Spelljammer Meet The Giff--Spelljammer's Space Pirate Hippos!

The Giff, a race of "gunslinging hippo-like pirates" will be appearing in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, and D&D Beyond has a sneak preview of them.

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Weiley31

Legend
Well, with Spelljammer: Adventures in Space slowly making its way ever closer to release date, it seems a preview of everybody's favorite gun-toting Space Hippos is up.


And yes, they didn't forget about their talent at using Firearms.

I can't wait to see how the Thri-Kreen have turned out upon release day!
 
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Deekin

Adventurer
What's with 5e's obsession with God's and deities being the alpha and omega of everything?

The giff can't just explore for the love of exploring, but a need to find the god that created them. They can't just favor firearms they need a divine connection to them...
 

Weiley31

Legend
What's with 5e's obsession with God's and deities being the alpha and omega of everything?

The giff can't just explore for the love of exploring, but a need to find the god that created them. They can't just favor firearms they need a divine connection to them...
At least they have a legit pairing excuse for a Giff using the Black Powder Cleric domain from Kobold Press' Tome of Heroes book.
 

Stormonu

Legend
TBH, I rarely use the standard D&D lore for monsters anymore, after the major changes in 4E. I’ve got a lot of older lore I prefer, and in other cases, I prefer my homebrew to just about anything coming out in the books now.

Personally, my Giff are (generally) agnostic and aren’t looking for “their” dead gods. I guess that means that any clerics/paladins/(druids) would be drawing spells from concepts/forces instead of dieties.
 


CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I'm just happy that they aren't cephalopods with mYsTeRiOuS BrAiNpOwErs...

All in all, a pretty fun-looking species to play. Very reminiscent of the Umpani in Sir-Tech's "Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant."
 
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TIL

1.
Wotc does not fear giving proficiencies in a few things if it is necessary lore wise.

2.
Having advantage on strength ability checks and saving throws replaces a weak +2 bonus to strength which is at most one more than standard human ability scores.
Which means a giff is now always a lot more favoured in any direct strength competion woth humans. And it remains when both have maxed their strength stat.
 


CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
apart from the one that doesn't exist, yes.
It's on pages 9-23 of "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything." The Artillerist subclass or the Battle Master subclass are both very much the "gun artificers" that you mentioned. For a little extra ballistic goodness, there's a few good feats in there that you can choose as well (I recommend the Gunner feat and/or the Piercer feat, both on page 80).
 



W'rkncacnter

Adventurer
It's on pages 9-23 of "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything." The Artillerist subclass or the Battle Master subclass are both very much the "gun artificers" that you mentioned. For a little extra ballistic goodness, there's a few good feats in there that you can choose as well (I recommend the Gunner feat and/or the Piercer feat, both on page 80).
artillerist and battle *smith are very much not gun artificers, ESPECIALLY with spelljammer getting straight up guns. the artillerist is a wandslinger with portable not-quite-siege-until-level-15 weapons and the battle smith is a pet subclass. you can fit guns INTO them (well, the battle smith anyway - ironically enough i don't think they'd work very well with the artillerist since it's very eldritch cannon/spell heavy), but they are not themselves gun artificers.
edit: an example of a gun artificer would be the gunsmith from this unearthed arcana. it is a subclass about gun. gun artificer.
Now they need to introduce a gunslinging artificer with spelljammer flavor
everybody gangster til the artificer swings around the ship using its gravity plane and blasts your cap off with extra attack
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
artillerist and battle *smith are very much not gun artificers. the artillerist is a wandslinger with portable not-quite-siege weapons and the battle smith is a pet subclass. you can fit guns INTO them (well, the battle smith anyway - ironically enough i don't think they'd work very well with the artillerist since it's very eldritch cannon/spell heavy), but they are not themselves gun artificers.
Well it sounds like your mind is made up. I'll stop trying to help.
 




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