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How much ass could a chipmonk kick if a chipmonk could kick ass? 
8th-Mar-2006 02:05 am
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Well, I said I'd post it, and I want some feedback/suggestions on the design. Ignoring the munchkinism (there really isn't, as this is something that the GM and I have discussed and tried to balance at length), is this on par with a level 15 party or perhaps a little weak?

Oh, the name is temporary.


   "Chip Norris": Bronze half-dragon chipmunk monk of the Cobra Strike 12; ECL 15; Diminutive dragon (augmented magical beast); HD 12d8; hp 140; Init +15; Spd 80 ft/climb 80 ft; AC 40, touch 30, flat-footed 30; Base Atk +9; Grp -2; Atk +28 melee (1d6+6/19-20, unarmed strike); Full Atk +28/+23 melee (1d6+6/19-20, unarmed strike) or +28/+28/+28/+23 melee (1d6+6/19-20, unarmed strike, flurry of blows); SA breath weapon; SQ dragon type, monk special abilities, scent, low-light vision, darkvision 60'; AL LN; SV Fort +19, Ref +22, Will +19; Str 12, Dex 30, Con 22, Int 17, Wis 22, Cha 18.

   Skills and Feats: Balance +19, Climb +17, Concentration +12, Escape Artist +25, Hide +40, Jump +38, Move Silently +28, Perform (dance) +9, Swim +6, Tumble +26; Dodge, Elusive Dance, Elusive Target, Improved Critical (unarmed strike), Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, Mobility, Offensive Metered Foot, Photosynthetic Skin, Spring Attack, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (unarmed strike)




   Dragon type: As a dragon, "Chip Norris" is immune to sleep effects and paralysis effects. Due to his bronze dragon lineage, he is also immune to electricity.
   Improved Evasion (Ex): If exposed to any effect that normally allows a Reflex save for half damage, "Chip Norris" takes no damage on a successful saving throw, and half damage on a failed saving throw.
   AC Bonus (Ex): When unarmored and unencumbered, "Chip Norris" receives a +8 bonus to AC. These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when he is flat-footed. He loses these bonuses when he is immobilized or helpless, when he wears any armor, when he carries a shield, or when he carries a medium or heavy load. This bonus is already figured into the above numbers.
   Fast Movement (Ex): As a 12th level monk, "Chip Norris" receives a +40 ft enhancement bonus to his movement speed as long as he is unarmored or not carrying heaver than a light load.
   Still Mind (Ex): "Chip Norris" receives a +2 bonus on saving throws against spells and effects from the school of enchantment.
   Ki Strike (Su): "Chip Norris" treats his unarmed attacks as being magical and lawful weapons for the purposes of bypassing damage reduction.
   Slow Fall (Ex): Whenever "Chip Norris" is within arm's reach of a wall, he may treat falling damage as though the fall were 60' shorter.
   Purity of Body (Ex): "Chip Norris" is immune to all diseases except for supernatural and magical diseases.
   Wholeness of Body (Su): "Chip Norris" can heal up to 24 points of damage to himself per day, and can spread this healing out among several uses.
   Diamond Body (Su): "Chip Norris" is immune to poisons of all kinds.
   Abundant Step (Su): "Chip Norris" can dimension door as the spell, once per day. He is treated as a 12th level caster.
   Breath Weapon (Su): "Chip Norris" can fire a 60' line of lightning once per day. This line inflicts 6d8 points of damage, and the damage can be reduced by half with a successful DC 16 reflex save.
   Quick (Ex): "Chip Norris" has a lean frame, which allows him to move quickly but restricts his durability. This provides him with a +10 ft unnamed bonus to his movement speed, but reduces the hit points he gains at each level by 1.
   Aggressive (Ex): "Chip Norris" often likes to pounce headlong into combat, often forgoing his own safety. This provides him with a +2 initiative bonus, but reduces his armor class by 1.
   Murky-Eyed (Ex): The magical ritual which awakened "Chip Norris" also hampered his ability to perceive concealed foes. Whenever "Chip Norris" rolls for the miss chance due to concealment, he rolls twice and takes the worst of the two rolls.
   Bestial Instinct (Ex): Having been raised entirely in the woods, "Chuck Norris" functions best when using nature to fight his enemies. Despite being able to wield diminutive monk weapons, his paws are his primary tool, and he suffers a -2 penalty to attack rolls when using anything but his natural weapons.
   Photosynthetic Skin (Su): Whenever "Chip Norris" is in natural sunlight, his natural armour bonus increases by +2. This is not figured into the above statistics.
   Possessions: anklets of armor +4 (takes up the boot slot); collar of resistance +4 (takes up the neck slot); harness of Health +4 (takes up the vest slot); gloves of Dexterity +6; headband of Wisdom +4; "Chip Norris" has also received the benefits of two permanencied greater magic fang spells on his left front and right rear paws (at 20th caster level), and both of these have been further enchanted as +1 blessed weapons.
   "Chip Norris" speaks Common, Sylvan, Druidic, and Elven.


Notes:
- The Cobra Strike variant monk replaces the standard monk bonus feats at 1st, 2nd, and 6th level with Dodge, Mobility, and Spring Attack respectively. It also has a skill requirement that I can't remember offhand before accessing a "special ability" -- whenever "Chip Norris" uses the Dodge feat, the bonus provided by it increases by +2.
- Elusive Dance is a feat from an issue of Dragon I don't have with me at the moment. Essentially, it allows you to designate a target during your action, and that target cannot take attacks of opportunity against you -- perfect for a creature with 0 reach trying to move into someone's space to attack. The only other thing of note is that if you use the Dodge feat in the same round in which you use Elusive Dance, they both have to be on the same target.
- Offensive Metered Foot is another feat from a Dragon magazine. I don't have the issue with me either (I'm still at work), but the gist of it is that you gain a +1 bonus for every consecutive successful melee attack in a round. The bonus resets to +0 if you miss, and caps at +5. Let the merry-go-round begin.
- Elusive Target is a tactical feat from Complete Warrior, the details of which I cannot remember. It's got some stuff that worked well, so I picked it, but I really can't remember the specifics at the moment :)
- Photosynthetic Skin is a spelltouched feat from Unearthed Arcana. As mentioned in the stat block, it provides "Chip" with a +2 bonus to his natural armor when out in the sunlight.
- The items that "Chip" has equipped were, according to the background we'd scribbed up just to examine the plausibility of this, given to him (and special ordered) by his former master's travelling companions. This explains how he happens to have such "perfect" gear.
- Greater Magic Fang is cheap, especially permanencied.
- Our GM waived the strictly "animal" requirement for Awaken, allowing it to be applied to an augmented (i.e. templated) animal as well. He also ditched the two hit die requirement granted by awaken, although I wouldn't complain about two dragon racial hide dice :)
- Awaken grants him the languages, if you're wondering.

Edit to add:

- Quick and Aggressive are traits from Unearthed Arcana. They work as described above. If you're unfamiliar with traits, they usually give a minor bonus in exchange for a minor drawback.
- Murky-Eyed and Bestial Instinct are flaws from Unearthed Arcana. You can take up to two flaws at character creation, and each allows you to take a bonus feat. Very munchkin-esque.
- Okay, I checked Elusive Target so I could provide the benefits here. It allows me to use three tactical maneuvers: Negate Power Attack, which causes the target of my Dodge feat to not get any benefit from Power Attack (but still take the penalty); Diverting Defense, which requires I am flanked and affect one of my flankers with the Dodge feat -- the first attack they make against me misses and has a chance to hit the other person flanking me, with the other person being treated as flat-footed; finally, Cause Overreach, which allows me to make a free trip attack (without my opponent getting to trip me) if they make an attack of opportunity against me for moving out of a threatened area and they miss.


Thoughts?
Comments 
8th-Mar-2006 07:02 am (UTC)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, NO MORE CHUCK NORRIS....
8th-Mar-2006 08:03 am (UTC)
If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you to.
If you cannot see Chuck Norris, you are only seconds away from death
8th-Mar-2006 08:13 am (UTC)
BLAHHH!!!!

*explodes*
8th-Mar-2006 08:39 am (UTC)
HA HA ... your D7 is showing!
8th-Mar-2006 08:48 am (UTC)
what are you talking about?

*looks down*
8th-Mar-2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
made ya look! *cackles*

(oh the joys of being on the night shift ...)
8th-Mar-2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
8th-Mar-2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Like I said, the name is filler.

Apparently, Walker: Texas Ranger Season One just came out on DVD.
8th-Mar-2006 08:05 am (UTC)
Explain the chipmonk bit.

Also, I still say straight human Monk for optimum results.
8th-Mar-2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Try a monk with the Vow of Poverty from BoED. *sings "Can't Touch This"*
8th-Mar-2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'd do that so I didn't have to worry about buying chipmunk-sized items, but the GM for the game I was designing this for (either as my backup character or as an NPC) does not like that feat :)
8th-Mar-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
That feat is so damn broken for a monk.
8th-Mar-2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Explicitly why it never seems to be allowed in any games I play in :)

It's pretty broken for melee classes in general.
9th-Mar-2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
hahaha. Give him a Vow of Peace for good measure.
8th-Mar-2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Not much to say other than it's an awakened chipmunk with monk levels.

A former druidic animal companion that has since moved on.

I just want to see what people think of the design/curve before I commit to paper and implement it.
9th-Mar-2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Also, I still say straight human Monk for optimum results.

For optimum benefits, give 5 gp to your poor sister and have to go cry some adventurers to do it for you.

D&D is about FUN, and what's not fun about a half-dragon chipmunk monk?
8th-Mar-2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Do a round kick!

This has to be my favorite character idea!
8th-Mar-2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
I just got the image in my head of a chipmunk ripping the heart out of his enemy...LOL
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8th-Mar-2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Take this:

Chip Norris

And add ass-kicking action.

Voila. Chipmunk monk. Or, a chipmonk.
8th-Mar-2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
You need to sell this character to Disney. I can see a Chip n' Dale adventure, with this fellow in the lead role. Poor Donald Duck would be mincemeat.
8th-Mar-2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
How about an animated rodent kung-fu movie?
8th-Mar-2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
You could even add in The Amazing Maurice!
8th-Mar-2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
If you are going to make a Chuck Norris for DnD he needs the Round About Kick feat.
8th-Mar-2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Hell yes he does!
8th-Mar-2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think it needed Power Attack, which I didn't qualify for :(
8th-Mar-2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I love the name! I'd keep it.

Aren't the variant classes and feats great? Spelltouched, especially. Mmm.

A bit of a tangent, but ever consider making a Dale?
9th-Mar-2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Absolutely.

I had Leadership but swapped it out for Elusive Target.

Wasn't sure what to build for a cohort :)
9th-Mar-2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Well, that's easy.

A mute lower-level monk, who can carry Chip Norris for "normal" roleplaying. Ergo, an easy way to exert a medium-sized presence when you want to exert a medium-sized presence. (And since he's mute, there's no "I say... , Carry Boy says...,")

9th-Mar-2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Aha, sly.
9th-Mar-2006 05:31 am (UTC)
That being said, the party I'm with actually has a druid and a ranger, so I'd just play animal companion.
9th-Mar-2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes! As soon as I saw the title I had to take a look at this. *had a chipmunk companion in a past campaign /years/ ago* ^-^ So amusing.

Unfortunately it wasn't as detailed as this. I'm not so great in the technical aspects so I'm no help in that commenting area, sorry.
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