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Urban Classes 
5th-Feb-2006 03:33 pm
Rot Lop Fan
Has anyone come across an Urban Druid variant? All I've found so far is just the Urban Ranger, and while I'd be happy enough with it, I want to see what an Urban Druid would look like, if at all possible.

Mostly because I'm nosy, and also because the idea is interesting.

Any other Urban oriented classes?
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5th-Feb-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
id picture a urban druid as one that watches over the cities to make sure they dont expand to fast. also they would probably specialize in more stonework stuff instead of plants. course this is just my thoughts on it. maybe for an NPC like idea, have them be part of the builders guild or soemthing like that. with the help of wall of stone and other spells they would probably be a great help.
5th-Feb-2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Urban Druid was in Dragon 317. Wikipedia says...

In the Dungeons and Dragons official magazine series Dragon, issue #317, a new Core Class is introduced in the form of the Urban Druid- a kind of "Anti-Druid" who is tied to civilisation in the same way normal Druids are tied to nature. Urban Druids are similar but different, receiving certain spells (including several unique ones), possessing different animal forms and also diferent animal companions; such as Monstrous Scorpions/Spiders, Animated Objects and Carrion Crawlers.


I think they can also spontaneously swap spells out for various Repair spells.
6th-Feb-2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Aww, but I don't have access to Dragon. :7
6th-Feb-2006 05:40 am (UTC)
I believe I have access to it. I know there's an urban druid, it just didn't occur to me that's where I may have seen it. I'll look it up and try to summarize it when I have the opportunity.
6th-Feb-2006 05:46 am (UTC)
oh yay! :D

Yay for Milkman Dan! :D
8th-Feb-2006 04:00 am (UTC)
I cannot go into much details, obviously. However the Hit Dice, BAB, saves, and spell progression remain the same, as do skill points.

They gain numerous skills such as Gather Information, Knowledge (architecture and engineering), and Speak Language, but lose skills such as Handle Animal, Knowledge (nature), and Listen. They are different weapon proficiencies, favoring rogue weapons such as crossbows, saps, and rapiers. They can wear studded leather instead of hide armor.

Spells known, bonus spells, and save DCs are based on Charisma. They can 'lose' prepared spells to cast repair spells (repair light damage, repair critical damage, etc.) which heal constructs and other structures. They lose some spells and gain others, generally to keep them within the theme of 'urban druid'.

As class features, urban druids gain bonuses on Gather Information and Knowledge (local). They can also gain their Wisdom modifier as bonuses on many skills, as well as a +2 bonus to Will saves, when within a favored city; they can select up to 6 favored cities throughout their career.

They get an urban companion rather than an animal companion, which could be an animated construct or a vermin in addition to the usual choices.

They can move through crowds with ease, which helps against attacks of opportunities provoked by moving. They also gain bonuses to fight in close quarters, and disease immunity.

They can shapeshift into humanoids or any of their urban companion forms, instead of wild shape; later they can assume the form of objects, animated or otherwise.

Finally they have the ability to form a network throughout a number of cities that not only lets them make Gather Information checks in very little time, but also grants them a free check each time something of interest to them happens.
8th-Feb-2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I will have to seek it out, because this is exactly what I am looking for yay.

*boogies!*

Yay for Milkman Dan! :3
6th-Feb-2006 12:10 am (UTC)
You might also be interested in Urban Soul, a prestige class from Races of Destiny.
6th-Feb-2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Sounds like an idea.
6th-Feb-2006 01:02 am (UTC)
There was another Ranger variant, or something to that effect, that was like a detective class -- clues, crimescenes, tracking crooks -- real gumshow stuff. I don't remember where it was, though. Maybe in MAsters of the Wild...
6th-Feb-2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Spiff.
6th-Feb-2006 01:38 am (UTC)
And there might be some crap in the Urban books, too. I'm not familiar with them, really.
6th-Feb-2006 05:37 am (UTC)
That's Watch Detective, a prestige class in Masters of the Wild. Rangers and rogues can easily pick it up.
6th-Feb-2006 02:52 am (UTC)
Here's one, straight form the SRD:
The Thug

Also, consider the Rogue (for obvious reasons), a Fighter (or wizard or cleric or Paladin or any other race) with skills suited to an urban environment, or the Noble NPC classes, with the suggestions to make that into a PC class (though I prefer not to use that option).
6th-Feb-2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Good idea.

I've seen the noble class reworked well into a PC class, but it's not really what I'm looking for. I might just mangle the Cleric class for what I need.
6th-Feb-2006 03:48 am (UTC)
They had another one that was out of AEG's SECRETS book, though it really didn't sell well. It was a very interesting variant but since it is not WotC, people tend to shy away from it. If you can get a copy to take a look, you might want to check it out
6th-Feb-2006 03:50 am (UTC)
I'll look it up over when I get to th'shop next. :D
6th-Feb-2006 10:35 am (UTC) - true_chaotic complaining
How happy you are... you have or can have access to the WoTC Books/Dragon Magazine etc.
For me it was hard even to get a set of dice, and not because of money problems.. All the books I have are PDF scans or word docs with awful quality. Sometimes when I see advices like "See this/that" I get a feeling that you guys are owerloaded with such content.
6th-Feb-2006 11:36 am (UTC) - Re: true_chaotic complaining
There are some places that you can get decent .pdfs, although illegal in many places. I'm guessing that due to it not being money troubles it's due to location that you can't get them?
If so, and I'm NOT saying you should use these, because they are illegal most places(although I don't know about where you are)....

http://chaos-wasteland.dyndns.org:6969/

http://www.demonoid.com

There are also a number of online shops which sell pdf copies of many of the available books, if you have access to a credit card or similar electronic payment method. The big advantage of these is that they are legal and the scans tend to be good quality.

If it's useful to you you could also try searching for the terms
papercraft dice
you'll find there are matrices for folding your own polyhedrals from paper, and if you use reasonably thick paper they are surprisingly strong and durable(adding some form of laquer/varnish helps too in case of spillage).
6th-Feb-2006 12:15 pm (UTC) - Re: true_chaotic complaining
Dude. Papercraft dice.

Awesome. :D

Thanks for the other link.
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