Saturday, March 17, 2018

Campaign Design - Base Classes: Hexblade

Hexblade
(adapted from Complete Warrior)

The physical prowess of those descended from fiends is well-known, but they also have a remarkable affinity for magic that befuddles, confuses, or curses their foes. Those who have fiendish blood in their veins can tap into these aspects of their heritage via the hexblade class. Combining the dynamic powers of martial prowess and arcane might, the hexblade presents a deadly challenge to those opponents unused to such a foe.

A hexblade balances talents in combat and arcane spellcasting. At lower levels, the hexblade relies upon melee ability augmented by his special power to curse enemies. As he gains experience, he becomes capable of casting a limited number of spells while his curse ability becomes more potent and he gains the ability to warp the normal laws of probability. He can also draw upon the service of a familiar to further augment his abilities.

Like their fiendish forebears, hexblades tend to be selfish and often cruel, though it is by no means limited to evil characters. Still, even the friendliest hexblade is at best neutral. Like the sorcerer, the power of the hexblade often displays itself at an early age, frequently in the form of unexplained accidents or other incidents of bad luck experienced by those around the budding hexblade. Hexblades share a unique bond. Though two hexblades who meet in a tavern won't necessarily strike up a lasting friendship, it is rare for two hexblades to oppose one another unless great personal gain is on the line.
Race: Fiend-Blooded (Daemon-Blooded, Demon-Blooded, or Devil-Blooded).
Alignment: Any nongood.
Hit Die: d10.
Luck Die: d3.

Class Skills
  • Skill List: The hexblade's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft: Any (Int), Diplomacy )Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge: Arcana (Int), Profession: Any (Wis), Ride (Dex), and Spellcraft (Int) .
  • Note: Because the Three Worlds campaign uses the Skills by Character house rule, the list of class skills given here is only included for the sake of completeness, and is not used by characters in the campaign setting.
  • Skill Points at 1st Level: (2 + Intelligence modifier) x 4.
  • Skill Points at Each Additional Class Level: 2 + Intelligence modifier.
Class Features
All of the following are class features of the hexblade:
  • Base Attack Bonus: Good. A hexblade gains +1 base attack bonus per class level.

  • Fortitude Base Save Bonus: Poor. A hexblade gains +13 base Fortitude save bonus per class level.

  • Reflex Base Save Bonus: Poor. A hexblade gains +13 base Reflex save bonus per class level.

  • Will Base Save Bonus: Good. A hexblade gains a +2½ base Will save bonus at first level, and an additional +½ base Will save bonus per class level.

  • Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Hexblades are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, as well as light armor but not with shields. Because the somatic components required for hexblade spells are simple, a hexblade can cast hexblade spells while wearing light armor without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. However, like any other arcane spellcaster, a hexblade wearing medium or heavy armor or using a shield incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass hexblade still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells derived from other classes.

  • Spells: Beginning at 4th level, a hexblades gains to ability to cast arcane spells, which are drawn from the hexblade spell list. They can cast any spell they know without preparing it ahead of time. To learn or cast a spell, a hexblade must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level (Charisma 10 for 0th-level spells, Charisma 11 for 1st-level spells, and so forth). The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a hexblade's spell is 10 + spell level + the hexblade's Charisma modifier.

    Like other spellcasters, a hexblade can cast only a certain number of spells per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on the Hexblade table below. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score. When the Hexblade table indicates that the hexblade gets 0 spells per day for a given spell level, he gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled to based on his Charisma score for that spell level.

    Through 3rd level, a hexblade has no caster level. At 4th level and highers, his caster level is one-half his hexblade level.

  • Spells Known: The hexblade's selection of spells is extremely limited. A hexblade begins play knowing no spells, but gains one or more new spells at certain levels, as indicated on the Spells Known table below. Unlike spells per day, his Charisma score does not affect the number of spells a hexblade knows.

    Upon reaching 12th level, and at every third hexblade level after that, a hexblade can choose to learn a new spell in place of one they already know. In effect, they lose access to the old spell in exchange for gaining the new one. The new spell's level must be the same as that of the spell being exchanged, and it must be at least two levels lower than the highest-level spell the hexblade can cast. A hexblade can only swap a single spell at any given level and must choose whether or not to swap the spell at the same time that they gain new spells known for the level.

  • Hexblade's Curse (Su): Once per day, as a free action, a hexblade can unleash a curse upon a foe. The target must be visible to the hexblade and within 60 feet. The target of a hexblade's curse takes a -2 [enal;ty on attacks, saves, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls for 1 hour thereafter. A successful will save (DC 10 + ½ the hexblade's class level + the hexblade's Charisma modifier) negates the effect.

    At every four levels beyond 1st (5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th) a hexblade gains the ability to use his curse one additional time per day. Multiple hexblade curses don't stack, and any foe that successfully resists the effect cannot be affected again by the same hexblade's curse fr 24 hours.

    Any effect that removes or dispels a curse eliminates the effect of a hexblade's curse.

  • Arcane Resistance (Su): At 2nd level, a hexblade gains a bonus equal to his Charisma bonus (minimum of +1) on saving throws against spells and spell-like effects.

  • Mettle (Ex): At 3rd level and higher, a hexblade can resist magical and unusual attacks with great withpower or fortitude. If he makes a successful Will or Fortitude save against an attack that normally would have a lesser effect on a successful save (such as any spell with a saving throw entry of Will half or Fortitude partial), he instead completely negates the effect. An unconscious or sleeping hexblade does not gain the benefit of mettle.

  • Familiar: Beginning at 4th level, a hexblade can obtain a familiar. Treat a hexblade as a sorcerer of three levels lower than his hexblade class level for the purpose of determining the familiar's powers and abilities.

    A character with more than one class that grants a familiar may only have one familiar at a time, but their applicable class levels stack for the purpose of determining the familiar's powers and abilities.

  • Bonus Feat: At 5th level and every five levels thereafter, a hexblade gains a bonus feat which must be selected from the following list: Combat Casting, Greater Spell Focus (Enchantment, Necromancy, or Transmutation only), Greater Spell Penetration, Spell Focus (Enchantment, Necromancy, or Transmutation only), Spell Penetration.

  • Greater Hexblade's Curse (Su): When a hexblade attains 7th level, the penalty on attacks, saves, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls incurred by the target of the hexblade's curse becomes -4 instead of -2.

  • Aura of Unluck (Su): Once per day, a hexblade of 12th level or higher can create a baleful aura of misfortune. Any melee or ranged attack made against the hexblade while this aura of unluck is active has a 20% miss chance (similar to the effect of concealment). Activating the aura is a free action and the aura lasts for a number of rounds equal to 3 + the hexblade's Charisma bonus (if any).

    At 16th level and higher, a hexblade can use his aura of unlick twice per day. A 20th level hexblade can activate this aura three times per day.

  • Dire Hexblade's Curse (Su): When a hexblade attains 19th level, the penalty on attacks, saves, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls incurred by a target of he hexblade's curse becomes -6 instead of -4.

Hexblade

Level
Special
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
1st
Hexblade's Curse (once per day)
-
-
-
-
2nd
Arcane Resistance
-
-
-
-
3rd
Mettle
-
-
-
-
4th
Summon Familiar
0
-
-
-
5th
Bonus Feat, Hexblade's Curse (twice per day)
0
-
-
-
6th
-
1
-
-
-
7th
Greater Hexblade's Curse
1
-
-
-
8th
-
1
0
-
-
9th
Hexblade's Curse (three times per day)
1
0
-
-
10th
Bonus Feat
1
1
-
-
11th
-
1
1
0
-
12th
Aura of Unluck (once per day)
1
1
1
-
13th
Hexblade's Curse (four times per day)
1
1
1
-
14th
-
2
1
1
0
15th
Bonus Feat
2
1
1
1
16th
Aura of Unluck (twice per day)
2
2
1
1
17th
Hexblade's Curse (five times per day)
2
2
2
1
18th
-
3
2
2
1
19th
Dire Hexblade's Curse
3
3
3
2
20th
Aura of Unluck (three times per day), Bonus Feat
3
3
3
3

Spells Known
Level1st2nd3rd4th
1st
-
-
-
-
2nd
-
-
-
-
3rd
-
-
-
-
4th
2*
-
-
-
5th
2
-
-
-
6th
3
-
-
-
7th
3
-
-
-
8th
4
2*
-
-
9th
4
2
-
-
10th
4
3
-
-
11th
4
3
2*
-
12th
4
4
3
-
13th
4
4
3
-
14th
4
4
4
2*
15th
4
4
4
3
16th
4
4
4
3
17th
5
4
4
4
18th
5
5
4
4
19th
5
5
5
4
20th
5
5
5
5
*If the hexblade has a high enough Charisma to gain bonus spells of this level

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