Friday, March 17, 2017

Elf Musketeers

This post is inspired by the short story that opens the Pirate's Guide to Freeport, published by Green Ronin. It takes the idea of an elf musketeer and adapts it to the Pathfinder RPG rules, using the arcane archer prestige class as a base.


Elf Musketeers
In the Elven Navy, those officer candidates who show aptitude for magic are recruited for elite service in the Musketeers, a band of sharpshooters who wield black powder weapons and who augment their attacks with arcane magic.

Elf Musketeer
CR 7
XP 3200
Various elf fighter 5/Wizard 2/Arcane Archer 1
N medium humanoid
Init +3; Senses Perception +2; Low-light vision
AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 15 (+5 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 52 (6d10+2d6+8)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +6
Resist Elven immunities
Spd 30 ft.
Melee Longsword +9/+4 (1d8+5)
Ranged Musket +11 (1d12+3)
Special Attacks Far Shot, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Weapon Focus (musket), Weapon Specialization (musket)
Str 10, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +7/+2; CMB +8; CMD 22
Feats Far Shot, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Reload, Scribe Scroll, Weapon Focus (musket), Weapon Specialization (musket)
Skills Climb +8, Craft (gunsmithing) +10, Knowledge (arcane) +9, Profession (sailor) +9, Spellcraft +10
Languages Elven, Common, Draconic
SQ Low-light vision, elven immunities, elven magic, keen senses, weapon familiarity, bravery +1, armor training 1, weapon training 1 (firearms), arcane bond, arcane school (divination), cantrips, forewarned, diviner's fortune, enhance bullets (magic)
Combat Gear Mithral shirt +1, longsword +1, musket, powder and ball for 20 shots, cloak of resistance +1, spellbook, spell component pouch
Spells per Day: 4/3
Spells Known: All 0-level; feather fall, identify, jump, magic missile, shield, true strike

Elf musketeers are the elite of the Elven Navy, and they know it. Sometimes they are assigned singly to vessels, to act as sharpshooters and to lead training in firearms and siege weapons; at other times, squads of musketeers are given special assignments, like acting as bodyguards to a dignitary or performing a critical mission during a military engagement. Whatever the case, they do their duty with cool and calculating efficiency, delivering their deadly missiles wherever necessary. Many of them, as a token of their elite status, use their arcane bond ability to form a connection with an exotic familiar animal.

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