Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Battlechangers Fantasy

So I saw a thread on the other day about Battlechangers: Ironworks. One of the commenters asked how well Ironworks plays with Pathfinder fantasy. Well, the emphasis is mostly on Battlechangers in a modern or futuristic context, but the system is flexible enough to do fantasy, and include Battlechangers in a mixed race, D&D style game.

As an example, I'll show you one of the NPCs that we'll meet in Battlechangers: Multiverse, a Gnome whose mind was uploaded into a Battlechanger body. I don't have artwork for this character yet, but basically you take the first image, add it to the second and boom, you've got Paydirt.

Paydirt, Uploaded Gnome Intellect Turned Battlechanger – CR 3
Medium NG Monstrous Humanoid (Battlechanger, Gnome) Alchemist 4
XP 800                                      
Init -1  Senses Darkvision 500 ft, lowlight vision, perceive unencrypted radio/television/wifi signals, scent, Perception +8           
Languages Common, Gnomish, Tech-FG, Terran

AC 16 Touch 9 Flatfooted 16 (-1 DEX, +7 natural)
HP 4d8 +4 hp (26 HP)
FORT +5 REF +3 WILL +2
Immune Acid, Rust Effects, Suffocation, Vacuum
Weaknesses Cybernetic Security Risk -1
Defensive Abilities poison resistance +2

Spd 30 ft
Melee +5 slam (1d8+2 bludgeoning, 20/x2)
Ranged +2 bomb (2d6+4 electrical plus dazzled 1d4 rounds, 20/x2, precise, splash, 20 ft range increment, REF DC 16 half)
Bomb useable 8x/day, 2d6+4 electricity plus dazzled 1d4 rounds, REF DC 16 half
Special Qualities Alchemy, Freeze (alt-mode only), Mutagen, No Breath, Poison Use, Swift Alchemy, Unhealing
Extracts (CL 4th Concentration +8) 
Second detect thoughts (W-DC 16), see invisibility
First -4 cure light wounds, detect secret doors, identify (prepared twice)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 4th Concentration +8)
At Will – Clairaudience/Clairvoyance (costs 2 Fuelon/use)
Str 14 Dex 9 Con 12 Int 18 Wis 13 Cha 15
Base Atk +3 CMB +5 CMD 14
Feats Brew Potion, Master Alchemist, Piloted Reflexes, Throw Anything
Skills Appraise +11, Craft (alchemy) +13, Craft (blacksmith) +11, Disable Device +11, Knowledge (arcana, nature) both +11, Perception +8, Use Magic Device +9
Alchemist Discoveries Precise Bombs, Shock Bombs
Gear alchemist’s kit, prospector’s kit (assorted mining tools, shovels, ect), , 3x potions of fox’s cunning, wand of cure light wounds
Headware – Onboard Computer
Shannix Budget
Ram Plates (1) Scent (1), Special Armor (+3 armor) (3) Spell-Like Technology (clairaudience/clairvoyance) (4)

Environment any land or underground
Organization solitary or accompanying 3-5 Freegear Rebels or named Freegear NPCs
Treasure standard (including gear)

Special Abilities

Fuelon Reserve (EX)
            Paydirt has 8 points in her Fuelon reserve. She can expend a point of Fuelon to achieve a number of results, described fully in Battlechangers: Ironworks.

Massive Strength (EX)
            Paydirt’s pneumatics and artificial musculature allows her to haul enormous weights, out of proportion to her size. Her lifting, carrying and dragging limits are ten times greater than a humanoid creature of her size. Her maximum load is 1,750 lbs.

            Piloted Reflexes (EX)
            Paydirt isn’t very accustomed to her alt-mode yet, and fights at her best with a driver. When a humanoid ally is in Paydirt’s alt-mode cockpit, anytime she are called upon to make a REF Save, she makes the save and her ally makes a Drive check. Paydirt uses the better result as her REF Save. If her driver possesses evasion, improved evasion or a similar ability, Paydirt are treated as possessing this ability while piloted.

            Precise Bombs (EX)
            When Paydirt throws a bomb, she can select a number of squares equal to her INT modifier (4 squares) that are not affected by the splash damage from the bomb. If her bomb misses, this discovery has no effect.

            Shock Bombs (EX)
            When Paydirt creates a bomb, she can choose to have it deal electrical damage instead. Creatures that take a direct hit from a shock bomb are dazzled for 1d4 rounds.

            Transplanted Intelligence (EX)
            Thanks to her downloaded mind, placed in a Battlechanger chassis, Paydirt counts as both a Battlechanger and a Gnome for all effects related to race.

            Paydirt can transform into a one-person earth mover. While similar vehicles can be found in every modern construction site throughout the multiverse, this practical form and its potential fascinates Paydirt. She’s traded her Caterpillar yellow paint job for a rich purple, gold and ruby paint scheme. Paydirt can change from alt-mode to robot mode as a move equivalent action that never provokes attacks of opportunity.
Classification Medium Ground Hauler (one person mini-bulldozer)
Armor Class 19                     
Spd 50 ft (slow alt-mode disadvantage) 
Maximum Load 17,500 lbs
            Paydirt’s ram plates halve damage from falls, collisions and ramming attempts in her mini-bulldozer mode. Thanks to her off-road tires, she ignores difficult terrain in alt-mode.

            Earth isn’t the only world in the multiverse touched by the Battlechanger’s war. On one world, a young Gnomish explorer was caught between warring Freegear and Tyrakron forces. A stray shot nearly killed her, but though the Freegear couldn’t save her birth body, they were able to transport the Gnome girl into a hastily built Battlechanger chassis. The adjustment was a shock, to say the least, but soon the neophyte Battlechanger, newly christened Paydirt, acclimated to her new steel body and its gifts.

            As Paydirt, this transplanted intellect has strength and size that seems positively gigantic and heroic by gnome standards, uncannily tough alloy skin, and best of all a whole new set of sensors with which to explore the world. As a metal being, Paydirt has blossomed. She’s eagerly joined her Freegear saviors as a heroic adventurer, and is enjoying the opportunity to explore a wider galaxy than she ever dreamed existed.

            As a Battlechanger, Paydirt is relatively small, a decision her designer made to make it easier for her to adjust. Her proportions are just a little stumpy- you might even call her chibi, accurately. Paydirt’s colorful paintjob is always covered in mud, dirt and grime, and she straps hundreds of pounds worth of mining equipment and other useful tools and gadgets to her back and thigh plating. She transforms into an equally colorful, and equally slovenly one person mini-bulldozer. To be honest, she spends most of her times these days in bulldozer form, only changing to robot mode when she needs the convenience of opposable thumbs.

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