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.