Arbogast (3.5e Class)
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Named after the founder of this school an Arbogast is first and foremost a monk. Delve even deeper into what an arbogast is and you will find a fighter who can throw anything he sets his mind to. Spears you might ask? an Arbogast scoffs at the simplicity. Knives maybe? Why must you insult this proud warrior. Shields? an arbogast is no shield tossing soldier. No an arbogast is only truly at home when throwing things not meant to be thrown. Benches, beds, people, parts of people, and don't forget your local cleric. No matter what your distant enemy is or what you have at hand an Arbogast will always be able to take them down.
Making an Arbogast
An arbogast excels at ranged combat but if necessary can use their skill with improvised weapons in a close range fight. Early on you will want to keep them back but after that they will be a terror no matter where they are
Abilities: Like any other monk Wisdom and Strength are important for when they are in the middle of combat, but as an arbogast a monk must give special consideration to his Dexterity as he must be able to throw things straight.
Races: Any race can learn to throw things not meant to be thrown but smaller races such as gnomes will have a hard time being able to throw things many times their size.
Alignment: Any Lawful.
Starting Gold: As Monk
Starting Age: As Monk.
|Saving Throws||Special||Flurry of Blows
|1st||+0||+2||+2||+2||Bonus Feat, Flurry of Blows, Unarmed Strike||–2/–2||1d6||+0||+0 ft.|
|2nd||+1||+3||+3||+3||Bonus Feat, Evasion, Improvised Weapon||–1/–1||1d6||+0||+0 ft.|
|3rd||+2||+3||+3||+3||Still Mind||+0/+0||1d6||+0||+10 ft.|
|4th||+3||+4||+4||+4||Ki Strike (Magic), Slow Fall 20 ft.||+1/+1||1d8||+0||+10 ft.|
|5th||+3||+4||+4||+4||Purity of Body, Improvised Projectile||+2/+2||1d8||+1||+10 ft.|
|6th||+4||+5||+5||+5||Bonus Feat, Slow Fall 30 ft.||+3/+3||1d8||+1||+20 ft.|
|7th||+5||+5||+5||+5||Wholeness of Body||+4/+4||1d8||+1||+20 ft.|
|8th||+6/+1||+6||+6||+6||Slow Fall 40 ft.||+5/+5/+0||1d10||+1||+20 ft.|
|9th||+6/+1||+6||+6||+6||Improved Evasion||+6/+6/+1||1d10||+1||+30 ft.|
|10th||+7/+2||+7||+7||+7||Ki Strike (Lawful), Slow Fall 50 ft.||+7/+7/+2||1d10||+2||+30 ft.|
|11th||+8/+3||+7||+7||+7||Diamond Body, Greater Flurry||+8/+8/+8/+3||1d10||+2||+30 ft.|
|12th||+9/+4||+8||+8||+8||Abundant Step, Slow Fall 60 ft.||+9/+9/+9/+4||2d6||+2||+40 ft.|
|13th||+9/+4||+8||+8||+8||Diamond Soul||+9/+9/+9/+4||2d6||+2||+40 ft.|
|14th||+10/+5||+9||+9||+9||Slow Fall 70 ft.||+10/+10/+10/+5||2d6||+2||+40 ft.|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+9||+9||+9||Quivering Palm||+11/+11/+11/+6/+1||2d6||+3||+50 ft.|
|16th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+10||Ki Strike (Adamantine), Slow Fall 80 ft.||+12/+12/+12/+7/+2||2d8||+3||+50 ft.|
|17th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+10||Timeless Body, Tongue of the Sun and Moon||+12/+12/+12/+7/+2||2d8||+3||+50 ft.|
|18th||+13/+8/+3||+11||+11||+11||Slow Fall 90 ft.||+13/+13/+13/+8/+3||2d8||+3||+60 ft.|
|19th||+14/+9/+4||+11||+11||+11||Empty Body||+14/+14/+14/+9/+4||2d8||+3||+60 ft.|
|20th||+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+12||Perfect Self, Slow Fall Any Distance||+15/+15/+15/+10/+5||2d10||+4||+60 ft.|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the Arbogast.
Arbogast are not proficient with any armor or shields.
AC Bonus (Ex): When unarmored and unencumbered, the arbogast adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, an arbogast gains a +1 bonus to AC at 5th level. This bonus increases by 1 for every five arbogast levels thereafter (+2 at 10th, +3 at 15th, and +4 at 20th level).
These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the arbogast is flat-footed. She loses these bonuses when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears any armor, when she carries a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.
Flurry of Blows (Ex): When unarmored, an arbogast may strike with a flurry of blows at the expense of accuracy. When doing so, she may make one extra attack in a round at her highest base attack bonus, but this attack takes a –2 penalty, as does each other attack made that round. The resulting modified base attack bonuses are shown in the Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus column on Table: The Monk. This penalty applies for 1 round, so it also affects attacks of opportunity the arbogast might make before her next action. When an arbogast reaches 5th level, the penalty lessens to –1, and at 9th level it disappears. An arbogast must use a full attack action to strike with a flurry of blows.
When using flurry of blows, an arbogast may attack only with unarmed strikes or with special monk weapons (kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shuriken, and siangham). She may attack with unarmed strikes and special monk weapons interchangeably as desired. When using weapons as part of a flurry of blows, an arbogast applies her Strength bonus (not Str bonus × 1-1/2 or ×1/2) to her damage rolls for all successful attacks, whether she wields a weapon in one or both hands. The arbogast can’t use any weapon other than a special monk weapon as part of a flurry of blows.
In the case of the quarterstaff, each end counts as a separate weapon for the purpose of using the flurry of blows ability. Even though the quarterstaff requires two hands to use, an arbogast may still intersperse unarmed strikes with quarterstaff strikes, assuming that she has enough attacks in her flurry of blows routine to do so.
When an arbogast reaches 11th level, her flurry of blows ability improves. In addition to the standard single extra attack she gets from flurry of blows, she gets a second extra attack at her full base attack bonus.
Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, an arbogast gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. An arbogast’s attacks may be with either fist interchangeably or even from elbows, knees, and feet. This means that an arbogast may even make unarmed strikes with her hands full. There is no such thing as an off-hand attack for an arbogast striking unarmed. An arbogast may thus apply her full Strength bonus on damage rolls for all her unarmed strikes.
Usually an arbogast’s unarmed strikes deal lethal damage, but she can choose to deal nonlethal damage instead with no penalty on her attack roll. She has the same choice to deal lethal or nonlethal damage while grappling.
A arbogast also deals more damage with her unarmed strikes than a normal person would, as shown on Table: The Monk. The unarmed damage on Table: The Monk is for Medium arbogasts. A Small arbogast deals less damage than the amount given there with her unarmed attacks, while a Large arbogast deals more damage; see Table: Monk Unarmed Damage by Size.
Bonus Feat: At 1st level, an arbogast may select either Improved Grapple or Stunning Fist as a bonus feat. At 2nd level, she may select either Combat Reflexes or Deflect Arrows as a bonus feat. At 6th level, she may select either Improved Disarm or Improved Trip as a bonus feat. A arbogast need not have any of the prerequisites normally required for these feats to select them.
Evasion (Ex): At 2nd level or higher if an arbogast makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if an arbogast is wearing light armor or no armor. A helpless arbogast does not gain the benefit of evasion.
Improvised Weapon (Ex): At 2nd level an arbogast no longer suffers penalties for improvised weapons.
Ki Strike (Su): At 4th level, a monk’s unarmed attacks are empowered with ki. Her unarmed attacks are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction. Ki strike improves with the character’s monk level. At 10th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction. At 16th level, her unarmed attacks are treated as adamantine weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction and bypassing hardness.
Slow Fall (Ex): At 4th level or higher, a monk within arm’s reach of a wall can use it to slow her descent. When first using this ability, she takes damage as if the fall were 20 feet shorter than it actually is. The monk’s ability to slow her fall (that is, to reduce the effective distance of the fall when next to a wall) improves with her monk level until at 20th level she can use a nearby wall to slow her descent and fall any distance without harm.
Purity of Body (Ex): At 5th level, a monk gains immunity to all diseases except for supernatural and magical diseases.
Improvised Projectile (Ex): At 5th level, anarbogast no onger takes a penalty for throwing a non thrown weapon.
Wholeness of Body (Su): At 7th level or higher, a monk can heal her own wounds. She can heal a number of hit points of damage equal to twice her current monk level each day, and she can spread this healing out among several uses.
Improved Evasion (Ex): At 9th level, a monk’s evasion ability improves. She still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks, but henceforth she takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless monk does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.
Diamond Body (Su): At 11th level, a monk gains immunity to poisons of all kinds.
Abundant Step (Su): At 12th level or higher, a monk can slip magically between spaces, as if using the spell dimension door, once per day. Her caster level for this effect is one-half her monk level (rounded down).
Diamond Soul (Ex): At 13th level, a monk gains spell resistance equal to her current monk level + 10. In order to affect the monk with a spell, a spellcaster must get a result on a caster level check (1d20 + caster level) that equals or exceeds the monk’s spell resistance.
Quivering Palm (Su): Starting at 15th level, a monk can set up vibrations within the body of another creature that can thereafter be fatal if the monk so desires. She can use this quivering palm attack once a week, and she must announce her intent before making her attack roll. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to critical hits cannot be affected. Otherwise, if the monk strikes successfully and the target takes damage from the blow, the quivering palm attack succeeds. Thereafter the monk can try to slay the victim at any later time, as long as the attempt is made within a number of days equal to her monk level. To make such an attempt, the monk merely wills the target to die (a free action), and unless the target makes a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the monk’s level + the monk’s Wis modifier), it dies. If the saving throw is successful, the target is no longer in danger from that particular quivering palm attack, but it may still be affected by another one at a later time.
Timeless Body (Ex): Upon attaining 17th level, a monk no longer takes penalties to her ability scores for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any such penalties that she has already taken, however, remain in place. Bonuses still accrue, and the monk still dies of old age when her time is up.
Tongue of the Sun and Moon (Ex): A monk of 17th level or higher can speak with any living creature.
Empty Body (Su): At 19th level, a monk gains the ability to assume an ethereal state for 1 round per monk level per day, as though using the spell etherealness. She may go ethereal on a number of different occasions during any single day, as long as the total number of rounds spent in an ethereal state does not exceed her monk level.
Perfect Self: At 20th level, a monk becomes a magical creature. She is forevermore treated as an outsider rather than as a humanoid (or whatever the monk’s creature type was) for the purpose of spells and magical effects. Additionally, the monk gains damage reduction 10/magic, which allows her to ignore the first 10 points of damage from any attack made by a nonmagical weapon or by any natural attack made by a creature that doesn’t have similar damage reduction. Unlike other outsiders, the monk can still be brought back from the dead as if she were a member of her previous creature type.
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