"I have nothing left to rely on but myself."
A lone figure, haggard and lean, scrambles through the tunnel as he peers fearfully over his shoulder. He bears marks of shame—scars from lashes and manacles, bruises, brands. Behind lies his home, from which he has been exiled forever. A pained look crosses his face before it is replaced by a determined grimace. The Underdark is not kind to the weak.
Underdark outcasts did not start out as subterranean vagabonds. Some were proud members of their underground society, exemplars of their race’s customs or beliefs. They might have been dwarf artisans in the service of a king, or tribal warriors amid chanting goblin hordes. Something happened to disrupt their existence and drive them from their communities. Perhaps they committed a crime or dishonored the family name, or became disgusted by their people’s ways. Whatever the reason, they have been cast into the depths to live or die as fate wills.
Underdark outcasts wander far from the place of their disgrace in search of a new life. Usually hated by members of their own society, they must rely on their own wits or the kindness of strangers to survive. Most remain underground out of habit, it being their birthplace, but others deliberately venture to surface realms—though they rarely find refuge there. Underdark Outcast Starting Feature (1st level)
: You gain the alone and unafraid power. Underdark Outcast Level 5 Feature (5th level)
: You gain a +2 power bonus to Dungeoneering checks and Endurance checks. Underdark Outcast Level 10 Feature (10th level)
: Whenever you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you gain temporary hit points equal to 2 + your Constitution modifier (5 + your Constitution modifier at 21st level).
Underdark Outcast Utility Alone and Unafraid
Although you crave companionship, you have learned to survive without anyone at your side.
Minor Action Personal
Requirement: You must be at least 5 squares away from your allies.
Effect: Until the end of your next turn, you gain a +2 power bonus to attack rolls and all defenses.
Underdark Outcast Utility 2Cast off Disgrace
Though you shoulder the burden of failure, you promise yourself it won’t happen again.
No Action Personal
Trigger: You miss with an attack roll or fail a skill check or a saving throw.
Effect: Before the end of your next turn, you can reroll a single attack roll, skill check, or saving throw, but not the triggering one. You must use the new result.
Underdark Outcast Utility 6Self-Reliant
Your ally gives a revitalizing healing effect to another, knowing that you are capable of fending for yourself.
Encounter Healing, Martial
Immediate Reaction Personal
Trigger: An ally within 5 squares of you is the target of a healing power that does not heal you.
Effect: You spend a healing surge.
Underdark Outcast Utility 10Slink Away
You skulk to safety just before your enemy uses a powerful area attack.
Immediate Interrupt Personal
Trigger: You are hit by a close or area attack.
Effect: You shift up to your speed.
Published in Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook, page(s) 29.