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martin.momme
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character concept

Hey

love the shaintar world and system.

My play group is starting a secondary campaing, and i wanted to do a ranger/beastmaster build. But it seems the only way to make this work is becoming a druid. any ideas how to make it work without being a spellcaster

 

Momme

swampfoxib
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I'd recommend going with pets and being an animal trainer of sorts.  there are two edges in the core book that would help: Beast Bond, and Beast Master.  I think there are rules for gaining pets and training them for battle.

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Chris Parks

Previous Culture Warden

In Game:
Lt. Felosia Naiilo - High Druidess: Phoenix Moth Grove; Sog
Lt. Magpie Stormsinger - Trollkeep

faradhii
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Druid is IMHO, the "best" way to go about it, if you don't want to go whole hog Druid, take the bare min req's and then do the familiar edge.  As Swampfoxib mentioned, the only other way I saw to get "pets" is beast bond/beast master.  The reason that isn't is as good as familiar is that you only get an "extra" as a pet instead of a wildcard.

Technically there is ONE other way I found, but it's kind of cheesy and requires some GM fiat. 

1) Be Human (or 1/2 blood Goblinesh)

2) Take Epic Destiny to take the Legendary edge "Sidekick" and see if the DM will allow an animal companion of some sort.  Create a Novice animal companion and level it up with yo9ur main character.

Dúnedhel Vala!

martin.momme
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Yeah, my gm also came to tha conclusion and presentet it to me, but i dont like that solution, think im going to go with the minimun druid build.

thanks for the help guys

swampfoxib
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Always glad to help!

There is one thing I should also mention, as a character who plays a Druid and has put two animals on the field.   Try to keep in mind that going this route you are essentially playing more than one character, and if you have more than a couple of other players at the table you may consider either not bringing those animals with you on occasion, or balancing things out so that you are not taking more time with your stuff than everyone else.  It also becomes harder to balance your character against your fellows if you are playing multiple animals.  It can be fun, but try to keep in mind that it can easily become exploited and you need to try and keep things under control for everyone else's benefit as well as your own.

I am not trying to disuade you from this course by any means!  But wanting to give some advice on some issues that I have had to figure out solutions for myself.

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Chris Parks

Previous Culture Warden

In Game:
Lt. Felosia Naiilo - High Druidess: Phoenix Moth Grove; Sog
Lt. Magpie Stormsinger - Trollkeep

Murvoth
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I often myself if going that route to provide roles for the creatures which may not nessecarily be with combat. Murvoth Beastmaster lifetouched Eagle is a sentry on the fields, serving as the Eyes and Ears for example. Kujo the Soulbright Sidekick however is more the traditional battle buddy.  Really comes down to what. Fairies are also an option for druids thanks to Magic and Cosmology. : ) 

faradhii
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Faeries kick ass as combat medics!!

Dúnedhel Vala!