River ElF in Zandora Legends

Published June 28, 2015

A few weeks ago we announced the Zandora legends Campaign setting as a system-less world. This week we will take a look at the River Elf and see how system-less works. To start we give the backdrop for the race and the commonalities between renditions of the game. Then we go into excerpts for the conversion to each rule system and show you how to implement them.

River Elf Flavor Text

Physical Description
Unlike their other elven brethren, river elves tend to live upon secluded bodies of water. Here they build their cities above and below the water surface. They are the youngest elven race in existence created at the time of humans. Their skin color is a light to dark blue with majority having blonde hair with red heads being uncommon. Most born with red eyes yet occasional violet or green eyes. River elves have been in a civil war for centuries that only recently ended leaving their great empire in ruins and more than half slain. After thousands of years of seclusion they recently tried to open relations with the rest of the proud people and their Elvin kin.

River elves live in large cities upon the islands of Genesis which they call Eldaria. Upon their ancestral land of Eldaria they live within a matriarchy while those found throughout Doracia in monarchies. They are warlike race aggressively attack evil creatures that enter their lands.

They tend to get along with humans and Halfling, while many elves see them as children and barbaric. Dwarves are hesitant at first, but in time see them as long living humans. They share the same distaste for orcs and goblins as high and wood elves seeking them out and destroying them.

Alignment and Religion
Rivers elves are generally good aligned aspiring to the tenants of their goddess, Deidra LeSiay They lean towards neutrality helping each other the best they can. A few river elves lean towards chaos and feeling that more aggressive actions need take place to protect their lands. They worship the elven pantheon of the surface elves, but place the highest regard for Deidra LeSiay who created them in her image.

Male Names: Aravol, Droznig, Haesios, Ivelivos, Kenshin, Londosian, Sylvanis, Tharimor, Tiernan, Zelban
Female Names: Anasia, Coriana, Driana, Elise, Felante, Marsria, Nalia, Sanglia, Siaydra, Vandria, Xanate
House Names: Amakel, Amolion, Galandasia, Gamadon, Ilphuknia, Sianafe, Sianliavin

River Elf Traits

Size: Medium
Speed: 30-ft land, 30-ft Swim

River Elf Weapon Training: You have proficiency with the longsword, shortbow, sickle and trident
Water Affinity: River Elves spend a good portion of their lives on or near the water. As such they can swim through water as easily as they walk on land. While in the water they are able to hold their breath 3 times longer than other races and are able to hide in the water as if they were trained in stealth.
Fey Origin: Your ancestors were natives to The Fairy Realm; as such you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of spells and effects.
Languages: Common, Elven

River Elf Conversions

Now that we have the core traits and background for the race which seamless fits into 3rd, 4th and 5th Edition rules, now we break out the specifics. Click the button below to view the rest of the river elf traits for your favorite rules.

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3rd Edition

Ability Scores: +2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution
Vision: Low-Light Vision

Cold Resistance: You gain resistance cold 5 and have a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws against spells and spell like abilities with cold in the name or affect. Creators Gift: There is a 5% chance that a river elf is blessed when they are born. The blessing comes from Deidra Lesiay and grants a +1 bonus to an ability score every four levels. This is in an addition to the one already granted at level 4, 8, and 12 and so forth.
Favored Class: Druid

4th Edition

Ability Scores: +2 Strength, +2 Dexterity
Vision: Low-Light Vision

Cold Resistance: Anytime you are damaged by Cold or extreme cold you take less damage. The reduced damage is equal to 5 + half your level. Skill Bonuses: +2 Acrobatics, +2 Athletics
River Elf Defense Bonus: You gain +1 racial bonus to your Fortitude, Will and Reflex saving throws.
Creators Gift: You can use Creators Gift as an encounter power.

Creators Gift River Elf Racial Power
The creator imbues you with her power. Your weapon glints with a faint blue glow as it covers itself with frost striking at vital spots.
Encounter * Cold, Weapon
Standard Action    Melee weapon
Targets: One Creature
Attack: Strength +2 vs. AC
Hit: 2[W] + 1d6 Cold Damage
Increase to +4 bonus and 3[W] + 2d6 Cold damage at 21st level

5th Edition

Ability Scores: +1 Strength
Vision: Darkvision

Cold Resistance: You have advantage on all saving throws against cold and you have resistance against cold damage.
Creators Gift: Creators gift has been omitted from the player’s guide as it is now a Supernatural Gift in the form of a Blessing granted by Deidra LeSiay. The GM picks the blessing that is appropriate for the character or situation and may decide to give the blessing at character creation or for some great deed.


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