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    Dwarf in the Playground
     
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    Legion of Sentinels: Ghostly swordsmen threaten a 10-foot radius, deal 1d8 damage +1/3 Levels (Max +5)

    Legion of Sentinels
    Illusion [Shadow]
    Level: Beguiler 3, Sorcerer/Wizard 3
    Components: V, S, M
    Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
    Range: Close (25ft + 5ft. / 2 Levels)
    Area: 10ft.-Radius Emanation Centered on a Point in Space
    Duration: 1 Round/Level
    Saving Throw: None
    SR: No

    A ghostly, incorporeal swordfighter appears in each square covered by this spell's area. A swordfighter can share a space with another creature or object. Each swordfighter threatens the squares adjacent to it and can make one attack of opportunity per round. The swordfighters do not hinder movement, block terrain, or block line of effect. They can flank an opponent with each other and with your allies.
    Each swordfighter has hit points equal to twice your caster level and an Armor Class of 25. It makes saving throws or checks with a bonus equal to your caster level.
    Material Component: A pewter sword-fighter miniature figure.


    Is it just me, or is this a confusing spell?
    The spell summary says it deals damage, but the spell description doesn't mention it at all, aside from the fact that they get AoO. On top of that, it doesn't dictate who is a target for these illusory swordsmen. Is the caster immune to it? Because it doesn't say he is. In addition, do they effect corporeal creatures? It says they're corporeal, and says nothing about them effecting corporeal creatures...

    And to top it all off, I have a Beguiler in my game asking me about it...
    DM: The lake's surface ripples, sending a flock of ducks flying away as a pair of horns emerge from the water. Twin lances connect to a massive, skull-like head, jaws fairly dripping with acid. A long, sinewy neck descends beneath the water, cloudy and murky, hiding it's depth. "I've been waiting for someone to come looking after those pesky lancers..." The dragon grinned, sniffing the air. "And I hope you--"

    Cleric: "OMG DUCKIES!"

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    Not to mention it doesn't have an attack bonus listed.

    I've always assumed it to be CL+Casting stat, myself.
    Last edited by sofawall; 2010-02-11 at 08:31 PM.

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    I think that they planned it to summon the soldiers, then decided it was too powerful and removed their attacks but didn't edit enough. Just as an area of 'flanked' seems like a good enough Beguiler spell...

    If it just summons a handfull of AC 25 soldiers with attack bonuses, it overpowers Summon Monster III in just about every way but flexibility...
    DM: The lake's surface ripples, sending a flock of ducks flying away as a pair of horns emerge from the water. Twin lances connect to a massive, skull-like head, jaws fairly dripping with acid. A long, sinewy neck descends beneath the water, cloudy and murky, hiding it's depth. "I've been waiting for someone to come looking after those pesky lancers..." The dragon grinned, sniffing the air. "And I hope you--"

    Cleric: "OMG DUCKIES!"

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    Default Re: Legion of Sentinals

    This omission was corrected in the PHB II Errata:

    Should include the following text at the end of its
    description: “The swordsmen’s attacks are at a
    bonus equal to your caster level, they threaten
    critical hits on a 19 or 20, and they deal 1d8 points
    of slashing damage with a +1 bonus per three caster
    levels (max +5). They only make attacks of
    opportunity, and their weapon damage is slashing
    and is affected by damage reduction.”
    Be aware that they only get AoO, so something has to provoke before the Legion can attack. On the plus side, they're incorporeal, so the attack ignores armour/shields (excluding force effects).

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    My favorite tactic is a Sorcerer who learns Bigby's Slapping Hand and Legion of Sentinels. It's a DC20 Concentration check (effectively a DC20 Fort save for any non-caster) or provoke (for a Medium enemy) 18 AoO. A Large enemy would provoke 40.

    A 2nd level and 3rd level spell together dealing as much as 18d8+18 damage is pretty nice at level 6. The problem is that it scales horribly, high level monsters are basically immune.
    Last edited by The Glyphstone; 2010-02-11 at 09:44 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Eternally helpful. I love this community...
    DM: The lake's surface ripples, sending a flock of ducks flying away as a pair of horns emerge from the water. Twin lances connect to a massive, skull-like head, jaws fairly dripping with acid. A long, sinewy neck descends beneath the water, cloudy and murky, hiding it's depth. "I've been waiting for someone to come looking after those pesky lancers..." The dragon grinned, sniffing the air. "And I hope you--"

    Cleric: "OMG DUCKIES!"

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    Another great tactic is to combine Legion of Sentinels with Solid Fog. Watch as your enemies very slowly move out of the Solid Fog, provoking multiple AoO's for every 5' they move, over multiple rounds.

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    Default Re: Legion of Sentinals

    I think it also provokes AoO if they are inside of a character when they first appear. So a Large character is hit 4 times, a medium once, etc.

    Shame they don't know Thicket of Blades.

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