Dragon Ascendant (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

This is my attempt to turn a human into as close to a true dragon as possible.

References[edit]

Core Rule Books, Draconomicon, Races of the Dragon

Items[edit]

Ability boosting items, and the Resilient Scales draconic graft.

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Str 15 Dex 8 Con 13 Int 12 Wis 10 Cha 14

Race (Templates):Human Dragonborn of Bahumut

Starting Racial Traits: Mind Dragonborn ability

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Sorcerer 1 +0 +0 +0 +2 Draconic Heritage (Platinum), Draconic Skin, Dragon Tail Dragonblood Racial Substitution Level Concentration +4, Intimidate +2, Knowledge [Arcana] +4, Spellcraft +4
2nd Sorcerer 2 +1 +0 +0 +3 -- -- Concentration +5, Intimidate +2, Knowledge [Arcana] +5, Spellcraft +5
3rd Sorcerer 3 +1 +1 +1 +3 Draconic Toughness -- Concentration +6, Intimidate +3, Knowledge [Arcana] +6, Spellcraft +6
4th Sorcerer 4 +2 +1 +1 +4 -- Dragonblood Racial Substitution Level Concentration +7, Intimidate +3, Knowledge [Arcana] +7, Spellcraft +7, +1 Cha
5th Sorcerer 5 +2 +1 +1 +4 -- -- Concentration +8, Intimidate +4, Knowledge [Arcana] +8, Spellcraft +8
6th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 1 +2 +3 +1 +6 Draconic Resistance Natural armor increase (+1) Concentration +9, Intimidate +4, Knowledge [Arcana] +9, Spellcraft +9
7th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 2 +3 +4 +1 +7 -- Ability boost (Str +2), claws and bite Concentration +10, Intimidate +5, Knowledge [Arcana] +10, Spellcraft +10
8th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 3 +4 +4 +2 +7 -- Breath weapon (2d8) Concentration +11, Intimidate +5, Knowledge [Arcana] +11, Spellcraft +11, +1 Cha
9th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 4 +5 +5 +2 +8 Exhaled Barrier Ability boost (Str +2), natural armor increase (+2) Concentration +12, Intimidate +6, Knowledge [Arcana] +12, Spellcraft +12
10th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 5 +5 +5 +2 +8 -- Blindsense 30 ft. Concentration +13, Intimidate +6, Knowledge [Arcana] +13, Spellcraft +13
11th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 6 +6 +6 +3 +9 -- Ability boost (Con +2) Concentration +14, Intimidate +7, Knowledge [Arcana] +14, Spellcraft +14
12th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 7 +6 +6 +3 +9 Multiattack Breath weapon (4d8), natural armor increase (+3) Concentration +15, Intimidate +7, Knowledge [Arcana] +15, Spellcraft +15, +1 Cha
13th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 8 +7 +7 +3 +10 -- Ability boost (Int +2) Concentration +16, Intimidate +8, Knowledge [Arcana] +16, Spellcraft +16
14th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 9 +7 +7 +4 +10 -- Wings Concentration +17, Intimidate +8, Knowledge [Arcana] +17, Spellcraft +17
15th Sorcerer 5 Dragon Disciple 10 +8 +8 +4 +11 Dragon Breath Blindsense 60 ft., dragon apotheosis Concentration +18, Intimidate +9, Knowledge [Arcana] +18, Spellcraft +18
16th Sorcerer 6 Dragon Disciple 10 +9 +9 +5 +12 -- -- Concentration +19, Intimidate +9, Knowledge [Arcana] +19, Spellcraft +19
17th Sorcerer 7 Dragon Disciple 10 +9 +9 +5 +12 -- Dragonblood Racial Substitution Level Concentration +20, Intimidate +10, Knowledge [Arcana] +20, Spellcraft +20
18th Sorcerer 8 Dragon Disciple 10 +10 +9 +5 +13 Awaken Spell Resistance -- Concentration +21, Intimidate +10, Knowledge [Arcana] +21, Spellcraft +21
19th Sorcerer 9 Dragon Disciple 10 +10 +10 +6 +13 -- -- Concentration +22, Intimidate +11, Knowledge [Arcana] +22, Spellcraft +22
20th Sorcerer 10 Dragon Disciple 10 +11 +10 +6 +14 -- -- Concentration +23, Intimidate +11, Knowledge [Arcana] +23, Spellcraft +23, +1 Cha
21th Sorcerer 11 Dragon Disciple 10 +11 +10 +6 +14 Awaken Frightful Presence -- oncentration +24, Intimidate +12, Knowledge [Arcana] +24, Spellcraft +24
22th Sorcerer 12 Dragon Disciple 10 +12 +11 +7 +15 -- -- Concentration +25, Intimidate +12, Knowledge [Arcana] +25, Spellcraft +25
23th Sorcerer 13 Dragon Disciple 10 +12 +11 +7 +15 -- -- Concentration +26, Intimidate +13, Knowledge [Arcana] +26, Spellcraft +26
24th Sorcerer 14 Dragon Disciple 10 +13 +11 +7 +16 Improved Speed -- Concentration +27, Intimidate +13, Knowledge [Arcana] +27, Spellcraft +27, +1 Cha
25th Sorcerer 15 Dragon Disciple 10 +13 +12 +8 +16 -- -- Concentration +28, Intimidate +14, Knowledge [Arcana] +28, Spellcraft +28
26th Sorcerer 16 Dragon Disciple 10 +14 +12 +8 +16 -- -- Concentration +29, Intimidate +14, Knowledge [Arcana] +29, Spellcraft +29
27th Sorcerer 17 Dragon Disciple 10 +14 +12 +8 +17 Endure Blows -- Concentration +30, Intimidate +15, Knowledge [Arcana] +30, Spellcraft +30
28th Sorcerer 18 Dragon Disciple 10 +15 +13 +9 +17 -- -- Concentration +31, Intimidate +15, Knowledge [Arcana] +31, Spellcraft +31, +1 Cha
29th Sorcerer 19 Dragon Disciple 10 +15 +13 +9 +18 -- -- Concentration +32, Intimidate +16, Knowledge [Arcana] +32, Spellcraft +32
30th Sorcerer 20 Dragon Disciple 10 +16 +13 +9 +18 Extend Life Span -- Concentration +33, Intimidate +16, Knowledge [Arcana] +33, Spellcraft +33


Highlights[edit]

At the end of this, you could easily be mistaken for a little bipedal dragon. Which is always cool.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

You could consider adding fighter levels to get the BAB up.

Also, after fifth level, sorc is just redundant, the only class abilities you gain being spellcasting ability... which you can get from just about any other prestige class. Find a 5-level full caster class and take that after drag.disc.

Limitations[edit]

This build assumes than Dragonborn can even become Dragon Disciples, and that Draconic Toughness counts as Toughness. It is also incredibly feat-hungry. Draconic Grafts may be hard to come by too.



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