brainstorming is fine, but i'm hoping it leads to a more solid agreement of what to do...
BOZ said:Its breath weapon would come out as a prismatic effect, which could look something like Aurora Borealis. It could do any of the effects that Conaill mentioned (fear, deathwatch, enervation, harm, ray of enfeeblement, waves of exhaustion, energy drain), or something else. We could make it a typical breath weapon, or like I suggested earlier it could mimic the cloud breath weapon of an iron golem. I think it was also suggested that the breath could cause a fascination or hypnosis effect. I could see the breath causing more than one effect simultaneously, or multiple possible effects caused one at a time, as chosen by the bear. Discuss!
BOZ said:we need to solidify just exactly what it is that the breath weapon does. a number of suggestions have been posted so far. what *exactly* does everyone think the breath weapon(s) should do? i'm fine with, for example, having more than one separate breath (the way that some dragon types have), or having more than one effect tacked on to the same breath.
James Heard said:There's a new spell in the PHBII called Prismatic Mist (Sor/Wiz3) that might be interesting to sit a base effect on and then add a more CR appropriate kicker onto. Plus it ties in with new books, and who doesn't like excuses to buy new books? Well, besides people who can't afford them...The attached effect would probably have to be evil as heck to make up for the low level of that one.
Or, alternately I like the idea that it blinds, dazes/shaken/whatever, and does Con damage too. Maybe a low DC 15 save for permanent blindness, makes you helpless no matter what, and causes Con drain to allude to the death thing. Or level drain, level drain would be outstanding and different too. Something to make sure that the wussiness of being a fey doesn't nerf the "big scary bear" thing. If it can attack players and make them helpless THEN engage in melee...
Or, it breathes a cone of anti-magic that sucks up spell-levels. I don't know how you'd rationalize that, but it sounds like something fey would do.
After that, and including earlier suggestions of mine, my stream o consciousness brainstorm stops.
Conaill said:I'm still voting for Fear + Deathwatch + some form of necromantic (but non-evil) damage (all three at the same time).
I like lesser prismatic spray and rainbow pattern both. I can see giving it two breath weapons.
I assume you're joking, right? For a 16-18HD creature?BOZ said:Inflict Light Wounds good enough?
Hmm... Give the bear form a breath weapon, but the humanoid form can cast Rainbow Pattern? That way the bear can be the "big smash" combat monster, whereas the humanoid form is more of a trickster fairy...BOZ said:rainbow pattern is a spell from the PHB.
BOZ said:rainbow pattern is a spell from the PHB.