Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dragonborn True Warrior

These fine fellows came up in my RL game recently where I needed strong warriors for an isolated dragonborn village, drifting between savage and civilized. 

When dealing with any kind of minion or type of intelligent humanoid thats going to be used more than once in a fight, remember its ok to break apart from the text. This may seem like old hat for some people but I find myself needing to remind myself. If there are twenty Dragonborn True Warriors coming at the PCs, and they all wield scale armor and bastard swords, your players either thinks:

1. My DM is just reading off the card or
2. This means something. Maybe they're part of a well trained unit, all under the same fighting style, or the bastard sword is important to their culture is some way.

I don't want 1. to be what they think of, because eventually its going to be important that they notice that a group of humanoids are all strangely alike.

So I'll grab some minis with different weapons and go with it, or describe some as wielding two swords or a great axe. No need to change the mechanics to create a vibrant group. Same thing with the dragonbreath. PCs know that dragonborn have several kinds of dragonbreath. They don't all need to breath fire unless theres a reason behind it.

Dragonborn True Warrior
Level 12 Minion Soldier
Medium natural humanoid
XP 175
Initiative +11                        Senses Perception +7
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion.
AC 28; Fortitude 28; Reflex 24; Will 24
Speed 5
m Bastard Sword (standard; at-will) • Weapon
+19 vs AC; +21 while bloodied; 5 damage
C Dragon Breath (minor; encounter) • Fire
Close blast 3; +17 vs Reflex; +19 while bloodied; 4 fire damage
 True Warrior’s Strike
When the dragonborn true warrior hits an enemy with an opportunity attack, the target is knocked prone.
Alignment Any
Languages Common, Draconic
Skills History +9, Intimidate +16, Athletics +17
Str 22 (+12)
Dex 16 (+9)
Wis 13 (+7)
Con 19 (+10)
Int 13 (+7)
Cha 16 (+9)
Equipment Scale Armor, Bastard sword
© 2009 Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved. This monster statistics block has been generated using the D&D Adventure Tools.

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