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    Char Sorrel
    LN Warforged Barbarian 4/Fighter 1/Tactical Soldier 10/Devoted Defender 5

    Char Sorrel
    {table=head]Level|Class|Base Attack[br]Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Skills|Feats|Class Features

    1st|Barbarian 1|
    +1
    |
    +2
    |
    +0
    |
    +0
    |Spot (cc, 2), Sense Motive (cc, 2), Climb (4), Search (cc, 2), Spellcraft (cc, 2)|Weapon Focus (Guisarme)|Ferocity, Illiteracy, Climb Speed (Ape Totem)

    2nd|Barbarian 2|
    +2
    |
    +3
    |
    +0
    |
    +0
    |Spot (cc, 2.5), Sense Motive (cc, 2.5), Climb (5), Search (cc, 2.5)||+2 Intimidate

    3rd| Barbarian 3|
    +3
    |
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |Spot (cc, 3), Sense Motive (cc, 3), Climb (6), Search (cc, 3.5), Spellcraft (cc, 3)|Power Attack (Ape Totem bonus), Combat Reflexes|

    4th|Barbarian 4|
    +4
    |
    +4
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |Spot (cc, 3.5), Sense Motive (cc, 3.5), Climb (7), Search (cc, 3.5), Spellcraft (cc, 3.5)||Ferocity 2/day

    5th|Fighter 1|
    +5
    |
    +6
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |Spot (cc, 4), Sense Motive (cc, 4), Search (cc, 4)|Cleave (Fighter bonus)|Literacy

    6th|Tactical Soldier 1|
    +6
    |
    +8
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |Sense Motive (5), Climb (8), Spellcraft (cc, 4)|Alertness|Flanker

    7th|Tactical Soldier 2|
    +7
    |
    +9
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |Sense Motive (6), Climb (9), Spot (cc, 4.5)|Sidestep (Tactical Soldier bonus)|

    8th|Tactical Soldier 3|
    +8
    |
    +9
    |
    +2
    |
    +2
    |Sense Motive (7), Climb (10), Spot (cc, 5)||Interpose

    9th|Devoted Defender 1|
    +9
    |
    +11
    |
    +4
    |
    +2
    |Listen (3)|Extra Rage|AC Bonus +1, In Harm's Way

    10th|Devoted Defender 2|
    +10
    |
    +12
    |
    +5
    |
    +2
    |Listen (6)||Defensive Strike

    11th|Devoted Defender 3|
    +11
    |
    +12
    |
    +5
    |
    +3
    |Listen (7), Spot (7)||AC Bonus +2, Deflect Attack +1

    12th|Tactical Soldier 4|
    +12
    |
    +13
    |
    +5
    |
    +3
    |Sense Motive (8), Listen (cc, 7.5), Spot (cc, 7.5)|Improved Fortification|Defensive Shield

    13th|Tactical Soldier 5|
    +13
    |
    +13
    |
    +5
    |
    +3
    |Sense Motive (9), Listen (cc, 8), Spot (cc, 8)||Offensive Strike

    14th|Tactical Soldier 6|
    +14
    |
    +14
    |
    +6
    |
    +4
    |Sense Motive (10), Listen (cc, 8.5), Spot (cc, 8)||

    15th|Tactical Soldier 7|
    +15
    |
    +14
    |
    +6
    |
    +4
    |Sense Motive (11), Listen (cc, 9), Spot (cc, 9)|Martial Study (Shield Block)|Delayed Cleave

    16th|Tactical Soldier 8|
    +16
    |
    +15
    |
    +6
    |
    +4
    |Sense Motive (12), Listen (cc, 9.5), Spot (cc, 9.5)||Unbalancing Blow

    17th|Tactical Soldier 9|
    +17
    |
    +15
    |
    +7
    |
    +5
    |Sense Motive (13), Listen (cc, 10), Spot (cc, 10)||

    18th|Tactical Soldier 10|
    +18
    |
    +16
    |
    +7
    |
    +5
    |Sense Motive (16)|Martial Stance (Thicket of Blades)|Reciprocal Strike

    19th|Devoted Defender 4|
    +19
    |
    +17
    |
    +8
    |
    +5
    |Listen (11), Spot (11), Sense Motive (14)||Defensive Strike +1

    20th|Devoted Defender 5|
    +20
    |
    +17
    |
    +8
    |
    +5
    |Listen (12), Spot (12), Sense Motive (15)||AC Bonus +3, Deflect Attack +2[/table]

    STR: 16
    DEX: 16
    CON: 14 + 2
    INT: 12
    WIS: 10 – 2
    CHA: 8 – 2
    (Level-ups go into STR)

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    Once upon a time, a new batch of warforged emerged from the forges at House Cannith. They all lined up to receive their new training and instructions. Each one was handed a shiny new copy of the Book of Nine Swords, containing the newest and greatest fighting techniques the army had to offer. One warforged, however, did not busy himself reading through his new book like his comrades did. He tried to do so, but quickly found that he couldn't read! This warforged had need nicknamed “Char Sorrel” for the black, charred-looking stripe going across his brown torso. Char was sad that he couldn't read like his comrades could. Thankfully, he was still strong and swift enough to keep his place at the training academy, and he applied himself to learning whatever skills he could, even though he wasn't very good at it.

    Char trained hard. His friends were learning cool tricks like Iron Guard's Glare or Wolf Fang Strike, but he just learned to hit things harder. His copy of the Book of Nine Swords was confiscated from him, and Char was sad.

    One day, as the warforged were allowed to take on a few jobs outside the academy for training and income, Char's employer caught him sighing to himself. Quickly intuiting Char's feelings of inadequacy, his employer took pity on him. He could see that Char had a mind for tactics, even if his reading programming didn't quite install properly. He taught Char how to read, making him overjoyed. When Char asked if he had a copy of the Book of Nine Swords, the employer thought for a minute, and returned with a tiny, even miniature, book of tactics. “The Book of Nine Swords is hard to get a hold of nowadays,” he told Char, “but this book served me well back in my youth. I think it can help you learn the tactics you need.”

    Char read the book and trained as hard as he could, learning new tricks along the way. When he met with his old academy comrades to spar and chat, they showed off all the new moves they had learned. Char, feeling pleased that he finally had some tricks, showed off how he could flank from seemingly impossible angles and easily reposition himself whenever he struck an opponent off guard.
    “That's adorable,” said Shadow. “Look everyone, Char finally mastered Island of Blades!”
    Setsun added “Yes, and Shifting Defense, too! Looks like he's finally a Swordsage!”
    Char was sad. He had never been able to really speak up for himself or hide his feelings, and when he told his friends what he actually had learned how to do, they all laughed at him. All he could do was sigh and mutter to himself, “good grief!”

    Char got shipped out to serve as a bodyguard for a very demanding customer. While protecting her, he learned how to take a blow for someone else and got quite good at doing so. As soon as he was done with that job, though, he went back to studying his miniature book, trying to get all he could from it. A year or so later, he met with his friends again, showing them what he had learned.

    “Look!” said Char. “I can help defend my allies by taking a shot for them, or by increasing their defenses!”
    “Oh, you learned Faith Unswerving? Nice going!” said Devo.
    “Yeah, and White Raven Defense too? I'm impressed, Char!” said Whitey.
    “Well, no, it's not any of those,” said Char, “but look, I can lower my defenses and hit harder!”
    “Oh, I get it!” said Tiger. “He's learned Rabid Wolf Strike!”
    “No,” said Iron, “It's clearly Punishing Stance.”
    Char would have blushed if he weren't a warforged. “Well, check this out! I can perform a delayed cleave attack!”
    His nine companions were impressed for a moment. None of them could match that trick. Char was happy. He had a trick to call his own! Flushed with confidence, he then showed his friends how he could knock an enemy off guard and incite his allies to attack them.
    “Aha!” said Whitey. “Swarming Assault! I know it well.”
    Char sighed again. He tried to show off his reciprocal strike move, but Devo's comment about Defensive Rebuke was just too much for Char to bear. Char went out into the rain and sighed. “Why can't I have a normal build like everyone else?” Dejected, he walked home. He remained a valuable bodyguard for many years, but his self-esteem never really got any better.


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    Char is better than he thinks he is. Ferocity increases his DEX, so he can make a whole lot of AoOs every round, and Flanker works very well with a reach weapon. Devoted Defender goes very well with Interpose and Sidestep, letting Char play the role of the defender almost competently. In Harm's Way has more uses per day than Interpose does, but Interpose lets him defend people who aren't his charge. Defensive Shield keeps with the theme of protecting his allies. Offensive Strike isn't as much of an issue for him, since Improved Fortification makes him immune to critical hits. He simply never uses it when there are spellcasters around, which his ranks in Spellcraft will hopefully help him notice. Delayed Cleave works very well with a lot of AoOs, especially since if your last hit was an AoO, you'll have a better to-hit bonus than you would if it was an iterative. Unbalancing Blow is actually a good move, even if White Raven does it better, and the way that Char likes to stick near his allies means that he'll actually get to use it fairly often. Reciprocal Strike works like Defensive Strike, only not quite as limited. The two classes mesh very well, making him fairly competent at his chosen role. He doesn't have a whole lot of hidden tricks up his sleeve, but he doesn't have to. He simply uses what he's been given and makes the best of it.


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    PHB, Cityscape (Ferocity), Miniatures Handbook (Tactical Soldier), Tome of Battle (Martial Study/Stance), Sword and Fist (Devoted Defender), Eberron Campaign Setting (Warforged, Improved Fortification), Unearthed Arcana (Ape Totem Barbarian)
    Last edited by Private-Prinny; 2011-09-18 at 08:12 PM.
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