OOC Sword of Valor, Wrath of the Righteous AP by MLeibrock and Scotley

Leif

Adventurer
Terry Pratchett May decry pledgerism from the Shannarah Chronicles.
Okay, first of all, Terry Pratchett wouldn't care anything about it, because he wrote different books: The Colour of Magic, Wyrd Sisters, Discworld, etc. You're thinking of Terry Brooks. Secondly, it's not plagiarism to be inspired by an author's works and create a new character based on existing one. Truthfully, I hadn't even considered Allanon when I thought about this character. I did read Sword of Shannara again last year, but my character would be very different from Allanon.
 
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Neurotic

Adventurer
My wouldn't :) I have reincarnate druid without animal companion in another game. 200 years old dwarf with a stuff, deep cowl and an attitude
 

Scotley

Adventurer
Ok, Scotley, I looked at the RG to refresh my memory somewhat. I guess I can probably find everything I need to make a Druid there and in the old Recruiting thread. Actually, my old character could be made very playable with some minor changes, but I don't know, I think I'd still rather try-out the Druid, although a druid seems just about as out-of-place in this game as a sorcerer. I was thinking about a druid whose defense of nature makes him seek out and destroy aberrations and monsters from the lower planes. I don't have a lot of specific plans or ideas yet, but I'm willing to consider suggestions, but I may not follow them all, or, heck, any of them.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with. A Druid could be useful.
 

Leif

Adventurer
New Druid PC

For an animal companion, I would like an earth elemental, if that's possible. I was thinking that this would be emblematic of my druid's connection with the earth (Gaia) and his commitment to maintaining the purity of the earth against the demon hordes issuing forth from the worldwound. He also hopes to find a way to heal or repair the wardstone.
 

MetaVoid

Explorer
For an animal companion, I would like an earth elemental, if that's possible. I was thinking that this would be emblematic of my druid's connection with the earth (Gaia) and his commitment to maintaining the purity of the earth against the demon hordes issuing forth from the worldwound. He also hopes to find a way to heal or repair the wardstone.
If I understand the story correctly, wardstone was destroyed and we are now the wards. You might need to build a new one. With heroes sacrificing themselves or at least their mythic power to build one. You could take that non-mythic option for extra 'mundane' power in mythic campaign. I cannot recall right now what it was, but I remember looking at it when I was making the character
 

Neurotic

Adventurer
For an animal companion, I would like an earth elemental, if that's possible. I was thinking that this would be emblematic of my druid's connection with the earth (Gaia) and his commitment to maintaining the purity of the earth against the demon hordes issuing forth from the worldwound. He also hopes to find a way to heal or repair the wardstone.
There is an archetype with four elemental eidolons (these are summoner pets, but not really :) ) - first of all, you get four of them, but with predefined evolutions..and second, it fits your description.

An elemental ally is a druid who has crafted powerful bonds of trust and friendship with one ally from each of the four primary elemental planes. Elemental allies are similar to genie-binders

Best part is, it replaces only wild empathy and natures lure.
 

Leif

Adventurer
If I understand the story correctly, wardstone was destroyed and we are now the wards. You might need to build a new one. With heroes sacrificing themselves or at least their mythic power to build one. You could take that non-mythic option for extra 'mundane' power in mythic campaign. I cannot recall right now what it was, but I remember looking at it when I was making the character
There is an archetype with four elemental eidolons (these are summoner pets, but not really :) ) - first of all, you get four of them, but with predefined evolutions..and second, it fits your description.

An elemental ally is a druid who has crafted powerful bonds of trust and friendship with one ally from each of the four primary elemental planes. Elemental allies are similar to genie-binders

Best part is, it replaces only wild empathy and natures lure.
Metavoid and Neurotic have some cool ideas here. What's the ruling from our Friendly Neighborhood DM???

I will say that I was leaning toward my druid having a preference for earth elementals.
 

Scotley

Adventurer
For an animal companion, I would like an earth elemental, if that's possible. I was thinking that this would be emblematic of my druid's connection with the earth (Gaia) and his commitment to maintaining the purity of the earth against the demon hordes issuing forth from the worldwound. He also hopes to find a way to heal or repair the wardstone.
I expect most of the archetypes recommended by others could be acceptable if you want to go that route.

If you really just want to play a druid with an earth focus and an earth elemental companion I'll offer you two simple options.

First pick a standard animal companion and add the Elemental Companion Archetype (Earth). I'd recommend an animal with a burrowing speed such as a badger or giant mole. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/druid/animal-companions/animal-companion-archetypes/elemental-companion-animal-companion-archetype/

Or I'll actually let you just take a small earth elemental as a companion.
 

Neurotic

Adventurer
Use animal stats for balance reasons. Just description it as an elemental. Bite can be double handed sam with crystals in the hands (slashing), burrow is moving earth etc :)

Simple reskinning
 

Leif

Adventurer
I expect most of the archetypes recommended by others could be acceptable if you want to go that route.

If you really just want to play a druid with an earth focus and an earth elemental companion I'll offer you two simple options.

First pick a standard animal companion and add the Elemental Companion Archetype (Earth). I'd recommend an animal with a burrowing speed such as a badger or giant mole. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/druid/animal-companions/animal-companion-archetypes/elemental-companion-animal-companion-archetype/

Or I'll actually let you just take a small earth elemental as a companion.
I like the small earth elemental as a companion option. That's actually what I was hoping for.
 
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MetaVoid

Explorer
There is only one advancement of the animal companion at 4th or 7th level, but there is The Beast Speaker feat that allows you to take magical beasts (one of them is bullete, but could as easily be an elemental). In addition, there is Beast mastery feat that allows special enhancement of said animal companion at 11th level.

Since Scotley allowed you to take small earth elemental, you could maybe take it as medium at 7th (which would give it size enhancement, +4 STR +4 CON -2DEX - part of this is size change) and take the above feats for further enhancements? Taking another size increment to the companion in addition to its changes through druid levels seems...too much. You already get to enhance it with feats, ability increases, archetypes, tricks and AC bonuses.


My 2 cents...on the other hand, I'm not the DM here, so good luck :)
 

Neurotic

Adventurer
Thanks for your two cents. I'm not at all familiar with this progression.
It is in animal companion descriptions. They get size enhancement and extra str, CON or whatever... But not +8 to everything as you would get with 2 size increases. But if Scotley allows you to cast animal spells on it you could enlarge it, acid maw it or whatever

Or, you could take size extra, but not druidic enhancement of animal companion... Or everything as Scotley rules. After all, I got a kobold fighter :)
 

Leif

Adventurer
Scotley, just how tough is a small elemental, anyway? Will hit dice be set by size, or tied to my HD?
 
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Scotley

Adventurer
Scotley, just how tough is a medium elemental, anyway? I figure it's size M, so roughly man-sized, but will hit dice be set by size, or tied to my HD?
Use some of these stats http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/outsiders/elemental/elemental-earth/small-earth-elemental/

But they are superseded by the animal companion chart here
http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/druid/animal-companions

Things like saves, hit dice and bab come from the second link and are based on your level.
 

Leif

Adventurer
I've done some reading about chargen and so forth, since I have little or no memory of my previous time in the game. I think I want to play a Druid named Devon Shield who quickly became disillusioned with the way that people and other creatures were misusing the natural world. He decided that he couldn't just stand idly by and so became a Ranger. When he attained mythic status, his call was to become a Guardian. Final Levels Druid 1, Ranger 5, Guardian T1.
 
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