Now that I’ve finished the first draft of my new Death is the New Pink project, Going Medieval on Yo’ Ass!, it’s time to jump back into other projects, including GMoYA: The Forever Dungeon and some good ol’ Hubris writing!
The new supplement will have new races as class, organizations, territories, at least one new patron, new monsters, magic items, spells, etc. and will be heavily inspired by Evil Dead, The Mist, Exorcist, The Thing, and the like. I’m also taking a little inspiration from Warhammer and a taste of Ravenloft.
I started writing notes about a year ago, but not much beyond that has been done. Previously I posted the first race as class, the Lupine. Now it’s time to look at the class, Blood Acolyte.
For years you trained for countless hours in the practices of Blood Combat, the mystic arts of using the blood of your foes to fuel your rage and destroy them. These arts have been taught to mortals by the God-king himself and you sacrificed your freedom to serve the Him, acting as emissary of His will, brutal enforcer of His punishments, and as a deadly weapon in His army.
You understand the irony of using a creature’s own blood to subjugate and slaughter them, but you have been taught to not let this cloud your judgement, for showing any pride can weaken one’s position, allowing a foe to gain an upper hand.
And now, whether you heed the call of the God-king, serving loyally as He commands, or you are an exile, banished from His glory and cast aside, you use your abilities to survive in the sodden, fog-choked lands of Downpour.
Hit Points: A blood acolyte gains 1d8 HP per level.
Weapon Training: A blood acolyte is trained in the following weapons: blowgun, bolas*, club, dagger, dart, garrote, polearm, shortbow, sickle*, spear, spiked chain*, and staff. Blood acolytes tend to wear no armor or nothing heavier than studded leather as it impacts their abilities.
*Weapons in the Hubris campaign setting (see equipment- Hubris, pg 54).
Alignment: While the use of Blood Combat is a violent and invasive act, blood acolytes must keep calm and focused, keeping their fury in check until the moment of violence arises. This practice makes most blood acolytes Neutral. However, there are extremists in the order with elevated devotion to the God-king and they could be considered Lawful or Chaotic.
Combatant: Blood acolytes have been trained to use their fists as deadly weapons. A blood acolyte’s fists deal 1d6 damage.
A blood acolyte uses the blood from their foes to power special abilities, called Blood Combat. When a blood acolyte uses a melee weapon, they generate a number of Blood Points equal to half the damage done (only that listed on the dice, no modifiers). If the blood acolyte is using their fists, they generate Blood Points equal to the full amount of damage done (only that listed on the dice, no modifiers). A blood acolyte uses Blood Points to power their Blood Combat abilities. Blood Points reset to zero after a night’s rest.
Blood Combat abilities are divided into four categories: Tier I through Tier IV. Each tier’s is stronger than the previous and costs more in Blood Points. To use an ability the blood acolyte must succeed a test (DCs are marked with each tier). The blood acolyte rolls 1d20 + blood acolyte level + Stamina modifier and attempts to beat the DC. If the blood acolyte critically fails, they cannot use Blood Combat for 24 hours, lose all blood points, and suffer the effects of Hemorrhage (pg XX) appropriate to their level.
Accumulated Blood Points are consumed when the ability is successfully cast.
|Blood Combat Abilities|
Tier I Abilities (10 Blood Points)- DC 12
|Cat-like Reflexes: Your reflexes become heightened. You roll all Initiative and Ref saves one step higher on the die ladder for a number of turns equal to your level.|
|Fists of Fury: Your attacks are swifter. You gain an additional attack at 1d20 for a number of turns equal to your level.|
|Healing: You use the energy of the blood to heal yourself for 2d6 HP.|
|Hyper Movement: Your movement is swift. You increase your movement speed by 10’ for a number of hours equal to your level.|
Tier II Abilities (15 Blood Points)- DC 14
|Agile: Your body becomes lithe. You gain Sneak Silently, Hide in Shadows, Climb Sheer Surfaces as a Thief (DCC, pg 38) of equal level for a number of hours equal to your level.|
|Focused Mind: Your mind becomes calm. You roll all saves against mind-altering effects one step higher on the die ladder for a number of turns equal to level.|
|Healing Touch: You use the energy of the blood to heal an ally for 2d6 HP.|
|Hemorrhage: Your attacks hurt, rupturing internal organs. The next target hit by you must succeed a Fort save (DC equal to 10 + Blood Acolyte level) or suffer an additional 1d6 damage per round for 1d6 rounds. At 6th level increase damage to 2d4 and duration to 2d4.|
|Iron Fists: Your weapon (or fists) become encased in blood energy, increasing damage one step on the die ladder. Lasts for a number of turns equal to Blood Acolyte’s level.|
|Stun: You channel blood energy into your weapon (or fist). The next target that is hit by you must succeed a Fort save (DC equal to 10 + Blood Acolyte level) or become stunned and unable to act or truly defend self (lose AC bonus). Lasts until the affected target makes another successful save + 1 round.|
|Thickened Skin: You absorb the blood energy into your flesh, causing it to harden. If you are wearing no armor, gain +8 AC. If you are wearing armor that grants an AC bonus of +4 to +1, gain +4 AC. Anything with an AC of 5 or higher gains no benefit from this ability. This effect lasts a number of hours equal to your level.|
Tier III Abilities (20 Blood Points)- DC 16
|Block Energy: You channel blood energy into a target that is capable of wizard spells, effectively blocking their ability to do so*. The target must succeed a Will save (DC equal to 10 + Blood Acolyte level) or be unable to cast wizard-type spells for one day. *A Judge is more than within their right to say a creature is too powerful or magical to be affected by this ability.|
|Confuse: You use the energies from blood to encompasses weapon (or fist). The weapon is considered magic for the purposes of dealing with monsters who can only be harmed by magical weapon. The next target hit by you must succeed a Will save (DC equal to 10 + Blood Acolyte level) or become confused. Each round, on the affected targets action roll 1d5: 1) do nothing; 2) act as normal; 3) attack ally; 4) stumble and fall prone (lose next action to stand up); 5) flee from Blood Acolyte at standard movement. Lasts a number of round equal to your level.|
|Feast: You consume the blood energy and are immediately satiated as if having had food, water, and 8 hours rest (although your blood points reset as if you have rested). You do not gain an HP associated with resting (DCC, pg 94), but do not suffer adverse effects of fatigue. You can only do this once per day.|
|Greater Healing: You use the energy of the blood to heal yourself for 4d6 HP.|
Tier IV Abilities (25 Blood Points)- DC 18
|Greater Healing Touch: You use the energy of the blood to heal an ally for 4d6 HP.|
|Purity: You use the blood energy to cure any disease, poison, or mutation (only mutations gained within the last hour). You can only use this ability once per day on self. If you use this ability on another target, cannot use this ability for one week.|
|Toxic Wave: You release a purpleish-black cloud of miasma in a 5’ radius around you. All targets in the cloud must make a Fort save (DC 10 + blood acolyte level) or become sickened, making all rolls one step lower on the die ladder and suffer 1d6 damage per round in the area. On the second round, the cloud extends to a 10’ radius. On the third round, the cloud extends to a 15’ radius. It dissipates on the fourth round. Targets are sickened until after they are out of the miasma and one round after. Targets that succeed on the Fort save cannot be affected by this again for 24 hours.|
|Vicious Attack: Blood Acolyte Levels 1-6: Increase your critical threat range to 19-20 and roll current Crit Die on Table IV. Blood Acolyte Levels 7-10: Increase critical threat range to 18-20 and roll current Crit die on Table V. This effect lasts a number of rounds equal to your level.|
Self-Mutilation: A blood acolyte can cut on themselves, draining their own Stamina to power their abilities. Each point of Stamina sacrificed equals double that in Blood Points + 1d6. Lost Stamina recovers at a rate of 1 per day.
Luck: A blood acolyte’s Luck modifier factors into their roll when rolling their save for Blood Combat.
Languages: At 1st level a blood acolyte automatically speaks common.
Table X-XX: Blood Acolyte
|Level||Crit Die/Table*||Action Die||Ref||Fort||Will|
* The critical success tables can be found in DCC, pg 82-83.
|Table 1-14: Blood Acolyte Titles|
|Level||Title by Alignment|