Thank you Zaer for the nice words about the background I was working on...it was far from complete--well maybe not all that far. Part of my problem is that I do not have books to use as reference and use the online stuff...this makes it rough to figure out what monsters do what...since there are what now 5 MM to look at?
I also see a power creep in the monsters listed already and when trying to understand how they were built ...in at least half the monsters posted, I do not have a clue on what templates were used or even what classes they are. Maybe I am being blonde but i did not see anything listed.
Using fluff for templates and monsters are okay but that is just describing them differently...most I look at are well away from the alignment I see 'ME' as being...chaotic neutral for the most part. As an example the fey'ri have a -con and only the alter shape. Honestly I am just considering takeing a big bad dragon adding in vampire and vampire lord and go from there.
I look at some of the monsters already listed and just cringe...my concept is no where as powerful of most of them...so I have to think even bigger and figure out what or how to change the concept... all of that and the hours I have already put into this and the many more hours i can see..just makes me want to leave...I prefer spending my time in roleplaying. I already take hours in building a 1st level character. I cannot even think about how much more I am going to have to devote to this...
I am amazed at the characters already done but there is a skilled rogue there [i think]. Let me give you an example of how lost I am...I have not the foggiest idea what the heck skill tricks are? how to get them? what they do?...never heard of them. Yet it seems every PC monster has them... I am not sure how Level adjustment works...I think it sets the amount of XP you need for the next level and maybe the starting gp for the character...Then there is ECL...effective character level maybe?
It has been well over 12 years the last time I played 3.5 so i am so far out of the loop here that it is a bit depressing.
Heck I am not even sure my character concept can be done...the base idea come from the pathfinder race called a Shabti
. I liked the idea behind the race and tried to morph the concept for my character but from what I am reading I did not think it would work well.
Another thing, do we roll for abilities? I have seen different things for the doppelganger...as PC they show +'s to various attributes...as a monster they show it with attributes...so which would be used.
All of this combined is why I think it is best I just step back before I do bad things to the cat!