Of Kings and Men
“…I saw the iron head and body of the creature, covered with rust and spattered with dirt. My eyes widened at the sight as it reared it’s head inside the wagon and in a harsh metallic voice barked orders to come out…” ~ Book of Travels by Orn Ironbeard
“Unusual and very rarely seen creatures, Warforged often come from places unknown, with a few exceptions.
Much like Golems, Warforged are constructed creatures rather than born. However, it is their sentience and capacity for understanding both knowledge, emotions and morality that sets them apart from their construct kin. Neither truly human nor construct, Warforged walk a thin line between both.
Warforged are typically built from equal measures of wood and metallic or stone plates. Craftsmanship seems to vary greatly, however.
The most famous of Warforged is Will the Immortal. Supposedly, he began life as a young boy, son to a great golemancer. However, when war came and his boy was slain, the golemancer went mad and gathered soul dust, a common necromantic ingredient, from his son. He forged a body for the soul of his son to inhabit – which he named Will – and then imbued it with the soul of his son.
This may be a hint into how these creatures are made. Hopefully, with time, we can find out how they came to be and why. What is known, however, is that Warforged are a potent and dangerous fighting force."
Warforged Racial Traits
Warforged are allowed to pick feats from the Eberron books, provided each one is consulted first.
- Living Construct Subtype (Ex): Warforged are constructs with the living construct subtype. See below for the traits of this subtype.
- +2 Constitution, –2 Wisdom, –2 Charisma
- Medium: As Medium constructs, warforged have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Warforged base land speed is 30 feet.
- Composite Plating The plating used to build a warforged provides a +2 armor bonus. This plating is not natural armor and does not stack with other effects that give an armor bonus (other than natural armor). This composite plating occupies the same space on the body as a suit of armor or a robe, and thus a warforged cannot wear armor or magic robes. Warforged can be enchanted just as armor can be. The character must be present for the entire time it
takes to enchant him. Composite plating also provides a warforged with a 5% arcane spell failure chance, similar to the penalty for wearing light armor. Any class ability that allows a warforged to ignore the arcane spell failure chance for light armor lets him ignore this penalty as well.
- Light Fortification (Ex): When a critical hit or sneak
attack is scored on a warforged, there is a 25% chance
that the critical hit or sneak attack is negated and
damage is instead rolled normally.
- A warforged has a natural weapon in the form of a slam attack that deals 1d4 points of damage.
- Automatic Languages: Common. Bonus Languages: None.
- Favored Class: Fighter. A multiclass warforged’s fighter class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing.
Traits: A warforged possesses the following traits.
—Unlike other constructs, a warforged has a Constitution score.
—Unlike other constructs, a warforged does not have low-light vision or darkvision.
—Unlike other constructs, a warforged is not immune to mind-affecting spells and abilities.
—Immunity to poison, sleep effects, paralysis, disease, nausea, fatigue, exhaustion, effects that cause the sickened condition, and energy drain.
—A warforged cannot heal damage naturally.
—Unlike other constructs, warforged are subject to critical hits, nonlethal damage, stunning, ability damage, ability drain, and death effects or necromancy effects.
—As living constructs, warforged can be affected by spells that target living creatures as well as by those that target constructs. Damage dealt to a warforged can be healed by a cure light wounds spell or a repair light damage spell, for example, and a warforged is vulnerable
to disable construct and harm. However, spells from the healing subschool and supernatural abilities that cure hit point damage or ability damage provide only half their normal effect to a warforged.
—The unusual physical construction of warforged makes them vulnerable to certain spells and
effects that normally don’t affect living creatures. A warforged takes damage from heat metal and chill metal as if he were wearing metal armor. Likewise, a warforged is affected by repel metal or stone as if he were wearing metal armor. A warforged is repelled by repel wood. The iron in the body of a warforged makes him vulnerable to rusting grasp. The creature takes
2d6 points of damage from the spell (Reflex half; save DC 14 + caster’s ability modifi er). A warforged takes the same damage from a rust monster’s touch (Reflex DC 17 half). Spells such as stone to flesh, stone shape, warp wood, and wood shape affect objects only, and thus cannot be used on the stone and wood parts of a warforged.
—A warforged responds slightly differently from other living creatures when reduced to 0 hit points. A warforged with 0 hit points is disabled, just like a living creature. He can only take a single move action or standard action in each round, but strenuous activity
does not risk further injury. When his hit points are less than 0 and greater than –10, a warforged is inert. He is unconscious and helpless, and he cannot perform any actions. However, an inert warforged does not lose additional hit points unless more damage is dealt to him, as with a living creature that is stable.
—As a living construct, a warforged can be raised or resurrected.
—A warforged does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe, but he can still benefit from the effects of consumable spells and magic items such as heroes’ feast and potions.
—Although living constructs do not need to sleep, a warforged wizard must rest for 8 hours before preparing spells.