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    Faerie Courtier
    Be careful that you never dance or play with Faerie-folk, or you'll be trapped... forever.

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    Though all creatures of Fae are considered royal to a degree, even within the Seelie/Unseelie Courts there are the nobility that have a higher placing than others. The Lords and Ladies, or those favored by them, called the Faerie Courtier. This position they may be born to, earned, or simply because the sylvan indvidual strikes the fancy of other nobility. They have powers beyond most mortals and may even open a Faerie Circle, a touch of their sylvan plane within another.

    There they dally with mortals, often taking them as servants and pets, or worse, slaves and playthings. Then they leave, nothing to show they ever danced other than the rings of mushrooms where there feet touched.


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    Taileflaith
    Faerie Courtier Nymph

    Medium Fey
    Hit Dice: 6d6+6 (27 hp)
    Initiative: +4
    Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares), swim 20 ft.
    Armor Class: 20 (+4 Dex, +6 deflection), touch 20, flat-footed 16
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+3
    Attack: Dagger +7 melee (1d4/19–20)
    Full Attack: Dagger +7 melee (1d4/19–20)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: Blinding beauty, faerie circle, master of mortals 10/day, spells, spell-like abilities, stunning glance
    Special Qualities: Coifed, damage reduction 10/cold iron, low-light vision, summoned to court, unearthly grace, wild empathy
    Saves: Fort +9, Ref +15, Will +14
    Abilities: Str 10, Dex 19, Con 12, Int 16, Wis 17, Cha 23
    Skills: Bluff +11, Concentration +10, Diplomacy +12, Escape Artist +13, Handle Animal +14, Heal +13, Hide +13, Knowledge (nobility and royaltyt) +7, Listen +12, Move Silently +13, Perform (dance) +19, Ride +5, Sense Motive +12, Spot +12, Swim +8, Use Rope +3 (+5 with bindings)
    Skill Tricks: Social Recovery
    Feats: Combat Casting, Dodge, Weapon Finesse
    Environment: Temperate forests
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 9
    Treasure: Standard; double gems
    Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
    Advancement: 7–12 HD (Medium)
    Level Adjustment: +10

    Taileflaith was the favored mistress of a Hoary Hunter who did not return from his hunt. His mistresses was suspected to have plotted with his quary, but eventually cleared by lack of evidence. She assumed his estates and title, and through much hard work, fawning, and not a little seduction she was accepted into the Unseelie Court. She often visits the material plane, dallying with mortals, but so far has found none worth bringing back. Every decade on the day of her former master's demise she hosts a celebration in his name and opens a Faerie Circle.

    Combat
    Like most nymphs Taileflaith is uneager to do hand to hand battle. However, she is cunning and manipulative and can generally find other wise to combat those that oppose her.

    Blinding Beauty (Su): This ability affects all humanoids within 30 feet of a nymph. Those who look directly at a nymph must succeed on a DC 20 Fortitude save or be blinded permanently as though by the blindness spell. A nymph can suppress or resume this ability as a free action. The save DC is Charisma-based.

    Coifed (Su): Taileflaith is under a constant prestidigitation-like spell that constantly cleans and perfumes them. They may turn this ability off and on at will.

    Faerie Circle (Su): Between sunset and sunrise, Taileflait may designate an area as a Faerie Circle to dance a special waltz. This area is up to 60 feet, though within that frame can make it as small as she wishes. If there are multiple Faerie Courtiers present for the dance, the one with the highest HD is the one who designates the range of the area. For each additional Faerie Courtier the circle may be, but is not required to be, increased in size a number of feet equal to twice the courtier's space. So for example a Medium courtier would extend the circle another 10 feet.
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    Faerie Circle Traits

    Wild Time
    Time passes strangely within the circle. The Faerie Courtier rolls a 1d6 to decide how this time moves.
    1 - No time passes within. Those that leave the circle find themselves exiting the same round they entered.
    2 - 1d4 minutes have gone by.
    3 - 1d4 hours have gone by.
    4 - 1d4 days have gone by.
    5 - The sun is just rising on the next day.
    6 - Time has passed normally, within and without.

    The circle designator may put a number of spells upon it at any point during the dance, or remove them. Often they make themselves invisible and inaudible only once they have captured a mortal.
    Blinking: Every 1d12 rounds the circle moves 60 feet in a random direction.
    Invisibility: From outside the circle those within are invisible.
    Silent: From outside the circle those within are inaudible.

    All mortals within sight of the circle that sees them dance must succeed on a Will save equal to Taileflait's Perform (dance) check or be affected as by the Attraction power. For the purpose of this ability the circle and those within it are not considered a danger, despite the peril. Those that are affected by her attraction automatically except her invitation to dance. Those that make their save are not affected by the attraction affect for 24 hours. However, they may still enter. Once entering they are affected by the Wild time trait, though may still leave.

    Once a mortal begins dancing with Taileflait he must continue dancing for 10 minutes, even if he wishes to end it. For each minute Taileflait and a mortal dance they make opposing Perform (dance) rolls. For each time the mortal loses the roll he becomes further trapped, and for each time he wins he becomes closer to freedom. A mortal begins dancing with a trapped rating of 5. The final score after the ten minutes of dancing determines his status.
    1 - The Faerier Courtier is bound to you and must perform a single task to which you command her to the best of her ability. This command must be feasibly possible. An impossible command frees her from you. Once she has performed this task she may leave.
    2 - You are entitled to a favor from the Faerie Courtier. This includes freeing others from the circle or her service, making changes to the circle, making a request to a Faerie Lord/Lady, or any number of small entitlements.
    3 - You are a favorite of the Faerie Courtier, and are no longer affected by her courtier-granted abilities, including attraction, wild time or potential of entrapment by dancing with her.
    4 - You are free to leave the circle and automatically exit the same round that you entered despite the Wild Time.
    5 - You are free to leave the circle unhindered.
    6 - The Lady can call upon you for a favor. See #2.
    7 - You must perform a single task for the Faerie Courtier to the best of your ability. See #1.
    8 - You are bound to the Faerie Courtier for 1 year of normal time and have free will devoid of Domination or Charm.
    9 - You are forever bound to the Faerie Courtier, and have free will, but are considered Charmed towards her.
    10 - You are forever bound to the Faerie Courtier and act as if permanently Dominated.

    A Faerie Courtier may speak mind to mind with a mortal regardless of planar boundaries, and may use their Master of Mortals ability through this link.

    If the Faerie Courtier is killed the mortal bound to her must succeed on a Will save (DC 20) or die as their heart breaks. If they succeed on their save they instead collapse and awake in the circle from which they were taken.


    Master of Mortals (Su): Taileflaith may rebuke, command, or bolster animals and humanoids as an evil cleric rebukes undead. She may also attempt to master a magical beast, though uses up 3 uses of this ability. She may use this ability 10/day.

    Spell-Like Abilities: Caster level 7th.
    1/day - Dimension Door.

    Spells: Taileflaith casts divine spells as a 7th-level druid.

    Typical Druid Spells Prepared (6/5/4/3/1, save DC 13 + spell level):
    0 - cure minor wounds, detect magic, flare, guidance, light, resistance;
    1st - calm animal, cure light wounds, entangle, longstrider, speak with animals;
    2nd - barkskin, heat metal, lesser restoration, tree shape;
    3rd - call lightning, cure moderate wounds, protection from energy;
    4th - rusting grasp.

    Stunning Glance (Su): As a standard action, a wrathful Taileflaith can stun a creature within 30 feet with a look. The target creature must succeed on a DC 20 Fortitude save or be stunned for 2d4 rounds. The save DC is Charisma-based.

    Summoned to Court (Su): Once per day Taileflaith can return to the Unseelie court in the Plane of Faerie, or to the last circle in which she danced. This acts as Word of Recall except the courtier can obviously move between planes. A mortal bound to the courtier is automatically considered willing. If a mortal that is bound to her leaves without her permission she can use her daily summoned to court use to instead bring the mortal to an adjacent square to her, to the circle he was caught in, or to the location within the court where she herself would normally appear. The mortal is allowed no save.

    Unearthly Grace (Su): Taileflaith adds her Charisma modifier as a bonus on all her saving throws, and as a deflection bonus to her Armor Class. (The statistics block already reflects these bonuses).

    Wild Empathy (Ex): This power works like the druid’s wild empathy class feature, except that a nymph has a +6 racial bonus on the check.

    Skills: A nymph has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. She can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. She can use the run action while swimming, provided she swims in a straight line.


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    Creating A Faerie Courtier

    "Faerie Courtier" is an acquired or inherited template that can be added to any fey, or an outsider from the plane of Faerie, hereafter referred to as the base creature. A Faerie Courtier uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

    Special Qualities: A Faerie Courtier retains all qualities of the base creature. They also gain the following special qualities.
    Coifed (Su): A Faerie Courtier is under a constant prestidigitation-like spell that constantly cleans and perfumes them. They may turn this ability off and on at will.
    Dark Waltz: A Faerie Courtier ranks in Perform (dance) increases to 3 + their HD. They also may stack their Strength or Dexterity modifiers with their dance checks.

    Special Attacks: A Faerie Courtier retains all attacks of the base creature. They also gain the following special attacks.
    Faerie Circle (Su): Between sunset and sunrise a Faerie Courtier may designate an area as a Faerie Circle to dance a special waltz. This area is up to 10 feet per HD of the Faerie Courtier, though within that frame can make it as small as they wish. If there are multiple Faerie Courtiers present for the dance, the one with the highest HD is the one who designates the range of the area. For each additional Faerie Courtier the circle may be, but is not required to be, increased in size a number of feet equal to twice the courtier's space. So for example a Medium courtier would extend the circle another 10 feet.

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    Wild Time
    Time passes strangely within the circle. The Faerie Courtier rolls a 1d6 to decide how this time moves.
    1 - No time passes within. Those that leave the circle find themselves exiting the same round they entered.
    2 - 1d4 minutes have gone by.
    3 - 1d4 hours have gone by.
    4 - 1d4 days have gone by.
    5 - The sun is just rising on the next day.
    6 - Time has passed normally, within and without.

    The circle designator may put a number of spells upon it at any point during the dance, or remove them. Often they make themselves invisible and inaudible only once they have captured a mortal.
    Blinking: Every 1d12 rounds the circle moves 60 feet in a random direction.
    Invisibility: From outside the circle those within are invisible.
    Silent: From outside the circle those within are inaudible.

    All mortals within sight of the circle that sees them dance must succeed on a Will save equal to her Perform (dance) check or be affected as by the Attraction power. For the purpose of this ability the circle and those within it are not considered a danger, despite the peril. Those that are affected by her attraction automatically accept her invitation to dance. Those that make their save are not affected by the attraction affect for 24 hours. However, they may still enter. Once entering they are affected by the Wild time trait, though may still leave.

    Once a mortal begins dancing with a Faerie Courtier he must continue dancing for 10 minutes, even if he wishes to end it. For each minute a faerie courtier and a mortal dance they make opposing Perform (dance) rolls. For each time the mortal loses the roll he becomes further trapped, and for each time he wins he becomes closer to freedom. A mortal begins dancing with a trapped rating of 5. The final score after the ten minutes of dancing determines his status.
    1 - The Faerier Courtier is bound to you and must perform a single task to which you command her to the best of her ability. This command must be feasibly possible. An impossible command frees her from you. Once she has performed this task she may leave.
    2 - You are entitled to a favor from the Faerie Courtier. This includes freeing others from the circle or her service, making changes to the circle, making a request to a Faerie Lord/Lady, or any number of small entitlements.
    3 - You are a favorite of the Faerie Courtier, and are no longer affected by her courtier-granted abilities, including attraction, wild time or potential of entrapment by dancing with her.
    4 - You are free to leave the circle and automatically exit the same round that you entered despite the Wild Time.
    5 - You are free to leave the circle unhindered.
    6 - The Lady can call upon you for a favor. See #2.
    7 - You must perform a single task for the Faerie Courtier to the best of your ability. See #1.
    8 - You are bound to the Faerie Courtier for 1 year of normal time and have free will devoid of Domination or Charm.
    9 - You are forever bound to the Faerie Courtier, and have free will, but are considered Charmed towards her.
    10 - You are forever bound to the Faerie Courtier and act as if permanently Dominated.

    A Faerie Courtier may speak mind to mind with their bound mortal regardless of planar boundaries, and may use their Master of Mortals ability through this link. They need not share the same language.

    If the Faerie Courtier is killed the mortal bound to her must succeed on a Will save (DC = 10 + half courtiers HD + Cha modifier) or die as their heart breaks. If they succeed on their save they instead collapse and awake in the circle from which they were taken.

    Master of Mortals (Su): A Faerie Courtier may rebuke, command, or bolster animals and humanoids as an evil cleric rebukes undead. She may also attempt to master a magical beast, though uses up 3 uses of this ability. They may use these abilities a total number of times per day equal to 3 + their Charisma modifier.
    Summoned to Court (Su): Once per day a Faerie Courtier can return to the court in the Plane of Faerie (seelie or unseelie, whichever they hold allegiance), or to the last circle in which she danced. This acts as Word of Recall except the courtier can obviously move between planes. A mortal bound to the courtier is automatically considered willing. If a mortal that is bound to her leaves without her permission she can use her daily summoned to court use to instead bring the mortal to an adjacent square to her, to the circle he was caught in, or to the location within the court where she herself would normally appear. The mortal is allowed no save.

    Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: +2 Dex, +4 Cha
    Skills: A Faerie Courtier gains Knowledge (nobility and royalty) as a trained skill with a +4 bonus. If of the Seelie Court they also gain a +4 bonus to Diplomacy. If of the Unseelie Court they gain a +4 bonus to Bluff. Both are considered trained skills.
    Skill Trick: A Faerie Courtier gains the use of the Social Recovery skill trick even if they don't meet the prerequisites.
    Treasure: As base creature plus double gems.
    Challenge Rating: Up to 5 HD +1, same as base creature +1. 6-10 HD same as base creature +2, 11-15 HD same as base creature +3, 16-20 HD same as base creature +4
    Level Adjustment: Same as base creature +3
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    Let's see... I'm having a little trouble with the penalty and grammar, however....

    Dark Waltz: Wouldn't it be simpler to say that they are treated as having maximum ranks in Perform(Dance), as though it were a class skill, rather than defining what it means?

    Faerie Circle: This ability is a bit confusing. Is 'multiple courtiers' global (E.g., multiple courtiers on the plane), or local (Multiple courtiers wanting to make a circle at the same time)?

    Will save equal to Perform(Dance) check: That gets rather insane, rather quickly. The sample Faerie, taking ten, is Will DC 29, and is only CR 9. That's nat-20 territory for most characters for which that's a reasonable CR.

    "For each time the mortal loses the roll he becomes further trapped, and for each time he wins he becomes closer to freedom. A mortal begins dancing with a penalty of 5. The last roll determines his. "
    A little confusing. Do you mean something along the lines of:
    "For each time the mortal loses the roll he becomes further trapped, and for each time he wins he becomes closer to freedom. A mortal begins dancing with a trapped rating of 5. The final score after the ten minutes of dancing determines his status"
    Of course, by the time I finish this post, it will already be obsolete. C'est la vie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Simth View Post
    Dark Waltz: Wouldn't it be simpler to say that they are treated as having maximum ranks in Perform(Dance), as though it were a class skill, rather than defining what it means?
    I don't see much difference really.

    Faerie Circle: This ability is a bit confusing. Is 'multiple courtiers' global (E.g., multiple courtiers on the plane), or local (Multiple courtiers wanting to make a circle at the same time)?
    Those present for the current dance.

    Will save equal to Perform(Dance) check: That gets rather insane, rather quickly. The sample Faerie, taking ten, is Will DC 29, and is only CR 9. That's nat-20 territory for most characters for which that's a reasonable CR.
    Well, let's look at what a 9th level bard using Fascinate can do without anything special.
    - +19 perform mod (changeling with max ranks)
    - Can affect up to 4 beings at once.
    - Audience sit down all nice and quiet as your friends sneak attack them to death.

    Then there are bardic PrC's that let you do a lot more with your perform. The nymph is a highly optimized example of what you can do with this template and she doesn't match what you can do with many bard builds of the same level.

    Open to suggestions on alternative ways of determining the DC, but if we go by HD and Cha, optimized as it is, that's still a mere DC 20, which your typical 9th level diviner is going to beat with a roll of 5.

    A little confusing. Do you mean something along the lines of:
    "For each time the mortal loses the roll he becomes further trapped, and for each time he wins he becomes closer to freedom. A mortal begins dancing with a trapped rating of 5. The final score after the ten minutes of dancing determines his status"
    Basically, yup. I do like that wording better.
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    Just a few questions and observations.

    The Template seems to add the Psionic Subtype to the base creature (see Attraction Power in Faerie Circle traits).

    Although you mention a Faerie Court allegiance in the Summoned To Court ability, nowhere in the template is it stated that Faerie Courtier actually gains an allegiance to one of the Faerie Courts if she didn't already have one. That probably should be added.

    I agree that Dark Waltz should be rewritten for clarity. Since Perform checks are Charisma-based, basing them off Str or Dex doesn't really make sense.

    Dark Waltz (Ex): A Faerie Courtier gains a number of ranks of Perform (dance) equal to her maximum allowed ranks per HD. If she already has maximum ranks in this skill, she gains no further benefit.

    I recommend the following changes to Skills section as result of the other considerations.

    Skills: A Faerie Courtier gains a +4 bonus to either Bluff (if Unseelie) or to Diplomacy (if Seelie), and gains a +4 bonus to Knowledge (nobility and royalty). A Faerie Courtier always has a maximum number of ranks in Perform (dance) per HD (see Dark Waltz above).

    Also, look at the placement of the following ability in your text.
    A Faerie Courtier may speak mind to mind with a mortal regardless of planar boundaries, and may use their Master of Mortals ability through this link.
    Since this ability only appears in the Faerie Circle Trait do you mean that the faerie courtier can only use this ability while in a faerie circle? You don't expressly state it, but it should be clearer if that is the case. In either case, this ability seems to be a form of Telepathy and I'm not sure why you didn't list it that way. Also, do they need to share a common language? Calling something "a mortal" is vague. You should probably define it.

    Although I'm not certain this is how you want to proceed, here's my suggestion:

    Telepathy (Psi): While in a faerie circle, the Faerie Courtier may speak mind-to-mind with any living creature that has an Intelligence of 3 or more and that shares a common language regardless of planar boundaries. She may use her Master of Mortal abilities through this link.

    Because the next sentence is also listed under Faerie Circle Traits, it is unclear whether the ability is only active in a Faerie Circle. If it is not, you should consider making this another Special Ability and listing it separately.

    If you mean that any time the Faerie Courtier is killed, her bound mortal dies, then that's an ability that borders on the realm of evil. Taking someone with you when you die isn't really a good act, especially if you know that to be the case when you bind the mortal. I'd be leery of making this ability active any time the Faerie Courtier is killed. Save vs. Death situations are never fun and should be limited. If you limit this to the time that the Faerie Courtier is in her Faerie Circle, then it is a little more palatable.

    Here is my suggestion (with some editing included):
    If the Faerie Courtier is killed while in the Faerie Circle, the mortal bound to her must succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 Faerie Courtier's HD + Cha modifier) or die as his heart breaks. If the bound mortal succeeds on his save, he instead collapses and awakens in the circle from which he was taken.

    I'm not sure what the purpose of the Faerie Circle really is. You mention in the sample creature that she creates one to honor her former master, but you say nothing about it in the Template. I think this information would be helpful. Perhaps as part of the Template you should add that the creation of a Faerie Circle must be performed at least once a year (or within some other time frame) to honor someone important to the Faerie Courtier.

    Just a couple of other things...

    You have a tendency to switch between singular and plural, even in the same sentence. This combined with a distinct lack of breaks between paragraphs makes it harder to read. There are a lot of grammatical errors that also make it difficult to understand in spots.

    Why didn't you put the sample creature at the very end of the Template? Having it in the middle breaks it up too much. It also doesn't need to be in a spoiler if it is at the end.

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    Always nice to see some new options for fey. They're a criminally underrepresented type, which always surprises me, as they can be powerfully creepy if played right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debihuman View Post
    The Template seems to add the Psionic Subtype to the base creature (see Attraction Power in Faerie Circle traits).
    It acts 'as' it so I don't have to repost all the rules. It isn't the power, just has the same effect.


    Although you mention a Faerie Court allegiance in the Summoned To Court ability, nowhere in the template is it stated that Faerie Courtier actually gains an allegiance to one of the Faerie Courts if she didn't already have one. That probably should be added.
    Well, considering how pretty much none of the other fey do either its assumed that by the fluff she is.

    I agree that Dark Waltz should be rewritten for clarity. Since Perform checks are Charisma-based, basing them off Str or Dex doesn't really make sense.
    They aren't based off Str or Dex. She adds them in addition.

    I recommend the following changes to Skills section as result of the other considerations.

    Skills: A Faerie Courtier gains a +4 bonus to either Bluff (if Unseelie) or to Diplomacy (if Seelie), and gains a +4 bonus to Knowledge (nobility and royalty). A Faerie Courtier always has a maximum number of ranks in Perform (dance) per HD (see Dark Waltz above).
    I like the bonus based on the house idea, and will use that. Having a maximum ranks is basically what I said, but as above folks will go 'so do i have to take those ranks from other skills?'

    Also, look at the placement of the following ability in your text.
    Since this ability only appears in the Faerie Circle Trait do you mean that the faerie courtier can only use this ability while in a faerie circle? You don't expressly state it, but it should be clearer if that is the case. In either case, this ability seems to be a form of Telepathy and I'm not sure why you didn't list it that way. Also, do they need to share a common language?
    They can only speak with the mortal that is bound to them.

    If you mean that any time the Faerie Courtier is killed, her bound mortal dies, then that's an ability that borders on the realm of evil. Taking someone with you when you die isn't really a good act, especially if you know that to be the case when you bind the mortal. I'd be leery of making this ability active any time the Faerie Courtier is killed. Save vs. Death situations are never fun and should be limited. If you limit this to the time that the Faerie Courtier is in her Faerie Circle, then it is a little more palatable.
    It's not so much evil, as they are bound at a very basic level. This is common in stories even with good fairies. Basically when bound to them, they tend to love their mistress to an obsessive degree. I'm basically going for something right out of Grimm tales.

    I'm not sure what the purpose of the Faerie Circle really is. You mention in the sample creature that she creates one to honor her former master, but you say nothing about it in the Template. I think this information would be helpful. Perhaps as part of the Template you should add that the creation of a Faerie Circle must be performed at least once a year (or within some other time frame) to honor someone important to the Faerie Courtier.
    It's hinted in the story that she is the one who killed him. To honor him is actually a jibe at his memory. 'I killed you on this day, you SOB'. Why are fairy circles so common in literature? I dunno. It'd be different for each creature of Faerie. Much of the time its just because they like a party and intrusive mortals are often good entertainment.

    You have a tendency to switch between singular and plural, even in the same sentence. This combined with a distinct lack of breaks between paragraphs makes it harder to read. There are a lot of grammatical errors that also make it difficult to understand in spots.
    I'll give it another look over and see what I can change.

    Why didn't you put the sample creature at the very end of the Template? Having it in the middle breaks it up too much. It also doesn't need to be in a spoiler if it is at the end.
    Because if you look in most, if not all, books the sample creature is listed before the actual template. I'm simply doing it the 'official' way.

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    Hey i have to say this is exactly what i need for some of the NPC's in the campain i'm DMing at the moment. Thank you for posting this The Vorpal Tribble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    It acts 'as' it so I don't have to repost all the rules. It isn't the power, just has the same effect.
    Just cite to the rule as Psionic rules are open content but not core. See Psionic Handbook page 54.

    In regards to requiring a allegiance to a Faerie Court... Well, considering how pretty much none of the other fey do either its assumed that by the fluff she is.
    Don't assume, state explicitly. This is a new Template and so none of the fey will have this information.


    I like the bonus based on the house idea, and will use that. Having a maximum ranks is basically what I said, but as above folks will go 'so do i have to take those ranks from other skills?'
    Then have the Template add the additional skill Perform (dance) ranks to the base creature without recalculating. I grok what you are trying to say, but you aren't saying it clearly.

    Skills: A Faerie Courtier gains Perform (dance) as a class skill if the base creature did not already have it. If the base creature does not have any ranks in Perform (dance) or has fewer than the maximum number of ranks allowed by its HD, it gains those ranks as bonus skill points.

    They can only speak with the mortal that is bound to them.
    Does this also mean that they can only use their Master of Mortal ability on their bound mortal when speaking mind-to-mind? Your writing isn't clear on this either.

    It sounds like by "mortal" you mean Animals and Humanoids only but you aren't specific enough. "Mortal" isn't a standard game term, so you have to define it. Since Master of Mortals only affects Animals and Humanoids, and to a lesser effect Magical Beasts, it makes sense for this to be the definition.

    Technically, speaking mind-to-mind is exactly like telepathy and should be listed as such with all the parameters in place.

    It's not so much evil, as they are bound at a very basic level. This is common in stories even with good fairies. Basically when bound to them, they tend to love their mistress to an obsessive degree. I'm basically going for something right out of Grimm tales.
    Point taken. I'm just not a fan of Save or Die effects.


    It's hinted in the story that she is the one who killed him. To honor him is actually a jibe at his memory. 'I killed you on this day, you SOB'. Why are fairy circles so common in literature? I dunno. It'd be different for each creature of Faerie. Much of the time its just because they like a party and intrusive mortals are often good entertainment.
    Missed my Spot check on this. That's as good a reason as any although the particulars would be unique to every individual.


    I'll give it another look over and see what I can change.
    I am looking forward to it.

    Because if you look in most, if not all, books the sample creature is listed before the actual template. I'm simply doing it the 'official' way.
    Oh, you mean the sucky way in MM3 and later books. Phooey! Technically, the "official" way is the way presented in the SRD and core books. This is just a pet peeve of mine because I think the OGC material is easier on the eyes than the later stuff.

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