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    Default Treefolk (LA+1 race), take 2

    A revision of the Pathfinder version I posted a while back. Removed most of the weaknesses and added LA+1, let me know what you think of it.

    Treefolk


    Physical Description: Created by magical experimentation or divine intervention, Treefolk in most ways resemble a mundane variety of tree such as an oak or apple, save for a vaguely humanoid visage on the trunk through which they perceive the world. They have as many branches as any other tree, but are clumsy and can only manipulate a few branches at a time. They ambulate on their multitude of roots at a stately pace.

    Armor and Magic Items: Armor a Treefolk wears must be custom-made for them (and for their size, if they take the Growth feat). Treefolk may not wear magic items in the boot/foot slot nor may they wear hats/helms, but they may wear headbands, crowns and the like as well as an extra magic ring for each time they have taken the Many Branches feat.

    Society: Treefolk society is generally limited to a grove of treefolk related to each other by blood (or sap, rather). Certain varieties prefer to live as individuals, enjoying total seclusion. Treefolk are united in a belief in taking things slowly, to say the least.

    Relations: Treefolk get along well with the sylvan races such as elves and gnomes due to mutual respect for nature. They also enjoy the company of dwarves, bonding over their mutual dour/sedate temperaments. Their glacial mental and physical processes may exasperate other humanoids but generally they’re inoffensive enough.

    Alignment and Religion: As sentient plants Treefolk have a strong affinity for nature’s impartiality, and as such are generally neutral-aligned on at least one axis. Apart from that, they are generally more inclined to good rather than evil, if for no other reason than good is a generally a more passive and reactive philosophy.

    Adventurers: Treefolk are content to keep to their groves out in the wilderness, rooted day and night. Adventuring treefolk are uncommon and rarely encounter others of their kind out in the greater world.

    Treefolk Racial Traits

    +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma, -4 Dexterity,: Treefolk are as hearty and wise as the trees, and every bit as slow in thought and deed.

    Mortal Plant: Treefolk are plant creatures with the mortal subtype.

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    Mortal (Ex): This creature lacks the immunities normally granted by virtue of its type. Furthermore, a creature of this type may only assume humanoid forms when using the alter self spell.


    Medium: Treefolk are Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

    Slow and Steady: Treefolk have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is never modified by armor, encumbrance, or exhaustion.

    Low-Light Vision: Treefolk have low-light vision.

    Arboreal Vitality: Treefolk have a +2 racial bonus on saves against mind-affecting effects, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph effects, and stunning.

    Barkskin (Su): Treefolk benefit from a permanent, innate version of the barkskin spell. Their caster level is equal their character level (minimum 3rd), granting a +2 bonus to their natural armor at 1st level.

    Natural Attacks (Ex): Treefolk gain two slam attacks. The slams are a primary attack, or a secondary attack if the creature is wielding weapons. The damage is based on the creature’s size (1d4 for Medium creatures).

    Plant Empathy (Su): This ability functions as the druid's wild empathy, save that a Treefolk can only use this ability on plant creatures. A Treefolk gains a +4 racial bonus on this check.

    Put Down Roots (Ex): As a full-round action a Treefolk can set down their roots into the ground, or similarly uproot themselves. A rooted Treefolk can’t move but may still attack and cast spells and can’t be tripped. A Treefolk that spends at least 4 hours rooted per day in sunlight has no need of food or water. This ability may not function in certain environments, at the DM’s discretion.

    Wooden (Ex): Treefolk are effectively animated trees with hardness equal to the number of [Treefolk] feats they possess (maximum hardness 5). Cold, electricity, and fire attacks ignore this hardness.

    Arboreal Skills (Ex): Knowledge (nature) and Survival are always class skills for a Treefolk. Treefolk have a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks while amidst natural vegetation.

    Languages: Treefolk begin play speaking Common and Sylvan. Treefolk with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Auran, Aquan, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, and Terran.

    Treefolk Feats

    Amber Magic [Treefolk]
    You have mastered a form of temporal magic that draws on your own arboreal longevity and the crystallised power of your own sap.

    Prerequisite: Character level 5th, Treefolk.

    Benefit: Once per day as a full-round action you may fashion a chunk of pure amber from your own sap. Once created, the amber retains its properties indefinitely. However, if you create amber when you already have a piece available, the older piece crumbles instantly with no effect.

    As a standard action you may shatter the amber to cast slow as a spell-like ability. At 15th level this improves to the ability to cast temporal stasis instead, and finally at 17th level you may use the amber to cast time stop.

    Bonsai [Treefolk]
    As a result of experiments by druid aesthetes on you or your ancestors, you are a diminuitive but downright adorable Treefolk.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, must be taken at 1st level.

    Benefit: You are a Small creature (rather than medium) and gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Hide checks, -4 penalty on grapple checks, and lifting and carrying limits ¾ those of Medium characters..

    Your racial ability modifiers are replaced with +2 Charisma, -2 Dexterity, -2 Strength.

    Special: If you take this feat you may not take the Growth feat.

    Conifer [Treefolk]
    You come from a long and proud lineage of noble firs, or similar cold-dwelling species. Your slow metabolism (even for a Treefolk) makes you more resistant to physiological attacks as well.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, must be taken at 1st level

    Benefit: You gain cold resistance equal to your character level (stacking will all other cold resistance). Your hardness now applies to cold attacks.

    Your racial bonus on saves against poison and polymorph effects increases to +4.

    Flame-Seared [Treefolk]
    You have survived a forest fire or dragon’s breath in the past, and have become inured to (and infused with) flame.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk.

    Benefit: You gain fire resistance equal to your character level (stacking will all other fire resistance). Your hardness now applies to fire attacks. Furthermore, you gain the burn special attack as a fire elemental of your size (1D6, DC 14 for a medium creature).

    Your hideously charred and still-smouldering visage is unsettling to other plant creatures. You take a -4 penalty on Diplomacy and Plant Empathy checks with such creatures but gain a +4 bonus on Intimidate checks.

    Special: If you select this feat without also possessing the Conifer feat, you gain Cold Vulnerability (take 50% more cold damage).

    Grafted Hybrid [Treefolk]
    Through bizarre magical experiments, branches from other Treefolk have been grafted on to your own trunk.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk.

    Benefit: You may take [Treefolk] feats that can only be selected at 1st level, regardless of your actual level.

    You gain 25% immunity to critical hits for every two [Treefolk] feats you possess (maximum 100% immunity for 8 feats).

    Special: If you have the Growth feat and use this feat to take the Bonsai feat, the DM cleaves your skull open with a fire axe.

    Growth [Treefolk]
    As you have adventured, your stature has grown to match your skill.

    Prerequisite: Character level 12th, Treefolk.

    Benefit: You grow to the next size category. Use the rules for advancing monsters for determining your new ability scores, natural armor, slam attack damage, and size bonuses and penalties.

    Special: You can gain this feat multiple times. Each time you do, increase your size to the next largest category.

    Ironwood Trunk [Treefolk]
    Through magic or simple adventuring experience you have gained the benefits of the ironwood spell.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, character level 12th.

    Benefit: You have no maximum hardness via the Wooden special quality.

    You gain fire resistance 10 (stacking with all other fire resistance).

    You gain a +1 enhancement bonus on all attacks.

    Lightning-Blasted [Treefolk]
    You’ve been struck by lightning so many times (either on your adventures or even as a sapling) that you pay it no mind. Your many shocks have also made you even more resistant to attacks on your mind.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk.

    Benefit: You gain electricity resistance equal to your character level (stacking with all other electricity resistance). Your hardness now applies to electricity attacks.

    Your racial bonus on saves against mind-affecting, paralysis, sleep and stunning effects increases to +4.

    Many Branches [Treefolk]
    You have improved your twig-eye coordination.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk.

    Benefit: You can use an additional branch as a limb. You gain an additional slam attack with that limb and can use it to wield an additional weapon.

    Special: You may take this feat more than once, each time gaining the use of an additional branch and a corresponding slam attack.

    Taking this feat allows you to qualify for the Multiweapon Fighting and Multiattack feats.

    A fighter may select Many Branches as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    Orchard Tree [Treefolk]
    You are a modest and helpful Treefolk resembling an apple, coconut, chestnut, or other fruit-bearing tree.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, must be taken at first level.

    Benefit: Three times per day you may use the goodberry spell as a spell-like ability to produce food for yourself and your companions from your own fruits or nuts. At 11th level, you may also use heroes’ feast once per day as a spell-like ability.

    Root-Runner [Combat] [Treefolk]
    You have learned to move more quickly on your many gnarled roots.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk.

    Benefit: You gain a +10 foot bonus to your base land speed, increasing it to 30 feet.

    Special: You may take this feat a second time, increasing your base land speed to 40 feet.

    A fighter may select Root Runner as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    Warden [Treefolk]
    Your grove descends from the holly, rowan or similar trees with protective powers.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, must be taken at 1st level.

    Benefit: You may use protection from evil three times per day as a spell-like ability. At 11th level you begin to radiate a magic circle against evil, which you can suppress or reactivate as a free action. Your caster level for this effect is equal to your character level.

    Special: The above effects function regardless of your own alignment.

    Willow [Treefolk]
    You are among the most flexible and graceful of your kind.

    Prerequisite: Treefolk, must be taken at 1st level.

    Benefit: Your racial Dexterity penalty is reduced by 2 (to a minimum of -0).

    Special: Whenever you take the Growth feat, ignore any penalties to your Dexterity.

    Other potential feats: Acorn tree that can use the fire seeds spell, Oak tree that can use shillelagh, witch hazel that can use divination spells, etc. etc.
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    Default Re: Treefolk (LA+1 race), take 2

    It is a neat race. Reminds me of Treeants except this one would be a proper playable race. The feats are solid but that is more a case of well designed feats that scale or have benefits that are just good on their own.

    Don't think they need +1 LA though. -2 overall to stat mods isn't that good. +2 to all saves is a very nice bonus so is the scaling Natural armour. The other abilities are cute but not overly powerful. I just don't see them being more powerful than any +0 LA core race tbh.

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    Default Re: Treefolk (LA+1 race), take 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Zancloufer View Post
    It is a neat race. Reminds me of Treeants except this one would be a proper playable race. The feats are solid but that is more a case of well designed feats that scale or have benefits that are just good on their own.

    Don't think they need +1 LA though. -2 overall to stat mods isn't that good. +2 to all saves is a very nice bonus so is the scaling Natural armour. The other abilities are cute but not overly powerful. I just don't see them being more powerful than any +0 LA core race tbh.
    Agreed. This does not feel especially powerful.
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    Default Re: Treefolk (LA+1 race), take 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Zancloufer View Post
    It is a neat race. Reminds me of Treeants except this one would be a proper playable race. The feats are solid but that is more a case of well designed feats that scale or have benefits that are just good on their own.

    Don't think they need +1 LA though. -2 overall to stat mods isn't that good. +2 to all saves is a very nice bonus so is the scaling Natural armour. The other abilities are cute but not overly powerful. I just don't see them being more powerful than any +0 LA core race tbh.
    Quote Originally Posted by JNAProductions View Post
    Agreed. This does not feel especially powerful.
    Thanks guys, and I'm thrilled that you feel that way! I really wanted them to be balanced. However, are you sure about LA+0? They get 2 natural attacks at first level, and will most likely have hardness 1 as well.

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    Default Re: Treefolk (LA+1 race), take 2

    Quote Originally Posted by rferries View Post
    Thanks guys, and I'm thrilled that you feel that way! I really wanted them to be balanced. However, are you sure about LA+0? They get 2 natural attacks at first level, and will most likely have hardness 1 as well.
    1d4+ str mod x2 is about what two handing a decent weapon would do (2d6+ 1.5* Str for a Great Sword) so it's not that powerful. You also have to remember that they have -2 to their stat total which is something that only Half-Orcs IIRC have for LA +0 races. The hardness while nice is also gained from them taking a feat or two which is more of a small bonuses for taking racial feats than a true bonus.

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