Fancy shmancy dancey pantsy. This is so far one of the most popular homebrews I've ever done. Originally posted here
A wardancer is a thing of deadly beauty and grace, gyrating through the battlefield and leaving behind a trail of bodies.
MAKING A WARDANCER
Start with dervish, stir in 10 more levels, add a dash of barbarian, and combine with some martial disciplines. Mix well, and season to taste.
Dexterity and Charisma make a Wardancer deadly. As a melee class, a high Constitution is nearly a requirement.
Any class which is particularly graceful and long of limb. Elves make particularly good Wardancers.
The Wardancer's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Jump (Str), Martial Lore (Int), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Swim (Str), and Tumble (Dex).
Skill Points at 1st Level:
(4 + Int) x4
Skill Points at Each Additional Level:
4 + Int
Weapon and Armor Proficiencies
|Level || BAB || Fort || Ref || Will || Special || Man. Known || Man. Readied || Stances Known|
|1 || +1 ||+0|| +2 ||+0||Battlegrace (nimble dance), wardance|| 3 || 3 || 1|
|2 || +2 ||+0|| +3 ||+0||Graceful dance, rapid steps +10 feet|| 4 || 3 || 1|
|3 || +3 ||+1|| +3 ||+1||Opportunistic recovery|| 5 || 3 || 1|
|4 || +4 ||+1|| +4 ||+1||Uncanny dodge|| 5 || 4 || 2|
|5 || +5 ||+1|| +4 ||+1||Improved wardance|| 6 || 4 || 2|
|6 || +6/+1 ||+2|| +5 ||+2||Deceptive motion|| 6 || 4 || 2|
|7 || +7/+2 ||+2|| +5 ||+2||Battlegrace (elegant defense)|| 7 || 4 || 2|
|8 || +8/+3 ||+2|| +6 ||+2||Mesmerizing dance, rapid steps +20 feet|| 7 || 4 || 2|
|9 || +9/+4 ||+3|| +6 ||+3||Improved uncanny dodge|| 8 || 4 || 2|
|10|| +10/+5 ||+3|| +7 ||+3||Greater wardance|| 8 || 5 || 3|
|11|| +11/+6/+1 ||+3|| +7 ||+3||Improved deceptive motion|| 9 || 5 || 3|
|12|| +12/+7/+2 ||+4|| +8 ||+4||Improved opportunistic recovery|| 9 || 5 || 3|
|13|| +13/+8/+3 ||+4|| +8 ||+4||Battlegrace (supple offense)|| 10|| 5 || 3|
|14|| +14/+9/+4 ||+4|| +9 ||+4||Inspiring dance, rapid steps +30 feet|| 10|| 5 || 3|
|15|| +15/+10/+5 ||+5|| +9 ||+5||Superior wardance|| 11|| 6 || 3|
|16|| +16/+11/+6/+1 ||+5|| +10||+5||Greater deceptive motion|| 11|| 6 || 4|
|17|| +17/+12/+7/+2 ||+5|| +10||+5||Improved mesmerizing dance|| 12|| 6 || 4|
|18|| +18/+13/+8/+3 ||+6|| +11||+6||Improved inspiring dance|| 12|| 6 || 4|
|19|| +19/+14/+9/+4 ||+6|| +11||+6||Battlegrace (refined avoidance)|| 13|| 6 || 4|
|20|| +20/+15/+10/+5||+6|| +12||+6||Rapid steps +40 feet, supreme wardance|| 13|| 7 || 4|
: Wardancers are proficient with simple weapons, as well as the falchion, kama, light mace, light pick, longsword, rapier, sap, scimitar, scythe, shortsword, and whip. They are also proficient with light armor, but not shields.
A wardancer begins her career with knowledge of three martial maneuvers, chosen from the following disciplines: Dancing Fox
, Dancing Goddess
, Dancing Leaf
, Desert Wind, and Scarlet Rose
. Once she knows a maneuver, a wardancer must ready it before she can use it (see Maneuvers Readied, below). A maneuver usable by wardancers is considered an extraordinary ability unless otherwise noted in its description. A wardancer's maneuvers are not affected by spell resistance, and she does not provoke attacks of opportunity when she initiates one.
A wardancer learns additional maneuvers at higher levels, as shown on the above table. She must meet a maneuverís prerequisite to learn it. The highest-level maneuvers she can learn are based on her initiator level, as normal. Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even-numbered wardancer level after that (6th, 8th, 10th, and so on), a wardancer can choose to learn a new maneuver in place of one she already knows. In effect, she loses the old maneuver in exchange for the new one. She can choose a new maneuver of any level she likes, as long as she observes her restriction on the highest-level maneuvers she can learn; she need not replace the old maneuver with a maneuver of the same level.
A wardancer can ready all three of her maneuvers per encounter at level 1, but as she advances in level and learns more maneuvers, she must choose which maneuvers to ready. A wardancer readies maneuvers by meditating and dancing for 5 minutes; once readied, the maneuvers remain so until she spends 5 minutes to ready new ones.
A wardancer begins an encounter with all her maneuvers unexpended, regardless of how many times she might have already used them since she readied them. When she initiates a maneuver, she expends it for the current encounter, so each of his maneuvers can be used once per encounter unless he recovers them. At the end of a wardancer's turn, she may recover up to a single expended maneuver of her choice if she succeeds at a Perform (Dance) check (DC 13 + 3 times the maneuver's level) as a free action. She can't use a recovered maneuver in the same round that she recovers it, or recover a maneuver in the same round that she expended it.
A wardancer begins play with knowledge of one 1st-level stance from any discipline open to her. At 4th, 10th, and 16th level, she can choose additional stances. Unlike maneuvers, stances are not expended, and she does not have to ready them. All the stances she knows are available to her at all times, and she can change the stance she currently uses as a swift action. A stance is an extraordinary ability unless otherwise stated in the stance description. Unlike with maneuvers, a wardancer cannot learn a new stance at higher levels in place of one he already knows.
A wardancer is the pinnacle of graceful combat. As a move action, the wardancer may expend a readied (and unexpended) maneuver without gaining its usual benefit; instead, she gains a bonus to Perform (Dance) checks equal to her Dexterity modifier for a number of rounds equal to the maneuver's level. At 7th level, she may instead choose to gain a dodge bonus to her AC equal to her Charisma modifier.
At 13th level, as an immediate action the wardancer may expend a readied (and unexpended) maneuver without gaining its usual benefit, instead gaining a bonus to initiative checks equal to the level of the maneuver. She may do this when she and her party roll initiative, modifying her initiative roll for the current encounter. At 19th level, the wardancer may expend a readied (and unexpended) maneuver without gaining its usual benefit as an immediate action at any time, gaining a bonus equal to the level of the maneuver on her next saving throw made within one round.
The refined art of the wardance is what gives the wardancer her title. A wardancer may enter a wardance at any time, up to once per day per class level. She must move at least 5 feet in a round to maintain the wardance, up to a number of rounds equal to her ranks in Perform (Dance); if she does not move at least 5 feet in a round, or if she surpasses her maximum number of rounds, the wardance ends. When a wardance ends, the wardancer becomes fatigued until the end of the current encounter. She may not enter a wardance while fatigued.
While in a wardance, a wardancer gains a bonus to her melee attack and damage rolls equal to her Charisma modifier; this bonus applies to martial strikes as well. In addition, while in a wardance she may move up to her speed as part of a full attack action, or as part of a martial strike which involves two or more attacks. She may divide up her movement however she chooses in 5-foot increments, but she must move at least 5 feet in between each attack.
Graceful dance (Ex):
Beginning at 2nd level, at the beginning of her turn a wardancer may make a Perform (Dance) check as a swift action (DC equal to 15 + the number of enemies within 30 feet); if she does so, she provokes no attacks of opportunity for moving through threatened squares in that round.
Rapid steps (Ex):
At 2nd level, and every 6 levels after, a wardancer's base land speed increases by 10 feet.
Opportunistic recovery (Ex):
Whenever an enemy provokes an attack of opportunity from a wardancer of 3rd level or higher by moving through one of her threatened squares, she may immediately recover one of her expended maneuvers as a free action.
Uncanny dodge (Ex):
Starting at 4th level, a wardancer can react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She retains her Dexterity bonus to AC (if any) even if she is caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, she still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. If a wardancer already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead.
Improved wardance (Ex):
At 5th level, a wardancer has become even more skilled at the art of her namesake. While performing a full-attack action in a wardance, the wardancer gains one additional attack at her highest base attack bonus for every 5 class levels.
Deceptive motion (Ex):
Upon reaching 6th level, a wardancer learns to bend her body in unpredictable ways while dancing. Whenever she moves at least 10 feet and ends her movement in a square from which she threatens an opponent, she may make a feint attempt against that opponent as a free action, but using her Perform (Dance) skill instead of Bluff for the feint. She may do this any number of times in a round, as long as she moves at least 10 feet before each feint.
Mesmerizing dance (Ex):
Whenever a wardancer of 8th level or higher does nothing but move during a round, and moves at least her base speed, any opponent who is within 30 feet of her at any point along her path and can see her must make a Will save (DC equal to the result of her Perform (Dance) check) or be fascinated for a number of rounds equal to her Charisma modifier. Unlike normal fascination, however, an affected creature is not granted a saving throw due to potential threats, and is only granted a save due to obvious threats when such threats occur in a space directly adjacent to the creature (obvious threats do not automatically end the fascination). A creature who successfully saves cannot be affected by this ability again for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting effect.
Improved uncanny dodge (Ex):
At 9th level, a wardancer can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the character by flanking her, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target does wardancer levels. If a character already has uncanny dodge from a second class, the character automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead, and the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum rogue level required to flank the character.
Greater wardance (Ex):
Beginning at 10th level, a wardancer's skill with the wardance has reached new heights. Whenever she is maintaining a wardance, the wardancer gains the benefit of evasion, as the rogue class feature. In addition, she can move through difficult terrain at no penalty with a successful DC 20 Perform (Dance) check as part of the same action.
Improved deceptive motion (Ex):
Upon reaching 11th level, any creature who is affected by a wardancer's Deceptive Motion class feature is also denied their Strength and Power Attack bonus to damage, if any, for attacks against her until the beginning of her next turn.
Improved opportunistic recovery (Ex):
Whenever an enemy provokes an attack of opportunity from a wardancer of 12th level or higher for any reason, she may immediately recover one of her expended maneuvers as a free action. This ability replaces the effect of the Opportunistic Recovery class feature.
Inspiring dance (Ex):
Beginning at 14th level, a wardancer learns to inspire her allies with the glory of her dancing. When entering a wardance, she may make a Perform (Dance) check as a free action; as long as she maintains the wardance, all allies within 30 feet of her (other than her) gain a morale bonus to attack and damage rolls based on the result of her Perform check, as given in the table below.
Superior wardance (Ex):
|15 or below||+1|
|36 or higher||+5|
At 15th level, a wardancer's mastery of her signature technique is nearly complete. While maintaining a wardance, the wardancer gains the benefit of improved evasion as the rogue special ability. In addition, while wardancing, she may spend a swift action to forego the normal effect of any stance she is in to gain the benefit of the freedom of movement
spell. This benefit lasts as long as she would maintain the stance; she can end this effect and resume gaining the normal benefit of the stance as a swift action. This effect, if active, also ends when a wardance ends, in which case the wardancer may regain the normal benefit of her stance at the beginning of her next turn by spending a swift action as normal.
Greater deceptive motion (Ex):
At 16th level, any creature affected by a wardancer's Deceptive Motion class feature suffers a miss chance on all attacks (including attacks against other creatures) equal to 5% times the amount the wardancer succeeded on the feint attempt by (maximum 50%) for 1 round.
Improved mesmerizing dance (Ex):
Whenever a wardancer of 17th level or higher affects a creature with her Mesmerizing Dance class feature, the creature is fascinated for a number of rounds equal to her Charisma score. In addition, her Mesmerizing Dance can affect even creatures immune to mind-affecting effects; however, such creatures gain a +4 bonus on the Will save.
Improved inspiring dance (Ex):
Beginning at 18th level, whenever a wardancer uses her Inspiring Dance ability, she also grants affected allies an identical morale bonus to saves and armor class.
Supreme wardance (Ex):
Upon reaching 20th level, a wardancer has reached the apex of her ability with the wardance. Whenever she is maintaining a wardance (but no more often than once per round), she may replace any attack within a full-attack action with a martial strike which takes no more than a standard action to initiate. In addition, while wardancing, the total distance she can move as part of a full attack increases to twice her speed, and she no longer becomes fatigued when a wardance ends.