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Red Box Workshop: The Pixie PC

PIXIES

These tiny winged fairies—one to two feet in height—dwell in sylvan places. Most immerse themselves in play and tend to their woodland groves and dells, but a vanishing few seek out adventure in the wider world. A typical pixie is shy, joyful, easily amused and possessed of a great sense of wonder. On the other hand, some are malicious and cruel; these play vicious, even deadly pranks on the unwary.

The prime requisite for a pixie is Dexterity. A pixie character whose Dexterity score is 13 or higher will receive a bonus on earned experience.

RESTRICTIONS: Pixies use four-sided dice (d4) to determine their hit points. They may advance to a maximum of 8th level of experience. Due to their miniscule size, pixies may not employ any weapon larger than a dagger, though they also use tiny slings with half the normal range whose stones inflict half damage. They have a base AC of 3 due to their small size and mobility, but they may not wear armor or shields. If surprised, immobilized, or otherwise rendered unable to dodge, a pixie’s AC drops to 7.

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Pixies can fly at double their normal movement rate. A pixie’s small, insect-like wings can only support it for one turn per level, after which it must rest for one full turn. A pixie may turn invisible (as per the magic-user spell) a number of times per day equal to its level. Pixies also have the power to imbue their sling stones with magic. If such a ‘fey shot’ strikes its target, the victim is afflicted by a spell effect (no save) instead of taking damage. First level pixies can use sleep shot. At fourth level, they gain access to blindness shot (as per the blinding effect of a light spell), and at eighth level they may use confusion shot. A pixie may fire one ‘fey shot’ per level per day. All pixies speak Common, Pixie and the alignment language or dialect of the character, plus the languages of elves and gnomes.

SAVING THROWS: As elves.

ATTACK PROGRESSION: As magic-users.

ADVANCEMENT: As per the elf advancement table.


4 Responses to “Red Box Workshop: The Pixie PC”


  1. 1 Lord Bodacious
    April 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

    These guys are weird. I’ve seen a couple pixie PC’s in different systems and I always wonder at how the mechanics and RP would work in practice, what makes it FUN?

    Flight and invisibility are essential to the pixie, combined with the ability to charm or befuddle. These combine for such a game changing mechanic that it seems hard to integrate with the rest of the game/PC’s.

    The “historical” pixie seems more in line with a will ‘o wisp, or other elusive player hazard. It gets tricky to translate this character into a “hero” in the B/X tradition, both from a narrative and technical perspective. It’s just hard to imagine how this character fits in with a B/X adventuring party.

    While the class design as proposed is elegant, even the concept seems hard to play from a gameplay perspective. The extreme smallness becomes really defining – I wonder if a “half pixie”, “sprite”, or “dryad” might be a more playable execution.

    All that being said, if a player wants a pixie, this is a great B/X pixie, but I don’t know if I would want this chocolate in my peanut butter.

  2. April 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Personally, I’ve little interest in permitting exotic PC races in my game. I like the humanocentric element of the swords and sorcery fiction that Red Box uses as a jumping-off point. I’ve even considered eliminating non-human PCs entirely! Though of course each campaign has its own needs in this regard; city goblin PCs would fit the Glantri game very well.

    But I also recognize that gonzo “acid fantasy” is a viable play style, and the pixie is an appropriate option for “kitchen sink” games. (And for “pretty unicorn princess” games, for that matter!) I hope that someone actually find a use for it in actual play.

  3. April 5, 2010 at 6:24 am

    If (ie when) my current character dies, I’m committed to playing a custom class. Maybe the Gnome, maybe the Pixie… not sure yet, but Pixie is definitely in the running.

  4. 4 Scott
    April 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    A pixie was Gordo’s race of choice from KODT. a few stories highlighted his misadventures with The Black Hands (I think that’s right).


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