Hyper Score Marvel: Rocket Raccoon!

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel (#21!) where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

Last week we had the Thing and next we’ve got Emma Frost, then Cyclops, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Punisher, Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Doctor Doom, Invisible Woman, and Loki. More requests are always welcome however–I’ll get to them all eventually! The full cast so far is over yonder (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, other good things). It’s also worth noting that there are free PDFs for Hypercorps 2099.

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ROCKET RACCOON         CR 17—XP 102,400

Male awakened raccoon netjacker (noob krusher) 9 / slayer 5 [hs 4; meganaut 1/savant 1]
CG Tiny animal (hyper)
Init +12; Senses low-light vision, scent; Awareness +22

DEFENSE
AC 40, bullet 38, touch 33, flat-footed 26 (+6 armor, +5 deflection, +8 Dex, +6 dodge, +2 hyper, +1 natural, +2 size)
hp 127 (3d8+9d6+5d10+34+17); Hyper Bonus +2
Fort +11, Ref +16, Will +12

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +23/+18/+18/+13 (1d3+1)
Ranged laser rifle +26/+21/+21/+16 touch or +24/+24/+19/+19/+14 touch or +20/+20/+20/+15/+15/+10 touch (1d8+6 fire damage, Range 150 ft.) or arc rifle +26/+21/+21/+16 touch or +24/+24/+19/+19/+14 touch or +20/+20/+20/+15/+15/+10 touch (1d8+6 electricity damage, Range 150 ft.)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks sneak attack +2d6, d1g1t4l n1nj4/studied target +4 (move action)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th; concentration +25)
2/day—any spell of up to 4th-level (full-round action, requires gadget belt)

STATISTICS
Str 8, Dex 26, Con 15, Int 24, Wis 16, Cha 8
Hyper Dexterity 2 (Dexterous Warrior), Hyper Intelligence 1 (Hyper Ingenuity 1/day; Int mod used for other attribute check)
Base Atk +11; CMB +10; CMD 39 (43 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness [B], Craft Technological Item [B], Dodge [B], Improved Unarmed Strike [B], Leadership (Groot; ghoran from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 5 with the giant template), Mobility, Point-Blank Master (energy rifles), Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Shot on the Run, Technologist [B], Weapon Finesse[B], Weapon Focus (energy rifles) [B], Weapon Specialization (energy rifles) [B]
Hyper Feats Extra Hyper Attribute, Gadgeteer (2/day, 4th-level)
Skills Acrobatics +32, Athletics +10, Awareness +22, Bluff +12, Craft (mechanical) +30, Disable Device +25, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (engineering) +18, Knowledge (nature) +14, Knowledge (technology) +20, Linguistics 12, Profession (mechanic) +8, Search +24, Sense Motive +20, Sleight of Hand +20, Stealth +47, Survival +9 (+2 to track), Use Technology +28, Vehicular Control +25; Size Modifiers Stealth +12
Languages Binary, Common, Groot, seven others
SQ hacker talents (routine maintenance, smart dodge, sneak attack increase),  hyper attack 1, hyper initiative, hyper mortality, slayer talents (fast stealth, trapfinding), tech wiz +4, track +2
Gear [+5 padded armor], [boots of striding and springing], [ring of deflection +5], arc rifle, gadget belt, laser rifle, various other equipment (chosen from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Technology Guide), somebody’s leg

SPECIAL ABILITIES
D1g1t4l N1nj4 (Ex): Rocket can study an opponent they can see as a move or swift action, gaining a +4 bonus on Awareness, Knowledge, Survival, and Use Technology checks attempted against that opponent, and a +4 bonus on weapon attack rolls and weapon damage rolls against it. Rocket can maintain these bonuses against up to 4 opponents at a time; these bonuses remain in effect until either the opponent is dead or Rocket studies a new target. If Rocket deals damage to a target, he can study that target as an immediate action, applying his studied target bonuses against that target (including to the normal weapon damage roll). Rocket may discard this connection to a studied target as a free action, allowing him to study another target in its place.
Program Cache (Ex): Rocket gains the Craft Program feat. The programs in his program cache are used in place of the d20 roll for a skill check and provide either a natural result of 10, 15, and unlike normal, even a 20. It takes four Hypernet hours and 100bt for Rocket to create an auto 10 program, ten Hypernet hours and 250bt to create an auto 15 program, and twenty Hypernet hours and 500bt to create an auto 20 program. Rocket may only keep 9 programs in his program cache (on hand), and they may never have more than two auto 20 programs prepared. Outside of the Hypernet, Rocket may only use a program to make a Disable Device or Use Technology check.
Routine Maintenance (Ex): Rocket is totally in sync with technology of all kinds, learning how to use Craft (mechanical) more efficiently. When creating new equipment, it costs 75% the normal amount and when repairing damaged robots or technology, costs are halved.
Slaying Netjacker (Ex): Rocket can select any slayer talent instead of a hacking talent. Instead of a hacking talent, he may gain +1d6 sneak attack instead of a hacking talent (as a rogue, though additional hacking talents must be taken to increase sneak attack damage).
Smart Dodge (Ex): Rocket gains a dodge bonus to his armor class equal to his Intelligence modifier. This increased dodge bonus may not exceed half his netjacker level.
Tech Wiz: Rocket makes Craft (mechanical), Knowledge (technology), and Use Technology checks in half the normal amount of time (minimum immediate action).

 

NOTES ON ROCKET’S BUILDS

Whew he is a Pathfinder MONSTER! I love that build! I decided for his 5E iteration that no Hyper Score was required, instead taking a step into 2099 Wasteland for the scrapper class and taking tanuki out of Mists of Akuma. While he’s obviously still quite space-worthy, I like to think he would really clean up in a nuclear apocalypse–and this is quite literally how you can make him as an PC (using two of my 5e setting books plus a background from Hypercorps 2099 5e). He’s not nearly as cantankerously vicious or as much of a frontline commando as the Pathfinder build, but he’s all about weapons and I feel like that’s solid (plus he can make bigger booms and I dig that too). 😉

Also because I suspect it will be requested, I’ve included a reduced statblock for him below. 😀

 

Rocket Raccoon

Small humanoid (tanuki), chaotic good scrapper (weaponeer) 14
Armor Class 15 (studded leather)
Hit Points 85 (13d8+13)
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
8 (-1) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Dex +8, Int +9
Skills Acrobatics +8, Investigation +9, Nature +9, Science +9, Survival +6, Technology +9
Tools disguise kit, herbalism kit, technologist’s kit
Damage Vulnerabilities acid
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages English, Esperanto, Groot, Latin
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)
Background Feature (Lab Experiment): Apathetic World. When creatures attempt to locate Rocket’s position in a settlement they have disadvantage and while hiding in common thoroughfares and other similarly populated public places, Rocket has advantage on Stealth checks.

City Slicker. Rocket has advantage on Stealth checks made in urban environments.
Combat Tripod. Rocket‘s combat tripod holds his devices and removes their weight from his carrying capacity. Rocket can deploy his combat tripod as a free action.

Feat: Aimed Shooting. Rocket knows how to take aimed shots. Taking an aimed shot requires using the Aim action first (aiming is a bonus action). He does not gain advantage from this aiming action when making an aimed shot (other ways to gain advantage work normally). On a successful hit, he deals additional damage and he may cause a creature to take penalties. At the GM’s discretion, certain circumstances may warrant different saving throws and effects. A natural roll of 10 or higher with his first attack allows Rocket to target the same limb with his second attack if he is capable of making one. Otherwise Rocket cannot target a limb with more than one attack a turn as the recoil of his weapon throws off his aim.

  • Arm Shot (+1d4 damage). Targets wielding a weapon with one hand in the target of the arm shot make a Strength saving throw (DC 10 + damage from the attack) or are disarmed. Failure by 5 or more on this saving throw causes the creature to have disadvantage on attack rolls made with that arm until it has healed the damage from Rocket’s aimed shot.
  • Head Shot (+1d8 damage). Targets hit by a head shot make a Constitution saving throw (DC 10 + half the damage from the attack) or gain the blinded condition for 5 rounds.
  • Leg Shot (+1d6 damage). Targets hit by a leg shot make a Constitution saving throw (DC 10 + the damage from the attack) or are only able to move at half speed until it has healed the damage from Rocket’s aimed shot.

Feat: Wasteland Crafter. Rocket is proficient with relic weapons and science weapons, he is able to add modifications to any weapon, and he is capable of creating and maintaining twice as many weapon modifications (this does not allow Rocket to add more modifications to a weapon than normal). He still requires the minimum bonuses for the Model level of a modification in order to build it into a recovered weapon, and crafting the modification costs half as much as a custom-built weapon of the same level. A recovered weapon can have one modification per 100 gold in cost (minimum 1, maximum 4).
Grenades. Rocket carries numerous grenades and explosives on him at all times.
Groot. Rocket has formed an unbreakable bond Groot (a Large sized treant).
Magitek Crafting. Rocket is able to create technological items that duplicate the effects of magical items (unhindered by the effects of radiation which normally inhibits magic). He is only able to craft one technological item at a time. Rocket is able to craft a common technological item over the course of a week of tinkering for 25 gold. He may craft an uncommon technological item over the course of a month for 500 gold (or more, at the GM’s discretion).
Many Weapons. Rocket has a lot of weapons, not all of which are listed here or included in his technological spellcasting.
Prototype Drones. Rocket can cast the find familiar spell as a ritual, summoning (i.e.: activating) 5 drones. The drone familiars he creates are constructs with the appearance and abilities of any of the animals listed under the spell, or drones with an appearance chosen by Rocket. Drones that are not duplicating the appearance and abilities of an animal use the Homunculus stat block (without poison). As a construct, the drones do not need to eat, sleep, or breathe, and are immune to both poison damage and the poisoned condition. When preparing spells Rocket may apply a device with a range of touch to a drone, expending the appropriate number of spell slots. A drone may only have one such device. Rocket’s drones may not be dismissed as the spell. He may share senses with the drones or communicate with them while they remain within distance of his radio transmitter (1 mile).
Radio Transmitter. Rocket can craft a 1 pound handheld radio transmitter from scratch. He is capable of receiving any radio waves in his area and is able to transmit his own radio waves to 1 mile. Rocket’s radiotransmitter only works for him.
Smart Carrying. Rocket treats technological weapons, items, and the spellcasting devices he builds as half their normal weight when calculating his carrying capacity.
Subtle Tail. Rocket has a tail. He’s unable to carry a weapon or shield with his tail, nor can he manipulate fine objects, but he has advantage when passing secret messages or otherwise communicating using his tail.
Technology Salvaging. Whenever Rocket makes an ability check to salvage Technology Settlement Resources, he has advantage. Rocket can transport Technology Settlement Resources as though they were half their actual weight.

Technological Spellcasting. Rocket is a 13th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his spellcasting ability (spell save DC 17; +9 to hit with spell attacks). He casts his spells using technological devices he crafts (2 lb. cantrips, 1/2 lb. per spell level; AC 10 + spell level, 25 hp each) and his spells ignore the effects of both counterspell and dispel magic. Rocket has the following spells prepared from the scrapper’s spell list:

  • Cantrips: eldritch blast, minor illusion, produce flame, shocking grasp
  • 1st (4 slots): guiding bolt, thunderwave
  • 2nd (4 slots): acid arrow, scorching ray
  • 3rd (3 slots): fireball, lightning bolt
  • 4th (3 slots): locate creature, wall of fire
  • 5th (3 slots): cone of cold, hold monster
  • 6th (2 slots): chain lightning
  • 7th (1 slot): fire storm

Weaponeer – Antique Modifications. Rocket is able to add weapon modifications to weapons that appear on the Relic Weapons of the Wasteland Table. These modifications replace the damage dice (but not type) or range values of the modified weapon. He requires half the normal time and Technology resources needed when building a modification onto a relic weapon.
Weaponeer – Science Modifications. Rocket is able to add weapon modifications to weapons that appear on the Science Weapons from the Wasteland Table. These modifications replace the damage dice (but not type) or range values of the modified weapon. He requires half the normal time and Technology resource needed when building a modification onto a science weapon.
Weaponeer – Weapon Builder. When Rocket builds a weapon, he is able to craft one weapon value (damage, qualities, range, or weight) as three model levels lower or higher than normal. Alternatively, he may instead treat the time required or minimum technology resources requirement as though it was three levels lower. This weapon still costs the same amount of gold to craft as it normally would.

ACTIONS
Autofire. Rocket may spend a bonus action to gain an additional attack but has disadvantage on that attack.

Custom-Built Meta Rifle. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (50/200), one target. Hit: 9 (1d12+3) bludgeoning or energy (cold, fire, lightning, or thunder) damage. Alternatively, Rocket can fire in a bullet spray, cone, or line, or launch a grenade (or other splash weapon).

  • Bullet Spray. Bullet spraying weapons can expend five times as much ammunition as normal to spray a 5-foot-cube area within its first range increment as an action. Creatures in the area of effect that fail a Dexterity saving throw (DC equal to the wielder’s attack roll) take the weapon’s normal damage. By expending 10 times as much ammunition as normal, the wielder can increase the area to a 10-foot-cube.
  • Cone. A cone weapon can fire at single targets as normal, or expend twice as much ammunition to spend an action firing in a 15-ft.-cone instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage; the DC is equal to a single ranged attack roll made by the wielder of the weapon.
  • Launcher. A launcher weapon can be used to lob a single grenade or similarly sized object (like a grappling hook) using its superior range.
  • Line. A line weapon can fire at single targets as normal, or expend three times as much ammunition to spend an action firing in a 30-ft.-line instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage; the DC is equal to a single ranged attack roll made by the wielder of the weapon.

Laser Beam Rifle. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (100/250), one target. Hit: 9 (1d12+3) radiant damage. Alternatively, Rocket can bullet spray with this weapon.
Razor Shotgun. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (30/120), one target. Hit: 12 (2d8+3) piercing and slashing damage plus bleeding. Alternatively, Rocket can expend twice as much ammunition to spend an action firing in a 15-ft.-cone instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage (DC equal to Rocket’s attack roll). On a critical hit, the target takes 1 additional damage and  continues to take that damage at the start of their turn until it is healed by magic or a DC 15 Wisdom (Medicine) check.

 

———— REDUCED STATBLOCK ———————-

 

Rocket Raccoon

Small humanoid (tanuki), chaotic good scrapper 14
Armor Class 15 (studded leather)
Hit Points 85 (13d8+13)
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
8 (-1) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Dex +8, Int +9
Skills Acrobatics +8, Investigation +9, Nature +9, Science +9, Survival +6, Technology +9
Damage Vulnerabilities acid
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages English, Esperanto, Groot, Latin
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)
City Slicker. Rocket has advantage on Stealth checks made in urban environments.

Feat: Aimed Shooting. Rocket knows how to take aimed shots. Taking an aimed shot requires using the Aim action first (aiming is a bonus action). He does not gain advantage from this aiming action when making an aimed shot (other ways to gain advantage work normally). On a successful hit, he deals additional damage and he may cause a creature to take penalties. A natural roll of 10 or higher with his first attack allows Rocket to target the same limb with his second attack if he is capable of making one. Otherwise Rocket cannot target a limb with more than one attack a turn as the recoil of his weapon throws off his aim.

  • Arm Shot (+1d4 damage). Targets wielding a weapon with one hand in the target of the arm shot make a Strength saving throw (DC 10 + damage from the attack) or are disarmed. Failure by 5 or more on this saving throw causes the creature to have disadvantage on attack rolls made with that arm until it has healed the damage from Rocket’s aimed shot.
  • Head Shot (+1d8 damage). Targets hit by a head shot make a Constitution saving throw (DC 10 + half the damage from the attack) or gain the blinded condition for 5 rounds.
  • Leg Shot (+1d6 damage). Targets hit by a leg shot make a Constitution saving throw (DC 10 + the damage from the attack) or are only able to move at half speed until it has healed the damage from Rocket’s aimed shot.

Grenades. Rocket carries numerous grenades and explosives on him at all times.
Groot. Rocket has formed an unbreakable bond Groot (a Large sized treant).
Many Weapons. Rocket has a lot of weapons, not all of which are listed here or included in his technological spellcasting.

Technological Spellcasting. Rocket is a 13th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his spellcasting ability (spell save DC 17; +9 to hit with spell attacks). He casts his spells using technological devices he crafts (2 lb. cantrips, 1/2 lb. per spell level; AC 10 + spell level, 25 hp each) and his spells ignore the effects of both counterspell and dispel magic. Rocket has the following spells prepared from the scrapper’s spell list:

  • Cantrips: eldritch blast, minor illusion, produce flame, shocking grasp
  • 1st (4 slots): guiding bolt, thunderwave
  • 2nd (4 slots): acid arrow, scorching ray
  • 3rd (3 slots): fireball, lightning bolt
  • 4th (3 slots): locate creature, wall of fire
  • 5th (3 slots): cone of cold, hold monster
  • 6th (2 slots): chain lightning
  • 7th (1 slot): fire storm

ACTIONS
Autofire. Rocket may spend a bonus action to gain an additional attack but has disadvantage on that attack.

Custom-Built Meta Rifle. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (50/200), one target. Hit: 9 (1d12+3) bludgeoning or energy (cold, fire, lightning, or thunder) damage. Alternatively, Rocket can fire in a bullet spray, cone, or line, or launch a grenade (or other splash weapon).

  • Bullet Spray. Bullet spraying weapons can expend five times as much ammunition as normal to spray a 5-foot-cube area within its first range increment as an action. Creatures in the area of effect that fail a Dexterity saving throw (DC equal to the wielder’s attack roll) take the weapon’s normal damage. By expending 10 times as much ammunition as normal, the wielder can increase the area to a 10-foot-cube.
  • Cone. A cone weapon can fire at single targets as normal, or expend twice as much ammunition to spend an action firing in a 15-ft.-cone instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage; the DC is equal to a single ranged attack roll made by the wielder of the weapon.
  • Launcher. A launcher weapon can be used to lob a single grenade or similarly sized object (like a grappling hook) using its superior range.
  • Line. A line weapon can fire at single targets as normal, or expend three times as much ammunition to spend an action firing in a 30-ft.-line instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage; the DC is equal to a single ranged attack roll made by the wielder of the weapon.

Laser Beam Rifle. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (100/250), one target. Hit: 9 (1d12+3) radiant damage. Alternatively, Rocket can bullet spray with this weapon.
Razor Shotgun. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range (30/120), one target. Hit: 12 (2d8+3) piercing and slashing damage plus bleeding. Alternatively, Rocket can fire in a 15-ft.-cone instead. Creatures in the area of effect receive a Dexterity saving throw to negate this damage (DC equal to Rocket’s attack roll). On a critical hit, the target takes 1 additional damage and  continues to take that damage at the start of their turn until it is healed by magic or a DC 15 Wisdom (Medicine) check.

Hyper Score Marvel: Axel Asher (Access; aka Captain Amalgam)

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

By request this week we have Axel Asher, a character integral to one of the major DC/Marvel crossover arcs! If you have a favorite character you’d like to see, please comment and let me know. Tune in next week for a character I am personally reticent to build (because I dislike him) but since this is by request, I cannot deny–Wolverine. :p

Also if you spot a way this can improve, share the info! I’m on Twitter @MikeMyler2, Facebook, Google+, and you can leave messages below the post. Thanks!

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AXEL ASHER (Access)

AXEL ASHER           CR 18—XP 153,600
Male human aristocrat 7 [hs 10; hypernaut 2/parallel 2]
LG Medium humanoid (human)
Init +11; Senses Awareness +2

DEFENSE
AC 38, bullet 28, touch 23, flat-footed 34 (+9 armor, +5 deflection, +3 Dex, +1 dodge, +5 hyper, +5 natural)
hp 121 (7d8+44+42); Hyper Bonus +5
Fort +12, Ref +10, Will +12
Defensive Abilities fortification 60%; DR 6/—; Immune dazed, sickened, stunned

OFFENSE
Speed 45 ft.
Melee unarmed strike +10/+5/+0/-5 (1d3+5 bludgeoning)
Hyper Spell-Like Abilities (CL 17th; concentration +22)
5/day—jester’s jaunt, litany of escape
5/day—dimension door, hostile juxtaposition
5/day—plane shift (Marvel and DC Universes only), teleport (hyper flaw: tiring)
3/combat—amalgamation (range 340 ft., Will DC 21; hyper flaw: uncontrolled dimensional toxicity)
10/combat—cosmic awareness [as natural seeker] (area 170 ft., range 2 miles, DC 17; hyper flaw: uncontrolled dimensional toxicity)

STATISTICS
Str 10, Dex 16, Con 20, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 14
Hyper Dexterity 1 (Dexterous Footwork), Hyper Constitution 3 (Hyper Endurant, Hyper Fortification, Hyper Tough)
Base Atk +5; CMB +5; CMD 34
Feats Alertness[B], Combat Expertise, Dodge[B], Fleet, Improved Unarmed Strike[B], Iron Will, Persuasive, Skill Focus (Knowledge [local]); Hyper Feats Extra Attribute Trait, Extra Hyper Attribute [2], Parallel Access, Toughness
Skills Appraise +8, Awareness +2, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +14, Intimidate +12, Knowledge (history) +8, Knowledge (local) +14, Knowledge (nature) +9, Knowledge (religion) +5, Search +3, Sense Motive +12
Languages Chinese, English
SQ hyper attack 3, hyper initiative, hyper focus 5/day, hyper life, hyper mortality, hyper rest
Combat Gear potion of cure moderate wounds; Other Gear +5 chain shirt, amulet of natural armor +5, ring of protection +5

COSMIC AWARENESS Axel is able to sense the presence of beings and objects in the universes that are somehow of importance to him for whatever reason.
NATURAL SEEKER (Hypernaut power from FAMOTH)
Tier 1    Action standard Save varies
Effect You have a preternatural talent for finding things. You are able to use any of the following spell-like abilities as constant spell-like abilities (though only one at a time): detect aberration, detect animals and plants, detect chaos/evil/good/law, detect magic, detect poison, detect psychic significance, detect radiation[TG], detect secret doors, detect snares and pits, detect undead, diagnose disease, object reading, and technomancy[TG]. By spending a full-round action making a DC 20 concentration check, you can use detect mindscape, detect thoughts, locate object, or locate weakness as a hyper spell-like ability.

AMALGAMATION (New Hypernaut Power)
Tier 3    Action full-round Save Will
You can choose two humanoids within range and if both fail their saving throw (which is rolled twice, taking the worst result), merge them into one amalgam form. This amalgam form possesses the race traits, class abilities, equipment, feats, hyper bonuses, hyper powers, languages, and special qualities of both original creatures, using the highest attributes, base attack bonus, movement speeds, skill ranks, and base saving throws between them. All effects and spells currently targeting the original creatures end when the amalgam is formed. You can also use this ability to target an amalgam and split it into its original creatures. You have no control over the actions of an amalgam form though you can naturally sense their location. The amalgam’s CR increases by +2 if the original creatures had the same CR or by +1 if one of the original creatures had a CR 3 or more greater than the other original creature.

NEW HYPER FLAW
Uncontrolled Toxicity: If Axel stays in one place too long (generally 3d4+4 hours) he causes spontaneous crossovers to occur–creatures from the Marvel Universe are randomly transported to the DC Universe and vice-versa for every span of time that passes before he moves to a new location.

SOME NOTES ON AXEL

Whew! What a tough build! I know that Axel can also do some time travel, but I’m tossing that at GM fiat because it would require bringing in Mythic Adventures and he’s already still too weak at the knees for being CR 18 (although I did try to toughen him up and boost his AC, I think he’ll still get whomped if not used at great range). Still as a plot device (which is what Access is!) he should do you fine and could make for a VERY interesting inclusion into your game–want to amp up the power level for a side quest and know which DC or Marvel heroes and villains your players like best? Introduce Axel, browse the growing list of Hyper Score Marvel builds (maybe grab a few things from Hypercorps 2099 to stand in, available in both Pathfinder or 5E OGL), merge them together, and wreak havoc until the great crisis is averted!

 

Axel Asher (Access)

Medium humanoid (human, hyper), lawful good
Armor Class 18 (cosmic awareness)
Hit Points 130 (20d8+40)
Speed 45 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 13 (+1)

Saving Throws Dex +6, Int +6, Wis +6, Cha +5
Skills Athletics +4, History +6, Insight +6, Persuasion +5, Stealth +6
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages Chinese, English
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Amalgamation. Axel chooses two humanoids within 300 feet and if both fail a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw made with disadvantage, they are merged into one amalgam form. This amalgam form possesses the race features, class features, attacks, equipment, feats, hyper bonuses, hyper powers, languages, and proficiencies of both original creatures, using the highest ability scores, proficiency bonus, and movement speeds between them. All effects and spells currently targeting the original creatures end when the amalgam is formed. Axel can also use this feature to target an amalgam and split it into its original creatures. Axel has no control over the actions of an amalgam form though he can naturally sense their location using his cosmic awareness. The amalgam’s Challenge Rating increases by +2 if the original creatures had the same Challenge Rating or by +1 if one of the original creatures had a Challenge Rating 3 or more greater than the other original creature.
Cosmic Awareness. Axel senses the direction of creatures and objects that are somehow important to him as long as one of these creatures or object is on the same plane of existence. If the creature or object is in motion, he knows the direction of its movement. He also increases his AC by 6.
Dimensional Bounce (Recharge 1–4). Axel can spend a bonus action to teleport to any location within 150 feet.
Dimensional Step (Recharge 6). Axel can spend an action to teleport to any location as the spell teleport.
Plane Shift. Axel can spend an action to cast plane shift but is only able to access the Marvel Universe and DC Universe. Once he has used this feature, he cannot do so again for 1 minute.

ACTIONS
Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 (1) bludgeoning damage.

REACTION
Dimensional Swap. When an attacker that Axel can see hits him with an attack, he can use his reaction to switch places with one creature he can see within 30 feet (other than the attacking creature). Axel appears in that creature’s space and the creature appears in his space, suffering all of the attack’s damage (and any other effects of the attack).

SOME NOTES ON AXEL’S 5E BUILD

This is another instance where there’s just no equivalent resource structure and I went for a straight monster build rather than force it out of the given system of 5E (even 5E with Hyper Score rules included). Incidentally this would work just as well for Mr. Mxyzptlk–just change him to Small sized, add a bunch of Dexterity to increase AC, swap cosmic awareness for true sight, and switch amalgamation for wish once per round.

Hyper Score Marvel: ROM the Space Knight

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

By request this week we have ROM the Space Knight! He’s no longer with Marvel (it’s actually an interesting history and he’s getting some love recently so check it out!) but since somebody asked for him, he’ll qualify for a build. If you have a favorite character you’d like to see, please comment and let me know. Tune in next week for another request: Axel Asher (for my fellow crossover fans, woooooo!) Also if you spot a way this can improve, share the info! I’m on Twitter @MikeMyler2, Facebook, Google+, and you can leave messages below the post. Thanks!

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ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT          CR 17 — XP 102,400

Male human (galadorian) fighter 8 [hs 7; hypernaut 1/meganaut 2]
LG Medium humanoid (galadorian, human, hyper)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 300 ft.; Awareness +10

DEFENSE
AC 33, bullet 29, touch 24, flat-footed 29 (+14 armor, +5 deflection, +3 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 147 (8d10+88+21) regeneration 1; Hyper Bonus +3
Fort +18, Ref +8, Will +7
Defensive Abilities bravery +2; DR 6/—; Immune disease, poison; Resist cold 21, fire 21, electricity 21
Hyper Flaws fetish (all hyper attributes, feats, and powers tied to space knight armor and weapons)

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee unarmed strike +18/+13/+13/+8 (1d4+10)
Ranged Neutralizer +15 ranged touch (Will DC 23 or Neutralizer, Range 300 ft.) or +15/+10/+10/+5 ranged touch energy beam (3d6+4 fire damage, Range 300 ft.)
Ranged strong hurl +15 touch (1d8 per 100 pounds+10 or 4d8 per 400 pounds+10, Range 60 ft.; ROM’s Heavy Load is 140,000 pounds although few things weigh that much and acquiring one is a time consuming effort)
Special Attacks hyper bonus +3, weapon training 1 (firearms)
Hyper Spell-Like Abilities (CL 15th; concentration +20)
    4/day—any spell 5th-level or lower (hyper flaw: fetish)
    At will—Neutralizer (as dismissal but sends the creature to Limbo, energy beam, or inverse protection from energy)

STATISTICS
Str 24, Dex 16, Con 28, Int 20, Wis 10, Cha 12
Hyper Strength 2 (Strong Back, Strong Hurl), Hyper Constitution 3 (Hyper Blooded, Hyper Resistant, Hyper Tough), Hyper Intelligence 2 (Hyper Analysis +2 2/day for 7 rounds)
Base Atk +8; CMB +18; CMD 37
Feats Alertness[B], Deadly Aim, Dodge[B], Flyby Attack, Improved Iron Will, Improved Unarmed Strike[B], Iron Will[B], Point-Blank Shot[B], Precise Shot[B], Power Attack[B], Quick Draw[B], Rapid Shot[B], Toughness; Hyper Feats Extra Hyper Attribute (2), Extra Hyper Trait, Gadgeteer
Skills Athletics +7, Awareness +10, Diplomacy +7, Fly +6, Knowledge (arcana, the Planes) +8, Knowledge (geography) +10, Knowledge (engineering) +9, Knowledge (technology) +13, Search +15, Sense Motive +7, Survival +6, Use Technology +13; Armor Check Penalty -4
Languages Galadorian; universal translator (tongues)
SQ armor training 2, hyper attack 2, hyper focus 3/day, hyper initiative, hyper mortality, hyper rest
Gear Analyzer [as detect magic, detect psychic significance, technomancy and locate creature (dire wraith)], Galadorian space knight armor [+5 full-plate, darkvision, ring of protection +5, ring of sustenance, and wings of flying], Neutralizer [only ROM can use this weapon and by firing it at an energy source, he can sap it away for 1 round per 5 points absorbed as an inverse protection from energy (maximum 120 points)]

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Space Knight Armor (Ex) ROM has been fused to high-technology from Galador that makes him able to travel through the vacuum of space, superior strength and toughness, the power of flight, enhanced vision, regeneration, and vastly increased carrying capacity. Removing him from his armor requires high science or extremely powerful magic, but doing so deprives him of all hyper attributes, hyper feats, and hyper powers (but not hyper special qualities).

 

 

ROM the Space Knight

Medium humanoid (galadorian), lawful good
Armor Class 19 (space knight armor)
Hit Points 190 (20d8+100)
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (hover)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
21 (+5) 15 (+2) 22 (+5) 19 (+4) 10 (+0) 14 (+2)

Saving Throws Str +10, Con +10, Int +9
Skills Arcana +9, Athletics +10, Insight +5, Investigation +9, Perception +5, Persuasion +7, Survival +5, Technology +9
Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities diseases, poisoned
Senses darkvision 300 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Galadorian; universal translator (as tongues)
Challenge 14 (11,500 XP)
Analyzer. ROM can point his analyzer at a creature he can see to reveal if it is a concealed dire wraith. In addition, he can use it on objects to detect magical auras, potent psychic energy, or great technological power.
Space Knight Armor. ROM’s technologically bonded armor grants him advantage on ability checks and saving throws for Strength, Constitution, and Intelligence, darkvision, a fly speed, damage resistances, damage immunity to poison, condition immunities, and a +10 bonus to damage with melee weapon attacks and thrown weapons. In addition, he can travel safely through the vacuum of space and lift objects as heavy as 70 tons. Removing him from his armor requires high science or extremely powerful magic.
Spellcasting. ROM is a 20th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his spellcasting ability (spell save DC 17; +9 to hit with spell attacks) and he has 4 spell slots he can use to cast any spell of 5th-level or lower.

ACTIONS
Multiattack. ROM can make four unarmed strike attacks or four neutralizer attacks each turn.
Unarmed Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (1d8+15) bludgeoning damage.
Neutralizer. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 100/300, one target. Hit: 20 (4d8+2) radiant damage or banishment (the target makes a DC 17 Charisma saving throw or is transported to Limbo).
Thrown Object. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range (100/200), multiple targets (determined by object size; make one attack roll per target). Hit: 19 (1d8+15) damage. The damage type depends on the object (bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing) and at 100 pounds and every 100 pounds thereafter, the damage increases by 1d8 (up to 105 [20d8+15] at 100,000 pounds).

Hyper Score Marvel: Nightcrawler!

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 (free stuff alert!) to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

This week we’ve got a guest design! Steven Caron was one of Hypercorps 2099’s biggest backers (see Heroes of the Hypernet for more info and the synopsis of an amazing 19 game campaign) and put together a build for Kurt Wagner, better known to the world as (ze!) Nightcrawler!

If there’s someone you’d like to see please comment with a request (tune in next week for ROM the Space Knight!), tweet at me @MikeMyler2, or poke me on Facebook, and if you notice room for improvement let me know. Also, if you dig this, share it around and like it and so forth! Thank you!

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KURT VON WAGNER DARKHOLME (aka NIGHTCRAWLER)
Male tiefling (bamf) swashbuckler (inspired blade) 5/monk (martial artist) 5 [hs 5; parallel 2]
CG Medium outsider (native)
Init +15; Senses darkvision 60 ft., see in darkness; Awareness +18
DEFENSE
AC 33, touch 26, flat-footed 23 (+4 armor, +8 Dex, +2 deflection, +2 dodge, +2 hyper, +2 monk, +3 natural)
hp 85 (5d10+5d8+20+12+3); Hyper Bonus +2
Fort +11, Ref +20, Will +10
Defensive Abilities evasion, natural armor, snatch arrows Immunity fatigue Resist cold 5
Weaknesses hyper flaw (hubris), parallel powers

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.(+10 ft. to charge, run or withdraw)
Melee agile rapiers of skewering +18/+18/+13/+13 (1d6+13 [9 off-hand], Crit 15-20/x2) or agile rapier of skewering +22/+17/+17 (1d6+13+5 precise, Crit 15-20/x2) or flurry of blows unarmed +13/+13/+8/+8/+8 (1d8+5)
Ranged star knives +19/+14/+14 (1d4+4+5 precise, Crit. x3, range 20 ft.)
Special Attacks flurry of blows, hyper bonus +2, panache 6/day, stunning fist 12/day (DC 19 fatigue/stun)
Hyper Spell-Like Abilities (CL 15th, concentration +23)
11/dayshift (35 ft., as per dimension door) [Hyper Flaw: Disturbing]
8/dayanticipate peril, dimension door [Hyper Flaw: Passenger Fatigue], extended blend [Hyper Flaw: Shadow Conditions], guiding star, ray of exhaustion [Hyper Flaw: Teleport Powered], spider climb
At willknow direction [constant, Hyper Flaw: Unnatural]

STATISTICS
Str 15, Dex 26, Con 15, Int 13, Wis 13, Cha 20, Luck 20, Rep 25
Hyper Dexterity 2 (Dexterous Skills)
Base Attack +8; CMB +14 (+16 grapple); CMD 38 (40 vs. grapple)
Feats Alertness[B], Combat Reflexes, Dimensional Agility, Dimensional Assault, Dimensional Dervish, Dimensional Savant, Dodge[B], Grasping Tail, Improved Grapple, Improved Natural Attack (tail)[B], Improved Unarmed Strike, Multiweapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (rapier); Hyper Feats Hyper Peripheral, Parallel Access (3), Powerful Talent
Skills Acrobatics +27, Athletics +10, Awareness +18, Bluff +13, Diplomacy +13, Knowledge (local) +3, Knowledge (nobility) +5, Perform (dance) +13, Search +8, Sense Motive +8, Stealth +16; Racial Modifiers: +2 Acrobatics
Languages Common, Elven, Infernal
SQ charmed life +5 (3/day), combat tail, deeds, exploit weakness +6 (+2 Sense Motive, Reflex Saves, Dodge to AC), fiendish eyes, fuzzy elf, high jump +5, hyper attack 1, hyper focus 2/day, hyper rest, inspired finesse, pain points, prehensile tail, rapier training (+1 atk, +2 dmg; Improved Critical), sprinter, strange physiology
Gear agile rapiers of skewering +1 (2), amulet of natural armor +2, belt of physical perfection +2, blink back bandolier, boots of gusto, bracers of armor +4, cape of daring deeds, gloves of arrow snaring, headband of alluring charisma +4, ioun stone (violet thorny), ring of protection +2, shining wayfinder, mithral star knives (2), mwk cold iron star knives (2)

Steve’s Notes:

Dimension Door: If teleporting with passengers, both Nightcrawler and each of his passengers are subjected to his ray of exhaustion power; one charge is expended per teleport, regardless of the number of passengers. If Nightcrawler has used all charges of his ray of exhaustion power, his personal saving throw is as if he had the Tiring Hyper Flaw with all uses expended and as such must save against damage instead (any passengers still save against the ray of exhaustion as normal.)

Ray of Exhaustion: Nightcrawler expends either a charge of shift or dimension door to teleport up to his opponent, touch them, and teleport away together. If Nightcrawler actually grapples his opponent however, he may create a multiport, increasing the DC by 2 per each extra charge expended (to a maximum number of extra charges equal to his hyper bonus); the duration of the effect is also extended as per the poison rules. Only one shift or dimension door charge is used for either effect.

Tiefling (bamf):
The following describe the tiefling (bamf) alternate racial traits and heritage. Stats are +2 Dex, +2 Chr, -2 Wis.
– Combat Tail is an alternate of Maw or Claw, granting a fully usable tail attack, thus replaces the racial SLA. When combined with Prehensile Tail and Grasping Tail, the tail is treated as another arm and hand; 1d6 (1d4 small) damage.
– Fiendish Eyes are from the variation table, granting the See in Darkness ability
– Fuzzy Elf is the same as Scaled Skin (Resist Cold) and replaces Fiendish Resistance.
– Prehensile Tail replaces Fiendish Sorcery.
– Sprinter is Fiendish Sprinter, replacing skilled.
– Strange Physiology is from the variation table, granting a +2 racial bonus: Acrobatics.

(5E build below is by me!)

 

Nightcrawler

Medium humanoid (human, hyper), lawful good
Armor Class 19 (Wisdom)
Hit Points 150 (20d8+60)
Speed 60 ft., climb 50 ft., leap 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 20 (+5) 17 (+3) 13 (+1) 18 (+4) 14 (+2)

Saving Throws Dex +10, Con +8
Skills Acrobatics +10, Athletics +7, Insight +9, Intimidation +7, Perception +9, Persuasion +7, Religion +6, Sleight of Hand +10, Stealth +10
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages English, German, Latin
Challenge 13 (10,000 XP)
Bamf Step. Nightcrawler can spend a bonus action to teleport to any location within 100 feet.
Combat Awareness. Nightcrawler’s AC is equal to 10 + his Dexterity modifier + his Wisdom modifier.
Devilish Tail. Nightcrawler has a tail able to support his weight, giving him advantage on checks to resist the prone condition. He is able to wield one-handed weapons with his tail or use it to grab similarly sized objects. He may use the Sleight of Hand skill with his tail but does not gain his proficiency bonus when doing so.
Dimensional Bamf (Recharge 1–4). Nightcrawler can spend a bonus action to teleport to any location between 100 feet and 1,000 feet.
Distant Teleport. Nightcrawler can easily teleport north south along Earth’s magnetic lines of force. However, teleporting east west against them or teleporting vertically is more difficult. Under optimal conditions, Nightcrawler can teleport 2 miles east west, 3 miles north south, and 2 miles vertically if he exerts himself. Nightcrawler has a limited unconscious extrasensory ability that prevents him from teleporting into any area that he cannot see or has not seen in the past, as doing so runs the risk of injury or death by materializing partially or entirely within a solid object.
Passenger Sickness. Nightcrawler is able to take any creature of up to Large size with him when he teleports. Any creature that teleports with Nightcrawler is poisoned for 2d4 rounds and stunned for 1d4 rounds. A successful DC 16 Constitution saving throw leaves the creature poisoned for 1d4 rounds and stunned for 1 round.

ACTIONS
Multiattack. Nightcrawler makes eight cutlass attacks or one teleporting fatigue attack and four cutlass attacks.
Cutlass. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8+5) slashing damage.
Teleporting Fatigue. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: The target and Nightcrawler teleport multiple times, ending in a location within 100 feet. The target takes 27 (6d8) force damage and 27 (6d8) necrotic damage from being repeatedly shunted through the Brimstone Dimension and may suffer from the passenger sickness feature.

REACTIONS
Fast Reactions. Nightcrawler has two reactions each round.
Bamf Dodge. When an attacker that Nightcrawler can see hits him with an attack or spell with an area effect, he can use his reaction to teleport up to 15 feet away (taking no damage). He cannot take a passenger when using this feature.

Mists of Akuma Actual Play with RPGlory!

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One of the reward levels for the Mists of Akuma Kickstarter was for me to run a game for your group through Roll20.net and one of those games has been concluded! Join RPGlory as they explore the abandoned city of Yuga, slaughter adeddo-oni by the dozens, explore an underground dungeon, and do battle with horrible creatures in its stone passages!

All of the games are recorded on YouTube but for the folks that just want the meat of the sessions, check out the summary below!

SESSION 2: https://player.twitch.tv/?video=v122841643&autoplay=falseWatch live video from RPGlory on http://www.twitch.tv

SESSION 2 (last 15 minutes): https://player.twitch.tv/?video=v122897830&autoplay=falseWatch live video from RPGlory on http://www.twitch.tv

Chris’ Game #1: Oh, Dead Adeddo-Oni! (aka “No, Let’s Kill Hundreds of Undead Instead”)

Escaping from Osore Prefecture after causing a stir in Supin, the party (Chuda Masaru, Shibonotoko, Tetsujin, Fuk, and Crow) take to a raft dragged along across the nearby bay by their umibo yamabushi. Upon reaching the seaside city of Kamenotochi a messenger delivers a sealed scroll from a bengoshi of Satsujin–they have been commanded by one of the clan’s Seer Swords to retrieve Lord Chianji Satsujin from the city of Yuga on island not far from their shore to the north. It came with a substantial payment as well and with their coin spent, the party charters a boat to take them northward.

In a few days they make landfall in a berth not far from the settlement and make the rest of their way on foot, but strangely the din of a busy city does not welcome their approach to the gates of Yuga–not a single resident is in sight, almost as if everyone had left. Cautiously making their way into the city, Tetsujin and Crow hear something from a few buildings away and go to investigate. The adventurers come upon a single addedo-oni, surprising the hunchling long enough for Shibonotoko to explode its skull with an arrow. It was not alone however and in a flash dozens of the undead swarm over the environs of Yuga to surround the party!

They quickly retreat into a nearby building and Chuda throws up a shaped wall of force to funnel their attackers, allowing Crow and Fuk to unleash unarmed hell on every foe foolish enough to approach them. Dozens and dozens of undead die by spell and fist before a lull occurs and after briefly flitting into the air, their tengu monk realizes that the hundreds of people have been transformed into bloodthirsty monsters by the Mists of Akuma!

Tetsujin calls upon spirit guardians and uses its powerful radiance to slaughter scores of the creatures as they slip from house to house. Hunchlings die in droves but even with the deft martial prowess of the umibo’s allies, a few undead samurai wearing the emblems of Satsujin break through his magic to strike at him. All the same the adventurers reach Iesu Castle on the hill above the city, the monsters harrying them stopping outside of its moat to gather in vast numbers.

The party quickly evaluates Iesu Castle’s exterior and Tetsujin’s detect magic reveals that the entire building is enchanted to both clean itself and protect against teleportation. With the hordes briefly held at bay the adventurers step inside to find the building in disarray though Chuda’s keen eyes for detail intuits that no struggle took place. Fuk uses his incredible speed to rapidly canvas the estate, finding that nothing of value has been left behind, but it is Crow and Tetsujin that spot a bird-like human peeking from the stairs to the basement before flitting out of sight. With no other leads and legions of adeddo-oni charging up the hill to Iesu Castle, they choose to follow and fortify the basement if need be. Their tengu ally quickly finds a secret door however and the party is able to enter the hidden stone passage behind it before their attackers can reach them, closing it shut with none of the monsters any the wiser.

The hallway descends for hundreds of feet before reaching a bridge that crosses over an underground river to the worked metal doors of a dungeon. Gathering their wits and with no enemies in sight, they stop to catch their breath before hopefully finding Chianji Satsujin–or his corpse–inside.

 

Chris’ Game #2: Unnatural Spores of the Sekaina Nanbasen

As they rest Chuda senses a strange odor in the air and finds spores floating throughout the cavern. Shibonotoko breaks out her alchemist’s kit and determines that their violet-brown hue was unnatural and had no biological reason for being the odd color.

When confronted with a thick stone door Fuk unleashed his martial prowess, destroying it in less than a minute–making the attackers waiting beyond it ready to strike! The sickly-looking hengeyokai viciously rain blows down upon the bakemono as his allies rally to his side but before they are all beaten, one escapes to the northern passage.

Fuk gives chase and sets off a trap of needles but ignores them (and the poison on the points of the dozens that stick into his skin) and kills the fleeing Death Crow but it cries out as it is slain, earning the attention of a powerful beast that explodes into the passage. Shibonotoko throws oil and fire at it but the tengu and bakemono monks are what bring the creature to its end.

As the party looks over the thing’s corpse, Shibonotoko wanders back towards the entrance and is attacked by another Death Crow! Fuk leaps to follow with his fantastic speed but falls short, bumbling into Chuda in mid-air and tumbling to the ground as their necroji wizard blasts it with flames. Their attacker flees southward and they give chase, Crow finding and unlocking the door he thinks it went through to discover an underground ravine. While the party explores the new area Chuda checks the unopened door and finds the Death Crow he just chased away with a fire bolt completely healed, slathering a viscous green substance all over itself to mend its wounds.

In the underground ravine, Crow flies too close to the windowed atrium across the bridge and a strange hum rattles as his soul–then the aroma began, spreading rapidly all over the dungeon and gripping the adventurers’ minds, drawing all but Fuk and Chuda to its source. Crow opens the door and finds a ghastly tree with strange head-shaped fruits, and though he and Shibonotoko walk towards it they both manage to resist the urge to eat from the wretched thing. A vicious combat breaks out and a strange seer reveals himself, using powerful psychic abilities and a quick scimitar to bring low both Crow and the tanuki rogue!

Tetsujin’s kami frees him from its influence and rescues Crow’s mind from its control and before being beaten down by the seer manages to grievously wound the jinmenju using his fiery blast strike maneuver. Once freed the umibo casts spirit guardians and trudges forward as Chuda unleashes a wall of force, trapping the monster as the cleric’s magic gradually wore it down. Once their tactic takes hold the seer disappears into the dungeon, returning soon after with a hostage–the noble the party was ordered to collect!

The necroji wizard nearly blasts him with fire and Fuk slams his fist into his face–so the seer makes good on his threat, slashing the noble’s neck open with his blade and fleeing. Healing their allies and saving their charge’s life, the adventurers quickly leave via a teleportation circle cast by Chuda (who chillingly insures the man they are saving that if anything other than “they are my saviors” is said, there will be dire consequences) but before leaving the dungeon they discover some strange propaganda and one name: Sekaina Nanbasen, the death cult plaguing this region.

EPILOGUE

Arriving in the Satsujin family’s estate in the prefecture’s capital of Ki-Yosa, the adventurers piece together that the kidnapper and scourge of Yuga city is a rogue Seer Sword, another bengoshi like the man who hired them. They collect their payment (thousands of gold) and travel papers but are quickly ushered off the grounds and strongly urged to leave Satsujin Prefecture.

The city of Yuga is abandoned and overrun with monsters–what will become of it?

Where in Soburin will the adventurer’s roam?

Is Fuk really the better fighter or will Crow prove his superiority?

Will Tetsujin and Chuda’s magic still save their monk allies from the peril they fling themselves into?

And perhaps most importantly,

what in the name of the ancestors did Shibonotoko do with her wine bottle opener?

Hyper Score Marvel: Iron Man!

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 (free stuff alert!) to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

By request this week’s character is the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN! I’m not familiar with the new series so we’re just going with Tony Stark (my favorite memories of that character, cheesy as they may be, are from the old Saturday morning cartoon on ABC–check it out if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

If there’s someone you’d like to see please comment with a request (tune in next week for Nightcrawler!), tweet at me @MikeMyler2 , or poke me on Facebook, and if you notice room for improvement let me know. Also, if you dig this, share it around and like it and so forth! Thank you!

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IRON MAN (Tony Stark)
CR 26 — XP 2,457,600

LG Male human netjacker (mechwarrior) 17 [hs 7; hypernaut 1, meganaut 2]
Medium humanoid (human, hyper, netjacker robot)
Init +7; Senses (while in proxy) darkvision 60 ft., lifesense 60 ft., low-light vision; Awareness +23

DEFENSE
AC 47, bullet 33, touch 28, flat-footed 34 (+19 armor, +5 deflection, +4 Dex, +9 dodge)
hp 186 (17d8+85+21); Hyper Bonus +3
Fort +12, Ref +17, Will +12
Defensive Abilities improved evasion; DR 4/—[HF]; Immune netjacker robot traits; Resist cold 15, fire 15
Weaknesses vulnerable to critical hits, vulnerable to electricity
Hyper Flaws fetish (iron man armor), personal problem (compulsion: alcoholism)

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft. without proxy; fly 90 ft. (average)
Melee unarmed +34/+29/+29/+24/+24 (1d3+22 bludgeoning) or with Improved Devastating Vital Strike +29 (3d3+26 bludgeoning)
Ranged missile +28 (12d6+12 bludgeoning and fire, range 120 ft.)
Ranged repulsor beam +28/+23/+23/+18/+18 or +26/+26/+21/+21/+16/+16 (3d4+12 force, range 60 ft.) or with Improved Devastating Vital Strike (“UNIBEAM!”) +28 (9d4+16 force, range 60 ft.)
Ranged strong hurl +28 touch (1d8 per 100 pounds+22 or 4d8 per 400 pounds+22, range 30 ft.; light load is 2,144 pounds)
Special Attacks combat hacks (melee +2, ranged +2), hyper bonus +3

STATISTICS
Str 10 (31), Dex 10 (19), Con 18, Int 28, Wis 9, Cha 18, Luck 28, Rep 25
Hyper Strength 2 (Strong Back, Strong Hurl)[HF], Hyper Constitution 2 (Hyper Tough)[HF], Hyper Intelligence 3 (Hyper Ingenuity 3/day, Hyper Smart 3/day)
Base Atk +12; CMB +34; CMD 57
Feats Alertness [B], Clustered Shots [B], Craft Cybernetics, Craft Technological Arms and Armor, Craft Technological Item [B], Devastating Vital Strike, Dodge [B], Extra Evolution (4), Flyby Attack, Impact Critical Shot, Improved Unarmed Strike [B], Improved Vital Strike, Point-Blank Shot [B], Precise Shot [B], Rapid Shot [B], Technologist [B], Vital Strike; Hyper Feats Extra Hyper Attribute (3)[HF], Hyper Lucky, Hyper Wealth
Skills Awareness +23, Bluff +14, Craft (mechanical) +35, Diplomacy +19, Disable Device +22, Fly +11, Knowledge (arcana, dungeoneering, local, nature, nobility, planes, religion) +15, Knowledge (engineering) +29, Knowledge (geography, history) +15, Knowledge (technology) +37, Linguistics  +14, Profession (industrialist, scientist) +13, Search +29, Sense Motive +21, Stealth +12, Use Technology +32, Vehicular Control  +8
Languages English, 11 other languages, translator for terrestrial languages in suit; electronic telepathy 40 ft.
SQ advanced hacking talents (equipment malefactor, fast-fix 3d8+17 12/day, invisibility to tech 340 ft. for 9/rounds 12/day, smart dodge +8), hacking talents (evasion, firesale, flash firewall, improved evasion), hyper attack 2, hyper initiative, hyper mortality, robot warrior, tech doyen, tech master, tech savant +5 (hypernet only), tech wiz +8 (insight bonus to all Craft (mechanical), Knowledge (technology), and Use Technology checks)
Gear [+5] Iron Man Armor (mechwarrior proxy; Tony has made his proxy into a +5 advanced item), hyperjack (linked to all aspects of his suit), [+5 ring of protection]

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Robot Immunities (Ex) Netjacker robots are immune to ability damage, ability drain, bleed, disease, death effects, fatigue, exhaustion, energy drain, mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, morale effects, patterns, and phantasms), necromancy effects, nonlethal damage, paralysis, poison, sleep effects, stunning, and any effect that requires a Fortitude save (unless the effect also works on objects, or is harmless).

Robot Warrior (Ex) [from the Mechwarrior archetype for Netjackers]: A mechwarrior begins play with one robot (a proxy) she is able to wear like a suit of armor. The proxy mimics all of the mechwarrior’s movements, and the mechwarrior perceives through the proxy’s senses and speaks through its voice modulator; for the purposes of game mechanics the two are now one creature. The mechwarrior directs all of the proxy’s actions while it is worn.
While wearing her proxy, the mechwarrior uses the proxy’s Strength and Dexterity, but retains her own Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. The mechwarrior gains the proxy’s hit points as temporary hit points. When these hit points reach 0, the proxy is broken and counts against the mechwarrior’s carrying capacity. The mechwarrior uses the proxy’s base attack bonus, and gains the proxy’s armor, natural armor bonuses, and modifiers to ability scores. The mechwarrior also gains access to the proxy’s special abilities and the proxy’s upgrades. The mechwarrior is still limited to the proxy’s maximum number of natural attacks. The proxy has no skills or feats of its own. The proxy must be at least the same size as the mechwarrior. The proxy’s temporary hit points may can be restored through the same means as any other robot. Getting into or out of a proxy is a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity.
While wearing her proxy, the mechwarrior loses the benefits of her armor. She counts as both her original type and a robot for any effect related to type, whichever is worse for the mechwarrior. Spells such as antitech field or destroy robot work normally on the proxy, but the mechwarrior is unaffected. Neither the mechwarrior nor her proxy can be targeted separately, as they are fused into one creature. The mechwarrior and proxy cannot take separate actions. While fused with her proxy, the mechwarrior can use all of her own abilities and gear, except for her armor. In all other cases, this ability functions as the netjacker’s normal robot artist ability (for example, the proxy and netjacker share a digital watermark).
This modifies and replaces robot artist.

[+5] IRON MAN ARMOR

N Medium construct (robot); Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense 60 ft., low-light vision

DEFENSE
AC 33, bullet 19, touch 14, flat-footed 29 (+19 armor, +4 Dex)
hp 125 (12d10+59)
Immune netjacker robot traits; Resist cold 15, fire 15
Weaknesses vulnerable to critical hits, vulnerable to electricity

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft., fly 90 ft. (average)

STATISTICS
Str 31, Dex 19, Con —, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 10
Upgrades (26 points) Ability score increase (Str +4, Dex +2), lightweight (3), energy ray (repulsor beam, 2), fly (6), lifesense, resist (cold, fire)
Cost 34,000bt; Weight 210 lbs.

 

SOME NOTES ON THE PATHFINDER BUILD

As one of the world’s most powerful super heroes, Tony is a biggun–so big that he’s about as tough as Lucifer (and just as smart). He can buy whatever additional equipment you think is appropriate, but I think this is as streamlined as he gets (no mega-cannon) and definitely not the Hulk build, but definitely not Mark 1.

 

IRON MAN (Tony Stark)

Medium humanoid (human), lawful good
Armor Class 18 (8 Iron Man suit)
Hit Points 210 (28d8+84)
Speed 30 ft., fly 90 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6)* 17 (+3)* 16 (+3)* 21 (+5) 9 (-1) 19 (+4)

*Outside of his Iron Man suit, Tony Stark loses all his features but Technofanatic, all of his attacks (his Unarmed Strike changes to +6, 1d3+1), and his ability scores change to Strength 12, Dexterity 14, Constitution 14.

Saving Throws Str +10, Int +10, Wis +4, Cha +9
Skills Deception +9, Insight +4, Investigation +10, Perception +4, Persuasion +9, Technology +10
Damage Vulnerabilities critical hits, lightning
Damage Resistances cold, fire, poison, psychic; bludgeoning, piercing, slashing
Condition Immunities exhaustion, petrified, poisoned
Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages English and 10 other languages
Challenge 16 (15,000 XP)
Artificial Response. When Iron Man is charmed, paralyzed, or stunned, he may spend a bonus action to make a saving throw to eliminate the condition. Iron Man may only use artificial response once against any one instance of an effect.
Rapid Reflexes. When Iron Man makes a Dexterity saving throw to reduce the damage of a spell or attack, on a success he takes no damage and on a failure he takes half damage.
Strongback. Iron Man is able to throw objects as heavy as 1 ton (2,000 pounds) and lift objects ten times that weight.
Targeting Relays. Iron Man does not suffer disadvantage for making ranged attacks while within reach of an enemy.
Technofanatic. Iron Man has advantage on Technology checks.

ACTIONS
Multiattack. Iron Man makes any combination of four unarmed strikes and repulsor blasts, two missile attacks, or one missile attack and a combination of two unarmed strikes and repulsor blasts each round.
Unarmed Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (2d8+11) bludgeoning damage.
Missile. Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 range (60/500), multiple targets (20-foot-square). Hit: 39 (8d8+3) bludgeoning and fire damage; DC 18 Dexterity saving throw reduces damage by half.
Repulsor Blast. Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, range (100/500), one target. Hit: 25 (5d8+3) force damage.
Thrown Object. Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, range (100/200), multiple targets (determined by object size; make one attack roll per target). Hit: 15 (1d8+11) damage. The damage type depends on the object (bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing) and at 100 pounds and every 100 pounds thereafter, the damage increases by 1d8 (up to 101 [21d8+7] at 2,000 pounds).
Unibeam (Recharge 5-6). Iron Man unleashes the weapon in his chestplate, blasting a potent beam of force in a 120-foot line that is 10 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 18 Dexterity saving throw, taking 88 (16d10) force damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. Creature that fail their saving throw are also pushed back a number of feet equal to half the damage they take (round up).

 

SOME NOTES ON THE D&D 5E BUILD

I eschewed the book’s mechwarrior (sorcerer archetype) NPC build for a straight monster build–as mentioned elsewhere, Hypercorps 2099 was envisioned and originally but for Pathfinder then translated to 5E, and the latter is not quite as flexible for player options as the former. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely still delivers super cyberbunk and is really a great time, but building whatever-you-can-fathom inside playable parameters is definitely more challenging because of the ability score caps and different resource distribution in D&D 5E. He’d probably end up past CR 21+ and at that point in 5E you’d never use him (the Pathfinder build above is definitely nearing epic play) whereas a CR 16 is much more likely to find room at your gaming table. 🙂

No, no, it’s Olllllllld Man

Today’s character from the vaults is one of my all-time absolute favorites, so much so that I had a miniature made for him at HeroForge.com!

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Olllld Man is a Pathfinder RPG homage to a character in the (absolutely hilarious Zelda spoof) Legend of Neil and has been a trainer of legendary heroes for so long he’s forgotten most of what he learned about training legendary heroes–he is a doddering, stubborn, racist (specifically regarding dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings) old man concerned with little other than trying to remember what was glorious about his glory days or finding more good booze.

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Some notes on playing as or using Olllld Man

  1. It is not “Old Man”, it is “Ollllld Man” and he will correct people that pronounce his name wrong.
  2. Olllld Man doesn’t really hate the other races, he just likes to complain about them at length. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the rest of the table is comfortable with someone roleplaying a bigot–if that’s not cool with everyone present, remove that aspect of his personality.
  3. The Spellsong feat implies that one is singing while they use it to surreptitiously cast bard spells, but that’s not required–only a use of bardic performance. Olllld Man can bust a move but most of the time the trick is to find any reasonable way for him to explain something, which he will then turn into a story from his past (make up heroes, many of them, doing absolutely ridiculous things like knocking an elephant over by mistake or throwing their weapon into the sky and it disappearing for a long time before an anticlimax, just make sure they always end with inadvertently saving the day or a pointless death) and then boom, he’s casting a spell.
  4. Like ROGUE DOOR, Olllld Man is a support character. His best use is at range providing bonuses to his allies, but in social roleplaying situations he should shine like a star and be a joy to play (interact with maybe not :p).