The first of many homebrewing articles, this one presents the Autumn Sentinel, an expansion of the druid build from Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms.
If you've read about some of the PCs in my Zeitgeist games, you may have noticed a few things that were odd about them. That's because I have quite a tendency to homebrew material, and I actively suggest using it if it seems to be what the player is looking for. In this particular case look to Ekin Aoifei, the Eladrin Sentinel. Nothing odd there, right? Well, she has a stag companion. That is out of the ordinary.
What happened here was that I had designed autumn and winter Sentinel druids. When the player expressed interest in a Sentinel, I showed her both of those options as well, and she chose autumn, in part because of the stag animal companion that went with that particular path. I'll present the Winter Sentinel in a future article.
You focus on autumn, the season of paradoxes. Autumn is the season of life and death, when life-giving food is harvested and cold, hard winter begins to descend. This natural duality has taught you to look at everything from multiple angles, and to show your allies that all is not as it seems.
Your weapons of choice are the sickle and scythe, weapons originally intended for use as harvesting tools. They once again represent autumn's dual nature, as the season of harvest and the season of decay. Benefit: You gain the following benefits.
Your animal companion is a stag.
When wielding a sickle, you use 2d4 for its weapon damage. When using a scythe, you use a d10 for its weapon damage.
You gain a +2 bonus to Insight checks.
Level 17: Animal Companion Power
Druid of Autumn: Dire Stag Celerity
A dire stag is a paragon of natural grace unparalleled in the woodlands it calls home. By channeling the dire stag's adroitness, your companion can avoid even the most terrifying of foes.