Surgical Scars (3.5e Flaw)

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Circle of Spores[edit]

Druids of the Circle of Spores find beauty in decay. They see within mold and other fungi the ability to transform lifeless material into abundant, albeit somewhat strange, life.

These druids believe that life and death are portions of a grand cycle, with one leading to the other and then back again. Death is not the end of life, but instead a change of state that sees life shift into a new form.

Druids of this circle have a complex relationship with the undead. Unlike most other druids, they see nothing inherently wrong with undeath, which they consider to be a companion to life and death. However, these druids believe that the natural cycle is healthiest when each segment of it is vibrant and changing. Undead that seek to replace all life with undeath, or avoid passing to a final rest, violate the cycle and must be thwarted.

Circle Spells[edit]

Your symbiotic link to fungus and your ability to tap into the cycle of life and death grants you access to certain spells. At 2nd level, you learn the Chill Touch cantrip. At 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th level you gain access to the spells listed for that level in the Circle of Spores Spells table.

Once you gain access to one of these spells, you always have it prepared, and it doesn’t count against the number of spells you can prepare each day. If you gain access to a spell that doesn’t appear on the druid spell list, the spell is nonetheless a druid spell for you.

Druid Level Spells
2nd Chill Touch
3rd Blindness/Deafness, Gentle Repose
5th Animate Dead, Gaseous Form
7th Blight, Confusion
9th Cloudkill, Contagion

Halo of Spores[edit]

Starting at 2nd level, you are surrounded by invisible necrotic spores that are harmless until you unleash them on a creature nearby. When a creature you can see moves into a space within 10 feet of you or starts its turn there, you can use your reaction to deal 2 necrotic damage. The necrotic damage increases to 3 at 6th level, 4 at 10th level, and 5 at 14th level. Additionally you have advantage on saving throws against poison, and you have resistance against poison damage.

Simbiotic Entity[edit]

At 2nd level, you gain the ability to channel magic into your spores. When you hit an enemy with a melee attack, you can expend a use of your Wild Shape feature to awaken those spores, rather than transforming into a beast form. You gain 4 temporary hit points for each level you have in this class. While this feature is active, you gain the following benefits: • When you deal your Halo of Spores damage, add 1d6 necrotic damage to the total. • Your melee attacks deal an extra 1d6 necrotic damage to any target they hit. This includes the attack triggering Symbiotic Entity.

These benefits last for 1 minute or until you use your Wild Shape again.

Fungal Infestation[edit]

At 6th level, your spores gain the ability to infest a corpse and animate it. If a beast or a humanoid that is Small or Medium dies within 10 feet of you, you can use your reaction to animate it, causing it to stand up immediately with 1 hit point. If the creature died as a result of your Halo of Spores damage, you do not need to use your reaction to trigger this effect. The creature uses the zombie stat block in the Monster Manual. It remains animate for 1 hour, after which time it collapses and dies.

In combat, the zombie's turn comes immediately after yours. It obeys your mental commands, and the only action it can take is the Attack action, making one melee attack.

You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Wisdom modifier (minimum of once), and you regain all expended uses of it when you finish a long rest.

Spreading Spores[edit]

At 10th level, you gain the ability to seed an area with deadly spores. As a bonus action while your Symbiotic Entity feature is active, you can hurl spores up to 30 feet away. where they swirl in a 10-foot cube for 1 minute. The spores disappear early if you use this feature again, if you dismiss them as a bonus action, or if your Symbiotic Entity feature is no longer active.

Whenever a creature moves into the cube or starts its turn there, that creature takes your total Halo of Spores damage. While the cube of spores persists, you can't use your Halo of Spores reaction.

Fungal Body[edit]

At 14th level, the fungal spores in your body alter you: you can't be blinded, deafened, frightened, or poisoned, and any critical hit against you counts as a normal hit instead, unless you're incapacitated.

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Surgical Scars[edit]

The removal of many grafts has left your body weakened and scared.
Prerequisite: 3 or more grafts that have been removed.
Effect: You receive a -2 on all strength and strength-based skill checks.
Roleplaying Ideas: Your character might constantly complain about how sore their scars are or how much they hurt.

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