Jan 062011

It’s life four for my completionist Mawry, and this time she’s a Bard. Not just any Bard of course, but a DEX-based, two-weapon-fighting, badass Commando Bard. After examining the options, Mawry decided that Warchanter was the most Commando-like of the Bard prestige enhancements.

Thus armed with good intentions, she commences leveling. But soon ran into a bad combination while taking her 6th level:

  • No detailed leveling plan
  • Taking the level under pressure with people waiting

This is a seriously bad combination, like going to the grocery store with no list and a raging case of the munchies. There may have been some alchohol involved too, I’m not sure, things got a little cloudy, all I can say with certainty is that somehow she ended up with a Ranger level.

Ouch. A Ranger level.

You would think I learned the last time I tried to cap Mawry through a class without a detailed leveling plan. But no.

What I was thinking? There are enough feat slots even without multiclassing. Weapon Finesse, TWF, ITWF, GTWF, Imp Crit(Pierce), Toughness. Check, thats only six and leaves room for Power Attack – a Warchanter prereq. I have no idea why I thought I would be short feats, nor why I decided the solution to that was to take some Fighter… and even less idea why I accidentally took Ranger instead. Yet, I did, and there is no way I am going to invest a Heart of Wood in her, or in any build that is expecting True Reincarnation. I’m stuck with the weird level.

Setting aside the stupidity, I decide to embrace my new Rangerousness. Ranger 6 does have some benefits: a free Prestige Enhancement (Arcane Archer), two of the feats on my list (TWF and ITWF) and and unplanned but welcome ranged attack capability (Bowstrength, Rapidshot, Multishot). No Evasion sadly but I wasn’t expecting Evasion on this build anyway.

New plan: Bard 14 (warchanter II) / Ranger 6 (Arcane Archer I).

I’m level 12 now (Bard8/Ranger4) and am performing pretty well. Mawry is able to Fascinate everything she’s encountered, but is a pretty effective TWF melee too. With a huge stack of nice bows from her previous lives, she’s able to use the ranged capabilities to good effect too.

Maybe this will work out okay after all.

What do you think?

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