Holy Blade Master (3.5e Prestige Class)
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Holy Blade Master
|“||You call that a hit?! You didnt even cut him in half!! let me show you how its done.||”|
|—Oleg Furson,Half-Dragon Weapon Master|
Many warriors favor a certain weapon over others, and some hone their skills with that particular weapon beyond that of the average soldier. But none can match the sheer prowess of the Holy Blade Master. Though not as versatile as some warriors, Blade Masters are Gods among those who wield their chosen instrument. Warriors who seek to increase their skill and effectiveness in combat often seek out blade masters whose style is congruent with their own, hoping to gain even a portion of their knowledge and skill. Among those of martial bent, Holy Blade Masters are held in the highest regard. Many find themselves able only to look on in awe as they artfully, and brutally, decimate their enemies with a skill and brute force that most cannot even dream of matching.
Becoming a Blade Master
Fighters are by far the most likely class to pursue Blade Master. With their high attack bonus and slew of feats, they find meeting the requirements for this prestige class much easier than other classes. However, they are not the only characters who seek mastery of a particular weapon. Rangers, Barbarians, Paladins, and even some Rogues have been known to take this class.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+10.|
|Feats:||Weapon Focus, Weapon Specialization,|
|1st||+2||+1||+1||+3||1st Mastery, Bonus Feat, Superior Weapon Focus|
|2nd||+3||+2||+2||+4||2nd Mastery, Bonus Feat, true strike (Sp)|
|3rd||+4||+2||+2||+5||Superior Weapon Specialization|
|4th||+5||+2||+3||+5||3rd Mastery, Bonus Feat,|
|5th||+6||+3||+3||+6||4th Mastery, Superior Critical|
Class Skills (3 + Int modifier per level)
All of the following are class features of the Blade Master.
Superior Weapon Focus: The Blade Master gains a +2 bonus to attack rolls and a +4 bonus to damage rolls made with a weapon for which he has all this classes prerequisite feats. All Blade Master abilities apply ONLY to this weapon (hereafter referred to as 'the favored weapon'). This bonus stacks with all other bonuses on attack rolls and damage rolls, including those granted by Weapon Focus.
Mastery: At every at 1st 2nd and 4th levels, the Blade Master chooses a Mastery, the benefits of which he may gain while wielding his favored weapon. Masteries:
1 Strike, 2 cuts The Blade Master strikes the target once, but two wounds appear on the victim. Apply the damage of the attack twice. This attack can only be used with slashing weapons. The player must declare he is using this ability before the attack roll is made.
Holy Precision The Blade Master has such great control over his weapon that his attacks have become devastatingly precise. He now adds his Wis modifier into his attack damage, as well as Strength. However, the way in which the bonus is added differs from the method used for Strength. If the Blade Master's favored weapon is one-handed and he either wields it in two hands, alone, or with a shield, he adds his Wis modifier and a half (round down). If he dual wields his favored weapon he adds half his Wis modifier (round down) to attacks made with both. If his favored weapon is two-handed he adds his Wis modifier. If the favored weapon is ranged, add the Blade Master's Wis bonus x2 to damage. Creatures not subject to damage from critical hits or sneak attacks are immune to this damage. This damage is applied after extra damage for critical hits
Holy Force The Holy Blade Master has mastered their favored weapon learning how to flay flesh and crush their opponents by learning this mastery the Holy Blade Master increases the crit threat range of their favored weapon by 2
Superior Cleave When using his favored weapon, the Blade Master may take a 5-foot step before performing an attack granted by Great Cleave. The Blade Master may only take enough 5-foot steps to move up to his base speed while using this ability. Prerequisites: Cleave, Great Cleave
Dead Eye Blade Masters who's favored weapon is ranged are often the deadliest sharpshooters of their time. The attack bonus, damage bonus, and range of Point Blank Shot are all doubled. Also, when using Rapid Shot, the Blade Master is granted an additional attack at his second highest attack bonus. Prerequisites: Point Blank Shot, Rapid Shot
Divine Strength: The Holy Blade Master’s Faith has made his/her body a peak example to their race, this solidification of faith raises the Holy Blade Master’s Strength score by 4, Constitution score by 4 and Wis score by 2
Faiths Armor The Holy Blade Masters faith solidifies and hardens his skin/scales giving him DR: equal to 1/2 effective character level.
Superior Weapon Specialization: The Blade Master's damage with his favored weapon increases 1 die step. This ability stacks with any other abilities which increase the weapon's damage die.
Superior Critical: The critical strike multiplier of the Blade Master's favored weapon is increased by +1x (ie. a crit of x2 is now x3, x3 is x4, & x4 is x5).
Playing a Blade Master
Combat: Blade Master's are combat monsters. They specialize in doing large amounts of damage in a short time. Melee Blade Masters' primary purpose is to draw attention away from softer targets (i.e. casters) by staying in the front line and posing too much of a threat to ignore. Ranged Blade Masters often stay in back and pepper targets with a hail of projectiles, whittling them away before they can get within melee range.
Advancement: Blade Masters typically continue in whatever martial class they were before taking this prestige class, thus maximizing their combat potential. Many Elven Blade Masters specialize in ranged combat, and after a few levels in a spellcasting class, often become Arcane Archers. Dwarven Blade Masters often become Dwarven Defenders and apply their skills to the defense of their people. Other Blade Masters may take levels in Barbarian if they did not already have them, using the Rage ability to further enhance their destructive power.
Resources: Though they have no formal organization, most Blade Masters are aware of each others existence. This may be simply from rumors and hearsay, witnessing a fellow Blade Master in a tournament or the field of battle and recognizing their skill, or from other Blade Masters. Blade Masters who meet for the first time will always duel each other in an effort to prove the superiority of their chosen weapon. While these duels are almost always very heated and ruthless, once the fight is over the Masters almost always become fast friends. A Blade Master will almost always willingly help another who has shown his devotion to their specialized ways, but the favor is expected to be returned.
Blade Masters in the World
|“||Some may say a slingshot isn't a damaging weapon, I agree, its a deadly one.||”|
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Blade Master Lore
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Blade Masters in the Game
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