Imp (4e Race)

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Imp by Les Edwards

Once a devilish familiar or servant, now a mischievous adventurer.

Racial Traits
Average Height: 1'6 - 3'4
Average Weight: 25 - 38 lbs
Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, and +2 to Intelligence or Charisma
Size: Small
Speed: 4, fly 6 (altitude limit 1; normal load only) squares
Vision: Low-light
Languages: Common, Supernal
Skill Bonuses: +2 Arcana, +2 Bluff
Immortal Origin: You are considered an immortal creature for the purposes of effects that relate to creature origin. You have the devil keyword.
Impish Detection: You are considered to be trained in Arcana for the purpose of detecting magic, and you gain a +2 bonus to such checks. You gain a +2 bonus to Insight checks made to determine a creature's alignment.
Tail Sting: You can use tail sting as an Encounter power.
Infernal Heritage: When your imp character gains a class utility power after 1st level, you can forgo taking a power granted to you by your class. Instead you gain a imp utility power of the same level or lower.

Tail Sting Imp Racial Power
A quick stab with your poisonous tail!
Minor Action Melee 1
Target: One creature
Attack: Dexterity + 2 or Intelligence + 2 Vs. Fortitude
Hit: 5 poison damage and the target takes a -2 penalty to Will until the end of your next turn.

Level 11: Dexterity + 4 or Intelligence + 4; 7 poison damage.
Level 21: Dexterity + 6 or Intelligence + 6; 10 poison damage.

Play an Imp if you want...

  • To be an adventurer with an infernal origin.
  • To be a mischievous prankster.
  • A member of a race that favours the Rogue, Sorcerer or Psion classes.

Physical Qualities[edit]

Imps are small, unattractive humanoids with a tail and bat-like wings. Their tail ends in a barb that can deliver a toxin that saps the will of its victim. Like most devils, they have a pair of horns which can range from conical and stubby, to extravagant ram horns.

Playing an Imp[edit]

Imps are created from a larva in Hell or Acheron. They are very minor devils created to spread evil, often summoned as familiars for wizards. Occasionally an imp will find itself masterless and for whatever reason does not or cannot return to its home plane. Such adventuring imps tend to be mischievous rather than evil. They are fond of pranks and misleading people. A generous rationale for this behaviour is that imps can feel lonely, and this is their way of attracting the attention of humans. Inevitably the target of their attention becomes irritated by such tomfoolery and spurns the imp.

With their ability to become invisible and their penchant for skulduggery, they can find employment as informants or spies with those who can tolerate their company.

Imp Characteristics: Mischievous, gregarious, irritating, sneaky, clingy

Names: Bapah, Arexarc, Esitason, Ptalatah, Ucaalz, Honzersapon

Imp Adventurers[edit]

Chequomos is an imp rogue. He is performing penetent duties for a chivalrous order that has taken to capturing devils. He serves a cavalier with whom he has a relationship of mutual ill-manner. He tolerates this punishing work hoping to break his bonds with the devil lord that created him.

Imp Feats[edit]

Heroic Tier Racial Feats
Name Description
Impish Bite Bite attack
Nasty Sting Tail sting causes more damage.
Paragon Tier Racial Feats
Name Description
Impish Resistance Resist 2 + 1/2 level fire, cold, lightning
Epic Tier Racial Feats
Name Description
Infernal Regeneration Regeneration 2 whilst bloodied

Imp Utility Powers[edit]

When your imp character gains a class utility power after 1st level, you can forgo taking a power granted to you by your class. Instead you gain an imp utility power of the same level or lower.

In addition to the following, you may choose from the powers at Devil Powers.

Vanish Imp Utility 2
You fade from sight, opening up many opportunities for tricks and mirth.
Encounter Star.gif Illusion
Standard Action Personal
Effect: You become invisible until the end of your next turn or until you hit or miss with an attack.

Impish Polymorph Imp Utility 6
Your form morphs into that of a common or uncommon animal, ideal for evading those pursuing castle guards!
At-Will Star.gif Polymorph
Minor Action Personal
Effect: You assume the form of a giant spider, raven, giant rat or goat. Your size remains Small. While you are in this form, you cannot use attack, utility or feat powers. Your equipment becomes part of this form, but you drop anything you are holding except implements and weapons you can use. You continue to gain the benefits of the equipment you wear. You can use the properties and powers of implements and worn magic items, but not weapons or wondrous items. Your equipment cannot be removed and is inaccessible.

You can end the effect as a minor action.

Venomous Sting Imp Utility 10
Your toxin is even more deadly, pulsing through the veins and minds of your foes.
Daily Star.gif Poison
No Action Personal
Trigger: You hit a creature with tail sting
Prerequisite: Tail sting
Effect: Instead of 5 poison damage, the target takes ongoing 10 poison damage. Instead of the Will penalty lasting until the end of your next turn, it is (save ends).

Impish Flight Imp Utility 16
A downward thrust with your wings, and you ascend to the highest window of the tower.
Minor Action Personal
Effect: Until the end of your next turn, you do not have an altitude limit on your flight and you can hover.

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