As I staggered across the frozen wastes, having not felt my toes for several days, I looked out across the frigid mud and I realized I saw life all around. In fact, as I looked upon my clothing, my equipment, even my flesh, I found it was even growing on me!
- Tagert of the Tundra Rangers.
A lichenfriend is a master of the knowledge of what life can live through. Through their study of mosses, algae, lichens, and other flora that flourishes from the boiling mud pits to the peaks of the chilliest mountain, they learn how to survive, adapt and eventually thrive in the most inhospitable of climes.
You have, at some time in your life, had to lower yourself to pure survival, scraping existence off rocks and lapping dew from the shadows of stones. But no matter where, you indeed found life that didn't just survive but lived its entire life in this desolate place. You came to regard the wastelands as not a waste, but a challenge, a test of nature to find if you were truly worthy. Few enough are, but you learned, and the barren became, to your eyes, but an opportunity full of potential.
Becoming A Lichenfriend
Most lichenfriends are primarily druids or rangers who have a feel for the land and few difficulties meeting the prerequisites.
As NPCs, lichenfriends are often loners who have been forced by desperate circumstances such as exile to inhabit areas where life can only barely survive. Others are explorers, scouts, or simply watchful guards who must needs live off any land.
Cold Endurance, Great Fortitude
Climb 4 ranks, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 4 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 9 ranks, Survival 9 ranks, Swim 4 ranks
Must have had to feed on lichens and mosses to keep from starving.
|Class Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells Per Day|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+0||Greencloak||+1 level of existing class|
|3rd||+2||+3||+1||+1||Resilience of Life, Greencloak (slick)||- |
|4th||+3||+4||+1||+1||Survivalist, Greencloak (synesthete)||+1 level of existing class|
|5th||+3||+4||+1||+1||Cliff Clinger, Greencloak (hardy)||-|
|6th||+4||+5||+2||+2||Beckon Spores, Greencloak (chill)||+1 level of existing class|
|7th||+5||+5||+2||+2||Breathe Easy, Greencloak (dank)||-|
|8th||+6||+6||+2||+2||Relentless Health, Greencloak (feral)||+1 level of existing class|
|10th||+7||+7||+3||+3||Sporeform||+1 level of existing class|
A Lichenfriend's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Escape Artist (Dex), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Knowledge (dungeoneering/nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Search (Dex), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str)
Skills Points at Each Level:
6 + Int modifier
All the following are Class Features of the Lichenfriend prestige class.
At every other level, you gain new spells per day and increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a Lichenfriend, you must decide which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
Groundcover allows a Lichenfriend to use a number of abilities as a free action. The area of these effects is 10 feet + 5 feet per lichenfriend level and they take 1 round per five feet of the effect to grow. You must maintain concentration for each additional five feet.
- A lichenfriend can have slime-spores coat a surface at will as the Grease spell. The save DC is equal to 10 + Lichenfriend level + Wis mod. The lichenfriend is not immune to her own spores if she ventures within an affected area.
- A lichenfriend can also cause dry mosses and lichens to grow over slick surfaces to negate the chance of slippage.
- A lichenfriend is also capable of having mounds of thick moss spread upon an area. This has a number of beneficial uses. Caltrops may be covered over, and prone figures of Huge or smaller in the area gain a +20 bonus to their hide checks as long as they remain unmoving.
- And finally, if in an area of still water the lichenfriend can bring forth Sargasso (Stormwrack, p. 19), which may halt ships or provide a surface upon the water on which to stand.
A lichenfriend can smell water and gains the Scent ability towards any source of water, be it stream, canteen or even living creatures.
Creatures with water within them, such as most living beings can be detected out to 60 feet.
Creatures with the aquatic or water subtype can be detected at twice the range.
Sources of water, such as a lake or river, or elementals with the water subtype can be smelled at 10x the normal range.
This does not allow for tracking if the Lichenfriend also possesses the Track feat.
A lichenfriend can summon special spores that when inhaled grows a symbiotic organism that is both plant and fungus that bonds permanently with the host. It can appear as a cape of stringy, webbed moss, or cover the subject with a rough, hairy down, or any manner of different variations, though does not alter its base properties.
As the lichenfriend comes closer to the hardy survivalists that are lichens and mosses, the greencloak grants additional abilities.
The greencloak allows the lichenfriend to gather food from light if exposed to illumination for 2 hours, removing the need for normal eating. These two hours can be interspersed over the course of 24 hours. It's also capable of taking over breathing for the lichenfriend. She can switch between either lungs or greencloak instinctively, allowing her to ignore inhaled poisons, diseases, and scents which are filtered and purified through the greencloak. The cloak also thickens and bonds with the host, granting it a +1 bonus to her natural armor. This improves to +2 at 4th level, +3 at 6th level, +4 at 8th, and +5 at 10th.
A greencloak is treated as a creature in a grapple for the purpose of striking at the cloak instead of the lichenfriend (but the lichenfriend is not considered grappled in turn). It has the hardness of wood and a quarter the hit points of its lichenfriend's full, healthy amount. If the lichenfriend's cloak is destroyed, they cannot regrow another cloak for a week.
- At 3rd level the cloak can generate a slick slime that grants the lichenfriend a +4 bonus to escape artist checks.
- At 4th level the cloak becomes sensitive to light and grants the lichenfriend to see even with his eyes closed. This acts as blindsense out to 60 feet.
He becomes immune to blinding and gaze attacks when seeing via the cloak. This also grants +4 bonus to spot checks if eyes and moss are used simultaneously.
- At 5th level the greencloak further toughens the lichenfriend to unfriendly climates, granting the benefits of the Endurance feat. As well, when a lichenfriend would normally die from dehydration or cold damage he instead goes into a deep trance alike to suspended animation. He may last this way for a month per lichenfriend level before finally dying.
If dehydrated he may be awoken by the application of at least a gallon of water orally or through his cloak, or be immersed in liquid. He awakens a minute later.
If the victim of cold damage he can be revived by application of a healing spell or ability.
- At 6th level the greencloak can take on the properties of Snowflake lichen (Frostburn, p.16) for up to 4 rounds + Lichenfriend level per day. The lichenfriend takes on the cold subtype and upon an attack with a natural weapon causes 1 point of dexterity damage if the opponent fails a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half Lichenfriend's HD + Con mod)).
- At 7th level the greencloak can release a disagreeable odor of horrible dampness once per day per lichenfriend level that causes those within 20 feet to make a fortitude save or become nauseated (DC 10 + half Lichenfriend's HD + Con mod) until out of range. Those who make the save are sickened until the next round.
- At 8th level the greencloak becomes mobile and grants two extra slam attacks that deal damage equal to 1d4 + lichenfriend level as secondary attacks. The natural armor provided by the cloak also increases to +6.
Resilience of Life (Ex):
At third level a lichenfriend has learned the ways of true survival and suffers no harm from being in a hot, cold, or heavy pressure environment. She can exist comfortably in conditions between –50 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit without having to make Fortitude saves. The lichenfriend's equipment however is not likewise protected.
Resilience of life does not provide any protection from fire or cold damage, nor does it protect against other environmental hazards such as smoke, lack of air, and so forth.
A lichenfriend gains Improved Toughness as a bonus feat. For each additional level he also gains +1 hit points.
Cliff Clinger (Ex):
A lichenfriend gains the ability to stick to the steepest surfaces by projecting from his skin thousands of nearly invisible root-like filaments that though far finer than a hair are as tough as steel. This ability functions as the Spider Climb spell but the lichenfriend may only advance at their base speed each round.
Beckon Spores (Su):
A lichenfriend can add to his Summoning list a variety of spores of hardy groundcovers which grow rapidly upon arrival. Unlike normal summoning, that which is summoned by this ability do not attack and remain indefinitely as long as they can survive in the climate they are brought into. The area of these spores is 5 feet + 5 feet per lichenfriend level.
* Dungeon Master's Guide, p. 76
|Summon level II||*Brown Mold|
|Summon level III||+Snowflake Lichen |
|Summon level IV||*Green Slime|
|Summon level V||*Yellow Mold|
+ Frostburn, p. 16
Breathe Easy (Ex):
A lichenfriend's greencloak begins to produce its own oxygen that is fed directly into its host, allowing him to breathe easily even in airless environs or underwater.
Relentless Health (Ex):
A lichenfriend toughens even further and gains the ability to regrow lost limbs, organs or even a head, within 2d6 days. If the lichenfriend looses a head (such as from a vorpal weapon) or vital organ (death from a sneak attack or mindflayer extraction for example) he does not die but goes unconscious and is stable until he has regenerated unless he continues to take damage. This is alike to the Regeneration ability but much slower.
Enduring Husk (Su):
If a lichenfriend would be killed but retains a body his spirit instead melds with his cloak as his physical form reverts into a withered husk. Upon it the cloak lives and thus allows the shriveled corpse to retain a spark of life. The lichenfriend retains the ability to see his surroundings, and can even cast spells that do not require components (even if the Lichenfriend has the Eschew Materials feat he may not cast those that would normally require components). The lichenfriend can be the recipient of a healing spell or potion and once out of negative hit points awakes. While within the greencloak it retains the ability to use its slam attacks with the same bonus as before. If the cloak is destroyed so is the Lichenfriend.
Spore Form (Su):
At tenth level a Lichenfriend gains the ability to turn into a cloud of hardy lichen spores once per day. (This ability also affects up to 100 pounds of gear the lichenfriend is carrying, plus greencloak.) As a spore cloud, the lichenfriend is intangible and invisible to standard methods of obervation, even blindsight. Creatures with the scent ability note a strong, musky odor in the air, and the Detect Animals or Plants spell reveals the lichenfriend. The lichenfriend cannot move, except with the wind (if any), or upon a host.
The lichenfriend may adopt his spore form as a standard action and allow himself to touch the ground. The spores rapidly grow into a broad swath of moss or lichens that grows over everything in an area of 60 feet.
Alternatively it can simply float about with the breeze and 'infect' a living creature within 100 feet. The potential carrier must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half Lichenfriend's HD + Con mod) to avoid having his lungs filled with the spores. Any creature that comes within 10 feet of a lichenfriend in spore form is subject to the saving throw to avoid becoming a carrier of the lichenfriend.
The lichenfriend travels with the carrier, aware of whatever the victim is aware of. A number of times per day equal to the lichenfriend's Charisma modifier, she may attempt to force the carrier to take one round's worth of actions of the lichenfriend's choosing; a successful Will save at the DC above allows the victim to resist this. While controlling his carrier, the lichenfriend has access to all skills, feats, spells, psionics, and special abilities of the host, plus any of his own that he can use in his disembodied state.
The lichenfriend can leave his host at any time by making him cough out the spores.
A diminish plant spell paralyzes the lichenfriend, an antiplant shell spell expells him from the host, and a blight spell kills the lichenfriend if he fails a Fortitude save (calculating the save DC as for spells of the same level). Even if the lichenfriend succeeds at the saving throw for the latter spell, he is forced to assume his material form adjacent to the victim.
A lichenfriend can remain in spore form as long as he desires, or he can return to his natural form and be done with the spore form for that day. While in spore form, the lichenfriend does not need to eat, sleep, or drink, and she does not age. She could remain growing upon a surface or remain as dormant spores for a hundred years, then take her material form or take a new host.