thread on a new dwarf inspired me to create a completely new class, orthogonal to the fighter, mage and thief by literally opening up new possibilites in play. The race is short and weak, more like the dwarves in Snow-white than Lord of the Rings.Dwarf
Prime Requisite: CON
Hit Dice: 1d4
Maximum Level: 7?
Dwarves are supernaturally gifted miners, using a heavy pickaxe they tunnel through 1' of solid rock or 5' of earth per turn. The resulting tunnel is 3' wide and 3' tall. The work is loud and tiring, requiring two wandering monster checks each turn. A dwarf can excavate a number of turns equal to his Constitution score each day and will need a good nights sleep before working again. In some dungeons the very earth is infused with evil and working it is slower, if the dungeon level is higher than the experience level of the dwarf the pace is slowed by the same proportion (a 2nd level dwarf tunneling in the 3rd dungeon layer would excavate 2/3 of a foot per turn).
Using a chisel and hammer the dwarf can spend a turn tapping a section of wall to determine the approximate size of a room behind it, provided the wall is less than 10' thick. The chisel and hammer can also be used to undermine a wall section, collapsing a 10' squared section of wall provided its thickness is less than 1'. In this case creatures on the other side must roll for surprise even when alerted to the tapping on the other side.
A chisel & hammer counts as a small item, a large pickaxe as a large item. Pickaxes are poor weapons dealing 1d6 damage when used in two hands.
Dwarves can wear mail or lighter armor when working, heavier armor interferes with their tunneling ability.
On account of their short limbs dwarves cannot use two-handed weapons or bows. They must wield medium sized weapons in both hands. Dwarves are slow, their movement speed is 60' per round when unencumbered and 30' when encumbered (anything more than mail + pickaxe).
Dwarves fight and save as mages but have a +4 bonus against Blast & Breath. They suffer half damage from fire.
XP to level 2: 1,500