DC, up to the firebender’s Blast damage.
• Quench: A little-used form among most firebenders, a firebender can prepare an action to negate a single Fire Blast passing within 10 feet of him. Quenching blasts further away than 10 feet is possible, but the Firebending DC increases by +2 for every 5 feet further away the blast is.
Base DC: 10
The speed and tenacity of the element of a true firebender are seldom seen, simply because such power is the last thing most opponents see.
• Speed Burst: By expelling flames from the soles of his feet, a firebender thrusts himself forward recklessly. The bender increases his base land speed by 5 feet, plus another 5 feet for every 5 points by which the bending check exceeds the DC. This use of the seed is a swift action to execute and a free action to maintain, though the bender can only safely maintain it for a number of rounds equal to his firebender level, and the Firebending DC increases by 5 for every round thereafter.
• Firebender's Leap: A sudden jet of flames erupts from the bender's legs, allowing him to reach incredible heights. By taking a full-round action to make a jump, a firebender gains a bonus on his Jump equal to his Firebending check, and the jump is not limited by the firebender's height. A move action can be taken as part of this seed, but only in order to gain a running start for the jump.
Base DC: 15
When using this seed, a firebender uses a high, aggressive spinning kick to create a 15-foot cone of fire, affecting all creatures and objects therein with his Fire Blast damage. Creatures within this area take half damage on a successful Reflex save. The range of the cone is increased by 5 feet for every 5 points by which the Firebending check exceeds the DC.
Fire in the Stomach
Base DC: 15
Firebending is all about breath control; applying this properly allows a firebender incredible resilience to harsh outer cold.
• As a full-round action that doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity, a firebender can take a deep breath and hold it for a number of rounds equal to 5 times his Constitution score. While holding his breath this way, a firebender maintains his body temperature at normal levels and is immune to nonlethal damage by exposure to cold environments. After letting out his breath, a firebender cannot use this seed for at least five minutes. For every point by which the Firebending check exceeds the DC, the firebender holds his breath one additional round.
Base DC: Varies
• Heat Metal (Base DC Varies): By focusing upon a piece of metal every round on a piece of metal within his bending range, a firebender can cause damage upon contact. On the first round this seed is used, the metal becomes warm and uncomfortable to touch but deals no damage. During the second round, intense heat causes 1d4 damage and in subsequent rounds, the metal is searing hot, dealing 2d4 damage. Any cold intense enough to damage the creature negates fire damage from this seed (and vice versa) on a point-for-point basis. Using this seed on unattended metal or one’s own equipment has a base Firebending DC of 15 and requires a swift action every round, and affecting another’s equipment has a base Firebending DC of 30 and requires a move action every turn. This form can also be used to deal damage to ice, in which case the damage dice increase to d6's.
• Melt Stone (Base DC 35): Often used by canny Fire Nation soldiers in the mountains to discourage enemy forces, a firebender can heat up stone to the point of melting into liquid lava. A firebender can affect one 5-foot cube of stone as the Heat Metal use of this seed, above. Once the stone cube has taken 20 damage from the use of this seed (ignoring hardness), it begins to melt, dealing damage as lava. A firebender can affect one additional 5-foot cube of stone for every 5 points by which the Firebending check exceeds the DC.
Breath of the Dragon (Template)
Base DC: +25
• Applications: By adding +25 to a Firebending DC, a firebender can do any form without using somatic components and without provoking attacks of opportunity, as long as the bender’s mouth or nose is free and not gagged or otherwise hindered from opening. The form is performed as a stream of fire from the bender’s mouth, a burst of steam from the bender’s nose that makes metal red-hot, or any other appropriate description.
Base DC: 25
By, quite simply, lighting himself up like a torch, a firebender can ignite everything around him in a conflagrant display.
• Whirlwind: Using this seed, a firebender creates a whirlwind of fire surrounding him, extending a 5-foot radius around him. All creatures and objects in the area are affected by the firebender’s Fire Blast damage. Creatures within the area take half damage on a successful Reflex save. A firebender can increase the radius of this seed by increasing the base DC by 5 for every 5-foot increase in the radius. A firebender can choose to maintain this seed by taking a full-round action every turn, dealing the appropriate damage within the area each turn. Maintaining the form for more than two turns inflicts a cumulative -2 penalty to the original Firebending check every turn, slowly shrinking the size of the form until it stops working.
Wall of Fire
Base DC: 25
A firebender learns to make an immobile, blazing curtain of shimmering fire springs into existence, discouraging others from passing through an area.
• Plane: The wall sends forth waves of heat, dealing 2d4 points of fire damage to creatures within 10 feet and 1d4 points of fire damage to those past 10 feet but within 20 feet. The wall deals this damage when it appears and on the bender’s turn each round to all creatures in the area. In addition, the wall deals 2d6 points of fire to any creature passing through it. The wall is a 10-foot square, but a firebender can choose to make the wall wider by increasing the DC by 4 points for every 5 foot increase, and the height can be doubled by halving the width. If the wall is made so that it appears where creatures are, each creature takes damage as if passing through the wall. If any 5-foot length of wall takes 20 points of cold damage or more in 1 round, that length goes out (Note: Do not divide cold damage by 4, as normal for objects). A Wall of Fire can be maintained with a Concentration check each round equal to the Firebending check -5.
• Ring: Essentially the same as above, except that the wall is made in the form of a 20-foot-tall ring of fire with a radius of 10 feet, plus another 5 feet for every 4 points by which Firebending check exceeds the DC.
Blue Fire (Template)
Base DC: +20
Instead of the normal reds, yellows, and oranges associated with conventional firebending, the fire produced by this seed glows blue and is exceptionally hot.
• Applications: Damage dice for firebending forms using this seed increase by one step (for example, from d6 to d8, or d4 to d6). Additionally, blue fire deals full damage to objects and the firebender's penalty on Deflect Attack attempts is reduced to -2.
Base DC: 35
Truly, the paragon of the stereotypical firebender, this seed channels the internal heat of a bender through the palm of his hands to create a huge outpouring of flames.
• Using this seed, a firebender affects all creatures or objects in a line with his Fire Blast damage. Creatures caught within the line take half damage on a successful Reflex save.
Base DC: 45
As all masters of the bending disciplines must understand, all things are made up of the four elements, and the power of the mighty lightning bolt can be harnessed by a firebender with sufficient inner balance.
• Cold fire: Creating a bolt of lightning involves separating the positive and negative energies of the element of fire, releasing a huge amount of power as they join suddenly together again. When using this seed requires a full-round action as the firebender performs a complicated series of motions to separate the two energies, provoking attacks of opportunity as normal. At the end of this full-round action (but still during the same turn), the firebender releases the contained energy in the form of a lightning bolt dealing 1d6 electricity damage per firebender level to a single target. Additionally, lightning generated by this seed is empowered, dealing half again (1.5 times) the amount of damage presented by the dice. This seed deals normal damage to objects.
All firebending abilities set fire to combustibles and damage objects they affect. Natural fire deals 1d6 points of fire damage per round. A creature who catches on fire can make a DC 15 Reflex save each round to extinguish the fire. Dousing the fire with water or smothering it automatically extinguishes the fire.