View Full Version : [3.5] "Bargains are my Incli-nation"

2012-09-14, 06:43 PM
The merchant. The fast-talker. The Con. These are roles generally encompassed by rogues and bards, but I was looking for something with a little more bounce to it. A player with this class would be a little over their head in combat, but to be aware of that and roleplay it seems fun. It also has other fun ways of manifesting. Perhaps people in a small town recognize the salesman from a previous visit, and want their money back.

This is my first homebrew submission, so feedback is appreciated.

The Traveling Salesman

Level BAB Ftd Ref Will Special
1st +0 +0 +2 +0 Travelerís knowledge
2nd +1 +0 +3 +0 Sneak attack +1d6
3rd +2 +1 +3 +1
4th +3 +1 +4 +1 Force of Personality
5th +3 +1 +4 +1
6th +4 +2 +5 +2 Combat Expertise
7th +5 +2 +5 +2
8th +6/+1 +2 +6 +2
9th +9/+1 +3 +6 +3 Improved feint
10th +7/+2 +3 +7 +3
11th +8/+3 +3 +7 +3
12th +9/+4 +4 +8 +4 Sneak attack +3d6
13th +9/+4 +4 +8 +4
14th +10/+5 +4 +9 +4
15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +9 +5 Thatís real power.
16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +5
17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +5
18th +18/+8/+3 +6 +11 +6 Signature beast
19th +14/+19/+4 +6 +11 +6
20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +12 +6 Sneak attack +5d6

Alignment: Any.
Hit Die: d6.

Class Skills: The salesmanís class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise, Bluff, Craft, Diplomacy, Disguise, Forgery, Gather Information, Knowledge (local, history, nobility, architecture, geography) Perform (Oratory), Sense Motive, Sleight of Hand, Speak Language, Use Rope
Skill Points at 1st Level: (6 + Int modifier) ◊4.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 6 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A salesman is proficient with all simple weapons and with light armor.

Travelerís Knowledge: As Bardic knowledge.

Sneak attack: As Roguesí ability

Force of Personality, Combat Expertise, Improved Feint: The feat. Acquired even if criteria isnít met.

Thatís Real Power: Once per day per intelligence bonus, a salesman may counter one spell, using diplomacy instead of a spellcraft check.

Mascot: The salesman may gain either a familiar or an animal companion. He or she must select one from the basic lists in the players handbook and may not improve them with familiar- or animal companion-specific feats.

God Imperror
2012-09-14, 06:59 PM
It doesn't actually have abilities that improves its abilities to sell, actually most of its abilities are not really attractive nor unique. Why would anyone want to play one? and not a multiclass bard/rogue which could do what this guy can do much better?

2012-09-14, 07:26 PM
Exactly. Mostly the attraction of fluff, but I see your point. Do you, or anyone else, have any recommendations for well-themed abilities.

God Imperror
2012-09-14, 07:34 PM
There is already a merchant based class that could work (Merchant Prince from powers of faerun) the charlatan from dragons magazine 335 is also great source of inspiration (it even got a handbook here (http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?PHPSESSID=88cdag2jai4s9ftm2jj5rq2gl4&topic=6543.0)). If the point of it is fluff I can see a rogue or bard merchant, perfectly, bargaining and selling stuff, in addition none of its abilities support the fluff.

2012-09-14, 09:42 PM
The problem I have with these classes is that the master trader is more like a baron of trading, running an empire of commerce. The charlatan is an expert in seeming like a mage. I'm trying to go for a random salesman in a little over his head, using a few tricks he picks up over time.