High Forest Scout

"Far more dangerous things than wolves and bears prowl these ancient woods, friend. Keep silent and keep behind me, and you might pass through here in one piece."

Prerequisite: Ranger, archer fighting style

In the High Forest, the secrets of the deep, old woods are closely guarded, and few know of the many wild things that walk amid the shadowed boles. Silver stags, wise hares, unicorns, butterflies the size of hawks, and tree owls that have survived a hundred winters roam through the gloom. Living, bark-wrapped pillars hold aloft layers upon layers of a mounting canopy that filters sunlight into a hundred hues of emerald and gold. But the High Forest shelters deadly danger, too. Wild forest creatures, tattooed savages, and haunted barrows are common threats that travelers face.
    But worse lies farther in. Hideously disfigured and powerful plaguechanged creatures lurk in shadowed vales, forgotten demon servitors of Netheril wake to their masters’ return, and yuan-ti from Najara search for something they will not name. Many threats trouble the shadowed thickets of your home.
    These enemies do not pass unmarked. You are the ghost in the trees, the arrow on the wind, and to monstrous creatures who haunt the woods, you are swift and merciless death. The forest is your country, and you do not take kindly to uninvited guests. Neither serpentfolk nor demon can hide from your arrows.

HIGH FOREST SCOUT PATH FEATURES

    Binding Sight (11th level): Whenever you spend an action point to take an extra action to attack, your targets cannot use teleport effects until the end of your next turn.
    Plagueslayer (11th level): You are stronger against creatures changed by the Spellplague. You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls and deal extra damage equal to your Wisdom modifier on attacks against plaguechanged or spellscarred creatures. (If you make multiple attacks against one target, the extra damage applies only to the first attack.)
    Forest Walk (16th level): You ignore difficult terrain if that terrain is the result of trees, underbrush, plants, or natural growth.

High Forest Scout Attack 11Argent Arrow

You whisper a magic word over the arrow nocked on your bow, and it glows with a silver radiance. When you loose it, the arrow throws your target a short distance through the Feywild.

Encounter        Arcane, Teleportation, Weapon
Standard Action      Ranged weapon

Target: One creature

Attack: Dexterity vs. AC

Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you teleport the target 1 square.

Special: This attack ignores cover, including superior cover. (You must still have line of sight to attack the target.)


Revision (1/21/2009)
In the Special line, replace “total cover” with “superior cover”.

High Forest Scout Utility 12Unrestricted Movement

You whisper to the wind, and the trees silently twist to ease your path. You and those under your care enjoy safe and swift passage for a time.

Daily        Arcane
Minor Action      Close burst 10

Targets: You and each ally in the burst

Effect: Until the end of the encounter, the targets ignore difficult terrain.


High Forest Scout Attack 20Binding Arrows

Your arrows suddenly sprout vines and roots after they strike, latching onto nearby trees and burrowing into the earth at your enemy’s feet.

Daily        Arcane, Weapon, Zone
Standard Action      Ranged weapon

Target: One, two, or three creatures and/or unoccupied squares

Attack: Dexterity vs. Reflex (or Dexterity vs. 10 if square is unoccupied), one attack per target

Hit: If a creature is hit: 3[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and the target is slowed (save ends).
    If a square is hit: Creates a 1-square-radius zone centered on the square until the end of the encounter. A creature passing through the zone or starting its turn in the zone is slowed until the end of its turn.


Published in Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, page(s) 57.