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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Eberron Ancestry: Shifter

Wow, been a while and sorry about that. Life got away from me then it got kidnapped by Covid-19. Trying to get back into it and do my part to help entertain and distract! With that in mind I present the children of nature, shifters!

Shifters have a powerful connection to the primal energies of nature and the animals of the Eberron.  Most Shifters call the Eldeen Reaches home, although they can be found throughout Khorvaire, in addition to the tribes of northern Sarlona. This connection shapes the Shifters lives and even allows them to manifest aspects of animals by “Shifting”. While some shifters seem to take on aspects of specific animals, others seem to just seem to channel raw animalistic presence. Either way it is hard to deny a connection to the now mostly extinct werecreatures. For more on Shifters check at ECS page 18, RftLW page 33, Races of Eberron page 25, and Eberronicon page 16.

Shifter - Uncommon
Hit Points 8
Size Medium 
Speed 25 feet
Ability Boosts Wisdom, By Heritage, Free
Ability Flaw Charisma
Languages Common, Additional languages equal to your Intelligence modifier (if it’s positive). Choose from Elven, Gnomish, Halfling and any other languages to which you have access (such as the languages prevalent in your region.)
Traits Beast, Shifter, Humanoid
Low-Light Vision
Shift See Below

Duration 1 minute
Activation <Single Action> or
 {Free Action} if done with Optional Trigger.
Optional Trigger Casting Wild Morph with Wild Shape or using Rage Action
You manifest your Shifter heritage Shift trait and gain Temporary Hit Points equal to half your level plus Key Stat Modifier. If you use this ability as a free action you can manifest this effect along with the triggering ability unless the triggering ability has the same effect. As long as this ability is active you cannot activate it again  and you can not end it early. This loses the concentration trait if used as a {Free Action}. After your Shift ends lose any remaining temporary Hit Points from Shift, you can’t Shift again for 1 minute.
Shifter Heritages
Shifters have natural connections to the animals of the world. Even from birth these people can tap into that connection and Shift to temporarily make that connection stronger granting the Shifter various benefits. All the heritages enhance the Shift ability with a bonus effect. Some shifters seem to focus on a type of animal; while some a specific creature. These heritages do not follow any generational line - a Longtooth Shifter may have two Razorclaw parents, for example.

Longtooth Shifter
You are tied to a beast with a fierce bite. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Trip actions. Longtooth shifters gain an Ability Boost to Strength and when you Shift you manifest a jaw unarmed attack that deals 1d8 piercing damage that is part of the brawling group.

Razorclaw Shifter
You are tied to a beast with wicked claws. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Grapple actions. Razorclaw shifters gain an Ability Boost to Strength and when you Shift you manifest a claws unarmed attack that deals 1d6 slashing damage with the agile, finesse traits that are part of the brawling group. You must have at least one hand free to use this Claw unarmed strikes.

Cliffwalk Shifter
You are tied to an animal with nature climbing ability. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Climb actions. These shifters gain an Ability Boost in Dexterity and when they Shift they manifest a 25 foot climb speed.

Longstride Shifter
You are tied to a critter that is a fleet of foot.Your base speed increased to 30 feet. These shifters gain an Ability Boost in Dexterity and when they Shift they manifest to have +10 circumstance bonus to speed.

Wildhunt Shifter
You are tied to those beasts that rely on scent to process the world. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to the Track Action/activity. These shifters gain an Ability Boost in Constitution and when they shift they manifest Scent (imprecise) 30 feet.

Beasthide Shifter
You have a connection to the toughest of creatures. You gain 12 Hit Points from your ancestry instead of 8. These shifters gain an Ability Boost in Constitution and when they shift they gain +1 circumstance bonus to Fortitude.

Shifter Ancestry Feats

1st Level

Shifter Lore Feat 1
Shifters live very physically active lives while learning about the wilderness around them. You gain the trained proficiency rank in Athletics and Survival. If you would automatically become trained in one of those skills (from your background or class, for example), you instead become trained in a skill of your choice. You also become trained in Shifter Lore.

Shifting Prodigy Feat 1
If by natural ability or practice you can shift additional traits. Pick a Shifter Heritage, you manifest that heritage Shifting trait additionally to your starting heritage. You can pick this feat multiple times picking a different heritage each time.

Critter Chatter Feat 1
You hear the sounds of some animals as language. Pick a general group of animals (vermin, birds, cats, etc) that you can associate with your Shifting trait. You can ask questions of, receive answers from, and use the Diplomacy skill with your chosen group of animals (the GM determines which animals count as part of your group).

5th Level

Shifter Unarmed Ferocity Feat 5
Prerequisite Have an unarmed strike from your Shift.
You make the most use of your Shifting unarmed attacks. Any time you score a critical hit with your Shifting unarmed strikes you apply the unarmed attack’s critical specialization effect.

Shifter Defense Feat 5
You have tapped into something at the essence of your primal nature that fortified your body. You gain the following traits when you use your Shifting along with the other ones; +1 circumstance bonus to your AC but also gain Weakness Silver equal to half your level (minimum 1) + 1.

Shifter Elite Feat 5
Your shifting seems more refined and dangerous than others. Your Shifting trait is enhanced and you can take this feat again for each Shifting Prodigy Feat you have to enhance another shifting trait you have gained.
-Your Shifting unarmed Strikes gains an additional Deadly 1d4 (pick Jaws or Claws)
-Cliffwalk Climb speed becomes 35 feet
- Longstride speed bonus becomes +20
-Beasthide Fortitude Bonus becomes +2.

9th Level

Shifter Lingering Ferocity Feat 9
You gain the Following reaction.

Lingering Ferocity <Reaction>
Trigger You are reduced to 0 hit points.
Effect You make a single Strike before dying.

Thank you for your time and I hope this proves useful to you and your party! If you like to know how to support Shardfinder please check out the links at the top of the page. A special thanks to the Eberron Discord Communities and extra special one to ChaosOS for proof reading this entry; check out his works on the DM’s Guild.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Eberron Ancestry: Kalashtar

Happy New Year! The Wheel continues to turn to the next age and we move to another Year of the Kingdom or once more return to 998 YK... With this new year we bring on those so determined to bring in the new age; the Kalashtar! Once planar refugees from the plane of dreams; now a lineage of dual mind and spirit beings. To learn more you can check out ECS pg 16, RftLW pg 29, Eberronicon pg 14 and other Eberron resources.

In addition to the Kalashtar Ancestry, I’ve included several Kalashtar items and activities

Kalashtar Uncommon

Hit Points 8

Size Medium

Speed 25 feet

Ability Boost Charisma, Dexterity, Free

Ability Flaw Constitution

Languages Common, Quor. Additional languages equal to your Intelligence modifier
(if it’s positive). Choose from Draconic, Riedran, and any other languages to which you have access (such as the languages prevalent in your region).

Traits Kalashtar, Humanoid

Telepathic You have Telepathy out to 10 feet allowing you to communicate with any creature mentally in your range as long as you share a language. This doesn’t give any special access to their thoughts, and communicates no more information than normal speech would.

Dreamless Kalashtar’s bond with their Quori spirit completely cuts them off from Dol Quor, the planes of dreams. While sleep is mostly just an experience in a void, sometimes it filled with the memories of their Quori Spirits. Kalashtar are immune to spells and effects that require being able to dream such as nightmare and dream message.

Kalashtar Heritages
The kalashtar are heavily influenced by their bonds with the quori spirits and the training to manage this bond but those lacking this training might find life a bit rougher.

For whatever reason you were raised outside of a Kalashtar community with no guidance about your dual spirit heritage. Without your cultural education about the bond or how to manage life without dreams  you are prone to mood swings; whenever you make a Save against an Emotional effect you treat all Successes as Critical Successes and all Failures as Critical Failures. Additionally whenever you roll the flat check to remove the Confused Condition your DC is 9.

You and your Quori spirit are prepared to find and fight your hidden enemies. You receive a +1 circumstance bonus to your Perception DC against Deception checks, and you gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Perception checks when using the Sense Motive basic action to notice enchanted or possessed characters. If you aren’t actively using Sense Motive on an enchanted or possessed character, the GM rolls a secret check, without the usual circumstance bonus and with a –2 circumstance penalty, for you to potentially notice the enchantment or possession anyway.

You have trained to meditate, consult your Quori spirit and help turn the wheel to the next age of light using your mind. Gain the Meditating Refocus Activity.

Meditating Refocus
Concentrate | Exploration 
Frequency Once per day 
You can meditate for 10 minutes and regain hit points equal to your level plus your key stat modifier. Alternatively you can choose to only gain half of these hit points to also be able to regain a spent focus point or regain a use of an innate spell that has limited uses. This is cumulative with any healing you receive from Treat Wounds.

With your training and the experience of your Quori spirit you have learned to work with your hands to help turn the wheel to the age of light. You are trained in Craft skill, gain the Skill feat Quick Repair or Specialty Crafting. Additionally start play with a level 2 item.

Ancestry Feats

1st Level

Dual Mind                                Feat 1
The bond with your Quori spirit that walls you from Dol Quor also shields you from magical influences, especially those associated with sleep. Whenever you are affected by a mental effect that lasts at least 2 rounds, you can reduce the duration by 1 round. You still require natural sleep, but you treat your saving throws against effects that would cause you to fall asleep as one degree of success better. This protects only against sleep effects, not against other forms of falling unconscious.

Dream Pool Knowledge                     Feat 1
As you learn from your Quori spirit, they learn from past and current spirit siblings. This allows you to tap into a well of knowledge that is your Quori spirit but sometimes it gets muddled with the Quori’s past on Dol Quor, the plane of dreams.
You gain the Dubious Knowledge Skill Feat and Kalashtar Lore skill.

Natural Psychic               Feat 1
Your connection to your Quori spirit grants you an occult innate spell. Choose one cantrip from the occult spell list (page 311). You can cast this spell as an occult innate spell at will. A cantrip is heightened to a spell level equal to half your level rounded up.

Subtle Psychic                    Feat 1
You use subtle psychic queues to read people and implant suggestions allowing you to master social situations. You gain a +1 to Deception, Diplomacy and Intimidate. This is an untyped bonus with the Mental Trait.

Psy Weapon Manifestation    Feat 1
Be it a natural gift or training you have learned to use your mind to gather ectoplasm and manifest a small weapon. You gain the following Action.

Manifest Weapon <Single Action>
Concentration | Mental | Occult | Evocation 
Frequency Level + Key Stat Modifier
Duration 1 minute
You create a weapon in your hand, choosing the damage type each time: slashing or bludgeoning. This weapon does 1d4 damage and counts as a simple weapon for proficiency with the agile and finesse traits. If you chose slashing damage the weapon has the versatile piercing trait or if you chose bludgeoning it has the shove trait.

5th Level

Telepathic Adept            Feat 5
You have expanded your telepathic abilities. First your Telepathy range extends to a total of 30 feet. Additionally you gain mindlink as an innate occult 1st level Spell you can cast once per day.

Greater Psy Weapon          Feat 5
Prerequisite Psy Weapon Manifestation 
You have learned to manifest a more potent psy weapon and your skill in using it improves. Your manifested weapon now does 1d6 damage, counts as magical for the purpose of overcoming Resistances and now has the throwing 10 feet trait. Additionally if you score a critical hit with your Manifest Weapon you can apply their Critical specialization effect, Knife if you manifest with slashing damage and Club if you manifest with bludgeoning damage. 

9th Level

Evolved Psychic          Feat 9
Prerequisite At least one innate occult spell.
Over time your psychic abilities have grown stronger. You gain telekinetic maneuver, and soothe as 2nd-level occult innate spells. You can cast each of these occult innate spells once per day. 
Special: If you have Telepathic Adept you can use mindlink an additional time per day.

Open Telepath              Feat 9
Prerequisite Telepathic Adept
Your Telepathy expands to a 60 feet range and you no longer need to share a language to communicate with a creature via shared mental imagery.

13th Level

Psy Weapon Master        Feat 13
Prerequisite: Psy Weapon Manifestation
You have mastered the use of your manifested psy weapon. Whenever you gain a class
feature that grants you expert or greater proficiency in certain weapons, you also gain that proficiency in your manifested weapon.

Peak Psychic                Feat 13
Prerequisite: At least one level 2 occult innate spells.
With practice and time you have unlocked more psychic gifts. You gain mind probe as 5th-level occult innate spell. You can cast this occult innate spell once per day.


TELEPATHY FOCUS PENDANT                  Item 2
Consumable | Magical | Talisman | Divination | Mental |
Price 7 gp
Usage affixed to armor; Bulk -
Active <Free Action> Requirements You have telepathy as a natural ability or currently granted from some source.
When you active this rough crystal pendant your Telepathy extends to 30 feet until the end of your turn. If your Telepathy already is 30 feet or greater it gives you an additional 15 feet.

PSYCHIC TATTOO OF MARTIAL FOCUS                           ITEM 2+
Usage tattoo
The kalashtar have discovered ways of creating psychically charged tattoos, some decorative while others are functional. This school of psychic tattoos allow the bearer to have weapon runes essentially etched onto them. These tattoos tend to have a soft glow that slowly fades throughout the day and regain their glow during your meditation investment as part of daily preparations. This glow is easily easy to hide under clothes or can be dimmed or rebrighten as a free action when one is trying to be stealthy, and are never bright enough to actually provide light.
Psychic Tattoos of Martial Focus follow the same rules and costs as Handwraps of Mighty Blows except those runes can apply to Kalashtar’s psy weapon manifestations and tattoos do not count as weapons for talismans, in fact tattoos can’t have talismans attached to them at all.

Price 1 sp
Usage embed (See Embed Psychic Crystal below) Bulk
Kalashtar and other psychic inclined races have learned to use special crystals to expand or grant knew abilities; imprinting them on the crystal and embedding it into their bodies.This particular psychic crystal allows it user to create a link or resonance with certain talisman’s allowing the to tap into the stored magic.
For the purpose of attaching talismans treat this psychic crystal as a melee weapon of the brawling group with light Bulk but instead of attaching talismans you use the ‘Resonate  A Talisman’ Activity (See Below). If you have the Psy Weapon Manifestation feat you may use also treat this crystal as having the knife and club groups as well.
If the user has a Psychic Tattoo of Martial Focus they may treat this psychic crystal and that tattoo as one item for the purpose of Investing.

TELEPATHIC RELAY CRYSTAL - Uncommon                        Item 3
Price 15 gp
Usage Set in Place for 1 Hour Bulk L
These small crystal pyramids are a semi common site in homes and temples of people that have natural telepathy.
Once one of these crystals have attuned to an area anyone with telepathy can use them to boost their own telepathic range. As long as the crystal is in range of an active telepath, it can be used to further the communication another 30 feet from the point of the crystal. While a receiving telepath can use the relay crystal to communicate back, someone without telepathy currently cannot use the relay to communicate back.
Requirement telepathy or have it as a natural ability.

New Activities

You meditate for an hour with the psychic crystal and once complete the crystal is embedded in your body in a location of your choice allowing you to access the psychic crystal’s properties.

Requirement Trained in Occult and have an embedded psychic crystal that can resonate with talismans 
You spend 10 minutes meditation with the talisman in your possession to create a psyonic resonance between your chosen embedded psychic crystal and the talisman. Once this resonance is formed you may use the talisman following the rules of Affix a Talisman.This resonance can be removed by also using this activity. If the talisman is ever removed from the possession of the character with the embedded psychic crystal without removing the resonance then the talisman is destroyed.

Thank you for your time and I hope this proves useful to you and your party! If you like to know how to support Shardfinder please check out the links at the top of the page. A special thanks to the Eberron Discord Communities and extra special one to ChaosOS for proof reading this entry; check out his works on the DM’s Guild.