Thursday, November 15, 2018

B/X Ascending: Orcs

B/X Ascending is a unified d20 system with ascending AC based on B/X Essentials. I wrote it and published it this week.

Ugly, bad-tempered, animalistic humanoids who live underground and are active at night. Sadistic bullies who hate other living creatures and delight in killing.

AC 13HD 1 (4hp), Att 1 × weapon (1d6 or by weapon), AB +1, MV 120’ (40’),SV D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (F1), ML 6 (8 with leader), AL Chaotic, XP 10 (leader: 10, chieftain: 75), NA 2d4 (1d6 × 10), TT D
  • Hate the sun: -1 to-hit in full daylight.
  • Weapons: Prefer axes, clubs, spears, or swords. Only leaders can use mechanical
    weapons (e.g. crossbows, catapults).
  • Craven: Afraid of larger or stronger-looking creatures, though leaders may force them to fight.
  • Leader: Groups are led by an orc with 8
    hit points. The leader gains a +1 bonus to damage rolls. Leaders have defeated other orcs in combat to gain their position.
  • Orc chieftain: A 4HD (15hp) chieftain rules an orc tribe. The chieftain gains a +2 bonus to damage rolls.
  • Giant companions: For every 20 orcs, there is a 18+ on 1d20 chance of an ogre accompanying them. There is a 19+ on 1d20 chance of a troll living in the lair.
  • Tribal: Orcs of different tribes may fight among themselves, unless their leaders command them not to. Each tribe has its own lair and has as many females as males, and two whelps per two adults.
  • Mercenaries: Orcs may be hired to fight in Chaotic armies (see Mercenaries in B/X Essentials: Classes and Equip- ment, p34). They delight in wanton killing and razing of settlements.

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