Sunday, May 17, 2015

Character Class: Lug

Here's a character class I wrote up one day just before GaryCon. I handed out printed copies to folks and finally, just this past Friday, saw the class in action. The guy playing the Lug (who he named Lug) was having a bad night, rolling less than 10 on all his attacks. But he did manage to smack the bejeezus out of the party's Medusa (another class I'll post) to snap her out of a monstrous daze.

Note: Made a correction to a typo...pay no heed to it.





LUG XP TABLE
Level
Title
Experience
Hit Dice
1
Goon
0
1d10
2
Ruffian
2,100
2d10
3
Brute
4,200
3d10
4
Charger
8,400
4d10
5
Roughneck
16,800
5d10
6
Clocker
36,960
6d10
7
Bopper
81,300
7d10
8
Smasher
178,800
8d10
9
Lug
390,000
9d10
10
10th level Lug
790,000
9d10 +2*
11
11th level Lug
1,190,000
9d10 +4*
12
12th level Lug
1,390,000
9d10 +6*
13
13th level Lug
1,590,000
9d10 +8*
14**
14th level Lug
1,790,000
9d10 +10*
*Con bonus no longer applies. **No lug has ever exceeded this level.

LUG
Requirements: Str 16
Prime Requisite: Str
Hit Dice: d10

Lugs are big. Really big. And often clumsy. They may be taller than anyone they know, and they can definitely out-eat them. When a lug enters a shop full of delicate wares the shopkeeper usually has a heart attack. A lug may have grown up pulling grain carts or wrestling cows or perhaps mother nature just saw fit to give them five times the mass of any normal person. Either way, the lug's great strength serves them well.

RESTRICTIONS

A lug must eat twice as much food per day as a normal adventurer.

When faced with a riddle, puzzle, or other mental challenge the lug must pass a saving throw vs. spells or be dazed and confused. Only passing the save will snap them out of this stupor. The save can be attempted once per round.

Lugs are off-putting in their awkwardness and invoke a penalty of 1 on all reaction rolls. Oddly, the lug receives a bonus of 1 to reaction rolls from ogres and hill giants.

Lugs may use any weapon, though small weapons such as daggers feel too small in their hands and they have a -1 penalty when using them. They can wear any armor if it fits them. As a rule of thumb, any randomly-discovered armor has a 2-in-6 chance of fitting (with some tender modifications that take 1d4 turns). Lugs use the saving throws and attack values of a fighter.

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Bop!: Lugs tend to be tall and may use their height advantage to bop targets on the head. Lugs have become so skilled at this that when making a bop attack with their clenched fist against a target that is shorter than the lug they get +2 to hit. If the modified attack roll is 16 or higher and hits, the target must save vs. paralysis or be knocked out for 1d6 rounds. If the modified roll is 20 or higher and the save is failed the target is bopped out for 1d6 turns.

Charge!: A lug can charge, like a monster or mounted rider, dealing double damage on a hit. But the lug is so adept at using their mass that the charge only requires 30' of room. However, if the lug fails the attack roll they are off-balance and suffer a -2 to hit on the following round. Targets hit by a lug's charge must pass a saving throw vs. paralysis or be knocked prone and must use their action on the following round to stand up.

Hefting the Blade: A lug can wield any two-handed weapon with one hand, dealing the two-handed damage rating for the weapon.

Intimidator: A lug may use their great size to intimidate foes, forcing a morale check under the right circumstances. The lug's Strength modifier may be applied as a penalty to the morale check, per GM discretion.

Juggernaut: When a lug is hit with any effect that would knock them down or move them out of the way they may make a Strength check to remain standing. Where applicable, the lug's Strength check may be modified by the Strength modifier of the attacker.

Smack!: A lug can open-palm smack the catoblepas poo out of a target if they can reach the target's face. This attack has a +1 to hit and causes 1d4 points of damage if the lug chooses to cause damage. The target must then pass a saving throw vs. paralysis or be dazed for 1d4 rounds, unable to take any actions other than staggering away at half their movement rate.

There is a chance that a lug's smack can free a target from certain conditions caused by magic spells or other magical sources. A target under the effect of charm or hold spells or very similar spells may make a saving throw vs. spells upon being smacked by a lug. If successful, the spell is instantly broken...but the character still suffers 1d4 rounds of being dazed.

Toss 'Em: Lugs are very good at grabbing things and throwing them. A lug may throw any object within reach that is less than half their height and weighs no more than 150 lbs. Treat this as a thrown hand axe for range. The thrown object deals 1d6 damage plus Strength modifier. If the object weighs more than 100 lbs the damage is increased to 2d6. Objects used in this manner have a tendency to be broken...so the party halfling should beware.


COMMON LUG NAMES
Roll
Name
Roll
Name
1
Bok
11
Gook
2
Bookie
12
Goon
3
Bubba
13
Grum
4
Cagey
14
Heff
5
Dooder
15
Hoit
6
Duds
16
Nubber
7
Festo
17
Nukks
8
Finny
18
Tonk
9
Fok
19
Tooter
10
Gobber
20
Zig

LUG BACKGROUND STUFF
Roll
Background Element
1
Raised in carnival as oddity. Self-esteem low.
2
Kept in cellar as child. Excellent night vision.
3
Slept in stables as child. Good with animals.
4
Was revered as holy by local cult. Possible delusions of grandeur.
5
In love with beautiful noble or rich person, afraid to act upon it.
6
Brutal childhood makes lug quick to anger and slow to trust.
7
Witch cursed lug as infant, has hump on back.
8
Raised in loving family with supportive community.
9
Brothers and sisters hated lug and tried to kill them.
10
Local ruler wants lug as bodyguard.
11
Old wizard pays lug to gather spell components.
12
Lug's siblings were even bigger. Feels inadequate.
13
Loves books...even if they can't read.
14
Worked in theater as stage hand, often as a prop such as a tree or wall.
15
Has 6 toes on one foot. Considers it sign from gods.
16
Can eat two chickens in five minutes.
17
Is cross-eyed but doesn't affect eyesight.
18
Speaks eloquently, as if of high birth.
19
Laughs so loud rattles windows.
20
Loves baby animals and will defend them to the death.

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