Black Lion (4e Class)

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A black lion Dragonrider.

The Black Lion[edit]

A step in the right direction.
Class Traits
Role: Striker.
Power Source: Martial.
Key Abilities: Strength, Dexterity, and Wisdom.
Armor Proficiencies: Cloth, leather, hide.
Weapon Proficiencies: Simple melee, Military melee, Simple ranged, Military ranged,
Bonus to Defense: +2 Fortitude
Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution score
Hit Points per Level Gained: 5
Healing Surges per Day: 6 + Constitution modifier
Trained Skills: Insight.  From the class skills list below, choose 4 more trained skills at 1st level.
Class Skills: Athletics, Endurance, Heal, Perception, Stealth
Build Options: Black Lion Agent, Black Lion Scout
Class Features: Lion's Blade, Lion's Archery, Lion's Versatility

Black Lions are independent warriors who safeguard settlements, towns, and trade cities. Often acting as scouts, spies, or enforcers to a powerful magistrate, emissary, or organization. Black Lion's possess a keen sense for physical combat, local politics, and top-down administration. They prefer to navigate crowded streets than roam the untamed wildernesses of the world. At the core of every Black Lion is the theme of a moderate lifestyle, advantageous politics, and battlefield improvisation. Lions are forward thinkers and every movement they make is always a step in the right direction.

Black Lion Overview

Characteristics: You combine fast, hard-hitting melee attack power with excellent ranged attack ability, and shift easily from melee to ranged combat. Thanks to your offensive exploits you can always strike or fletch twice.
Religion: Avandra, Erathis, and Kord are commonly worshipped deities. Avandra worshippers number the fewest among the lions and tend to be quite the travelers and woodsmen. Erathis worshippers are the most common. They favor order, expansion, and political administration. Kord worshipers tend to be life long warriors, horsemen, and armorers. Many lions simply worship all three deities.
Races: Any. Dragonborn make excellent skirmishers while Elves make the best archers and Humans can excel at either. Also great races: Half-Orc, Longtooth Shifter, and Bugbear.

Creating a Black Lion[edit]

Black Lion Agent[edit]

A melee-focused agent with an eye for deception, cunning, swordplay, and shear punishment. Make Strength your best score followed by Wisdom to capitalize on your damage output. Choose powers that increase your survivability and affect nearby opponents.

Suggested Feat: Weapon Proficiency: Bastard Sword.
Suggested Human Feat: Action Surge.
Suggested Skills: Athletics, Endurance, Perception, Stealth.
Suggested At-Will Powers: Two Claws, Reckless Lion.
Suggested Encounter Power: Black Thrust.
Suggested Daily Power: Black Aim.
Suggested Paragon Path: Black Lion Lead.
Suggested Epic Destiny: Demigod.
Black Lion Scout[edit]

A ranged-focused agent with an eye for stealth, distance, archery, and mobility. Choose Dexterity as your main score followed closely by Wisdom to help capitalize on dealing damage. Choose powers that increase your mobility and deal big damage.

Suggested Feat: Weapon Proficiency: Great Bow.
Suggested Human Feat: Action Surge.
Suggested Skills: Athletics, Endurance, Perception, Stealth.
Suggested At-Will Powers: Two Claws, Strike and Run.
Suggested Encounter Power: Twin Lion Strike.
Suggested Daily Power: Jaws of the Lion.
Suggested Paragon Path: Black Lion Lead.
Suggested Epic Destiny: Demigod.

Black Lion Class Features[edit]

All Black Lion's share these class features.

Lion's Blade: "You are experienced in close combat." +1 to all weapon attack rolls. +2 to hit points at 1st level. This bonus increases to +4 at 11th level and +6 at 21st level.

Lion's Agility: "You hunt your target with great agility." Gain a +2 to all defenses against opportunity attacks.

Black Lion Powers[edit]

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Black Lion Optimized Build[edit]

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