Guromescai Paragon (3.5e Racial Paragon Class)
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Arcane spellcasters and swimmers, a guromescai paragon is charming and deadly potent with the arcane arts.
Making a Guromescai Paragon
The ability to cast spells is always a mighty boon, but their delicate bodies must be kept out of danger.
Abilities: A guromescai paragon often has a high ability score for whichever key ability modifies her spell casting. Her Dexterity is important to improve her maneuverability.
Starting Gold: 3d4 ×10 gp (75 gp).
Starting Age: Simple.
|1st||+0||+0||+2||+0||Minor Telepathy 30 ft., Low-Light Vision||+1 arcane spellcasting class|
|2nd||+1||+0||+3||+0||Fast Swimmer +10 ft.||+1 arcane spellcasting class|
|3rd||+1||+1||+3||+1||Ability Boost (Dexterity +2)||+1 arcane spellcasting class|
Guromescai paragons advance their spell casting abilities as well as expand upon their racial talent for swimming and develop the telepathy of their malaquian parentage. All of the following are class features of the guromescai paragon.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Guromescai paragons are proficient with all simple weapons. They are not proficient with any type of armor or shield. Armor of any type interferes with a guromescai paragon’s gestures, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.
Spellcasting: At 1st level, a guromescai paragon casts spells as if she had gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class. If she is a first level character, she may choose a base arcane spellcasting class in which to advance her spellcasting from. She gains no other class features of that class.
Low-Light Vision (Ex): At 1st level, she can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of shadowy illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions. As a spellcaster, she can read a scroll as long as even the tiniest candle flame is next to her as a source of light.
Fast Swimmer (Ex): At 2nd level, a guromescai paragon’s swim speed is faster than the norm for her race by +10 feet. This benefit applies only when she is wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying the guromescai paragon’s speed because of any load carried or armor worn.
Guromescai Paragon Starting Package
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 2 + Int modifier.
Feat: Combat Casting.
Spells Known: as sorcerer
Gold: 42 gp.
Playing a Guromescai Paragon
Other Classes: Due to her natural charm, she will often get along with most other classes (at least those willing to get along with others).
Combat: A guromescai paragon stays back, using her spells to buff her allies, de-buff her opponents, manipulate the battle field and wield destructive arcane energies, all while staying protected and out of harm's way.
Advancement: A guromescai paragon often sticks with her initial spellcasting class before moving on to a Prestige Class that suits their personal style.
Guromescai Paragons in the World
|“||No, I'm not sure if you can get a tan off of a daylight spell, but I'm willing to try.||”|
|—Milyavi, guromescai paragon/sorcerer, attempting to relax and brighten a dreary day.|
Willing to explore and wander the lands, a guromescai paragon will seek out any place she feels welcome and useful.
Daily Life: A day is a time to practice skills, earn your way in the world, make and maintain friendships, examine your self worth and purpose and place in the world. Guromescai paragons are driven by interpersonal relationships and the need to fit in and contribute.
Notables: Usima Guromescai, one of the earlier guromescai (and the reason the term became used to describe the race in general) was a traveling scholar and channeler of great arcane power, as well as civil rights activist. In her later years, she pushed forward for equal rights for races often considered "monstrous". Her record for the quickest swim of the 5 Channels remains unbroken to this day, nearly four centuries later.
Organizations: Most often, guromescai paragons stick with their arcane peers, or among their friends, however, when they do gather together, they form deep friendships and camaraderie that stems from having a thin racial identity.
NPC Reactions: Small town folk will often be initially put off by guromescai, both because of their appearance and because of their arcane powers. Cosmopolitan areas, which are used to that sort of this, often take little notice of such things, and treat them just like any other adventurer type. Often, it is the guromescai paragon's charming personality that warms the hearts of others and shifts their attitudes.
Guromescai Paragon Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (geography) or Knowledge (local) can research guromescai paragons to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|5||hailing from submerged and coastal cities, guromescai paragons conjure magic from their graceful movements and rhythms.|
|10||Guromescai paragons are fluid swimmers with keen eyes.|
|15||Guromescai paragons have honed their mental skills and unlock the ability to communicate telepathically.|
|20||Quick, graceful, charming and elegant, the guromescai paragon is well studied of arcane knowledge, as if having to uncover some great mysteries within herself.|
Guromescai Paragons in the Game
Guromescai paragons are most often utilitarian mages, helping out others with their magical skill. They may back up troops and militia or simply do whatever their whims bring them to do.
Adaptation: A divine spellcasting guromescai paragon that functions more as a traveling healer, replacing the arcane spellcasting progression with divine spellcasting progression as well as a d6 HD instead of a d4.
Sample Encounter: Spending a day looking over a sea shrine, she relaxes. She is initially friendly toward visitors if they approach with civility. If the PCs spot her first, they may mistake her as a monster, to which she will respond with guarded attack whilst trying to communicate with them. If she spots them first, she will take cover and watch the PCs actions from a safe hiding distance. If the PCs do anything disrespectful to the shrine, she will attack. If the PCs honor the shrine, she will show herself and offer her aide. She is well versed in any recent local events the PCs may be interested in. If the PCs gain her trust, she will likely be flirty and joyous after only a few minutes.
|female guromescai guromescai paragon 3|
|CG Medium Humanoid (Aquatic)|
|Init/Senses||+7/Listen +1, Spot +1|
|AC|| 14, touch 13, flat-footed 11|
(Bracers of Armor +1, +3 Dexterity)
|hp||12 (3 HD)|
|Fort/Ref/Will||+1/+3/+1; −4 on Fortitude saves to resist non-lethal damage due to exposure to inhospitable environments.|
|Speed||30 ft. (6 squares), swim speed 40 ft. (see Fast Swimmer)|
|Melee||shortspear +0 (1d6−1/20), range 20 ft.|
|Ranged||light crossbow +4 (1d8/19-20)|
|Spells Known||(CL 3rd):|
|Abilities||Str 8, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 17|
|SQ||Amphibious (Ex), Lithe Build (Ex), Water-breathing (Ex), Minor Telepathy (Su) 30 ft., Low-Light Vision (Ex), Fast Swimmer (Ex).|
|Feats||Simple Weapon Proficiency, Combat Casting, Improved Initiative.|
|Skills||+3 Bluff (Cha), +6 Concentration (Con), +5 Escape Artist (Dex), +3 Knowledge (arcana) (Int), +3 Spellcraft (Int), +7 Swim (Dex).|
|Possessions||backpack, flint & steel, elixir of love, elixir of hiding, potion of cure light wounds ×2, 1,000 gp|