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    A destroyer is a creature that is able to draw upon the power of darkness in order to punish those who stand in his way. His attacks allow him to drink his enemies dry, and with every slash of his blade, the destroyer grows stronger and stronger.

    Prerequisites: In order to become a destroyer, you must meet the following prerequisites:

    Base Attack Bonus: +7
    Spellcasting: Must be able to cast the vampiric touch spell as an arcane spell.
    Special: Must have the Arcane Channeling class feature or a similar ability. Possession of a spell-storing or bloodstone weapon does not let you meet this qualification.

    HD: d10
    Class Skills: The destroyer's class skills are Bluff, Climb, Concentration, Craft, Intimidate, Jump, Knowledge (Arcana), Listen, Profession, Spellcraft, Spot, Survival, and Swim.
    Skill Points: 4+Int per level

    {table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special|Spellcasting

    1st|+1|+2|+0|+2|Soul Eater|+1 level of existing arcane class

    2nd|+2|+3|+0|+3|Hell's Fang|+1 level of existing arcane class

    3rd|+3|+3|+1|+3|Belial Edge|+1 level of existing arcane class

    4th|+4|+4|+1|+4|Gauntlet Hades|+1 level of existing arcane class

    5th|+5|+4|+1|+4|Blood Kain|+1 level of existing arcane class

    6th|+6|+5|+2|+5|Dead Spike|+1 level of existing arcane class

    7th|+7|+5|+2|+5|Inferno Divider|+1 level of existing arcane class

    8th|+8|+6|+2|+6|Carnage Scissors|+1 level of existing arcane class

    9th|+9|+6|+3|+6|Devoured by Darkness|+1 level of existing arcane class

    10th|+10|+7|+3|+7|Black Onslaught|+1 level of existing arcane class
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    Class Features: The following are the class features of the destroyer:

    Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The destroyer gains proficiency with all melee weapons, including all exotic weapons.

    Spellcasting: At each level, the destroyer gains additional spells per day and an increased caster level as if he had gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class that he already belonged to before he took this class. That spellcasting class must have the vampiric touch spell on its spell list in order to be advanced by this class feature. If the destroyer had multiple arcane classes that qualified, he chooses only one at each level up to advance.

    The destroyer does not gain any additional benefits from this progression, including new spells known.

    Soul Eater (Su): The destroyer's power comes from draining the strength of others. He loses knowledge of every arcane spell he was previously able to cast, save vampiric touch. His spell list is treated as only having the vampiric touch spell on it for the purpose of magic items like wands and scrolls. However, the destroyer is able to use any spell slot he possesses to cast vampiric touch, even lower level slots like 0 and 1st level slots. Additionally, when the destroyer casts vampiric touch and delivers it through his Arcane Channeling ability during a full attack action, the vampiric touch spell now applies to every attack made during that full attack action.

    Hell's Fang (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, at the end of a charge, the destroyer may take a penalty to his Armor Class. This penalty lasts for one round, and may be any number up to the destroyer's Base Attack Bonus. If he does so, the destroyer receives the total penalty as a bonus to his caster level check made to overcome spell resistance with his vampiric touch spell for the rest of the round. If the destroyer's charge attack hits, deals damage, and successfully grants him temporary hit points with a channeled vampiric touch spell, the destroyer may make a second attack against the same creature using the same weapon at a -5 penalty.

    Belial Edge (Ex): From 3rd level on, when a destroyer threatens at least one creature, he may make a DC 20 Jump check as a move action. If he succeeds, he jumps vertically into the air, and may use a standard action to deliver a full-round attack to a single creature he threatens. He may not use his Arcane Channeling ability for this attack, but he receives a +2 bonus to his attack rolls for having higher ground than his opponent. If at least one attack hits, then at the end of the full-attack action, the destroyer may make an Overrun attempt as a free action without a touch attack or provoking an attack of opportunity. If his opposed Strength check succeeds, the destroyer lands in the same square that the creature he knocked prone occupies. If his Overrun attempt fails, the destroyer himself falls prone in the creature's square, though the creature does not get a chance to Overrun him.

    If the destroyer fails his DC 20 Jump check, he does not receive enough momentum to execute this maneuver, and he simply lands in his original square, without any attacks, his move action effectively wasted.

    Gauntlet Hades (Ex): Starting at level 4, a destroyer is able to attack during successful Jump checks. He may make two melee attacks per Jump check, one at his highest attack bonus, and one at a -5 penalty. This allows the destroyer to attack flying creatures, if his Jump check is high enough. Additionally, the destroyer is always treated as if he had a running start for the purpose of his Jump check DCs.

    Blood Kain (Ex): At level 5, a destroyer is able to power the darkness inside him with his own life force. Activating this ability is a free action. It grants the destroyer a +6 bonus to his Strength score and automatically applies the Empower Spell feat to any vampiric touch spell the destroyer casts with no increase in casting time or spell level, but the destroyer takes 3d8 points of damage per turn. This ability lasts for 5 rounds, after which the destroyer becomes exhausted. A destroyer may not enter this state while he is fatigued or exhausted, and may only use Blood Kain once per encounter.

    Dead Spike (Ex): At level 6, the destroyer is able to use a single blow to knock his opponent senseless. As a standard action, the destroyer may make a single melee attack at his highest attack bonus. If he succeeds, the destroyer affects the creature he hit as if he had the Awesome Blow feat (ignoring all size restrictions). If the destroyer actually possesses the Awesome Blow feat, creatures he strikes with Dead Spike take a -4 penalty to their saving throws against it.

    Inferno Divider (Ex): Beginning at level 7, a destroyer is able to add a Jump check to his attack roll, and drag his opponent with him. This grants the destroyer momentum similar to a charge. As a standard action, the destroyer makes a single melee attack roll at his highest attack bonus, as well as a high jump Jump check. He receives a +2 bonus on his attack roll. If he hits, the creature takes damage and flies into the air along with the destroyer, climbing as high as the destroyer Jumped. If the destroyer is able to Jump at least 5 feet into the air, he receives an additional attack against his target at a -5 penalty. The destroyer may then either allow the creature to fall or attempt a third attack against it.

    If the destroyer allows the creature to fall, it flies backward from the force of the destroyer's attack. The destroyer makes a Bull Rush check as a free action without a touch attack or provoking an attack of opportunity. He may not move with the creature, and if his check fails, the creature does not get to Bull Rush him, and instead lands on its feet in its original square, taking no falling damage.

    If the destroyer attempts to attack the creature a third time, he takes a -10 penalty to the attack roll, but if he succeeds, the creature is forced down into the ground. The creature falls and takes falling damage as if it were 20 feet higher in the air than it actually was.

    Regardless of the destroyer's decision, the destroyer lands in his original square, taking no falling damage.

    Carnage Scissors (Ex): If the destroyer is able to drain enough power from his victims, he can unleash devastating attacks. Starting at 8th level, if the destroyer has at least 30 temporary hit points that came solely from his vampiric touch spell, the destroyer is able to consume all of his remaining temporary hit points and charge. To use Carnage Scissors, the destroyer must use his Hell's Fang class feature, taking at least a -5 penalty to his AC. If he is able to make a second attack, and that attack hits, it automatically threatens a critical hit. A destroyer may only use Carnage Scissors once per encounter.

    Devoured by Darkness (Su): A destroyer never goes down. He is able to draw power from his opponents' very souls! Beginning at 9th level, a destroyer under the effect of the Blood Kain class feature and who has at least 45 temporary hit points may attempt to drain his opponent's life force away.

    The destroyer must cast his vampiric touch spell and deliver it through an actual melee touch attack, rather than channeling it through his weapon. If his spellcasting and attack succeeds, the destroyer treats the vampiric touch spell as if it were the harm spell instead, though it deals untyped damage instead of energy damage and does not heal undead. (In essence, he changes the amount of damage it deals from 1d6 per 2 levels to 10/level). The creature he touches is allowed a Will saving throw, DC 16+the destroyer's primary casting modifier (with other bonuses that would pertain to the harm spell, such as Spell Focus (Necromancy), if the destroyer has them) for half damage. If the creature makes its saving throw, its hit points cannot be reduced below 1 with this effect. The destroyer then restores 10 hit points per caster level, maximum 150. (Unlike the vampiric touch spell, this is a true healing effect and thus cannot give the destroyer more hit points than his maximum).

    A destroyer may only use Devoured by Darkness once per encounter. Using Devoured by Darkness immediately ends the destroyer's Blood Kain effect and exhausts him.

    Black Onslaught (Su): Finally, at level 10, the destroyer awakens to his true nature as an incarnation of Death itself. Once per day, the destroyer may make a single melee attack at his highest attack bonus as a full-round action. If he hits, he may make another attack using the same weapon against the same creature at the same attack bonus. This continues until the destroyer's attack misses or until he chooses to stop. If the destroyer reduces a creature's hit points to -10 or below using Black Onslaught, the creature's remains are completely destroyed, as the disintegrate spell, and its soul is sealed inside the destroyer's weapon, as the soul bind spell. Neither effect allows a saving throw. The destroyer immediately recovers all of his lost hit points (he heals enough to put him at maximum) and then gains a number of temporary hit points equal to the total amount of damage he dealt the creature with his Black Onslaught ability, up to the creature's maximum hit points +10. These temporary hit points fade after 8 hours.

    There is no limit to the number of souls a destroyer can hold within a single weapon, but if his weapon is Sundered, all souls that he trapped inside it escape and may be resurrected again. A destroyer may use Black Onslaught with natural weapons, but he may not bind any souls except with a manufactured weapon. (for the purposes of this class feature, an unarmed strike is always considered a natural weapon, and never a manufactured weapon)
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    Strange I expected an ability for his scythe, but this is more his distortions and Astral so it wasn't really necessary.

    Also what class gets Arcane Channeling?

    Personally I think its a great PrC but most casters would never ever think of taking the class as it takes away so much of their verstility. So most people who use it will either be BlazBlue Fans or people who aren't in High Op games.

    Still I'd use it. I am baised though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo v3 View Post
    Strange I expected an ability for his scythe, but this is more his distortions and Astral so it wasn't really necessary.

    Also what class gets Arcane Channeling?

    Personally I think its a great PrC but most casters would never ever think of taking the class as it takes away so much of their verstility. So most people who use it will either be BlazBlue Fans or people who aren't in High Op games.

    Still I'd use it. I am baised though...
    Duskblades, from the Player's Handbook II, get Arcane Channeling. In Pathfinder, the magus class gets Spellstrike, which is a similar ability and would count.

    The duskblade is a very unversatile class. It was basically made as a "gish-in-a-can", giving you Arcane Channeling and a lot of cool touch spells, but only 5th level spell progression and not a whole lot of non-combat spells.

    The only real shtick a duskblade has is full arcane casting and full BAB, as well as channeling touch spells into his weapon. So...yeah. This expands on that, and I think it's the perfect class for an extremely narrowly focused duskblade.

    It's not like I expect sorcerers or wizards to take this class. Ragna is many things, but a wizard he is not.

    And what ability for his scythe would you expect? After all, Ragna doesn't even have a scythe except during Black Onslaught.

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    I'm struck by the idea of a Tiny creature with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat unleashing a hundred-blow-flurry using Black Onslaught and destroying its opponent and sealing its opponent's soul inside its own body.
    I very much like this idea, though it's a bit of a pity that Duskblades can't actually qualify until level 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by absolmorph View Post
    I'm struck by the idea of a Tiny creature with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat unleashing a hundred-blow-flurry using Black Onslaught and destroying its opponent and sealing its opponent's soul inside its own body.
    I very much like this idea, though it's a bit of a pity that Duskblades can't actually qualify until level 9.
    Ah, crap. Well I really don't want to allow that. Guess I'll state its manufactured weapons only.

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    Seraphi, I feel you should know that I plan on using this class for a character in the campaign I'm DMing soon. It it AWESOME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrambledBrains View Post
    Seraphi, I feel you should know that I plan on using this class for a character in the campaign I'm DMing soon. It it AWESOME!
    Why thank you.

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    Interesting, though it seems like you could emulate this via a ToB discipline, like a combination of Tiger Claw and Shadow Hand. Ragna also seems more like he's wielding a weapon with Wrathful Healing on it, so he doesn't have to worry so much about casting defensively when getting off Vamp Touches.

    Also, I can never manage to get Carnage Scissors to go off when I play Ragna. Or anything Jin can do. I suck at fighting games but like the story and art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cieyrin View Post
    Interesting, though it seems like you could emulate this via a ToB discipline, like a combination of Tiger Claw and Shadow Hand. Ragna also seems more like he's wielding a weapon with Wrathful Healing on it, so he doesn't have to worry so much about casting defensively when getting off Vamp Touches.
    Yes, but this would be for tables where ToB doesn't play. Since you can use this stuff at-will, it's a lot better than a crappy full-round recovery time. And of course, ToB doesn't do strike/heal, except as a crusader, which doesn't have Shadow Hand. Also, with the right build, Black Onslaught is far superior to Time Stands Still.

    You don't have to cast defensively to use Arcane Channeling anyway. Says right there in the text, "Casting a spell in this manner does not provoke an attack of opportunity."

    Also, I can never manage to get Carnage Scissors to go off when I play Ragna. Or anything Jin can do. I suck at fighting games but like the story and art.
    Carnage Scissors is tricky, since you have to circle the thumbstick backwards and then immediately push it forward before you hit D. But a lot of the moves in the game have that formula. Once you master it, it becomes second nature to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoSeraphi View Post
    Yes, but this would be for tables where ToB doesn't play. Since you can use this stuff at-will, it's a lot better than a crappy full-round recovery time. And of course, ToB doesn't do strike/heal, except as a crusader, which doesn't have Shadow Hand. Also, with the right build, Black Onslaught is far superior to Time Stands Still.
    That's only if you go Swordsage that you have to deal with that slowish recovery. You can also pick up Devoted Spirit via PrCs, like Jade Phoenix Mage, Eternal Blade or Ruby Knight Vindicator, the last also picking up Shadow Hand.

    In any case, I was suggesting making your own Discipline, not using established ones to try to emulate Ragna. Ragna seems very Warblade to me, perhaps dipping into Binding via Knight of the Sacred Seal to deal with the Black Beast, though that'd probably be a custom Vestige as well.

    You don't have to cast defensively to use Arcane Channeling anyway. Says right there in the text, "Casting a spell in this manner does not provoke an attack of opportunity."
    Have never used a Duskblade before, so excuse my ignorance to their class feature functions.

    Carnage Scissors is tricky, since you have to circle the thumbstick backwards and then immediately push it forward before you hit D. But a lot of the moves in the game have that formula. Once you master it, it becomes second nature to you.
    I'll see if I can get myself from using the right analog stick for getting moves off someday, though that'll have to wait till I get back into my Playstation again, as I've been playing more Bastion and Recettear lately...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cieyrin View Post
    That's only if you go Swordsage that you have to deal with that slowish recovery. You can also pick up Devoted Spirit via PrCs, like Jade Phoenix Mage, Eternal Blade or Ruby Knight Vindicator, the last also picking up Shadow Hand.

    In any case, I was suggesting making your own Discipline, not using established ones to try to emulate Ragna. Ragna seems very Warblade to me, perhaps dipping into Binding via Knight of the Sacred Seal to deal with the Black Beast, though that'd probably be a custom Vestige as well.
    Eh. An entire discipline is too much work. Ragna only has about 9 moves, all of which I covered here. Plus, I don't think anything would fit his Soul Eater ability better than vampiric touch. It really is a magical, necromantic effect that doesn't truly heal him, but rather drains energy from his target. Meanwhile a maneuver would be a typeless supernatural version of it that would require refreshing and wouldn't scale.

    I'm happy with it how it is. Ragna is too magical for the Book of Nine Swords.

    Edit: Also, don't worry about not getting Carnage Scissors down. Devoured by Darkness is much cooler anyway.
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    Added a small boon to Gauntlet Hades, allowing a Destroyer to always be treated as if he had a running start when he Jumps. Should help with his DCs a bit to offset the original Int dependency he had, not that it would mean much to a true Destroyer.

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