True Gunslinger (3.5e class)
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 True Gunslinger
A gunslinger is best described as a combination lawman, paladin, and knight-errant. His mission is to keep the peace, enforce the law, and protect the land.
 Making a True Gunslinger
Having been trained in the way of the gunslinger. With his pistols, a True Gunslinger is almost like a supernatural being incapable of defeat. However, only surviving because he is tactful, he is smart enough to pick the right fights and usually can figure the stakes out in any combat before and while he fights them. With this skill, he is able to survive almost any situation..
Abilities: Dexterity is the quintessential skill for the True Gunslingers techniques, adding to their deadly precision at range along with allowing them to better avoid incoming attacks. Charisma also allows the True Gunslinger to better use their ability to judge and handle social situations and determine how to interact with those around them or simply by gathering information. Lastly Constitution gives the True Gunslinger a better chance of seeing combat through if they should be engaged in close combat or targeted by destructive spells.
Races: Raced that have good potentional as rogues.
Starting Gold: staring gold 5d4x10. average starting gold. (120) gp.
Starting Age: Moderate.
|Saving Throws||Special|| Speed|
|1st||+0||+0||+2||+0||Steady Aim +1d6, Quick Draw, Trial of Manhood||+0 ft.|
|2nd||+1||+0||+3||+0||Rapid Reload, Flanking Fire||+0 ft.|
|3rd||+2||+1||+3||+1||Steady Aim +2d6, Far Shot, Headshot 1/day||+5 ft.|
|4th||+3||+1||+4||+1||Uncanny Dodge,Ranged Combat Style 1||+5 ft.|
|5th||+3||+1||+4||+1||Steady Aim +3d6, Burst Shot +1, Speed Loader||+5 ft.|
|6th||+4||+2||+5||+2||Burst Shot +2, Shot on the Run,||+10 ft.|
|7th||+5||+2||+5||+2||Steady Aim +4d6, Burst Shot +3||+10 ft.|
|8th||+6/+1||+2||+6||+2||Burst Shot +4, Improved Uncanny Dodge||+10 ft.|
|9th||+6/+1||+3||+6||+3||Steady Aim +5d6, Burst Shot +5, Finger Trick, Headshot 2/day||+15 ft.|
|10th||+7/+2||+3||+7||+3||Burst Shot +6, Shot From the Hip,||+15 ft.|
|11th||+8/+3||+3||+7||+3||Steady Aim +6d6, Slug Shot||+15 ft.|
|12th||+9/+4||+4||+8||+4||Improved Burst Shot, Flash of Insight, Ranged Combat Style 2||+20 ft.|
|13th||+9/+4||+4||+8||+4||Steady Aim +7d6, Covering Fire||+20 ft.|
|14th||+10/+5||+4||+9||+4||Blast Shot, Gun Slinger, Headshot 3/day||+20 ft.|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+5||+9||+5||Steady Aim +8d6, Superior Finger Trick||+25 ft.|
|16th||+12/+7/+2||+5||+10||+5||Deadly Slug Shot||+25 ft.|
|17th||+12/+7/+2||+5||+10||+5||Steady Aim +9d6, Shootout||+25 ft.|
|18th||+13/+8/+3||+6||+11||+6||Lucky Shot, Deadeye||+30 ft.|
|19th||+14/+9/+4||+6||+11||+6||Steady Aim +10d6, Ultimate Finger Trick||+30 ft.|
|20th||+15/+10/+5||+6||+12||+6||Leeching Lead,Ranged Combat Style 3, Headshot 5/day||+30 ft.|
Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
 Class Features
All of the following are class features of the True Gunslinger.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Weapon and Armor Proficiency: True Gunslingers are proficient with all simple weapons plus the Six-Shooter. True Gunslingers are proficient with light armor, but not with shields.
Trial of Manhood: True Gunslingers all must face a trial when they reach adulthood. They go out into the world and face challenges that few care to try. The results give the True Gunslinger an extra Feat at first level.
Flanking Fire (Ex): True Gunslingers are able to maneuver to their foes' sides and backs, and take advantage of the way this exposes these foes to attack. A True Gunslingers ranged attacks count as melee attacks for the purposes of determining and awarding flanking bonuses.
Steady Aim: If a True Gunslinger is granted the right conditions such as a clean shot of his target and a fraction more time, he is able to aim for vulnerable or exposed areas which will grant extra effectiveness to his attack.
Starting at 1st level, a True Gunslinger may take a full-round action to gain extra damage as well as range upon using his six-shooter. Steady Aim acts like Sneak Attack, but only works with ranged weapons. Damage starts firstly at an extra 1d6 per attack and then increases every two levels of True Gunslinger thereafter. The True Gunslinger is considered to be flanking his target while using Steady Aim. As with a Sneak Attack, the extra damage dealt by Steady Aim is not multiplied on a critical hit.Steady Aim is useable with two ranged weapons so long as the True Gunslinger is proficient with both weapons and takes into account the regular two-weapon fighting penalties.
Whilst taking Steady Aim the range increment of the weapon doubles, stacking with any effects such as the Far Shot feat or Distance magical weapon enhancement. A target must first be selected for the True Gunslinger to use Steady Aim and be within sight of the True Gunslinger. If the target is moving, this does not effect the accuracy of true Gunslinger while using Steady Aim. However if the True Gunslinger is on a surface which is either unstable or is himself moving, then he is unable to use the Steady Aim enhancement.
A true Gunslinger may steady his aim even when mounted although must be stationary unless he has aquired the Ride-By Attack feat, which allow the True Gunslinger to use Steady Aim even when his mount is moving. However this does not allow the True Gunslinger to use Steady Aim when on foot.
Steady Aim does provoke an attack of opportunity. If an enemy is successful in scoring a direct hit on the True Gunslinger while hes attempting Steady Aim, then the True Gunslinger must succeed a Concentration Check of DC 10 + Damage Dealt or else lose extra damage granted by Steady Aim.
Quick Draw: At 1st level, a True Gunslinger gains the Quick Draw feat as a Bonus Feat. A true Gunslinger may now draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. They may also now draw a hidden weapon (see the Sleight of Hand skill) as a move action as opposed to a standard action.
A True Gunslinger with this selected feat may throw weapons at his full normal rate of attacks (much like a character with a bow).
Rapid Reload: At 2nd level, a Hexagunner gains the Rapid Reload feat as a Bonus Feat. The time required for a Hexagunner to reload his chosen type of crossbow or firearm is reduced to a free action (for a hand or light crossbow) or a move action (for a heavy crossbow or Hexagun). Reloading a crossbow or firearm still provokes an attack of opportunity as per regular.
If you have selected this feat for hand crossbow or light crossbow, you may fire that weapon as many times in a full attack action as you could attack if you were using a bow.
Speed Bonus: At 3rd level, a True Gunslinger gains an enhancement bonus to his base land speed, as shown on Table: The True Gunslinger. A True Gunslinger in armor other than light armor or carrying a medium or heavy load loses this extra speed bonus.
Far Shot: At 3rd level, a True Gunslinger gains the Far Shot feat as a Bonus Feat. When a True Gunslinger uses a six-shooter its range increment increases by one-half (multiply by 1-1/2). When a True Gunslinger uses a thrown weapon, its range increment is then doubled.
Headshot (Ex): Starting at 3rd level, a True Gunslinger becomes able to aim their ranged attacks at their enemies' weak points. Once a day, he may expend his use of this ability as a swift action to make his next attack, if successful, an automatic critical hit. If this attack misses, the use of the ability is expended without effect. The Rifleman gains an additional use of this ability at 79th, 14th, and 20th level afterward. This ability cannot be used in conjunction with a Sneak Attack, Burst Shot, or similar ability.
Uncanny Dodge (Ex): Starting at 4th level, a True Gunslinger can react to danger before his senses would normally allow his to do so. He retains his Dexterity bonus to AC (if any) even if he is caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, a True Gunslinger still loses his Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized.
Ranged Combat Style (Ex): At 4th level, a True Gunslinger can select a bonus feat from the Ranger's 2nd level archery combat style list. At 12th level, a True Gunslinger can select a bonus feat from the Ranger's 6th level archery combat style list. At 20th level, a True Gunslinger Can Select a bonus fear from the Ranger's 11th level archery combat style list.
Speed Loader (Ex): At 5th level, a True Gunslinger has become so adept with his weapon - the six-shooter - that has taken the Rapid Reload feat with - that he may now reload it as a free action. However this does still provoke an attack of opportunity if the True Gunslinger should reload in an an enemies threatened squares.
Burst Shot: Starting at 5th level a True Gunslinger can as a standard action usable once per round, unload an entire clip in a single burst, sending out a solid wall of lead. For every bullet still inside the Six-Shooter's clip, the six-Shooter will deal 1d6 piercing and slashing damage in a cone-shaped area up to a maximum of 6d6 damage (if the Six-Shooter's magazine is full).
A True Gunslinger may only fire the amount of shots from his Six-Shooter equal to the number indicated next to the Burst Shot ability (1 at 5th, 2 at 6th, 3 at 7th etc). The range of Burst Shot is 60 ft in total. Neither the range incriment nor the damage of Burst Shot is affected by a True Gunslinger's Steady Aim but the range may be increased with enhancements like the Far Shot feat or the Distance magical weapon enhancement.
Burst Shot does not provoke an attack of opportunity.
Shot on the Run: At 6th level, a Hexagun gains the Shot on the Run feat as a Bonus Feat even if he does not meet the prerequisite. When using the attack action with a ranged weapon, you can move both before and after the attack, provided that your total distance moved is not greater than your speed.
Finger Trick (Ex): At 6th level, a True Gunslinger has become so adept with his weapon - (the six-shooter) that has taken the Rapid Reloadand Speed Loader feat with - that he may now reload two six-shooters at the same time as a standard action. This does provoke an attack of opportunity if the True Gunslinger should reload in an an enemies threatened squares.
Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): A True Gunslinger of 8th level or higher can no longer be flanked.
This defense denies another rogue - or class with similar ability - to sneak attack the character by flanking him, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target does.
If a character already has uncanny dodge (see above) from a second class, the character automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead, and the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum rogue - or other class - level required to flank the character.
Shot From the Hip: At 10th level, a True Gunslinger may now make a ranged disarm attempt against his opponent as long as he is within the first range incriment of the True Gunslinger's ranged weapon. The True Gunslinger goes through all the steps as per instuctions of disarm.
Superior Finger Trick (Ex): At 10th level, a True Gunslinger has become so adept with his weapon - (the six-shooter) that has taken the Rapid Reload, Speed Loader, and Finger Trick feat with - that he may now reload two six-shooters at the same time as a free action. This does provoke an attack of opportunity if the True Gunslinger should reload in an an enemies threatened squares.
Slug Shot: At 11th level, usable once per encounter as a swift action, a True Gunslinger is able to deal massive amounts of damage by lining up that perfect shot. As a standard action a True Gunslinger can deal 10d6 piercing damage to the chosen target as a ranged touch attack. The damage of Slug Shot remains unaffected by Steady Aim or Burst Shot and may not be used in conjunction with either for the same attack. If the bullet should hit an inanimate object of hardness greater than the respective hardness of the ammunition, then the shot will bury itself in the surface of the object.
Improved Burst Shot: At 12th level, a True Gunslinger can pack that little bit more punch into his Burst Shot changing the former die sizes to d8's instead of d6's. This does not modify any other of the former rules for Burst Shot.
Flash of Insight (Ps): A Rifleman's natural gift at locating targets improves his ability to notice other things as well. Starting at 12th level, he adds 1/2 his class level to Spot, Search, and Listen checks. As a psi-like ability, this is negated by effects that dispel or nullify psionics, but is always active, and never provokes attacks of opportunity.
Covering Fire (Ex): Starting from 13th level, true Gunslingers can expend a move action to do nothing. Upon doing so, and until their next turn, they threaten attacks of opportunity with their ranged weapon out to 30 ft.
Blast Shot: At 15th level, once per round as a standard action a True Gunslinger can place a shot so precise and powerful that it sends the target flying off the ground. When hit with a Blast Shot the targe acts as if blown away.
Depending on its size, a creature can be blown away by winds of high velocity or by an almight thump. A creature on the ground that is blown away is knocked down and rolls 1d4 × 10 feet, taking 1d4 points of nonlethal damage per 10 feet. A flying creature that is blown away is blown back 2d6 × 10 feet and takes 2d6 points of nonlethal damage due to battering and buffering.
Deadly Slug shot: At 16th level, whenever a True Gunslinger uses the Slug Shot class feature, this now pierces the first target and goes on to hit an addition number of targets along the line of effect equal to the True Gunslingers Dexterity modifier. If the bullet should hit an inanimate object of hardness greater than 10 + the enhancement bonus granted to the ammunition, then the shot will bury itself in the surface of the object, this ability also grants the True Gunslinger the last upgrade for the Slug Shot Feature, increasing to d10 this time.
Shootout (Ex): A True Gunslinger's reflexes and skill increase his ability to fight effectively with his ranged weapon even at close quarters. Starting at 17th level, he no longer provokes attacks of opportunity for using ranged weapons in melee.
Lucky Shot: At 18th level, usable once per encounter as a swift action a True Gunslinger can now rely on pure unadulterated luck to make his aim true, able to fire blindly in his opponent's general direction with nothing but a roll of the dice and faith in his trigger finger.
A Lucky Shot will aim for the closest hostile target to the True Gunslinger regardless of cover or concealment but nonetheless an unbroken and unblocked line of effect must be drawn between the True Gunslinger and the target or else another eligible target must be aquired.
The effects of a Lucky Shot can vary greatly according to the resulting d% roll. The results are as follows:
|01-05|| Shoot your target's hat off their head,|
leaving them unscathed but astonished.
|06-20||Miss your target completely.|
|21-75||Deal regular weapon damage to target.|
|76-94||Deal critical weapon damage to target.|
|95-99|| The target takes critical damage and |
must make a Fortitude saving throw DC
equal to the damage dealt vs death.
|100||Instant death, no saving throw.|
Deadeye: at 18th level, a True Gunslinger can now add his Charisma bonus to all extra die when using the Steady Aim ability. For example a 7th level True Gunslinger with a +2 Charisma modifier can now deal 4d6+8 extra damage as a pose to the regular +4d6.
Leeching Lead At 20th level, a True Gunslinger can now cause irreperable damage to his targets inner workings, causing them to bleed indefinitely both internally and externaly. From now on everytime a True Gunslinger successfully shoots his target using Steady Aim he deals an extra 1d3 Constitution ability damage ontop of the extra damage granted by the Steady Aim class feature.
|1 Round||2 bullets|
 Epic True Gunslinger
|21st||Steady Aim +11d6||+40 ft.|
|23rd||Steady Aim +12d6||+40 ft.|
|24th||Bonus Feat||+50 ft.|
|25th||Steady Aim +13d6, Headshot 5/day||+50 ft.|
|27th||Steady Aim +14d6||+60 ft.|
|28th||Bonus Feat||+60 ft.|
|29th||Steady Aim +15d6||+60 ft.|
|30th||Headshot 6/day||+70 ft.|
Class Skills: 6 + Int modifier skill points per level.
Headshot: The Rifleman gains an additional use of his Headshot ability every 5 levels after 20th.
Speed Bonus The epic True Gunslinger’s speed when wearing none or light armor increases by 10 feet every three levels higher than 18th.
Bonus Feats: The epic True Gunslinger gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic True Gunslinger bonus feats) every four levels after 20th.
Epic True Gunslinger Bonus Feat List: Blinding Speed, Combat Archery, Dexterous Fortitude, Dexterous Will, Distant Shot, Epic Dodge, Epic Reputation, Epic Speed, Improved Combat Reflexes, Legendary Climber, Self-Concealment, Spellcasting Harrier, Superior Initiative, Uncanny Accuracy.
 Human True Gunslinger Starting Package
Weapons: Six-shooter(x2), Dagger.
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 5 + Int modifier.
|Gather Information||4 Ranks||Charisma||—|
|Sense Motive||4 Ranks||Wisdom||—|
Feats: Point Blank Shot.
Bonus Feats: Improved Initiative.
Gear: Studded Leather, Backpack, Bedroll, Waterskin, Flint & Steel, 3×Torches, Sewing Needle, Fishhook, Belt Pouch, Sack, Traveler's Outfit, Ammunitions Pouch.
Gold: 3d4 gp
 Campaign Information
 Playing a True Gunslinger
Religion: True Gunslingers view religion and devotion to a single with distaste perfering to follow the way of ka, a variant of destiny. However, True Gunslingers are known to be respectful of holy sites such as churches, rarely being so bold as to disturb sanctified places of worship.
Other Classes: The True Gunslingers chuckles at the Bard, chortles at the Druid and outright laughs at the Rogue. Classes who devoted themselves to an undisciplined and carefree set of rules are a somewhat comical concept to the True Gunslinger. He will find some comfort with fellow upholders of the law like Paladins, who share the same concepts of law and order.
Combat: True Gunslingers can act as scouts or front runners for the party, although also having a place at the back of the party to make the best use of their Steady Aim. Able to deal large amounts of damage in a relatively short time, the True Gunslinger can easily slip in and out of combat by sniping or simply evade his enemy due to his high dodge capabilities.
Advancement: True Gunslingers tend usually to stick to the path of law and order, refraining from all possible relations to chaos and evil. Fighters may find the concept of the True Gunslinger alluring for the devastating attacks they can deliver.
 True Gunslingers in the World
I do not aim with my hand; He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun; He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.
Daily Life: A True Gunslinger spends a great deal of time preparing his weapon every day, the complex mechanisms can either lock or misfire should there be a major blockage or faulty ammuniton. After the usual preperation time of cleaning out the delicate inner workings, the routine for the day is set out by the group leader, whether this be patroling the highways, protecting towns, or stopping criminals in the act.
If none of the usual activities is available, then the True Gunslingers Group will retreat to a local tavern to relax, and put up their feet.
Notables: Roland Deschain, Cuthbert Allgood, Arthur Eld.
Organizations: Depending on situation, True Gunslingers come in many different arangements. On the open road or forest path, they congregate in groups ranging from three to five at most. However they are in much lesser numbers in the cities, offering their services for those in need, which is most usually either singular or a group of two.
NPC Reactions: Since a True Gunslinger always proudly displays his signature weapon, it is easy to discern a True Gunslinger from the crowded markets or wilds. NPCs will either fight back if in large groups or call for the local law enforcement aid if they are in lesser numbers. Generally the outlook on a True Gunslinger is positive, but this usually does not bother the typical lawman.
 True Gunslinger Lore
Characters with ranks in knowledge(local) can research True Gunslingers to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|5||A True Gunslinger is an expert with a six-shooter.|
|10||<-not so common knowledge->.|
|20||<-very rare information->.|