D&D 4th Edition – Longrunner, Shifter Ranger (Hunter)

Last night I got a chance to run D&D 4th Edition for the first time in several years.  I am posting the video separately, but here is one of the PCs played in that session:

Longrunner  Level: 2

Race: Razorclaw Shifter  Class: Ranger (Hunter)  Theme: Animal Master    Background: Treerunner

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The backstory I sent the player was as follows:

The old ones in your tribe say that your ancestors were men and women inflicted with some form of moon curse that transformed them into feral beasts. Even worse, this curse could be spread to others with a bite, like some form of unholy disease.

In response, the men of civilized lands called an extermination crusade on your fore-bearers, which forced them into hiding in the deepest and wildest places in the Known World.

As the ages passed, the curse seemed to be bred out of your lineage, and the wounds made by the teeth and claws of your kind thankfully no longer pass on the moon curse. However, the curse has not left your kind untouched. Each tribe’s features are now distinctly feral and non-human, with fangs, fur, and claws being the most common signs.

While your kind (who call themselves the Moon Kin) do not carry the infectious curse that afflicted the first of your kind, the ignorance of civilized men often leads them to treat your kind no differently than they would your savage ancestors (which is to say brutally killed with silvered weapons). As such, those who would risk travelling to man’s world are more often seen as foolish than brave.

You are one such foolishly brave individual. Using your skills as a scout, tracker, and archer, you managed to find work on the fringes of the civilized world, guarding caravans against bandits and other predators.

As your tribesmen had warned, you were treated with, at best, begrudging tolerance and, at worse, outright hostility (once, not so long ago, you fled a caravan in the dead of night, for fear of being murdered by superstitious merchants). These harsh experiences may explain why, when you met a man who seemed as equally unwelcome as yourself, a child of both Man and Dwarf named Kechak, you became fast friends in your shared isolation.

In the time since you two met, you have taken on other companions (all of whom seem rejected by the civilized world to one degree or another). Now, under the leadership of a dark-skinned wizard named Zerak, you have traveled to a Keep on edge of the Chaos Scar, where you hope to find purpose, adventure, and riches.

Initiative +9 Speed 6
Strength 13 +1 AC 17
Dexterity 18 +4 Fortitude 14
Constitution 14 +2 Reflexes 16
Intelligence 8 -1 Will 14
Wisdom 16 +3 Hit Points 30
Charisma 10 +0 Heal Srgs 8
Hit Points 31 (Bloodied 15)

Surge Value: 7

Longbow Attack:

Damage:

+9 vs. AC

1d10+4

Skills: Total Bonus
Acrobatics (Dex)* +14
Short Sword Attack:

Damage:

+9 vs. AC

1d6+4

Arcana (Int) +0
Athletics (Str)* +7
Languages: Common, Elven

You have low-light vision.

Bluff (Cha) +1
Diplomacy (Cha) +1
Feats:

Bow Expertise: +1 to hit with Bows and you gain +1 to damage with Bows against a single creature not adjacent to any other creature.

Light Blade Expertise: +1 to hit with Light Blades and you deal +1 damage with Light Blades when you have Combat Advantage on the Attack.

Improved Initiative: +4 to initiative (already included)

Grounding Shot: Ignore the penalty to hit prone targets at range and do +2 damage to prone targets.

Dungeoneering (Wis) +4
Endurance (Con)* +8
Heal (Wis) +4
History (Int) +0
Insight (Wis) +4
Intimidate (Cha) +1
Nature (Wis)* +9
Perception (Wis) +4
Religion (Int) +0
Stealth (Dex)* +12
Streetwise (Cha) +1
Thievery (Dex) +5
Gear:

Short sword, Longbow, Leather Armor, Adventurer’s Kit

*Trained

Includes +2 to Acrobatics and Stealth (Razorclaw) and +2 to Acrobatics (Treerunner)

 

 

 

Special Abilities:

Pet Hawk: You have a pet hawk with 1 Hit Point, Initiative +5, AC 15, Fort 10, Ref 13, Will 11, Darkvision, Perception +6, and a Fly Speed of 7.  While it is within 10 squares of you, you gain +4 bonus to Perception checks made to spot creatures.

Aimed Shot:  Use a Standard Action to make a ranged basic attack, ignoring partial cover/concealment and reducing superior cover/total concealment to -2 for this attack.

Clever Shot: Use a Standard Action to make a ranged basic attack and, if it hits, pick one of the following effects: Slide the target 2 squares, the target falls prone, or the target is slowed (save ends)

Rapid Shot: Use a Standard Action to make a ranged basic attack against each creature in or adjacent to a square within the attack’s range.  You take a -2 penalty to the attack rolls.

Aspect of the Pouncing Lynx (Stance): Use a Minor Action to assume this stance. Until the stance ends, you gain +4 power bonus to Initiative checks, during the first round of an encounter you gain +2 to hit with attacks, and you gain a +3 to all defenses against opportunity attacks that you provoke by moving.

Aspect of the Pack Wolf (Stance): Use a Minor Action to assume this stance. Until the stance ends, you do not provoke opportunity attacks when leaving squares adjacent to your allies and when you make a basic attack against an enemy adjacent to two or more of your allies, you gain +1 to the attack roll and a bonus to damage equal to the number of allies adjacent to it.

Timely Trick: Use a Standard Action to have your pet hawk perform any standard action you wish within 10 squares of you.

Distracting Attack: Use a Minor Action to have your pet hawk fly in the face of one enemy within 5 squares and grant you Combat Advantage against that target until the end of your turn.  Once you use this ability, you must complete a short rest before using it again.

Disruptive Shot: Use a Standard Action to roll +9 vs. AC. On a hit, do 1d10+6 damage and you choose the target to be either immobilized (save ends) or dazed (save ends).  Do half damage on a miss and the target is slowed until the end of your next turn. Once you use this ability, you must complete a short rest before using it again.

Razorclaw Shifting: Use a Minor Action while you are bloodied to gain +2 to your speed and +1 to AC and Reflexes until the end of the encounter.  Once you use this ability, you must complete a short rest before using it again.

Floating Lantern: This lantern casts light in a 10 square radius and never needs refilling. When you let go of the lantern, it hangs in the air and you can use a Move Action to have the lantern move up to 10 squares.  You can also set the brightness of the lantern (bright, dim, or off) as a Minor Action.

 

 

 

 

REACTIONS AND FREE ACTIONS
       
MINOR
Aspect of the Pouncing Lynx (Stance) Personal Assume this stance. Until the stance ends, you gain +4 power bonus to Initiative checks, during the first round of an encounter you gain +2 to hit with attacks, and you gain a +3 to all defenses against opportunity attacks that you provoke by moving. Use this when you enter an encounter.
Aspect of the Pack Wolf (Stance) Personal Assume this stance. Until the stance ends, you do not provoke opportunity attacks when leaving squares adjacent to your allies and when you make a basic attack against an enemy adjacent to two or more of your allies, you gain +1 to the attack roll and a bonus to damage equal to the number of allies adjacent to it. Use this when you are targeting an enemy surrounded by your allies.
Distracting Attack 5 squares Have your pet hawk fly in the face of one enemy within 5 squares and grant you Combat Advantage against that target until the end of your turn.  Use this when you want a bonus to hit a  target 5 squares away.
Razorclaw Shifting Personal Use this when you are bloodied to gain +2 to your speed and +1 to AC and Reflexes until the end of the encounter.  Use this when you become bloodied in an encounter.
STANDARD ACTIONS
Aimed Shot Ranged Weapon Make a ranged basic attack, ignoring partial cover/concealment and reducing superior cover/total concealment to -2 for this attack. Use this to hit a target under cover or in concealment.
Clever Shot Ranged Weapon Make a ranged basic attack and, if it hits, pick one of the following effects: Slide the target 2 squares, the target falls prone, or the target is slowed (save ends) Use this when the other two shots are not best.
Rapid Shot Ranged Weapon Make a ranged basic attack against each creature in or adjacent to a square within the attack’s range.  You take a -2 penalty to the attack rolls. Use this when a bunch of enemies are clustered together.
Timely Trick 10 squares Have your pet hawk perform any standard action you wish within 10 squares of you. Use this to have your pet hawk do a little trick.
Disruptive Shot Ranged Weapon Roll +9 vs. AC. On a hit, do 1d10+6 damage and you choose the target to be either immobilized (save ends) or dazed (save ends).  Do half damage on a miss and the target is slowed until the end of your next turn. Use this every encounter to hinder a target.
MOVE ACTIONS
       
Other Abilities
   

 

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D&D 4th Edition – Longrunner, Shifter Ranger (Hunter)

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