Friday, January 31, 2014

Rangers for Holmes D&D

 But in the wild lands beyond Bree there were mysterious wanderers. The Bree-folk called them Rangers, and knew nothing of their origin. 

Today we will turn our attention to Rangers of Middle Earth. This is a substitute for the Cleric class in my Middle Earth campaign (there are no playable clerics in my Middle earth. They might be encountered as "dark priests" of Sauron - but not playable).

Rangers are not restricted by weapons, but cannot wear armor heavier than leather. They can use all magic-items however due to their knowledge of lore.

Rangers have an uncanny ability to track in the wilds, and have a base chance of 90% at first level, to be modified by the GM based on age of tracks, weather conditions, etc.

Rangers may never hire henchmen or hirelings, though they will work together in an adventuring party.

Edited to add:

Rangers can Turn "Tolkien" undead as per High Elves.



20 comments:

  1. So are you limiting the levels for your Holmes D&D to 5 or 6?

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  2. Loving these Mike. Always a good mix, basic D&D and LotR. :D

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  3. John, limited to 5th level.

    Mike - yes turning. I will edit!. Oops.

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  4. @Mike: I like it limited to 5th Level. I am doing the very same thing with my own version of dagger.

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    1. Dagger is my adaptation of Jimm Johnson's Basic D&D hack for young children. I am putting together my own Player's Guide for Dagger (my S&W, Holmes & LL house rules). Email me at john@bravehalfling.com and I will send you a copy of it. :)

      http://www.rpgnow.com/product/111529/Dagger-for-Kids-Supplemental-Rules-for-Classic-Role-playing-with-Kids

      http://www.rpgnow.com/product/111525/Dagger-for-Kids-%28Free-Version%29-Supplemental-Rules-for-Classic-Role-playing-with-Kids?src=s_pi

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  5. I'm just curious: In the stories Tom Bombadil, effectively a (slap-happy) bard like character can turn undead with music. So why do rangers get turn undead? Personal choice?

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    1. Strider effectively "turned" the black riders at Weather Top with a few words and fire. So it seems to me rangers know the lore that will at least temporarily "turn" the undead if they are not too strong.

      Tom is a whole 'nother story. He is almost god like - being oldest and doesn't leave his "realm".

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  6. Tom Bombadil is a Maia, so his ability to turn undead is understandable. Maybe Rangers get to turn undead because they have Numenorean knowledge handed down to them from the 2nd through 3rd age?

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  7. Tom Bombadil is not a Maia, he was on Arda before the Maia ever came.

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  8. Wow, I really like this a lot! Tolkien's stories cemented the ranger as my go to character choice at a very early age :) I'm pretty eager to see what else you come up with too.

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  9. I had Rangers as BECMI Paladins, but allowed them from 1st level, so they would start getting spells at 3rd level, and would gain spells much slower than a cleric.

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  10. Hello Zach Rodgers. I certainly didn't mean to sound authoritative, but If Tom Bombadil isn't a maia then what is he? The maia pre-date Arda; "spirits who also began before the world...", so I don't see how Tom Bombadil could have been on Arda before the maia came. Tolkien is very vague about him, but I don't see what else he could be. I'm not sure where I saw it (the readers companion?), but somebody else calls Tom Bombadil a "Maia gone native". I just thank that being a maia is the only thing that makes sense in the greater scheme of Tolkiens creation.

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  12. By the way Mike, I think your Middle-Earth/Holmes mash up is excellent so far.

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