Entry number 7!

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Ana Piranha
CE Aquatic Human Factotum 10/Life Eater 10

The land-cult’s boat sat in the center of the lake. Ana and the others swam up to it. They lifted their heads above the surface and her father and the priest standing on the deck of the ship inclined their heads to one another. Her father spoke a word and the tank that the hunters had brought rose to the surface and its top unsealed. The priest intoned “Lord Baphomet. We send this sacrifice to the hungering depths, that she may please you in the Abyss.” A cow that they had brought from the land was lowered into the tank, and the starving fish inside immediately tore into it, rapidly stripping the creature to the bone. Above and below the water, the cultists chanted praise to the Prince of Beasts. Ana pressed her hands to the tank, and felt as the cow’s life force drained away.

Chumming the Ocean
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Ability Scores
12 Str, 13 Dex, 13 Con, 16 Int, 10 Wis, 14 Cha
Increase Int at all opportunities.

Build Table
Level Class Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Skills Feats Class Features
1st Factotum 1 +0 +0 +2 +0 Hide 4, Move Silently 4, Knowledge (Religion) 4, Bluff 4, Intimidate 4, Swim 4, Iaijutsu Focus 4, Craft (Poisonmaking) 4, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1 Darkstalker, Swim-By Attack Inspiration, Cunning Insight, Cunning Knowledge, Trapfinding
2nd Factotum 2 +1 +0 +3 +0 Hide 5, Move Silently 5, Knowledge (Religion) 5, Bluff 5, Intimidate 5, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 5, Craft (Poisonmaking) 5, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Quick Swimmer - Arcane Dilletante (1 Spell, Max Level 0)
3rd Factotum 3 +2 +1 +3 +1 Hide 6, Move Silently 6, Knowledge (Religion) 6, Bluff 6, Intimidate 6, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 6, Craft (Poisonmaking) 6, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 2 Quick Swimmer Mortalbane Brains Over Brawn, Cunning Defense, Arcane Dilletante (Max Level 1)
4th Factotum 4 +3 +1 +4 +1 Hide 7, Move Silently 7, Knowledge (Religion) 7, Bluff 7, Intimidate 7, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 7, Craft (Poisonmaking) 7, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 5 Quick Swimmer - Arcane Dilletante (2 spells), Cunning Strike
5th Factotum 5 +3 +1 +4 +1 Hide 8, Move Silently 8, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 8, Intimidate 8, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 8, Craft (Poisonmaking) 8, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 8 Quick Swimmer - Opportunistic Piety, Arcane Dilletante (Max Level 2)
6th Factotum 6 +4 +2 +5 +2 Hide 9, Move Silently 9, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 9, Intimidate 9, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 9, Craft (Poisonmaking) 9, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 9, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1 Quick Swimmer Expeditious Dodge -
7th Factotum 7 +5 +2 +5 +2 Hide 10, Move Silently 10, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 10, Intimidate 10, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 10, Craft (Poisonmaking) 10, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 10, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1 Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Arcane Dilletante (3 Spells)
8th Factotum 8 +6 +2 +6 +2 Hide 11, Move Silently 11, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 11, Intimidate 11, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 1, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1 Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Cunning Surge, Arcane Dilletante (Max Level 3)
9th Life Eater 1 +6 +4 +8 +4 Hide 12, Move Silently 12, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 12, Intimidate 12, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 4, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1 Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories Sahuagin Flip Deathwatch, Poison Use
10th Life Eater 2 +7 +5 +9 +5 Hide 12, Move Silently 12, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 12, Intimidate 12, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 4, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Sneak Attack +1d6, Death Knell
11th Life Eater 3 +8 +5 +9 +5 Hide 13, Move Silently 13, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 13, Intimidate 13, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 1, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 11, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Chill Touch
12th Life Eater 4 +9 +6 +10 +6 Hide 14, Move Silently 14, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 14, Intimidate 14, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 5, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 14, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories Staggering Strike Hide in Plain Sight
13th Life Eater 5 +9 +6 +10 +6 Hide 15, Move Silently 15, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 15, Intimidate 15, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 11, Listen 1, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 15, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Sneak Attack +2d6, Wounding Sneak Attack
14th Life Eater 6 +10 +7 +11 +7 Hide 16, Move Silently 16, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 16, Intimidate 16, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 16, Listen 2, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 16, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories - Fatiguing Touch
15th Life Eater 7 +11 +7 +11 +7 Hide 17, Move Silently 17, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 17, Intimidate 17, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 17, Listen 5, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 17, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point Craven Enervation
16th Life Eater 8 +12 +8 +12 +8 Hide 18, Move Silently 18, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 18, Intimidate 18, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 18, Listen 9, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 18, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point, Clarity of Vision - Sneak Attack +3d6, Draining Sneak Attack
17th Life Eater 9 +12 +8 +12 +8 Hide 20, Move Silently 20, Knowledge (Religion) 8, Bluff 20, Intimidate 20, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 11, Search 1, Spot 20, Listen 20, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 20, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point, Clarity of Vision - Destruction
18th Life Eater 10 +13 +9 +13 +9 Hide 21, Move Silently 21, Knowledge (Religion) 9, Bluff 21, Intimidate 21, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 13cc, Search 1, Spot 21, Listen 21, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 21, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point, Clarity of Vision Font of Inspiration Feed
19th Factotum 9 +13 +10 +13 +10 Hide 22, Move Silently 22, Knowledge (Religion) 9, Bluff 21, Intimidate 21, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 11, Craft (Poisonmaking) 22, Search 1, Spot 21, Listen 21, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 21, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 11, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point, Clarity of Vision - Arcane Dilletante (4 Spells)
20th Factotum 10 +14 +10 +14 +10 Hide 23, Move Silently 23, Knowledge (Religion) 9, Bluff 21, Intimidate 21, Swim 5, Iaijutsu Focus 16, Craft (Poisonmaking) 23, Search 1, Spot 21, Listen 21, Tumble 1, Disable Device 1, Sleight of Hand 21, Forgery 1, Use Rope 1, Concentration 15, Diplomacy 1, Heal 1, Knowledge (Nature) 1, Knowledge (Arcana) 1, Knowledge (The Planes) 1, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) 1, Knowledge (Local) 1, Heal 1, Disguise 1, Escape Artist 1, Gather Information 1, Sense Motive 1, Quick Swimmer, Collector of Stories, Spot the Weak Point, Clarity of Vision - Opportunistic Piety (+1 Use), Arcane Dilletante (Max Level 4)


Blood in the Water
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Level 6
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We’re diving into the deep end of not just the alignment pool, but of actual water. We have enough bonuses to not really ever need to worry about actually hitting DCs for swim checks, but 5 ranks are still worth it for an extra 10 ft of movement once per encounter from the Quick Swimmer skill trick. Swim-By attack is a better version of Spring Attack while in the water, also allowing for things like Arcane Dilletante SLAs (souped up with Mortalbane) mid-move. So swim out of hiding, drawing a weapon to trigger Iaijutsu Focus, flip a Mortalbane Ice Dagger or somesuch at your foes (the +2d6 from Mortalbane applies to the splash as well) and swim off with Quick Swimmer giving the extra movement needed to trigger Expeditious Dodge. Factotum also is a headache-free way of getting all the necessary skills for the SI.


Level 10
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We stick around to Factotum 8 before entering the SI. Life Eater itself doesn’t get craft, but with ranks from Factotum levels, access to Magecraft, and Cunning Insight, we’re in decent shape to make our own poisons for Poison Use. Sahuagin Flip is fun, allowing us to withdraw as a move action after making a melee attack (including a touch SLA). Cunning Surge and Swim-By Attack can be used to make another attack of some sort mid-withdrawl as well.

Level 15
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Now we’re more into the meat of the SI. HiPS makes the swimming tricks really pop. Being underwater will generally mean not being in full daylight, so we can now hide during Swim-By Attacks and Sahuagin Flips. Chill Touch gives us a new Mortalbane vector. Staggering Strike is also online with damage from Craven helping to boost the DC. Ask your DM if the bleed from Wounding Sneak Attack counts as dealing damage with a sneak attack for the purposes of Staggering Strike (even at DC 1 that’s a 5% chance of not being able to do much for another turn) or if those who take damage from things like splash damage, the burst damage from Ice Knife, or the like also count as victims of the sneak attack for the purpose of wounding despite not actually taking the sneak attack damage.

Level 20
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Destruction is an insta-kill, or a Mortalbane vector on a successful save. Draining Sneak Attack is a welcome addition to earlier tactics. The +5 to Con from Feed makes us sturdier and saves a few skill ranks getting Concentration high enough to auto-succeed using Destruction defensively. We then finish out with Factotum, gaining an extra Arcane Dilletante spell and hitting 4ths, which opens up more offensive options, or Minor Creation to produce poisons.


An Hour After Eating
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Book of Vile Darkness: Mortalbane
Complete Adventurer: Staggering Strike
Champions of Ruin: Craven
Dungeonscape: Factoum
Lords of Madness: Darkstalker
Oriental Adventures: Iaijutsu Focus
Races of the Wild: Expeditious Dodge
Spell Compendium: Ice Dagger, Ice Knife
Stormwrack: Sahuagin Flip, Swim-By Attack
Web: Font of Inspiration, Life Eater
Everything else should be in the SRD.