Whips in Really Wild West (for Starfinder)
Posted by Owen K.C. Stephens
You can’t have a Really Wild West campaign without rules for whips. Since the focus here is on classic whips, rather than electrified or neural whips, we need to write these up. (And we’ll need rules for lassos, and operative class features that work with whips, and…)
Obviously you can use these in other Starfinder campaigns, as well. 🙂
Advanced One-Handed Melee Weapon Category
Item Level Price Dam Crit Bulk Special
Bullwhip 1 35 1d3 P Entangle* L 15 ft. reach, analog, block, operative
Hidewhip 6 3,000r 1d6 P Entangle* L 15 ft. reach, analog, block, operative
Wirewhip 11 20,000r 1d10 P Entangle* L 20 ft. reach, analog, block, operative
Cablewhip 16 130,000r 4d10 P Entangle* L 20 ft. reach, analog, block, operative
*Entangle Crit Effect: When you critically hit a foe, it is entangled until it escapes with an Acrobatics check (DC = 10 + weapon’s item level + the attacker’s Dexterity modifier) or a Strength check (DC = 15 + weapon’s item level + the attacker’s Dexterity modifier). An entangled creature can attempt such a check as a move action. While you have a target entangled with this weapon, you cannot use it to make additional attacks. Also, you and the target cannot move farther apart while the target is entangled. If either attempt to, they must drag the other by making an opposed Athletics checks as a move action. You both move a maximum number of feet equal to the amount the character initiating the check wins the opposed check.
Creatures larger than Medium receive a special +4 bonus per size category larger for skill checks made as part of the entangle critical hit effect rules.
You can end the entangled voluntarily as part of any other action.
r In a Really Wild West campaign, you must pay all but 1,000 credits of this cost with renown.
Advanced Melee Weapons
Whips are flexible striking weapons with considerable reach. A bullwhip is normally made of common agrarian herd beast leather or strong textiles. A hidewhip is amde from the skin of an exotic or magical creature, such as a dragon. A wirewhip works a strong, flexible wire into the core of the whip, and a cablewhip is made entirely of strong, flexible metal.
The block feature of a whip represents not a crossguard, but the fact it can crack and create tiny sonic booms, which distract a foe, and the long whip can flex and coil distractingly, making it more difficult for a foe you strike with it to focus on attacking you.
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About Owen K.C. StephensOwen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at https://www.patreon.com/OwenKCStephens
Posted on May 12, 2020, in Microsetting, Starfinder Development and tagged Equipment, Game Design, gaming, Geekery, PC Options, Really Wild West, Starfinder, Weapons. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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