Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus – An Occult Slayer Conversion

By Ken Wai Lau

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The official emblem of the Reaper of the Nine Petal Blossom…

Here is a prestige class that I invented. It is a conversion of the Occult Slayer class in Complete Warrior, this time specialising in defeating characters who study the Sublime Way and the martial maneuvers from the Tome of Battle.The fluff is meant as a bit of tongue in cheek and mirrors some of the sentiments of D&D players who disapprove of the anime style Tome of Battle, particularly players who enjoy their superiority as magic users. Feel free to use your own fluff.

“The role of the fighting man is to do the dirty work and take the brunt of the damage so we don’t have to, freeing us to do what we do best and take the glory for ourselves. People will flock to us and sing of our deeds because of our power. Martial might should never exceed the infinite power of the arcane. If these grunts ever step out of line, mark my words, we have ways of putting them in their place.” – Venrax, arcane tyrant.

The Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus is a hunter driven to wipe out all traces of the Sublime Way. He learns combat tactics designed to force a master of the Sublime Way down to the level of an ordinary fighter, disrupting their concentration long enough to strike the killing blow.

The Reapers come from all walks of life. From the jealous and bullied fighter who is unable to achieve the awesome physical feats of a martial master to the paranoid wizard who is fearful of losing his status and authority over the mundane, whether in terms of political power or otherwise. Clerics have also called upon these hunters when many churches purged their crusader orders due to ecclesiastical infighting (see page 13, ToB).

NPC reapers are often hired by spellcasters who do not tolerate being upstaged by warriors and seek to bring them back down to their humble station as servants of the archmages.

For the purpose of all class abilities, martial adept refers to any character who practices the Sublime Way in any shape or form, whether by taking levels in a martial adept class or by taking the martial study and martial stance feats. Likewise, these features are also effective against creatures who have natural aptitude with the Sublime Way, such as the Reth Dekala and the Naityan Rakshasa.

Requirements

Base Attack Bonus: +7

Skills: Knowledge (local) 4 ranks , Martial Lore 3 ranks

Feats: Dodge, Elusive Target, Improved Initiative, Mobility

Hit die

d8

Class Skills

Bluff, Craft, Gather Information, Intimidate, Knowledge (local), Listen, Sense Motive, Spot

Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Reapers of the Nine Petal Lotus are proficient with all simple and martial weapons and all armor and shields.

Anticipate Martial Maneuver (Ex): A Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus’ constant training in countering the art of the Sublime Way manifests itself as a bonus on saving throws and AC against any martial maneuver used against him. This bonus is +1 at 1st level, and it increases to +2 at 3rd level and to +3 at 5th level.

Hunt the Dragon (Ex): A Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus studies the lore of the Sublime Way in order to find weaknesses in the fighting ability and temperament of a martial adept, as well as learning to track them down. The reaper gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Gather Information, Intimidate, Listen, Sense Motive, and Spot checks when using these skills against martial adepts. He also gets a +2 bonus on weapon damage rolls against these characters. at 4th level, these bonuses increase to +4. This functions much like the ranger’s favored enemy class feature.

Redirect Martial Strike (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, if a martial adept targets the Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus with a maneuver and misses, he can redirect the attack back to the martial adept as an immediate action. The attack automatically hits the martial adept and the extra damage and effects (if any) are resolved as normal. Only one maneuver can be redirected per round and the maneuver must be a strike. The martial adept must be designated as the target of the dodge feat.

Disrupt Rhythm (Ex): At 2nd level and higher, a Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus who readies an attack action to strike a martial adept as he initiates a martial maneuver deals double damage if the attack hits (multipliers stack on a critical hit). Furthermore, the martial adept loses his action and the maneuver is considered expended.

On the Trail (Ex): At 3rd level, A Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus can identify a martial adept by picking out visual clues such as the way a martial adept carries himself, his stance and subtle movements made when walking or running. When the reaper is within 30 feet of a martial adept, he makes a martial lore check versus a DC equal to 10 + initiator level. Success indicates that the reaper has identified the target as a martial adept.

Frustrate the Dragon (Ex): As a special use of the elusive target tactical feat, the Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus can negate the extra damage and effects of a martial maneuver, the same way extra damage from power attack is negated. The Reaper must designate the martial adept as the target of his dodge feat in order to use this ability against him.

Nip the Bud (Ex): At 5th level, a Reaper of the Nine Petal Lotus can designate a martial adept to be affected by his dodge feat and if the martial adept misses any attack roll when attacking the reaper, the reaper gets an attack of opportunity against the martial adept. If this attack of opportunity hits, the martial adept is unable to initiate any martial maneuvers or stances for 5 rounds.

Advancement

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Anticipate Martial Maneuver +1, Hunt the Dragon +2
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Disrupt Rhythm, Redirect Martial Strike
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Anticipate Martial Maneuver +2, On the Trail
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Frustrate the Dragon, Hunt the Dragon +4
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Anticipate Martial Maneuver +3, Nip the Bud

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4 Comments

  1. Garth March 24, 2014 3:06 pm  Reply

    I might just use this – I’ve couple of players who use TOB characters and they seem a bit overpowered. Might just throw this at them and see what happens!

    • Ken Wai Lau March 25, 2014 11:24 am  Reply

      Well, let me know how it goes :).

  2. Rolando March 24, 2014 5:09 pm  Reply

    Hey, I quite like this idea! I also don’t like characters who use Tome of Battle, so this could be handy.

    Not sure about the image, though. You might also want to change the fluff.

    • Ken Wai Lau March 25, 2014 11:31 am  Reply

      I’m using whatever images I get permission to use. As for the fluff, feel free to adapt it for your own campaign.

      If you use this, let me know if there are problems with the mechanics and what you think I need to change.

      Cheers!

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