Warhammer 40k D&D 5E – Agents of the Assassinorum (Hack #6)

I obviously have a deep love for Warhammer 40,000 but my absolute favorite part of the universe is definitely the Assassinorum so they get a post all to themselves (sorry space marine junkies!)

Check out the first post for:

  • general rules, the Corruption ability score, new skills, a hit selection system, races, character backgrounds, the psyker feat.

See the second post for:

  • the (shared) Resources party attribute, the Lucky Bastard feat, new martial weapons, new ranged weapons, new extremis weapons, power armor

What’s in the third post?

  • Apothecary monk archetype, Chaplains, and the Imperial Guard Veteran archetype

What have you got in that there fourth post

  • Assault space marine barbarian archetype and the Imperial Commissar fighter archetype

Aaand last week’s post?

  • Psyker sorcerer archetype, Grey Knight warlock archetype, and Sisters of Battle monk archetype

By the Golden Throne just get on with it–what the frack are you on about today?!

  • ASSASSINORUM CLADES! My favorite. ❤
  • Also the Pariah feat but whatever. ASSASSINORUM!

 

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Agent of the Assassinorum (Rogue)

Working the Imperium’s shadows are assassins that slip through enemy lines to mete out murder, returning to the darkness and disappearing before their foes know they are there. Each is trained by one or another clade of the Imperium of Mankind, specializing in a specific set of techniques and tactics all tailored to be devastatingly effective.

  • Callidus – Chameleons able to infiltrate anywhere and impersonate anyone.
  • Culexus – Pariahs immune to the touch of the Warp, able to channel the void of their being into deadly attacks.
  • Eversor – Berserk, drug-fueled killing machines rumored to be as deadly as any space marine.
  • Vanus – Masters of strategy and tactics that manipulate the noosphere with unprecedented skill, killing their targets with brilliantly indirect methods that leave no suspicion behind them.
  • Venenum – Elite poisoners able to craft deadly concoctions from virtually anything, equipped with the deadliest toxins from across the universe.
  • Vindicare – Marksmen of unparalleled skill equipped with the Imperium’s most lethal weaponry.
  • Note: There is another clade, Maerorus, but I feel like 6 mini-archetypes are enough and that their specific bit–incorporating xenos biology into humans–is probably better done with special monster-ability feats on a regular assassin rogue.

Sneak Attack (d4s) and Extra Attack
Unlike normal rogues, when you choose this archetype your sneak attack die decreases to 1d4. Also unlike normal rogues, at 5th level you gain Extra Attack (able to attack twice when you take the attack action). It’s worth noting that agents of the Assassinorum all receive excellent financial support that can augment their abilities–of everything you’ll find in the Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack, these are the humans most likely to keep up with a space marine (Eversor and Vindicare in particular), especially if the GM gives out a few attribute points here and there for enhanced synth muscles and what have you (no more than 5 points of additional attribute increases).

Assassinorum Apprentice
Starting when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you are drafted into one of the mysterious organizations of the Assassinorum, the clades of assassins that work in the Imperium of Mankind’s shadows. Choose one of the temples described above (Callidus, Culexus, Eversor, Vanus, Venenum, or Vindicare). You gain different archetype features depending on which clade of the Assassinorum to which you belong.

  • Callidus: Impersonatio. You gain proficiency with the disguise kit. You have advantage on checks made to maintain a disguise, including Charisma (Deception) checks and the use of tool kits (although it should be noted that you do not have advantage on checks to actually use a tool kit, just to make it appear as though you are proficient and that you know what you are doing).
  • Culexus: Pariah. You gain the Pariah feat (see below). Choose one Charisma-based skill you are proficient with. You never suffer disadvantage with that skill.
  • Eversor: Injectoria. You receive the first of many combat augmentations. When you score a critical hit, you may use your Cunning Action to make an additional weapon attack against a creature you have already hit with a weapon attack this round. If you hit with this second attack, you deal sneak attack damage (if even if you’ve already dealt sneak attack damage this turn).
  • Vanus: Technocrat. You gain proficiency with Technology. If you are already proficient, you gain advantage on Intelligence (Technology) checks. In addition, you can cast the find familiar spell as a ritual, summoning (i.e.: activating) a number of drones equal to your half proficiency bonus. The drone familiars you create are constructs with the appearance and abilities of any of the animals listed under the spell, or drones with an appearance chosen by you. 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.
    Your drones may not be dismissed as the spell. You may share senses with the drones or communicate with them while they remain within a number of miles equal to your Intelligence modifier.
  • Venenum: Amateur Poisoner. You gain proficiency with the poisoner’s kit, resistance to poison damage, and advantage on saving throws against poison.
  • Vindicare: Marskmanship. You do not have an off-hand (each of your hands counts as your primary hand). In addition, you are gifted with an Executor sniper rifle (2d10 piercing, range 500/5,000, weight 20 lbs., reload [8 shots]). When you use it to successfully attack a target’s limb or head (see Hit Selection in Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack #1!), you deal your sneak attack damage (you can still only deal sneak attack damage once per turn). On a headshot, your sneak attack dice increase to d6s (from d4s).

 

Assassinorum Rank
Beginning at 9th level, you become a proper agent of the Assassinorum and receive a powerful gift with which you can better see to the God-Emperor’s will.

  • Callidus: Polymorphine Amateur. The Callidus Temple supplies you with polymorphine, a chemical substance that drastically alters your physical makeup for a number of hours equal to your proficiency bonus. You are able to cast alter self at will with no components other than polymorphine. In addition, you may spend a bonus action to gain one of the following benefits while using polymorphine. Switching from one benefit to another is a bonus action or reaction.
    • Increase your speed by 15 feet.
    • Reduce the falling damage you take by 5 points per rogue level.
    • Increase your Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, or Charisma by 2.
    • Gain immunity to poison and disease.
    • Cocoon yourself in a vacuum-proof carapace of transformed skin (unlike the other options listed here, this requires 5 rounds of uninterrupted concentration). You gain resistance to all types of damage and can survive in outer space for a number of minutes equal to your proficiency bonus. Afterward you are incapacitated for 1d4 hours.
  • Culexus: Void Channeler. Your order gifts you with a helmet or other worn item that is able to suppress the benefits and drawbacks of your Pariah feat. You can activate or deactivate the helmet as a reaction or free action on your turn. As an action, you can unleash it as a torrent of energized trauma in a 10-foot wide line that extends 50 feet. Any creature in the area makes a Charisma saving throw (DC 6 + your level) or takes 1d12 points of psychic damage per point of proficiency bonus you possess. On a successful saving throw, a creature takes half damage. Any creature with the Psyker feat or feature has disadvantage on its saving throw and takes double damage from the attack. After you have used this feature, you cannot do so again for 1 minute.
  • Eversor: Improved Injectoria. The cocktail of combat drugs inside your injectoria improves. By spending a bonus action, your speed is doubled, you gain a +2 bonus to AC, you have advantage on Dexterity saving throws, and you gain an additional action on each of your turns. This effect lasts for 1 minute, after which you gain 1 level of exhaustion. It does not stack with haste. Alternatively (particularly when traveling with space marines) the gamemaster may allow you to gain the Rage feature of a berserker barbarian with a barbarian level equal to half your rogue level.
  • Vanus: Technogauntlet. Having proven yourself time and again, the Vanus Temple gifts you with a technogauntlet. While wearing your technogauntlet, you can spend a bonus action to make your drones attack and as an action, you are able to use the noosphere it generates to access any human-built machine that you can see within 100 feet so long as it utilizes electronics (a bolter for example does not, and some items, like a space marine’s power armor, lack unprotected electronic systems that can be manipulated to any noticeable effect). An active device may require an Intelligence (Technology) check for you to overcome before you gain control of it.
  • Venenum: Toxica Tools. Your masters have given you toxica tools, items perfectly suited to be used as a miniature chemistry set with one purpose–the crafting of poisons. You have advantage on checks made to hide your toxica tools on your person and gain a +5 bonus on Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) checks to do so. With 10 minutes of work, you can craft a number of poison dice equal to your level + Intelligence modifier. These poison dice are d8s. You may choose to craft all of your poison into one deadly toxin that deals a maximum amount of d8s equal to your rogue level, or in several smaller vials. Any living creature that ingests or is struck by your poison takes the poison dice as additional poison damage to the attack, making a Constitution saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier) for half damage. After 24 hours, any poisons made this way go inert. Once you have used this feature to brew poison, you cannot do so again until you have finished a long rest.
    In addition, you can spend a bonus action to poison a melee weapon or piece of ranged ammunition.
  • Vindicare: Optical Implant. The Vindicare Temple replaces one of your eyes with an enhanced cybernetic. You gain darkvision 200 feet, you do not suffer disadvantage on ranged weapon attacks from being within an enemy’s reach, and you always know the exact distance between your cybernetic eye and any object it can see.

Assassinorum Veteran
Starting at 13th level, you have successfully completed enough missions for your clade that they reveal more of their hallowed trade secrets.

  • Callidus: Polymorphine User. While using polymorphine, you gain two benefits instead of one, you do not require concentration to maintain your alter self, and the duration of polymorphine doubles.
  • Culexus: Void Touch. Your unarmed strikes always deal your sneak attack damage as psychic damage when you successfully hit a Warp-spawned creature or creature with the Psyker feat or feature.
  • Eversor: Extra Attack (2). When you take the attack action, you can attack three times.
  • Vanus: Improved Drones. When you summon drones, their AC increases by an amount equal to your Intelligence modifier, their hit points double, their attack bonuses double, and their damage doubles. Alternatively, you may choose to summon a number of regular drones equal to your proficiency bonus.
  • Venenum: Poisonous. You gain immunity to poison and the poisoned condition. When a living creature deals damage to you with a bite attack, it takes 1d4 poison damage per point of proficiency bonus you possess.
  • Vindicare: Gunslinger’s Reaction. On a surprise round (even when you are surprised), you can draw your weapon(s), make a single ranged weapon attack (or two if wielding two ranged weapons), and move up to half your movement.

Assassinorum Elite
When you reach 17th level, you are one of the Imperium of Mankind’s foremost stealth agents, able to infiltrate virtually anywhere in the universe to kill your target (and possibly even escape afterward).

  • Callidus: Polymorphine Expert. While using polymorphine, you gain four benefits instead of two, its duration doubles again, and your alter self remains active even when you are unconscious, suspending the polymorphine’s duration until you regain consciousness.
  • Culexus: Void Annihilator. Instead of unleashing your energized trauma in an area, you can channel it directly at a single creature instead. A creature targeted by this feature must make a Charisma saving throw (DC 6 + your level). On a failed save, the target takes 12d12 + 40 psychic damage. If this damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, it is utterly destroyed and wiped from existence.
  • Eversor: Nerve Dampeners. When you are severely wounded, painkillers flood your system to help you ignore your body’s frailties. When you are reduced to 50 hit points or less, you gain resistance to all types of damage, advantage on all saving throws, and an additional reaction each round for 1 minute. After you have used this feature, you gain 1 level of exhaustion and cannot do so again until after you have finished a short rest.
  • Vanus: Cogitation Implant. Your Intelligence increases by 4 (to a maximum of 22). You are able to perfectly recall any memory down to the most minute details.
  • Venenum: Poisona Fatalis. By spending 1 hour brewing, you can use a poisoner’s kit and your toxica tools to craft a fatal poison. Any living creature that ingests or is struck by your poison makes a Constitution saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier) or takes 10d6+40 poison damage. If you have detailed knowledge and a sample of a living creature’s blood, you can spend an additional hour tailoring the toxin to specifically target that creature, causing it to have disadvantage on its saving throw.
  • Vindicare: Deadly Shot. When you spend a bonus action aiming with a ranged weapon attack and hit the target you were aiming at with your next attack roll, as long as you hit it is automatically a critical hit and may strike a limb of your choice (including the head; see Aimed Shots in Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack #1).

 

 

 

FEAT: Pariah

Prerequisites: Non-psyker
The horrors of the cosmos are revolted by your presence and the negative space you occupy in the world beyond mortal sight. You have disadvantage on Charisma-based checks but gain the following benefits:

  • You are immune to magic (this includes healing magic).
  • Any magic item loses its magical properties while in your possession and magical weapons that strike you gain no benefits from their magical enchantments.
  • Creatures with the Psyker feat or feature that are within 10 feet of you gain the poisoned condition.
  • Creatures with the Psyker feat or feature and Warp-spawned creatures must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw (DC 6 + your level) before they can target you with a melee weapon attack.
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Warhammer 40k D&D 5e – Hack #1

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.

Today however it’s a little bit more lively as I’m starting the first post of a new blog series: Warhammer 40k D&D 5e!

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Before you throw your hands up in the air and cry out that this is heresy, hear me out–I got to work on Black Crusade, it is one of several awesome Warhammer 40k RPGs, and I loved the opportunity to be a part of Tome of Decay, but it’s not always easy to sell your group on trying out a new system. The hacks in this series are a way to crack the door open for Dark Heresy or any of the other awesome tabletop RPGs set in the grimdark future. By all means please go to Mire and fight the Lutomorbus rocking your d100s (and d10s, and tell me about how it went!), but if you have players reticent to pick up Only War or what have you, try breaking them in with the material found here.

Besides–it gives us something to enjoy while we all spin our wheels waiting for Wrath & Glory to come out, and when it *does* hit the table your D&D group will be raring to go! 😀

 

What’s in this post:

  • general rules
  • Corruption ability score
  • new skills
  • a hit selection system
  • races
  • character backgrounds
  • the psyker feat

 

GENERALLY

If you’ve got a space marine around I recommend at least keeping them 1 level lower (maybe 2 levels lower) than other PCs. They are really, really powerful, even with the different race stuff and reduced backgrounds and even if they aren’t wielding extremis weapons–they kind of have to be or we’re not going to have the right feel for Warhammer 40k. I’m sure there’s a balance we could strike by amping up non-space marines and just assuming a higher average party level when calculating CR (by 1 or 2 or whatever) but I’d rather have somebody playing a space marine feel like a freaking monster on the battlefield.

Furthermore, if one character gets power armor, they should all get power armor (or at the very least a void shield; come back next week) because now everything is going to need upped by at least 1 CR.

THE FIRST POST

This is a complicated project so I’ve mapped out how I’m doing it all–to give the God-Emperor and his universe due justice, one post won’t do it. After this we’ve got ~19 more to fill in equipment, specific class roles, and various monsters. We’re tackling player options first.

 

NARRATIVE PLAY

Players and GMs are in for a very narrative experience. There’s simulation to be had (obviously; see Corruption below) but everyone at the table should be ready to reinterpret the “fluff” of a class or racial feature to be the result of Mechanicum augmentations, specialized training, and the like. Focusing on the nuances of the Ministorum might be a fun thought experiment, but in play the drudgery of a dystopian bureaucracy probably won’t be very exciting.

RESKIN THINGS

Want a badass daemon from the Warp? There are bajillions of them. Take any appropriately CR’d monster from the book, figure on a new description, and roll with it. Specific daemons of the various Ruinous Powers will appear in later blog posts.

 

BANNED MAGIC

If it gets magic, you are either playing a psyker archetype (librarian SM paladin, grey knight SM warlock, agent of the Inquisition warlock, psyker sorcerer) or you aren’t playing it (or at the very least, not getting access to the magic bits). Pretty simple. There’s archetypes for virtually every class coming down the line so don’t panic and if you can’t wait, play a fighter. :p

Corruption

A creature’s Corruption score starts at 0 and is increased when it indulges in the dark powers or suffers exposure to the Warp. When a creature’s Corruption ability score reaches 30, it transforms into chaos spawn (use the statistics for a gibbering mouther).

  • When exercising power in a cruel way or using the Intimidation skill, a creature may make a Corruption ability check (instead of a Charisma check or other check). Doing this more than once in a week increases its Corruption by 1.
  • Instead of making a regular saving throw, a creature may make a Corruption saving throw to resist being influenced through deception or magic, increasing its Corruption by 1.
  • The use of various abilities and features (like evil spells from the Evil Primer) may cause a creature to increase its Corruption. Generally speaking, if it’s a spell that deals any type of damage other than cold, fire, force, lightning, radiant, or thunder, the GM may ask for a Corruption saving throw (DC 12 + spell level) or the creature’s Corruption increases by 1.
  • Aside from sanctified holy relics (which are rare indeed), all magic items are either corrupted things of the Warp (frequently intelligent) or not actually magic items and just misunderstood technology (see the Cog-Born background below).
    For every day a magic item that grants a permanent bonus is in a creature’s possession, the creature makes an Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma saving throw (whichever is lowest) against a DC equal to 5 + 1 per day they have possessed the item. On a failure the creature’s Corruption increases by 1 and the base DC is doubled.
    Whenever a creature activates a magic item, it makes an Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma saving throw (whichever is lowest) against a DC equal to 5 + 1 per previous use. On a failure the creature’s Corruption increases by 1 and the base DC is doubled.

Warp Mutations. Gaining too much Corruption at once can cause a creature to mutate. Whenever your Corruption score increases by more than 1 in the same day, any further saving throws made to resist Corruption have disadvantage and on a failure your body mutates. These mutations should vary widely and generally grant one benefit (typically based around what the mutation is; an extra eyeball would grant improved vision, an extra ear better hearing, dead flesh extra hit points) and two negatives (one should always be a heavy social penalty, the other reflective of the mutation; an extra eyeball might make the creature susceptible to nausea, an extra ear vulnerability to thunder damage, dead flesh a decrease to carrying limit).

NEW SKILL – Science (Intelligence)

You’re familiar with the actual practical application of science—collecting samples, performing experiments, realizing hypothetical designs, finding vox frequencies, understanding the nuances of and handling scientific materials, and so on.

Bards, monks, rogues, rangers, and wizards add Science to the list of skills they may pick from during character creation. The following Backgrounds may exchange one of their offered skills for Science: Guild Artisan, Hermit, Noble, and Sage.

NEW SKILL – Technology (Intelligence)

You can understand how a device unknown to you functions, locate vox frequencies, and anything else that falls under “hit the keys to make things happen” that doesn’t qualify as music. The majority of checks using this skill are either against a DC determined by the GM (such as hacking a messaging cable), or as an opposed check against an opponent who also has the Technology skill (such as a technician overseeing a functioning system).

Bards, fighters, rogues, sorcerers, and wizards add Technology to the list of skills they may pick from during character creation. The following Backgrounds may exchange one of their offered skills for Technology: Charlatan, Criminal, Entertainer, Guild Artisan, Noble, Sage, Sailor, and Soldier.

Hit Selection and Headshots

It wouldn’t be Warhammer 40,000 if you didn’t get to explode people’s heads. It is strongly, strongly, strongly recommended that only PCs and major NPCs get to use hit selection, and that certain targets may not be viable for it (such as dreadnaughts or a Chosen of Nurgle). At the GM’s discretion, a helmet may negate instant death from a headshot and other parts of power armor may absorb the effects of a selected hit, though this always disables the piece of armament until it can be repaired later (if it can be repaired at all).

ATTACK ROLL = AC → REGULAR HIT
Good for you.

ATTACK ROLL = AC + 2 → TORSO HIT
You hit the target’s torso. The creature takes a cumulative -1 penalty to Constitution saving throws until the damage from torso hits is healed.

ATTACK ROLL = AC + 4 → LEG HIT
You hit the target’s leg. The creature takes a cumulative -1 penalty to Strength saving throws and a -5 ft. penalty to speed until the damage from leg hits is healed.

ATTACK ROLL = AC + 6 → ARM HIT
You hit the target’s arm. The  creature takes a cumulative -1 penalty to Dexterity saving throws and a -1 penalty to attack rolls until the damage from arts hits is healed.

ATTACK ROLL = AC + 8 or more → HEADSHOT
You hit the target directly in the skull. Your attack is a critical hit that deals maximum damage. The creature makes a Constitution saving throw against a DC equal to the attack’s damage. On a success it is blinded for 1 round per 10 points of damage (minimum 1 round). On a failure it is dead. If you rolled a natural 20 on the attack roll, the creature dies instantly.

RACES

To strike a balance between space marines and all the inferior lessers among them in Warhammer 40k, we’re going to take the standard races and give them each some oomph–principally the Touch of Fate feature. It should be noted that inside of Imperium Space, anything other than humans, ogryns, and squats are kill-on-sight.

Touch of Fate. Either the God-Emperor has spared you a thought or a dark entity of the Warp has touched your soul. Regardless of the reason, the universe itself protects as bolter shells and other extremis weapons have a tendency to miss you. A creature proficient with an extremis weapon (usually a space marine) has disadvantage on attack rolls using it when targeting you. While you possess this feature, you cannot wield extremis weapons without a class feature granting their use. In addition, once per short rest you can spend your reaction to have advantage on an ability check, attack roll, or saving throw, or choose to make a creature reroll a successful attack roll that targeted you.

 

ELDAR

Play an elf or for a dark eldar, the following as your subrace features: +1 Charisma, elf weapon training, learn 1 wizard cantrip. In addition, you gain the following:

  • You have resistance to psychic damage.
  • You have advantage on sight-based Wisdom (Perception) checks.
  • You gain the Touch of Fate feature.
  • You have a number of temporary hit points equal to our Intelligence or Charisma modifier (whichever is higher). When these hit points are depleted, they replenish after 1 minute or immediately upon spending an action focusing your mind.
  • You do not require the Psyker feat to take a psyker archetype.

IMPERIAL ELITE

A rank and file Planetary Defense Force soldier, a jockeying bureaucrat at the Ministorum, the depraved lackey of a cult leader, or a low-ranking cog-jockey is going to die quickly in any Warhammer 40k game, D&D 5e hack or otherwise. You gain the following benefits:

  • All of your ability scores increase by 1.
  • You gain 1 feat.
  • You gain proficiency in 1 skill of your choice.
  • You gain the Touch of Fate feature.

NECRON

Lol sorry nope (if you think space marines or orcs are tough–and you will–oy…)


ORK

Use the statistics for a half-orc with the following changes:

  • Your size is Large.
  • You gain natural armor that increases your AC by 2.
  • Your speed is 35 feet. When wearing red armor, clothing, or paint, your speed increases by 5 feet.
  • Your Strength score increases by 3, your Constitution increases by 2, and the maximum for both increases to 22.
  • Your Intelligence and Wisdom scores are both reduced by 3.
  • You gain immunity to poisoned damage, the poisoned condition, and all diseases.
  • You gain proficiency in Athletics.
  • You regenerate 1 hit point at the end of each round until you are decapitated or obliterated. Whenever your proficiency bonus increases to an even number (+4, +6) your regeneration increases by 1.
  • Your unarmed strikes deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage.
  • When you pick up a broken weapon, you can treat it as though it were not broken. If the weapon you are wielding is red, you gain a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls with it.
  • If you have Volo’s Guide to Monsters you can use the rules for an Orc with only the following of the above features: natural armor, increased speed, poison & disease immunities, Athletics proficiency, regeneration, unarmed strikes, and broken/red weapons.

SPACE MARINE

These biologically augmented warriors are the apotheosis of humanity, perfect soldiers encased in suits of power armor that make them the bane of xenos across the universe. You gain the following benefits (and are otherwise human, though you gain no benefits from that distinction):

  • Your size is Large. GMs that prefer them to be Medium (most space marines are ~7 feet tall) can give them the following feature instead:
    • Bigger. You are treated as one size Larger for grapples and when determining carrying capacity.
  • Your speed is 40 feet.
  • Your Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores increase by 2, and their maximums increase by 2. Your Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores increase by 1.
  • You have resistance to poison damage.
  • You have advantage on saving throws against diseases and poison.
  • You gain proficiency in Athletics and Perception.
  • You have advantage on sight- and sound-based Wisdom (Perception) checks (increasing your passive Perception by 5) and on checks made to identify a chemical substance.
  • Whenever you take damage, you ignore 1 point of damage.
  • You regenerate 1 hit point every minute. When reduced to 0 hit points you automatically stabilize unless you have suffered a mortal wound (such as instant death from decapitation, evisceration, or massive damage). While at 0 hit points you remain conscious but are incapacitated.
  • Instantly killing you requires twice as much damage as normal. At the GM’s discretion, you may not even truly die in such an instance (sustained instead by the sus-an membrane putting your body into a state of suspended animation for as long as hundreds of years)
  • You do not need to eat food or drink water. You require only 4 hours of sleep to gain the benefits of a long rest and while sleeping you remain conscious. You can go 2 weeks without sleep.
  • You still need to breathe air, but you are able to sustain yourself on far less of it (as little as 5% oxygen content) and can hold your breath for 10 times as long as normal.
  • You are able to absorb genetic material by consuming blood or flesh, the omophagea inside your body transmitting the gained information to your brain as a set of memories or experiences. What this can reveal is at the discretion of the GM.
  • Your unarmed strikes deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage.
  • You produce a blinding spittle able to temporarily deprive foes of their vision. As a bonus action, you spit your corrosive saliva at a creature within 15 feet. It makes a Constitution saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Constitution modifier) or is blind until the end of your next turn.
  • You gain proficiency with simple, martial, and extremis weapons as well as all armor and shields.

SQUATS

I know they aren’t really a major thing in the IP anymore but I love me some space dwarves. Use the regular statistics for dwarves, adding these additional benefits:

  • Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your maximum increases to 22.
  • You gain proficiency with Technology and have advantage on checks made to analyze, build, engineer, repair, and sabotage technological devices.
  • You gain proficiency with technological vehicles (be they for air, land, outer space, or water).
  • You gain the Touch of Fate feature.

TAU

The tau are a race of technologically-advanced xenos from the fringes of space, an entire empire devoted to the Greater Good. GMs with a party that have more than one tau should create subtypes to represent various societal casts, but otherwise treat them as (fire tau that are statistically identical to) regular humans with the following benefits:

  • You gain proficiency with Technology.
  • You have advantage on saving throws against spells.
  • You gain the Touch of Fate feature.
  • You barely register in the Warp and cannot take the Psyker feat or any psyker archetypes.

 

For kroot, genestealers, and other xenos, consult your GM and beware the Inquisition!

 

CHARACTER BACKGROUNDS

All humans should use the backgrounds available to regular characters as well as those found in the Book of Exalted Darkness (including that free Evil Primer PDF particularly for chaos folks!), Hypercorps 2099 5E, and 2099 Wasteland as appropriate. If you dig around on my website, you will little bits scattered here and there. If your character is already all about the Warp, make sure to twist your background into something appropriately maddening and evil. Otherwise a human should probably be either very much pragmatic (PS: got a Pragmatist background in Mists of Akuma 😉 ) or very devout. If you are xenos, chances are good you’ll have the best luck in 2099 Wasteland although again, with a bit of tweaking many of the standard backgrounds should suit you fine.

As mentioned above, space marines are going to overshadow unaugmented characters so for any PC that isn’t a space marine, an ork, or taking the Cog-Born background, give out two character backgrounds to help even out the playing field a bit.

Cog-Born

Either identified from scholam in your youth and brought into the fold of the Mechanicum, saved from slavery in the hold of a chaos warship, chosen by the Dark Mechanicums probability machines, trained by xenos scientists, or otherwise led to learning how to assuage the spirits of the machine (or if you’re a stout, you know, understanding how machines work).
Skill Proficiencies: Science, Technology
Tool Proficiencies: Alchemist’s supplies, thieves’ tools, tinker’s tools
Equipment: Alchemist’s supplies, thieves’ tools, tinker’s tools
Feature: Coax the Machine Spirit. You have learned enough about the workings of technology that you can improvise the use of items even when they are not intended for you. You ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of technology (except for extremis weapons and power armors).

Space Marine Backgrounds

You only get a single proficiency or feature because you’ve got enough goodies already. :p
Also for whatever godawful reason, Games Workshops doesn’t have lady space marines. I say f#%^ that–if you want to play a female Adeptus Astartes, do it. Assume that the Lost Primarchs are DAUGHTERS instead of sons (! my word!) and that they have been in deep space, written from history for fear of the singular ability that sets them apart from their male kin: reproducing Adeptus Astartes far more rapidly than any chapter of battle brothers ever could. One chapter is oriented towards Chaos and the other chapter remains true to the Imperium. As an extra f#@$-you to misogynists, you get proficiency in one skill and two tool kits of your choice for playing a lady space marine.

CHAOS SPACE MARINE BACKGROUNDS

  • Alpha Legion: Deception proficiency
  • Death Guard: poison immunity
  • Emperor’s Children: thunder resistance
  • Iron Warriors: Investigation proficiency
  • Night Lords: Stealth proficiency
  • Sons of Horus: Persuasion proficiency
  • Thousand Sons: Arcana proficiency
  • Word Bearers: Religion proficiency
  • World Eaters: Intimidation proficiency

IMPERIUM SPACE MARINE BACKGROUNDS

  • Blood Angels: natural weapon bite attack (1d4)
  • Dark Angels: Survival proficiency
  • Imperial Fists: Insight proficiency
  • Iron Hands: Technology proficiency
  • Raven Guard: Stealth proficiency
  • Salamanders: deal an additional 1 point of damage per die when dealing fire damage
  • Space Wolves: Advantage on smell-based Perception checks
  • Ultramarines: History proficiency
  • White Scars: Vehicle (land) proficiency

FEAT: Psyker

Prerequisites: Wisdom 16 or Charisma 16

You are able to call upon the powers of the Warp. Whether through training by Imperium-sanctioned psykers or through the manipulations of daemons, you wield what some call sorcery or magic, using it to perform tasks that defy belief.

  • You are able to take a psyker archetype.
  • You have advantage on checks and saving throws to resist increasing your Corruption score.
  • You learn one cantrip from any spell list, using either your Wisdom or Charisma (whichever is highest) as your spellcasting ability score.
  • You learn one 1st-level spell from any spell list, using either your Wisdom or Charisma (whichever is highest) as your spellcasting ability score. You are able to cast this spell a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus before requiring a short rest to recharge the use of this feature.

 

CHAOS CLASS ARCHETYPES

In the months to come there are going to be a lot of archetypes, almost all of which are focused on playing as a faithful servant of the Imperium of Mankind. At the GM’s discretion, these can be tweaked and modified for playing a character devoted to the Warp instead, gaining dark gifts of Chaos that work the same way as the written ability but represented by a gruesome mutation or unholy relic rather than Imperial training or advanced technology.

 

END OF HACK #1

There’s more ground to be covered yet but this should be enough to take the given core rules of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition into the grim, dark future of Warhammer 40,000.

In the next post I’m going to dig into weapons, power armor, and other equipment. Then it’s onto class archetypes where each post will have an option for space marines and something for non-space marines (for 7 posts), and after that there’ll be 9 paired monsters posts.

For the 20th post (because Enuncia is close to my heart and deserves a post of its own, mostly because I can’t think of a specific one it ought to be with–and I can drop in the random sidebar-esque material in there) I’ll share the big google document where all the content is efficiently organized, improved via feedback from folks, and super accessible.

Thanks for checking this out! 😀

(MIKE WHAT ABOUT STARFINDER — I just got my dev copy and am gleefully reading it. That hack will definitely include the Starfinder conversion of Hyper Score so I need some time to work it out. Don’t worry, it’ll get here. 😀 )

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.

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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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

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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?