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Planetouched

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Planetouched
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Planetouched
Characteristics
Alignment Any
Type Outsider
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats
Publication history
Source books Planescape
First appearance Planescape Campaign Setting

Planetouched in the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role playing game are mortal creatures whose ancestors were extraplanar creatures such as Celestials, Fiends, or Elementals. Planetouched are considered native outsiders.


Description

Planetouched is a general word to describe someone who can trace his or her bloodline back to an outsider, usually a fiend or celestial. The effects of having a supernatural being in one’s heritage last for many generations. Although not as dramatically altered as a half-celestial or a half-fiend, planetouched still retain some special qualities.


Statistics

The two planetouched varieties described here are the most common. Aasimars are humans with some trace of celestial blood in their veins, and Tieflings have some fiendishness in their family tree.

Aasimar

Aasimars are usually tall, good-looking, and generally pleasant. Some have a minor physical trait suggesting their heritage, such as silver hair, golden eyes, or an unnaturally intense stare. Most aasimars are decidedly good-aligned. They fight against evil causes and attempt to sway others to do the right thing. Occasionally they take on the vengeful, judgmental aspect of their celestial ancestor, but this is rare.

Aasimar, 1st-Level Warrior
The Aasimar warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial adjustments:
Str 13, Dex 11, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 8
Type Medium Outsider (Native)
Sub-Type Aasimar
Hit Dice 1d8+1 (5 hp)
Initiative +4
Speed 20 ft. in scale mail (4 squares); base speed 30 ft.
Armor Class 16 (+4 scale mail, +2 heavy shield), touch 10, flat-footed 16 Base
Attack/Grapple +1/+2
Attack Longsword +2 melee (1d8+1/19–20) or light crossbow +1 ranged (1d8/19–20)
Full Attack Longsword +2 melee (1d8+1/19–20) or light crossbow +1 ranged (1d8/19–20)
Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks Daylight
Special Qualities Darkvision 60 ft., resistance to acid 5, cold 5, and electricity 5
Saves Fort +3, Ref +0, Will +0
Abilities Str 13, Dex 11, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 10
Skills Heal +4, Knowledge (religion) +1, Listen +3, Ride +1, Spot +3
Feats Improved Initiative
Environment Temperate plains
Organization Solitary, pair, or team (3–4)
Challenge Rating 1/2
Treasure Standard
Alignment Usually Good (Any)
Advancement By Character Class
Level Adjustment +1
  • Combat: Aasimars usually like a fair, straightforward contest. Against a particularly evil foe, however, they fight with utter conviction and to the death.
  • Daylight (Sp): An aasimar can use daylight once per day as a 1st-level caster or a caster of his class levels, whichever is higher.
  • Skills: An aasimar has a +2 racial bonus on Spot and Listen checks.

Aasimar as Characters

Aasimar characters possess the following racial traits:

Abilities +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma
Size Medium
Base Land Speed 30 feet
Darkvision Aasimars can see in the dark up to 60 feet
Racial Skills Aasimars have a +2 racial bonus on Spot and Listen checks
Racial Feats An aasimar gains feats according to its class levels
Special Attacks Daylight
Special Qualities Resistance to acid 5, cold 5, and electricity 5
Automatic Languages Common, Celestial
Bonus Languages Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Halfling, Sylvan
Favored Class Paladin
Level adjustment +1

Tiefling

Many tieflings are indistinguishable from humans. Others have small horns, pointed teeth, red eyes, a whiff of brimstone about them, or even cloven feet. No two tieflings are the same.

Tiefling, 1st-Level Warrior
The Tiefling warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial adjustments:
Str 13, Dex 11, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 8
Type Medium Outsider (Native)
Sub-Type Tiefling
Hit Dice 1d8+1 (5 hp)
Initiative +1
Speed 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class 15 (+1 Dex, +3 studded leather, +1 light shield), touch 11, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple +1/+2
Attack Rapier +3 melee (1d6+1/18–20) or light crossbow +2 ranged (1d8/19–20)
Full Attack Rapier +3 melee (1d6+1/18–20) or light crossbow +2 ranged (1d8/19–20)
Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks Darkness
Special Qualities Darkvision 60 ft., resistance to cold 5, electricity 5, and fire 5
Saves Fort +3, Ref +1, Will –1
Abilities Str 13, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 12, Wis 9, Cha 6
Skills Bluff +4, Hide +5, Move Silently +1, Sleight of Hand +1
Feats Weapon Focus (rapier)
Environment Temperate plains
Organization Solitary, pair, or gang (3–4)
Challenge Rating 1/2
Treasure Standard
Alignment Usually Evil (Any)
Advancement By Character Class
Level Adjustment +1
Example Example
  • Combat: Tieflings are sneaky, subtle, and generally conniving. They prefer to strike from ambush and usually avoid a fair fight if they can.
  • Darkness (Sp): A tiefling can use darkness once per day (caster level equal to class levels).
  • Skills: A tiefling has a +2 racial bonus on Bluff and Hide checks.

Tieflings as Characters

Tiefling characters possess the following racial traits:

Abilities +2 Intelligence, –2 Charisma
Size Medium
Base Land Speed 30 feet
*Darkvision Out to 60 feet
Racial Skills Tieflings have a +2 racial bonus on Bluff and Hide checks
Racial Feats A tiefling gains feats according to its class levels
Special Attacks Darkness
Special Qualities Resistance to cold 5, electricity 5, and fire 5
Automatic Languages Example
Favored Class Common, Infernal
Bonus Languages Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Goblin, Halfling, Orc
Level adjustment +1


Daemonfey

See also: Daemonfey

Daemonfey
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Daemonfey
Characteristics
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Type Planetouched Demon/Elf Hybrid
(Half-fiends, Fey'ri, others)
Publication history
Source books Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerun
First appearance Forgotten Realms

The Daemonfey are a fiendish race of planetouched descended from the interbreeding of demons and sun elves in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting. They are the elven equivalent to Tieflings. True daemonfey are the scions of House Dlardrageth. Their bloodlines include those of demon princes. The Fey'ri are those of the Siluvanedan Houses who allied with the Dlardrageths. They also possess demonic blood but not that of demon lords. The fey'ri are sometimes also referred to as Daemonfey.

The Daemonfey look like elves with demonic features, or particularly fey fiends. They are capable of magically altering their features somewhat, but in their natural form they have skin with fine scales, fiery red eyes, demonic pointed tails, and a pair of bat-like wings, in addition to their sun elven beauty.


Publication History

The concept of races descended from extraplanar creatures debuted in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition with the Planescape setting. The Tiefling was introduced in the Planescape Campaign Setting boxed set (1994) as a player character race,[1] and received statistics in the first Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (1994).[2] The aasimar first appeared in Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix II (1995).[3] The Planewalker's Handbook (1996) introduced genasi (including the air genasi, the earth genasi, the fire genasi, and the water genasi), and presented options for the aasimar and the tiefling as player character races.[4] The aasimar appeared again as a player character race in Warriors of Heaven (1999).[5]

The aasimar and the tiefling appear in the third edition Monster Manual (2000) under the planetouched entry,[6] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003). The axani, the cansin, and the para-genasi (the dust para-genasi, the ice para-genasi, the magma para-genasi, the ooze para-genasi, the smoke para-genasi, and the steam para-genasi) appeared in Dragon #297 (July 2002).[7] The chaond and the zenythri appeared in the Monster Manual II (2002).[8] The maeluth, the mechanatrix, the shyft, and the wispling appeared in the Fiend Folio (2003). The tiefling paragon was introduced in Unearthed Arcana (2004).[9] The aasimar and the tiefling appear as player character races in the Planar Handbook (2004),[10] and Races of Destiny (2004).[11]

The planetouched were used throughout the Forgotten Realms setting in third edition. The air genasi, the earth genasi, the fire genasi, and the water genasi, and the Fey'ri and the tanna'ruk tieflings, appeared in Monsters of Faerûn (2001), under the "planetouched" entry.[12] The aasimar, the four genasi types, and the tiefling are presented as a player character races for the Forgotten Realms setting in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001).[13] The four genasi types appear again as player character races in Dragon #293 (March 2002),[14] and with the aasimar, the fey'ri, the tanarukk, and the tiefling in Races of Faerûn (2003).[15] The gloaming appeared as a player character race in Underdark (2003), and the lesser planetouched appeared as a player character race in the Player's Guide to Faerûn (2004). The azerblood, the celadrin, the d'hin'ni, and the worghest appeared as player character races in Dragon #350 (December 2006).[16]

The Tiefling appeared in the fourth edition as a player character race in the Player's Handbook (2008).[17] The genasi appeared in the Monster Manual 2 (2009).


See Also

  • Daemonfey (Sun Elves descended from Demons)
  • Fey'ri (Elves with Fiendish Blood)
  • Tiefling (Humans descended from Fiendish Beings)


References

  1. Cook, David "Zeb". Planescape Campaign Setting (TSR, 1994)
  2. Varney, Allen, ed. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix (TSR, 1994)
  3. Baker, Rich, Tim Beach, Wolfgang Baur, Michele Carter, and Colin McComb. Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix II (TSR, 1995)
  4. Cook, Monte. The Planewalker's Handbook. (TSR, 1996)
  5. Perkins, Christopher. Warriors of Heaven (TSR, 1999)
  6. Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  7. Stout, Travis. "Children of the Cosmos." Dragon #297 (Paizo Publishing, 2002)
  8. Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  9. Collins, Andy, Jesse Decker, David Noonan, and Rich Redman. Unearthed Arcana (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
  10. Cordell, Bruce, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel. Planar Handbook (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
  11. Noonan, David, Eric Cagle, and Aaron Rosenberg. Races of Destiny. (Wizards of the Coast, 2004
  12. Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  13. Greenwood, Ed, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, and Rob Heinsoo. Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  14. Reynolds, Sean K. "The Elemental Planetouched." Dragon #293 (Paizo Publishing, 2002)
  15. Reynolds, Sean K., Forbeck, Matt, Jacobs, James, Boyd, Erik L. Races of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  16. Boyd, Eric L. Legacies of Ancient Empires: Planetouched of Faerûn, Dragon #350 (Paizo Publishing), December 2006
  17. Heinsoo, Rob, Andy Collins, and James Wyatt. Player's Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)


Further Reading

  • Marks, Bennet. Creatures of Brilliance, Dragon #321 (Paizo Publishing), 2004.
  • Burlew, Rich, et al.. Monster Manual III (Wizards of the Coast, 2004).

The Daemonfey are detailed in the Forgotten Realms accessory Lords of Darkness. Their latest activities are related in the novels of The Last Mythal Trilogy by Richard Baker.

  • Reynolds, Sean K. and James Wyatt. Lords of Darkness (Wizards of the Coast, 2001).


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