Warforged
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Nature: Player Race
Type: Construct (living construct)

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Stats


Ability Scores: +2 Str, –2 Wis, –2 Cha: they are strong and powerful, but their difficulty in relating to other creatures makes them seem aloof or even hostile.
Size: They're Medium creatures. Speed: 30 feet.
Attacks: Have a natural weapon in the form of a slam attack that deals 1d4 dmg.
Special Qualities: ●Composite plating, ●Light fortification, ●Living Construct Traits.

Composite Plating (Ex): Provides a +2 armor bonus.
●This is not Natural Armor (NA) & doesn't stack with other effects that give an armor bonus (other than NA).
●This occupies same space on body as a suit of armor or a robe, so warforged can't wear armor or magic robes.
●They can be enchanted just as armor can be (in which case they must be present for the entire time it takes to do so).
●Gives 5% arcane spell failure chance, similar to wearing light armor.
●Any class ability that lets you ignore the arcane spell failure chance for light armor lets him ignore this penalty as well.

Light Fortification (Ex): When a critical hit or sneak attack is scored on a warforged, there is a 25% chance that the critical hit or sneak attack is negated, and damage is instead rolled normally.

Living Construct Subtype (Ex): A living construct is a created being given sentience and free will through powerful and complex creation enchantments. They combine aspects of both living creatures and constructs, as detailed below:

Features: All the traits of the ''Construct'' type, as modified by the ''Living Construct'' subtype
●The unusual physical construction of warforged makes them vulnerable to certain spells and effects that normally don’t affect living creatures.
●A warforged takes damage from heat metal and chill metal as if he were wearing metal armor.
●Likewise, a warforged is affected by repel metal or stone as if he were wearing metal armor.
●A warforged is repelled by repel wood.
●The iron in the body of a warforged makes him vulnerable to rusting grasp. The creature takes 2d6 dmg from the spell (Reflex half, DC14 +caster's ability mod).
●Warforged takes the same dmg from rust monster's touch (Reflex save for half).
●Spells such as stone to flesh, stone shape, warp wood, and wood shape affect objects only, and thus cannot be used on the stone and wood parts of a warforged.

Languages: Begin play speaking Common.
Possible Dragonmarks: None (not one of the "dragonmarked races")

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See also: Warforged feats

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Living Construct Subtype


A living construct is a new subtype of construct, a created being given sentience and free will through powerful and complex creation enchantments. Living constructs combine aspects of both constructs and living creatures, as detailed below.

Features: A living construct derives its Hit Dice, base attack bonus progression, saving throws, and skill points from the class it selects.

Traits: Living constructs have the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature’s entry)):
Immunities: Poison, sleep effects, paralysis, disease, nausea, fatigue, exhaustion & energy drain.

Differences from normal Constructs:
●Can use the run action.
●Have a Constitution score. Doesn't get bonus HP by size, but gets HP based on its Con mod.
●Doesn't have low-light vision or darkvision.
●Isn't immune to mind-influencing effects.
●Are subject to critical hits, effects requiring a Fort save, death from massive damage, nonlethal damage, stunning, ability damage, ability drain, and death effects or necromancy effects.

Created Life:
●Can't heal damage naturally.
●Can be raised & resurrected.
●Can be affected by spells that target living creatures as well as by those that target constructs.
F.ex: Damage dealt to a living construct can be healed by a "cure light wounds" spell or a "repair light damage" spell. Similarly, they would be vulnerable to the "Harm" spell.
●Spells from the ''healing'' subschool provide only 1/2 effect.
●When reduced to 0HP: Disabled, just like a living creature. Can only take 1 single move action or standard action in each round, but strenuous activity does not risk further injury. At –10<HP<0 they are inert, unconscious & helpless, and can't take any actions, yet don't lose more HP, unless more damage is dealt to him.
●Does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe, but can still benefit from the effects of consumable spells and magic items such as heroes’ feast and potions.
●Must still rest for 8 hours before preparing spells.

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Description


Built as mindless machines to fight in the Last War, the warforged developed sentience as a side effect of the arcane experiments that sought to make them the ultimate weapons of destruction. With each successive model that emerged from the creation forges of House Cannith, the warforged evolved until they became a new kind of creature — living constructs.

Warforged are renowned for their combat prowess, their size, and their single-minded focus. They make steadfast allies and fearsome enemies. Earlier warforged models are true constructs; some of these remnants of the Last War appear in monstrous varieties, such as the warforged titan.

Personality: The warforged were made to fight in the Last War, and they continue to fulfill their purpose with distinction. They fight fiercely and usually without remorse, displaying adaptability impossible for mindless constructs. Now that the war has ended, the warforged seek to adapt to life in this era of relative peace. Some have settled easily into new roles as artisans or laborers, while others wander as adventurers or even continue fighting the Last War despite the return of peace.

Physical Description: Warforged appear as massive humanoids molded from a composite of materials—obsidian, iron, stone, darkwood, silver, and organic material—though they move with a surprising grace and flexibility. Flexible plates connected by fibrous bundles make up the body of a warforged, topped by a mostly featureless head.

Warforged have no physical distinction of gender; all of them have a basically muscular, sexless body shape. In personality, some warforged seem more masculine or feminine, but different people might judge the same warforged in different ways. The warforged themselves seem unconcerned with matters of gender. They do not age naturally, though their bodies do decay slowly even as their minds improve through learning and experience.

Unique among constructs, warforged have learned to modify their bodies through magic and training. Many warforged are adorned with heavier metal plates than those their creator originally endowed them with. This customized armor, built-in weaponry, and other enhancements to their physical form help to differentiate one warforged from another.

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Relations: As the warforged strive to find a place in society for themselves after the Last War, they simultaneously struggle to find ways to relate to the races that created them. In general, the humanoid races of Khorvaire regard the warforged as an unpleasant reminder of the brutality of the Last War and avoid dealing with them when possible.

In Thrane and Karrnath, the warforged are still seen as the property of the military forces that paid to have them built, and most warforged in those nations serve as slave labor, often used to repair buildings and roads damaged or destroyed in the war. Throughout the rest of Khorvaire, they have freedom but sometimes find themselves the victims of discrimination, hard-pressed to find work or any kind of acceptance. Most warforged, not being particularly emotional creatures, accept their struggles and servitude with equanimity, but others seethe with resentment against all other races as well as those warforged whose only desire is to please their “masters.”

Alignment: Warforged are generally lawful neutral. They were built to fight and to follow orders, not to wonder whether fighting is right or be individualistic or question authority. Though they are perfectly capable of independent thought and moral speculation, most choose not to wrestle with ethical ideals.

Warforged Lands: Warforged originated in Cyre before its destruction and have no homeland. Most of them have dispersed across Khorvaire, laboring as indentured servants in Korth, Atur, and Flamekeep, or struggling to find work and acceptance in Sharn or Korranberg. A few congregate in the Mournland, attempting to build a new warforged society free from the prejudice and mistrust of the older races.

Religion: Just as most warforged are not inclined to align themselves with any particular moral or ethical philosophy, few show much interest in religion. Some warforged have found a kind of answer to the questions of their existence by taking up the cause of one religion or another, but these remain a small (if rather vocal) minority among their kind. A larger number gravitate to a messianic figure called the Lord of Blades. This powerful leader gathers a cultlike following of disaffected warforged by preaching a return to the Mournland and rebellion against the “weak-fleshed” races.

Adventurers: Adventuring is one way that warforged can fit into the world — at least as well as any adventurer ever fits in. In the wilds of Xen'drik, the ancient continent of secrets, few people care whether you were born or made, as long as you can help keep your companions alive. A fairly large number of warforged choose an adventuring life to escape from the confines of a society they didn’t create and at the same time engage in some meaningful activity.

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Nature & Origins


Before the death of King Jarot and the start of the Last War, the master crafters of House Cannith turned their creation forges to the task of churning out new constructs for a new age. Constructs designed for labor and industry soon led to experiments with models developed for exploration and defense. When King Jarot saw the possibilities inherent in the work of House Cannith, he began to outline his plan to protect Galifar from the threats he imagined were gathering all around the kingdom. King Jarot was growing more and more nervous about the dangers he believed were posed by the monster hordes of the western reaches, the mysterious elves of Aerenal, the barbarians of Argonnessen, and others from beyond his realm. At the king’s urging, House Cannith began to experiment with constructs designed for war.

Merrix d’Cannith, one of the lords of the house, developed the first version of the warforged. It was a remarkable achievement, but Merrix believed he could create an even better soldier. When King Jarot died and his scions divided the kingdom, each faction had a complement of warforged fighters devoted to its cause. By the second decade of the conflict, Merrix had introduced near-sentience into his created warriors. It was Merrix’s son, Aarren, who made the breakthrough that resulted in the warforged becoming living constructs. The first warforged that were truly alive emerged from the creation forges thirty-three years ago.

House Cannith sold warforged fighters throughout the last thirty years of the war to anyone who could afford them. Breland, Thrane, and Cyre boasted the largest armies of warforged on the continent, and most of the various competing factions had at least a token force of warforged fighting for them. By the final years of the war, the warforged had become thoroughly associated with the ever-escalating conflict.

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As part of the Treaty of Thronehold, the document that ended the Last War, two important decisions regarding the warforged were agreed upon. First, the status of the warforged changed; they were no longer property, they were people. Second, House Cannith was forbidden to produce any new warforged; the creation forges were shut down and destroyed. Some nations, such as Thrane and Karrnath, sidestep the property clause through indentured servitude. Many people regard the warforged with suspicion, anger, or fear, but the living constructs have begun to find a level of acceptance they never imagined attaining when the war ended.

Warforged do not reproduce. The vast majority of warforged roaming the continent of Khorvaire are veterans of the Last War. The oldest among them date back to the original production run thirty-three years ago; the newest emerged from the creation forges just over two years ago in the last days of the war. Older warforged tend to be fighters or barbarians. The more recently created warforged, especially those less than five years old, are more inclined to try different class options.

Two sources of new warforged currently operate in secret. Merrix d'Cannith, grandson of the original creator, continues to run an illegal creation forge in the bowels of Sharn. Here, he continues his grandfather’s and father’s experiments. Sometimes he places the new warforged in his employ, sometimes he sells them to special clients, and sometimes he sets them free to see how they choose to survive in the world (a good source of warforged adventurers). To preserve his secret, Merrix is circumspect and runs the creation forge only sparingly.

The other source hides within the ruins of the Mournland, where the renegade Lord of Blades controls the remains of the Cannith forge that once operated in Cyre. He hasn’t really mastered the process, and the forge was damaged in the disaster that destroyed the nation, so he can only produce new warforged slowly and in small numbers—and even then, some of the warforged who emerge from his creation forge show signs of defects and mutations.

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Appearance & Details

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They do not name themselves and only recently have begun to understand the need of other races to have names for everything. Many accept whatever names others see fit to give them, and warforged traveling with humans often are referred to by nicknames. Some warforged, however, have come to see having a name as a defining moment of their new existence, and thus search long and hard for the perfect name to attach to themselves.

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Warforged Characters

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