Thursday, August 19, 2021

Totems: Eagle, Part I

Ways of the Eagle
* Live free, even unto death
* Ascend to new heights
* Descend upon snakes and other dark things
* Eschew 
non-eagle magic

Followers of Eagle Totems
Special: The eagle is followed by shamans and barbarians, along with other cleric and fighter-types
Associated Divinities: Zeus, Apollo, Mars (the Aquila), Lugh, Tyr (via Veðrfölnir), Heimdall, Svarog, Enlil, Ishtar, Horus, Ra, The Amaranthine Wizard
Allowed Weapons: Sword, bow, dagger, staff, spear
Allowed Armor: Eagle feathers or lighter
Spirit of the Eagle: Those who follow the eagle will gain a random special ability for every odd level they have, whether they are an eagle shaman, eagle barbarian, or the like. Otherwise, see the wolf totem (link) for general guidelines on how such abilities work.

Eagle Abilities: (roll 1d8)
1. Call of the AerieGain a +1d3 bonus to a roll when fighting at range or moving into melee, up to once per day per level.
2. Death from AboveGain a +1d3 bonus to an offensive roll when attacking a dark or slithering foe, up to 1d2 times per day per level.
 Eagle-skin: Assume the form of a eagle, becoming one in all ways but cognition for up to 1d3 rounds per level per day. The transformation takes 1d2 rounds, but doesn't count towards the duration limit. At 5th level, can become an ethereal eagle, though the follower's body is left behind. And at 9th level, the follower's body can be brought along when in ethereal form, reforming in a new place when the ability ends.
4. Eagle Aspect: Gain an eagle's superior sense of eyesight and hearing for up to 4d3 rounds per level per day. At 5th level, can gain either a +2 Initiative and +2 Dexterity bonus or can ignore up to 1d4 x 10' of falling or poison damage instead. At 9th level, can glide up to 60' per round for the duration, arms/wings outstretched.
5. Eagle Guardian Spirit: Call upon an ethereal eagle ally to fight other spirits or scout an area. It will obey for up to 1d3+1 rounds per level per day. Starting at 5th level, it can even become corporeal for up to one round per level per day of the duration, attacking or performing other tasks if need be. And at 9th level, it can become corporeal for the entire duration as required.
6. Soar Above: Gain a +2d3 bonus when avoiding traps, being held, receiving a parting shot, or even when rolling to be charismatic. Usable up to once per day per level.
7. Eagle EyeIgnore fear and similar mental effects (via spell or otherwise) or detect evil, up to twice per day per level. The follower is also now considered to be angelic 50% of the time.
8. Eagle Type: Gain a randomly determined ability from another chosen totem, espousing such ones as Free Eagle, Golden Eagle, Iron Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Hawk, Falcon, and the like.

Next week: Totems: Eagle, Part II!