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Pathfinder: Heroic Races on Your Computer

Do you love the cover to the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium as much as we do? Now you can have it on your computer, your phone, or wherever you desire. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium wallpaper today.

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Pathfinder: Racial Technology

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Work on the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium started around the time that Paizo released the Technology Guide for the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. Since Paizo added to the PRD some of my authors thought that it could be referred to like any of the books in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game book line. Alas, Paizo did not allow it so I had to constrain my authors, initially.

When we were ready to release the Advanced Compendium, I used the technological material already written and contacted those that had asked me about it during the book’s roll out if they wanted to develop more material for it. The result of which was included in Appendix 2: Racial Technology.

This really help integrate this book with Starjammer. Starjammer is produced by the people behind d20pfsrd.com and is best described as Pathfinder in Space with Technology. This book integrates rather nicely with that supplement. Here one such option that goes great with that book from the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium.

Timeworn Reclaimer (Archetype)

In some sense descended from the civilizations responsible for the existence of most technological items, androids are often quite comfortable timeworn technology. Some androids become hunters of technological items, becoming intimately familiar with their workings.
Associated Class: rogue
Associated Race: android
Replaced Abilities: trapfinding, trap sense, evasion, improved uncanny dodge, master strike
Technological Empathy: The timeworn reclaimer adds 1/2 her class level to Craft (mechanical) and Disable Device checks related to technology.
Savant’s Luck: At 2nd level, the timeworn reclaimer reduces the chance for timeworn technological items she uses to glitch by 2% per class level.
Nanite Infusion: Once she reaches 3rd level, by expending a daily use of her nanite surge as a standard action, the timeworn reclaimer can restore 1 charge to a technological item. The number of charges restored by this ability increases by 1 for every level above 3rd, to a maximum of 6 charges at 18th level.
Controlled Glitches: Beginning at 8th level, whenever a timeworn technological item glitches during use by the timeworn reclaimer, she can adjust the result of the d% roll in either direction up to an amount equal to her class level, allowing her some control over the nature of the glitch.
Technological Marvel: A timeworn reclaimer of 20th level can use timeworn technological items without any risk of glitches. Whenever she uses such an item, she can instead force it to glitch and choose the results of that glitch, rather than rolling d% to determine it.

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Pathfinder: Elan Misconceptions

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Much like our post on 10 True Things about Catfolk, we have 10 things about elans. Instead of things that are true, we bring to you misconceptions concerning this adjusted race. Submitted for your enjoyment, 10 Elan Misconceptions.

  1. Elan are not fey. While truly fair in aspect, elan are creatures of pure psionic energy and are not related to the Fey, even if the individual elan’s original form was.
  2. Elan are not a conspiracy. Since elan are often secretive about their abilities they have acquired a reputation in certain quarters for being a secret cabal of unknown aims. They are not a unified conspiracy, they are a separate race that live among us.
  3. Elan do not originate from another world or plane of existence. Despite their otherworldly aspect, the elan race originated here and are natives not only of the prime material plane but also of this world.
  4. Elan are not fallen celestials. Much like the misconception about their connection to the fey, this one is rooted in the appearance of the elan. Elan have no racial connection to any race besides their own. The are self created, not evolved.
  5. It is often thought that being entities of condensed psionic energy means elans cannot use magic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Oracles, wizards, clerics and other casters are often found within the ranks of most elan communities.
  6. Elans are often confused with human psions and wilders. It is usually only those familiar with them personally that are aware the elan are an entirely separate race.
  7. It is believed that all who undergo the rebirth to become an elan emerge perfected, but in reality there is a tiny percentage that suffer a different change. Called “flawed creations” they tend to be more visibly aberrant and unnerving.
  8. Among the few who are familiar with the elan race an often held held misconception is that elan are mortal like the other races. The fact that they usually only die by violence and otherwise rejuvenate themselves psionically is something the elan keep to themselves out of fear of the jealousy of other races.
  9. Among the more evil races it is said that consuming the flesh of an elan with give the being eating it psionic power. It is an assumption that is most often found among neothelid cultists and worshipers of the elder gods.
  10. In some of the more paranoid quarters it is believed that the elans gain their power by devouring the brains of other sentient beings.

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Pathfinder: Assemble The Heroes

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Heroes Assemble!

From the seas below to the skies above, from the land to the stars, heroes are all around us, and they come in many different forms. Now you can go beyond the common races and play a member of these 12 imaginative races in your game. Delve into each race’s culture and see the world from their unique point of view. Play a character that you have always dreamed of playing, with all-new specific character options tailored to each race’s flavor. Expand your horizons and your gaming experience with these Advanced Races today!

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium is the essential guide for playing untold numbers of characters. This 254-page supplement features:

  • Racial Traits to play 12 different races, plus 60 Alternate Racial Traits and 49 Character Traits to customize your character for your desired unique play experience
  • 125 New Character Class Options, including archetypes, sorcerer and bloodrager bloodlines, oracle mysteries and shaman spirits, cavalier orders, cleric domains and subdomains, rogue talents, alchemist discoveries, familiars and animal companions, time thief temporal talents, soulknife blade skills, and much more
  • 93 New Feats, including martial arts styles, metamagic feats, combat feats, and feats to enhance your chosen racial traits
  • 84 New Magic Items, Mundane Items, and Technological Items
  • 61 New Spells and Psionic Powers
  • 23 New Deities and Philosophies, reflecting the unique viewpoints and values of each race
  • Details for crafting your unique adventurer, as well as suggestions for GMs on how to incorporate each of these races into your campaign world

Be Heroic With These Advanced Races Today!

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Pathfinder: 10 True Things About Catfolk

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

I asked some of our authors to write 10 True Things about their race. And with the impending release of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, we thought we’d share them with you. Today we are sharing catfolk. We hope you enjoy them.

10 True Things About Catfolk

  1. Catfolk tend to be quite superstitious, and pick up even more such behavior from people of other races and cultures with whom they associate.
  2. Matriarchs lead catfolk clans, and their followers demonstrate nearly unswerving loyalty to their mistresses.
  3. Humans, dwarves, and elves can’t speak fully fluent Catfolk because they don’t have tails – but kitsune, lizardfolk, and tieflings can.
  4. Clan matriarchs mate with several of the most desirable males among their warriors and diplomats to ensure that their offspring are of the strongest possible stock.
  5. An unarmed catfolk with extensive hand-to-hand combat training is easily the equal of a fully armed and armored human. Their claws give them a distinct edge in battle.
  6. Catfolk look very disfavorably upon thieves, and this is probably why they don’t like tengu very much.
  7. A rare few catfolk sorcerers are descended from a kind of feline fey called the grymalkin. They use their power over shadows, innate understanding of illusions, and breath-stealing magic to fight foes.
  8. Some catfolk collect gods like children collect marbles.
  9. Tree-dwelling catfolk clans produce elite warriors who can walk on branches and leaves as easily as a human can walk down a dirt road.
  10. Catfolk priestesses of Sekhmet make a potent type of magical wine which enhances their healing abilities.

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Pathfinder: A Horde of Races

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Tuesday February 14th—Valentine’s Day—sees the launch of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. This has been a work in progress for over two years. So what exactly is inside it?

Well each race has about 16 pages of material, describing the race, their culture, their view on the world, how others of their kind interact, their religions, and of course plenty of Pathfinder gaming stats. Like what? Well we start off with the Racial Traits, follow that up with alternate racial traits, character traits, a veritable horde of archetypes and other class options, mundane equipment specific to their race, and spells and magic item commonly created by members of that race. We finish off each individual section with ideas for you to integrate this race into your game and NPCs so you can us this race in your game right away. As a bonus we threw in favored class options for this race for over 40 different classes. Sure every class in the core rule book is covered here but so are the classes from the Advanced Player’s Guide to the Advanced Class Guide as well as Ultimate Psionics and the Time Thief thrown in for good measure.

You want more? Well how about some racial technology for those that want to play a Pathfinder in Spaaaaaace.

So what races are covered in this book? Glad you asked. We have:
Androids
Catfolk
Changelings
Elans
Gillmen
Lizardfolk
Merfolk
Samsarans
Skinwalkers
Tengus
Wyrwoods
Wyvarans

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Pathfinder: Merfolk Unleashed

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk (PFRPG)

Explorers Beneath the Waves

As curious as they are adventurous, merfolk are a race with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Members of this race constantly explore and seek new discoveries. Now you can play this mysterious race that lives in the waters of your game world. Face new dangers and seek new perils like never before!

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk gives you everything you need to play a merfolk character. This 22-page supplement features:

  • Standard Racial Traits for playing a merfolk, 2 playable subraces, and 6 alternate racial traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 4 New Character Class Options including a new archetype, a new rogue talent, and new bloodrager and sorcerer bloodlines
  • 4 New Feats granting you superior maneuverability and perception underwater
  • 5 New Aquatic-Themed Spells and Psionic Powers
  • 13 New Mundane Items, Alchemical Items, Magic Items, and Artifacts
  • A New Deity, dedicated to undersea life, the bounty of the sea, and the destructive power of the waves
  • Details on merfolk adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this race into your world

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

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Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Fish Out of Water

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk (PFRPG)

All week long we are posting previews for the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk. Monday we showed you their racial traits as well as two subraces. Yesterday we shared with you some of the unique spells known to the merfolk race. Today we are showing you the ways your merfolk character can survive on land, either for a single adventure or for a full on campaign.

This alternate racial trait draws its inspiration from the ’80 movie Splash:
Walk the Land A few merfolk have the rare supernatural ability to take the form of a human, allowing them to walk on land. The form’s appearance is static and cannot be changed. The merfolk gains a +10 racial bonus on Disguise checks made to appear as a human. Changing its shape is a standard action. This trait otherwise functions as alter self, save that the merfolk does not adjust its ability scores. This racial trait replaces armored scales. While in human form, a merfolk loses the legless racial trait and has a base speed of 30 feet.

This new psionic power can help you walk just about anywhere:

Adapt Fin

Discipline psychometabolism; Level cryptic 2, psion/wilder 2, psychic warrior 2, tactician 2
Display visual
Manifesting Time 1 standard action
Range personal
Target you
Duration 1 hour/level (D)
Power Points 3
Your body automatically adapts when on land, forming legs that allow you to survive as if you were a creature native to that environment. You can move 30 feet per round.
Augment If you spend 5 additional power points, this power protects you from the harmful effects of your environment. If you would take damage every round from the environment, such as from acid or lava, you take only half the usual amount of damage. This does not reduce damage from magical sources such as spells or powers, nor does it reduce instantaneous damage such as from falling damage or weapon damage.

There’s a magic item that can change your fin into a pair of human legs.

Belt of the Land Walker

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot belt; Price 11,000 gp; Weight 1 lb.


Description


This thick and heavy belt is made from the skin and green scales of a large lizard. Its clasp of coral shows a tail fin crossed with a human-looking leg. Whenever its wearer emerges from water, their fins, flippers, or tail transform into legs and feet, allowing them to walk on land. The wearer loses any swim speed while on land but gains a base land speed of 30 feet. If the creature is immersed in water for 1 round, the transformation reverts, allowing it to swim normally.
This item only works on merfolk, tritons, seals, fish, and other creatures whose bodies or limbs are used mainly for swimming and are not suitable for walking. It does not give the wearer the ability to breathe air.


Construction


Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, fins to feet ARG; Cost 5,500 gp

And sometimes, magic goes awry, affecting a merfolk whether she likes it or not. This new spellblight makes it so a merfolk cannot return to the sea, until it is removed.

Landwalker: A creature with the aquatic subtype affected by this spellblight has its fins split into a pair of legs. The creature gains a base land speed of 30 ft., losing the legless ability and any swim speed it possesses. If the creature already has legs, this spellblight does not affect it.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Spells of the Sea

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk (PFRPG)

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All week long, we are showing off what is inside the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk. Yesterday we showed off the merfolk racial traits and two variants that you can play in your campaign. Today are sharing with you three spells common among the merfolk people. These spells help landwalkers adapt to life beneth the sea and help merfolk hear what is going on around them better.

Fish Breath

School conjuration; Level antipaladin 1, arcanist/ sorcerer/wizard 1, bard/skald 1, bloodrager 1, cleric/ oracle/warpriest 1, druid/hunter 1, inquisitor 1, magus 1, paladin 1, ranger 1, shaman 1, summoner 1, witch 1
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components  S, M (a small bladder filled with air)
Range  touch
Target one creature
Duration 1 minute/level (D)
Saving Throw Will negates (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)
A small pocket of breathable air surrounds the touched creature’s head. The air bubble allows the creature touched to breathe underwater or in similar airless environments.

Fish  Fins

School transmutation (polymorph);  Level  arcanist/ sorcerer/wizard 2, druid/hunter 2, magus 2, ranger 2, shaman 2, summoner 2, witch 2
Casting Time  1 standard action
Components  S, M (fish scales)
Range  touch
Target  one creature
Duration  1 minute/level
Saving Throw  Will negates (harmless);  Spell Resistance  yes (harmless)
The creature’s legs merge together, forming a single tailfin, granting it a Swim speed of 30 feet. The creature also gains a +2 enhancement bonus to all Acrobatics and Stealth checks while in water. This spell ends if the creature attempts to walk on land.

Sonar

School  divination;  Level  alchemist/investigator 2, arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 2, bard/skald 2, bloodrager 2, magus 2
Casting Time  1 standard action
Components  V, S, M (a sliver of dolphin brains)
Range  personal
Target  you
Duration  10 min/level
You can hear everything that moves in the water and pinpoint it with perfect accuracy. While underwater, you gain the blindsight ability out to a distance of 30 feet. This blindsight is suppressed when you are not underwater, but the effect persists and will resume if you enter the water again within the spell’s duration.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Under the Sea

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk (PFRPG)
Art by Brian Brinlee
Art by Brian Brinlee

With Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk coming out soon (probably Thursday), we wanted to share with you what you can expect in inside. Lets start with the basic racial stats and a pair of alternatives to the traditional merfolk itself.

First up we have the basic Merfolk Racial Traits.

+2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +2 Charisma: Merfolk are graceful, hale, and beautiful.
Medium: Merfolk are medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Slow Speed: Merfolk have a base speed of 5 feet. They have a swim speed of 50 feet.
Aquatic: Merfolk are humanoids with the aquatic subtype.
Amphibious: Merfolk are amphibious, but prefer not to spend long periods out of the water.
Low-Light Vision: Merfolk have low-light vision.
Armor: Merfolk have a +2 natural armor bonus.
Legless: Merfolk have no legs, and cannot be tripped.
Languages: Merfolk begin play speaking Common and Aquan. Merfolk with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Aboleth, Aklo, Draconic, Elven, and Sylvan.

Next up, we have the angufolk, a variant of merfolk that live in the deepest sees, where sunlight dares not tread.
Except as noted below, the angufolk are treated as merfolk.
+2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, –2 Charisma: Angufolk are heardy creatures that can withstand the pressures of the deep sea and perceive their prey in the great dark, but they lack a forceful personality.
Type: Angufolk are aberrations with the aquatic subtype.
Darkvision: Angufolk have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.
Bite: Angufolk have long sharp teeth, granting a bite attack. This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d4 points of piercing damage.
Deep Dwellers: Angufolk do not take pressure damage from being in very deep water, nor do they take the nonlethal damage from hypothermia or exposure.
Lighted Lure: Angufolk are immune to light-based blindness and dazzle effects and are treated as one level higher when determining the effects of any light based spells or effects they cast (including spell-like and supernatural abilities). Angufolk with a Wisdom score of 10 or higher gain the following spell-like ability: at will—light.
Water Dependency: Since Angufolk are from deep waters, exploration on shore wears on them. They take 1 point of Constitution damage after every hour out of the water.
Languages: Angufolk begin play speaking Aquan. Angufolk with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Aboleth, Aklo, Common, Draconic, and Undercommon.
Replaced Traits: Angufolk merfolk lose the following racial traits: humanoid type, amphibious, armor, legless, low-light vision

Last up, we have the octopi merfolk. This variant merfolk have the top half of a humanoid and the bottom half with eight tentacles.
Octopi have the same racial traits as merfolk except as noted below.
+2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution: Octopi are graceful and hale like most merfolk but lack their enchanting beauty.
Base Speed: Octopi merfolk have a base speed of 15 feet. They have a swim speed of 30 feet.
Type: Octopi are monstrous humanoids with the aquatic subtype.
Darkvision: Octopi have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.
Watersense: Octopi can sense vibrations in the water, granting them blindsight 30 feet against creatures that are touching the same body of water.
Octopod: Octopi merfolk gain a +12 racial bonus to CMD against overrun and trip attempts.
Ink Cloud (Ex): One per day, an octopi merfolk can release an ink cloud. Treat this as an underwater obscuring mist using the octopi merfolk’s character level as her caster level.
Camouflage: Three times per day, an octopi merfolk can adjust the color of her body to blend in with her surroundings, granting a +4 racial bonus to Stealth checks. The octopi merfolk can make Stealth checks without cover or concealment when using this ability, but cannot move more than 5 feet per round
Replaced Traits: Octopi merfolk lose the following racial traits: humanoid type, armor, legless, low-light vision

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Merfolk Artwork

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk (PFRPG)

Now that PaizoCon is over, its time for us to get back to work. Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is next up on our list. Like I said before, it was suppose to come out this month, but PaizoCon prep pushed it back until June. But we are hard at work on it. In the meantime, check out the awesome artwork by Brian Brinlee that arrived earlier this month for it.

We’ve got images for a merfolk time thief, sorcerer, cleric, and barbarian, so reverse alphabetical order. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Merfolk Delay

Just to let everyone know there is going to be a delay with Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Merfolk. Short of the long, we are finishing up converting one of our adventures to another system and it is going to be released Tuesday. Then I will be attending a friend’s wedding and then comes PaizoCon. I just don’t have enough time to finish it. It will be coming sometime in June.