Veteran (3.5e Template)

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Veteran creatures are significantly more experienced and seasoned combatants who have lived among a world wrought with strife. More durable and more dangerous than their counterparts, they are talented individuals.

Veteran Qualities[edit]

Most Veteran creatures bear scars of past conflicts, having lived a life of difficulty and fighting out of absolute necessity. Albeit marred and marked by their experiences, Veterans are markedly more talented combatants who have nearly a lifetime's worth of strife to draw on for wisdom in battle, regardless of their actual age.

Physically, Veterans vary greatly by species, but the majority of Veterans show at least minor scarring from not-quite-turned blades and long healed burns from evasive maneuvers past. Most Veteran creatures are older than average creatures of their like, having survived by a combination of luck and talent to have gotten as far as they have. While certainly not frail, Veteran creatures might show their age, including younger Veteran creatures, just from prolonged stress alone, sporting the occasional silvered hair or two. In the case of most animals and magical beasts, they are frequently larger and heavier than their counterparts, but the same is seldom seen in humanoids, monstrous humanoids and giants, who only appear more weathered if at all.

Psychologically, Veteran creatures are much more canny combatants who can rapidly assess their situations before taking action. Not often prone to spur of the moment type conflict, a Veteran knows to pick and choose their fights, and when combat turns from bad to worse. A Veteran Hill Giant, for example, might recognize that the adventurers it spotted are exceptionally well armed and outfitted, and have a large band of at least six members, and instead opts to avoid them altogether rather than initiate a conflict it probably cannot win. Needless to say Veteran creatures are far from cowardly, most Veterans are exceptionally heroic creatures for their kind, and when drawn into a fight, engage with practiced talent and or has the company of other allies, often those who make up for their personal lacks.

Humanoid Veterans, like those of human or dwarf origin, along with the other mortal races, typically serve as lieutenants or captains among a regulated fighting force, if at the very least as sergeants. In the case of those less reputable, Veteran bandits and highwaymen are typically a leader or individual of importance or power to the group. Animals and magical beasts vary, but more often than not Veteran animals and magical beasts are simply more experienced members of their species, and on rare occasion, unusual members of their species such as a black tiger or golden unicorn.

Creating a Veteran[edit]

The Veteran template is an acquired template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature that is an animal, magical beast, humanoid, monstrous humanoid or giant.

Size and Type[edit]

The base creature’s type does not change.

Hit Dice[edit]

Same as the base creature.


Same as the base creature.

Armor Class[edit]

The Veteran creature's Armor Class receives a permanent +2 Dodge bonus or a +2 Deflection bonus, whichever it would deem more beneficial or would provide the largest increase to Armor Class.


Same as the base creature.


All damage rolls for a Veteran creature receive a +2 Competence bonus.

Special Attacks[edit]

Same as the base creature.

Special Qualities[edit]

All Veteran creatures receive a +1 Competence bonus to all saving throws.


A Veteran creature may gain either of the two following increases to ability scores, it may not gain both:

+2 Strength, +2 Constitution, and +2 Wisdom


+2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, and +2 Charisma


Same as the base creature.


All Veteran creatures gain Diehard as a bonus feat, even if they do not meet the prerequisites. If a Veteran creature already has the Diehard feat, it instead receives a +2 bonus to Constitution.


Varies, typically same as base creature.


Varies, typically same as base creature, but often in higher standing or status.

Challenge Rating[edit]

Same as base creature +1.


Standard plus 50% additional coins.


Any. Although most Veteran creatures are Neutral because of their experience.


Same as base creature or by character class.

Level Adjustment[edit]

Same as base creature +1.

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