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    Brina

    A hand reached up and cupped a small branch filled with tiny white flowers, the leaves still mere buds that would sprout by the time the blossoms had shriveled. A tiny bee crawled out of a flower, annoyed. Upon touching the arm of the disturbance, the insect calmed and crawled quickly up the limb and along to a slender neck. Continuing up, a mouth was opened and the bee crawled within docilely. It reached back and brushed the pollen from one of the pockets on its back leg, the minuscule amount of dust falling onto the tongue. This was extended and the bee buzzed up and away.

    The mouth then smiled, pleased at the offering and finished the inhalation of the blossom's scent. The figure then walked on, clearing the last of the trees, though the small vines that often wound about them continued on to do battle with the grass for space and sun. She looked out across the hills to where the village was to be found nearby the stream that flowed out of the orchard. Down the hill two woman waited, one of great age and the bearer of many children, the other a virgin only come into womanhood since the spring solstice. One on each side of the small river they waited. They wore matching tunics of golden brown that barely reached their thighs. Displayed was the intricate red markings painted upon them with the collected blood of newborns that had tragically died during the harsh winter months. Each held ropes of hemp that attached to the sides of the craft.

    "Caoimhe." they spoke, opening their mouths wide. The old woman smiled comfortably, no stranger to the ceremony. The girl though looked upon the woman nervously. She had seen the goddess from a distance every year, a beautiful woman, her belly bulging, forever pregnant with life. Caoimhe smiled reassuringly at her and the girl managed to stop fidgeting. Two large bees flew from her dreadlocked, pollen-drenched hair to settle upon their tongues and regurgitate their nectar. The bees then flew out and lit upon their foreheads. Caoimhe stepped lightly into the boat and the two woman let the ropes go slack, allowing the current to take the boat. Thus they slowly came to the town, the women only having need of the ropes to lead it away from rocks or approaching too close to the bank.

    Such was how she had entered the village for over a century. She would perhaps spend the rest of the week blessing the crops and midwifing. Many commented amongst themselves on her conduct of the latter, visiting all the expecting, delivering and even those who had recently given birth when normally it was only the ailing mothers and babes she gave her attention to. As well, a few of the more observant noticed the quiet desperation in her eyes and dread filled them when they realized their goddess herself was fearful.

    This fear was lessened though as she was taken to the home of a woman that had been in the midst of labor for nearly a week. Caoimhe gasped as she put her hands upon the mother's abdomen. Such strong life she had never experienced in all her trips to the village. This was precisely what she had been looking for...

    "What is your name?" she questioned gently.

    "Lorelai... Brent..." she gasped out.

    Caoimhe suddenly felt weak. That name... Brent... she could remember it. It had been her father's name, a man whose face she still saw clearly despite the last couple centuries. This woman was her many times grand-niece...

    She immediately commanded for all to clear the room. She smiled down at the woman and put a hand to her sweating forehead and bid her to relax, to sleep...

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    She had the still, blue-faced child she delivered laid in a basket within her boat. To the priestess's confusion she had not allowed them to take any of its blood for the ceremony of the Grieving Mother.

    "This child is special and it will hold an exalted place with me..." she had said to ease their minds.

    She was pulled back up the river against the current, the ceremony of the spring solstice over and the task now given to the stronger women of the village. She reached down and removed the child and held it to her breast as she ascended the hill into the orchard. Deep within, she reached into the memory of the roots and branch and found that none watched her. She brought the child's face to her lips and breathed deep into its lungs. The blueness and paralyzation she had induced upon the healthy infant faded away and it bawled loudly.

    Caoimhe smiled and a tear ran down her cheek.

    "You are called Brina." she informed the child, holding it up to look into its eyes. "For you will be the protector and guardian-mother all your days..."

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    A small girl ran through through the patch of moonlight quckly, swerving to hide behind the trunk of a gnarled old apple tree. Breathing hard, she glanced about, pushing away a lock of pale strawberry-blonde hair from her face. A dark shadow then momentarily blotted out the moon as it leaped from the branches above, wrapping its arms strongly around the girl. She screamed in fear and delight as Caoimhe shouted, "I got you!"

    The four year old reached up and grabbed a limb, squirming out of
    Caoimhe grasp to the fey's surprise. The girl chinned herself onto the branch and did a quick flip onto the ground. She then leaped away like a deer into the shadows.

    "Oh, very good, Brina!" the fey woman called out, beaming with pride.

    She'd give her another few minutes and then give chase.

    So deep into the night that it was better to be called morning they halted their game of hide and seek. The little girl snuggled up to her as Brina lie in a thick carpet of moss. She sang through the rest of the night, leading the girl's mind away from the normal lands where the mortals went to dream. Instead she took her to a safe place as she had every day since she had taken the child from its mother.

    Once lead there, she would join the child and together they danced until the sun was high into the sky.


    Such was the strange life of Brina. In all ways protected and loved, and allowed all the freedom she could wish for. Though this wilderness of fruit and blossom, wildflower and moss held many dangers, from the giant insects to the snatching tendrils of predatory vines, she was never harmed. These woods, they knew who their mistress was, and none would truly give her hurt. Brina did not know this however, and so though she grew happy and carefree, she was always just a little afraid. This edge kept her from becoming complacent in her happiness.

    Much of the time though she preferred to stay near her 'mother', who would teach her the ways of growing things and the life that filled the world. Not for Brina was it to ask where babies came from, for Caoimhe took her many times to witness the convievings and birthings of everything that grew. From the bees and the flowers to the deer in the glade and the fish in the river.

    It was then at the encroaching dusk that the truly serious lessons began. Young Brina never quite grasped the gravity of what she did, treating it all as games and contests. To leap and run and hide and move so that she could say even the trees would whisper, 'Where did she go?" to one another.

    Every now and again the more dangerous inhabitants of the orchard would be allowed to pursue the child if she crossed their path, Caoimhe always hiding close-by. The young girl would then be forced to put all she had played at into practical practice, but it was as if the girl had no fear. She would laugh and mock them into a fury, even when claws had drawn blood or teeth snapped but a hair's breadth from her. Caoimhe realized that the girl knew the danger, but delighted in life all the more for it.

    It was upon her eighth year when Caoimhe gave her her first taste of responsibility. A couple months before they had both witnessed a wondrous thing, a fawn was born beneath the full moon completely white. Once it had been weaned she brought it to Brina. The young girl delighted in it and the both would attempt to outrace the other and would romp for hours. Together they became inseparable and it grew into a handsome stag.

    A couple years passed, and it was during one of her many excursions to the fringe of the orchards where she had been very deliberately told not to go, that she met a Man. He was stalking something, a strange contrivance in his hands. Caution waged within her as she had been told to avoid these creatures, but curiosity got the better and she followed it. He appeared to be watching tracks and came to a small clearing where her stag was nipping unripe fruit from the lower branches. The man knelt and held out the thing in his hands. Brina had no idea what he was doing, but whistled like a raincrow and the deer lifted its head, sniffing the wind. It caught the scent of the man and before the hunter could release the string of his bow it had leapt eight feet up and straight into the branches and behind the trunk.

    The man gasped and Brina could no longer hold it back, bursting into laughter at the look upon his face. She had never seen a Man before, but he appeared young, not a great many years older than her. He turned quickly to her, his eyes widening. The girl before him was one of the most beautiful, vibrant and, yes, wild creature that he had ever seen. Her wavy, pale yellow-red hair fell far down her back and despite the chill of the early morning she did not seem to notice despite wearing only a tunic of gauzy material.

    "Fellin? Aimey w'alo?" she said questioningly.

    "Huh? What?" he stammered.

    Brina chided herself inwardly. He spoke man speak of course She thought back to her lessons from Caoimhe and repeated slowly, "Hello. What is that?"

    The words felt coarse and hostile in her throat, though he stood as if mesmerized as the girl seemed to sing to him.

    As he remained still she grinned and reached out to take his bow. That broke the trance and he snatched it back possessively.

    "Its a bow. You, ah, shoot things with it."

    "What is a 'shoot'?" she questioned.

    With a flourish he brought the bow up and released it. The arrow flew and by chance impaled an apple before falling to the ground. He winced in chagrin... he'd been aiming for the trunk. Brina though clapped enthusiastically, laughing.

    "You can 'shoot' farther than I can throw! I must try! Come, come!" she said passionately. He looked at the bow reluctantly, but then she jumped up and kissed him on the ear. So shocked was he that he didn't at first notice she had taken it from him.

    "What should I shoot... that mistletoe, up high!" she crooned.

    He looked up and laughed, "You couldn't reach that."

    "Yes? Why not?" she demanded. He just smirked and handed her another arrow.

    She fitted it in and looked close at the parasitic plant high in an ancient tree. She then closed her eyes, seeing it in her mind. With a languid, almost lazy motion she put the bow to her ear and pulled back on the string, not strongly, but relentlessly. She released it suddenly, and hummed along with the vibrating string as it sailed high, up. It passed through the plant and continued on as a sprig bounced from branch to branch to lie down.

    She finally opened her eyes and squealed as the young man stood open mouthed. Still holding the bow she wrapped her arms around him joyfully. She looked up, her eyes shining. He looked into them in wonder at this strange girl. Almost as if there were a physical pull he found himself leaning down to brush her lips with his own when he felt a great stabbing pain at the back of his neck. Another followed in his arm, and another on his back. Reached back he felt the furry bee that was crawling angrily upon him. Shouting, he slapped at it and rushed from the forest as the swarm began to surround him.

    The girl sighed and fell backwards into some vines and looked up into a protruding stomach. Further up was the face of Caoimhe.

    "That wasn't very nice!" Brina quipped. "He wasn't dangerous. I liked him!"

    "Oh ho ho ho, alright, little pullet. Come along, you've had your fun. There are more dangers than the kind that can do harm. Especially when you are a woman and the other a man."

    "Not a woman yet, unless you've not told me something." the girl replied smugly.

    "But you will be soon. Come, and bring the deer. He's man enough for you right now."

    Brina raised her legs and arched her back, throwing herself to her feet. She looked at the bow she still held and grinned.

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    Caoimhe was correct, knowing well the signs, and several weeks later the fey performed a special ceremony over her to usher in the new chapter to the girl, now woman's, life.

    "Brina, with this change comes the day I have waited so long for. You already know that I am not the one who birthed you, though I could not love you more if I had. But what you do not know is why I took you from your mother. I told you before that I had risen you for a purpose, and now that womanhood has claimed you, it is time for this purpose. I have asked you not to leave these orchards. It is a very large cage, but a cage nevertheless and I am sorry to have kept you here when there is so much to see. It was to keep you from being seen by others who must not know of you. I no longer bid you to these trees, but I free you, to go far into this wide world."

    She paused, to gage the girl's reaction. Brina's eyes were shining, though part of it was due to the tears of both happiness and sadness she saw in her. There was no fear or even nervousness. She could not have chosen better in all the ages of the world for this task.

    "In fact, after this night we may never see one another again."

    At this point Brina reached out and fell into the fey, hugging her tightly, wetting her bare skin with her tears.

    "This I want and this I do not want. How can it be?" she whispered.

    "Because it is the way of such things. I will have to leave soon, and will be gone for a day, perhaps another. I will take you to a place you have never been. There you must wait. If I am not returned in a seven-day, run. Run as if your feet were wings."

    Brina and her stag followed as the fey lead them up and down hills, through tree and across creek. Finally they came to a place where the apple trees were so large that they might have been oak. This could not be readily seen however for enormous, twisted vines rose up to and carpeted the land between them, stretching from trunk to trunk. They held a winsome scent, and the fruits of the grabbers hung from them, but Brina had never seen the predatory vines so enormous nor so thickly grown. They twitched slightly as there were neared, but Caoimhe's presence kept them docile. She opened her mouth and hundreds of bees poured out, alighting upon the lush flowers of the vines. These parted like a curtain, showing the interior. Except for the light from without, it was completely dark, the vines crowding even over top to form a dense canopy.

    Despite this a strange low-growing plant with thick, fleshy leaves covered the ground, of a green so dark as to be nearly black. In the very center of the clearing rippled a murky, stagnant pond, algae growing in cracked profusion across the majority of its surface.

    At the edge of its eastern side an odd stone object rose. It rose about a stride high, a slab of cracked, weather worn marble. Near the top a window had been cut within it, upon which a clay pitcher sat. Its front part extended into the water, a square basin of stone with water that looked fresh and pure despite the unsavory liquid surrounding it. An elaborately wrought iron faucet protruded from the back slab to hang over the basin, continuously pouring out clear water.

    "Wait for me here, and do not touch the water." the fey instructed. "And be ready for anything as I return, especially to run."

    She smiles encouragingly and reached for a large iron ring above the faucet, pitted with age but unrusted. As she turned it the waters coming from the faucet changed drastically. With one turn it was black, almost inky, the next a cold blue, and the other hardly more than mud. Caoimhe then gave it a turn and stood as the what poured from the faucet was nothing. The water though glowed as if struck by the light of the full moon. The fey took the pitcher from its alcove and dipped it into the shining water. She then pulled it up and approached the murky waters. Reaching out, she poured the contents of the pitcher into the pond, which rippled once and began to shine, all sign of algae gone. Brina risked looking over the edge and frighteningly strange images could be seen impossibly far below the surface.

    The fey replaced the pitcher and winked at Brina before stepping down into it. She disappeared beneath its surface and was soon out of sight, swimming strongly for the distance light.

    It was five days before she was to return, rising up with desperation. Brina was picking ticks from the stag's fur when the fey's head rose above the water.

    "Quickly, Brina, smash the fountain!" she gasped. Brina stood up to do so but then stood rock still at the strange sound that erupted from the blanket Caoimhe held.

    "BRINA!" she shouted.

    The girl snapped out of it and grabbed a branch from just outside the vines. She ran back and began to beat at it. The metal groaned after several moments and the waters began to change back into the stagnant pond it had been originally. Right before it snapped off however something rose from the water, rolling quickly out as the surface darkened.

    The man-like creature glistened like moon on fish scales, though its face was a blurred nothingness. Its movements made Brina's eyes cross, and it brought to mind brief memories of her dark waltzings. All beautiful nonsense.

    "RUN!" shouted Caoimhe, dashing through the vines. Brina and the buck leaped as one. The creature quickly gave chase, but blanched at the touch of the noon sunlight. At a gesture from Caoimhe the vines snapped closed. There was a horrible sound that Brina heard in her head, completely bypassing the ears. That then faded away as the vines eagerly gripped the apparition.

    They ran for much of that day, Caoimhe having to mount the buck, fatigue visible in her face. They continued into the night and it was right before dusk before Caoimhe allowed a stop. Still clutching the bundle she lay down. Once both their breaths had been sufficiently caught Caoimhe held it out to Brina.

    The girl opened it and gasped in wonder. Within was a baby, though one of pale skin and sky-blue eyes. It had the strange, eye-catching look as the creature that had emerged from the pool. Like the memory of a dream. Its ears those were large and pointed, and despite it being only a day or two old, it already possessed teeth, most of which came to points.

    "This is who I have raised you to meet my precious one." the fey responded to her astonished look. "You must protect him at all cost. As of this day, you are his guardian, his nurse maid... and his mother."

    "But, but, how shall I care for him? I cannot even feed him." Brina said, overwhelmed.

    "Dear Brina, I am honeydew..." Caoimhe responded and put her palm to the young woman's breast.

    Brina felt something odd stir within. The babe reached out and touched her chin and the urge to hold him forever filled her.

    Caoimhe watched her expression with compassionate understanding.

    "I will never let you go..." Brina whispered.

    "Nor must you, until the end of your days. For he is of Faerie my dear, and he has been taken away. He will never grow a moment older unless he is returned, and that is something that must never be."

    "Whyfore not?" Brina questioned, running a finger along his cheek.

    "Because he will bring destruction upon us all."

    "What?" she exclaimed, looking up.

    "His future has been foreseen. I was his nursemaid long before I found you, but time passes differently between our two worlds at times. You and he were born upon the same day, and upon that day I saw the lay of his life. I might have ignored it, but within the Twilight court such things are not idly seen."

    "What is the Twilight court?"

    "As long as you hold that infant, your enemy. They do not know of my vision and must not. You must always been on the run, always going through new lands, never allowing him to be caught or he will be taken back to grow and fulfill the vision, and this MUST NOT BE! I cannot care for him, for they know me too well. You I have risen in hiding and your mind will never visit the dream realm of the mortals where they will look for you." she reached out and tiredly embraced the two children.

    "Forgive me this burden I have put upon you." she whispers. She then looked up and was surprised as usual by the girl who was beaming.

    Brina hugged the fey-child to her, "Oh mother mine, such an adventure I could never have believed possible. Thank you, thank you!"

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    They parted tearfully with Caoimhe laying a blessing upon the both of them. They sang as they parted, each one taking a verse until neither could hear the other.

    The mother fey went to muddy and bewilder the trail of her daughter, while the new mother set out for parts unknown. She quickly learned to feed the child from her own body, and such joy did she experience at so small a thing she before could never have imagined.

    Weeks became months, and months years. Full decades passed and Brina faced many of those of the Twilight court, but always she was able to somehow evade them or in rare instances, fight them off. Her outlook on life never dimmed, nor did her spirit. In fact it was honed into something that cowed even these beings of dreadful fancy. Coupled with the ferocity of the mother's protective instinct, she was a force to be reckoned with.

    It was near her 60th year that she began to realize something was wrong. Whenever she found herself close to death the wild, fey side of her would erupt and she knew nothing but a euphoria where even battle overjoyed her and she not only no longer feared death, but treated it with disdain. Once it passed she would truly knew fear for the first time in her life. She knew not friend from foe and it chilled her down to her soul. And it was becoming more and more frequent as she felt herself growing older and the inevitability of death encroaching. She knew not what to do but if she must die, it would be protecting the things she loved, and old age and death could just bloody wait for her convenience.

    She would continue to dance with all she had in her, beneath sun or moon, with friend or foe.


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    Description
    Brina is a tall, stately woman of exceeding beauty. She at first appears as a young girl despite her height, her movements as free and unabashed as a child's, and lithe as a wild cat. Silvery-white hair hangs down past her feet, but a gentle breeze seems to always be teasing the tresses, keeping them from actually touching the ground.

    As one nears however they see the first signs of extreme old age, though only in the miniscule crow's feet at the corners of her large, vibrant grey eyes. Otherwise she seems without blemish or mark, a veil woven of moth-down and evening mists covering all the rest of her face.

    The wears a loose robe that hangs down about halway to her knees, appearing to be made of the same breezy material as her veil. All dark greys and greens with unexpected patches of lighter earthen colors that blends in well with her surroundings.

    A leg sheath is strapped about her leg, padded thickly for comfort and holding a strangely-shaped sickle whoes curving blade possesses a blue-white sheen. A silken pack of some kind hangs from her back, moss speckling its surface.

    Personality
    Brina is truth that one can be child-like without being childish. She is all bittersweet joy and mischievious euphoria. She considers all she meets a friend, though tempers this perfectly with a cheerful paranoia.

    Many at first mistake her passion for lasciviousness, as she is want to tease and flirt shamelessly, lavishing affection. All this though is wholey innocent however and as likely to be directed at an animal or child as anyone. Those that meet her are hard pressed not to fall in love with her at least a little.

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    Brina

    Bard 1/Ranger 7/Dark Waltzing 6
    Medium Humanoid (human)
    Hit Dice: 1d6+2 + 7d8+14 + 6d6+12 (85 hp)
    Initiative: +3
    Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Armor Class: 20 (+7 deflection, +3 dex), touch 20, flat-footed 17
    Base Attack/Grapple: +11/+11
    Attack: +1 Composite Longbow +18 ranged (1d8+1/x3) or cold iron sickle +14 melee (1d6)
    Full Attack: +1 Composite Longbow +15/+15/+15 ranged (1d8+1/x3) or cold iron sickle +14/+9/+4 melee (1d6)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: Bardic music, favored enemy (fey and magical beasts), gambol, spells, throes of fae
    Special Qualities: Animal companion, bardic knowledge, bardic music, cunning, low-light vision, starry-eyed, visage of the fair folk, wild empathy, woodland stride
    Saves: Fort +7, Ref +12, Will +9
    Abilities: Str 11, Dex 16, Con 15, Int 12, Wis 21, Cha 20
    Skills: Balance +10, Bluff +17, Climb +15, Heal +11, Hide +23, Intimidate +12, Knowledge (nature) +18, Listen +20, Move Silently +18, Perform (dance) +27, Perform (sing) +17, Sense Motive +6, Spot +20, Survival +18, Swim +3, Tumble +12
    Feats: Blind-Fight, Combat Panache, Darkstalker, Endurance, Hear The Unseen, Nymph's Kiss(B), Rapid Shot, Run, Manyshot, Track, Weapon Finesse, Zen Archery
    Challenge Rating: 14
    Possessions: See below
    Alignment: Neutral Good
    Advancement: By character class
    Level Adjustment: +0

    Brina speaks Common and Sylvan.

    Combat
    Brina fights with a mixture of sheer guile and seemingly recklessness, choosing never to fight fairly if she can help it, but sniping from a distance and quickly hurrying off, or running in to briefly face her victim and then disapearing.

    If her very life comes into danger however he entire being seems to change, becoming a creature of mad ferocity and intimidating beauty.

    Animal Companion: Brina has a white deer as an animal companion.

    Bardic Knowledge: As Player's Handbook.

    Bardic Music:
    1/day Countersong, Fascinate or Inspire Courage +1 as Player's Handbook.

    Cunning (Ex): Brina retains her Dexterity bonus to AC (if any) even if she is caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, she still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized.

    Favored Enemy (Ex): Brina gains a +4 bonus on Bluff, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against Fey. Likewise, she gets a +4 bonus on weapon damage rolls against such creatures.

    She also gains these bonuses on Magical Beasts but they are only +2.

    Gambol (Su): Brina may use up one of her daily throes to Fascinate one or more creatures with her enthralling dances. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 90 feet, and able to pay attention to her. The distraction of a nearby combat or other dangers prevents the ability from working. She can target three creatures with a single use of this ability.

    To use the ability, she makes a Perform (dance) check. Her check result is the DC for each affected creature’s Will save against the effect. If a creature’s saving throw succeeds, the waltzing cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature sits quietly and watches the dance rapturously, taking no other actions, for as long as she continues to dance and concentrate (up to 6 rounds). While fascinated, a target takes a –4 penalty on skill checks made as reactions, such as Listen and Spot checks. Any potential threat requires Brina to make another Perform check and allows the creature a new saving throw against a DC equal to the new Perform check result.

    Brina may choose one of those successfully fascinated to become Charmed with her as the Charm Monster spell for 6 hours if they fail a second Will save. All Fascinated creatures but the charmed target are freed as the waltzing uses all her focus on an individual. She may not have more than 1 creature charmed at the same time.

    Spells:


    Bard
    Caster level 1st. (Spells per day (2); Save DC 15 + spell level):
    0 - Daze, Ghost Sound, Know Direction, Prestidigitation

    Ranger
    Caster level 7th. (Spells per day (8); Save DC 15 + spell level):
    1st - Alarm, Cure Light Wounds, Detect Snares and Pits, Endure Elements, Entangle, Goodberry, Obscuring Mist, Pass Without Trace

    Starry-Eyed (Ex): Brina's mind roams the strange places of the fey. She no longer sleeps as a normal being, but instead dances the night away. She is still semi-conscious and vaguely aware of her surroundings, so does not suffer any penalties on surprise or initiative rolls, and she is not helpless if attacked. She does however take a -6 penalty to spot and listen checks.

    This ability only functions while in a natural setting. While within a city or artificial structure she cannot achieve the necessary state and must sleep as normal.

    Throes of Fae (Ex): Brina may give into the haunting wildness of the fey spirit. Her features gain a horrible, alien beauty and her movements become unearthly graceful and dance-like. While in these throes she gains a +4 bonus to Dexterity, a +4 bonus to Charisma, and a +2 morale bonus to Will saves. She adds her (newly improved) Charisma-modifier as a deflection bonus to her AC while in these throes. These throes last for a number of rounds equal to 3 + her (newly improved) Charisma modifier. Brina may prematurely end her throes.
    There is a cumulative 5% chance every round while in these throes that she loses all control, becoming Insane as the spell. This condition lasts until the end of the throes, which while insane cannot be ended prematurely.
    She may succumb to these throes only once per encounter. She can use her throes ability three times per day. Going into these throes takes no time itself, but she can do it only during her action, not in response to someone else’s action.

    Visage of the Fair Folk (Ex): Brina gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against the spell-like abilities of fey.

    Wild Empathy (Ex): Brina can improve the attitude of an animal. This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check to improve the attitude of a person. She rolls 1d20 and adds her ranger level (+7) and her Charisma bonus (+7) to determine the wild empathy check result. The typical domestic animal has a starting attitude of indifferent, while wild animals are usually unfriendly.

    To use wild empathy, Brina and the animal must be able to study each other, which means that they must be within 30 feet of one another under normal visibility conditions. Generally, influencing an animal in this way takes 1 minute, but, as with influencing people, it might take more or less time.

    She can also use this ability to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2, but she takes a –4 penalty on the check.

    Woodland Stride (Ex): Brina may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at her normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. However, thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that have been magically manipulated to impede motion still affect her.

    Possessions
    Cloak of Elvenkind, Cold Iron Sickle, +1 Composite Longbow with 40 cold iron arrows, Greater Bracers of Archery, Heward's Handy Haversack.



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    White Deer




    Medium Animal
    Hit Dice: 4d8+4 (22 hp)
    Initiative: +3
    Speed: 50 ft. (10 squares)
    Armor Class: 15 (+1 Dex, +4 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 12
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+5
    Attack: Gore +5 melee (1d6+3) or hoof +5 melee (1d4+2)
    Full Attack: Gore +5 melee (1d6+3) and 2 hooves +0 melee (1d4+2)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: -
    Special Qualities: Evasion, link, low-light vision, scent, share spells
    Saves: Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +2
    Abilities: Str 14, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 8
    Skills: Climb +5, Jump +6, Listen +5, Spot +5
    Feats: Brachiation, Leap to the Heavens, Run(B)
    Environment: Temperate plains
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 2
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Neutral
    Advancement: —
    Level Adjustment: —

    This appears as a large, shaggy white stag with an unusually lithe, agile build. It has an impressive rack atop its head, and looks out upon the world with liquid brown eyes that at times almost seems sentient.

    Combat

    Evasion (Ex): If the deer is subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, it takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw.

    Link (Ex): Brina can handle her deer as a free action, or push it as a move action. She gains a +4 circumstance bonus on all wild empathy checks and Handle Animal checks made regarding the deer.

    Share Spells (Ex): At Brina's option, she may have any spell (but not any spell-like ability) she casts upon herself also affect her animal companion. The animal companion must be within 5 feet of her at the time of casting to receive the benefit. If the spell or effect has a duration other than instantaneous, it stops affecting the animal companion if the companion moves farther than 5 feet away and will not affect the animal again, even if it returns to Brina before the duration expires. Additionally, Brina may cast a spell with a target of “You” on her animal companion (as a touch range spell) instead of on herself. Brina and her animal companion can share spells even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the companion’s type (animal).

    Skills: A white deer gains a +4 racial bonus on jump, listen and spot check.
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    Dark Waltzing

    "Is there anything greater than to taste the moonbeams beneath your feet?" - Brina Lorelai

    Everyone has heard of the dances of the fey. The beautiful, mesmerizing movements that can draw a mortal in where they shall be caught forever. Some though are released or are strong enough to escape. The memory of the dance however haunts them forever. While many eventually die, heartbroken but unwilling to give themselves over, others embrace the unearthly nature of the fey and delve into the unpredictable, allurring, inhuman wildness. This path alters them until their very humanity is swept away forever, becoming dark waltzings, creatures of the twilight of star and moon, sun and shadow.

    Many different peoples succumb to the allure of the Dark Waltzing. Though druids and rangers are most likely to encounter the path, bards are the most likely to meet the necessary prerequisites.

    Hit Die: d6


    Requirements
    Feats: Weapon Finesse
    Skills: Knowledge (nature) 8, Perform (dance) 6
    Language: Sylvan
    Special: Must have been enticed or forced to dance with a fey creature.


    Class Skills
    The Dark Waltzing’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), Survival (Wis)

    Skill Points at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.

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    Level  BAB   Fort   Ref   Will   Special                        Bonus Spells
    1st    +0    +0     +2    +2     Throes of Fae                  1
    2nd    +1    +0     +3    +3     Woodland Stride                1 
    3rd    +2    +1     +3    +3     Low-light Vision, Starry-Eyed  0
    4th    +3    +1     +4    +4     Cunning, Gambol                1
    5th    +3    +1     +4    +4     Visage of the Fair Folk        1
    6th    +4    +2     +5    +5     Kick Up Your Heels             1
    7th    +5    +2     +5    +5     Wilder Throes                  0
    8th    +6    +2     +6    +6     Great Cunning                  1
    9th    +6    +3     +6    +6     Woodwise                       1
    10th   +7    +3     +7    +7     Wild Child                     1

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    Class Features
    All the following are Class Features of the Dark Waltzing prestige class.

    Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Dark Waltzing gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

    Bonus Spells: Dark Waltzings gain bonus spells as they gain levels in this prestige class, as if from having a high ability score, as given above. A bonus spell can be added to any level of spells the disciple already has the ability to cast.

    This spell may be chosen from the Druid's spell list.

    Throes of Fae (Ex):
    You may give into the haunting wildness of the fey spirit. Your features gain a horrible, alien beauty and your movements become unearthly graceful and dance-like. While in these throes a dark waltzing gains a +4 bonus to Dexterity, a +4 bonus to Charisma, and a +2 morale bonus to Will saves. She adds her (newly improved) Charisma-modifier as a deflection bonus to her AC while in these throes. These throes last for a number of rounds equal to 3 + the waltzing’s (newly improved) Charisma modifier. A dark waltzing may prematurely end her throes.
    There is a cumulative 2% chance every round while in these throes that the dark waltzing loses all control, becoming Insane as the spell. This condition lasts until the end of the throes, which while insane cannot be ended prematurely.
    A dark waltzing may succumb to these throes only once per encounter. At 1st level she can use her throes ability once per day. At 3rd level and every three levels thereafter, she can use it one additional time per day (to a maximum of 4 times per day at 10th level). Going into these throes takes no time itself, but a dark waltzing can do it only during her action, not in response to someone else’s action.

    Woodland Stride (Ex): A dark waltzing may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at her normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. However, thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that have been magically manipulated to impede motion still affect her.

    At 10th level even magically manipulated areas do not cause you damage or impair you.

    Low-light Vision (Ex): A Dark Waltzing can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.

    Starry-Eyed (Ex): Your mind begins to roam the strange places of the fey. You no longer sleep as a normal being, but instead dance the night away. You are still semi-conscious and vaguely aware of your surroundings, so do not suffer any penalties on surprise or initiative rolls, and you are not helpless if attacked. You do however take a -6 penalty to spot and listen checks.

    This ability only functions while in a natural setting. While within a city or artificial structure you cannot achieve the necessary state and must sleep as normal.

    Cunning (Ex): A dark waltzing retains her Dexterity bonus to AC (if any) even if she is caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, she still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. If the dark waltzing has uncanny dodge, she automatically gains great cunning (see below) instead.

    Gambol (Su): A dark waltzing may use up one of their daily throes to Fascinate one or more creatures with their enthralling dances. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 90 feet, and able to pay attention to the waltzing. The distraction of a nearby combat or other dangers prevents the ability from working. For every two levels a waltzing attains beyond 1st, she can target one additional creature with a single use of this ability.

    To use the ability, a dark waltzing makes a Perform (dance) check. Her check result is the DC for each affected creature’s Will save against the effect. If a creature’s saving throw succeeds, the waltzing cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature sits quietly and watches the dance rapturously, taking no other actions, for as long as the waltzing continues to dance and concentrate (up to a maximum of 1 round per prestige level). While fascinated, a target takes a –4 penalty on skill checks made as reactions, such as Listen and Spot checks. Any potential threat requires the waltzing to make another Perform check and allows the creature a new saving throw against a DC equal to the new Perform check result.

    The dark waltzing may choose one of those successfully fascinated to become Charmed with her as the Charm Monster spell for 1 hour per level if they fail a second Will save. All Fascinated creatures but the charmed target are freed as the waltzing uses all her focus on an individual. She may not have more than 1 creature charmed at the same time.

    At 9th level she may instead choose to completely bind her target to her as the Dominate Person spell instead of merely charming. She may not charm or dominate any other creature while the primary target is affected.

    Visage of the Fair Folk (Ex): You gain a +2 bonus to your Charisma and a +4 bonus on saving throws against the spell-like abilities of fey.

    Kick Up Your Heels (Ex): Your movements are as light as a feather. You use your Dexterity in the place of strength when making Jump and Climb checks. As well you add your dexterity modifier to Perform (dance) checks in addition to your charisma-modifier.

    Wilder Throes (Ex): At 6th level, a waltzing's bonuses to Dexterity and Charisma during her throes each increase to +6, and her morale bonus on Will saves increases to +3. The cumulative chance to go insane is unaffected.

    Great Cunning (Ex): A dark waltzing can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the waltzing by flanking her.

    Woodwise (Ex): A dark waltzing may use Commune With Nature and Find the Path three times per day.

    Wild Child (Ex): At 10th level, the Dark Waltzing's type changes to fey. Additionally, she gains damage reduction 10/cold iron.
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    Honeydew



    Medium Fey
    Hit Dice: 8d6+24 (52 hp)
    Initiative: +6
    Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
    Armor Class: 12 (+2 dex)
    Base Attack/Grapple: +4/+4
    Attack: Staff +6 melee (1d6)
    Full Attack: Staff +6 melee (1d6)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: Ehlonna's breath, golden cloud, spell-like abilities, spells, wild empathy
    Special Qualities: Damage reduction 10/cold iron, immunity to poison and disease, nectar of the mother, low-light vision
    Saves: Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +12
    Abilities: Str 10, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 11, Wis 23, Cha 17
    Skills: Concentration +10, Diplomacy +14, Handle Animal +11, Heal +17, Knowledge (nature) +11, Listen +15, Spot +15
    Feats: Diehard, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse(B)
    Environment: Any temperate land
    Organization: Solitary or Sisterhood (3-6)
    Challenge Rating: 10
    Treasure: Standard
    Alignment: Usually neutral good
    Advancement: 9-16 HD (Medium)
    Level Adjustment: +8

    This appears as a heart-breakingly beautiful woman seemingly in the mid-stages of pregnancy. Her skin is a lush golden tan with strange markings in blood upon her wide hips. Her dreadlocked hair is long and tangled with bright yellow pollen that drifts as she walks. Bees and butterflies crawl along or alight along the locks, the former often flying into and out of her mouth.

    A honeydew, sometimes referred to as a nectar nymph or Ehlonna's Daughters, is often revered by some peoples as a fertility spirit. If properly recieved she will visit frequently, blessing the crops and aiding in the births of a village. Often in payment for her efforts a honeydew will entice a villager to get her with child which becomes another honeydew in time. This child, once old enough to walk, is abandoned beside a honeytree where she calls down a queen bee to inhabit her.

    Others though prefer to keep to areas untouched by man, reveling particularly in fields of wildflowers or wild orchards which they protect fiercely.

    During the winter months a honeydew hibernates, awakening with the first flowers to sprout from the frosty ground.

    A honeydew speaks Common, Fey, and may speak with pollinating creatures such as bees, butterflies and ants. She is roughly as tall and heavy as an expecting female human.

    Combat
    Honeydews often try to discourage attackers by filling the air with a choking pollen, and fleeing while they are unable to persue. If forced to fight or guard they fill the area with bees, enlarging a number to great size.

    Ehlonna's Breath (Ex): As a full-round action the honeydew can release a swarm of bees(see below) from within her belly and excite them to attack. She may exhale up to 3 swarms per day. If a honeydew is killed all swarms simultaneously attack the nearest creatures in sight.

    Golden Cloud (Ex): As a standard action a nectar nymph can shake out her hair, forming a thick cloud of pollen 20 feet wide and 15 feet high. Those who breathe within it must succeed on a DC 17 fortitude save each round or spend a full round action sneezing and choking (are considered stunned) and take 1d4 constitution damage. This damage can only be taken once while within the cloud, no matter how many times it is breathed within, though stunning can occur each round spent within. Those who leave and re-enter the cloud however must save or take additional damage. This cloud lasts for 1d6+3 rounds.

    A moderate wind (11+ mph), such as from a gust of wind spell, disperses the cloud in 4 rounds. A strong wind (21+ mph) disperses cloud in 1 round.

    Nectar of the Mother (Ex): A honeydew may dip her hair into water, converting up to 1 cubic foot into pure honey as a standard action. This honey is incredibly healthy, giving those who drink a cup of it the equivalent of a delay poison spell for 1 hour.

    Spell-like Abilities:
    At will - Plant Growth. 3/day - Charm, Giant Vermin (bees only). 1/week - Control Weather. Caster level 8th. Save DC's are Charisma-based.

    Spells: A honeydew casts divine spells as a 10th-level druid.
    Typical Druid Spells Prepared (6/5/5/4/3/2, save DC 15 + spell level):

    0 - create water, cure minor wounds, guidance, light, purify food and drink, resistance
    1st - cure light wounds, goodberry, entangle, longstrider, pass without trace
    2nd - barkskin, gust of wind, lesser restoration, summon swarm, tree shape
    3rd - cure moderate wounds, daylight, remove disease, speak with plants
    4th - cure serious wounds, reincarnate, repel vermin
    5th - commune with nature, wall of thorns

    Wild Empathy (Ex): This power works like the druid’s wild empathy class feature, except that a honeydew has a +6 racial bonus on the check and can also effect vermin. Bees will never harm a honeydew unless under a supernatural directive.

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    Killer Bees


    Fine Vermin (swarm)
    Hit Dice: 3d8+3 HD (16 hp)
    Initiative: +5
    Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), climb 10 ft., fly 40 ft. (good)
    Armor Class: 23 (+5 dex, +8 size), touch 15, flat-footed 18
    Base Attack/Grapple: +2/-
    Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus poison)
    Full Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus poison)
    Space/Reach: 10 ft./0 ft.
    Special Attacks: Distraction, poison
    Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., immune to weapon damage, scent, swarm traits, vermin traits
    Saves: Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +1
    Abilities: Str 1, Dex 20, Con 12, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 2
    Skills: Climb +13, Listen +6, Spot +6
    Feats: Weapon Finesse(B)
    Environment: Warm or Temperate Land
    Organization: Solitary, hive (2–4 swarms), or colony (7–12 swarms)
    Challenge Rating: 3
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Always neutral
    Advancement: None
    Level Adjustment: -

    Killer bees appear exactly like that of honeybees, the only difference being their excessive hostility to anyone invading their territory.

    Combat
    Killer bees are intensely territorial and any trespassers within range of their scent is immediately set upon.

    Distraction (Ex): Any living creature vulnerable to the bee's damage that begins its turn with a swarm in its square is nauseated for 1 round; a Fortitude save (DC 12) negates the effect. Spellcasting or concentrating on spells within the area of a swarm requires a Concentration check (DC 20 + spell level). Using skills that involve patience and concentration requires a DC 20 Concentration check.

    Poison (Ex):
    Injury, Fortitude DC 12, initial damage 1d4 Dex, secondary damage 1d3 Con. The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Skills: A killer bee swarm has a +6 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks, and a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks, and uses its Dexterity modifier instead of its Strength modifier for Climb checks. A killer bee swarm has a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened.

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    Swarm Suit

    This suit consists of multiple layers of thickly padded clothing, boots, heavy gloves, and hat with a veil that tucks into the collar of the suit. This suit acts as Padded Armor, providing a +1 armor bonus, though the maximum dexterity bonus is reduced to 2. This suit also provides complete protection from the swarm damage of vermin (though not from any energy damage, including acid).

    A swarm suit costs 10 gp.
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    Twilight House

    Of all the courts, that of the Twilight is the most disturbing, even to other fey. It is where the wild fancy and grim nonsense of the faerie people comes to a head. It does not truley hold allegiance to any house, yet all of fairie when they dance their dark waltz send their essence to this Court. As such all other houses are as wary of the Twilight Court as mortals are of normal fey, for it is a place where even the fears and delights of the Fair Folk appear.

    The Twilight Court is associated with the natural function of slumber and daydream. It straddles the line between Reality and Dream, sleeping and waking, night and day, sun and moon. The blurred line of chaos and law, good and evil, that all fey seem to balance upon is at its strongest here.

    Much of the land of Twilight is as a neverending forest eternally lit by moon and startlingly bright stars. It is never quite light, never quite dark, with patches of shadow alongside scintilating clearings.

    The land can change however, and much of it seems to move, entire forests uprooting and walking, or flying off, or disolving all together. Those areas held specifically by the Twilight Court however changes only at their whim, which is far more dangerous. Often storms will brew and cloudbursts will soak an area, brought forth by the tears of a fairie weeping as she dances.

    It is in this place where insight can be read in the very grass beneath the feet or where the moon passes through the branches. Divinations are peformed here to great affect, though even the untrained may occassionally be swept away in visions of grave import.

    Though there are no true 'leaders' in such a place as the Twilight Court, if any could be named it would be The Beast and Mother Whimsy.

    The Beast is all dark desire and exquisite fear, stalking the horrific, most perilous locales of the id. He appears much as a great shaggy, silvery furred creature, only vaguely mannish, as often upon all fours as bipedal and bulging with muscle. His eyes are frighteningly large and depthless, like two bottomless pits. Those that peer within see their own primal lusts and will often destroy themselves seeking them.

    Mother Whimsy, his Lady, sails high above within a great castle upon the keel of the mighty galleon Fancy. She appears as hardly more than a girl, her eyes wide with rapturous fascination, though her exact features change from moment to moment. Tended by many, in particular the honeydew, she gives frequent birth to daydreams, desire and other intangible things. Only when the more romantic desires fill her does she descend within the forest to find The Beast, allowing her to give birth to a prince of Twilight.
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    Tromluí

    Small Fey (extraplanar)
    Hit Dice: 6d6+6 (27 hp)
    Initiative: +3
    Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Armor Class: 16 (+3 dex, +2 natural, +1 size), flat-footed 12, touch 13, 20% miss chance
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+4
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Attack: Slam +7 melee (1d6+1 plus bewildering blow)
    Full attack: 2 slams +7 melee (1d6+1 plus bewildering blow)
    Special Attacks: Aura of impossibilities, bewildering blow, lunacy, spell resistance 16, uncarnate bridge
    Special Qualities: Born of dream, low-light vision, phantasm, sleepless
    Saves: Fort +3, Ref +10, Will +10
    Abilities: Str 13, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 19, Wis 20, Cha 17
    Skills: Concentration +10, Gather Information +12, Hide +16, Intimidate +16, Jump +18, Knowledge (arcana) +13, Listen +14, Spellcraft +13, Sense Motive +14, Spot +14
    Feats: Ability Focus (aura of possibilities), Improved Grapple, Lightening Reflexes, Weapon Finesse(B)
    Environment: Region of Dreams or Any
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 6
    Alignment: Any chaotic
    Treasure: None
    Advancement: By character class
    Level Adjustment: -

    A tromluí appears almost golinoid with its lack of height, however, this is the limit to the resemblance. Their skin is grey and leathery and glistens even in the dark like fish scales in moonlight. Its physique, though of short stature, is robust, with overly large, powerful looking hands. Their face, in its natural form, is a blurred surface of nothingness that can take on whatever features it desires. Reguardless of the features taken, its eyes appear as holes of endless depth, with bits of light floating about and chasing one another within.

    The tromluí are creatures of dream, beings whom roam between the world of the waking and that of the sleeping as other fey roam their forests. Most tromluí leave dreaming beings alone, content to explore the scenes their moral minds form, only rarely interacting. However, some tromluí are horribly sadistic, terrifying others for extended periods with their powers, returning to their homes repeatedly. Many of these particular tromluí have become termed 'boogymen'.

    Tromluí stand at about three and a half feet tall and weigh 85 lbs. They communicate via telepathy.

    Combat
    A tromlui prefers not to engage in fair combat, hiding if possible until night where it has the advantage. If forced to fight however it likes to get in close and pull their minds into a dreamstate if possible. If unable to do this it finally releases its devasting lunacy.

    Aura of Impossibilities (Ps):
    A tromluí's mere presence destabilizes the boundaries between dream and reality. Within this aura near anything can seem to happen. It extends some 10 feet from the being and those within must succeed on a will save (DC 18) to disbelieve every minute. Otherwise anything experienced within this aura seems completely real and the victim is rendered Dazed. Every minute a new check can be made to disbelieve, and if the tromluí moves out of range the effect ends. The save DC is Charisma-based.

    Bewildering Blow (Su): Those hit by a tromluí immediately lose their concentration, if any, as do those who successfully strike the tromluí themselves.

    If the tromluí is the target of a spell, the caster must cast it as a spell one slot higher, or the spell is lost.

    Born of Dream (Ex): A tromluí appears hazy and out of focus, such that all melee and ranged attacks against it are assessed a 20 percent miss chance. This 20-percent miss chance is not the same as concealment and does not preclude the possibility of effective sneak attacks.

    Dreamwalk (Ps): While incorporeal (see Phantasm below), a tromluí can dive into the mind of an unconscious being or one affected by its aura. It follows the path the mind has made to enter into the region of dreams. It can also enter into reality using the same means.

    Lunacy (Su): Once per round a tromlui can release a 60-foot cone of what appears as silvery moonbeams that deal 3d10 damage, half of which is fire (DC 16 reflex halves), and the other half unspecified mental energy (DC 16 will negates). Those that fail their will save are also rendered Confused for 1 round. Creatures immune to mental affects still take the fire damage, and vice versa. The save DC's are Charisma-based.

    Phantasm (Ex):
    After dusk, in any area of dim illumination, a tromluí may fade farther into dream and gains the incorporeal subtype. While incorporeal it gains a fly speed of 60 ft. with perfect maneuverability and gains a +1 bonus on all save DCs of its abilities. Its miss-chance from its born of dream ability increases to 40%.

    Sleepless (Ex): A tromluí has immunity to all dream and sleep effects.

    Uncarnate Bridge (Su): A tromluí can transport itself via the minds of living creatures. As a touch attack while incorporeal, it can seamlessly enter any living creature with an Intelligence score and pass to another living creature with an Intelligence score that is within line of sight of the first creature. It literally appears to dive within the head of the creature and pull itself out of the head of the second.
    If it desires, a tromluí can destructively exit the destination creature by becoming corporeal as it emerges, dealing 2d6 points of damage.

    Skills: A tromluí gains a +8 racial bonus on jump checks and a +4 bonus to intimidate checks.


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    Small Fey (extraplanar, psionic)
    Hit Dice: 6d6+6 (27 hp)
    Initiative: +3
    Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Armor Class: 16 (+3 dex, +2 natural, +1 size), flat-footed 12, touch 13, 20% miss chance
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+4
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Attack: Slam +7 melee (1d6+1 plus psionic hole)
    Full attack: 2 slams +7 melee (1d6+1 plus psionic hole)
    Special Attacks: Aura of impossibilities, lunacy, naturally psionic, power resistance 16, psionic hole, uncarnate bridge
    Special Qualities: Born of dream, low-light vision, phantasm, sleepless
    Saves: Fort +3, Ref +8, Will +10
    Abilities: Str 13, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 19, Wis 20, Cha 17
    Skills: Autohypnosis +14, Gather Information +12, Hide +16, Intimidate +16, Jump +18, Knowledge (psionics) +13, Listen +14, Psicraft +13, Sense Motive +14, Spot +14
    Feats: Ability Focus (aura of possibilities), Improved Grapple, Up the Walls, Weapon Finesse(B)
    Environment: Region of Dreams or Any
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 6
    Alignment: Any chaotic
    Treasure: None
    Advancement: By character class
    Level Adjustment: -

    A tromluí appears almost golinoid with its lack of height, however, this is the limit to the resemblance. Their skin is grey and leathery and glistens even in the dark like fish scales in moonlight. Its physique, though of short stature, is robust, with overly large, powerful looking hands. Their face, in its natural form, is a blurred surface of nothingness that can take on whatever features it desires. Reguardless of the features taken, its eyes appear as holes of endless depth, with bits of light floating about and chasing one another within.

    The tromluí are creatures of dream, beings whom roam between the world of the waking and that of the sleeping as other fey roam their forests. Most tromluí leave dreaming beings alone, content to explore the scenes their moral minds form, only rarely interacting. However, some tromluí are horribly sadistic, terrifying others for extended periods with their powers, returning to their homes repeatedly. Many of these particular tromluí have become termed 'boogymen'.

    Tromluí stand at about three and a half feet tall and weigh 85 lbs. They communicate via telepathy.

    Combat
    A tromlui prefers not to engage in fair combat, hiding if possible until night where it has the advantage. If forced to fight however it likes to get in close and pull their minds into a dreamstate if possible. If unable to do this it finally releases its devasting lunacy.

    Aura of Impossibilities (Ps):
    A tromluí's mere presence destabilizes the boundaries between dream and reality. Within this aura near anything can seem to happen. It extends some 10 feet from the being and those within must succeed on a will save (DC 18) to disbelieve every minute. Otherwise anything experienced within this aura seems completely real as if under the Microcosm power and the victim is rendered Dazed. Every minute a new check can be made to disbelieve, and if the tromluí moves out of range the effect ends. The save DC is Charisma-based.

    Born of Dream (Ex): A tromluí appears hazy and out of focus, such that all melee and ranged attacks against it are assessed a 20 percent miss chance. This 20-percent miss chance is not the same as concealment and does not preclude the possibility of effective sneak attacks.

    Dreamwalk (Ps): While incorporeal (see Phantasm below), a tromluí can dive into the mind of an unconscious being or one affected by its aura. It follows the path the mind has made to enter into the region of dreams as if using the dream travel power. It can also enter into reality using the same means.

    Lunacy (Su): Once per round a tromlui can release a 60-foot cone of what appears as silvery moonbeams that deal 3d10 damage, half of which is fire (DC 16 reflex halves), and the other half psionic energy alike to Mindthrust (DC 16 will negates). Those that fail their will save are also rendered Confused for 1 round. Creatures immune to mind affects still take the fire damage, and vice versa. The save DC's are Charisma-based.

    Naturally Psionic: A tromluí gains 1 bonus power point.

    Psionic Hole (Ps): Those hit by a tromluí lose their psionic focus, if any, as do those who successfully strike the tromluí themselves.

    If the tromluí is the target of a power, the manifester of the power must spend an additional three power points, or the power fails (all the power points spent on the power are lost). This extra cost does not count toward the maximum power points a manifester can spend on a single power.

    Phantasm (Ex):
    After dusk, in any area of dim illumination, a tromluí may fade farther into dream and gains the incorporeal subtype. While incorporeal it gains a fly speed of 60 ft. with perfect maneuverability and gains a +1 bonus on all save DCs for powers it manifests. Its miss-chance from its born of dream ability increases to 40%.

    Sleepless (Ex): A tromluí has immunity to all dream and sleep effects.

    Uncarnate Bridge (Ps): A tromluí can transport itself via the minds of living creatures. As a touch attack while incorporeal, it can seamlessly enter any living creature with an Intelligence score and pass to another living creature with an Intelligence score that is within line of sight of the first creature. It literally appears to dive within the head of the creature and pull itself out of the head of the second.
    If it desires, a tromluí can destructively exit the destination creature by becoming corporeal as it emerges, dealing 2d6 points of damage.

    Skills: A tromluí gains a +8 racial bonus on jump checks and a +4 bonus to intimidate checks.

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    Still have the Twilight House to finish off, but otherwise this should be pretty complete. Feel free to comment and critique.
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    Wow. Fascinating story and definititely in line with the feel of the Caltan/Fey of Tears of Blood. I might urge a once-over of the introductory prose, there are a few errors and also some areas that really bog down due to an awkward phrase or two. It's really important that something like that flows quickly or many people will simply skip over it. That would be a terrible shame, because the story is wonderfully intricate and well-told (and pretty necessary to understanding the crunchier aspects).

    I'll message you with some examples of what I mean.

    Also, I wonder if there might be an alternative to the Starry-Eyed ability so that you can choose not to dance all night even in a natural setting. Actually, this seems almost like it would make more sense as a requirement to regain the Throes abilities. Maybe you must slip away from your party at least with every new moon to dance-- something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearofbadnews View Post
    Wow. Fascinating story and definititely in line with the feel of the Caltan/Fey of Tears of Blood. I might urge a once-over of the introductory prose, there are a few errors and also some areas that really bog down due to an awkward phrase or two. It's really important that something like that flows quickly or many people will simply skip over it. That would be a terrible shame, because the story is wonderfully intricate and well-told (and pretty necessary to understanding the crunchier aspects).

    I'll message you with some examples of what I mean.
    Thanks. I've adjusted a bit so hopefully its more fluid.

    Also, I wonder if there might be an alternative to the Starry-Eyed ability so that you can choose not to dance all night even in a natural setting. Actually, this seems almost like it would make more sense as a requirement to regain the Throes abilities. Maybe you must slip away from your party at least with every new moon to dance-- something like that.
    Hrmmm, I like that... though why wouldn't you want to dance? You aren't fatigued or anything by it.

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    Ok, so I won't message you probably, sorry!
    Instead, here are some examples I noticed that still confuse a little.

    Sometimes the (really pretty) poetic forms you use confound a smooth reading. The first couple paragraphs are probably the most difficult.

    "A hand reached up and cupped a small branch filled with tiny white flowers, the leaves still mere buds that would sprout by the time the blossoms had shriveled. A tiny bee crawled out of a flower, annoyed. Upon touching the arm of the disturbance, the insect calmed and crawled quickly up the limb and along to a slender neck. Continuing up, a mouth was opened and the bee crawled within docilely. It reached back and brushed the pollen from one of the pockets on its back leg, the minuscule amount of dust falling onto the tongue. This was extended and the bee buzzed up and away."

    This might make clearer sense if you reorder some of the sentences, while trying to keep the poetic sense of these body parts existing as enities apart from a known person.

    "A hand reached up and cupped a small branch filled with tiny white flowers, the leaves still mere buds that would sprout by the time the blossoms had shriveled. A tiny bee crawled out from one of the flowers, annoyed. Upon reaching the source of the disturbance, alighting on the extended arm, the insect immediately calmed and crawled quickly up (down?) the limb and along to a slender neck. Continuing upward, lips parted and the bee crawled docilely inside the opened mouth. The bee reached back and brushed pollen from one of the pockets on its back leg, the minuscule amount of dust falling on to a waiting tongue. When it finished, the tongue extended and the bee departed, buzzing up and away."

    AND

    "The mouth then smiled, pleased at the offering and finished the inhalation of the blossom's scent."

    Might read more clearly as,

    "With this the mouth smiled, pleased at the offering, and finished inhaling the blossom's scent (fragrance?)."

    I'd say you should change what you want, and keep what you want. I am not one hundred percent sure that my version flows a whole lot better. Another area with a similar problem is the description of the magical fairy faucet. That description runs into some clarity issues, primarily because the imagery itself is a little odd (which is what makes it good). It's looking better today, but whether that is the benefit of a second reading or your alterations I don't know.

    As for the dancing every night issue, I don't see it as being a problem for many characters that might choose the PrC, but some people might take issue with their tortured fey soul dancing every night. And from a character's standpoint, there is no question that some situations (being chased through forest by magehunters, or any time you need to stay hidden at night in the wild) could make dancing every night you sleep outdoors a liability.

    It continues to be a great entry and fine contribution to the campaign.
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    I would comment that you seem to be overemphasizing prose as a means to communicate information. Flavor text is in my mind best used as a complement to explanatory text characteristic of any strong RPG book or supplement that introduces new content.

    I am also surprised at how much new content on which you seem bent on introducing. You have put forth a new prestige class and four (!) new creatures in your entry. A surfeit of material in one direction can, by exclusion, create a want of more relevant material.
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    I would comment that you seem to be overemphasizing prose as a means to communicate information. Flavor text is in my mind best used as a complement to explanatory text characteristic of any strong RPG book or supplement that introduces new content.
    You were supposed to make an NPC with a story. So I wrote a story. It wasn't exactly meant for an RPG supplement. However, it had all the neccessary stats along with the story.

    I am also surprised at how much new content on which you seem bent on introducing. You have put forth a new prestige class and four (!) new creatures in your entry. A surfeit of material in one direction can, by exclusion, create a want of more relevant material.
    Such as?

    Anyways, the creatures had relevance.

    #1. The bees had to be statted up so that they could go with the fey. A fey which raised the NPC.

    #2. They were then chased by a creature of an organization. Another category that one was encouraged to include.

    There were no need for feats or deities or spells or the like, so I didn't add them. What would have had relevance?
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    A backstory for an NPC doesn't equate to a short story written in prose format. What you have may (or may not) be a fine piece in itself, but RPG books and websites are generally not places where one finds quality literature.

    I didn't say that what you wrote was irrelevant to Brina, but whether the creatures are proportionally relevant to the center of the entry seems in question. If this were an entry for a fantasy short story contest accompanied by some original D&D content, you'd probably have succeeded. But I think Rich's writeup of Rankle, Dretch merchant, would be something far more appropriate to the contest. Rankle has a background and a story, but he is mostly attractive (to me) in that I can as a DM use him as a memorable NPC. Rankle's background could have included a powerful demon overlord or some valuable magical item, but the actual details thereof aren't immediately relevant; part of the appeal of Rankle is that his stats rely on material with which the DM is already familiar (or can readily be familiar).

    When I read original RPG content, I am not expecting a wonderful story; I am looking for material I can adapt to my own game. Pages of prose, and a deflection of my own expectations, is kind of a turnoff.
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    Carmichel, I would say that the prose VT has offered here is very valuable to the Tears of Blood setting. Because we are creating a world from scratch, every bit of flavor that can be coaxed out of the backgrounds and characters is necessary to construct the world. If he were to just throw up the stats and call it a day, we would not have the wonderful motivations, depth of character, and flavor necessary to make it an immersive part of our world.

    That and the aim of the contest was to make something that fits as well as possible into the ToB world. The more flavor supporting that aim, the better. We think VT did an excellent job.
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    Thanks Meat Shield.

    But anyways, you've not liked the ammount of fluff I've thrown into my entries from the beginning, Carmichael. All I can say is is that if this were an official RPG they would not be able to publish NPC's with this much stuff, so yes, of course it'd be trimmed down.

    However, these contests are not limited in this reguard. You may feel free to change what you like, but I made a specific character for a specific purpose, not a generalized, use anywhere type. Alter it to fit your game and my blessing to you.

    I can't help you think that is a turn-off, but I've yet to see many bits of fluff in D&D that didn't require at least some minimal rewriting to fit in.

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