Monday, July 12, 2004

Totem Warriors - Four

Okay I think I am getting to the point where I am ready to make some rules.
Here is a first draft, you can make some comments before I finalize it.
In Lieu of an animal companion, the Totem Warrior gets.
1. Summon Animal [sp] (of the Totem Type) with HF equal to TW levels for 1rd/TW levels once per day. It has the Celestial Template. This is a standard action to summon, and the animal can understand the TW and obey his commands.
2. The Totem Warrior gets 1 Totem Point per 2 TW levels per day [Sp]. These operate like low powered Hero Points. To activate this requires a Standard Action, and the Focus of a Totem item (rod or amulet), and verbal componets..
The character makes a request for aid from his totem spirit. The actual assistance is up to the DM to determine the most appropriate form of the aid. The aid should be consistance with the 'theme' of the Totem Spirit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely like the idea. It replaces the frail and often cumbersome animal companion with a couple of abilities that seem in keeping with the class, not too powerful, but useful and of equal use/strength as the ever-present companion. Of course, it remains to be seen how they operate in-game, but they're definitely interesting and seem useful. I would caution about the DM adjudicating the Totem Point actions on the fly, as there is the chance that they can be too powerful or too weak. But a lot of AU relies on DM discretion, and this ability doesn't seem particularly out of line with other aspects of the game; it'll just put DM experience into more direct use.


4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm… gotta confess that i'm left wanting more than your simple and coherent rule system there. i don't know that having a few coherent animal related abilities is what makes for a meaningful campaign experience. is it too generic? (why of course the fire mage shoots fire bolts, while the grout mage shoots bolts of pure grout! and now, the weasle mage... uh totem warrior shoots ice weasels! ;) from a campaign perspective, isn't the point of a totem warrior for the character to manifest a deeply meaningful connection with the animal spirit as a way of life?


3:56 PM  
Blogger Scholz said...

This just replaces the animal companion. The rest of the Totem Warrior stuff, including genre issues applies.
But I will say, that I don't want to force a single interpretation of the 'theme' of a class. The player should work with the DM to have a coherent character concept, but that might be different from one TW to another.

8:10 PM  

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