[House Rules]Divine Elves Part 3: Nightblade

A recent thread on RPG.Net had an awesome premise.  What if you removed Clerics from OD&D and gave their magic to elves?

I thought the idea had merit.  The more I rolled it around in my head, the more I liked it.  Even if you left Clerics in, the spell creation and class creation rules in ACKS gave a perfect opportunity to build a ‘better elf’… or at least a different one.

So I did…see the previous post about the race build.  See the previous altered Spellblade Class.

In this post I’m going to rebuild the Nightblade class as a divine assassin.  Again, I’ve tweaked the spell list to my own tastes and vision.

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[House Rules]Divine Elves Part 2: Spellblade

A recent thread on RPG.Net had an awesome premise.  What if you removed Clerics from OD&D and gave their magic to elves?

I thought the idea had merit.  The more I rolled it around in my head, the more I liked it.  Even if you left Clerics in, the spell creation and class creation rules in ACKS gave a perfect opportunity to build a ‘better elf’… or at least a different one.

So I did…see the previous post about the race build

In this post I’m going to rebuild the Spellblade class as a divine warrior champion (essentially a full on paladin).  I’ve tweaked the spell list to my own tastes and vision, but it could have easily been a straight up cleric list (or bladedancer, or shaman, or whatnot).

The Divine Elven Spellblade

The Divine Elven Spellblade

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[House Rules]Divine Elves Part 1

A recent thread on RPG.Net had an awesome premise.  What if you removed Clerics from OD&D and gave their magic to elves?

I thought the idea had merit.  The more I rolled it around in my head, the more I liked it.  Even if you left Clerics in, the spell creation and class creation rules in ACKS gave a perfect opportunity to build a ‘better elf’… or at least a different one.

So I did…

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House Rules-Sundered Empires Part 3

Dual Classing

This particular set of house rules (untested yet) will undoubtedly be controversial.  I know a lot of people in the advanced circles have strong feelings about dual-classing, and it doesn’t even exist in B/X.  But it existed (and made a huge campaign impact) in my first campaign, so its important to me that players have this as an option.

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House Rules-Sundered Empires Part 2

I knew when I started the House Rules post that the house rule would be something like a living document with periodic updates.  Well here are a few I forgot/just came up with!

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[House Rules-New Monster]Drop Bear

They’d traveled for nearly a week in this green hell.  

They followed the map to Castle Fang that Orwen had uncovered in the Caves of Derok.  

Twenty experienced adventurers entered together into this alien landscape.  

Now only ten remained.  

“I don’t understand,” Aeric said, throwing down his pack as the group settled for a short rest.  “How can any place be so deadly?”

“Didn’t you know?” Twelith the elf asked.  “This land protects itself from all who would invade it.  The plants, the beasts, the ground itself seek to keep all out.  We have done ill coming to this place, and the land does not forgive.  We have yet to even see the worst this place has to offer.”

“And just what might that be?” Orwen asked from the ground where he leaned against a tree.

“Drop bears,” the elf said, in a hushed whisper.

Orwen burst into laughter.  When it stopped, he wiped the tears from his cheeks.  “Seriously elf?  That old story?  In a land where everything, and I mean everything is trying to kill us, you have to make up something else to scare the boy with?”

That was the last thing Orwen said.  A moment later a large, dark shape dropped from the tree above and tore him apart.  It happened so fast, the others could not even react before the creature hissed at them, and then scampered back up the tree, dragging the remains of Orwen in it’s teeth.

When the shock left them, the expedition immediately turned around and left for home.    

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House Rules-Sundered Empires Part 1

Everyone has their own house rules.  Everyone tweaks and modifies games to suit their own interests.  Here are mine (well, most of them…and mostly the ones I can think of right now).

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