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:
Zerak the Shadow Mage Level: 2
Race: Voidsoul Genasi Class: Wizard (Mage) Theme: Ghost of the Past Background: Ghost of the Past
The backstory I sent the player was as follows:
Ages ago, when you lived under a different name, in a different life, you were an apprentice to a powerful Archmage. While updating an inventory of his collection of oddities and artifacts, you came upon a fragment of meteoric rock with an unusual mystic aura that seemed to…call to you.
In retrospect, you truly cannot say why you took the stone, or why you decided to use powerful divination rituals on it (rituals that were far beyond your meager skills).
What you are certain of is that it was destroyed in your final ritual…as was the Archmage’s tower, your fellow apprentices, and your former life.
When you awoke, you found everything changed. The Archmage’s tower was a decrepit ruin, overgrown with weeds and wild growth, seemingly abandoned for centuries, your former master and all your contemporaries, long dead.
You learned that over a millenia had passed since the incident and you found yourself in a strange and unfamiliar world.
Most shocking of all, you found yourself changed, bodily, by the incident. You are still unclear as to what specifically happened, but your operating theory is that the fragment caused your body to be infused with the formless void of the Primal Chaos. While you still eat, breath, and sleep, your skin has turned a dark shade of lavender, your hair has turned a dark purple, and your eyes glow with golden power. You do not seem to age. And…you are infused with a measure of mystic power unlike anything you held before.
You think that the fragment was linked the Primal Chaos because it came from a place called the Chaos Scar; a region found in a dwarven kingdom far to the North where, long ago, a star came crashing down from the sky, scattering fragments across the region that would later be known as the Scar as it fell.
You have since learned that the dwarven kingdom collapsed and faded into history long ago, and now the lands abutting the Chaos Scar are ruled by men, who watch the great dwarf-built wall, intent on keeping civilized lands safe from the horrors that lurk in the Chaos Scar.
In the past months, you have assembled a group of explorers and adventures, and traveled to Restwell Keep (known better by its informal nickname, the Keep on the Chaos Scar). You told your companions in the Seekers of the Scar (the name given to your fellowship) that you are seeking fortune and glory, but, in truth, you are simply hoping to use them to gain access to the Chaos Scar and learn more about that magics that have so utterly transformed your life, gain better control over your newfound power and, maybe, if you are lucky, find another fragment (you have further divinations in mind that you wish to try…)
|Hit Points 26 (Bloodied 13)
Surge Value: 7
Resist Psychic 5
|Auto-hit (22 squares)
|Arc Lightning Attack:
|+8 v Rflx (22 squares)
|Languages: Common, Abyssal, and Dwarven
Implement Proficiency: Echo Tome. You are proficient in the use of Echo Tomes (which add +2 to the range and +1 to hit Reflexes to powers using the Tome)
Tome Expertise: +1 feat bonus to hit when using a Tome to attack.
Unarmored Agility: +2 to AC when you are wearing no armor or cloth armor.
Adventurer’s Kit, Staff, Echo Tome, Reading Spectacles
Includes +2 to Endurance and Nature
Cantrips: Ghost Sound, Light, Mage Hand, and Prestidigitation. Use any of these at will (see below for description/particulars).
Magic Missile: Use a Standard Action to hit one target up to 22 squares away for 7 force damage.
Scorching Burst: Use a Standard Action to set an Area 1 Burst within 12 squares, roll +8 vs. Reflex and do 1d6+5 fire damage on a hit.
Arc Lightning: Use a Standard Action to roll +8 vs. Reflex against one or two targets within 22 squares to do 1d6+5 lightning damage.
Burning Hands: Use a Standard Action to roll +8 vs Reflex to all creatures in a Close Blast 5 and do 2d6+5 fire damage on a hit, and half damage on a miss. Once you use this ability, you must take a short rest before using it again.
Guidance of the Past: Use a Free Action when you make an attack roll, a skill check, or an ability check to roll two d20s for the triggering roll and use either result. If you roll the same number on both dice, after you complete the action related to the triggering roll, you are dazed until the end of your next turn. Once you use this ability, you must take a short rest before using it again.
Moonstride: When an enemy move adjacent to you, use an immediate reaction to become insubstantial until the end of your next turn, then shift 2 squares to a square farther from the triggering enemy. Once you use this ability, you must take a short rest before using it again.
Void Assumption: Use a Minor Action. Until the start of your next turn, you cease to exist. During this time, you can take no actions and have no line of sight or line of effect to any other creature, and no other creature has line of sight or line of effect to you. At the start of your next turn, you reappear in the square of your choice within 3 squares of where you left. Once you use this ability, you must take a short rest before using it again.
Slimy Transmutation: Use a Standard Action to roll +7 vs Fortitude to turn a target within 12 squares into a Tiny beast of your choosing (save ends). On a miss the target turns into a Tiny beast until the end of its next turn. As a Tiny beast, the target is dazed, and the only actions it can take are to move its speed or shift. All of the target’s equipment transforms with it. If it takes damage from any source, this effect ends. Once you use this ability, you must take a long rest before using it again.
Ritual Caster: You know the following Rituals: Alarm, Explosive Runes, Eye of Alarm, Hold Portal, Unseen Servant (see at end of sheet). You can cast 5 of these per day without using components.
Reading Spectacles: You can read any language while wearing this item in your Head slot.
|REACTIONS AND FREE ACTIONS|
|Guidance of the Past||Personal||Use a Free Action when you make an attack roll, a skill check, or an ability check to roll two d20s for the triggering roll and use either result. If you roll the same number on both dice, after you complete the action related to the triggering roll, you are dazed until the end of your next turn.||Use this once per encounter to improve your chances of hitting/succeeding.|
|Moonstride||Personal||When an enemy move adjacent to you, use an immediate reaction to become insubstantial until the end of your next turn, then shift 2 squares to a square farther from the triggering enemy.||Use this to stay at range from enemies or to get away from a tough opponent you just scorched with Burning Hands.|
|Void Assumption||Minor||Until the start of your next turn, you cease to exist. During this time, you can take no actions and have no line of sight or line of effect to any other creature, and no other creature has line of sight or line of effect to you. At the start of your next turn, you reappear in the square of your choice within 3 squares of where you left.||Use this to relocate yourself away from scary enemies.|
|Ghost Sound||Ranged 12||Make a sound||Use this to distract your enemies|
|Light||Ranged 7||Make an object shine with bright light.||Use this to make light.|
|Mage Hand||Ranged 7||Make a spectral hand that can lift up to 20 pounds.||Use this to move stuff at range|
|Prestidigitation||Ranged 4||Use this to do obvious magical stuff, like make sparks, etc.||Use this to feel magical.|
|Arc Lightning||Ranged 22||Roll +8 vs. Reflex against one or two targets within 22 squares to do 1d6+5 lightning damage.||Use this to attack two creatures at once.|
|Magic Missile||Ranged 22||Automatically hit one target up to 22 squares away for 7 force damage||Use this when you are focusing fire on a difficult to hit target.|
|Scorching Burst||Area Burst 1 Ranged 12||Set an Area 1 Burst within 12 squares, roll +8 vs. Reflex and do 1d6+5 fire damage on a hit.||Use this when enemies are clustered together or to clear out minions.|
|Burning Hands||Clost Blast 5||Roll +8 vs Reflex to all creatures in a Close Blast 5 and do 2d6+5 fire damage on a hit, and half damage on a miss.||Use this when a bunch of creatures are close to you. Use this every encounter.|
|Slimy Transformation||Personal||Roll +7 vs Fortitude to turn a target within 12 squares into a Tiny beast of your choosing (save ends). On a miss the target turns into a Tiny beast until the end of its next turn. As a Tiny beast, the target is dazed, and the only actions it can take are to move its speed or shift. All of the target’s equipment transforms with it. If it takes damage from any source, this effect ends.||Use this to take a nasty opponent out of the fight until you are ready to fight him/her/it.|
Alarm: Time: 10 minutes, Duration: 8 hours or until discharged, Skill: Arcana
You ward an area up to 10 squares by 10 squares, and designate a spoken password that allows a creature to enter the warded area without triggering an alarm. This alarm can send a mental signal to you or make an audible ringing sound.
If a Tiny or larger creature enters the warded area without speaking the password, the alarm you set triggers, and the ritual is discharged. However, an insubstantial creature or any creature that succeeds on a Stealth check (DC 10 + your Arcana check modifier) does not trigger the alarm.
The result of triggering the alarm depends on the type of alarm. When an audible alarm triggers, all creatures in the warded area that are capable of hearing can hear the ringing. If they are sleeping, the noise awakens them. When a mental alarm triggers, a mental ping alerts you of the intrusion and awakens you from sleep. In either case, the alarm informs you where the warded area was breached.
Focus: While holding a tiny bell (5 gp), you use a fine silver wire (5 gp) to scribe runes on the warded area’s perimeter.
Explosive Runes: Time: 1 minute, Duration: Until discharged, Skill: Arcana
You scribe magical runes on an object such as a book, a scroll, a map, or a similar item that weighs no more than 10 pounds. These runes look like normal writing but function as a trap. As you inscribe them, you can create a password that allows a creature to read the runes without triggering the trap. If the trap is triggered or disabled, the ritual is discharged.
Eye of Alarm: Time: 30 minutes, Duration 24 hours (special), Skill: Arcana
This ritual creates watchful eyes that you place in any square within 10 squares of where you perform the ritual. Each eye is located in a particular square; it is intangible and can’t be interacted with physically. The eyes are nearly invisible and have a Stealth check result of 20 + your level to avoid detection.
Your Arcana check determines how many eyes you can place and what type of vision or sensory ability they possess.
If an eye sees an intruder, it emits a loud warning sound defined by you during the ritual. This sound could be anything from a stentorian “Enemies approach!” to an owl’s screech to a fanfare of trumpets. The Perception DC to hear the eye’s sound is 0 (modified by distance as normal).
The eyes never consider you an intruder. In addition, you can designate any number of other ritual participants as nonintruders. When you perform the ritual, you can also designate one or more categories of creatures that the eyes will ignore. You can define these categories by obvious physical characteristics (such as height, weight, or body shape), creature type (such as humanoid), creature race (such as hill giant), or obvious equipment (such as a creature carrying a shield with a flame emblazoned upon it).
The ritual’s effects last for 24 hours or until you move more than 20 squares from all the eyes.
Optional Focus: You can extend the duration of this ritual indefinitely by using a focus of a small, jeweled eye made of silver and ruby, worth 100 gp. The ritual’s effects last as long as the focus remains within 20 squares of any of the eyes. You can hide or protect the ritual’s focus in any way you like, as long as it remains within 20 squares of the eyes.
Hold Portal: Time: 1 standard action, Duration: 10 minutes or until discharged, Key Skill: Arcana
You magically hold shut one nonmagical door, gate, window, shutter, or similar device. Your Arcana check sets the DC for the Athletics check or Thievery check needed to force the held portal open, which discharges the ritual. A creature with training in Arcana can instead make an Arcana check against the same DC to discharge the ritual.
Unseen Servant: Time: 10 minutes, Duration: Until your next extended rest or until you dismiss the servant, Skill: Arcana
You conjure a Medium unseen servant of invisible force. It obeys your commands. moves at your speed, can lift up to 100 pounds, and performs basic functions and repetitive tasks, such as cleaning, making camp, and moving, holding, or carrying objects.
An unseen servant never tires. It cannot move more than 20 squares from your space. It does not occupy any space and cannot attack or be attacked. Each unseen servant you currently control doubles the component cost to create the next.
Focus: A ceramic hand. The person who holds this focus is empowered to command any unseen servants summoned with it. If the focus is broken or not in anyone’s possession for a minute or longer, all unseen servants bound to it disappear.