Monday, April 19, 2010

D&D: The Runepriest

The Runepriest is a curious class; at first, it appears to be designed for dwarves only, as runepriests have long been a part of dwarven background and culture. They use the power of runes, passed to them from the gods, to aid and strengthen their companions, which makes them Divine Leaders, alongside the Cleric. They scribe their runes in the air and on items, and bring the divine power of deities down to smite their foes. I chose to go with a slightly unusual race, so here is Tor, Shifter Runepriest!

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Tor, level 1
Longtooth Shifter, Runepriest
Runic Artistry: Defiant Word

Str 18, Con 12, Dex 12, Int 10, Wis 18, Cha 8.

Str 16, Con 12, Dex 12, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 8.

AC: 18 Fort: 14 Reflex: 12 Will: 14
HP: 24 Surges: 8 Surge Value: 6

Religion +5, Insight +9, Athletics +11, Heal +9

Acrobatics +1, Arcana, Bluff -1, Diplomacy -1, Dungeoneering +4, Endurance +3, History, Intimidate -1, Nature +4, Perception +4, Stealth +1, Streetwise -1, Thievery +1

Level 1: Rune of Hope

Runepriest at-will 1: Word of Binding
Runepriest at-will 1: Word of Exchange
Runepriest encounter 1: Flames of Purity
Runepriest daily 1: Rune of the Undeniable Dawn

Adventurer's Kit, Scale Armor, Light Shield, Mace
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Runepriests have an odd ability; whenever they use a power that has the runic keyword, they can choose one of two effects, either destruction or protection. Tor is a Defiant Word runepriest, so he gets a bonus to damage any enemy that attacks him and misses. He also has a healing power, Rune of Mending, which lets him heal allies or himself twice per encounter. As to his attack powers, Word of Binding lets him strike an enemy and immobilize it for a turn, while Word of Exchange lets him strike a foe and either let an ally do more damage to the target, or lower the targets defenses for a turn. Flames of Purity is an area effect attack that hits all foes in the area with fire, and can either heal allies or give allies a damage bonus. Rune of the Undeniable Dawn is another area attack that hits all enemies in an area, and also creates an area that gives all allies a defense bonus.

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