28 July 2021

Earthdawn 4E: Rogues' Gallery 37 - Elementalist, Ork [Alt]

This is the thirty-seventh 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 Seventh Circle ork Elementalist. They have a versatile suite of abilities to help control the battlefield and support their allies. Fire Spear and Fireball deal pure damage, while Earth Darts helps soften up an opponent, and Earth Spear and Fire Whip offer some control effects. Given their relative toughness, an encounter with this ork Elementalist as support is likely to be brutal. Particularly when perhaps the worst move is to directly engage them in close combat and allow them to bring their Fire Whip into play.

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, Ork

Challenge: Journeyman (Seventh Circle)

DEX: 6 Initiative: 5 Unconsciousness: 53

STR: 6 Physical Defense: 13 Death Rating: 59

TOU: 6 Mystic Defense: 17 Wound Threshold: 9

PER: 8 Social Defense: 13 Knockdown: 8

WIL: 7 Physical Armor: 11 Recovery Tests: 2

CHA: 5 Mystic Armor: 7 Karma: 4 (8)

Movement: 12

Actions: 1; Earth Darts (20 yards): 18 (17), Earth Spear (20 yards): 18 (18), Fire Spear (20 yards): 18 (20), Fire Whip (4 yards): 18 (20), Fireball (20 yards): 18 (18)


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

Astral Sight (15): As the talent, Player’s Guide, p. 129.

Awareness (15): 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.

Fire Spear: This attack is made against Mystic Defense.

Fire Whip (13): Entangled targets suffer damage each round. The Fire Whip Step is the Difficulty to escape. This spell can be dispelled against Difficulty 12.

Fireball: This attack is made against Mystic Defense of each target in a 4-yard radius. Those affected also suffer partial blindness until the end of the next round.

Special Maneuvers:

Lash Kiss (Ork Elementalist, Fire Whip): The ork Elementalist can spend an additional success on a Fire Whip Attack test to entangle the target.

Equipment: Fernweave armor

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