21 July 2021

Earthdawn 4E: Rogues' Gallery 36 - Elementalist, Obsidiman [Alt]

This is the thirty-sixth 4E Rogues' Gallery, an ongoing series about Earthdawn Fourth Edition. Introduction and Index.

Everything contained here is the work of a fan and not associated with FASA Games.

Like other entries in the Rogues' Gallery [Alt] series, this presents NPCs in a different fashion easier to use in combat. Essentially, these are disposable opponents who don't need to have skills referenced. They are also written to be more appropriate as combat challenges for the given Circle.

This particular entry presents a Fifth Circle obsidiman Elementalist. They're quite tough by most standards and capable of handling themselves in close combat (likely to the dismay of their opponents). This Elementalist also has a nice variety of knockdown effects between Earth Spear and Shattering Stone to go along with their juiced up Earth Darts. They don't have much range, but definitely provide useful support for their allies.

I thought briefly about doing a character write-up for this adept, but realized that premise runs counter to the point of these alt entries. These are more disposable NPCs who should graduate to a full character if they end up with that kind of staying power and growth. This gives a basis for that development, but should more reflect the needs of the campaign.

Elementalist, Obsidiman

Challenge: Journeyman (Fifth Circle)

DEX: 5 Initiative: 5 Unconsciousness: 46

STR: 8 Physical Defense: 10 Death Rating: 53

TOU: 7 Mystic Defense: 13 Wound Threshold: 10

PER: 7 Social Defense: 9 Knockdown: 12

WIL: 7 Physical Armor: 12 Recovery Tests: 2

CHA: 4 Mystic Armor: 6 Karma: 4 (8)

Movement: 10

Actions: 1; Earth Darts (20 yards): 13 (11), Earth Spear (20 yards): 13 (12), Earth Staff: 13 (16), Shattering Stone (20 yards): 13 (12)


Air Armor (11): This power can be dispelled, giving the Elementalist -3 Physical Armor.

Astral Sight (12): As the talent, Player’s Guide, p. 129.

Awareness (12): As the talent, Player’s Guide, p. 129.

Earth Darts: This attack is made against Mystic Defense and the target suffers -4 Physical Armor until the end of the next round.

Earth Spear: This attack is made against Mystic Defense and the target makes a Knockdown test against the damage taken.

Earth Staff(15): This power can be dispelled.

Shattering Stone: This attack is made against Mystic Defense of each target in a 4-yard radius. Those affected make a Knockdown test against the damage taken.

Special Maneuvers:

Rocks Up in Your Shoes (Obsidiman Elementalist, Eart Darts): The obsidiman Elementalist may spend two additional successes on an Earth Darts test to extend the Physical Armor Penalty until the end of the encounter.

Equipment: Fernweave armor

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