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SuperheroEdit

Running into combat with their laser vision or teleporting abilities, superheroes are common in a variety of worlds. If you don't change the choice of powers for superheroes, it is recommended that you don't allow the old classes superheroes draw from, so that superheroes aren't overshadowed by those with a plethora of powers.

Making a SuperheroEdit

Superheroes are Barbarian-like casters with a variety of skills to choose from. While some superpowers can be used in a variety of situations, there are always going to be times when Color Spray does not help at all. When this happens, Superheroes will need to use skills or their somewhat lackluster basic fighting ability to get themselves out of the situation.

Abilities: Amazing Superheroes use Charisma, Doctor Superheroes use Intelligence, and Captain Superheroes use Wisdom. If you want to make sure your Superhero doesn't stay being a one-trick pony, it's probably a good idea to get a bit of Strength or Dexterity.

Races: Most worlds that have Superheroes are mainly composed of Humans, although there is no fundamental characteristic of theirs that makes it illogical to have Superheroes of other races.

Alignment: Any. Although Superhero implies goodness, perhaps the character is some form of Supervillain or antihero.

Starting Gold: 75; 3d4×10 gp.

Starting Age: Simple.

Table: The Superhero

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spellpower
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +0 +0 +0 Superpower, Class Prefix 1
2nd +1 +0 +0 +0 Change Superpower 2
3rd +2 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 3
4th +3 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 4
5th +3 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 5
6th +4 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 6
7th +5 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 7
8th +6/+1 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 8
9th +6/+1 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 9
10th +7/+2 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 10
11th +8/+3 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 11
12th +9/+4 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 12
13th +9/+4 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 13
14th +10/+5 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 14
15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 15
16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 16
17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 17
18th +13/+8/+3 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 18
19th +14/+9/+4 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 19
20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 20

Class Skills (Skill Points::4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Balance (Dex), Concentration (Con), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis) Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Tumble (Dex), Use Magic Device (Cha), Any two additional skills of your choice

Class FeaturesEdit

All of the following are class features of the Superhero.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Superhero is proficient with simple and martial weapons, and with light armor. He doesn't suffer from Arcane Spell Failure, however.

Class Prefix (Ex): When the character takes his first level in the Superhero class, he must choose a prefix. He can either be 'Amazing', 'Doctor' or 'Captain'.

Amazing: The Superhero's Reflex save becomes Good. In addition, he gets +1 to Spellpower at levels 2 and 4. The saving throws for his Superpower are Charisma-based.

Doctor: The Superhero's Will save becomes Good. In addition, five skills of your choice become class skills for him, and he gains two additional skill points per level (times 4 at first level). The saving throws for his Superpower are Intelligence-based.

Captain: The Superhero's Fortitude save becomes Good. In addition, he gains proficiency with medium armor, his base attack bonus improves to Full, and his hit dice improve to d12's. The saving throws for his Superpower are Wisdom-based.

Superpower: The Superhero has access to one Sorcerer, Cleric, Druid, Bard, Ranger, or Paladin spell with a total Spellpower value not greater than the Superhero's Spellpower. The base Spellpower of a spell is equal to 1 plus twice the spell's level. Any spell that can imitate more than one other spell gets a +7 increase in Spellpower. After that, you must choose how often the Superhero can cast the spell, and what modifications to apply to it.

Casting Frequency
How Often? Spellpower Modifier
Unlimited Castings -0
Must meditate for 1 full round to replenish casting -1
3/Day -2
1/Hour -2
1/Day -3
Modifications
Repeatable? Effect Spellpower Modifier
Yes Double range1 +1
Yes Double length of Cone, radius of Spread, etc.1 +2
Yes Double duration1 +2
No Gain the ability to change the damage type when you cast it +5
No Remove Somatic components +1
No Remove Verbal components +1
No Remove component costs of less than 1 gp +1
Yes Reduce XP cost by 50 × Superhero level +3
Yes Reduce component cost by 50 × Superhero level gp +2
No Remove Focus requirement +2
No Cast as a full-round action (If it would take 1-round or longer) +2
No Cast as a standard action (If it would take full-round action) +2
No Cast as a swift action (If it would take standard or move action) +8
No Cast as an immediate action (If it would take swift action) +3
No Cast as a full-round action (If it would take standard action or shorter) -1
No 1 minute casting time (If it would take 1-round action or shorter) -3
  1. Remember 3.5's obscure doubling rule.

Change Superpower: Every time the Superhero levels up, he may change his Superpower. He has a few choices: Change the casting frequency of his Superpower and any modifications on the Superpower; Change his Superpower to a different spell with the same school or subtype and change any modifications on the Superpower; Or change his Superpower to a different spell of a lower level and change any modifications on the Superpower.

Epic SuperheroEdit

Table: The Epic Superhero

Hit Die: d8

Level Special Spellpower
21st Change Superpower 21
22nd Change Superpower 22
23rd Change Superpower 23
24th Change Superpower 24
25th Change Superpower 25
26th Change Superpower 26
27th Change Superpower 27
28th Change Superpower 28
29th Change Superpower 29
30th Change Superpower 30

4 + Int modifier skill points per level.

Spellpower and Change Superpower: The Superhero continues gaining 1 Spellpower and changing his Superpower every level.

Dwarf Superhero Starting PackageEdit

Weapons: Dwarven Waraxe.

Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Skill Ranks Ability Armor
Check
Penalty
Concentration 4 CON
Intimidate 4 CHA
Jump 4 STR -5
Sense Motive 4 WIS

Feat: Shield proficiency.

Gear: Hide Armor, Heavy Steel Shield, 4 days of trail rations.

Gold: 8 gp.





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