2020-02-25, 11:27 PM (ISO 8601)
The Woeforged tank
Hello and welcome to what I hope is the first of many fun tricks from my experience as a DM and player.
Now. For some context.
A long time ago I was in a campaign with a party I still play with to this day. And like so many long running campaigns. Something came to throw a wrench in our long term plans. A magical deck of cards. This variant deck of many things had some interesting cards, one of which summoned a max hit die T-Rex, another granted lycanthropy of the last creature you had touched. But the most crucial.
A card that bestowed vampirism upon the recipient. Not unusual in and of itself, and honestly a detriment in most cases. Only... the warforged drew the card. We had never heard of an undead warforged before. So we cracked open every sourcebook we had for info. Desperate to find some precedent. And lo and behold. Forge of war presents a note on woeforged
Woeforged are a feature within the eberron campaign setting. Strange living constructs. Identical to warforged in most regards. But healed by negative energy. Thats... all we know. Now the idea of an undead construct on it's own was wierd enough to catch my attention.
But a full on vampire warforged? That was unheard of. So we set to tinkering. How would a warforged become a vampire? What would the interaction between constructs and the template be?
After some time we came to a few conclusions, and methods to achieve this effect.
Conclusion 1. Warforged are living constructs, this subtype is not a type on its own, and is thus not lost when gaining the template, and since the subtype specifically Grants constitution, one would retain this as an undead. *cue shock. Possible argument.*
Conclusion 2. On their own, warforged do not possess the potential to rise as most forms of undead. However... warforged are vulnerable to means of becoming no less than 6 different types through magic, or class choices.
Conclusion 3, if a warforged is changed into another type, the precedent exists for them to become undead like creatures, therefore, a warforged of a type able to become undead should be able to recieve an undead template.
Methodology 1, greater humanoid essence, from eberron campaign setting, is available to both artificers, and clerics, as a 6th level infusion, and 7th level spell respectively. It is susceptible to metamagic. And the depths of persistomancy have been plumbed in far greater detail than necessary for this.
A persistent extended GHE, gives a 48 hour window. During this 48 hours, a warforged of sufficiently high level, slain or exposed to vampirism in some fashion has the chance to rise as a standard, shadow, or savage vampire.
Methodology 2, abberate, from book of vile darkness, available as a 1st level spell to sorcerers, wizards, and spell thieves, renders the target the aberration type, warforged are living creatures and thus vulnerable to this spell. This allows the warforged to acquire monstrous vampire from ghostwalk.
Methodology 3, Essence of the Dragon, same as the first two, for dragon type, producing vampiric dragon potential.
Methodology 4, dragon disciple for a more permanent dragon type
Methodology 5, aberrant paragon, same as 4 but for abberration.
Whatever the methodology used,
The recipient gains the living construct subtype, and undead type,
Newly create woeforged, dubbed twisted gears in our campaign to differentiate negative energy warforged from actual undead template warforged, have a list of staggering and lovely abilities.
As warforged they are still available to take warforged juggernaut. The benefits in spite of some redundancy are delightful.
Immunity to poison, diseases both magical or not, sleep, sleep effects, fatigue, exhaustion,
He cannot be sickened, stunned or paralyzed
He is immune to ability damage, energy drain, negative energy, critical hits, mind effecting effects, death effects, and necromancy based effects.
And cannot take non-lethal damage.
The original character used had the following setup at the end.
Warforged, vampire, vampire lord, swarmshifter, hivenest, spellstitched.
Pugilist fighter 6, barbarian 1, juggernaut 5, Vampire +8 LA
Flaw:Jaws of Death
Flaw: Second Slam
Level 1: Adamantine Body
Level 3:Improved Sunder
Fighter 4:improved bullrush
Level 6: Combat Brute
Level 9:battle jump
Level 12:Pierce magical Protection
Warforged juggernaut (Greater) powerful charge
I hope you all enjoyed this exploration into a theoretical and silly idea.