My entry for the Seventh Sanctum
"Fantasy Fusions" contest. The object was to take a description from the Fantasy Crossbreed Generator
and create a character based on one of the results.
The description I generated reads as follows:
"The educated female half-Werewolf witch-hunter. Her wardrobe is revealing. She appears as an 'humanized' version of her non-human parent, but it is an attractive, not monstrous appearance."
If not for a twist of fate, Lupine Napellus would likely have been hunted down and slain like the other Children of the Night she now relentlessly pursues. Her mother was cursed with lycanthropy while Lupine was still in the womb, and was killed by a group of Inquisitors shortly after Lupine was born. They would have killed her too, but just in time their leader, Father Bish Napellus, realized that there was something unusual about the newborn creature, and took her for study.
It seemed that somehow, instead of being cursed as well, Lupine (as he named the child) had for some reason become something in between a werewolf and a human. She could neither shapeshift nor could she pass on lycanthropy, instead combining a portion of the beast's physical prowess with the mental faculties of a human. As she grew older, Napellus formally adopted the unusual child and began tutoring her, giving her a thorough education in a broad range of subjects in order to see where her interests lay. Perhaps not surprisingly, she eventually settled on the path of the Inquisitor, putting her urge to hunt to good use.
Since then, she has gained a reputation as an efficient, ruthless, and cunning witch hunter. She has a preternatural knack for ferreting out foes that escape others, earning her respect and fear amongst the populace. Her distinctive appearance and flamboyant mode of dress make her instantly recognizable to anyone. She and her custom-built pistol, Condemnation, have brought down everything from hag covens, vampire enclaves, demon infiltrations, zombie plagues, and even werewolf packs, with a zeal born of true dedication to her cause and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Lupine more or less revels in being 'different', considering it a point of pride. She enjoys intimidating others but also being alluring; she is a bit of a tease in more relaxed, social situations. She has an undeniable flair for the theatrical, both in her fluid combat moves and her behavior. Those who earn her trust find her to be a faithful and reliable companion, but a frustrating one as she enjoys keeping a veil of mystery about her and what conclusions her clues are leading her to. When on the chase, she has an almost predatory manner, not allowing anything to distract her from her ultimate goal, and is very ruthless at extracting confessions or other information from her targets.
And no, despite rumors to the contrary, she has never eaten a suspect.
Extra Special Bonus:Pathfinder RPG
Lupine would probably make a good mid-level NPC ally or a Hero Antagonist
to act as a foil to the players. Given that I haven't actually playtested her character build and only did this as an experiment, however, I'm not sure how she will fare in an actual game. Use at your own risk!
Inquisitor Lupine Napellus CR 12
Female Half-Werewolf Inquisitor
LN Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +15
AC: 19, touch 12, flat-footed 17 (+2 Dex, +5 armor, +2 natural)
hp: 86 (2d10+10d8+36)
Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +13
Speed: 50 ft.
Melee: bite +9/+4 (1d6 plus trip), +3 returning silver dagger +16/+11 (1d4+3, 19-20)
Ranged: dual-barreled pistol 'Condemnation' +16/+11 (1d8+5, x4, 20ft., Misfire 1 (5ft.), Capacity 2) or +3 returning silver dagger +16 (1d4+3, 19-20)
Bane (10 rounds/day), Judgement 4/day, Second Judgement
At Will - clairvoyance / clairaudience (CL 10), Lore Keeper, Detect Alignment, Discern Lies (10 rounds/day)
0 (DC 13, at will) - Brand, Detect Magic, Detect Poision, Light, Read Magic, Sift
1 (DC 14, 6/day) - Alarm, Bane, Command, Comprehend Languages, Tireless Pursuit
2 (DC 15, 5/day) - Confess, Detect Thoughts, Follow Aura, Knock, Perceive Cues
3 (DC 16, 4/day) - Blood Biography, Dispel Magic, Locate Object, Nondetection
4 (DC 17, 1/day) - Forced Repentance, Restoration
Str 11 (+0), Dex 15 (+2), Con 17 (+3), Int 14 (+2), Wis 16 (+3), Cha 12 (+1)
Base Atk: +9/+4; CMB: +9; CMD: 21
Feats: Combat Casting, Lookout, Outflank, Persuasive, Quick Draw, Quick Load (dual-barreled pistol), Shielded Caster, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Finesse
Skills: Bluff +11, Diplomacy +13, Disguise +6, Heal +12, Intimidate +18, Knowledge (Arcana) +12, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) +11, Knowledge (Engineering) +7, Knowledge (Geography) +7, Knowledge (History) +7, Knowledge (Local) +7, Knowledge (Nature) +12, Knowledge (Nobility) +7, Knowledge (Planes) +16, Knowledge (Religion) +16, Perception +15, Sense Motive +22, Spellcraft +16, Stealth +12, Survival +9 (+13 scent tracking); Racial Modifiers +4 Survival when tracking by scent
SQ: Animal Blood, Monster Lore, Solo Tactics, Track, Trip, Wolf Empathy
Animal Blood (Ex): Lupine counts both as an animal and a humanoid for the purpose of spells, abilities, and effects that specifically affect animals. She is allowed a Will save to resist spells and effects that specifically affect animals, even if the effect does not normally allow a Will save. The DC for such a save equals 10 + the spell's level + caster's appropriate ability modifier. If the effect is not a spell, the DC is equal to 10 plus 1/2 her HD plus her Charisma modifier. Success renders Lupine immune to that particular effect for 24 hours. "Awaken animal" has no effect on her.
Bane (Su): Lupine can imbue one of her weapons (usually her pistol, Condemnation) with the bane weapon special ability as a swift action. She must select one creature type when she uses this ability (and a subtype if the creature type selected is humanoid or outsider). Once selected, the type can be changed as a swift action. This ability only functions while Lupine wields the weapon. If dropped or taken, the weapon resumes granting this ability if it is returned to the inquisitor before the duration expires. This ability lasts for a number of rounds per day equal to Lupine’s level. These rounds do not need to be consecutive.
Detect Alignment (Sp): At will, Lupine can use detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, or detect law. She can only use one of these at any given time.
Immunity to Lycanthropy (Ex): Because of her unusual nature, Lupine is immune to the curse of lycanthropy and does not risk contracting it from the bite of a lycanthrope.
Judgment (Su): Lupine can pronounce judgment upon her foes as a swift action. Starting when the judgment is made, she receives a bonus or special ability based on the type of judgment made.
At 1st level, an inquisitor can use this ability once per day. At 4th level and every three levels thereafter, the inquisitor can use this ability one additional time per day. Lupine can therefore use this ability 4 times per day. Once activated, this ability lasts until the combat ends, at which point all of the bonuses immediately end. Lupine must participate in the combat to gain these bonuses. If she is frightened, panicked, paralyzed, stunned, unconscious, or otherwise prevented from participating in the combat, the ability does not end, but the bonuses do not resume until she can participate in the combat again.
When Lupine uses this ability, she must select one type of judgment to make. As a swift action, she can change this judgment to another type. Any bonuses Lupine receives from her judgments are sacred bonuses; this cannot be changed.
Destruction: Lupine is filled with divine wrath, gaining a +4 sacred bonus on all weapon damage rolls. This bonus increases by +1 for every three inquisitor levels she possesses.
Healing: Lupine is surrounded by a healing light, gaining fast healing 4. This causes the inquisitor to heal 4 points of damage each round as long as she is alive and the judgment lasts. The amount of healing increases by 1 point for every three inquisitor levels she possesses.
Justice: This judgment spurs Lupine to seek justice, granting a +3 sacred bonus on all attack rolls. This bonus increases by +1 for every five inquisitor levels she possesses. This bonus is doubled on all attack rolls made to confirm critical hits.
Piercing: This judgment gives Lupine great focus and makes her spells more potent. This benefit grants a +4 sacred bonus on concentration checks and caster level checks made to overcome a target’s spell resistance. This bonus increases by +1 for every three inquisitor levels she possesses.
Protection: The inquisitor is surrounded by a protective aura, granting a +3 sacred bonus to Armor Class. This bonus increases by +1 for every five inquisitor levels she possesses. This bonus is doubled against attack rolls made to confirm critical hits against the inquisitor.
Purity: Lupine is protected from the vile taint of her foes, gaining a +3 sacred bonus on all saving throws. This bonus increases by +1 for every five inquisitor levels she possesses. The bonus is doubled against curses, diseases, and poisons.
Resiliency: This judgment makes Lupine resistant to harm, granting DR 3/chaotic. This DR increases by 1 for every five levels she possesses.
Resistance: Lupine is shielded by a flickering aura, gaining 8 points of energy resistance against one energy type (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic) chosen when the judgment is declared. The protection increases by 2 for every three inquisitor levels she possesses.
Smiting: This judgment bathes Lupine’s weapons in a divine light. The inquisitor’s weapons count as magic for the purposes of bypassing damage reduction. Her weapons also count as lawful for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. Her weapons also count as adamantine for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction (but not for reducing hardness).
Lore Keeper (Sp): Lupine can touch a creature to learn about its abilities and weaknesses. With a successful touch attack, she gain information as if she made the appropriate Knowledge skill check with a result equal to 15 + her Inquisitor level + her Wisdom modifier.
Monster Lore (Ex): Lupine adds her Wisdom modifier on Knowledge skill checks in addition to her Intelligence modifier, when making skill checks to identify the abilities and weaknesses of creatures.
Second Judgment (Ex): Whenever Lupine uses her judgment ability, she selects two different judgments, instead of one. This only consumes one use of her judgment ability. As a swift action, she can change one of these judgments to another type.
Solo Tactics (Ex): All of Lupine's allies are treated as if they possessed the same teamwork feats as her for the purpose of determining whether she receives a bonus from her teamwork feats. Her allies do not receive any bonuses from these feats unless they actually possess the feats themselves. The allies’ positioning and actions must still meet the prerequisites listed in the teamwork feat for Lupine to receive the listed bonus.
Track (Ex): Lupine adds half her level on Survival skill checks made to follow or identify tracks.
Trip (Ex): Lupine can attempt to trip her opponent as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity if she hits with her bite attack. If the attempt fails, she is not tripped in return.
Wolf Empathy (Ex): Lupine can communicate and empathize with wolves and dire wolves. She can use Diplomacy to alter such an animal's attitude, and when so doing gain a +4 racial bonus on the check.
Combat Gear: +3 cunning holy huntsman jurist dual-barreled pistol 'Condemnation', +3 silver dagger, +5 bracers of armor, pistol balls x20, silver pistol balls x10
Non-Combat Gear: candle of truth x3, ring of chameleon power
Special weapon: 'Condemnation': A special pistol custom-built and enchanted for Lupine's use. When in her hands, or in the hands of another lawful Inquisitor of her Order, it acts as a +3 dual-barreled pistol with the cunning, holy, huntsman, and jurist properties. In anyone else's hands, it acts as a masterwork dual-barreled pistol, and additionally bestows a negative level on any evil or chaotic character that attempts to use it. This negative level cannot be removed by any means, not even restoration
or a similar spell, until the character relinquishes the weapon, in which case the negative level automatically disappears.