I have a lvl 1 warforged character with adamantine body and he is SO SLOW.

Every encounter I find myself taking entire turns just to get where I need to be in order to be able to fight.

Are there any feats or any cheap items I can use to increase my base land speed??

FYI: Sir Cromium is above all else a gentleman and a protector. He was created with the sole purpose of standing with his brothers in the front lines to halt the enemy charges. He does not ride and he uses a monocle and a mustache.

I'm a crusader. I have 20ft. speed. I have 0 gold, but we will soon be payed for our services(probably around 500 gold). We do not allow homebrewed material.

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Invest in Magic Tattoos...

At low levels and assuming you want to continue taking crusader levels, your best option is to purchase psionic tattoos of the 1st-level psion power skate [psychoportation] (XPH 132-3). A psionic tattoo of skate (1st-level power at manifester level 1) (50 gp; 0 lbs.) for 1 min. grants the user a +15 ft. enhancement bonus to its land speed; double this bonus downhill but no bonus uphill.

...Or Potions

But, if allowed, I suggest instead the power skate as a potion:

A warforged does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe, but he can still benefit from the effects of consumable spells and magic items such as heroes’ feast and potions. (Race of Eberron 8)

In a campaign allowing psionics and using the rules for magic/psionic transparency a potion of skate costs 50 gp and weighs 0.1 lbs.1

And then, if Dragon magazine items are allowed, consume potions more efficiently using this:

Ready-drink Helm

This bulky helmet contains six protected areas for placing potion vials and two metal tubes that lead down the side of the helm and into the wearer's mouth. Each tube extends far enough into the potion vials that the character can drink one or both of the potions as a free action. The helmet's vial holder can be rotated as a move-equivalent action (requiring the use of one hand), setting two fresh potions in the tube areas. Placing a new potion in a protected area is also a move-equivalent action.

Unfortunately, the protected vial holders are only somewhat protected. Since the potion vials have to be placed in the helmet open (though well-covered), there is always a chance one or more them spills during combat or other stressful activity. If at any time the wearer of a ready-drink helm falls prone, there's a 25% chance that each remaining potion spills, rendering it useless. The only way to check to see if a potion has spilled is to remove the potion vial and look, or try to drink it when it is in the ready position.

Price: 150 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Source: Dragon #294 80-1.

You're already a magical robot. Who cares if you're also wearing a fantasy beer hat? enter image description here

(You won't feel silly alone for long. This item is so awesome the campaign will soon be wearing them. Then you can say you were wearing a fantasy beer hat before it was cool.)

When you've a bit more gp also invest in an emergency potion of dimension leap [conj] (Magic of Eberron 95) (2nd-level spell at caster level 3) (300 gp; 0.1 lbs.).2 Just don't spend so much on those that you could've instead bought an anklet of translocation (Magic Item Compendium 71) (1,400 gp; 0 lbs.).

1 Unfortunately, as they're spells with a range of personal, a brewer can't produce a potion of the 1st-level Sor/Wiz spell expeditious retreat [trans] (PH 128) nor a potion of the 1st-level druid spell longstrider [trans] (PH 249).
2 The target of the spell dimension leap is you not personal. Seriously.

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The canonical item here is a pair of Boots of Striding and Springing. Unfortunately, at 5500 gp, it's a bit outside your price range (and is pretty crap.)

Thus, we'll need to be more creative and reference the speed handbook. You don't have use magic device, so a wand of expeditious retreat is right out.

In quite a few levels, you can use a martial study and martial stance feats to get the absolute steel stance from Iron Heart.

Looking at this unformatted list of stuff, a dip into incarnate or totemist may help with a few different binds, but may be more of an investment than you'd like. A dip into cleric so you can power travel devotion with turn undead is hard to turn down.

Unfortunately, there are no "cheap, universal, level 1" options to get around the fact that you're ... a tank. A very slow tank. Ask your party to slow down if they want your help. Sometimes you may have to run.

At level 2, if your speed is absolutely crippling, you have a few choices:

  • Ardent, take the freedom mantle (get +10 base speed, and a couple of neat powers). Be unhappy that it wants wisdom. At level 3, grab speed of thought for another +10 move. Choose another mantle that fits your theme.
  • Cleric, setting you up for the ruby knight vindicator. Gives you access to the spell longstrider, and sets you up for the travel devotion at level 3, and the animal devotion after that.
  • Totemist, bind one of the speed boosting chakras. Honestly, if you haven't built in this direction, it's outside the scope of this answer.
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The tooth of Savnok from Tome of Magic or this page on Wizards’ site gives anyone the ability to ignore armor penalties to speed,1 as dwarves can, for the low cost of 2,000 gp. Beyond you at 1st level, too much to sink into a single item at 2nd level, but affordable thereafter.

This requires embedding the tooth in your mouth; yes, warforged have mouths. Whether they have teeth isn’t explicitly mentioned in the text, and almost all illustrations have their mouths closed, but really is presumably something that could vary from one warforged to another anyway. Regardless, even if you don’t actually have teeth, body modification is common in warforged culture, since it’s painless for them, so even if you have to have a slot cut out of your jaw for the tooth, that’s probably less of a deal for you than it would be for someone else who has to get a tooth pulled out.

Do note that you will be under Savnok’s influence if you use this item. This means any armor or shield you use, you have to continue to use or take a −2 penalty on a lot of different checks, and that lasts until you remove the tooth. You can then put it back in, but it takes 24 hours to start working again. As a warforged, you can’t stop using your armor, so that’s a decidedly-minimal burden, but if you don’t want to use a shield, make sure you don’t pick any up.

You’ll also display Savnok’s sign, which is an arrowhead embedded in one’s flesh somewhere. For a warforged, it’s unclear if this would even be visible, but it has no actual effect, just appearance.

  1. Note that, technically, Adamantine Body just reduces your speed, and doesn’t reference armor penalties at all. Under the rules, therefore, it’s not the sort of thing that dwarves or tooth of Savnok allow you to ignore. But the speed penalty is clearly due to the heavier plating that you get, which isn’t a separate armor item, but is armor. Only a very pedantic DM is likely to nix this use of the tooth.
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You've envisioned, designed and built your character as a tank — a slow, yet powerful and durable melee fighter:

"Sir Cromium is above all else a gentleman and a protector. He was created with the sole purpose of standing with his brothers in the front lines to halt the enemy charges."

He's clearly not meant to be a fast skirmisher, and you shouldn't try to force him into being one. Instead, play him for what he is, and...

Change your tactics to fit your character.

Reading between the lines, it seems that your problem is that your campaign has a lot of open-field battles, where the two sides start far apart, and that your character is getting left behind as his faster teammates charge into battle.

Well, what if they didn't?

Your character is basically a walking (and fighting) fortress. If your teammates, instead of charging into battle ahead of him, were to instead hang back and stay behind him, that would force the enemy to face you in order to get at the rest of the party.

The other members of the party can then let you take the brunt of the attack, and concentrate on what they each do best: ranged attacks, buffs/debuffs, harassing the enemies while they're busy dodging your attacks, or simply driving them towards you.

If there are multiple enemies and they're fast, they can of course try to outflank you and your teammates, but even then, staying close to your character at least gives the rest of the party more cover than they'd have if they'd charged alone into melee. If your party can maneuver to put some protective cover behind them (and your character in the front), even better.

This does require cooperation from the rest of the players, but that's generally needed for any efficient battlefield tactics anyway. The next time your party gets into battle, you might just try saying something like: "Hey, guys, why don't you hang back a little and let me charge them first? Then you can blast them while they're busy fighting me."

Of course, there are some situations and types of battle where this just won't work. One example is if the enemies are actually running away, and your party needs to catch them for some reason. In that case, you may just have to let the fastest members of the party run ahead and hope they're fast enough. Or you might try to find an alternative solution — like following the enemies' tracks to wherever they're going, and fighting them there. They'll have to stop at some point. And warforged don't get fatigued.

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How about taking a level in Barbarian?

According to the text of Fast Movement (PHB, pg 25), it bumps your base movement up by 10 feet, so despite your Adamantine body, you should still end up going 30ft. YGMMV.

If that's too costly, Run (PHB, pg 144) will take a full round, but will move you 60 ft, because you're wearing heavy armor.

Also, Rage is cool. Rawr.

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  1. Struggle through levels 1 and 2 using some of the answers above.
  2. Buy a Clockwork Stallion from MM4 p.32 (2150gp plus options; 63hp, really upgradeable AC, construct traits).
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Riding is not good for me and goes against my character's flavor. Sir chromium was part of a series of warforged soldiers built to be used somewhat like living shields that hit hard. He likes being in the front line. \$\endgroup\$ – Jean-Luc Nacif Coelho Apr 8 '15 at 17:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jean-LucNacifCoelho You could employ dragoon tactics (i.e. fight on foot) and your horse is not likely to be attacked (100% motionless), but I understand flawor considerations, these are important. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Ryabtsev Apr 8 '15 at 17:23

Until you get some money or other more serious fixes, consider at least picking up the Run Feat so you can move 4x your base speed without penalty. For fixing that "I need to get there, quickly" it'll save you quite a bit of time at the cost of a single Feat.

(It's a shame you said "no homebrew" or I would have suggested wheels!)

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