Blademaster, variant (3.5e Class)
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In every city there exists a place where the talented are pushed to the extreme ends of development. They spend hours honing their skills until they are the best of the best. These are the blademasters. They learn to fight with every weapon everywhere, and know how to use armor. They excel at stabbing the faces of their foes, and cutting into demons' chests. In melee combat no one out performs a blademaster.
Making a Blademaster
Blademasters excel in a martial situation. That is, if a sword is the answer, so is the blademaster. While they can use shields, they specialize in aggressive tactics with their weapons.
Abilities: Strength is the most important ability for a blademaster who uses melee weapons to fight. All blademasters need a high constitution score for more hit points, and a good dexterity score increases their armor. The blademaster's strength score determines how often his class special abilities can be used, and his constitution decides how long they last.
Races: Any race can be a blademaster, but they are far more common amongst the civilized races. It is rare for orcs and goblins to become blademasters because they don't have the stable societies needed to build schools and academies.
Starting Gold: 6d4×10 gp (150 gp).
Starting Age: Moderate.
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Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the blademaster.
Martial Prowess: The blademaster is a master of striking and rarely misses a strike. He gets a bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls equal to his level.
Bonus Feat: At every level, the blademaster gains a feat from the list of feats. He must meet all the prerequisites for the feat.
Parry: A blademaster learns to become one with the sword. It becomes an extension of his body and he learns to move it in the way of danger at the last moment. Beginning at 3rd level, whenever a blademaster has a non-reach weapon in his hand, he gains a +1 deflection bonus to armor. This armor works even when he is flat footed. This bonus increases by an additional +1 every four levels (+2 at level 7, +3 at level 11, and so on...).
Evasion (Ex): Blademasters learn to jump out of the way of danger just in time. At 5th level and higher, a blademaster can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the blademaster is wearing light armor or no armor. A helpless blademaster does not gain the benefit of evasion.
Calm Mind (Ex): As a blademaster faces foes with all sorts of mind tricks, he learns to bring his mind to a sense of calmness that makes it nigh impenetrable to these effects. He can control his emotions, and his mind is his own. From 9th level onwards, a blademaster gains a +3 bonus on will saves.
Courage: A blademaster knows no fear. From 13th level he is immune to fear.
Dance of Blades: A blademaster learns to master the battlefield as well as the blade, he slip in between enemies as if they aren't there. From 17th level onwards, the blademaster never provokes attacks of opportunity by any action that he takes. For example, he can leave a foes threatened square without provoking one.
Each 3 levels after 20th, the blademaster gains Fighter Bonus Feat.
Human Blademaster Starting Package
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 5 + Int modifier. If you choose Craft or Profession mark all of the Craft or Profession.
Bonus Feats: Improved Initiative.
Gear: Studded Leather Armor, a backpack, a belt pouch, a flint and steel, two trail rations, one sunrod, a waterskin, and a bedroll.
Gold: 4D6 times 10gp.
Playing a Blademaster
Religion: Blademasters follow the religion of wherever they are from.
Other Classes: Blademasters get along with everyone. They know that each person has their place in a group and don't feel bad when a situation doesn't call for their talents, and they expect the same view from others when they have the talents for a situation.
Combat: Blademasters are a bit frail when it comes to close combat fighting, but they deal a lot of damage. They also have tumble as a class skill. Tumble is the most important class feature. In the early game it allows them to move between enemies without provoking attacks of opportunity. Move through your enemies and choose the most important of them. Something that your team mates with have trouble with and eliminate it. That's all there is to it.
Advancement: When choosing your feats, its probably best to go along a two weapon fighting route, but anything you want to specialize in can be done. It would also be a good idea to grab a level of barbarian at some point for the fast movement.
Blademasters in the Game
Adaptation: An interesting adaptation for the blademaster could be to make it a bowmaster. Simply apply the benefits of martial prowess to bows instead. You can change the name of parry and continue that aswell.