Halflings suck. Goblins are awesome. Many already posit this and I can't disagree.I was inspired by a Joshua Macy post on G+ a few weeks back and want to give credit to the posters there for helping me generate ideas for this filtered list for my Neo-Tokyo
Goblin. Loads of great ideas keep getting crowd-sourced over the waves on G+ and I can't help but lap that up. So, without further ado:
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Bakemono: Oni-brood Goblins
Shin-Edo (Neo-Tokyo) is home to a special and strange breed of goblins that are tainted (some say enhanced) by Oni blood. Due the aberrant nature of their blood, no two are alike.
Bakemono are divided on their oni ancestry; some regard it as a dark shame and others see it as a gift from their progenitors or true masters. Bakemono are very independent and do not generally rely on a community or clan. They are really at odds with greater Japanese culture because they tend to shun fundamental communal beliefs.
Bakemono are the same as Labyrinth Lord Halflings, with the following exceptions:
- Hide ability functions in urban locations only, in natural and underground settings this ceases to function. They are city goblins and much less comfortable in the wild.
- Bakemono, though agile, do not have the Halfling aptitude for missile weapons; goblins are hearty, healthy and small of stature - other Halfling features remain the same.
- Bakemono have an aptitude for machines, tinkering and building. 2 point racial bonus for any roll with regards to machines, machinery and crafting of clockworks or steamworks.
- Bakemono suffer from Oni-taint and have strange features. Roll once or twice on the appearance subtables. These changes to appearance are largely cosmetic.
- Their Oni blood also manifests in some Bakemono as dark powers or physical changes. Some Bakemono have made clockwork improvements, you may choose to roll once on the magic, mutation or clockwork tables.
L.L. Advanced: Class level limit - Fighter 6, Thief 12, Assassin 9*, Chirurgeon 9.
Choose magic, physical or clockwork for your goblin heritage and roll once on the table below.
- Random Magic-user spell from level 1 list. Cast once per day.
- Random Cleric spell from level 1 list. Cast once per day.
- Random Illusionist spell from level 1 list. Cast once per day.
- Random Druid spell from level 1 list. Cast once per day.
- Reroll (d4) and determine spell as normal, the source of the power is psionic. Cast once per day.
- Reroll (d4) and determine spell as normal, the source of the power is elemental. Cast once per day.
- Reroll (d4) and determine spell as normal, the source of the power is through a steam powered or clockwork device implanted in the body. "Cast" once per day.
- Reroll (d4) and determine spell as normal, the source of the power is through an aberrant mutated organ (likely visible and strange). "Cast" once per day.
- Powerfully muscled, no neck: +1 Strength, no limit on Strength attribute. Strength is supernatural.
- Powerful stride, fast stride/long jumps: +10' (2 squares) movement, nearly tireless runner.
- Graceful like a snake: +1 Dexterity, agile and lightning fast.
- Terrible claws or talons: 1d8 damage, -1 to hit with weapons other than Terrible claws.
- Poison fangs: 1d6 +poison, save vs. poison or weakened (-2 to hit, 1/2 damage).
- Acid spit: 1d6 acid damage (25' ray attack/1 target), save vs paralysis/petrification or take 1d4 damage on subsequent turns.
- Echolocation: coughing or screeching sound that "maps" area and "spots" most creatures with the echoes. 30' range, +1 to hit spotted targets.
- Nightvision: can see in clearly in darkness.
- Quills: grow on large portion of body, impedes use of most armour/clothing. AC 6, spines can be pulled and used as daggers. Deal 1d4 damage.
- Infravision: can see heat signatures.
- Poison thorns: sprout from hands, wrists or elbows. 1d4 damage + injected poison, save vs poison or take 1d6 toxic damage on subsequent turns.
- Natural armour: chitinous or calciferous shell or exoskeleton provides AC 4.
- Stalwart: +1 to Constitution, +1 to saves vs poison.
- Explosive growths: sacs of volatile fluid grow on the body. When thrown, they burst in a flash of energy. 1d6+1 damage, 2/day. 1. Fire 2. Cold 3. Acid 4. Lightning 5. Acid 6. Thunder/Sonic.
- Natural armour: light scales provide AC 6.
- Noisome stench/Potent musk: causes nausea in all non-goblins/oni nearby (-2 to hit, 10' radius); goblins an oni are stimulated by this aura (+2 to social rolls with goblins or oni).
- Long horns or jagged antlers: slash 1d4 damage, charge 2d4+1 damage.
- Bulky, heavy-set, rotund... What's another nice way of saying fat? This bulk provides 1 extra hit point per level.
Bakemono are very proud of their hair.Special tail: 1. prehensile, can pick up objects or hold an extra weapon; 2. scorpion - barbed, poison (same as poison fangs); 3. mace, 1d6 damage; 4. spiked, 1d8 damage; 5. croc, swim speed equal land movement; 6. beaver, amusing and slaps for 1d4 damage as a free action after a trip attack. Any tail can be used to trip an enemy, but deals no damage on the attack.
- Noxious breath: stun an enemy by coughing in their face. Save vs paralysis or target is stunned for one round.
- Has a clockwork cybernetic implant: arm with bladed fingers. 1d6 slash damage.
- Has a clockwork cybernetic implant: arm with pincer. 1d8 crushing damage.
- Has a clockwork cybernetic implant: arm with spring loaded punch. 1d6 damage and knock prone (once per combat, mechanism needs to be reset - takes five minutes).
- Has a clockwork cybernetic implant: legs provide a boost for running and jumping (+5' movement, +10' jumps).
- Has replaced legs with 4 clockwork spider legs (can climb most walls without check - slick surfaces are still a challenge).
- Has a clockwork eye that can see as microscope/telescope.
- Has a clockwork ear that can pick up tiny sounds and listen to hushed conversations. (Never fail listen check, easily deafened).
- Has a clockwork brain: neutral alignment, +2 Intelligence.
- Has one telescoping clockwork leg that can extend 10'.
- Choose some other clockwork body "improvement". Be certain to discuss with your DM, of course.
Use this Colour Chart from a potion guide on Inkwell Ideas to generate strange and interesting colour schemes for the odd features of your Bakemono (eyes, claws, fur or hair).
Skin Types Random Table (d12):
Eye Types Random Table (2d8):
Strange Features Random Table (d20):
Other Feature Types Suggestions:
Nose: Bulbous, hawkish, crooked, pointed.
Mouth: Mandible, fanged, slitted, fat-lipped - bite deals 1d4 damage.
Ears: Pointed, bat, monkey, floppy.
Tails: monkey, reptile, bushy feline or canine.
Horns or antlers: goat, ram or elk - deal 1d4 damage.
Snout: boar, feline, canine or bovine - bite/gore deals 1d4 damage.
Claws: retractable feline, crushing crustacean, avian talons - all deal 1d4 damage.