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Pathfinder: Eternal Implement for Samsaran Occultists

Earlier this month, we released the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness. This book details new ways for your character to battle the forces of evil with archetypes and class options for the non-core book races. Some of those options are very specific to the race, like the equinox infiltrator archetype for wyrwood vigilantes. Others are themed for the race but technically can be taken by anyone like the alligator/crocodile shifter aspect for lizardfolk. Today we are looking at one that straddles the line. The eternal implement for samsaran occultists has a strong connection to past lives. If your home setting does anything with past lives, this one would be perfect for just such a setting. However, if samsarans are the only race in your game that reincarnates, then this implement is solely for them. No matter how you use it, we hope it is fun for your game.

Eternal Implements

Eternal implements allow samsaran occultists to perform magic that draws on their past lives and their racial connection to the eternal cycles of life and death.
Implements: death shroud, family heirloom, journal, medal, noble vestment, pocket watch, veil.

Resonant Powers: Each time the occultist invests mental focus into an eternal implement, the implement grants the following power. The implement’s bearer gains the benefit of this power until the occultist refreshes his focus.
Memory Echoes (Su): The implement invokes the knowledge and memories of those who have borne it in the past. The implement’s bearer gains a +1 competence bonus on all Intelligence-based skill checks and ability checks for every 2 points of mental focus invested in the implement, to a maximum bonus of 1 + 1 for every 4 occultist levels you possess.

Base Focus Power: All occultists who learn to use eternal implements gain the following focus power.
Touch of Antiquity (Sp): As a standard action, you can expend 1 point of mental focus to cause an object to age, withering as though it had endured for long stretches of time. Your touch deals 1d4 points of damage + 1d4 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st to an object and grants it the broken condition. Alternatively, with a successful melee touch attack, you can cause the same decay in constructs, dealing 1d6 points of damage + 1d6 points of damage for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st.

Focus Powers: In addition to gaining the base focus power, occultists who learn to use eternal implements can select from the following focus powers when choosing the powers gained from their focus powers class feature.

Ancient Prowess (Sp): As a standard action, you can impart martial techniques from a past life on yourself or a living creature you touch. Your touch grants the use of any one combat feat for 1 minute. The granted feat must not have any other feat prerequisites but can be used without meeting other requirements (such as base attack bonus or race). This ability grants the use of an additional combat feat for every 6 levels you possess (to a maximum of 4 at 18th level). These subsequent feats can have feat prerequisites if those prerequisites are also granted by the same use of this ability.

Collective Calm (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to draw upon the collective experiences of your past lives, giving you improved ability to perform difficult tasks under pressure. When you use this focus power, select a number of skills equal to 1 + your Intelligence modifier. For 1 minute per occultist level you possess, you can take 10 on skill checks with the chosen skills even when stress and distractions would normally prevent you from doing so. You must be at least 9th level to select this focus power.

Mantle of Antiquity (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to shroud yourself in an ephemeral mantle that causes your countenance to shift between images of your past lives. The shifting nature of the images makes your position hard to discern, causing attacks against you to have a 20% miss chance. Once, while the mantle is active, you can call upon the skills of your past lives to automatically succeed on any one saving throw as though you had rolled a natural 20, which instantly ends this effect. The mantle otherwise lasts for 1 minute for each occultist level you possess. You must be at least 5th level to select this focus power.

Reincarnation’s Guise (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to assume the form of one of your past lives, changing your appearance as per the spell disguise self (though your appearance must be either human or samsaran, as appropriate for your past lives) and gaining a +4 enhancement bonus to any one ability score for 1 minute for each occultist level you possess. You must be at least 3rd level to select this focus power.

Restore Grandeur (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to touch an object or creature and restore it to its former glory. If you restore grandeur to an object, your touch restores 1d4 points of damage to the object plus 1d4 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st. If you instead target a creature, your touch instead restores 1d6 points of damage plus 1d6 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st. Living creatures can only receive healing from this ability once per day.

Wisdom of the Ages (Sp): You can spend 1 point of mental focus to search memories from your past lives to recall legends and myths. This functions as legend lore, but the person or thing you wish to learn of must be at hand, and the casting time is always 1d4 minutes. You must be at least 11th level to select this focus power.

Occultist Spells

Occultists who select the eternal implements school gain access to the following spells.
0-Level Occultist Spells: guidance, purify food and water, stabilize

1st-Level Occultist Spells: borrow skill APG, burst of insight OA, comprehend languages, deathwatch, deja vu OA, disguise self, karmic blessing ARG, object reading OA, protection from chaos/evil, sanctify corpse UM, see alignment UC, share language APG, youthful appearance UM

2nd-Level Occultist Spells: augury, blessing of courage and life APG, hypercognition OA, make whole, share memory UM, tongues, undetectable alignment

3rd-Level Occultist Spells: gentle repose, haste, hold person, erase impressions OA, lesser age resistance UM, magic circle against chaos/evil, retrocognition OA, sands of time UM, slow, speak with dead

4th-Level Occultist Spells: age resistance UM, death ward, legend lore, reincarnate

5th-Level Occultist Spells: atonement, dispel chaos/evil, elude time APG, fabricate, greater age resistance UM, serenity UM, threefold aspect APG

6th-Level Occultist Spells: disintegrate, euphoric tranquility APG, mislead, repress memory OA, transformation

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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: 10 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.

Elans are apart of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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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: Samsaran Art

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans (PFRPG)

I know I am a bit late in finishing the previews for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans, but I wanted to make sure that these were posted. The artwork within Advanced Samsarans is our most inclusive artwork yet. With transgender people so rarely represented in artwork, we made sure to include a transman and transwoman in our artwork. Also we noticed a distinct lack of heroic females that are overweight so we thought we would take the opportunity to have an incredibly intelligent woman as a hero as well. And for those that love beefcake men, we have a muscular man for eye candy.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do.

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

trans paladin

samsaran monk  samsaran wizardess  

trans druid

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Pathfinder: Spells from Another Life

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans (PFRPG)

All week long we are showing off the samsaran race and racial options in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans. Monday we shared with you the racial traits. Yesterday we shared the Timeless Warden archetype. Today we are sharing with you some of the spells that are well known to samsarans.

Before we share with you some of the spell inside, there is one aspect of samsarans that we have not delved too deep into as of yet when discussing this race. When a samsaran is reborn, the gender of the previous incarnation has no influence of the gender of this life. However familiar habits of previous incarnations can show through each generation. So it is hardly uncommon for a samsaran who was male for the past several generations to be born biologically a woman but dresses and acts in a way consistent with her male previous incarnations, or vice versa. This can be overtly obvious or non-existent. How your character chooses to identify his or her gender, regardless of the character’s birth, is up to you. With that in mind, check out these spells.

Beneath the Flesh
School transmutation (polymorph); Level alchemist/investigator 1, arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 1, bard/skald 1, cleric/oracle/warpriest 1, inquisitor 1, paladin 1, shaman 1, witch 1
Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S
Range touch
Target humanoid touched
Duration 1 hour/level
Saving Throw Will negates (harmless); Spell Resistance no
The touched humanoid’s features alter, revealing what is in the creature’s soul. A humanoid that brings wanton death and destruction might appear more gaunt, almost skeletal, while an honest person that fights for peace and justice would become brighter, almost shining, taking on an angelic appearance. The target may switch genders or take on the physical characteristics of a different race, without changing size, racial abilities or the target’s racial subtype. The eyes, being the windows to the soul, do not alter. This spell also gives the target a +4 enhancement bonus to Diplomacy or Intimidate checks for the duration

Past-Life Resurgence
School
divination; Level alchemist/investigator 2, bard/skald 2, cleric/oracle/warpriest 2, druid/hunter 2, shaman 2, witch 2
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range touch
Target creature touched
Duration 10 minutes/level
Saving Throw Will (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)
You allow the target to call upon the knowledge of a past life for a brief period of time. They gain a +4 insight bonus to all Knowledge and Profession checks for the duration of the spell.

Speak with Past Lives
School
divination; Level arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 3, cleric/oracle/warpriest 3
Casting Time 10 minutes
Components V,S,F (a relic from a previous life)
Target self
Duration 24 hours
The caster communes with his past lives, gaining a general sense of how his activities will go (as an augury spell) in the next 24 hours.
In addition, for the duration of the spell, the caster gains a +2 competence bonus on all Knowledge skill checks and can make such checks untrained. He may also apply a +10 competence bonus to any single skill check during the spell’s duration, but doing so automatically ends the spell.

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Pathfinder: Enlightenment by Nature

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans (PFRPG)

All week long, we are looking at the new options in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans. Monday we looked at the racial traits. Today we are sharing with you one of the class archetypes: the timeless warden.

Druids possess a deep connection with nature. Samsaran druids however find this connection to be more important than being reborn into the next generation. These druids become eternal guardians of the wild places, never dying and starting life anew.

Timeless Warden

Associated Class: druid
Associated Race: samsaran
Replaced Abilities: nature sense, spontaneous casting, wild empathy, woodland stride, resist nature’s lure, wild shape, venom immunity, a thousand faces, timeless body
Class Skills: A timeless warden does not gain Climb or Swim as class skills, but she adds Diplomacy, Disguise, Sense Motive, and Stealth to her list of class skills.
Spontaneous Domain Casting: A timeless warden can channel stored spell energy into domain spells that she has not prepared ahead of time. She can “lose” a prepared spell in order to cast any domain spell of the same level or lower.
Ancient Knowledge (Ex): Even young timeless wardens have a bounty of knowledge of the world around them, which they attribute to memories of past lives. A timeless warden adds 1/2 her class level (minimum +1) to all Knowledge skill checks, and may make all such checks untrained.
Nature Bond (Ex): A timeless warden may not choose an animal companion, and must choose a domain from the following domains not normally available to druids: Death, Healing, or Repose. Alternatively, the timeless warden can select one of the following subdomains APG: Ancestors, Restoration, Souls, or Undead.
Mysterious Stranger (Ex): Knowing that the secrets of reincarnation are jealously sought by those seeking immortality, the timeless warden strives to remain an enigma. Beginning at 2nd level, she adds 1/2 her class level to the DC of Diplomacy, Sense Motive, and Knowledge checks made to learn about her.
Channel Energy (Su): At 4th level, a timeless warden gains the ability to channel energy as a cleric, using her druid level as her effective cleric level. A good timeless warden channels positive energy, while an evil timeless warden channels negative energy. A neutral timeless warden must choose whether she channels positive or negative energy upon gaining this ability. Once this choice is made, it cannot be reversed. Any timeless warden can channel energy a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Charisma modifier. Though timeless wardens can take most feats that alter their channel energy ability, they cannot take the Alignment Channel feat or any feat that requires it as a prerequisite.
Malleable Soul (Ex): Once she reaches 4th level, a timeless warden has taken the first step toward true immortality. She can no longer be affected by raise dead, resurrection, or true resurrection, but when subject to a reincarnate spell or when reincarnated through some other way, such as her many lives ability (see below), she suffers no negative levels upon returning to life and may return as any race of her choice.
Many Lives (Ex): A timeless warden of 9th level has mastered her own death and attains a limited form of immortality, so that she might guard the world eternally. If she is ever killed, she may automatically reincarnate (as the spell) 1 day later. The timeless warden appears in a safe location within 1 mile of her body. At will for the next 7 days, she can sense the presence of her remains as if using locate object as a spell-like ability. If she is killed during these 7 days, she remains dead and does not reincarnate. The many lives ability does not function if the timeless warden is slain by a death effect.
Cyclical Mastery: At 13th level, a timeless warden can select another domain or subdomain from those available to her through her nature bond.
Beyond Time (Su): Beginning at 15th level, a timeless warden has gained mastery over her life force as she previously gained mastery over her death. She can change her apparent age and appearance at will, as if using the threefold aspect APG spell.

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