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Changeling

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Andrew Berrigan


Changelings are people who use their skills in sorcery and in mysticism to transform themselves and their environment. They make natural spies because of their amazing talents, and can be either formidable enemies or powerful allies.

Role-Playing

The changeling hero can blend in almost anywhere. He can walk amongst the elves as an elf and walk amongst the minotaurs as a minotaur. Changelings always hide their true pasts and keep their own hidden agendas. Only their closest friends and companions should ever know that they are changelings, because it is in a changeling's very nature to live many lives. As for exactly what the changeling is after, only he knows, but it is this very goal that kept him from pursuing other schools of magic or mystical spheres during his days of training, and so ultimately, all of his major actions must somehow help him achieve this goal.

Requirements

Changelings have spent time in many foreign cultures and people in order to learn how to walk amongst them unnoticed. To reflect this experience, changeling heros must start out with at least 6 quests. In order to blend in, he does have some natural talent at disguise, so he must have a score of at least 6 in Presence. His true strength, however, lies in his magical powers. Every changeling must have a score of at least 7 and a code of A in Reason and Spirit. He must choose to be proficient in Spectramancy, Transmutation and any one other school of sorcery as well as the mystic spheres of Alteration, Channeling and Meditation. While none of his numerical scores are limited, a changeling can never have an ability code greater than B in any ability other than Reason and Spirit. This reflects how much devotion he has given these two forms of magic. Civilized humans, elves and half-elves can be changelings.

Advantages

Whenever a changeling uses the sphere of Alteration to change his appearance, he may double the duration of the spell without affecting the difficulty score (as listed on p. 76 of Book of the Fifth Age). Upon creation, a changeling hero may choose any five realms listed in Dusk or Dawn to be familiarized with. Any attempt to blend into these areas using a normal disguise receives an automatic trump bonus, unless the hero doesn't resemble the populace (i.e. a human changeling won't resemble a kender no matter how much make- up he uses). If he opts to use his powers of Alteration instead, the attempt becomes an automatic success. A hero must choose this role at creation, and cannot acquire it during game play.

Disadvantages

Every changeling has a reason for devoting so much of his life to his powers of transformation and blending in. Whatever this reason is, it infects every part of the changeling's life. Secretly, he always works toward this goal. Changeling heros never tell anyone what this goal is. Consequently, if a character discovers that the hero is indeed a changeling, he may mistrust him or even become hostile (other heros may act as they wish). Upon creation of a changeling, the player and the Narrator must decide upon a goal. This should be something that is not easily accomplished. If the Narrator ever feels that the hero is not working towards the goal, he may make an action check. Success means the hero remains a changeling, but must shape up his act. Failure means he must abandon the role, never to get it back. It is up to the Narrator to decide what a mishap would signify. If the hero actually succeeds in achieving his nearly impossible goal, then he may choose a new role while keeping all the advantages of a changeling. If, in order to complete a disguise, a changeling needs to use a shield, suit of armor or weapon that is normally outside of his skill range, he is allowed to wear them without penalty. If he ends up in combat with these items, however, then every combat action must be a random draw, and the unwieldy shields and armor not only offer no protection, but also reduce all agility action scores by 2.

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