[meepo] Re: Bolo's Evolution?

  • From: "Thomas F. Zadlo" <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: meepo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 05:13:48 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 1 Jul 2003 05:03:20 -0700 (PDT), Joe Leven wrote:

> I know I'm obcessing but I still cannot pin down what I want to do with Bolo
> past 20th level Druid. Epic druid is a bust mainly as are all the epic
> The thing I'm most thinking about is having Bolo go fully(?) elemental. I'm
> thinking about having him turn into a Janni.

I thought you were heading down the verdant lord line? Or was that not working
out well? Seems that you can't be a plant and an elemental tho.

> It makes sence and would give me wonderful reasons to keep advancing the
> character. Janni being composed of all the elements fits with bolo's animal 
> and
> plant natures and would make him more "holisticly" sound. plus the abilitiy to
> planeshift and telepathy the stat bonuses... all of it is good.
> what do you all think?
> Joe

Having done absolutely no research whatsoever, here's what occurs to me

The mechanics: you need to focus if you want to do anything well. My brief
reading suggests that if you're gonna be an epic spellcaster, you need to really
be an epic spellcaster. You can't do this by half measures. So either focus on
magic and take the feats and so on necessary, or figure on topping out and
focusing on other areas. 3e has shown what every other system under the sun has
- you can be a fighter or a spellcaster but you can't do both well. Therefore
the question becomes how do you want Bolo to fight? Slinging spells, or beating
in skulls? 

If the latter, I'm not sure how successful you'll be - Druid BAB isn't great but
there's all the wildshaping and stuff that can alter it so I really have no
clue. If you want to check it, I'd stat out some combat forms and compare them
to Kay or Aeth for a reference.

Then there's the story/rp side of things. You are a druid so you started hugging
trees and are becoming more "one with nature". Now you can look at that a lot of
ways - one-with-mostly-animals, one-with-mostly-plants, one-with-the-elements,
etc. Nature is diverse - you could be a storm or weather spirit, or align with a
single element, or align with all of them, or plants, or whatever.

Again, though, the same rule applies. You can do one well, but not all. This and
the mechanics choice merge at this point - pick one that supports the other. 

I guess the net here is that I think almost any of it can work, as long as you
don't spread yourself too thin.

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