Tempest (3.5e Prestige 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 foes. 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 whos dexterity works to their advantage. Dwarves are the least likely to become tempests, but some do exist.
Becoming a Tempest
|Base Attack Bonus:||+6.|
|Feats:||Dodge, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Mobility, Spring Attack, Two-Weapon Fighting.|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+0||Tempest Defense +1|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+1||Tempest defense +2, two weapon versaltility|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+1||Tempest Defense +3, Two-Weapon Spring Attack|
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
All of the following are class features of the tempest prestige class.
Weapon and armor Proficiencies: Tempests Gain no Proficiency with any weapon or armor.
Tempest Defense (Ex): When wielding a double weapon or two weapons (not including natural weapons or unarmed strikes), a tempest gains a +1 bonus to armor class. This bonus increases to +2at 3rd lvl and +3 at 5th lvl. The character loses this ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor.
Ambidexterity (Ex): For a tempest of 2nd lvl or higher, her attack penalties for fighting with two weapons are lessened by 1 (from -4 to -3, or from -2 to -1 if the off-hand weapon is a light weapon). At 4th lvl, the attack penalties are lessened by another 1 (from -3 to -2, or to +0 if the off-hand weapon is a light weapon). The character loses this ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor.
Two-Weapon Versatility (ex): When a tempest of 3rd lvl or higher fights with two weapons, she can apply the effects of certain feats from one weapon for the other weapons as well, as long as those effects can be applied legally. She can use this ability only with the following feats: greater weapon focus, greater weapon specialization, improved critical, weapon focus, and weapon specialization. For example, a tempest who wields a longsword and a short sword and who has the weapon focus (longsword) feat can apply the effect of weapon focus to her short sword as well as to her longsword. If a tempest already has a feat with both weapons, she gains no additional effect.
Two-weapon Spring attack (Ex): When a 5th-lvl tempest makes a spring attack, she can attack once each with two different weapons as an attack action. The character loses this ability when fighting in medium or heavy armor.
Playing a Tempest
Combat: Tempest are like fighters put them in the middle and they do their best work.
Tempests in the World
Characters with ranks in can research to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
Tempests in the Game
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.