Bending


Bending is a fine manipulation of the basic elements of the world which prioritizes creativity and versatility over ease of use. It requires additional dice rolls to adjudicate, but allows benders to combine bending seeds to create a wider range of options. Benders primarily arise among races who have an affinity for the natural world as well as a strong psionic heritage.

Overview

Benders learn bending seeds at the rate shown on their respective class table and may choose them from any seeds on their bending list.

Creating Forms: The bending arts are based around fully understanding the possibilities and applications of their respective elements. As such, creative use of the element is important to the application of the art. Using a single seed is often very useful or powerful in its own right, and can continue to be so at later level by advancing the seed’s effects. However, in situations when two of the bender’s known seeds are compatible with each other, they can be executed simultaneously or in conjunction with the bender’s other abilities, creating a bending form. Doing so uses the bending time of the longest seed and uses the seeds’ combined Bending DCs +4.
    For example, a waterbender could combine her blast with some thrown Ice Shards, dealing her blast damage+2d4 (or more, if the Waterbending check allows for additional damage) as a standard action. The Waterbending DC for this would be 19 (5 for Blast, +10 for the Ice Shards, and +4 for combining them). It should be stressed that players and DM's are intended to cooperate to determine what combinations of bending seeds are appropriate in a given game. Many combinations are possible, so be creative!

The Bending Skill: Almost all of a bender’s special abilities are determined by her modifier in the respective bending skill. This is a skill exclusive to each of the bending classes, e.g. Bending (Water), and its dependent skill is Wisdom. Having at least 5 ranks in Knowledge (Bending) grants a +2 synergy bonus to the bending skill, and vice versa. Note that due to the complicated motions dealing with bending an element, armor check penalties apply to the skill. While feats such as Skill Focus can apply to the Bending skill, there do not exist any items which can boost Bending.

Bending Range: The distance from which a bender can draw or extend any of her forms is 30 ft + 5 feet per two class levels. Going further is possible, but every 5 feet beyond this range adds a +2 to the Bending DC of the seed. A form that begins within this ‘safe’ range but extends beyond it can fall short, and any element being used simply falls from the bender’s control, acting naturally (water being absorbed into the ground, earth rolling downhill, etc.). If the form’s DC reaches the bender’s roll without completely finishing its course, it dissipates at that point and acts naturally.

Using Forms: Executing a form provokes attacks of opportunity unless noted otherwise, and if the bender is damaged while executing a form, she must make a Concentration check against the damage done or lose the form. Bending forms cannot be used while pinned, but a bender can attempt to use a form while grappling by adding +10 to the Bending DC, and must make DC 20 Concentration check in order to successfully use the spell. For more uses of the Concentration skill in Bending, look here. A bender's hands must be free in order to use any bending form, unless noted otherwise; though weapons and items made from materials a bender can manipulate can be spontaneously converted to use in forms.

Template Seeds: Template seeds can be applied to any other bending seed (hereafter referred to as the "base form"), altering their characteristics and increasing a bender's versatility. Template seeds increase the Bending DC of the base form.

Taking 10: Benders may choose to take 10 on any bending check, unless rushed or threatened. For the purposes of this, combat does not count as being rushed, though an opponent threatening a bender in combat does prevent her from taking 10 on bending checks.

Contested Bending: If two benders are vying for control of a single mass of their element, they make opposed opposed bending checks as a move action. In order to gain control of the element, a bender must beat her opponent's bending check by 5 or more, though winning by 4 or less adds a +2 circumstance bonus to the next opposed check, until one gains uncontested control of the element. If a bender wishes to take control of an element already controlled by another bender (such as a waterbender's Water Whip seed or an earthbender's Armor seed) she takes -5 to the bending check.

Bending on the Defensive: Bending while on the defensive does not provoke an attack of opportunity. It does, however, require a Concentration check (DC 15 + 2 for every 5 of the bending DC) to pull off. Failure means that you still successfully complete the form (provided you are able to make the Bendig DC), but provoke an attack of opportunity for doing so.

Motion: Unless stated otherwise, all bending seeds have somatic components and are difficult to use with restricted mobility. A bender takes -10 to the Bending check to do a form while prone.

Saves: Any saves in response to a bending form has a DC 10 + half the bender’s class level + the bender’s Wisdom modifier.

Bending Blasts and Iterative Attacks: All benders have the ability to project bending Blasts as a basic ranged attack. Descriptions of the various Blast abilities can be found in the individual class write-ups. In general, a bender can make a number of Blast attacks per round equal to the number of iterative attacks she can make, as determined by her Bast Attack Bonus. As a general rule, benders cannot increase the number of Blast attacks they can make by taking feats or gaining class abilities. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule. A Firebender's Firestorm ability allows him to make a single additional Fire Blast attack as part of a full round attack. Additionally, a bender can take the Rapid Shot feat, increasing the number of Blast attacks she can make in a full round attack. A Firebender with both Firestorm and Rapid Shot can make two extra Fire Blast attacks in a full round attack.

Bending and Damage Reduction: All bending seeds that deal non-elemental damage are subject to damage reduction as normal for non-elemental damage.

Overbending
Failed ByEffect
1-5Fatigue
6-91d4 Con damage
10-142d4 Con damage
15-193d4 Con damage, Exhaustion
20-244d4 Con damage
25-29Unconsciousness, 1 point of Con drain
30+Death
Fatigue: A fatigued bender takes a -4 to all bending checks, in addition to the other effects of fatigue, and an exhausted bender takes an addition -4 to all checks, for a total of -8.

Overbending: Upon failing a bending check, a bender has a choice to go ahead and do the action for which she rolled anyway. This is known as overbending and can range from strenuous to lethal, depending on the scope of what the bender is trying to do, as shown on the table below. All effects stack, except for the various levels of Constitution damage, though the Constitution drain does apply at the same time.
    A bender rendered unconscious as a result of overbending makes a DC 20 Will save to wake up after four hours, and every hour thereafter, with the save DC decreasing by -2 at each attempt. After eight hours, the bender automatically wakes up, but is still Exhausted. It takes additional rest to remove this condition.

Quickened Bending: Powerful benders learn techniques intended to improve their economy of motion and allow them to bend more quickly. By increasing the Bending skill DC of a seed by +10, a bender can perform a seed that normally requires a full-round action as a standard action. By increasing the Bending skill DC of a seed by +20, a bender can perform a seed that normally requires a standard action as a move action. Unless otherwise stated in the seed's description, no seed can be performed as a swift, free, or immediate action. If you attempt to quicken a bending seed but fail to meet the necessary DC, you fail to execute the seed as normal, though you can attempt to execute the seed a second time with any remaining actions. Note that actions taken to maintain an already-active seed cannot be quickened.

Cooperative Bending: In certain circumstances, multiple benders can work together to accomplish larger and more powerful feats of bending.

Organization and Action: In any cooperative bending attempt, one bender (usually the highest-level bender, but any bender can be selected) acts as the primary bender for the attempt. The primary bender must know the bending form being used. A number of additional benders equal to half the lead bender’s class level can assist in the cooperative bending attempt. Secondary benders do not need to know the bending form being attempted, but must be able to meet or exceed the base DC of the form.
    In order to participate in a cooperative bending attempt, all secondary benders must be within the primary bender’s bending range and must ready an action to assist the primary bender. On the primary bender’s turn, the team may execute the cooperative bending attempt. A cooperative bending attempt counts as a full-round action for the primary bender.
    Benders of multiple disciplines can bend cooperatively together, but only if the substance to be manipulated contains bendable material for all participants. For example, a waterbender and an earthbender can work together to bend mud (containing both water and earth).

Check and Benefit: All secondary benders must succeed on a Bending skill check against the base DC of the form being used. All benders who meet or exceed this DC grant the primary bender a bonus to her Bending skill check equal to the secondary bender’s Wisdom modifier. This bonus increases by 1 for every 4 class levels of a given secondary bender. Each secondary bender whose Bending skill check meets or exceeds the seed’s base DC also grants the primary bender a +1 bonus to her class level for the purposes of any level-dependant aspects of the bending seed.
    In order to successfully execute a cooperative bending attempt, the primary bender must succeed on a Bending skill check against the DC of the desired form (including all desired augmentations).

Cooperative Bending Seeds:
Example: The North Pole is under attack by the Fire Navy! Pakku the waterbending master (15th level waterbender, Waterbending modifier +27 [18 ranks, +4 wisdom, +3 skill focus, +2 synergy]) and five of his students have maneuvered their skiffs out to within range of a Fire navy vessel, and want to encase it in a column of ice. Pakku knows the Rise with the Tides form, but cannot meet the DC 60 check to affect the ship (a Colossal object). His students (5th level Waterbenders with skill modifiers of +13) ready actions to assist him in trapping the ship. On Pakku’s turn, as a full round action, he and all of his students take 10 on their Waterbending checks, resulting in 23 Waterbending checks for all of Pakku’s students (beating the DC 20 base DC for Rise with the Tides (Column)), granting him a +5 bonus to Waterbending checks for each secondary bender (base bonus +4, +1 for 5th level benders). Pakku, with the assistance of his students, is able to make a DC 62 Waterbending check (37 + 25 (+5/student)) and successfully lift the ship.


The Bending Classes


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