slaughterj said:What are the origins of this ability from the Conan novels, if any?
thulsa said:I understand the need for the scholar class to have some defensive/offensive capabilities, but, IMHO, defensive blast is rather flashy for the Hyborian Age. I would have preferred something more subtle.
Steve Conan Trustrum said:
Very cool ideas, Sable. Me likes.SableWyvern said:While I'm a little wary of Defensive Blast, my biggest concern is really it's fireball-ness, and lack of real consequences for the sorcerer.
While I haven't settled on anything definite yet, here are a few things I'm thinking about implementing.
- Defensive Blasts are not fireballs.
- Each sorcer has his own, unique defensive blast.
- DBs are dark and cthonic effects, calling on Primordial Forces That Should Not Be.
- Using DBs can inflict Con or other ability damage, Corruption Points, Insanity and/or other effects on the sorcerers using them. I may allow saves to reduce these effects.
- Someone effected by a DB should be left with psychological scars, even if the physical damage is minimal or short-term.
- Demons and Corrupt individuals may be slightly resistant to DBs.
Examples of possible DB styles include writhing tentacles, howling black winds, noxious vapours, spectres, alien psychic emanations etc... In any event, they should conjure the ideas of Wrongness and Doom intrinsic to Lovecraftian horror. Sorcerers should be loath to use them except in a true situation of last resort, and all but the most corrupt should probably hesitate even then.
Odovacar's Ghost said:You refuse PC scholars becuase of DB? That is insane! I'd rather face a sorceror who uses Defensive blast, and then, if I survive, cut his head from his defenseless shoulders! Do you understand the use of DB? All his powerpoints are used up. So, who the hell cares, the precious PC uses DB. Now, what is he going to do for the rest of the day? Yes, he may have to siphon some power from some victims or fellow party members. Whichever is closer. What is wrong with that?
Odovacar's Ghost said:Do you understand the use of DB? All his powerpoints are used up. So, who the hell cares, the precious PC uses DB. Now, what is he going to do for the rest of the day?
thulsa said:Odovacar's Ghost said:Do you understand the use of DB? All his powerpoints are used up. So, who the hell cares, the precious PC uses DB. Now, what is he going to do for the rest of the day?
If the scholar manages to kill one or more of his opponents with the DB (likely, given the chance that the DB will cause Massive Damage saves) and he has the Opportunistic Sacrifice feat, the scholar will get get back plenty of Power Points. Thus, he can blow up again next round. (Repeat every round until he fails to kill any foes with the blast. Even then he can drain a few fallen/unconscious foes and start over again.)
slaughterj said:I'm still looking for the origin of the defensive blast...
Robert E. Howard said:Conan gazed over the billowing waves of spears and wondered what new horror the sorcerer would invoke. Somehow he felt that Natohk, like all his kind, was more terrible in defense than attack; to take the offensive against him invited disaster.
guest mongoose said:I may be wrong about this but I belive they siad in the rule book that they made it up so that pc's would have to wear down the scholar before they closed in for the kill. In the REH storys you never attacked the scholar unless he was weakened.