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    Myths & Legends #3: Lancelot

    In the third in the Myths & Legends series of articles, we take a look at the ultimate knight - Sir Lancelot!

    Sir Lancelot, or Launcelot-du-Lac, was the pre-eminent knight of King Arthur's Round Table. A warrior without peer, he was held to be the greatest of Arthur's knights.

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    Brilliant! Oath of Chivalry is a stroke of genius. =)

    I can imagine that if the psychic damage reduces a creature to 0 hit points, they fall on their own sword from shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelot View Post
    Brilliant! Oath of Chivalry is a stroke of genius. =)
    Thanks! That's my favourite bit, along with "I Accept Your Challenge!" Automatic reciprocal marking - and he likes it!

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    Is the sheild bash stated out?

    Speaking of stats, the mental stats are really high.
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    Is the shield bash what?

    The stats are all within guidelines.

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    A few comments:

    1. How long does the mark from I Accept Your Challenge last?

    2. Oath of Chivalry is poorly templated. As written, Lancelot could simply choose not to use it when it goes off, since normally you get to choose whether to use triggered abilities when the trigger happens. Even if you added a clause saying that he must use it if able, it will still rarely happen because it is an immediate reaction, and thus can't be used on his own turn, which is when he will be making most of his attacks.

    3. Chivalrous Challenge seems a little iffy to me. It seems like if Lancelot has a lot of allies, then he could just stand back, challenge all the PCs one by one (since it's at will but the mark lasts for the whole encounter), run back, and have his allies engage the PCs, forcing them into a catch-22 (try to run after Lancelot and take lots of OAs, or kill the allies and take lots of mark damage). On the other hand, it does use up Lancelot's standard actions, so it might not be an overpowered strategy, although it certainly does not fit the flavor of a "chivalrous challenge."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex319 View Post
    A few comments:

    1. How long does the mark from I Accept Your Challenge last?
    End of the encounter.

    2. Oath of Chivalry is poorly templated. As written, Lancelot could simply choose not to use it when it goes off, since normally you get to choose whether to use triggered abilities when the trigger happens. Even if you added a clause saying that he must use it if able, it will still rarely happen because it is an immediate reaction, and thus can't be used on his own turn, which is when he will be making most of his attacks.
    You're correct; it's better as a trait (see amended PDF).

    3. Chivalrous Challenge seems a little iffy to me. It seems like if Lancelot has a lot of allies, then he could just stand back, challenge all the PCs one by one (since it's at will but the mark lasts for the whole encounter), run back, and have his allies engage the PCs, forcing them into a catch-22 (try to run after Lancelot and take lots of OAs, or kill the allies and take lots of mark damage). On the other hand, it does use up Lancelot's standard actions, so it might not be an overpowered strategy, although it certainly does not fit the flavor of a "chivalrous challenge."
    He can only have one mark at a time. It's very similar to what my group's paladin does to the bad guys all the time! The DM should play him as only being interested in his marked/challenged target.

    Anyway, I've clarified the file a little with these comments taken into account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    Is the shield bash what?

    The stats are all within guidelines.

    Ok, I see the bash numbers.

    But for that Int and Wis, was Lancelot said to be a master or religion or history, as wise as Merlin...is there any indication that he knew how to read, divide 47 by 32?

    They are especially surprising giving the importance of poor judgement in his story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerraDave View Post
    Ok, I see the bash numbers.

    But for that Int and Wis, was Lancelot said to be a master or religion or history, as wise as Merlin...is there any indication that he knew how to read, divide 47 by 32?

    They are especially surprising giving the importance of poor judgement in his story.
    Well, they're pretty low for a 22nd level solo. Compare them to the physical stats.

    He made one - famous - mistake: he fell in love with someone he shouldn't. But there's no evidence to suggest he was stupid. He was a paragon of knightliness, that episode excepted; educated and eloquent.

    He's certainly not even close to being as wise as Merlin, which you'll see when you see Merlin's stats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    Well, they're pretty low for a 22nd level solo. Compare them to the physical stats.

    He made one - famous - mistake: he fell in love with someone he shouldn't. But there's no evidence to suggest he was stupid. He was a paragon of knightliness, that episode excepted; educated and eloquent.

    He's certainly not even close to being as wise as Merlin, which you'll see when you see Merlin's stats!
    Noted but to elaborate.

    1. He fell in love with someone he shouldn't.
    2. He knowingly had sex with someone he thought was Guinevere but wasn't and had a child out of wedlock as a result (Galahad)
    3. He was considered unworthy for the Grail quest as a result and his son had to take that quest in his stead.

    Technically Galahad was the greatest of the knights of the round table. Lancelot gets all the press though.

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