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Dryad NPC statblock
« on: February 06, 2012, 07:31:24 PM »
I'm working up a Dryad conversion a la the conversion rules in the FC book, and the little minx has a couple of funky abilities that I'm fuzzy on how to port over. So I'll throw the doors open for y'all, thusly:

First, how would/could/should the Dryad's "cannot leave her tree area" restriction be handled? I'm considering modifying the Light-Sensitive or Nocturnal quality to reflect "If she gets X distance from her tree, she suffers X". The OGL mechanics make this penalty ultimately lethal, however, and Nocturnal doesn't do that. Should I care? Is this such a weirdo niche case that it's mostly just fluff and should be written as such with no mechanical cost?

Second, she gets a wad of spell-like abilities, many of which are simple enough to deal with. I wonder about Tree Shape, however, especially since it's at will. Any thoughts on representing this with the actual shapeshifter quality? Shapeshifter II would allow her to turn into a Huge tree (and I can match the mechanics of the tree listed in the spell pretty easily). Or should I just go with Natural Spell: Concealing Countryside and/or the Chameleon quality?
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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 07:48:39 PM »
Do you expect the tree thing to come up as something more than the PCs having to rescue her to prevent it?

If not, it's fluff.
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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 07:51:07 PM »
I think the tree dependance is mostly fluff (though my Lawful Asshole spellcaster did killed a few with teleportation spells, just because he could) so I wouldn't worry about mechanics overmuch.  For Tree Shape I'd use Shapeshifter.

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012, 12:42:35 AM »
I'd handle dryads by making them immobile and giving them, say reach 10

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012, 04:54:56 PM »
I'm also considering how to deal with the Dryad's d20 Charm Person and Suggestion powers. I'm liking the use of the Beguiling quality to represent the distraction potential of the SRD version. I'm considering modeling something a little more in the compulsion vein, however. I could go Natural Spell: Command, but then it's once a scene, and this tactic is the mainstay of the Dryad's combat tactics.

I wonder if there's room to create a Beguiling III, which allows the beguiler to give beguiled targets move-action commands a la the Command spell, in addition to the basic fixation and the step-up "damage you once" ability. How should I spitball the cost of such a thing? 6 points is feeling reasonable to me, but I admit I've got no real case to back it up. Thoughts?
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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 01:21:10 AM »
Making them spellcasters and giving them Command and spell secret seems like a good way to go.

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 01:22:48 AM »
This was a PL dryad I came up with for a rootwalker vanguard captain:

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     Jabe Ceth Ceth Jafe (Medium Walking Fae Spirit 79 XP). Str 10, Dex 10, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 12; Sz M (11, reach 1); Spd 40 ft. ground; Init IV; Atk IV; Def VI; Res IV; Health V; Comp III; Skills: Athletics III, Impress IV, Notice III, Search III, Sneak IV, Survival IV; Qualities: Achilles Heel (fire, cold iron), attractive III, banned action (Bluff checks, move more than 500 ft. threat level from Groot), beguiling, burden of ages, chameleon I (forest), class ability (explorer: tomb raider), dark vision I, feat (knife basics, martial arts: wisdom, spear basics), improved sense (hearing, sight), interests (l: common, l: elven, l: sylvan, s: dryads, s: elves, s: rootwalkers), natural spell (endure elements, entangle, power word recall: Groot), telepathic.

     Weapons/Attacks: Arm guard (bucker: 1d3 lethal, threat 20, qualities: bleed, grip, guard +1, lure, orc crafting), Boar spear (1d8 lethal, threat 19-20, qualities: bleed, guard +1, reach +1). Dagger (1d6 lethal, threat 19-20, qualities: bleed, hurl).

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 07:12:59 AM »
THat would work.  What kind of commands are you needing to issue?  Depending on your players Disposition (Charm Person V :) ) Persuade checks and offered action dice can cover a lot.  Beguiling can be ignored for an action die as well.

Assuming you're not letting them spend action dice to ignore beguiling, make your dryad a love bomber.  Give her the aggro chain with beguiling and let her fixate the PC's and then enrage one.  Add in Command to move PC's around.

Possible defensive charm simulations that occur to me are "He did it," no more games for that mind cloud effect, and maybe the bloodsworn's Harm's Way and Bloodbound abilities although with the places reversed so the dryad can have a fixated PC take a hit for her.  Staggering Pronouncement from Repartee Supremacy might be useful as well.



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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012, 07:49:33 AM »
Also, the Geas spell.

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012, 10:20:57 AM »
I'm also considering how to deal with the Dryad's d20 Charm Person and Suggestion powers. I'm liking the use of the Beguiling quality to represent the distraction potential of the SRD version. I'm considering modeling something a little more in the compulsion vein, however. I could go Natural Spell: Command, but then it's once a scene, and this tactic is the mainstay of the Dryad's combat tactics.

I wonder if there's room to create a Beguiling III, which allows the beguiler to give beguiled targets move-action commands a la the Command spell, in addition to the basic fixation and the step-up "damage you once" ability. How should I spitball the cost of such a thing? 6 points is feeling reasonable to me, but I admit I've got no real case to back it up. Thoughts?

As written, the SRD dryad can only charm 3 times a day, and suggest once.

Of course, RAW FC's charm spells are largely useless due to that "must share a type" limitation that I hope to god is outright dropped come Spellbound, or at least modified by key off studies in some fashion

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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2012, 10:41:28 AM »
Quick and dirty house rule. Use the medicine modifiers.
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Re: Dryad NPC statblock
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2012, 04:51:49 PM »
Alrighty. Thanks for the suggestions, all. Here's my take on the Dryad. I welcome feedback and tweak suggestions (with the caveat that I'm looking to stick reasonably close to the SRD Dryad). It feels a little point-heavy to me (but feel free to check my math), and I'd welcome ideas on where to trim, as well.

Dryad (Medium Fey Plant Walker 87 XP): Str 10, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 12, Wis 12, Cha 14; SZ M (11, Reach 1); Spd 30 ft. ground; Init VI; Atk I; Def II; Res IX; Health III; Comp III; Skills: Notice V, Sense Motive VI, Survival V, Qualities: Beguiling, chameleon II (Forest/Jungle), class ability (Burglar: He did it!), damage reduction 2, darkvision I, feat (Aggro Basics, Great Fortitude), interests (Language: Sylvan, Study: Nature), natural spell (Entangle, Natural Attunement, Sleep II, Tree Walk)
Attacks/Weapons: Dagger (dmg 1d6+2 lethal; threat 19-20; qualities: Bleed, finesse, hurl), long bow + 40 barbed arrows (dmg 1d6 lethal; threat 19-20; range 40x6; qualities: AP 2, bleed, poisonous)
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Treasure: 1A, 2T
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