I put together a 5th edition Gunfighter Class for player characters recently. I think it fits well into an 1870’s Wild West campaign that I’ve been working on. Wild West was one of the first homebrew settings that I put together when 5th edition came out in 2014. I had put together a Native American Warrior and a Wild West Outlaw, but since then I’ve needed to add a little more magic into the game.
To add more magic, I’ve focused on a Tribal Shaman NPC for now, but I am also working on a Shaman Class for player characters that want to play Native Americans, and later a Scout that is an back country explorer that shares traits of the Ranger class. Also some magic items that would make sense for a Wild West campaign.
Using the Druid NPC as a basis and focusing on the Circle of Land (desert) to create a Wild West Tribal Shaman NPC. To correlate all of this from our world into the game, I picked the Southern Paiute Tribe for my Wild West campaign since I have the campaign occurring in the Colorado River Basin and Mojave Desert region. Also, the Southern Paiute have a rich and wonderful culture with a lot of information that is available. The Southern Paiute are a strong and powerful tribe, and are a great example for everyone on how to live within nature. The Southern Paiute tribal shamans are called puakantï (one who is characterized by spiritual power), and they were the spiritual leaders of the tribe.
P U A K A N T Ï (Tribal Shaman)
Medium humanoid, any alignment
|Armor Class 11 (16 with barkskin)
Hit Points 27 (5d8 + 5)
Speed 30 ft.
|11 (+0)||12 (+1)||13 (+1)||12 (+1)||16 (+3)||10 (+0)|
|Skills Medicine +6, Nature +4, Perception +6
Saving Throws Intelligence +4, Wisdom +6
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages Uto-Aztecan, English
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
|Spellcasting. The Puakantï is a 5th-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 14, +6 to hit with spell attacks). He has the following druid spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): druidcraft, guidance, shillelagh
1st level (4 slots): charm person, healing word, longstrider, speak with animals, thunderwave
2nd level (3 slots): animal messenger, barkskin, heat metal, pass without trace
3rd Level (2 slots): conjure animals, create food and water
Multiattack. The puakantï makes two melee attacks or two ranged attacks.
Black Bear – CR 1/2
Medium beast, Puakantï’s alignment
Armor Class 11 (natural armor)
Skills Medicine +6, Nature +4, Perception +6
Other animal forms: (0) Badger, Cat, Deer, Jackal, Lizard, Poisonous Snake, Rat, Scorpion, Spider (CR 1/8) Giant Rat, Mule, Pony, (CR 1/4) Boar, Draft Horse, Elk, Giant Badger, Giant Centipede, Giant Goat, Giant Lizard, Giant Poisonous Snake, Giant Wolf Spider, Riding Horse, Swarm of Rats, Wolf (CR 1/2) Swarm of Insects, Warhorse
used appropriate words, objects and rituals to protect men from evil spirits – his role is that of opponent to the bad spirits and of guardian to the ordinary man. The role of the Shaman differs from tribe to tribe as there are some regional and tribal variations to their beliefs in Shamanism. There are, however, several common roles that are shared by every Shaman. A Shaman was a
healer, communicator, educator, prophet and mystic:
There are many tribes that the Shaman led the other warriors into battle. This made the Shaman one of the most powerful and influential members of the tribe.