27 June 2014

Earthdawn 4E: Example Character 19 - T'skrang Beastmaster

This is the nineteenth Example Character in an ongoing series about Earthdawn. Introduction and Index.

While a t'skrang may not seem a natural choice for a Beastmaster, it is actually a good fit. They have bonuses to Dexterity, Toughness, and Charisma, which are all important to a pet-style Beastmaster. Additionally, their Tail Combat racial ability is a natural fit with the Beastmaster's default Unarmed Combat. 

Each Circle saw this character improve one attribute and take a new Talent Option. There are no Thread Items on this character, however unlikely it may be. 

Note: The entries in this series may be updated periodically as I master the coding to fit all eight of the Circles in a fashion which doesn't result in eye melting. Consider these living entries. Please leave comments if there is anyway this could be made more useful.

Discipline: Beastmaster
Race: T'skrang

Attributes:
DEX: 19 (8)   STR: 16 (7)   TOU: 16 (7)
PER: 12 (5)   WIL: 10 (5)   CHA: 16 (7)

Characteristics:
Initiative: 5 (Recommended: Wyvern Skin [-3])
Physical Defense: 14
Mystic Defense: 7
Social Defense: 10

Physical Armor: 12 (Recommended: Wyvern Skin, Forged +4 [12])
Mystic Armor: 7 (Recommended: Wyvern Skin, Forged +4 [5])

Damage: 19 (Claw Shape); 28 (with Down Strike); 19 (Recommended: Short Sword, Forged +8 [12, Tail])

Unconsciousness: 88
Death: 103
Wound Threshold: 10

Recovery Tests: 4
Knockdown: 7
Karma: 32
Karma: Recovery Test, Unarmed Damage tests.

Talents: 
Avoid Blow: 9 (17)
Beast Weaving: 8 (13)
Claw Shape: 9 (19)
Unarmed Combat: 9 (16)
Wilderness Survival: 8 (13)
Animal Bond: 8 (15)
Awareness: 9 (14)
Animal Training: 8 (15)
Dominate Beast: 8 (13)
Enhance Animal Companion: 8 (13)
Great Leap: 8
Borrow Sense: 8 (13)
Blood Share: 8 (15)
Animal Companion Durability: 8
Animal Talk: 8 (13)
Battle Bellow: 8 (15)
Down Strike: 9 (16)
Call Animal Companion: 8 (13)
Claw Frenzy: 9 (16)
Animal Possession: 8

Here is an adept built around having animal companions. They are quite effective in a fight as well, but all of their talent options have been invested in having pets, or supporting them in some way. Leaving alone the world of selecting your animal companions and how to improve them with Animal Training and Enhance Animal Companion, there isn't much to say here.

This adept is still offensively powerful, but defensively weak, though this variety doesn't have quite the mobility of the pure combat ork Beastmaster. Along with the Initiative and additional defensive talents (Acrobatic Strike and Lion Heart). Though a properly selected and trained menagerie can supplement all of these activities and provide support in some unexpected ways.