lets say i need a playable skeleton race that isnt overpowered
1. slow but purposeful
2 hard to kill or stop
3. good for most classes
1. some form of extra health padding
2. give some way to make it seem more "Ceaseless" or "unstopping" or "determined" as only tireless undead warmachines can be
Immune to desease, poison, etc
Resistant to piecing attacks such as arrows
Very resistant to cold (possibly other magic as well, such as fire)
Immune to curses and magical debuffs?
Immune to spells that cause a "death" or "kill" effect
Easy to revive, even during battle, may require necromancer or magical item held by party member
Has a much larger threshold till it counts as "permanently dead" i.e. shattered into tiny pieces
Cannot be struck in the vitals
Can sneak among other skeletons without them reacting
Carnivores (which is most monsters) don't hunt them, along with lots of other things, such as succubi
Can be carried in a backpack and is strong enough to carry another skeleton in their backpack
Can walk through lakes and swamps
Cannot freely walk into town
Personally, all I'd need is the immunity to poison and to be easily revived. Being able to come back to life a lot keeps that Skeleton cannon fodder feel in place but allows them to keep up with other party members even if the skeleton has lower stats than them.
Though you'd have to protect whoever keeps reviving you.
Why health padding? If anything make them brittle as anything but they just get the fuck back up from everything.
Maybe make them basically immune to pretty much all piercing weapons, most spells, all poison and gas attacks, and most elemental types (extra damage from fire or 'holy' spells, maybe), but physical attacks, most particularly blunt weapons, have a fairly high chance of knocking them down. They get right back up of course but they have to be careful around anyone employing strong swinging attacks otherwise they'll spend the entire fight spread across the floor
I am currently playing in a game world like this. All the undead are really weird.
The common zombie is fast, aggressive and so on. They can only be made from new corpses and decay into dust when killed or after a few hours of burning through their body.
All the longer lasting undead are strange; lard covered corpses, wraiths of dust, skeletons tied with creeping vines, clay-masked mummies and more. But the most lively of them all is the painted skeleton.
Looks like a skeleton, but heavily painted in magical paints. They are talkative, friendly, and enjoy all sorts of partying and merriment. They are great friends of children (to the children who get past their scary appearance) and have the typical undead advantages. If knocked apart, they can be pretty easily be put back together.