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Legends of Excalibur: Campaign Guide
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Continuing our tradition of previewing new projects exclusively here, RPGObjects is proud to present (wait for it) an exclusive preview for the upcoming Legends of Excalibur: Campaign Guide.
The follow-up to the Knight’s Handbook, the Campaign Guide offers the Excalibur game master a wealth of information to make his campaign fun, interesting, and easy to run. Plenty of gamers have a passing interest in Arthur, but do not have the encyclopedic knowledge of the tales, or want to do a lot of research, to run their games. That’s where the campaign guide steps in. We’ve done the research for you!
In addition to many NPCs, like the ones we’ve included below, you will also find a full 20 level NPC table for each new class presented in the Knight’s Handbook, new magic items, new magic item abilities, Arthurian Artifacts, from Excalibur to the Round Table.
The Campaign Guide also includes a wealth of maps (both of Britain and Europe), campaign settings, and a selection of new monsters.
The Legends of Excalibur Campaign Guide will be released as a PDF first, and then undergo a final round of editing, after which it will be combined with the Knight’s Handbook and released in a deluxe hardcover edition.
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Balin le Savage
The Knight of Two Swords
Balin le Savage: British Lesser Nobility (Barbarian 4/Fighter 8/Knight 5); CR 17; medium humanoid; HD 9d12 + 8d10 + 51; hp 153; Init +2 (Dex +2); Spd 40 ft (30 ft in armor); AC 26, Touch 17, Flat-Footed 24 (+4 breastplate, +5 ring, +2 Dex); Base Atk: +17/+12/+7; Atk: +29/+29/+24/+19 melee one weapon (1d10+13/17-20 +3 speed bastard sword) or +25/+25/+20/+15 + 25/+25/+20/+15 (1d10+10/17-20 +3 speed bastard sword) or +27 + +27 mounted (2d10+10/17-20 +3 speed bastard sword); FS 5 ft by 5 ft; Reach 5 ft; SQ Armor Tolerance +2, Aura of Knighthood, Bred to the saddle, Code of Chivalry, Dispense Justice, Fast movement, Fealty, Illiteracy, Knight’s Warhorse, Mounted Combat +2, Rage 2/day, Trap sense +1, Uncanny dodge; Nobility 20; SV Fort +17, Ref +6, Will +3; Str 24 (18), Dex 19 (15), Con 16, Int 9, Wis 8, Cha 10
Skills and Feats: Handle Animal +0 (+2 when handling horses) (0), Intimidate +13 (12), Ride +16 (12), Survival +3 (4); Cleave, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (bastard sword), Great Cleave, Greater Two-Weapon Fighting, Greater Weapon Focus (bastard sword), Improved Critical, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Mounted Combat, Power Attack, Ride-by Attack, Spirited Charge, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (bastard sword), Weapon Specialization (bastard sword)
Possessions: belt of giant strength +6, gloves of dexterity +4, ring of protection +5, 2 +3 speed bastard sword, +4 breastplate, heavy warhorse (steed/strong)
Description: Balan’s brother; smote the Dolorous Stroke, creating the Wasteland and necessitating the Grail Quest; banished from Arthur’s court for killing the Lady of the Lake who repaired Excalibur for Arthur after a disastrous battle with King Pellinore.
Role: Balin is a basically good and honorable man with a tragically dangerous temper. Ultimately this temper will damage the very realm of Britain and necessitate the Grail Quest.
Dagonet (Sir Fool)
Being fool, and seeing too much wit Makes the world rotten, why belike I skip To know myself the wisest knight of all.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King
Dagonet, Sir Fool: British Commoner (Fool 20/Knight 2/Minstrel 3); CR 25; medium humanoid; HD 23d6 + 2d12 + 25; hp 122; Init +2 (+2 Dex); Spd 60 ft; AC 42, Touch 29, Flat-Footed 42 (+5 amulet of natural armor, bracers of armor +8, +5 ring of protection, +9 banter, +5 Dex); Base Atk: +17/+12/+7; Atk: +19/+14/+9 melee (1d8+2/x3 +2 lance) or +26/+21/+16 melee (1d6+4/15-20 +4 keen rapier); FS 5 ft by 5 ft; Reach 5 ft; SQ Aura of Knighthood, Banter, Barrel Roll +5, Code of Chivalry, Fool’s Luck +6, Improved Feint, Improved Uncanny Dodge, Inspire Competence, Jig 4/day, Lore +5, Minstrel’s Music 3/day, Mounted Combat +1, Rapier Wit, Razor Wit, Soothe the Savage Beast, Tongue Lashing, Uncanny Dodge, Verbal Barrage, Verbal Firestorm, Wit; Nobility 55; SV Fort +17, Ref +24, Will +17; Str 10, Dex 20 (14), Con 12, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 28 (18)
Skills and Feats: Balance +38 (11), Bluff +25 (10), Climb +20 (0), Craft +4 (0), Diplomacy +17 (0), Escape Artist +15 (10), Gather Information +27 (10), Handle Animal +15 (4), Intimidate +17 (0), Jump +24 (0), Knowledge (Local) +28 (26), Listen +8 (5), Perform (Act) +26 (11), Perform (Comedy) +44 (26), Perform (Oratory) +27 (11), Perform (String instruments) +41 (26), Perform (Sing) +44 (26), Ride +9 (4), Sense Motive +12 (10), Sleight of Hand +18 (10), Spot +8 (5), Survival +6 (5), Tumble +44 (11), Use Rope +6 (0); Acrobatic, Alertness, Deft Hands, Dodge, Epic Reputation, Mobility, Mounted Combat, Ranged Inspiration, Skill Focus (Perform (Comedy, Sing)), Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (Rapier)
Possessions: +5 amulet of natural armor, boots of swiftness, bracers of armor +8, cloak of epic charisma +10, +2 lance, masterwork full plate, plate barding, +4 keen rapier, +5 ring of protection, heavy warhorse (courser/worker)
Description: Jester of Camelot; made an honorary knight of the Round Table at Gawaine’s request
Role: Like many jesters in literature, Dagonet makes his living taking humorous stabs at his opponents. Gawain loves his sense of humor, while Tristram, whose faults are frequently the subject of Dagonet’s jokes, has nearly killed the fool on several occasions.
Son of Sir Ector; Arthur’s adopted brother and future Seneschal of Britian, Kay is both a mighty warrior and a tactful statesman.
But always Queen Guinevere praised Sir Kay for his deeds, and said, What lady that ye love, and she love you not again she were greatly to blame; and among ladies, said the queen, I shall bear your noble fame, for ye spake a great word, and fulfilled it worshipfully. Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
Sir Kay, Seneschal of Britain: British Lesser Nobility 20th Level (Knight 10/Noble 10); CR 20; medium humanoid; HD 10d12+10d8+80; HP 195; Init +0; Spd 30 ft.; AC 28, Touch 10, Flat-Footed 28 (+13 Full Plate, +5 Shield); Base Atk +17/+12/+7/+2; Atk +25 melee (1d8+8/19-20 noble longsword +5); Full Atk +25/+20/+10/+5 (1d8+8/19-20 noble longsword +5) or +28 melee (3d10+8 heavy lance with spirited charge); FS 5 ft by 5 ft; Reach 5 ft; SA; SQ Mounted Combat +3, Code of Chivalry, Aura of Knighthood, Armor Tolerance +5, Knight’s Warhorse, Dispense Justice, Unhorse, Aura of Nobility, Noblesse Oblige, Divine Grace, Quest +3, Aura of Courage, Divine Wrath 2/day, Divine Right (aura of majesty); Nobility 80; SV Fort +16, Ref +9, Will +14; Str 16, Dex 10, Con 18, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 16 (20)
Skills and Feats: Ride +22, Handle Animal +18, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +25, Intimidate +28, Sense Motive +14, Diplomacy +15, Bluff +13; Mounted Combat, Ride-by Attack, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Spirited Charge, Trample, Faith, Piety, Devotion (Round Table), Power Attack, Cleave
Possessions: Knight’s Mantle Full Plate +5, Heavy Steel Shield +3, Noble Longsword +5, Noble Heavy Lance +3, Cloak of Charisma +4, Horseshoes of a Zephyr, Heavy Warhorse (Noble Steed)
Description: Sir Kay thought he knew how his life was going to turn out. He fully expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, ruling a tiny barony and living out his days as a feudal lord. However when Arthur drew Excalibur from the stone, Kay’s life took an unexpected turn. Rather than be the quiet lord of a prosperous, but unimportant manor, Kay was now at the center of the fight to unify and protect Britain, serving the greatest king who ever lived as Seneschal and advisor. Despite the unexpected nature of these duties, Kay performed them brilliantly, and is one of the most underestimated of Arthur’s great knights. Those who face him in battle soon come away with a different impression, if they live.
Role: Sir Kay is the administrator. He rules in Arthur’s absence, advises the King, and sees to it that the mundane aspects of running a kingdom, and later an empire, run smoothly. In battle he will be found at Arthur’s side.
Morgan le Fay
Now, sir, said Accolon, I will tell you; this sword hath been in my keeping the most part of this twelvemonth; and Morgan le Fay, King Uriens’ wife, sent it me yesterday by a dwarf, to this intent, that I should slay King Arthur, her brother. For ye shall understand King Arthur is the man in the world that she most hateth, because he is most of worship and of prowess of any of her blood; also she loveth me out of measure as paramour, and I her again; and if she might bring about to slay Arthur by her crafts, she would slay her husband King Uriens lightly, and then had she me devised to be king in this land, and so to reign, and she to be my queen…
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
Morgan le Fey: British Royalty 25th level (Hedge Mage 10/Druid 5/Enchantress 10); CR 25; medium humanoid; HD10d6+5d8+10d4+25; HP 116; Init +2; Spd 30 ft.; AC 24, Touch 24, Flat-Footed 22 (+8 Bracers, +4 Ring, +2 Dexterity); Base Atk +14/+9/+4; Atk by spell; Full Atk by spell; FS 5 ft by 5 ft; Reach 5 ft; SA Fate (To aid in the downfall of Arthur), Destiny (To be spurned by the only man to win her heart- Accolon); SQ Summon familiar, superstition, dream reader, lesser prophecy, prophecy, animal companion, nature sense, wild empathy, woodland stride, trackless step, resist nature’s lure, wild shape 1/day, enchantress; Nobility 20; SV Fort +11, Ref +9, Will +20; Str 10, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 18, Wis 15, Cha 23 (29).
Skills and Feats: Bluff +26 (+36 vs. men), Concentration +24, Diplomacy +31 (+41 vs. men), Disguise +21 (+31 vs. men), Gather Information +26 (+36 vs. men), Intimidate +26 (+36 vs. illiterate), Prophecy +15, Spellcraft +22, Listen +10, Spot +10, Ride +10, Knowledge (nature) +10, Knowledge (local) +14; Dark Heritage, Second Sight, Spell focus (enchantment), Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Wand, Craft Wondrous Item, Innate Spell (Hold Person), Innate Spell (Confusion), Innate Spell (Charm Monster), Power Surge, Heighten Spell, Quicken Spell, Silent Spell, Still Spell
Possessions: Bracers of Armor +8, Cloak of Charisma +6, Wand of Charm Person (heightened 3rd level) 50 charges, Wand of Web 50 charges, Ring of Protection +4, Mana Stone +18, Ring of Fire Command, 10,250 gp
Spells: Caster level 10 Hedge Mage spell points to cast (0/0/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9) Spell save DC 20+spell level (21 for enchantment); Caster level 5 Druid spell points to cast (0/1/2/5/18*) Spell save DC 13+spell level; Spell Points 175 (193 with mana stone)
Spells Known (9/5/5/4/4/4/3/3/3/3)
0 Level: Dancing Lights, Daze, Detect Poison, Detect Magic, Ghost Sound, Light, Message, Read Magic, Touch of Fatigue
1st Level: Cause Fear, Charm Person, Hypnotism, Shield, Ray of Enfeeblement
2nd Level: Eagle’s Splendor, Mirror Image, Invisibility, Protection from Arrows, Bull’s Strength
3rd Level: Hold Person, Phantom Steed, Heroes’ Bane, Deep Slumber
4th Level: Bestow Curse, Ice Storm, Charm Monster, Mana Vampire (moderate)
5th Level: Teleport, Dominate Person, Witch’s Curse, Overland Flight
6th Level: Bull’s Strength (mass), Suggestion (mass), Legend Lore
7th Level: Hold Person (mass), Limited Wish, Power Word Blind
8th Level: Charm Monster (mass), Protection from Spells, Power Word Stun
9th Level: Wish, Power Word Kill, Hold Monster (mass).
Description: Morgan is destined to be the second most powerful sorcerer in all of Britain, one day rivaling the mighty Merlin himself. She is also consumed with an unquenchable hatred for her half-brother Arthur, who she blames on an unconscious level for the death of her father, Gorloise, and the arranged marriages of her and her sisters like so many chess pieces to cement Uther’s crumbling reign. She is a beautiful woman, fully capable of using her beauty to gain whatever she wants, from her husband Uriens, to her many lovers. Her one true love, however, is Accolon, whom she hopes to put on the throne as king. However, it is ultimately Mordred who she will serve as a dark counterpart to Merlin, and aid Arthur’s downfall.
Role: Morgan is the ultimate manipulator, using wit, guile, and sexuality to manipulate those around her. She hates Arthur, blaming him for Uther’s sins, and will do anything to see him fall.