Resembling shorter, broader humanoids standing on average 4'3" tall, Duergar are more robust than the average humanoid, their stout-powerful build makes them strong, sturdy and ponderous with their movements. Duergar typically have skin-tones similar to humans although some take on a charcoal-grey tone with black or white hair to match. Some grow large bushy beards while others are bald and clean-shaven. Duergar are also surprisingly dense for their size; with a full-grown adult weighing in between 600 to 800lbs, capable of crushing a human under their own body weight. A Duergar's head, hands and feet are proportionally larger than a humans' for their height, approximately twice as wide and thick. Regardless of their height, Duergar are unmistakably massive.Culture
Duergar usually work in large settlements and cities where they can work their craft, the skilled crafters of the Cerulean Kingdom. A strong work ethic and boundless stamina when it comes to their work, Duergar mine, smelt and manufacture for their own benefit, not just to their contractors. Duergar are free to pursue other ventures, including those on the darker side of the law. Their reputation for having the natural ability to become giant-sized and turn invisible makes them great and formidable in combat. Duergar are open to both Magic and Engineering but favour engineering feats more. A Duergar Smithy will often have facilities to craft weapons and armour and then enhance them materially and magically.
In Duergar homes and settlements, lots of furnishings and facilities are positioned much lower for their convenience and also reinforced for stability. This becomes a frustration in other places where things as simple as sitting on a chair becomes a hassle as their extreme weight can sometimes cause them to break under the weight of their body. Even Duergar clothing is specially made with thicker and sturdier materials, clothing like their shoes tends to constructed with heavy soles and thick leathers and metal plates for extra durability.Community Relations
Duergar work and reside mainly within the Cerulean Kingdom cities and towns which contain many sturdily-built walls and buildings which they prefer, reminding them of mountainside fortresses of their homelands. They're friendly and cooperative with most races and some even feel parental obligation over the smaller races, they're less lenient with bigger races, especially if they cause trouble. Duergar who disregard the law will often try to use their natural advantages over others, becoming giant-sized to intimidate others or become invisible to get away with crimes or escape capture.
Duergar and Humans see themselves as equals, not just because they're humanoids, but also because of the ambition and enthusiasm for shared interests. The average Duergar is kind of like your average middle-aged dad, they have their interests in sports, building things and drinking. Some are a bit gruff and grumpy, others tend to be mild-mannered or jolly spirits giving as much hospitality as they can. Duergar generally like to do things which rely on muscle-power and endurance rather than acrobatics, which is why they have a keen interest in crafting machines and equipment, finding heavy weapons and firearms a suitable solution to a hostile threat.
Some Duergar can feel a kind of parental responsibility for little folk, but they have enough sense and pride to change their tune when the little folk start acting up in front of them, forcing their hand. When it comes to giants, Duergar try to use their innate abilities enlarge themselves to equal size up to level the playing field, if they cannot equal or surpass them, they'll attain maximum size for their own safety. Duergar do have a sense of humour, utilizing their invisibility to spook people at unexpected angles or sit in front of a doorway at an enlarged size, so it can't be opened from the other side. It is not illegal to use their abilities in their culture, but being caught committing crimes with them is not.
- Duergar stand between the heights of 3'6" and 5'0", averaging 4'3" tall. Their size is Medium (1).
- Genus: Humanoid
- Faction(s): Cerulean Kingdom
♦ The base P-Point cost to increase Strength, Endurance and Charisma scores is reduced by 1 point.
♦ Duergar gain a Skill-Focus in the Metaforce, Athletics and Fabrication skills.
♦ Slow: Duergar have a base movement speed of 4 steps, instead of 6. ♦ Steady: Duergar are immune to the effects of Light and Heavy Load penalties, they still suffer full penalties for Max Load penalties. ♦ Super-Heavyweight: Duergar are treated as being +1 Size-Rating larger for the purposes of calculating their weight and strength. They are still dimensionally the Size-Rating they actually appear to be. ♦ If a Duergar is knocked down, they will need to perform a Standard-Action (50 AP) to get up during their turn-start phase, and 100 AP to get up outside their turn. ♦ Duergar cannot swim, they will immediately sink into any body of liquid. ♦ Duergar suffer a -50 penalty to Stealth checks to stay quiet while moving, Stealth based on sight or staying still are unaffected.
When a Dromite invests in the Potential skill, they can unlock new ranks and related to their Racial Traits and Perks.
|The Duergar gains a new Racial trait for every Potential Skill-Rank they own:|
At will, Duergar can become hard to see. This effect is partially suppressed when interacting with objects or people:
♦ Ability activation is an Advanced-Action (100 AP), then it becomes a Channelled Standard-Action (50 AP) until dismissed. ♦ This ability's activation and concentration costs 1 Meta-point per round. Additional MP costs occur if the Duergar's Invisibility is disrupted.
This action causes the Duergar to become Invisible:
♦ The Invisible state grants the Duergar a +100 bonus to Stealth checks bonus to being detected by sight. The user may still be detected by sound and any influences upon their environment. ♦ While Invisible, the Duergar cannot be targeted by attacks relying on sight alone. (If the attacker can rely on other forms of target-acquitision, then they only gain a +25 Defence bonus only.) ♦ Invisibility will be disrupted if the Duergar interacts or collides with objects or individuals, the Duergar can spend 1 MP in order to maintain their invisibility for one additional turn, if not; Invisibility ends. ♦ The Duergar can choose to become translucent and visible to others at any time without disrupting their Invisibility. They can then resume Invisibility at a moment's notice.
|> Reduce Density||Invisibility||
The Duergar can train themselves to be quieter and lighter while Invisible:
♦ The Duergar's Stealth bonus now applies to moving quietly, as well as sight. ♦ Invisibility temporarily suppresses the penalties associated with the
|>> Superior Invisibility||Reduce Density||
The Duergar can now maintain the effect of Invisibility more easily than ever before:
♦ Activation is now a Standard-Action (50 AP), and maintaining the effect is reduced to a Quick-Action (25 AP) per round. ♦ The Duergar no longer has to expend Meta-points to maintain Invisibility, but they still will have to spend MP to repair disruptions.
At will, a Duergar can enlarge their body and their possessions to giant size:
♦ This ability's activation is a Full-Round Action (All AP). There is no channelling cost. ♦ This ability's costs 3 Meta-points to activate, there is no other channeling cost. ♦ If the Duergar wishes to return to normal, or to a different state; they can simply perform the action again.
This ability grants the Duergar the Enlarged state;
♦ While Enlarged, the Duergar's Size-Rating is increased by an amount equal to their base Size-Rating. ♦ The Duergar can only return to their normal size by using the ability again to dismiss the effect. ♦ If the Duergar is somehow smaller than Size-Rating 1, then this ability enlarges them from Tiny to Small then Medium.
The Duergar's current equipment and Outfit are also transformed by this ability, with some limitations:
♦ Any belongings in the Duergar's possession is similarly enlarged, including weapons and their outfit. ♦ Objects that leave the Duergar's possession will remain enlarged for one round, before returning to their original size. ♦ A Duergar cannot enlarge other creatures, nor can they re-enlarge belongings that left their possesion for more than one round.
|> Adjust||Enlarge Self||
The Duergar harnesses their Scaling powers to add extra utility:
♦ The Duergar may now re-Enlarge objects that left their possession after the effect previously expired. ♦ They can also now enlarge other objects and individuals just by touching them, however the duration of the effect remains the same once contact has ceased. (The action to 'touch' an object or individual with 'Enlarge' is a Standard-Action (50 AP), the effect's duration is one round after the Duergar no longer has physical contact on the target). ♦ This trait's function to 're-effect' and 'touch' targets applies to any other sub-abilities the Duergar may gain from their Potential skill (including Invisibility).
|>> Superior Enlarge Self||Adjust||
The Duergar pushes their physical form to their limits:
♦ The Duergar can now use the
The Duergar gains the ability to shrink, instead of grow:
♦ The Duergar can now use this trait to reduce their size to half, or a quarter of their original size as a Standard-Action (50 AP). ♦ The Meta-point cost is reduced to 1 MP, instead of the normal 3 MP. ♦ If they reduce themselves below Medium size: then the steps go from Medium to Small then Tiny. ♦ To dismiss the reduction, the Duergar must use a Full-Round Action (All AP) and 3 MP, like with any Enlargement.
The Duergar can now expend more Meta-points than needed to gain some advantages when using their abilities:
♦ The Duergar can expend +1 MP to change the action speed and cost of
♦ The base P-Point cost to increasing the Strength, Endurance and Charisma attribute scores is reduced by 1 point. ♦ The Duergar gains a +1 attribute bonus to their Charisma score.
♦ Duergar Wonderlandians do not gain any Skill-Focuses.
♦ The Duergar gains the trait Adjust, even if they do not meet the normal requirements.
The Duergar gains a special ability to mirror the proportions of other individuals or environments: ♦ When the Duergar is in the presence of any individual(s) with a Size-Rating greater than their own, the Duergar will be able to immediately enlarge to match the Size-Rating of their target at no cost to Action-Points or Meta-points. ♦ If there are no valid animate beings in range, then the Duergar will instead attempt to emulate the scale of their surroundings: enlarging in places built for giants and shrinking in places built for smaller races. ♦ If the Duergar spends more than 20 hours at a Size-Rating different to their own, then their current Size-Rating becomes their new base Size-Rating. ♦ The Duergar can only alter their scale at a rate of x4 their base size per day, but there is no upper limit to their Size increase as they would with
Despite this, the mimicry effect is not optional, the Duergar only has a limited amount of time to act before their size changes to match their surroundings: ♦ The Duergar has a number of minutes equal to their Charisma score before the activation of their ability becomes compulsory. ♦ The Duergar cannot dismiss the Enlargement effect until they spend one hour in the company of individuals with a smaller Size-Rating. (If the individuals involves are a Size-Rating smaller than Medium, then the Duergar may end up smaller than Medium-size, as low as Tiny size).
If the Duergar gains enough Charisma, they can overcome the compulsory effects of this ability: ♦ When the Duergar gains a total of +5 Charisma, they can make a d100 check every hour. If the result is
100 - (the Duergar's Charisma * 10)or more, they can suppress the compulsory effect for one hour. ♦ When the Duergar gains a total of +10 Charisma, they can now fully control the ability with no compulsions.