5E Homebrewed Warlord take 2

Undrave

Hero
Here I am again with a brand new version on my previously posted Warlord on the Rogue chassis.

Here's the Homebrewery link: Warlord V2

EDIT II: Okay so the presentation issues only seem to happen on certain browsers, so I'm not crazy. Homebrewery is designed for Chrome and the brew appears well on Firefox, just not on other browsers.

This new version modifies signals into three distinct chunks, fixes a few things here and there, and introduces the Ballistarius, Borderlands Marshall and Chosen One subclasses.

Here is some design notes, more to come later for the subclasses.

HD
: I felt that I wanted the Warlord to be tougher than a Rogue, but the 5e Rogue is as tough as a Cleric too, however the 5e Rogue has a TON of defensive abilities that make its lower HP last longer, but I was going to trade those features in for support abilites! So a Warlord wouldn't be as hard to hit. At first I felt like d10 was maybe a little too much? It's the HD of Fighters, Paladin and Rangers after all... But then I considered that a Warlord would want good Mental stats and a good Attack stat so there would be less incentive to invest in CON and, eventually, the Warlord would have less HP over 20 level than the other more Martial types. So low defenses and low CON made it feel balanced and thus justified to go with the D10.

Armors : I felt like Heavy Armor was too much, but I also don't expect a non-archer Warlord to have much in term of DEX. The Shield is there to compensate for that and maybe push them towards a lower damaging weapon.

Weapons : This felt a bit difficult, but looking at how the Rogue got access to Rapier and the Monk has specific weapons. I decided not to give the Warlord access to ALL the martial weapons, just a handful. I wanted to give them damage type option, so I made sure to include piercing, slashing and bludgeoning weapons. I felt the Pike was the iconic phalanx weapon so a Warlord would be a good class to use it, but I'm still questioning removing it since I want to keep the Warlord as a D8 damage class at the first few levels. I decided I would keep Longbow and Heavy Crossbow away from the base class, however. I got a subclass in mind that gets it.

Saving Throws : I picked Wisdom as their 'Strong' Save since I figured a mental one would be better. There's a bit more support for CHA and INT in the class so far so Wisdom proficiency helps keep a decent bonus for investing in Wisdom. INT felt like the best 'Weak Save' to throw in, but CHA could have also been there.

Skills and tools : I wanted the Warlord to feel cultured and clever, but not be an actual skill monkey like a Bard or a Rogue, hence why they don't get as many skills as the Rogue. They do get a pick of different tools instead of just one. It's a bit annoying how the Rogue and Criminal Background double up on Thieves Tools ya know?

The tools I picked were the ones I felt match the image I had in mind of a learned warrior like the Warlord. Enough room to add some personality and not double up with your background too.

Skills wise I feel like I could have put Perception in there, and I know I'd have plenty of reason to put ALL the CHA skills in there. At the same time, Perception is a very desirable skill and I felt it would be a lot to have all the 'good' skills in the same class so I kept it limited to Insight and didn't put Deception in the list. If you can get all the skills you want just by picking a good class it lessens the impact of your background.

Equipment : This was a tough one. I looked at the Rogue, looked at the Ranger and Cleric as well to get a feel for the sort of load out that works. I don't know if anyone would ever pick the Javelins option but it's always there for STR classes so why not? Should I replace the Longsword and Shield option with Shortsword and Shield? Is that too good? What was important is that you could get a totally different vibe from a character just by what equipment options a player pick.

Battlefield Insight : I just really like the idea of generating the ressource you expend to do your Warlordy thing. One thing that was important to me from the get go was the concept that you could be Warlord-like on every turn. You don't need to rest to be a Warlord again, just as you don't need to rest to be do Sneak Attacks as a Rogue, nor do you need a rest to get the bonus from your Fighting -style, or to use a Cantrip. So taking the Sneak Attack mechanic and applying it to Battlefield Insight worked great for me. It forces you to be active and not just bark order from the back, gives you reasons to actually attack and be providing damage and would give rise to some interesting tactical choices: do I attack the guy next to the Barbarian so he can use an Insight Dice to gain advantage or do I think the Barbarian's got this on his next turn and I should help the Ranger get started on this guy who hasn't taken a hit? You can just keep piling damage on the same guy like with Sneak Attack or take your allies power into consideration (Overkill would basically be a waste of time here).

I chose to make Battlefield Insight a D8 because I figured it depended on TWO attack rolls instead of one like with Sneak Attack. It's slightly easier (but not THAT much) to apply, but, since you need to decide to use them before swinging, if your ally misses, they expended the dice for nothing. I pretty much used the same progression as Sneak Attacks otherwise.

Shouts : Of couse I needed to get that Lazylord flavor in here. I didn't want to just copy Commander's Strike because, to many melee characters, a Reaction is precious. So I went with the way it is now where the Warlord essentially takes one of his own Attack and grants it to an ally with a small boost. When I hit on the idea of using the Rogue as a chassis I really wanted to take the challenge of a fully at-will support class, so Shouts, and later Signals, don't use any long term ressources. I planned on adding a subclass that can do nothing but Shouts on their turn and still get to apply a couple of Insight Dice and that's what the Chosen One is for.

SHAKE IT OFF is a bit odd because I don't think 'a condition a save can end" is actual 5e parlance, but there are plenty of conditions that CAN be ended by a save beyond the original affliction. Like Aboleth mind control. Technically this should work on a Grappled ally so they can get out of it on your turn.

I also decided I wanted the basic Shouts to represented the three mental stats since I already had two based off INT and CHA, but also Tactician and Inspiring Warlords. So I created MOVE. The whole thinking process is a bit odd... 4e had a Skirmisher Warlord and Skirmisher made me think of Ranger which makes me think of WIS so good move would be based on good WIS. Odd, but I think it works. They can all be useful even if you have a 0 in the mental stat, but they softly push you toward a playstyle depending on which stat you favored.

Also note I chose the term 'Shout' instead of the more obvious 'Command' to dissociate the concept with the 'Bossing other players around!' fear that some have whenever the Warlord is brought up. In this situation, fulff-wise, you don't order people to do a thing, you just show them an opportunity they missed and they get to choose to do it or not.

Student of Banners : Stole it from my previous Fighter subclass homebrew. I thought it made sense for someone properly trained in the art of war and I needed a ribbon ability to replace Thieves Cant. It's not really powerful but it adds some flare.

Warlord Presence : Again, I went with the softer push toward a playstyle thing, where a good INT, CHA or WIS isn't REALLY necessary, but still makes your precense more effective. I also decided NOT to attach this feature to Subclasses... mostly because I had trouble coming up with more presence. I'm also a fan of the Mix and Match style of the Warlock and I felt like you could realistically make, for exemple, a Steel Protector with any of the three Presence and they would be a drastically different character. Even White Raven could work with an Inspiring Presence. They're meant to compliment each other, but not clash with each other.

Coded Signal : This is where I wanted to give more options for what to do with Insight Dice and trading them in for effect, using your bonus action, felt like the best way to do it. You could, obviously, completely ignore them and still be an effective support that accelerates combat, but using Signals properly would probably be a lot of fun as well. I also wanted, unlike with Maneuvers, a scaling system, hence the idea that you need to sacrifice more damage for stronger effects. Originally I had a big list of effects with scattered number of dice as a gating system, but that felt a bit limiting so I eventually split them into three batches with not so dissimilar cost. Also created new signals, changed some around, and really played into the whole Mix-and-match aspect by having signals that would obviously synergize well with the themes of the different subclasses.

Admitedly this is the section that I feel is the fiddliest of the base class AND the one that would need the most playtest. I didn't come up with any sort of formula for attributing effects. I just looked at how many dice you'd get at the level I felt was appropriate for certain effects. And for the lower level ones I looked at what king of rider a Cantrip can have and I considered the Rogues own Cunning Action.

I'm not sure how to properly convey it, but the philosophy behind a lot of effects in this class and what you can do with Shouts basically boil down to "What if I played X class instead and just did Y action instead of having my ally do it when I do Z action." In other words, when I use the STRIKE! shout to give the Paladin another attack...what if I was ALSO a Paladin and just attacked one more time?

The only advantage here, then, is that I basically have this floating shapeshiting character who can be at different points of a battlefield during different round. One round I'm a Paladin attacking Goblin #1, the next I'm actually a Rogue using Cunning Action to disengage from Goblin #2, in the other I'm next to the downed ally using my action to give him a potion... and so forth. This flexibility is the real strength of my Warlord.

Extra Attack : Extra Attack is mostly there so that, at later level, the Warlord can do both an attack (thus generating Insight) and a Shout. It replaces Uncanny Dodge, a defensive ability, from the Rogue chassis. I think it a also help keep the Warlord a decent-ish combattant on its own. The Ranger and Paladin get extra attacks and they have a bunch of spells and a Fighting style.

Veteran Poise : Another ribbon stolen from my old Fighter. Its not much but I really didn't want to leave the Warlord with just basic proficiencies outside of combat, even if they weren't meant to be a skill monkey. Continued Education and Seasoned Instructor continue this trend. Continued Education adds breadth to the Warlord's skill, if not the same high number (AKA Depth) as a class with Expertise. Seasoned Instructor in the meantime is meant to make the Warlord a good support outside of battle as well, meaning that pairing them with a proper Skill Monkey makes everybody more effective.

Tempered Body : The Rogue gets WIS saves so I felt giving the Warlord CON save was good. I also figured throwing the STR save in there wouldn't do much but would paint a more interesting picture so here it is. I think a Rogue's DEX+WIS saves make for a stronger set of saves since I feel like they come up way more often. Keep DEX as a blind spot for the Warlord felt like a good way to differientiate it from, say, a Bard.

Ultimate Awareness : Since this is an 18th level ability, I'm way less worried about balance. At that level, your abilities should feel like big deals and if they don't break something they're not a big deal, you know? It's also how I designed the subclasses capstones. I don't think there is much that add to passive scores and since you don't get Peception or Investigation proficiency with the class (unless you take it with Continued Education) it's possible that the +5 mostly helps you keep up with proficient allies. I thought it made for a good extension of the whole concept of Battlefield Insight.

Peerless Insight : Improving on previous class features is always easier to do than come up with brand new ones. This one feels a bit underwhelming but at the same time the reason I made Insight Dice stronger than Sneak Attack Dice is because you needed two attacks to activate them... this capstone ability essentially removes that caveat. The Warlord can basically let ANY of his ally attack with a D8 Sneak attack so I think it's a good DPS bonus.
 
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Undrave

Hero
Since the Homebrewery is messing with me (those damn column break tags again, I swear they never work as I intend) here is the part you don't get to see in my link until I can fix it properly:

From the Borderlands Marshall section :

Vicious Insight

Monstrous beasts eat anything they can reach, with no chance for reason or mercy. With the lives of others on the line, you also show no mercy when exposing weaknesses. Starting at 17th level, your Insight Dice are now d10s.
Now the new subclass :
Chosen One

Legends are filled with tall tales of destined youth suceeding against all odds, beings chosen by the gods for a great task, and unlikely heroes with barely the training to hold a stick straight but who are surrounded by incredible companions only they could assemble together. Whether unwittingly, or after hearing about it from some mysterious oracle, you have stepped into such a story.

The tradition of the Chosen One is not so much a formal tradition, as it is a role you adopt without realizing it.It is a product of your own subconscious remembering the legends of olds, and the spark of divine influence hidden within your soul. In other words, you did not choose this path, it chose you. There is no telling what your destiny entails, only that you have the kind of divine luck needed to accomplish it.

Fateful Companion

You're always looking out for your friends, always ready to alert them to trouble or share insight with them. When you take the attack action you can forego as many attacks as you want to use a shout. Furthermore, whenever you spend your entire Attack Action using Shouts, you can apply a number of Insight Dice equal to half your normal ammount (round down), to a creature within 30 feet of you.

Divine Luck

You have inexplicable luck that seems to spill over to your allies. Starting at 3rd level, whenever you or a creature within 15 feet of you makes an attack roll, an ability check or a saving throw, you can choose to grant that creature advantage or disadvantage on that roll. You can do this twice and you regain all use of it at the end of a long rest. Furthermore, whenever you or a creature within 15 feet rolls a d20 with advantage or disadvantage and rolls the same number on both dice, you can choose to make those two dice a 1 or a 20.

Magnetic Presence

No one knows why, but people tend to find you extremely likeable and trustworthy. Starting at 9th level, you can add half your proficiency bonus (round up) to any Charisma check that doesn't already use your proficiency bonus. Furthermore, your maximum Charisma score is now 24.

Blessed Touch

In your times of needs, when your friends seem to suffer the most, a strange power emerges from within you, allowing to sooth other. Starting at 13th level, you know the spells Cure Wounds and Lesser Restauration and you gain three 3rd level spell slots. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
 
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Undrave

Hero
Continuing on with the design notes:

Ardent Soul : Maybe the Ardent Soul would be the char op favorite ? I wanted to come up with a more CHA based subclass and this idea dawned on me. I like the idea of using Temp HP to fuel effects, another facet of the idea of generating your support ressource as the battle goes on. In this case, you would very much want the Inspiring Presence to throw some added Temp HP on your allies at initiative, then use your Radiating Confidence feature to grant some Temp HP to yourself.

In a way, this class is also inspired by the risk taking Bravura Warlord since taking away your protective layer of temp HP for extra damage is risky.

Do note that Burning Heart doesn't care where the Temp HP come from, simply that they exist. I could see this subclass pairing well with a Bladelock who got the Invocation for free False Life or a Battlemaster with Rally. Heck, I can see this class taking a level dip into Fighter to use the new maneuver granting Fighting Style to get Rally and then spending a feat on Martial Adept for an additional superiority dice.

Strong Personality is the feature I like the least of the Ardent. I still feel like it's a bit weaksauce. I do like the flavor of raising your maximum Charisma score though. So much so I stole it for the Chosen One subclass.

Improved Burning Heart felt like a no brainer, considering Fire is often resisted. I'm not sure if the Psychic damage is that good an idea and if it might be TOO good? I'm also toying with the idea of 'cold fury' and letting you pick Cold damage. I've also considered making the damage type a thing you choose after a rest instead of a dynamic versatile feature you can change on the fly. I might still do those changes if I get comments to that effect.

Ardent Mantle feel like something I could develop into more features instead but I feel like it would get repetitive after a while.

Note that the Ardent only affects allies when within 30 feet, which is what I consider 'close range'. They're basically always one move action away from being attacked by an enemy, but they don't get any extra armor, weapons or extra attacks like the Steel Protector, further hinting at the Bravura side of it. Their own Temp HP probably spent improving their damage output rather than protecting them. It's a fun balancing act to imagine.

It's also the one subclass that feels the most locked into its corresponding presence because you really want those Temp HP from Inspiring Presence. In a way it's very straight forward to build.

Ballistarius : I really had a hard time coming up with a satisfying name for this one, and even if its not properly applied I thought it sounded cool so I went with Ballistarius.

I expect them to favour the Heavy Crossbow, since they wouldn't be losing out on extra attacks since they could use a shout in addition to doing one heavy crossbow attack.

Ballistarius shouts, especially LOAD!, were the inspiration for the whole subclass. I just built outward from there, adding a third bonus shout as I went on.

Eagle Eye is pretty straight forward. I don't know if its too powerful or something, but I liked the idea of impeding stealth on creatures near you.

Squadmaster was one of the first feature I came up with after the Ballistarius shouts. Get some NPC and use LOAD! to speed up the use of siege weapons! Pretty nifty. I considered limiting them to Ballistarius Shouts and not the basic ones, don't know if they would be too powerful since you can use STRIKE! to make 1 of your attack into three overall attacks. I guess it would depend on your party composition?

Legendary Archer originally made you ignore the penalty to long range but that felt too ordinary for a capstone. I'm not super excited by it but I hope it's appropriate.

Borderlands Marshall: The name comes from a 4e Paragon Path in Martial Power that I thought sounded pretty evocative fluff-wise. It didn't, however, provide much in terms of mechanical inspiration since most of it relied on the 4e Ranger's Hunter's Quarry feature in a way redundant with my Insight Dice. I did, however, make it evoke a bit of that 4e Skirmisher Ranger feel. This subclass is thus the more 'Striker' of the lot, with little in terms of support feature and more raw damage overall.

Bonus proficiency were pretty straightforward. Added the swim and climb speed for some added flare and utility.

Frontier Gear specialist I'm not SUPER satisfied with it. I like the feel, I like the customizability, but I wish I'd have figured out a better SUPPORT feature. At least, the base class is full of support feature.

Relentless Tracker is a ribbon I'm pretty proud of. It's very evocative to me that once you analyzed a creature, represented by your insight dice, they can't ditch you that easily. It steps a bit on the 'Master Tracker' schtick from the regular ranger, but only in a very corner case. I threw in the upgrade to the climb and swim speed because I didn't know where else it would fit :p

Militia Leader feels like it comes out of nowhere, but I really like the concept, but maybe you guys have better ideas on how to improve it? The wording is a little off but the idea is that you can't train more than ten people per day. Maybe I should make it so they need to keep within sight of you to keep benefiting from your training?

EDIT: The more I thought about it the less I liked Militia Leader. Allowing you to grant one of your feature to allies might sound cool if they're NPCs, but in practice it ends up just being a feature that lets you make other more powerful without actually letting you taking any sort of active decision beyond 'What to train them into?'. Plus it imposed you pick your Frontier Gear Specialist features whle thinking how it could be apply to a DIFFERENT character and that's just one too many level of optimization here. In the end I feel like Skirmisher Tactics ends up a more ACTIVE class feature that still offers support in a solid way. It's not super flashy but I think it works.

Vicious Insight just worked with the flavour of the original Borderlands Marshall, it was an obvious capstone upgrade to grant the Striker subclass.

Chosen One: The Divine Subclass, the one that can be used to make a Princess or LazyLord build the most easily. I knew I wanted a subclass able to forego all of its attack to use Shouts, and still get to apply insight dice. I went with the 'Half, rounded down' system to not have to note every single time you get more at every level. It feels like a fair progression. Maybe I could have thrown in extra shouts? I'm not sure what they would have done.

Divine Luck could have been split into two features, but I just didn't have the design space I wanted because I didn't want to wait until level 13 for the second effect that's really up to chance more than anything. Also, I couldn't come up with a different name.

Magnetic Presence, like mentioned before, steals from the Ardent pretty brazingly. I also steal from the Remarkable Athlete but only for Charisma checks. Note that it stacks with Veteran's Poise so you can get a full proficiency bonus when interacting with military types.

Do the spells from Blessed Touch feel out of nowhere? I thought it would work with the miraculous powers suddenly gained by heroes of destiny. I'm considering adding Revivify to the list and granting extra spell slots later, but I don't know how powerful these would be with the rest of the build.

Pull of Destiny is a simple capstone and honestly the best I could come up with hahaha. Capstones are hard.

Steel Protector : I designed this subclass to be as straight forward as possible. Basically you could just totally ignore Shouts and Signals and still be effective as a support class with it, thanks to the basic support of Insight Dice and the added healing. I, obviously, based the Healer Training feature off of the Healer Feat, which is a good feat for non-magical support. I could have simply worded it as 'You gain the Healer Feat' but I don't like this sort of outside reference design. Plus, I added a 'Song of Rest' type fonction where you can boost the effectiveness of an ally's Hit Dice expenditure. I made it cost a healer's kit charge now (unlike the previous version), just because they're too easy to come by and to make the ones you can make more valuable.

I granted it Heavy Armor because I envison a Steel Protector as favoring Versatle Weapons, since you need a free hand to use Healer's Training to patch up an ally, and thus would not be using a shield. The extra armor of Heavy Armor compensate for losing the shield. Plus, I figure a Steel Protector would rather be up close to help allies. I also granted it a third attack as a capstone to fit in with the simple mandate so you can just hack away at enemies if you want. It's essentially the 'Fighter-like' subclass.

Note that, aside from one part of Healer's Training, this subclass doesn't have any mental stat requirement so you can go with any of the three Precense you prefer without trouble, adding to the whole customizability idea. The subclass is simple but not without variety.

Panacea Maker is, I think, a bit off in its wording, but I didn't want the Steel Protector to just spend their time collecting a ton of ingredients and then making a ton of potions. I tried to balance it so you can't make more than 1 Potion a day until much later in level where they're not as good. The real bonus here is making additional Healer's Kit charges when you can't just buy them in a shop.

I decided on limiting Protector's Revenge to once per short rest, as it might be too powerful as it is and make a regular Fighter seem pretty lacklustre the way it was previously. It does not, mind you, protect from opportunity attack so if you're in melee with someone else they could punish you for your distraction.

White Raven : Inspired by the Tactical Warlord of old I decided to have this subclass to be the one focused on Shouts and INT modifier. I'm thinking I could make the Bandit Leader more focused on silent signals, something useful to stealthy endeavors?

The point of this guy is to maneuver allies around and have them support each other better. Hence why I invented the additional Formation shouts that are focused on allies helping each other. I also thought it would be a cool power for a Warlord to be able to recharge allies' Reactions. It might not be useful all the time but if you got an ally with Sentinel they'll appreciate it a lot. Similarly I added the modification to STRIKE! that allows an ally to attack right away. It gives the feature more versatility (in the hands of the ally, mind you) and makes it useful in some corner cases where using a Reaction doesn't become a problem.

Analyze Enemy is basically stolen from the Battlemaster, with a different way to use it (including a rare use of the Alternate Skill Attribute variant, keying Insight off of Intelligence) and a few different element it can tell. I'm not super satisfied with it, I feel like I should have included something less battle centric into this build so the White Raven Tactician has more things to do than be good at combat, but I just couldn't think of something. I do hope the base class helps in that respect.

Improved Presence was a no brainer for me. Being able to grant allies further away your INT bonus to initiative and even let them move is pretty great. Note that this still doesn't clash with the idea of using a different Presence, even if it doesn't rely on INT. I made sure not to call out any of the Presence on purpose.

Potent Analysis is pretty straight forward, it just makes bonus damage you grant more reliable. If you max out your INT is basically makes all your bonus D8 do their average damage or more. This would probably make the White Raven subclass a Char. Op favorite? Maybe?
 
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Undrave

Hero
I noticed Caligraphy tools and started looking it up I was thinking something about map making was appropriate
There's the option of picking Cartographer's Tools in the proficiencies too. But thanks for the article!
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
I think I have been pretty much convinced anyone with a Martial flavor needs an extra-attack. There are enough sneaky system features that play off of it.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
In 4e I actually advocated for the Warlord having Heavy Armor be much more accessible than it was. Flavorwise a Tactical Warlord with super high intellect and Hide and Shield was basically just as well Armored as a Heavy Armor but not necessarily better for the flavor ie Knight Commander is basically one of the root things mentioned and one of the Early on Paragon Paths
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Student of Banners has some nice flavor.
I am somewhat considering Military Scientist as a nice designation though
 

Undrave

Hero
I think I have been pretty much convinced anyone with a Martial flavor needs an extra-attack. There are enough sneaky system features that play off of it.
There's just not a lot to base off of in 5e so using ways to make use of what's there is the best way to go about it.

In 4e I actually advocated for the Warlord having Heavy Armor be much more accessible than it was. Flavorwise a Tactical Warlord with super high intellect and Hide and Shield was basically just as well Armored as a Heavy Armor but not necessarily better for the flavor ie Knight Commander is basically one of the root things mentioned and one of the Early on Paragon Paths
4e Warlord had Chainmail as proficiency though.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
There's just not a lot to base off of in 5e so using ways to make use of what's there is the best way to go about it.
That too. I think Charge needs added back into the core for one thing. When you do a dash you may perform a melee attack as a bonus action.

Then one could key more things off of that.

4e Warlord had Chainmail as proficiency though.
Yup I just argued against it :p

They could have started in scale or hide and it would have worked as well then the feat for front-line commander (not remembering the name) would have raised it up to plate
 

Undrave

Hero
Yup I just argued against it :p

They could have started in scale or hide and it would have worked as well then the feat for front-line commander (not remembering the name) would have raised it up to plate
But are you fine with my Warlord starting with scale mail like a Ranger?

Speaking of armour, do you think the Frontier Gear Specialist feature 'Heavy Stalker' is good or not? Should it apply to all armour you are proficient with and then you can use Militia Leader to train your Paladin friend to not apply disadvantage in plate?
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
That too. I think Charge needs added back into the core for one thing. When you do a dash you may perform a melee attack as a bonus action.
Make that like the grab action so those with extra attacks get charge too. A battlemaster or martial adept could actually end their charge with a maneuver. Like the various powers in 4e.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Peerless Insight : Improving on previous class features is always easier to do than come up with brand new ones. This one feels a bit underwhelming but at the same time the reason I made Insight Dice stronger than Sneak Attack Dice is because you needed two attacks to activate them... this capstone ability essentially removes that caveat. The Warlord can basically let ANY of his ally attack with a D8 Sneak attack so I think it's a good DPS bonus.
The Insight dice would need to be 1.5 x then
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Critical Target (1 dice or more) Select one ally within 30 feet. If that ally inflicts damage to the creature your Insight Dice were applied to, they gain temporary hit points equal to your Charisma modifier for each Insight Dice spent

I like the flavor of that.... you do something awesome and attaboy
 

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