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    “What does it feel like to drown? To be cast away, thrown in the dirt? I used to have nightmares about these things. I used to have tortured dreams of blades in my belly and hammers upon my skull. Now I have hosted a hundred spirits, lived a hundred lives, cried for a hundred sorrows. I had an opportunity to turn back, but with tears in my eyes and my blood pooling at my feet, I asked for more. Now I wish to be poisoned, to be torn apart, to be wracked and reworked by magic, and to be cut into pieces as many times as it takes for me to empathize with everyone in this world and the next. That is my wish, selfish as it is, today.”
    -- Giles Miller, Bladebound Martyr

    Some warriors find strength in stoicism. Subjected to a lifetime of stress, to the rigors and horrors of violent combat, how could one not become inured? The alternative, to remain tender and open, is unthinkable. It would be a death sentence, an unbearable burden, to insist upon empathy and softness while living a life of war. Fighters do not weep.

    Yet, it is this very vulnerability that the Bladebound Martyr chooses. Exposed to trials of both the sword and spirit, these initiator-pactmakers arm themselves not to conquer the world, but to embrace it. Ever the idealists, each Bladebound Martyr hopes that by bearing witness, by shouldering weight and continuing on, they may find a way to make a difference.

    Requirements

    Skills: Knowledge (religion) 5 ranks.
    Feats: Liberation Devotion feat (described below).
    Alignment: Chaotic Good.
    Special: Suppress Sign class feature, Zealous Surge class feature.

    * Alignments are notoriously subjectively and astoundingly finicky. The core concept of this prestige class is a character who, having been exposed to the horrors of war and the darkness of pact binding, has resolved to do justice to all the pain and suffering and injustice in the world by witnessing and fighting that pain and suffering. The Bladebound Martyr values freedom above all else, but by focusing on empathy and uplift, not on personal liberties. To me this collection of outlooks is describable as chaotic good, but if you or your DM view things differently, feel free to ditch or adapt the alignment requirement of this prestige class.

    Hit Die: d10
    Class Skills: Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Wis), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Knowledge (the planes) (Int), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Martial Lore (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str).
    Skill Points at 1st level: (4+Intelligence modifier) x 4
    Skill Points at each additional level: 4+Intelligence modifier

    Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Maneuvers Known Maneuvers Readied Stances Known
    1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Bleeding Heart, Stones Piled High, Soul Binding +1 0 0 1
    2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Weap and Bear Witness, Soul Binding +2 1 0 0
    3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Soul Binding +3 0 1 0
    4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Kindred Soul, Soul Binding +4 1 0 0
    5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Soul Binding +5 0 0 1
    6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +5 The Fear and Trembling, Soul Binding +6 1 0 0
    7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +5 Soul Binding +7 0 1 0
    8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +6 The World We Choose, Soul Binding +8 1 0 0
    9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +6 Soul Binding +9 0 0 1
    10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +7 To Let Go, Unbound Martyr, Soul Binding +10 1 0 0

    Class Features


    Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Bladebound Martyr is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, heavy armor, and shields.

    Soul Binding: At each level, your soul binding ability improves as if you had gained a level of the Binder class. This increases your effective binder level, the bonus you receive on binding checks, and the level and number of vestiges you may bind. You do not, however, gain any other abilities or advantages a Binder would have gained.

    Maneuvers: At each even-numbered level, you gain one new maneuver known from the Devoted Spirit, Stone Dragon, or White Raven disciplines. You must meet a maneuver’s prerequisite to learn it. You add your full Bladebound Martyr levels to your initiator level to determine your total initiator level and your highest-level maneuvers known. At 3rd level and 7th level, you gain an additional maneuver readied per day.

    Stances Known: At 1st, 5th, and 9th level, you learn a new martial stance from the Devoted Spirit, Stone Dragon, or White Raven discipline. You must meet a stance’s prerequisite to learn it.

    Bleeding Heart (Su): At the crux of every martial discipline is an ideal. Like artists, every initiator’s work is a tangible incarnation of something intangible within them. The only difference is that an initiator’s medium, rather than being paint or prose or polished stone, is combat. As a Bladebound Martyr, the philosophical hearts of each of your sublime schools now beat as one, each directing blood towards a single body of ideals. By initiating certain types of maneuvers, you tap into this reservoir of ideation, fueling the powers granted to you by the vestiges you bind. Once per round, whenever you initiate any of the three types of maneuvers described below, you may subtract 1 round from the recharge counts of all abilities granted to you be vestiges you currently have bound.
    • Devoted Spirit strikes that restore you or an ally’s hit-points. These maneuvers remind you of the administering of tender care, mindful commiseration, spiritual healing.
    • Stone Dragon strikes that grant you the ability to overcome damage reduction, ignore hardness, or deal extra damage against objects or constructs. These maneuvers remind you of the breaking of bonds, the shattering of evil, and the crumbling of injustices.
    • White Raven strikes or boosts that grant your allies the ability to attack or move during your turn or which change an ally’s initiative count. These maneuvers remind you of the uplift of others, the deconsolidation of power, and the universality of our experiences.
    • Any maneuver granted to you by levels in this class. These maneuvers remind you of your vestiges, bringing you closer to the suffering they’ve endured and the lessons they’ve learned.


    Stones Piled High (Ex): You have felt the weight of a hundred sorrows, and though you can’t bear a single more, you must carry on. Unwilling to inflict any sort of bondage upon another soul, you may no longer utilize the Suppress Sign class feature to hide a vestige’s sign. On the other hand, your determination to carry the burdens of the spirit-world frees you from certain earthly constraints. When initiating maneuvers (or stances) from the Stone Dragon discipline, you may ignore any restrictions mandating that you must stay in contact with solid ground.

    Weep and Bear Witness (Su): There are some who, unwilling and uncaring, choose to look away. That apathy is one of the few things which arouses genuine hate in you. If you were ever to choose the same, you could never forgive yourself. At 2nd level, you gain a special strike that draws power from your vestige allies to strike out at your foes. This is treated just as a normal martial maneuver: you must ready it and expend it normally. It is a 3rd level strike, and belongs to the Stone Dragon discipline. By initiating this maneuver, you must take a standard action to make a single melee attack. If this attack hits, it deals damage as normal. In addition, your target must make two saving throws, one Fortitude and one Will. A failed Fortitude save inflicts the sickened condition for five rounds, while a failed Will save inflicts the stunned condition for one round. It is possible for your target to resist both of these effects, only one, or neither based on the results of their saving throws.
    In addition, if your target fails both saving throws then a small fraction of one of your vestiges is left imprinted upon them temporarily. Choose one of your vestiges, and for the rest of the duration you keep it bound, your target also manifests that vestige’s sign and influence, as if they were bound to the same vestige. Your target gains no other effects or benefits of binding the vestige in question, and you continue to manifest the sign and influence yourself.

    Kindred Soul (Su): Among vestiges, hidden away in their realm between life and death, there are whispers of a martyr who is a friend to the lost and forgotten. Bound to your blade, you inspire confidence in the otherworldly spirits who are drawn to you, and so you enjoy the graces of their goodwill. At 4th level, you gain a special boost increases the potency of the powers your vestiges grant. This is treated just as a normal martial maneuver: you must ready it and expend it normally. It is a 4th level boost, and belongs to the White Raven discipline. By initiating this maneuver as a swift action, you may select an amount of options off of the Pact Augmentation Abilities table equal to half your class level. You gain the benefits of these abilities for one round.
    You may not select “+2 insight bonus on initiative checks” option on the Pact Augmentation Abilities table if you are currently engaged in combat.
    If you select the “+5 hit points” option on the Pact Augmentation Abilities table, you gain the temporary hit points rather than an increase to your base hit points. At the beginning of your next turn, when the effects of this boost would end, you may first choose to empty any damage in your Delayed Damage Pool into your temporary hit points (thereby ensuring you gain use from this ability).

    The Fear and Trembling (Ex): You made an oath to yourself when you became a Bladebound Martyr, one to never look away. Death will come someday, but until it does you intend to carry all the weight you can, to live from start to finish. At 6th level, you may use the Zealous Surge ability an additional number of times per day equal to the number of vestiges you are able to bind at one time.

    The World We Choose (Su): Villainous ambitions, hopes lost on the wind, stomach-churning horrors--these are the threads from which each and every vestige weaves its tale. These are the ideas and motifs which fill stories of old, characterizing the dead and gone. You know, as a Bladebound Martyr, that we have not come so far. This is the world we choose, and it is up to us whether anything changes. At 8th level, you gain a special counter which lets you shatter the traditions of old and begin anew. This is treated just as a normal martial maneuver: you must ready it and expend it normally. It is a 5th level counter, and belongs to the Devoted Spirit discipline. By initiating this maneuver as an immediate action, you may produce and effect similar to the Break Enchantment spell, but with a few key differences.
    This maneuver may only target a single creature, and must be used within one minute of when the enchantment, transmutation, or curse you seek to end began its duration.
    When attempting to end an instantaneous effect, you may make an initiator level check (1d20 + initiator level, maximum +15) rather than a caster level check.
    This maneuver is supernatural, but is not a spell or spell-like ability. It has no verbal component and can be initiated as an immediate action (rather than having a casting time of 1 minute).

    To Let Go (Su): The ultimate act of the Bladebound Martyr is not one of martial excellency or supernatural might, but one of mercy. You have always hoped to change the world for the better, to bring some measure of freedom and dignity to those so often denied it. At the pinnacle of your craft, you have found a way to make a difference. At 10th level, you gain a special strike which you may only ever initiate once. This is readied just as a normal martial maneuver but once expect you may never ready it again. It is a 7th level strike, and belongs to no discipline. By initiating this maneuver, you must take a standard action to make a single melee attack against a seal you have made using the Soul Binding class feature. The seal must belong to a vestige which you have a great personal connection with--one with which you have made frequent contact and forged many pacts. You do not need to make a roll for this attack, it always hits as long as there are no obstructions. You attack deals damage as normal to the surface or material upon which your seal has been drawn. In addition, your attack disrupts the geometries of the seal, rendering it useless for binding purposes. At the end of your turn, the vestige associated with the seal you performed this strike upon is permanently and irrevocably freed. No binder, including you, may ever contact or bind the vestige in question ever again. This effect may not be undone in any way, even by divine means.

    Unbound Martyr (Su): You have always believed in something worth fighting for. Today you won a battle towards that end--not the first, and certainly not the last, but another small step towards something worthwhile. You feel as though you are looking into the sun, and you are not blinded. At 10th level, you gain a special stance which you may only initiate if you have performed the special strike granted by the To Let Go strike. This is stance is entered and exited just like a normal stance, providing benefits while you are in it. It is a 7th level stance, and belongs to no discipline. While you are in this stance you become immune to binding, entanglement, grappling, imprisonment, maze, paralysis, petrification, pinning, sleep, slow, stunning, temporal stasis, and web.

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    Liberation Devotion
    [Domain] Feat
    Benefit: Once per day as a swift action, you can activate this ability to move up to your speed as a swift action each round. Thus, you can move your speed and then take a full-round action, or move and take two other actions (two move actions or one move action and one standard action). This effect lasts for 1 minute.
    Special: You cannot take a 5-foot step in the same round that you use this feat to move as a swift action.
    You can select this feat multiple times, gaining one additional daily use each time you take it.
    If you have the ability to turn or rebuke undead, you gain one additional daily use of this feat for each two daily turn or rebuke uses you expend.
    If you have the Stones Piled High class feature, you gain one additional daily use of this feat for each two daily Zealous Surge ability uses you expend.
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    Default Re: [PEACH] To Free A Vestige, To Change The World

    Clarify the concept and how it connects to binding. Is it about empathizing with the desolation of vestiges trapped in the void? I think the Stones Piled High flavor text is the right way to put it. You bind vestiges to "shoulder their burden". The class is a vestige charity foundation.

    Bleeding heart - simplify. Just strike maneuvers from the crusader class and this class.

    Stones piled high - yes, I like being forced to show the sign and it makes sense with the idea of having to carry that vestige's burden. But I'd remove the Stone Dragon part since every TOB homebrewer puts in a "stone dragon on the ground" clause and it gets tedious.

    weep, bear witness - simplify, make it one save for sickened plus manifest sign. the manifest sign is the cool part so you want it to happen often

    kindred soul more or less good.

    world we choose - it should have some binding interaction like the other abilities this class grants.

    unbound martyr - functional, but handing out a bunch of immunities as capstone isn't very interesting. Instead I would do something that follows directly from "to let go" -- maybe the freed vestige accompanies you as a friend, or you can call upon its aid, etc.

    Liberation devotion - unnecessary.


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    Default Re: [PEACH] To Free A Vestige, To Change The World

    Quote Originally Posted by Elves View Post
    Clarify the concept and how it connects to binding. Is it about empathizing with the desolation of vestiges trapped in the void? I think the Stones Piled High flavor text is the right way to put it. You bind vestiges to "shoulder their burden". The class is a vestige charity foundation.

    world we choose - it should have some binding interaction like the other abilities this class grants.

    unbound martyr - functional, but handing out a bunch of immunities as capstone isn't very interesting. Instead I would do something that follows directly from "to let go" -- maybe the freed vestige accompanies you as a friend, or you can call upon its aid, etc.

    Liberation devotion - unnecessary.
    I definitely see what you're talking about. The Liberation Devotion feat and the Unbound Martyr class feature (which is, in essence, freedom the stance) are both things that I could shave-off in order to refine and streamline the class' theme and purpose. I think I'm going to rework those abilities and simplify the fluff--perhaps rename the class as well to reflect the less moralizing take on its sctick.

    Bleeding heart - simplify. Just strike maneuvers from the crusader class and this class.
    Would that make the vestige abilities recharge to quickly? I could also make it so that you pick one of your three disciplines and its any maneuvers of that discipline which trigger the recharge.

    Stones piled high - I'd remove the Stone Dragon part since every TOB homebrewer puts in a "stone dragon on the ground" clause and it gets tedious.
    To clarify, is the Stone Dragon clause tedious because lots of homebrewers already have something similar, or because most people ignore the "on solid ground" rule anyway?

    weep, bear witness - simplify, make it one save for sickened plus manifest sign. the manifest sign is the cool part so you want it to happen often
    This makes sense--so should I ditch the stunned side of the ability entirely? If the stunning capacity is removed, can this maneuver still cut it as a 3rd level strike?

    For project in sig there's a binder/initiator PRC called "Bladebinder", do you mind if I incorporate a couple of these abilities?
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    Default Re: [PEACH] To Free A Vestige, To Change The World

    Quote Originally Posted by Blueiji View Post
    Would that make the vestige abilities recharge to quickly? I could also make it so that you pick one of your three disciplines and its any maneuvers of that discipline which trigger the recharge.
    Or maybe just limit it to maneuvers learned through this class. Either way.

    To clarify, is the Stone Dragon clause tedious because lots of homebrewers already have something similar, or because most people ignore the "on solid ground" rule anyway?
    It just feels like it's in there because you think it's something about the system that should be different, rather than because it's natural to this class. Ymmv.

    This makes sense--so should I ditch the stunned side of the ability entirely? If the stunning capacity is removed, can this maneuver still cut it as a 3rd level strike?
    Well, the point would be that it would be situational. Chupoclops in a party with a fear build, dahlver-nar to interrupt some kind of ritual. Maybe have it also stun @ IL 12 or 15, to keep it relevant. Alternately, have it be no save to resist the influence, or perhaps only save next round.

    My biggest thing would be the capstone which like I said I think could be more unique/thematic.
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