Tempest (3.5e Class)
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A tempest is the point of calm within a whirling barrier of deadly blades. Poets use colorful terms such as “dancing” to describe movement of a tempest and her two blades, but mastery of this fighting style is not about dancing, nor is it about impressing anyone-- least of all poets. A tempest focuses on learning the secrets of two-weapon fighting for a single purpose: the destruction of her enemies.
typically hardy individualist, tempests rarely learn their skills through formal training. instead, they master their art through constant application of its disciplines and experimentation on their fores. similarly, no matter how famous a tempest becomes, it’s rare for one to take on students. Their art, they say, is one that can be learned but never taught.
This prestige class is open to all classes and races. thought tempests are rare, every humanoid race has boasted at least a few. even members of the smaller races can find the tempest’s path appealing. elves make nimble, clever tempests who's dexterity works to their advantage. dwarves are the least likely to become tempests, but some do exist.
Hit Die: d10
Becoming a Tempest
Typically Rangers & Fighters with the Two Weapon Fighting Choose this class to make themselves more powerful.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+9.|
|Feats:||Ambidexterity (3.5e Feat), Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Two-Weapon Fighting, and Weapon Finesse (any) or Weapon Focus (any).|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+0||Improved Two-Weapon Fighting|
|2nd||+2||+3||+0||+0||off-Hand Parry +2|
|4th||+4||+4||+1||+1||Off-Hand Parry +4|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+1||Greater Two-Weapon Fighting|
|7th||+7||+5||+2||+2||Off-Hand Parry +6|
|10th||+10||+7||+3||+3||Supreme Two-Weapon Fighting|
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Tempests gain no weapon or armor proficiencies.
Improved Two-Weapon Fighting: Beginning at 1st level, a tempest can fight with two weapons as if she had the Improved Two-Weapon Fighting feat when she is wearing light armor or no armor. She loses this ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor, or when using a double weapon (such as a two-bladed sword).
Off-Hand Parry: At 2nd level, the tempest gains Off-Hand Parry as a bonus feat. As she gains tempest levels,her AC bonus from this feat increases, rising to +4 at 4th level and to +6 at 6th level.
Greater Two-Weapon Fighting: At 5th level, a tempest can fight with two weapons as if she had the Greater Two-Weapon Fighting feat when she is wearing light armor or no armor. She loses this ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor, or when using a double weapon (such as a two-bladed sword).
Absolute Ambidexterity: Beginning at 8th level, the tempest’s attack penalties for fighting with two weapons lessen by 2 when she is wearing light armor or no armor. Thus, if she fights with a light weapon in her off-hand, she suffers no penalties on her attack rolls for fighting with two weapons. (If the off-hand weapon is not light, she suffers a –2 penalty on attack rolls with both her primary hand and her offhand.)
Supreme Two-Weapon Fighting: At 10th level, a tempest gains an additional attack with her off-hand weapon when she is wearing light armor or no armor. In addition to the three attacks she already has each round with her off-hand weapon (for Improved Two-Weapon Fighting and Greater Two-Weapon Fighting) at penalties of 0, –5, and –10, respectively, she is also entitled to a fourth attack with her off-hand weapon at a –15 penalty (see Table 8–2: Two-Weapon Fighting Penalties in the Player’s Handbook). She loses this special ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor, or when using a double weapon (such as a two-bladed sword)
Tempests in the World
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Tempests in the Game
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Adaptation: Elite two-weapon fighters could be trained in many schools and kingdoms. an interesting way to incorporate tempests into a campaign world involves having several groups of tempests specialize in different pairs of weapons. elf war leaders might train to perfect their grace and effectiveness with two short swords, while an exotic group of human warriors might prefer a handaxe and a kukri.
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