Class: Shaman

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The Shaman
Level Special Flux Die Stress Limit Max Gift Grade Suites Gifts Known
1 Balance d4 3 Small 1 4
2 Affinity d4 4 Small 1 6
3   d4 5 Modest 2 7
4 Affinity d6 6 Modest 2 8
5   d6 7 Modest 2 10
6 Affinity d6 7 Modest 2 11
7   d8 8 Modest 3 12
8 Affinity d8 9 Fair 3 14
9   d8 10 Fair 3 15
10 Shaman Talent d10 11 Fair 3 16
11   d10 11 Fair 4 18
12 Shaman Talent d10 12 Fair 4 19
13   d12 13 Generous 4 20
14 Shaman Talent d12 14 Generous 4 22
15   d12 15 Generous 5 23
16 Shaman Talent 2d8 15 Generous 5 24
17   2d8 16 Generous 5 26
18 Shaman Talent 2d8 17 Grand 5 27
19   2d10 18 Grand 6 28
20 Shaman Talent 2d10 19 Grand 6 30



Toph, iconic shaman
"In the storm that is the elements, I am the calm in the center."

Calling upon the elemental forces that run through the world, the shaman is the undisputed master of the elements. Her relationship with Nature - and by extension, Gaia - is not one of worship, but of acknowledgment, a symbiosis between the spirit of the universe and one of those she considers her children who dwells within that existence. While Gaia herself is a passive, reactive entity, she bestows her gifts upon those who meditate upon the nature of the world and who would seek to maintain the natural balance: shamans, then, are effectively her agents in the world.

Shamans - and other benders - do not call upon the stuff of which the world is made. Even those who manipulate elements found readily in nature - air, earth, water - are not using the physical manifestations of those elements, but are instead manipulating the thread of the elements that is interwoven into reality itself. An earth shaman, for instance, does not manipulate actual rock and stone, but instead the thread of energy woven into the world that represents earth - thus, the results of her bending are not permanent creations, but instead temporary modifications of energy flows.

For the shaman, balance is paramount. While she can freely choose to work with only one element, her ability to interact with the energy flows at the heart of existence are heightened if she chooses to work with an opposing pair of elements, naturally counterbalancing each other both in terms of the shaman's ability to manipulate the elemental energy as well as complementing gifts granted within those energies, making shamans often well-rounded. Shamans must take care in using their powers, for calling too much upon a given element will cause Gaia to seal it against her: while this may seem unfair, for Gaia, nothing is more important than maintaining balance - even her agents must abide by the truths of Nature, even if it means putting them in grave danger.

Game Rule Information

Shamans have the following game statistics.

Force Alignment: Nature.

Force Resistances: DI 5 + level, VI 5 + level.

Abilities: Wisdom is the shaman's most important ability, as it modifies and improves her ability to manipulate the elements.

Hit Points at 1st Level: 5 + Con score.

Hit Points at Each Additional Level: 5 + Con modifier.

Healing Surges: 6 + Con modifier.

Defenses: Fort +0; Ref +2; Will +4; Det +2.

Skills: Shamans are trained in Nature (Int), plus any four skills from the shaman class skill list, below.

  • Diplomacy (Cha)
  • Endurance (Con)
  • Medicine (Wis)
  • Navigation (Int)
  • Nihilism (Int)
  • Notice (Per)
  • Religion (Int)

Starting Age: Simple.

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the shaman.


Weapons: Any three.

Armor: Cloth, leather.

Implements: Essences, totems.


Shamans are benders, which means that they make use of gifts, raw energy channeled from the elemental tapestry that binds all of existence together. As benders, shamans tap into this tapestry of elements to acquire flux, which they can turn into gifts. However, nature demands balance, and as shamans gather flux, they also accrue stress, inhibiting their ability to draw more flux over time.


The Elements
Element Secondary Ability Description Terrains Weather Opposes...
Gravity Con attraction, unification, crushing pressure Cities, Factories, Dungeons, Interiors Calm, Normal Weather, Eerie Stillness Cosmos
Shadow Per death, decay, entropy, dissolution Swamps, Graveyards, Sewers Nighttime, Heavy Clouds, New Moon Holy
Earth Str stubbornness, defensiveness, overtness Caves, Barrens, Mountains, Canyons Dust storms, Earthquakes, Avalanches Wind
Water Brv introspection, meditation, purification Ship Decks, Rivers, Jungles, Coastlines Rain, Fog, Mist Fire
Ice Con logic, rigidness, perfection Snowfields, Glaciers, Mountaintops, Winter Cold, Snow, Frost Lightning
Wind Dex evasive, freedom, unpredictability Forests, Treetops, Rooftops, Airships Windy, Tornadoes, No Clouds Earth
Lightning Per change, speed, inventiveness Plains, Power Plants, Open Oceans, Foothills Thunderstorms, Static Electricity, Magnetic Disturbance Ice
Fire Str destruction, revolution, rebirth Dunes, Volcanoes, Savannahs, Geyser Fields Hot Sun, Eruptions, Steam Water
Holy Brv life, growth, health Fields, Hills, Churches Bright Sun, Daytime, Full Moon Shadow
Cosmos Dex space, time, infinite expanse Dimensional Rifts, Outer Space, Vacuums Aurora, Haunting Gravity


As a move action, the shaman can tap one of her elemental suites. When she does so, she rolls her flux die, and acquires that much flux, while also accruing the same amount of stress. If you have more stress than your stress limit against an element, you cannot tap it (but see below); likewise, you cannot have more flux for an element than your stress limit. Even if you have multiple actions, you can only tap a given element once on each of your turns.

When you tap an element, if the amount of stress you acquire would put you over your stress limit for that element, you instead only gain enough flux and stress to put you at your stress limit.

Gift Grades
Grade Minimum Wisdom Minimum Secondary Ability Flux Cost
Small 11 9 1
Modest 13 10 2
Fair 15 11 4
Generous 17 12 8
Grand 19 14 16
Ancient 21 16 32

If you tap an element and have access to the suite of it's opposed element, you reduce your stress for the opposed element by the amount of flux you gain for the element you are tapping.

You can never have more flux than your current stress for a given element. If you do, your flux is immediately reduced to equal your stress.

If you are in an environment associated with an element you tap, you gain double the amount of flux. If you are in an environment associated with the element's opposed element, you instead halve the amount of flux you gain.

Flux is a powerful but relatively short-lived energy, and dissipates naturally over time. You lose all flux of an element after 5 minutes.

You can meditate to alleviate the stress you have accrued against the elements. Doing so requires 1 round of concentration, at the end of which you reduce your stress against all elements by half your level bonus, rounded down (min 1). You can automatically remove all accrued stress with a short rest.

To use a gift, called bending, you must spend an amount of flux - dependent upon the gift's grade - of the element associated with that gift. If you have access to a suite and are in a terrain associated with that element, you can use that suite's basic gift at will, which costs no flux.

The shaman begins with four known gifts. She gains knowledge of additional gifts each level, as per the class table, above. At fourth level and every four levels after, she can trade out up to two gifts for new gifts from any suite she can access, of any grade she can access.

If you would gain access to a suite, you can choose to instead gain a bonus feat, which must be a feat for which you qualify. If you would gain access to a suite and already have access to six suites, you gain a bonus feat instead.

The shaman gains a bonus to her stress limit for each of her suites equal to her Charisma modifier.

The shaman's key ability for her natural attacks is her Wisdom.


Above all else, shamans revere the balance inherent in Nature. Though she may only have knowledge of some elements, she gains an intuitive understanding of their opposites.

You are considered to have access to elements that are opposed to elements you have access to for purposes of flux.

You can tap elements opposed to elements you have access to.


As the shaman grows in power, she becomes more strongly attuned to the flows of energy in the world, and they respond in kind, empowering the shaman continuously in various ways.

At 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th levels, choose one of the following abilities.

▶ Earth's Root

While in Earth terrain, when subject to forced movement, you can reduce the forced movement by a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier; this is treated as a feat bonus.

▶ Flame's Destruction

While in Fire terrain, you gain a +1 feat bonus to all damage potency, and you take damage 1 potency additional damage whenever you take damage.

▶ Gravity's Pull

While in Gravity terrain, all creatures within 20 feet of you lose and cannot gain float, and all squares within that area are treated as difficult terrain.

▶ Ice's Clarity

While in Ice terrain, you can take 10 on all d20 rolls.

▶ Life's Beauty

While in Holy terrain, at the start of each of your turns, if you are not dying, you can spend a healing surge as a non-action.

▶ Lightning's Flash

While in Lightning terrain, you can shift an additional time on your turn.

▶ Shadow's Decay

While in Shadow terrain, you gain a +2 feat bonus to all damage potency of ongoing damage effects you produce.

▶ Time's Course

While in Cosmic terrain, you gain innate compress equal to one-half your level bonus, rounded down.

▶ Water's Purity

While in Water terrain, you gain a feat bonus on saving throws equal to one-half your level bonus, rounded down.

▶ Wind's Freedom

While in Wind terrain, you ignore difficult terrain.


The following are shaman gifts, ordered by suite, then by grade.

Earth Suite

Small Earth Gifts
Gift Name Action Effect
Dig Standard Create a pit.
Duststorm Standard Create a zone of concealment.
Earthbind Standard Immobilize a target.
Earthshift Standard Slide a target, and knock them prone.
Stone Standard Use stone as a projectile weapon to deal earth damage.
Stone Spikes Standard Create a zone of difficult terrain.
Stonefist Standard Encase your fist in stone, allowing you to hit harder.
Stonewall Reaction Erect a stone barrier in response to a physical attack.


Modest Earth Gifts
Gift Name Action Effect
Earthglide Standard Slide yourself, leaving difficult terrain in your wake.
Lift Swift Lift a small piece of ground 5 feet into the air.
Quake Standard Deal earth damage in an area.
Quicksand Standard Create a zone of difficult terrain that drags creatures towards its center.
Rock Piston Standard Use a pillar of earth to eject a creature into the air.
Soothe Earth Standard Remove difficult terrain.
Terra Plate Standard Cover yourself in stone plates, giving you protection from physical attacks.
To Ground Reaction Counter an earth or ground effect.
Wall of Stone Standard Raise a wall of stone.


Fair Earth Gifts
Gift Name Action Effect
Indomitable Stone Standard You become as a stone, gaining protect and immunity to forced movement, but are significantly slower.
Landslide Standard Deal earth damage in a line, push creatures.
Rock Gaol Standard Encase a creature in stone, preventing them from acting or moving and dealing ongoing earth damage.
Spire Burst Standard Create a wall that damages a creature and immobilizes.
Stone Tent Standard Encase yourself in a stone enclosure, giving you a shield until you leave the area.
Tremorsense Swift You gain tremorsense.
Upheaval Standard Deal earth damage in an area, leave a large zone of difficult terrain.



The following are a selection of feats that are relevant to shamans.


You know how to paint with some of the colors of the wind.
Prerequisites: No levels in a bender class.
Benefit: You gain access to a single natural suite, and learn two minor gifts of your choice from that suite. You have a stress limit of 2, plus an additional amount equal to one-half your Wisdom modifier, rounded down, and a flux die of d2.
Special: If you take a level in any bender class, you must immediately retrain this feat; the new feat cannot be a [Job] feat.


Your ability to harness the elements is greater than it appears.
Prerequisites: Bender.
Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus to your flux die; this bonus is applied before terrain modifiers. You can take this feat multiple times; its effect stacks.


You can push an element to its breaking point.
Prerequisites: Bender.
Benefit: Choose one suite you can access. You gain a +2 feat bonus to your stress limit for that suite. You can take this feat multiple times; each time you do, you can choose a suite you have already chosen (the bonus this feat grants stacks with itself), or a new suite.


Your breadth of knowledge of nature is expansive.
Prerequisites: Bender, access to five or fewer suites.
Benefit: You gain access to another natural suite of your choice. You can take this feat multiple times; its effect stacks.


You are more talented than your experience would otherwise suggest.
Prerequisites: Character level 21st+.
Benefit: You gain a talent from the talent list of one of your classes.


Your ability to wield one element is greater.
Prerequisites: Bender.
Benefit: Choose one suite you can access. You gain a +2 feat bonus on natural attacks with gifts of that suite. You can take this feat multiple times; each time you do, select a suite you can access for which you have not taken this feat.


You delve into studying the nature of the elements, gaining access to more elemental power.
Prerequisites: Bender.
Benefit: You gain knowledge of two additional gifts of any grade you can access, of any suite you can access. You can take this feat multiple times; its effect stacks.


Design Notes

Full redesign, t20v4.

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