April 7, 2009

Word of Wizards - Excerpts: Grave Caller

Arcane Power Excerpts: Grave Caller

In this excerpt, we take a look at a paragon path for the bard; the Grave Caller.

Grave Callers are members of a secret organization of assassin-bards that use deadly songs to slay wrongdoers, to protect the innocent. Once a target has been identified, Grave Callers are called upon by their leaders through discrete methods and dispatches to hide the existence of their organization.

When a Grave Caller find its target, they play a Dirge of Inescapable Doom (11th level path feature) to place a deathmark on the target within 10 squares that last until the end of the encounter. Anyone attack that misses against the deathmark still deals 1d6+Cha damage to the target.

When spending an action point to gain an extra action, Gravecall Action (11th level path feature) grants a +4 bonus to damage rolls until the end of your next turn.

To prepare a Path to the Grave (16th level path feature) for their deathmarks, Gravecallers are allowed to roll a d20 twice and choose either results for any encounter and daily attacks against a target with a deathmark.

By singing a secret note, they give their deathmark a Vision of Doom (level 11, encounter) which deals 2d10+Cha psychic damage to a deathmarked target and one ally within 10 squares of you gain a +2 power bonus to attack rolls against the target until the end of your next turn.

Grave Callers also hide under a Cloak of Sound (level 12, encounter) that makes them invisible to a deathmarked creature until the end of their next turn.

Anyone who is deathmarked cannot escape the Inevitability of the Grave (level 20, daily) which deals 3d10+Cha damage and ongoing 10 damage (save ends). The target also takes a -2 penalty to save against the ongoing damage. If the target makes the save or the attack missed, they still take an ongoing 5 damage (save ends).

This paragon path feels very much like a bardic version of the Avenger but I'm not so sure how it will compare up with a straight up multiclass of Bard/Avenger.

Any thoughts to share on this paragon path?

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