Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
Descendants of Power
Descendants of power are the descendants of beings with great mystical might running through their veins. The descendants of outsiders, dragons, and Crafters make up the majority of this category, whether or not the descendant bloodline was created through natural breeding or through magical genetic tampering (such as is often the case with outsiders and almost always the case with dragons). However, particularly phenomenal members of other species have been known to exhibit similar traits. Often, the offspring of great heroes will show these same traits, even if that hero’s family otherwise never had, as if the great deeds of their forebear were ingrained into their very biology. Unfortunately, the same has often shown true for the offspring of terrible villains. After numerous generations of breeding with “normal” folk, these traits may eventually be “watered down” and disappear entirely, only to spring up numerous generations later. While some point to these events as divine gifts, others point to simple (if unusual) genetics.
The descendants of power will occasionally draw direct power from their lineage, though all of them show at least some of the following tendencies:
- Descendants of power often have the ability to grow in power and strength much more rapidly than most people. These individuals require much less experience to advance and often draw more experience from encounters of all types. However, these individuals require direct conflict or dire emergencies to gain such experience, making training in anything less than lethal situations a nearly worthless undertaking for them.
- These beings tend to be particularly hardy and almost always receive maximized hit points for their hit dice.
- Some of these beings respond to curative magics better most. This is reflected in their occasional ability to be healed with magic when below zero hit points and some of the particularly strong bloodlines can be raised from the dead with weaker magics than True Resurrection. This is true mostly of beings that are almost immediate descendants of Crafters, Dragons, and Outsiders, but some direct and powerful descendants of power gain this trait.