Class Acts: Paladin Archetypes
By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Abandoned Arts is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the 3 new archetypes herein!
- The Champion of Law: I am THE LAAAAWWWW! Replace detect evil with chaos, gain a strong lawful aura and automatically break free from compulsions that would violate your lawfulness and replace divine bond with urban tracking. Ok, I guess, but rather bland.
- The Knight-Zealot: Expend to smites to smite hostile non-good creatures in exchange for ALL mercies and lay on hands – bad exchange. Replace divine bond with adding your cha-mod to strength and gain bonus spells as if cha was two level higher. This one, though, is rather strong so it evens out. Okay archetype, I guess, but again nothing too exciting.
- Peacebringer: Now this one is interesting indeed in that it completely changes the base-class! The archetype gains no proficiency with armours or weapons, but gains a ki-pool, which he can use to calm emotions, use guidance, gain +4 to AC or the benefits of improved unarmed strike and touch of serenity, replacing smite evil. They also only get 1+ cha-mod channel energies per day, but may use them in an interesting way: At 7th level, they may affect those hit by channel energy as though they were subject to lay on hands. At 5th level, they may use ki to use lay on hands without expending the daily allotment of latter ability and at 9th level, they may add sanctuary effects temporarily to those affected by lay on hands. At 11th level, it gets interesting, though, allowing the Peacebringer to maximize lay on hands, even in tandem with their channelled lay on hands. However, as the name suggests, the archetype may never deal lethal damage, pain-effects etc. A cool archetype with stellar mechanics, a roleplaying challenge – what more could you want?
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to Abandoned Art’s two-column no-frills standard and the pdf has neither bookmarks, nor art, but needs none at this length. The first two archetypes, in my book, are just boring and I was ready to consign this pdf to a mediocre rating…until I read the Peacebringer, essentially an exalted character that is not broken and interesting both from a roleplayer’s perspective and in that he can fill the healer’s role rather well. The mechanic execution of that one is excellent and 5 stars + seal of approval-worthy. My final verdict will clock in on a middle-ground thanks to this awesome archetype, at 4 stars.
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