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    Default Men of Stone [MitP]

    Stoneman
    Medium Construct (Earth)
    Hit Dice: 2d10 +20 (31 hp)
    Initiative: +0
    Speed: 30ft, Burrow 15ft
    Armor Class: 12 (+2 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 12
    Base Attack/Grapple: +1/+3
    Attack: Slam +4 melee (2d6+3)
    Full Attack: 2 Slams +4 melee (2d6+3)
    Space/Reach: 5ft/5ft
    Special Attacks: -
    Special Qualities: Construct Traits, Damage Reduction 3/Adamantine, Darkvision 60ft, Soul Gem, Stoneman Traits
    Saves: Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +1
    Abilities: Str 17, Dex 10, Con -, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 11
    Skills: Hide +1, Listen +2, Spot +2
    Feats: Improved Natural Attack (slam)
    Environment: Underground
    Organization: Solitary, Pair, Squadron (3-5 plus one 3rd level stoneman fighter), Unit (10-35 plus 1-4 3rd level stonemen fighters plus 1 7th level stoneman fighter), or City (see DMG, all combatants)
    Challenge Rating: 3
    Treasure: Standard (75% stone goods, 25% coins or metal goods)
    Alignment: Usually Lawful Neutral
    Advancement: By character class
    Level Adjustment: +3

    As you and your party march through the dark underground passages, you see two small, even, yellow orbs of light not too far out of the range of your torchlight. You anxiously ready yourselves for a fight as the creature steps into the light of your torch. The creature has a humanoid body apparently made of stone with broad shoulders, long arms tipped with sledgehammer like fists that hang down beneath its knees, and a slightly annoyed expression displayed in his crude stone features, including his glowing yellow crystalline eyes.

    The stonemen are a race of sentient constructs that live underground and in the mountains. They claim to be distant predecessors of the dwarves, but because they are constructs, it seems unlikely. Stonemen are well known for their skill in making stone goods and mining. Unlike the dwarves they claim ancestry to; however, they are generally peaceful and emotionally cold. But when threatened they can be a powerful force with fierce tenacity. Though they are all androgynous, most people interpret their broad shoulders and deep gravelly voices as male, and they are typically referred to as “he” and not “it.” Stonemen typically stand at about 6 to 6 ½ feet tall, weigh 550lbs, and usually live to be 1350 years old.

    Combat
    Soul Gem: A stoneman’s stone body is powered by a glowing yellow crystal called a “soul gem.” As the name implies, the soul gem is the stoneman’s soul, only in crystal form. In order for a stoneman to be raised from the dead, the spell or effect that would normally do so must be cast directly onto the stoneman’s soul gem, which must also be in contact with an amount of stone equivalent to whatever the stoneman weighed when he died. However, if the stoneman died of old age, than a stoneman cleric performs a ritual that shatters the soul gem into 2d6 fragments which are then sewn into the ground like seeds. In ten years, the fragments develop into adult stonemen, which emerge from the ground. Stonemen that are formed from the same soul gem share similar personalities, the same last names, and consider each other “brothers.”
    Stoneman Traits: In addition to their construct traits, stonemen have the following racial traits:
    • +4 Strength, -2 Dexterity, -2 Charisma, - Constitution: Due to the fact that stonemen are made of stone, they are strong and lack constitution that other fleshed races have, but are not very coordinated and tend to be emotionally reserved.
    • Extra HD: Stonemen start play with two levels of Construct
    • Construct Type: As constructs, stonemen are not affected by mind-affecting effects, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, stunning, disease, death effects, and necromancy effects, except that they can still be risen with the normal spells that raise living creatures as long as their soul gem is recovered.
    • Natural Slam attack that deals 1d8 damage.
    • +2 Natural Armor Bonus: Stonemen are made of stone, a naturally resilient material.
    • Damage Reduction 3/Adamantine
    • Medium: As medium creatures, stonemen have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
    • Base land speed is 30ft and is unaffected by how much weight a stoneman carries or what armor they wear.
    • Burrow speed of 15ft through loose rock and soil only. The tunnel they create usually collapses immediately.
    • Darkvision: Stonemen can see in the dark up to 60ft, but only in black and white. They see just fine and in color in normal light.
    • Stonecunning: Same as dwarves, but +4 bonus.
    • +4 bonus to Will Saves: Stonemen are stubborn as the rocks they are made of.
    • Stability: Stonemen are exceptionally stable on their feet. A stoneman gains a +4 bonus to all checks made to resist being bull rushed or tripped when standing firmly on the ground (not when flying, riding, or otherwise not on the ground).
    • +4 bonus to Craft and Appraise checks dealing with stone or metal items.
    • Automatic Languages: Common, Terran. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Giant, Gnome, and Undercommon.
    • Favored class: Fighter. A multiclass stoneman’s fighter class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing (see XP for Multiclass Character, page 60 of the Players Handbook). Stonemen are physically adapted for melee combat, and following through with those adaptations is easy.
    • Level Adjustment +3

    Stoneman Society
    Stonemen live in a strictly ordered city-state based empire, known simply as the “Stoneman Empire.” Each city state is ruled by a council of elders who are democratically elected by the people every 50 years. All of the elders meet in the capitol of Rogran-Thossak once every 10 years to discuss current issues and debate the stability of the existing law system, though anything rarely ever gets changed, since governmental corruption is incredibly rare amongst such lawful creatures. Inside the massive hand-carved subterranean city complexes there are three main districts. One half of the city is the industrial district, where all the cities goods are manufactured by laborers. The other half is divided into the residential district, which is a series of stone towers honeycombed with simple three to five room apartments, though there are some individual houses for the very wealthy. The final district is the commercial district, which features all of the shops, the museums and historical buildings, and the elder council hall building. A relatively recent addition to most cities is the train station. The Stoneman Empire finalized a trade agreement with the dwarves over 40 years ago, and they usually export processed metal bars to the dwarven lands. As for religion, most stonemen do not worship a patron deity, but instead choose to worship the earth itself that makes up their homes and bodies. A stoneman cleric that chooses to worship the earth can choose two of the following domains: Earth, Protection, or Law. Unlike other clerics, stonemen can choose to spontaneously cast repair/inflict damage spells rather than the usual cure/inflict wounds, which have no effect on constructs.

    And here's a sample stoneman:

    Brohnum Kupferfaust
    Stoneman Fighter 4
    Medium Construct (Earth)
    Hit Dice: 2d10 + 4d10 +20 (55 hp)
    Initiative: +0
    Speed: 30ft, burrow 15ft
    Armor Class: 20 (+2 natural, +8 armor), touch 10, flat footed 20
    Base Attack/Grapple: +5/+9
    Attack: Slam +10 melee (2d6+5)
    Full Attack: 2 Slams +10 melee (2d6+5)
    Space/Reach: 5ft/5ft
    Special Attacks: -
    Special Qualities: Construct Traits, Damage Reduction 3/Adamantine, Darkvision 60ft, Stoneman Traits
    Saves: Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +2
    Abilities: Str 20, Dex 10, Con -, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 9
    Skills: Climb +6, Craft (blacksmithing) +11, Handle Animal +4, Intimidate +6, Jump +7, Ride +1, Swim +5
    Feats: Improved Natural Attack (slam), Improved Sunder, Iron Will, Power Attack, Cleave, Great Cleave
    Environment: Any
    Organization: Unique
    Challenge Rating: 7
    Possessions: Oil of Repair Moderate Damage (3)Grappling Hook, Hemp Rope 50ft, Full plate armor, Backpack, Traveler’s Outfit, 2,985gp
    Alignment: Lawful Neutral

    The approach of this creature is announced by thunderous footfalls, followed by a muffled clang of metal. It stands before you, 6 feet tall and fully clad in blocky, featureless plate armor. The thing's shoulders are far too broad for any normal man, and its huge fisted arms hang all the way to its buckled knees. Its face is completely shadowed except for two glowing yellow eyes that pierce through the darkness of its helmet.

    Brohnum Kupferfaust is a typical wandering stoneman. Several years ago, he was sent on a mission with several of his fellow stonemen soldiers to dispatch a drow scouting party that had been sighted on the edge of stoneman territory. The drow were swiftly defeated, but a devastating explosive spell cast by a drow sorcerer caused a cave-in, separating Brohnum from the rest of his party. Brohnum wandered through the winding tunnels of the Underdark, until he eventually found a dwarven settlement which had tunnels leading to the surface, which Brohnum followed, for at this point he had decided he enjoyed the wandering life. When he reached the surface, he met a party of adventurers and decided to join them, and he has adventured across the surface world ever since. Brohnum is about 6’3” tall, weighs 623 pounds, is 265 years old, and speaks Common and Terran.

    Combat
    Brohnum is straightforward in combat, as all stonemen are. Charge into combat, sunder some armor and weapons, and beat whatever’s attacking you into a bloody pulp with your fists.
    Soul Gem: A stoneman’s stone body is powered by a glowing yellow crystal called a “soul gem.” As the name implies, the soul gem is the stoneman’s soul, only in crystal form. In order for a stoneman to be raised from the dead, the spell or effect that would normally do so must be cast directly onto the stoneman’s soul gem, which must also be in contact with an amount of stone equivalent to whatever the stoneman weighed when he died. However, if the stoneman died of old age, than a stoneman cleric performs a ritual that shatters the soul gem into 2d6 fragments which are then sewn into the ground like seeds. In ten years, the fragments develop into adult stonemen, which emerge from the ground. Stonemen that are formed from the same soul gem share similar personalities, the same last names, and consider each other “brothers.”
    Stoneman Traits: See above.

    Ok, I know that it's not a very creative name, and a very long post. Oh, and by the way, could somebody please provide me with a link to the MitP thread? Thanks.

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    Last edited by KingGolem; 2007-08-03 at 01:00 AM.
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