This week brings us a dash of derring-do, starting off with Mythic Minis 78: Catfolk, Ratfolk, and Dhampir Feats! Each of these races relies on quickness, agility, and guile as its stock in trade, with a taste for blood and a touch of the beast both within and without! You can pick up these 13 marvelous mythic feats at the Legendary Games webstore, Open Gaming Store, Paizo, and DrivethruRPG!
But wait, there’s MORE!
Last week we started our Fall Preview series, announcing latest entry into our line of Legendary Heroes products, Legendary Swashbucklers! Today we’re going to delve a little more deeply into the idea of personages, a new class feature developed by author Alex Augunas, giving you a sample of the Phantom personage, inspired by masked heroes like Zorro and (obviously) the Phantom. Each personage grants the swashbuckler a core bonus feature, and each also has a set of abilities and deeds that are unique to that personage.
Stalkers of the night, phantom swashbucklers are masters of stealth and disguise. Using the cover of nightfall, elaborate disguises, and practiced techniques, these swashbucklers use their panache to strike terrible fear into their enemies by night while keeping up an elaborate social façade by day.
Bonus: At 1st level, a phantom swashbuckler divides his personage into two separate halves: a social personage and a phantom personage. Although he is physically unchanged between these two identities, his phantom personage is comprised of a specific attire (such as a costume) and includes identifying features like specific colors or a logo, make-up, signature equipment, personality quirks, and a separate name. Knowledge checks about one of the phantom swashbuckler’s personages do not reveal information about the other unless the creature attempting the Knowledge check knows that the two personages are one and the same.
This ability improves as the phantom advances in level, developing both personas while keeping each carefully secret from the other.
Personage Abilities: At 2nd level, a phantom gains phantom’s renown, allowing her to spread her fame throughout the area where her masked alter ego roams, and as she advances in level she can make quick changes into her alter ego and back, and her fame and reputation are such that her influence on others linger even after she has vanished into the shadows.
Personage Deeds: A swashbuckler with the phantom personage gains the following deeds when she reaches the appropriate level.
Phantom’s Derring-Do (Ex): At 3rd level, a phantom swashbuckler can use derring-do in conjunction with any Strength-, Dexterity, or Charisma-based skill check, allowing him to roll 1d6 and add the result to the check. This deed otherwise functions as the standard swashbuckler’s derring-do deed, but if she using this deed when she makes a Charisma-based check and she rolls a result of a natural 6 on the 1d6, she can continue to roll 1d6s and add the result to her Charisma-based check up to a number of times equal to her Charisma modifier (minimum 1), instead of her Dexterity modifier. If the swashbuckler selects an archetype that alters or replaces the derring-do deed, the swashbuckler gains the unaltered version of the derring-do deed instead.
Phantom Disappearance (Ex): At 7th level, a phantom swashbuckler can spend 1 panache point to use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as he is within 10 feet of some sort object, condition, or effect that he could use to gain cover or concealment, the swashbuckler can hide himself from view in the open without having anything to actually hide behind. He can remain hidden in this manner until the end of his next turn, after which all creatures that he does not have cover or concealment automatically notice him.
Evasive Tongue (Ex): At 11rd level, while she has at least 1 panache, a phantom swashbuckler’s disparate personages identities allow her to defeat her foes’ attempts to discern if she is lying. As long as what she says is true from her current personage’s perspective, the swashbuckler adds half her swashbuckler level on Bluff checks made to convince her opponent that what she is saying is true. Such statements also detect as true to effects like discern lies and she can say it in effects like zone of truth that force her to speak the truth.
Phantom Strike (Ex): At 15th level, a phantom swashbuckler can spend 1 panache whenever she hits a foe that is shaken, frightened, or panicked with a melee attack in order to attempt to paralyze it with fear. The opponent must succeed on a Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the swashbuckler’s level + the swashbuckler’s Charisma modifier) or cower for 1 round. This ability is a mind-affecting fear effect. The swashbuckler may only use this deed in conjunction with a melee weapon that belongs to a fighter weapon group that she has selected with swashbuckler weapon training.
Lights Out (Ex): At 19th level, when a phantom swashbuckler uses the Intimidate skill to demoralize an opponent or hits an opponent with a melee weapon that deals nonlethal damage, he can spend 1 panache point to attack to knock out or frighten the opponent into unconsciousness. The target must succeed at a Will saving throw or immediately fall asleep for 3d6 x 10 minutes. Such creatures can be awakened from as a standard action (an application of the aid another action) and slapping or dealing lethal damage awakens the creature, but normal noise does not.
We are aiming to have Legendary Swashbucklers available this Friday, waiting on a few last pieces of art to come in, but in the meanwhile here are a few concept sketches we created for the phantom personage!