I've always had a soft spot for "I defeat you and gain your power" type characters. From the aforementioned Soma Cruz of Castlevania's Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow to Kirby, to
, that kind of character who purposefully hunts down strong opponents to become ever stronger themselves is just so cool. Is there any kind of structure in place that allows a character in D&D to do that?
I'm thinking PrCs mainly, but I'm open to other suggestions. Both Necrocarnate and Soul Eater fit very thematically and involve strengthening themselves by killing, but the benefits are too generic and too temporary. They don't have much to do with the actual power of the defeated enemy, and they need refueling. I guess I'm after a more generic and far less broken version of Illithid Savant, because that "brain eating, ability harnessing" thing is just what I'm after.