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The Burned Lands Part 3 – Class Groups

With the blog carnival in full effect, here’s the latest addition to The Burned Lands, my homebrew world that is currently in development.  The term class groups may sound like roles from 4e, but really they aren’t.  Instead, these are classes that have some sort of bond based on common origins, common command structures, etc.  This was actually inspired by the druidic orders from history, and spiraled from there.

As it was ripped off from historical druids, why not start there?  The Druidic Order consists, obviously, of druids.  However, bards are also part of this order.  Anyone can be a troubedor, but not everyone can be a bard.  In The Burned Lands, PC classes are unique, and the bard is no exception.  Bards are trained by the Druidic Order and are responsible for keeping the Lore alive through their stories and can, if necessary, serve as judges and diplomats.  Druids, since they worship nature rather than dieties, survived the God War realatively intact and are not the most plentiful healers on the island.  The order also has the NPC class of Brehon, which is basically a judge/lawyer class.  While druids and bards can fill this role, the brehons are specially trained for this.

As I’m a huge fan of the martial classes, let’s visit them next.  The Martial Path is made up of fighters, rangers, berserkers (which are just barbarians renamed), scouts, and warblades.  It also contains the NPC class of warrior (as outlined in the 3.5 DMG as opposed to Unearthed Arcana).  Their niche in society is pretty obvious.  Rangers could easily fit within the Druidic Order, and will often serve the druids, but most of their abilities are martial in origin which is why they are in this path.  Now, you’ll notice that there are no monks here.  Unfortunately, the monk class doesn’t fit within the context of The Burned Lands at this time, so unfortunately they’re not there.  As more of the world is explored, it’s possible they’ll show up.

What would a fantasy world be without magic?  The Arcane Path is made up of wizards and warlocks.  Based on the magic system I’ve outlined recently, there was no reason to keep around the sorcerer, so they’re gone.  Warlocks, on the other hand, offer something a bit different to the table.  Now, I honestly like the 4e version better, so warlock characters will need to outline how they formed the pact and with what.  NPC adepts, as outlined in the DMG, also reside in this path.  In The Burned Lands, adepts are viewed with the same awe as any other magic user, due to there being so few of them.

Lastly, is the Religious Path.  Clerics and Paladins reside here, as to NPC priests with no spellcasting abilities.  Their extensive training to follow the Gods (there are only three left, which will be outlined later) forges a bond between these two classes, which only makes sense really.

Now, you haven’t seen the rogue.  Don’t worry, they’re still around.  They simply follow no particular path.  As rogues, they tend to be outside of society anyways, so they continue this so far as the path system is concerned as well.  OK…honestly, I wasn’t sure where to put them, but this seems to work just as well, don’t you agree? 😉

Now, you may be wondering why I bothered grouping these classes.  It’s a fair question really.  Character interactions are often adlibbed with no real guidance.  Different paths have approached the world differently, creating philosophical differences between individuals.  By grouping the classes, we can see where these tensions lie.  Classes within a group will get along as a whole, but obviously there are exceptions where an idividual is the issue, rather than the class.

The Druidic Order gets along with the martial path and that’s about it.  There is always tension between the druids and the religious path.  There also tends to be a great deal of tension with the arcane path as well.

The martial path gets along with druids and the religious path, but doesn’t get along to well with the arcane path (with exceptions based on individuals).

The arcane path tends to see themselves as slightly superior to the other paths, but will work with them when essential.  However, they don’t get along with any of them.

The religious path gets along well with the martial path, but view the druidic order with mistrust and, at times, open hostility.  They also mistrust the arcane path, but only because of the devestation that wizards left in their wake after the God War.  They can’t help but feel that wizards are a true danger to the entire world!

So, there’s the latest of The Burned Lands.  I hope you all enjoy what I’ve laid out so far.

September 4, 2008 - Posted by | RPG |


  1. What about the NPC noble and expert classes? Do they fall into any specific group, or are they present period?

    Comment by Liambic | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Both are present, but they don’t fall into any particular path. However, I’m still kicking around the possibility of using the Nobel class from the Wheel of Time book as a PC class.

    Comment by Tom | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hm.. Can I play a Nobel, and then make up an awards ceremony to give out awards with my name on them for exemplary people?

    Comment by Liambic | September 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Uhhhh….No. 😛

    Comment by Tom | September 5, 2008 | Reply

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