Category Archives: High Level

High Level Toon Tuesday: Captain Reed the Bayou Ursine River Pirate (Rifts)

My first completed write up for a Rifts NPC villain (I had been working on an ancient dragon, but scrapped it); I wanted to add a little flavour to it with a unique race/class combination. I’ve seen plenty of Pirate O.C.C.s, but River Pirates (or as they are coined in the text, “brown water brigands”) are an overlooked niche – one I plan to fill in with a full write up for the crew and operation that this one runs. This particular pirate is named after two amazing lady pirates of history, too! A bit of a note, this character’s skills were leveled normally according to the text as opposed to my specialized House Rules, for ease of use and possible conversion, and I took some liberties with level increases for S.D.C., as there wasn’t one listed for this race (given their high starting S.D.C. and higher hit die, I had to assume this would be higher than average.)

EDIT 10/2014: I have decided to start adding Quick Stats at the bottom of the workup, they are modeled on stats given for NPCs throughout the books. This will be included for each Rifts character from this point forward (I may go back and add it to all previous characters, but that would take awhile.)

EDIT 11/2014: I wrote up her crew and operations (along with some gear, adventure ideas, and general setup), but neglected to add it in here: Groups, Troupes, and Crews: Harpoon’s Folly.

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition, Rifts World Book 30: D-Bees of North America, Rifts Sourcebook 04: Coalition Navy, and also some items borrowed from Kitsune’s Palladium Web Page (fan made, Palladium Books O.C.C.s/items/spells/etc.)
Recommended Setting: Best suited as an NPC villain or contact, but also a possible PC in a higher level, evil aligned campaign (especially if the other party members are a part of her crew.) Could be converted to the Captain of a more sea-faring venture, though more suited to long river raiding.


'Alrigh', you ruffians! There's word of a weapons cache headed three towns south by water, 'bout a day's ride away. Guarded by some bloody good casters, so you know what that means; hit 'em hard, fast, and a'fore they bubble!' - Cap'n Reed

General Information
Nickname: Captain Reed
Exp. Level: Ten
Experience Table: River Pirate
R.C.C.: Bayou Ursine
O.C.C.: River Pirate
Alignment: Miscreant
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: 40%
Charm/Impress: Not applicable.
Health Points: 87 (+1D10/lvl)
S.D.C.: 945 (+3D10/lvl)
M.D.C.: Not applicable.
P.P.E.: 56 (+1D6/lvl)
I.S.P.: Not applicable.
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror Factor: Not applicable.

IQ: 17 (+3% bonus to all new skills.)
ME: 14
MA: 16
PS: 24 (Augmented, Lift/Carry: 1200/600 lbs.)
PP: 16
PE: 17
PB: 12
SPD: 15 (Run: 10 mph, ×2 when swimming in or under water.)
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High Level Toon Tuesday: Elder Briarhorn the Tauren Healer/Druid of the Wild (Warcraft)

Oh man, I accidentally scheduled this for the wrong day of the week! Sorry about that, folks, I hope you can enjoy a Toon Tuesday on a Wednesday…

While I have not yet played the Warcraft RPG, I did play World of Warcraft for a number of years. I didn’t even start off with a Tauren Druid; I originally played a Troll Mage on my Husband’s account until we realized that we each needed our own account so we could raid together. I created Briarhorn, took a long, long time to raise him to max level (restoration isn’t ideal for leveling, and this was before dual specialization), and quickly became the main tank healer in our progression guild (and then a fairly well known healer on our server). I related to that big, gentle cow in many ways; he was a large part of my life (social and otherwise), and while I don’t play the game anymore, every time I cracked open the RPG I felt compelled to write him up. It’s about time that I actually did, and as a prestige class like he deserves. I hope you enjoy him as much as I did, because he is exactly the type of character I love and play best.

Game: White Wolf Publishing’s Warcraft RPG
Books Needed: Warcraft RPG Core Book First Edition, Warcraft RPG: Magic and Mayhem, Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook 3.5.
Recommended Setting: As a mentor type, high level NPC or as a the healer in a high level campaign. Can work equally well with Horde, Alliance, or neutral factions.


'I shall mend you, friend, for the Earthmother has much work left for you yet.' - Briarhorn

Name: Rohkarr “Elder Briarhorn” Darksky
Level (+Adjustment): 5 Healer/9 Druid of the Wild (+1)
Race: Tauren
Class: Druid of the Wild
Alignment: Lawful Good
Affiliations: Cenarion Circle, Neutral
Languages: Common, Taurahe, Darnassian, Dwarven, Orcish.

Attributes (bonuses/penalties included in final score)
STR (Mod): 15 (+4 racial) (2)
DEX (Mod): 12 (-2 racial) (1)
CON (Mod): 12 (+2 racial) (1)
INT (Mod): 16 (+1 leveling/age) (3)
WIS (Mod): 21 (+2 leveling/age) (5)
CHA (Mod): 15 (2)

Health Points: 78 (+1D8/lvl)
Initiative: 4
Speed: 30ft
Size: Large
Armor Class: 13
Base Attack/Grapple: 10
Space/Reach: 10ft/10ft
Penalties: For their large size, -1 to attack rolls and -4 to hide checks.
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High Level Toon Tuesday: Vorrk the Orc Blademaster (Warcraft)

This will be my first character post that does not start as a fresh level one toon, rather a prestige class with a total level count of 10! Originally, I was just going to write up an Orc Barbarian or Shaman, but something about “Blademaster” just had a nice ring to it. “Vorrk the Orc”, heh. Would the Two-handed Weapon Mastery Blademaster skill and Exotic Weapons Proficiency: Thorium feat stack (with Vorrk, that would add a 4x STR MOD bonus to damage, 2x from Two-handed Weapon Mastery and 2x from Exotic Weapons Proficiency: Thorium)? Due to the unpopularity of Warcraft RPG, I am sadly without answer. So I’d leave it up to the DM (I would personally allow it, especially with a Prestige class.)

Game: White Wolf Publishing’s Warcraft RPG
Books Needed: World of Warcraft RPG Core Book (First Edition), and Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook (3.5 Edition).
Recommended Setting: Either in a campaign with a starting level of 10 or as an NPC (or optional villian if used in an Alliance campaign.) Best suited to Horde based campaigns, perhaps with a wartime, fighting arena, bounty hunter, or other similar campaign theme. Can function in all but the most extreme climates.


Name: Vorrkash “Vorrk” Spineshatter
Level (+Adjustment): 5 Barbarian/5 Blademaster (+0)
Race: Orc
Class: Blademaster (Prestige class)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Affiliations: Horde
Languages: Common, Orc.

Attributes (bonuses included in final score)
STR (MOD): 18 (+1 leveling bonus) (4)
DEX (MOD): 17 (3)
CON (MOD): 13 (+2 racial) (1)
INT (MOD): 14 (-2 racial) (2)
WIS (MOD): 14 (+1 leveling bonus) (2)
CHA (MOD): 16 (3)

Health Points: 65 (+1D12/Barbarian lvl or +1D10/Blademaster lvl)
Initiative: Not applicable.
Speed: 30ft (+10ft if in Medium or lighter armour not bearing a heavy load.)
Size: Medium
Armor Class (10 + Armour Bonus + Shield Bonus + DEX MOD + Size Mod + Special Bonuses): 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +10/+0
Space/Reach: 5ft
Penalties: Not applicable.
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