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    Hexblade: The Path of Splinters

    This is just one build for the heroic tier.

    Hexblade


    Power Source: Shadow
    Role: Defender
    Key Abilities: Strength, Charisma, Intelligence
    Armor Proficiency: Cloth, Leather, Hide, Chain, All Shields
    Weapon Proficiency: All simple, All military
    Bonus to Defense: +1 Will, +1 Fortitude
    Hit points at first level: 15 + Constitution Score
    Hit points per level gained: 6
    Healing surges per day: 9 + constitution modifier
    Trained Skills: Arcana, plus three of the following: Athletics, Bluff, Dungeoneering, Intimidate, Stealth
    Build Options: The Path of Splinters, The Path of the Wind and Doors
    Class Features: Aura of Unluck, Evil Eye


    Aura of Unluck: All enemies within 2 spaces of you take a penalty of 2 to saving throws.


    Evil Eye: Minor action. Marks one foe within a close burst of 5. If this foe makes an attack that does not include you as a target, you may spend an Immediate Action to Weaken it until the end of your next turn.


    Illusory Double: Some of your powers create an illusory double. For convenience, the general rules of an illusory double are written once here, rather than within every power that makes use of them. An illusory double appears exactly as you do, and occupies a space. It has exactly the same defenses as you do, and exactly the same attacks. It does not move unless specified by the power which created it. It is capable of making opportunity attacks, and therefore capable of flanking. It makes only two types of attacks- opportunity attacks, and the attacks specifically spelled out in the power which created it. If an illusory double receives any damage at all, it vanishes. If a power or other effect forces an illusory double to perform an action it cannot, it is destroyed. Otherwise, your illusory double vanishes at the time specified in the power which created it. This is not a true class ability, but rather an effect created by a power that has certain consistent rules.




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    The Path of Splinters


    This discipline of Hexblade study focuses on the use of illusions in combat. A Hexblade of the Path of Splinters is a blur in battle, with illusory blades and even entire images of himself splintering off from his body and leaping to the attack. His foes never know what is real and what is not, or where the true danger waits. As illusion magic requires a flair for the dramatic to lend realism to the lie, followers of the Path of Splinters prefer charisma as their secondary statistic.




    Level 1 At Will Attack Powers


    Tristed Fortune
    You are at your best when you are at your worst.
    Level 1 Melee, At Will, Standard Action, Weapon
    Str v ac
    Hit: 1[W]+Str
    Special: This attack scores a critical hit on an attack roll result of a natural 1.


    Shadow Feint
    A sudden blurring, a duplication of your sword arm, baffles your foe.
    Level 1 Melee, At Will, Standard Action, Weapon, Illusion
    Str v AC
    Hit: 1[W]+Cha, and your next attack versus this foe has combat advantage.




    Level 1 Encounter Attack Powers

    Shadow Blade
    Your sword arm blurs, and two weapons strike at your foe. Only one is true, but which?
    Level 1 Melee, Encounter, Standard Action, Weapon, Illusion
    Str v AC, two attack rolls. You may choose either roll.
    Hit: 2[W].
    Path of Splinters: Add your charisma modifier to the damage.




    Level 1 Daily Attack Powers

    Doubled Assault
    You seem to split in two- and each of you leaps to the attack.
    Level 1 Melee, Daily, Standard Action, Weapon, Illusion
    Special: Create an illusory double of yourself in an adjacent space. You and the double then may each shift one space.
    Str v AC
    2[W]+Str
    Effect: The illusory double makes an attack.
    Str v AC
    2[W]+Str
    Effect: The illusory double remains until the beginning of your next turn.
    Path of Splinters: If both attacks hit the same target, deal additional damage equal to your charisma modifier.




    Level 2 Utility Powers

    Abandoned by Fate
    Nothing goes right for you. Nothing.
    Level 2 Utility, Encounter, Immediate Interrupt
    Trigger: You make a saving throw.
    Effect: You may voluntarily fail a saving throw. If you do, all allies within 5 may make an immediate saving throw against an effect which can be ended by a save.


    Shatter
    Destruction surrounds you.
    Level 2 Utility, Encounter, Standard Action
    Effect: An unattended, inanimate object within 10 spaces of you receives 10+1/2 level damage.




    Level 3 Encounter Powers

    Bitter Blade
    A thin line of venom runs down your blade.
    Level 3 Encounter, Standard Action, Weapon
    Str v Fort
    Hit: 1[W]+Str, plus 5 ongoing poison damage and Slow. Save ends both.


    Vampiric Blade
    You consume your foe's energy, and it tastes... wonderful.
    Level 3 Encounter, Standard Action, Weapon
    Str v Fort
    Hit: 1[W]+Str, and you gain temporary hit points equal to the damage dealt by this attack.




    Level 5 Daily Powers

    Curse of the Pariah
    Not even your mother loves you.
    Level 5 Daily, Standard Action, Weapon
    Str v AC
    Hit: 3[W]+Str, and the target cannot be targeted by the powers and abilities of his allies, nor can it target allies with its own powers and abilities. Save ends.
    Miss: Half damage, no other effect.




    Level 6 Utility Powers

    Fatal Blunder
    Luck is on your side. Or at least its against everyone else too.
    Level 6 Utility, Encounter, Immediate Interrupt
    Trigger: An enemy within 5 rolls a natural 1 on an attack roll.
    Effect: The enemy receives damage as if it had struck itself with its attack.




    Level 7 Encounter Powers

    Tracer Image
    You leave a little piece of yourself behind.
    Level 7 Encounter, Standard Action, Weapon
    Effect: Before attacking, shift 2 spaces, and leave an illusory double in your original space. It lasts until the beginning of your next turn.
    Str v AC
    2[W]+Str
    Path of Splinters: Instead shift up to your charisma modifier.




    Level 9 Daily Powers

    Shadow Sentries
    You are everywhere at once, for a time.
    Level 9 Daily, Minor Action
    Effect: Place two illusory doubles in spaces of your choice within a close burst of 5. These illusory doubles fade at the end of the encounter.
    Path of Splinters: Instead place a number of illusory doubles equal to your charisma modifier.




    Level 10 Utility Powers

    Shadow Parry
    Your foe finds himself battling only shadows.
    Level 10 Utility, Daily, Standard Action, Weapon
    Immediate Interrupt
    Trigger: You are targetted by a melee or ranged attack.
    Effect: Shift your 2 spaces and leave an illusory double in your original space. The illusory double is now the target of the triggering attack. The illusory double fades at the beginning of your next turn.
    Path of Splinters: Instead shift up to your charisma modifier.

 

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    Quick notes:

    The fact that Aura of Unluck penalizes saves, but few of the Hexblade's powers involve saving throws, is intentional. I may do more with saves for the other build, or I may not- I like encouraging teamwork.

    I've tried to encourage the use of weapons with enhancements for critical hits. Sometimes I was subtle. Sometimes I wasn't.

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    Nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadfan View Post
    Evil Eye: Minor action. Marks one foe within a close burst of 5. If this foe makes an attack that does not include you as a target, you may spend an Immediate Action to Weaken it until the end of your next turn.
    Immediate interrupt or immediate reaction? Probably should be interrupt to be useful.

    Sounds very strong, compared to the paladin's or the swordsage's mark: the paladin's target takes middling damage, the swordsage's target either takes a basic attack or has it's damage reduced by a fixed amount after hitting. This cuts the target's damage by half, for this attack and any others in the same round, whether it hits or not. Maybe it there should be an attack roll?

    I've only had time to browse quickly through the powers, but they seem pretty cool.

    What is the Path of Wind and Doors going to be like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasin View Post
    Immediate interrupt or immediate reaction? Probably should be interrupt to be useful.

    Sounds very strong, compared to the paladin's or the swordsage's mark: the paladin's target takes middling damage, the swordsage's target either takes a basic attack or has it's damage reduced by a fixed amount after hitting. This cuts the target's damage by half, for this attack and any others in the same round, whether it hits or not. Maybe it there should be an attack roll?

    I've only had time to browse quickly through the powers, but they seem pretty cool.

    What is the Path of Wind and Doors going to be like?
    I'll clean up the language next time I update.

    Here's my thoughts on the power level of the mark: I'm comparing it to the swordmage's protecting mark, which reduces damage by five plus the swordmage's constitution. That means around 7 at level 1, with increases as constitution rises, and further increases at each tier.

    For an enemy with an average damage less than 14, reducing damage by
    7 is a bigger reduction than Weakening the enemy. The enemy has to do more than 7 damage, or attack more than once, to make the hexblade mark a better effect. I think that overall the swordmage's mark is going to be better on most foes, while the hexblade's mark will be better on solos and elites. But then, solos and elites can attack multiple targets, so they find it easy to avoid being subjected to the mark's penalty anyways.

    As for the Path of Wind and Doors, I don't know. I keep tossing out the ideas I come up with. I was making it match the elemental damages associated with the shadowfell in 3e, for a while- cold, lightning, and necrotic. But it kept feeling like a swordmage clone.

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    Again any chance you can put your stuff on PDF?

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    Looks cool.

    My one problem is that I think Aura of Unluck might be counterprodctive. The job of a defender is to keep foes nearby--why have an aura that encourages them to stay away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadfan View Post
    I'll do it by friday.
    please keep in mind that im just messsing with you, but its sunday

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