Gazebo (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|—Joshua, human gazebo|
A gazebo is perhaps the most inconspicuous of disguises that one might encounter in the D&D world. No one ever attacks a gazebo, nor does anyone ever suspect that it might not be what it seems. It is for this reason that the ancients developed the knowledge enabling a transformation into a gazebo. Over the centuries since that time, the very knowledge of this power's existence has remained a closely guarded secret, unknown to the wider world.
Becoming a Gazebo
Characters might pursue this class in order to enhance their performance abilities, or to simply be able to turn into an inconspicuous gazebo at just the right moment.
|Spellcasting:||Must be able to cast a polymorph spell.|
|Special||Must have helped to build a gazebo. (See Ex-Gazebos for details on gazebo-building requirements.)|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Alternate Form: Gazebo, Gazebo Mysteriousness|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+3||Summon Band, Gazebo Performance||+1 spellcasting class level|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
All of the following are class features of the gazebo.
Spellcasting: At the second level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in the spellcasting class with which you can cast the Polymorph spell. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one applicable arcane or divine spellcasting class before becoming a Gazebo, you must decide to which class to add the level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known. If you have no spellcasting classes through which you qualify for this prestige class (for example, by being able to cast a Polymorph spell as a spell-like ability), you gain no benefit from this class feature.
Weapon Proficiency: Gazebos gain the ability to use musical instruments as weapons without suffering a penalty for using an improvised weapon.
Gazebo Mysteriousness: You become more mysterious.
Alternate Form: Gazebo (Sp): At level 1, as a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity, you have the ability to transform into a gazebo. The details of the gazebo are up to you, but if you have particular types or subtypes (other than humanoid), your alternate form should somehow reflect them. As long as you are in this form, you cannot move on your own, though you may be able to see, hear, or communicate depending on the particular details you choose. You gain DR 10/fire and are treated as a construct while in this form. An anti-magic field will prevent you from shifting forms; otherwise, you may dismiss this form at any time as a standard action that provokes an attack of opportunity. You can cast spells as a gazebo if you use the Still Spell and Silent Spell feats to do so. (You need some means of detecting an enemy to target them.) Any worn equipment will be merged into your new form, and any held items will fall to the floor inside the gazebo.
Summon Band (Sp): Once per day, as a standard action, you can summon a small band to perform. This ability is usable only in your gazebo alternate form. The skill of the band requires you to make a skill check for perform (string instruments). The band plays inside the gazebo for 3 hours or until dismissed. The band will also disappear if you leave your gazebo form.
Gazebo Performance (Ex): While in your gazebo form, you grant a +3 circumstance bonus to Perform and Diplomacy checks made within your area, even if you don't have ranks in the relevant skill. If you do have ranks in the relevant skill, this bonus increases to +5, and if you have at least five ranks, it increases to +7.
Gazebo Polymorph stats
|Hit Dice:||2d100 + 32|
|Armour Class:||18 (0 Dex, -2 Size, +10 Natural Armor), touch 8, flat-footed 18|
|Attributes:||Str 30, Dex 10, Con -, Int 4, Wis 12, Cha 14|
Construct: Immune to mind-influencing effects, poison, disease, and similar effects. Not subject to critical hits, subdual damage, ability damage, energy drain, or death from massive damage.
Gazebos who are slain in their gazebo alternate form, in addition to being returned to life, must build a new gazebo with their own hands before regaining their class abilities, as do gazebos who willfully and knowingly destroy another gazebo. They can have help, but they must oversee and take an active part in the work throughout the entire process - from planning the gazebo's location, to drawing up plans, to building the gazebo itself.
An Atonement spell does not meet this requirement, nor any other similar spells or abilities. The Ex-Gazebo must build a new gazebo, and that is the only way.
Playing a Gazebo
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Combat: A gazebo can be used to provide cover, or ranged units could stand on top. A player with the gazebo class can use it to avoid having to fight at all; after all, who would attack a gazebo? But remember: You are considered as a construct while in gazebo form, granting immunity to a number of mind-altering effects, but also preventing most healing and resurrection spells from affecting you either.
Advancement: Any, really. Bard abilities work well with the gazebo ones.
Gazebos in the World
|—Linnia, elven gazebo|
Gazebos are a strange lot. They prefer subtlety to force, both in the small scale and in the wider world. A gazebo might be a spy, or an assassin, or a thief. They work behind the scenes, unseen and unnoticed, to bring about their desires.
NPC Reactions: NPCs react to gazebos in the same way they would react without the class present. NPCs react to gazebos in their alternate form in the same way they would react to a regular gazebo.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Architecture and Engineering) can research gazebos to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||It's a gazebo. What else do you need to know?|
|16||Some gazebos are not what they seem.|
|21||Rare individuals develop the ability to magically turn themselves into a gazebo.|
|26||Gazebos can change the appearance of their alternate form to suit any occasion.|
Gazebos in the Game
NPC gazebos are just plain gazebos. In short, there generally are no NPC gazebos. Player gazebos can fit into the game in just about any way imaginable. Their only limitation is their inability to fight while in gazebo form.
Adaptation: The gazebo could be a stage, or a bandstand, or a deck, or some other outdoor architectural structure.
Sample Encounter: Odds are very low that players will actually attack a gazebo. Seriously, who does that? It would be ridiculous!