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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

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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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

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

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13th Age Compatible: Dreams of Yesterday

Book of Heroic Races: Age of Ideas 1All week long, we are sharing with you the races inside the Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1. Yesterday we shared with you the lizardfolk race. Today we are sharing with you the samsaran race.

Though they appear human save for their white and near-colorless eyes, a samsaran lives dozens or even hundreds of lifetimes, haunted by dreamlike memories of each incarnation. As they grow in power and experience, samsarans reconnect with these past lives, bolstering the abilities they have cultivated in this lifetime with those accrued over centuries of living and dying. Every samsaran believes that the crucible of reincarnation will eventually smelt their spirit into a state of enlightenment and drive them toward a new purpose, at which point their cycle of death and rebirth will end.

Samsaran Racial Traits

+2 Int OR +2 Wis.
Flashes Of Past Lives (Racial Power)

Choose one of the following talents: slayer (barbarian), storyteller (bard), separate existence (chaos mage), domain: healing (cleric), moment of glory (commander), power attack (fighter), flurry (monk), skeletal minion (necromancer), stance of necessity (occultist; assumes you never have focus), lay on hands (paladin), favored enemy (ranger), swashbuckle (rogue; assumes you always have momentum), counter-magic (wizard). Once per day as a full-round action, you can tap into memories of a past life, foregoing the use of one of your class talents for the duration of a single battle, encounter, or scene, and instead use the chosen talent. You use your total character level as your effective level for the purpose of determining any level-dependent variables related to these talents.
When you reach champion tier, you may choose a second talent from the above list; when you reach epic tier, you may choose a third.
Champion Feat: Using this power takes a standard action, and you can swap out two talents for the battle’s duration.

Download Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 for your 13th Age Compatible game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the OpenGamingStore (formerly d20pfsrd.com).

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13th Age Compatible: A New Age of Heroic Races

Book of Heroic Races: Age of Ideas 1 (13th Age)

A New Age for These Races

Go beyond the standard fantasy races and play a new breed of hero! These intrepid adventurers forge their place in legends with claw, fin, spell, and sword. Now you can play one of these heroic races in your home game and battle monsters like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 introduces a number of playable races for your 13th Age Compatible game. This 15-page supplement gives you everything you need to include the following races at your table:

  • Catfolk, who can reroll an attack or save once per battle
  • Hagborn, who can reroll an attack or save once per battle
  • Lizardfolk, which bite and tear their enemies to shreds
  • Merfolk, who can sing a siren’s song to doom their enemies
  • Samsarans, that can draw on their past lives to aid them in battle

Be Heroic With These New Races Today!

Download Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 for your 13th Age Compatible game at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the OpenGamingStore.

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13th Age Compatible: A New Age of Races

Book of Heroic Races: Age of Ideas 1 (13th Age)

Hey 13th Age Fans,

The Good News is that, even though we have been away for a while, we have not forgotten about you. The Even Better News is that we have some new races for your 13th Age Compatible game. Tomorrow we are releasing the Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1. Inside you have 5 new races, and all week long, we will be sharing what exactly those races are. Today, we are starting off with the lizardfolk race.

Lizardfolk are misunderstood by most races due to the common (and not untrue) conception that they are heartless cannibals. Most lizardfolk will certainly consume their own dead or that of other sentients who die near their tribal territories, but they do this out of an urge to survive rather than an innate tendency toward bloodthirst. They frequently ally themselves with dragons, and they believe the Three Dragons and the Great Gold Dragon to be gods incarnate (though some lizardfolk disagree as to whether or not these icons have maintained their divinity over the eons).

Lizardfolk Racial Traits

+2 Str OR +2 Con.
Claws And Jaws (Racial Power)

You can make an unarmed melee basic attack without the usual –2 penalty, and you choose whether to use Strength or Dexterity to modify the attack and damage rolls. If you hit, you deal 1d8 damage per level you possess, plus any modifier from Strength or Dexterity (which is doubled at champion tier and tripled at epic tier). If you miss, you deal damage equal to your level.
Champion Feat: You can make an unarmed melee basic attack as above as a quick action in addition to your other actions on your turn. However, if you take another action during that turn to use an attack power or basic attack, this attack deals only half damage. (Any miss damage is not halved, however.)

Download Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 for your 13th Age Compatible game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the OpenGamingStore (formerly d20pfsrd.com).

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5e: Player Races Unleashed

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)

Races Beyond the Ordinary
Go beyond the standard fantasy races and play a new breed of hero. These intrepid adventurers forge their place in legends with beak, claw, spell, and sword. Now you can play one of these heroic races in your home game and battle monsters like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 introduces a number of playable races for your fifth edition game. This 16-page supplement gives you everything you need to include the following races at your table:

  • Catfolk, including the near-human subrace of faol and the decidedly feline subrace of saebul
  • Hagborn, with three subraces distinguished by the type of hag that gave birth to them: green hagborn, night hagborn, and sea hagborn
  • Samsarans, featuring two subraces defined by how they communicate with their past lives: in vivid dreams or through mental personifications
  • Tengu, including a city-dwelling cosmopolitan subrace and a nomadic variant that travels the countryside
  • 7 New Subraces for existing core races: dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings

Be Heroic With These New Races Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 for Fifth Edition at the JBE Shop. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and d20pfsrd.com.