Necromaniac (3.5e Class)

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[[Image:Bellatrixa.jpg|right| frame | none| Bellatrix Lestrange, an Epic Necromaniac]]


It is common knowledge that there are ways other than spells to bend magic, such as the Warlock who derives his arcane power from the forces of Devils and Demons. There are, however, those who draw their power from Death himself, unleashing this tremendous power upon those who oppose them to nullify life at will. Such an example, is the Necromaniac.

Making a Necromaniac[edit]

The Necromaniac is a completely offensive class, with various abilities to use on their enemies.

Abilities: Charisma is a Necromaniacs primary stat, since it determines his abilities. A high Constitution helps the Necromaniac survive a little longer, while a high Dexterity is helpful as well, since it determines ranged attacks and AC.

Races: Any. Children chosen by Death to put Creation to rest appear on any race.

Alignment: Any non-good.

Starting Gold: 2*4 gp.

Starting Age: Simple (as Sorcerer).

Table: The Necromaniac

Hit Die: d4

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +0 +2 +2 Deathly Blast 1d6,
2nd +1 +0 +3 +3 Killing Disciple : Grey
3rd +2 +1 +3 +3 Deathly Blast 2d6, Blast Shape and Effect
4th +3 +1 +4 +4 Overdrive 2/day
5th +3 +1 +4 +4 Deathly Blast 3d6
6th +4 +2 +5 +5 Killing Disciple : Black, Blast Shape and Effect
7th +5 +2 +5 +5 Deathly Blast 4d6
8th +6/+1 +2 +6 +6 Overdrive 3/day
9th +6/+1 +3 +6 +6 Deathly Blast 5d6, Blast Shape and Effect
10th +7/+2 +3 +7 +7 Killing Disciple : Shadow
11th +8/+3 +3 +7 +7 Deathly Blast 6d6
12th +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Blast Shape and Effect, Overdrive 4/day
13th +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Deathly Blast 7d6
14th +10/+5 +4 +9 +9 Killing Disciple : Death
15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +9 +9 Deathly Blast 8d6, Blast Shape or Effect
16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Overdrive 5/day
17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Deathly Blast 9d6
18th +13/+8/+3 +6 +11 +11 Killing Disciple : Nihil, Blast Shape and Effect
19th +14/+9/+4 +6 +11 +11 Deathly Blast 10d6
20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +12 +12 Overdrive 6/day

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier, x4 at first level): Knowledge(Arcana), Knowledge(Religion), Spellcraft, Concentration, Use Magic Device, Move Silently, Hide, Bluff, Tumble

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Necromaniac.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Necromaniacs are proficient with all simple weapons, but not with armor.

Deathly Blast (Su): A Necromaniac's primary ability, is to unleash a blast of nether at a target, dealing negative energy damage to living creatures (both corporeal and incorporeal), with a range of 60 ft. That Damage is 1d6 at 1st level, 2d6 at 3rd level, and it is increased by another d6 every two levels, just as shown in table : The Necromaniac. He can use that ability at will, and it can be affected by metamagic feats, but a metamagic deathly blast can be used only once per minute. Effects used on deathly blast have a DC of 10 + 1/2 neromaniac level + Cha modifier.

Blast Shape and Effect (Ex): Each time Necromaniacs gain access to this class feature, they choose one effect and blast shape from the following, to use it to their Deathly Blast. They can use only one Shape per blast, but they can apply several effects at a single blast. Effects stack with killing discipline.

Deathly Line : This is a blast shape that turns deathly blast into an 80*5 ft. line, or a 40*10 ft. line. (Minimum level 6)

Deathly Spear : This is a blast shape that turns deathly blast into a sharp projectile with a range of 260 ft.

Deathly Chain : This blast shape allows the Necromaniac to strike an additional target/2 levels, but the additional targets can't be away than 30 ft. of the preivous target. (Minimum level 3)

Deathly Burst : This blast shape makes Deathly blast explode where it strikes in an 20 ft. burst. (Minimum level 9)

Crushing Blast This blast effect makes Deathly Blast deal damage to inanimate objects as well (including Constructs).

Mindkill : This blast effect makes Deathly Blast deal 1d4 Intelligence or Wisdom damage (caster's choice). (Will save negates) (Minimum level 6)

To the threshold ! : This blast effect causes the victim who fails a Fortitude save be dropped to -9 hitpoints. (Minimum level 9)

Murdering Blast : This blast effect makes Deathly Blast an instant death effect. It doesn't deal damage, but target dies. (Fortitude save negates) (Minimum level 12)

Enervating Blast : This blast effect makes Deathly Blast deal 1d4 negative levels. (Will save negates) (Minimum level 9)

Avada Kedarva : This powerful blast effect makes deathly blast deal double damage, and kills target, with a +4 DC. (Fortitude Save negates) (Minimum level 15). To use this effect, character must make a spellcraft check DC 32

Overdrive (Su): When the Necromaniac activates this ability, he becomes insane, but very powerful for a 2 rounds + Cha modifier. He has a temporary -4 Will save, and he can't do any task that requires patience. He gains + 4 Charisma and the DC of his effects is increased by 2. When Overdrive ends he suffers a -2 Wisdom. The Necromaniac can extend Overdrive but he takes additional Wisdom Damage after it (One additional round per wisdom point).

Killing Disciple: The Necromaniac becomes more familiar with the philosophy of killing, and as a result, he gains many advantages, depending on disciple rank :

Grey : The Necromaniac can now change his deathly blast so that he can damage undead as well.

Black : The Necromaniac Becomes now immune to death effects. He can, of course suffer natural death.

Shadow : Shadow of death no longer harms the Necromaniac. As a result, he is healed by negative energy, instead of being damaged.

Death : Deathly Blast becomes now greenish , with a faint of acid. Everything that is striken by a deathly blast must now success a fortitude saving throw, or take a negative level.

Nihil : Necromancers are now fully aware of what killing means, and how to do it the most effective way. His instant-death blast effects now harm undead as well.

Epic Necromaniac[edit]

Table: The Epic Necromaniac

Hit Die: d4

Level Special
21st Deathly Blast 11d6
23rd Deathly Blast 12d6
25th Deathly Blast 13d6
27th Deathly Blast 14d6
29th Deathly Blast 15d6

4 + Int modifier skill points per level.

Bonus Feats: The epic Necromaniac gains a bonus feat (including epic feats), every three levels.

Half-Elf Necromaniac Starting Package[edit]

Weapons: Light Crossbow, Dagger

Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Skill Ranks Ability Armor
<-Skill name-> <-4 for class skills and 2 for cross-class skills-> <-Abbrieviated key ability-> <-armor check penalty based on starting armor. If innapplicable put "—"->
<-Skill name-> <-4 for class skills and 2 for cross-class skills-> <-Abbrieviated key ability-> <-armor check penalty based on starting armor. If innapplicable put "—"->

<-copy and paste the rows as necessary.->

Feat: <-1st-level feat selection->.

Bonus Feats: <-1st-level feat bonus feats due to class or sample race. remove this section if this sample doesn't get any bonus feats at 1st level. ->.

Gear: <-Starting armor and other equipment outside of weapons.->.

Gold: <-Starting gold using this package.->.

Campaign Information[edit]

Playing a Necromaniac[edit]

Religion: Most Necromaniacs tend to worship deities of death and destruction.

Other Classes: Necromaniacs tend to cooperate well with Necromancers, Rogues and Neutral Clerics. However, Paladins and other moralists seem to dislike Necromaniacs.

Combat: Necromaniacs are offensive snipers.

Necromaniacs in the World[edit]

Cissy, put the boys in the cellar! I think I need a conversation with this one...girl to girl!
—Bellatrix Lestrange, Human Necromaniac

Necromaniacs fit the psycho murderer role in the world.

Daily Life: Necromaniacs spend most of their time killing little animals, insects and even humans (they don't see any difference).

Notables: Bellatrix Lestrange, often mistaken for a Wizard, is a well known Necromaniac. Why isn't she a Wizard ? Well, have you ever seen her using anything else than Avada Kedavra ?

Organizations: Some times, Necromaniacs form brotherhoods devoted to the art of killing. The mission of putting Creation to sleep is what unites them.

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15 <-rare information->.
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Adaptation: <-Possible variant conceptions of this class.->.

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