Elven Swiftblade (3.5e Prestiege Class)
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|“||This will be painless... Worry not, you are already dead, you just have not yet struck the ground...||”|
An Elven Swiftblade has mastered the use of the ancestral blades for more than a mortal's lifetime, developing a precision that many only thought possible in dreams. With their amazing combat techniques, and skills, they are truly a force to be reckoned with. The Elven Swiftblade percieves combat as a form of art, rather than a crude struggle.
Becoming a Elven Swiftblade
Many young elves grow up hearing the exploits of their kin Swiftblades, and live striving to attain a level of skill with the blade equal to that of the Elven Swiftblade. Generally a young elf will train as a Fighter, or Ranger while trying to master their Art of Blades, though some have come from the path of the Rogue. Of all attributes, an Elven Swiftblade prizes Dexterity above all else, with heavy reliance lying in both Intelligence for their combat skills and Charisma for their social skills.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+4.|
|Skills:||Bluff 4 Ranks, Heal 2 Ranks, Tumble 4 Ranks.|
|Feats:||Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Elven Lightblade), Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Elven Thinblade), Two-Weapon Fighting|
|1st||+1||+0||+2||+0||Swift Strike +1d6, Ancestral Weapons +1|
|3rd||+3||+1||+3||+1||Swift Strike +2d6, Bonus feat|
|4th||+4||+1||+4||+1||Ancestral Weapons +2, Uncanny Dodge|
|5th||+5||+1||+4||+1||Swift Strike +3d6, Canny Finesse|
|7th||+7||+2||+5||+2||Swift Strike +4d6|
|8th||+8||+2||+6||+2||Flawless Defense, Imp Canny Finesse|
|9th||+9||+3||+6||+3||Swift Strike +5d6|
|10th||+10||+3||+7||+3||Flawless Victory, Uncanny Defense|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
|11th||Swift Strike +6d6|
|13th||Swift Strike +7d6|
|15th||Swift Strike +8d6|
|17th||Swift Strike +9d6|
|19th||Swift Strike +10d6|
Ancestral Weapons (Ex): Due to the light weight of the Elven Lightblade, and Elven Thinblade, an Elven Swiftblade can wield these weapons at the same time with ease. The Swiftblade gets a +1/+1 bonus when dual wielding his Ancestral Weapons. At 4th level this bonus increases to +2/+2. If the Ancestral Weapons are damaged or destroyed the Elven Swiftblade can attune to a new set. The weapons must be mastercrafted, and made as a set. The Elven Swiftblade needs 1 hour per level of Swiftblade class to attune to his new weapons.
Swift Strike (Ex): If an Elven Swiftblade can catch an opponent off-balance while using their Ancestral Weapons, they can land a devastating blow to a vital area, dealing an additional +1d6 damage at 1st level, plus an additional +1d6 every 2 levels thereafter. A Swift Strike applies whenever an opponent is Flat-Footed, Flanked, or is struck with a Critical Hit. This additional damage is not multiplied by a successful Critical Hit, and also does not effect creatures immune to Critical hits, or with no discernible anatomy.
Offensive Tumble (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, the Elven Swiftblade begins to utilize their tumbling ability to unbalance enemies. On a successful Tumble check against the enemy, they become temporarily flat-footed.
Bonus Feat (Ex): At 3rd level, the Elven Swiftblade gains the Weapon Finesse or Two-Weapon Defense Feat from the PHB. If the Swiftblade already has both these feats, she gains any bonus feat off the fighter list.
Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 4th Level the Swiftblade gains Uncanny Dodge as outlined in the PHB.
Canny Finesse (Ex): At 5th level, the Elven Swiftblade learns to strike with deadly accuracy when using her Ancestral Weapons. The Swiftblade adds half her Int score to damage (the Swiftblade must have a Heal of at least 5 ranks to get this ability). At 8th level the Swiftblade adds all of her Int score to damage (Heal: 10 ranks).
Canny Defense (Ex): At 6th level, the Elven Swiftblade learns to read his opponent, and know where they plan to attack. The Swiftblade adds his Int score to AC (Heal: 7 ranks).
Flawless Defense (Ex): Beginning at 8th level, a Swiftblade learns how to focus their thoughts on defense, perfecting the Defensive Stance. As a Full-Round action, the Swiftblade may forgo all actions and focus on defense, gaining a temporary +2 Dodge bonus to AC until their next action. Each unsuccessful blow against the Swiftblade, while in this stance, is parried with the off-hand weapon. This maneuver knocks the attacker off-balance, causing them to be temporarily flat-footed, and granting an Attack of Opportunity to the Elven Swiftblade with their primary weapon.
Flawless Victory (Ex): At 10th level the Swiftblade's mastery of his defensive stance becomes absolute. When in Defensive Stance the Swiftblade can use Flawless Defense whenever an adjacent ally is attacked. Also the Swiftblade is treated as having the feat Combat Reflexes.
Uncanny Defense: At 10th level the Swiftblades has become a master duelist. She has survived countless duels and has learned firsthand the finer points of humanoid anatomy. By letting go of conscious control and following her intuition she can anticipate her opponent's actions by the movement of his body. She duels as some play chess, anticipating several moves into the future. The Elven Swiftblade may add 1 and a half times her Int score to AC (Heal: 14 ranks).
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Playing a Elven Swiftblade
Combat: A quick striker, like a multiclass Rogue/Warrior.
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Elven Swiftblade in the World
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Elven Swiftblade Lore
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Elven Swiftblades in the Game
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