Psiforged (4e Race)
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Masters of magic, built in secret forges.
|Average Height: 6'0" - 6'6"|
|Average Weight: 250-290 lb.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Intelligence, +2 Constitution|
|Speed: 6 squares|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Endurance, +2 Intimidate|
|Living Construct: You are a living construct. As a living construct, you can attach and embed warforged components. You do not eat, drink, breathe, or sleep. You never make Endurance checks to resist the effect of starvation, thirst, or suffociation. All other conditions and effects affect your normally.|
|Unsleeping Watcher: You do not sleep and instead enter a state of inactivity for 4 hours to gain the benefits of an extended rest. While in this state, you are fully aware of your surroundings and notice approaching enemies and other events as normal.|
|Psiforged Mind: You get a +1 racial bonus to your Will defense.|
|Psiforged Resilience: When you make a death saving throw, you can take the better result of your die roll or 10.|
|Psiforged Versatility: At first level, you may choose to either gain training in additional skill from your class's trained skills list, or you may gain Skill Focus for a skill you are already trained in as a bonus feat.|
A new breed of construct has emerged from deep within the bowels of Sharn. Unlike their more simple minded cousins, the warforged, the psiforged have a keen intellect and an aptitude for the arcane and psionic arts. Created in secret after the war by Merrix d'Cannith, many psiforged remain loyal to House Cannith, and believe themselves to play an integral part in the house's future schemes.
Play a psiforged if you want...
- To be a construct designed for magical combat.
- To be discovering the world, its wonders and its challenges, for the first time.
- To play a character who analyzes everything and delights in intellectual pursuits.
- To be a member of a race that favors the artificer, psion, swordmage, warlock, and wizard classes.
The design of the psiforged is quite similar to that of their predecessors, the warforged. A skeleton of metal supports woody fibre bundles, which act as muscles, and fluid carrying tubes, which act as a circulatory system. Their skin is often a combination of cloth, leather and metal plates. Psiforged are more slightly built than warforged, resulting in reduced physical strength and reduced robustness. Most psiforged have the characteristic three-fingered hands of warforged, however, psiforged hands tend to be designed with greater manual dexterity in mind. A few psiforged are out-fitted with fine-fingered five digit hands.
The most striking distinction between warforged and psiforged is, however, the incorporation of crystals into the psiforged design. Siberys shards, Khyber shards, deep crystal harvested from the Mournland, amethyst, quartz, and other crystals are visible within a psiforged's frame or embedded within the composite platting of the torso or head. The properties of these crystals enhance a psiforged's ability to summon, channel, and control magical energies.
Like warforged, psiforged have a sexless body shape. However, psiforged are more socially conscious than warforged, and are more likely than warforged to self-identify with a specific gender, as well as adopt behaviours associated with that gender within the regional culture.
Playing a Psiforged
Psiforged are experiments, prototypes of a new design of living construct. Most psiforged are one or two years old, a few are three. Psiforged delight in learning and solving problems, though due to their young age, they do so without the benefit of experience. Psiforged enjoy exploring and adventuring as it allows them to discover the world and its challenges, however their naïveté often gets them into trouble. Psiforged are more socially-minded than warforged, and so are more sensitive to the pervasive discrimination against constructs. Psiforged approach the world with few biases, and thus their ideas and behaviour may seem unorthodox to others. Many psiforged retain close ties to House Cannith, while others are simply free agents, seeking to understand the world.
Psiforged Characteristics: Adventurous, analytical, calculating, clannish, curious, focused, enthusiastic, exploratory, industrious, intellectual, introspective, inventive, loquacious, loyal, methodical, naïve, non-confrontational, obsessive, perfectionist, persistent, polite, practical, secretive, subservient, unflappable, unorthodox.
Psiforged Names: Anchor, Andradite, Cabochon, Conduit, Controller, Channel, Chrysoprase, Cynosure, Demantoid, Derivative, Devisor, Encephalon, Executor, Fettle, Grimoire, Harmonic, Integral, Malachite, Mender, Nexus, Nucleus, Obsidian, Onyx, Pentacle, Poniard, Prestidigitator, Resonance, Spark, Zircon
Three sample psiforged adventurers are described below.
Spectre was soon abandoned by his creators. He heard voices, talked to empty rooms, and was generally very strange. They were glad be rid of him. He followed the voices and the folk and the creatures others couldn't see, up, from the undercity warrens, into the lower levels of Sharn. He made a pact with some of these vestiges, and soon he had made a name for himself in the city, or rather, a profession: Inspector, a private detective. But someone called him 'spector for short, and the name stuck. Spectre doesn't place ads, but word of him gets around: there's this strange looking warforged in upper Dura, and he can see dead people.
From a distance, Amadeus looks human. Up close, it is clear his waxen face is made of wax, and the eyes that lurk behind it are not human at all. Amadeus is a psiforged artificer whose greatest goal is to become human. From his studies of machines and natural anatomy, he has come to believe that the constructed and the birthed are not so dissimilar: all living things are machines. The only barrier to constructing creatures of flesh is skill and knowledge, and Amadeus believes with time he will inevitably acquire both.
Resonance is a psiforged wizard. The crystals within her hum and flash and sparkle whenever she is casting a spell, or when she is thinking very carefully about something, or in other words, all the time. She is quick to correct anyone who refers to her as a 'he' or 'it', insisting equally on her personhood and femaleness. She emphasizes her personhood by presenting anyone who cares her citizen's papers, and her femaleness by festooning her armour with pretty pink ribbons. In fact, she is quick to correct anyone about anything, regardless of the time or place. If the villain proclaims there 'be not no man no where who can put stop to this eldritch ritual', Resonance will be the first to point out both the double-negative, and how the statement says nothing about women or genderless persons. In battle, Resonance puts her quick wit to the task of optimal performance, maximizing devastation to the enemy while minimizing harm to herself and her allies.
The following feats are exclusive to the psiforged race.
The following feats may also be of interest to players creating a psiforged character.