Friday, July 29, 2011

Gamma World Origins - Brawler

You're an expert in fighting more than one opponent at a time
Your training focused on taking on multiple foes at once and making use of makeshift weapons that happen to be at hand.  Perhaps you were trained by a Revered Master in an ancient form of a long lost martial art, or maybe you've just been in a lot of barroom brawls.

Appearance:  Your other origin is going to dictate your appearance -- being a Brawler is more about training than birth (Brawlers are made, not born).  However your career as a fighter has probably left its mark somehow.  Maybe your face is scarred or you're missing an eye or an ear.

Mutant Type: Strength; Bio; +2 to bio overcharge 
Skill Bonus (Level 1):  Gain a +4 bonus to Athletics checks
Tough as Nails (Level 1): Gain a +2 bonus to Fortitude
You and What Army? (Level 1):  You do not grant combat advantage when flanked
Brawler Critical (Level 2 or 6): When you score a critical hit, the attack deals 1d10 extra damage and the target is knocked prone

Knock Heads (Brawler Novice)
When facing multiple opponents, you always know just how to maneuver to do the most damage.
At-will * Physical, Weapon
Standard Action * Melee weapon
Target: One creature
Attack: Strength + your level + weapon accuracy vs. AC
Hit: 1[W] + Strength mod + your level physical damage and a different enemy adjacent to you takes Strength modifier + your level physical damage

Duck! (Brawler Utility)
You dodge an incoming attack while directing it at one of your enemies
Encounter * Physical
Immediate Interrupt * Personal
Trigger: You are hit by an attack while adjacent to an enemy
Effect: The attack misses you and an adjacent enemy of your choice takes the damage instead

One Man Army (Brawler Expert)
It doesn't matter how many foes pile on, you can throw them off
Encounter * Physical
Standard Action * Close burst 1
Requirement: You must be wielding a melee weapon
Target: Each enemy in burst 
Attack: Strength + your level + weapon accuracy vs. AC
Hit: 2[W] + Strength modifier + your level physical damage and the target is pushed 3 squares and falls prone
Miss: The target is pushed 3 squares and falls prone

Notes:  The Brawler is an implementation of a specific kind of Fighter.  In both 3rd and 4th edition D&D the idea of a "cleaving" fighter who wades into battle and takes on all foes has been a popular one, and this is one interpretation of that idea.  Truthfully this origin was inspired more by Thundarr the Barbarian, and a combination Brawler/Engineered Human might be a good fit a character like that.  Ookla the Mok could also use this origin -- perhaps Yeti/Brawler with the claws re-themed to represent punches or wrestling grapples.

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