Cinder (4e Race)

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After the Great Aurora, the transformation of the flamekin was perhaps the most dramatic—and tragic.

Racial Traits
Average Height: 5' 6"-6' 6"
Average Weight: 130–170 lb.
Ability Scores: +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma or Constitution
Size: Medium
Speed: 7 squares
Vision: Normal
Languages: Common, Primordial
Skill Bonuses: +2 Arcana, +2 Intimidate
Fire Elemental: You are considered an elemental creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin. You have the fire keyword for effects relating to that keyword.
Smoldering: You have resistance to fire equal to 5 plus half your level.
Trance: Rather than sleep, cinders enter a meditative state known as trance. You need to spend 4 hours in this state to gain the same benefits other races gain from taking a 6-hour extended rest. While in a trance, you are fully aware of your surroundings and notice approaching enemies and other events as normal.
Emberstrike: You can use emberstrike as an encounter power.

Emberstrike Cinder Racial Power
In a painful heave, you force a bit of what remains of your elemental fire outward to singe nearby foes.
Encounter Star.gif Fire
Standard Action Close burst 1
Target: All enemies in burst.
Attack: Charisma + 2 or Constitution + 2 Vs. Reflex
Hit: 1d6 + Charisma or Constitution modifier fire damage, and the target is pushed 1 square.
Miss: Half damage.
Effect: You lose a healing surge.
Special: When you create your character, choose Charisma or Constitution, as the ability score you use when making attack rolls and damage rolls with this power. This choice remains throughout your character’s life and doesn't change the power’s other effects.

Level 11: Charisma +2 or Constitution +2; 2d6 + Charisma or Constitution modifier fire damage
Level 21: Charisma +4 or Constitution +4; 3d6 + Charisma or Constitution modifier fire damage

Once their fires burned bright, but now they are extinguished, reduced to skeletal, smoking husks called the cinders. In Lorwyn, they sought emotional transcendence, but in Shadowmoor they seek only to satisfy their malevolence and need for revenge.

Cinders are the same beings as the flamekin of Lorwyn. According to their legend, the cinders' flames were taken long ago by a traitor known as the Extinguisher in an event known as the Great Aurora. Due to this, they have become a very bitter people with pained lives. Most cinders want the entire world to suffer as much as they do and thus they attempt to sow chaos and destruction until nothing good remains.

Play a cinder if you want...

  • To play an emotional, dark character, possibly seeking redemption.
  • To be on fire.
  • To be a member of a race that favours the bard, warlock, warlord and wizard classes.

Physical Qualities[edit]

As their name suggests many of the cinders have lost their ability to hold a constant flame making them walking skeletal, smoky remains. As of such, cinders are often alienated by other races that have the horrible privilege to see them outside the Shadowmoor. The remains of their flames match their mood, with red flames meaning angry, orange not angered or amused, and golden-yellow a good mood. A gold-flamed cinder is a magnificent sight, if not pretty.

Playing a Cinder[edit]

Cinders are moody, and prone to acts of violence. As such, rejection is more likely from other races than not. The cinders, however, do not mind, as they spend much of their time brooding over their pains, and the wrongs done to them. They can be very dangerous and sadistic. Most cinders are intent on causing extreme pain and suffering to the peoples around them. They tend to be misanthropic and reclusive, though there are some rare stories of those who open up to kindness.

Cinder Characteristics: Brooding, fatalistic, fierce, harsh, hateful, impersonal, moody, scheming, spiteful

Male Names: Aerawn, Ascaeus, Caldera, Galleris, Irassu, Javonis, Virkole

Female Names: Ashling, Heladus, Saria, Rasia, Celarin, Galdera

Cinder Adventurers[edit]

Three sample cinder adventurers are described below.

Vitraol is a cinder bard that travels the countryside, spreading fires along with his sordid songs of sad fate. He is a wanted arsonist that is known for performing in the day, and then setting fires near dusk. He is often seen laughing as he plays his panpipes from the roofs of the burning buildings as the town is ravaged by flames.

Urlux is a cinder warlock that used to be a cleric of Tuern. After the god was killed by Bane, she was left without direction and thus turned to Imix as her new god, worshipping him as her patron. She is tolerant of the firenewts which provide her company. However, she is completely cold towards others.

Farlae is a cinder wizard who was rescued off the road amid a storm by a party of adventurers. After being nursed back to health, he grudgingly followed them and slowly began to open up. He has a particular soft spot for the party cleric, who eases his pain with magic. He now follows them as a member, but mostly to keep an eye on the cleric.

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