Over time I've made numerous changes to the listed archetypes,
making them more comparative, more logical, more realistic, and in a
few cases, more playable. Of course, all this is merely the view of
myself and my players...
I guess most of us have done this to a greater or lesser extent, but here is the first installment of my changes.
Who knows. You may think of changes I've should have made/missed or vice versa. The changes are extensive so if you're the kind of rules lawyer who runs around screaming 'NOT CHANGE! NOT CHANGE!' while clutching your rulebook, read no further.
If you disagree with a change for any reason other than 'just because', or 'cos you've weakened me favourite race', don't bother to write. If you agree, need extra clarification, agree to a point but implemented a different change, or thought of changes I haven't made, let's discuss.
All changes are based on the 3rd Ed.
- Firstly, all characters with a mount receive Ride at no extra cost, as do all characters with Mounted Combat.
Allow choice of two fields of magick instead of enchantment plus one choice. I don't think all Cymrilian Magicians would desire to study Enchantment.
Lower CON to -1 (they tend to be very studious, spending most of their time in study. As a result they receive little exercise).
Increase DEX to 0. Why should they be less than average coordination? They do perform the intricate gestures needed to cast some spells.
Cymrilian Rogue Magician
Increase CHA to 0. I don't think they would necessarily be unlikeable or foul sorts, given that many rogues have to rely on a certain amount of persuasion.
Change Sec.Cbt to Rudimentary Cbt. They rely on guile, magic, and stealth rather than force of arms. They certainly wouldn't be as highly trained or effective as a Warrior-Mage.
Cymrilian Warrior Mage
Lower SPD to 0, but increase DEX to +1. Their training heavily favours the slightly more agile and coordinated individual, as they rely upon dexterity above speed. Change their Arcane Longsword to Longsword +1.
Lower initial HP to 8.
Their high tolerance should be due to their greater CON.
Base HP is based primarily upon size and mass, with Gnomekin being short and light. Even with this reduction they still end up with more HP than humans twice their size and weight, (14 HP, compared to the humanoid average of 12). They certainly shouldn't have the same base HP as a Thrall, let alone more!
Lower initial HP to 10. See reasons above.
Lower CHA to -1. They are suspicious, sour and ugly indiviuals who rely on their cunning, rather than charm for dealing.
A SPD on the ground of -4 seems excessive for these lithe creatures. I increased their SPD to -2 on the ground (slow, but not tortoise like). However, they are stongly averse to toil so I suggest lowering their CON to -1 (they are frail and easily exhausted).
I removed Secondary Combat. They are scholars not warriors, perhaps even looking down on such martial pursuits. At the most I wouldn't give them more than Rudimentary Combat. This also balances this career slightly and makes them more playable.
Investigator Option - this seemed very weak compared to the other options so I think Rudimentary Combat and a choice of 2 Thieving talents should be added.
Lower CHA to -1. They are often haughty, arrogant and condescending.
Araq Warrior Lower CHA to -3. They are murderous, sadistic and cruel, having little time, desire or experience of the niceties of communication.
Lower CON to 0. They're studious types who spend all their time reading etc. Hardly conducive to physical fitness.
lower initial HP to 12. They are tall and slender. Why should they have more HP than Cyrmrilians or Sindarans?
Lower CHA to -2. They are grim, cruel, suspicious, xenophobic, untrusting, and have little sense of humour. They certainly shouldn't have a positive score!
Increase initial HP to 8. Although small and slight, they are tough, living in a harsh climate. They certainly shouldn't have less HP than a Greenman or Darkling!
Lower STR and CON to -1. They shun all hard physical work, suing slaves, and are therefore probably physically unconditioned. Increase INT to +1. They receive extensive tutoring from an early age.
Their CHA should be -3, not +3. A misprint, as they are gruff and quiet.
Increase initial HP to 22. They are 10'-15' tall and 1000lbs + remember! 18 was barely more than a Thrall of 6'8" and 300lbs! This gives them a starting total of 31HP compared to the Thralls of 20 HP. Reasonable considering they are 4 times the weight and twice the height! They are giants after all!
Change SPD to -4 generally, but only -1 for walking/running etc. They may be slow, but imagine their strides!
Lower initial HP to 18. They are larger than a Thrall, but they don't even begin to approach the size and mass of a Kharakhan Giant!
Lower CON to -1. They tend to unhealthy as a result of lead poisoning. Increase INT to +1 as they follow arcane ways and study.
Lower CHA to -1 as they are moody, introspective loners. Increase CON to +1 as they perform extensive travels through harsh areas and terrain.
Xambrian Wizard Hunter
Increase CON to +1, as they travel tirelessly and extensively, wether to and from Omen, or in pursuit of quarry. They are the kind that know no rest...
increase CHA to -2. Although regarded with suspicion, and driven, moody and grim types, they certainly aren't as uncharismatic as an Imrian or Na-Ku!
Lower CHA to -2. Extensive persuasion and other such concepts are regarded as weak. They are also nasty, ugly, curt pieces of work who would sooner stab you than look at you. Put it this way: do you really think they'd be as persuasive, without resorting to a threat or torture, as the average person? Didn't think so...
Increase PER to +1. Their lifestyle demands alertness form the onset, especially in such a harsh, dangerous and unforgiving land.
Increase INT to +1. Their work does require a keen mind, especially when they engage in such acts as espionage, subtly steering and extracting information. Reduce STR to 0. They don't need to be strong to inflict maximum pain or fear.
Aamanian Witch Hunter
Increase PER to +2. They have to be very alert to track their quarry. Add Rudimentary Combat. Magic isn't always the answer, and they should know basic defense if all else fails.
Increase STR to +3. They must train in their heavy armour in order to offset it's encumbrance.
Reduce CHA to -1. They are a dour, moody and grim race.
Reduce CHA to -1. see Knife-fighter above.
Increase DEX to +3. Their work requires they be at least as agile and coordinated as a knife-fighter.
Reduce CON to +1. They aren't toe-to-toe warriors, and don't need to be as hardy as a knife-fighter.
Reduce SPD to 0. Why should they be swift runners?
Increase PER to +1. You need to be alert to survive in the dangerous Werewood.
Reduce base HP to 12. They are human spell-casters who don't endure great hardship.
Reduce CHA to -2. A cruel, nasty, despicable and violent folk.
Reduce CHA (see above).
Add Torture skill. It seems ludicrous that they lack the skill others see vital to worship.
Reduce CHA to -1.Crabby, foul tempered, demanding and ugly.
Reduce SPD to -1.Short with squat physique and short legs.
Change secondary Combat to Rudimentary Combat. they are rogues, not warriors, with guards and hunters to defend their caravans. They would rely on cunning, stealth, and a glib tongue.
(I'm unsure about this change. It seems logical but more feedback needed. All of my players are undecided as well.)
Zandir Swordsmage (Certament)
Reduce SPD to +1. They wouldn't be noticably faster than a Swordsman. Remove Mounted Combat. They are duellists, and the archetype doesn't even possess a mount anyway!
Reduce CHA to -2. While more charismatic than the warriors they ceratinly don't warrant anything higher.
Reduce CHA to -1. Grim survivalists without the time for niceties.
Reduce CHA to -1. Aggressive, foul tempered and very arrogant.
Increase WIL to +1. They are exceedingly tenacious and stubborn.
Add Strider Mount to Equipment.
Reduce CHA to -1. See above.
Make certain the requirements for Elite Dragon Troops are included.
Change steed to Strider.
Increase Secondary Combat to Primary. they worship through battle prowess and war. They probably spend even more time training than the typical warrior.
Reduce CHA to -1. See above.
Mondre Khan Warrior
Increase PER to +1. They are constantly alert from an early age, watching their environment for dangers such as Kang patrols.
Reduce CHA to -2. They are aggressive, eerie, distracted and sullen.
Reduce INT to +2. They certainly wouldn't be more intelligent than their wizards, or the Kasmir!
Increase INT to +3. They should be that little bit more cerebral than the bandits and merchants.
Reduce CHA to 0. Why should they have higher?
Reduce DEX to +1. They may have good manual dexterity but they aren't physical.
Reduce PER to 0. Why are they so observant and alert?
Increase INT to +3. They need it for their work.
Increase PER to +2. They need to be ever vigilant for tracking, stalking, enemy guards, and bodyguard duty.
Reduce CHA to -2. Mindless, nasty fanatics.
Rajan Desert Warrior
Increase STR to +2. They wear heavy armour and should be stronger than an assassin.
Reduce CHA to -1.
Increase INT to +3.
Reduce CHA to -2.
Increase initial HP to 16 (they're 7' 375lbs of muscle).
Increase CON to +1. They live a harsh life.
Reduce INT to -2. Why should they be more intelligent than Shadinn or Rajan warriors?
Increase CHA to -2.They may be morbid, but -3 is excessive.
Reduce CON to +1. Higher than Priests but lower than Tundra Scouts.
Increase STR and SPD to 0. Why should they have below average, or lower than the Priesthood?
Increase WIL to +2. Their will also represents their faith.
Increase WIL to +1. Their faith in the entities they serve, and the will to deal with such.
Increase CON to +2. They live brutal lives in a harsh environment where only the tough survive.
Increase DEX to 0. Why would they have lower?
Increase INT to -1. They may not be capable theorists but they are very cunning, sly and conniving.
Increase CHA to -2. Quite why they would be so much lower than just about any other race is beyond me.
Increase DEX to +1. They strike me as small, slightly agile, creatures, used to ducking and diving, spying and thieving.
Increase SPD to 0. They are larger than Gnomekin and Greenmen.
Sauran Dragon Priestess
Reduce CHA to -1. Although aggressive, warlike and direct they are the spiritual leaders of their species.
Reduce SPD to -2. Why should they be any swifter on their feet than the more physical warriors of their race?
Sauran Dragon Rider
Reduce CHA to -2. They are aggressive, warlike and direct.
Reduce CHA to -4. These morbid carrion eaters are more reviled than just about any other Talislantan race, reeking of decaying flesh. Even more than the warriors, they emdoby the very ideals other races find the most repugnant.
Increase DEX to 0. Why should they have a lower DEX than their priests?
Reduce CHA to -3. See above.
Reduce CHA to -2. They are cruel, brutish, and crude with the manners of swine.
Increase INT to 0. As the magicians and spiritual leaders of their people they should have at least average Intelligence and cunning. Reduce SPD to -2. Why should they be faster than the warriors?
Reduce WIL to +2. I agree that they would be stronger willed than the warlords but not by a margin of 4!
Reduce CHA to -2. See above
Reduce CHA to -2. A strange, moody and savage race.
Increase DEX to +1. They are supposedly graceful, elegant.
Reduce CHA to -3. They are boorish, ugly, crude, slovenly and brutish.
Increase WIL to +2. They would need to be just as tenacious and stubborn as the merchants.
Reduce CHA to 0. Why should they be more charismatic than the merchants?
Reduce CHA to -2. They are gruff, sullen and boorish.
Mogroth Amber Trader
Reduce initial HP to 18. They are comparative to a Monad. note - Monad has been modified.
Mud People Shaman
Reduce CHA to -2. Belligerent, aggressive and crude. They are slightly better than their warriors because they are the spiritual leaders.
Mud People Swamp Warrior
Reduce CHA to -3. See above.
Reduce HP to 12. They are still only human.
Increase WIL to -1. They aren't quite as weak-willed or hedonistic as the Thaecians.
Reduce CON to -2 and STR to -1. They are devout hedonists who shun all hard work and exercise.
Reduce STR to 0. Their strength should vary greatly depending on their performing focus.