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10th-Mar-2005 12:51 pm
So, this NPC is now a 3rd wizard/8th fighter/3rd wilder (psionic class). She wasn't built with optimizing in mind; I don't power game my NPCs, I try to make them based on their background stories. I'm trying to find a prestige that would really flesh her out, put all her skills to use, and make sense with her. She's chaotic neutral, a Niomus (for those of you that have the Mythic Races book) and she is geared mostly to be destructive. Any prestige classes you suggest? Or should I just have her keep going up in levels in her basic three classes?

On a more general note, where do you pull most of your prestige classes? Is there a famous website out there I don't know about, or does everyone just take mix-and-match from various books and magazines?
10th-Mar-2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Either I make them myself, or I get them from books.

On a side note, I'd suggest taking a look at the Expanded Psionic's Handbook Prestige classes. Pyrokineticist may fit her. :)
10th-Mar-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm terrified of making them myself, in fear they'll be unbalanced. I have a lot of players that are good at manipulating the rules, and I've always believed that whatever prestiges an NPC can take, a PC should be able to take.

And, more irrelevant but needing to be said: your icon is hilarious. Reminds me of a great wyrm's breath weapon.

I've considered the Pyrokineticist, though. I wish there was a negative energy equivalent to it, since she worships the goddess of negative energy. I guess I could attempt to tweak it and make a new class using the pyrokineticist as a guideline to try to keep it balanced out...
10th-Mar-2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Harder said than done with Pyrokineticist and Negative Energy. Because Negative Energy isn't one of the five main energy types. It's doable, though, and I'd be happy to help you.

Thanks! The fiancee made it. :) She's one of my regular gamers. DamnedMage is acronymed to DM in our group, since I'm the DM. :D We play on a MUSH server that I coded called TableMUSH, and when I dm/roll (roll the dice as a DM), all they see is (dm) The DM rolls some dice. They say it's scarier than hearing it behind the real screen. :D

As for making them yourself .... don't fear so much. I find that if you make the PrC, post it here and on the D&D forums at Wizards.com, and listen very closely to the replies you get, you can get a lot of good balance information. Such as when I posted the Firestar classes a few days ago. :) I got some wonderful reviews both here and on Wizards, and I was very grateful. I'd be happy to help you out with that, too. :)
10th-Mar-2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
For what its worth, there are a number of prestige class balancing systems out there. They mostly work. You should use them, if you're looking for something specific.

Also, for what its worth: You're the DM. If you have an NPC who doesn't make a whole lot of sense as is, due to some naturual growth, rewrite them. The PCs shouldn't know their exact abilities and that gives you some flexability. There is no such thing as what's good for teh goose (GM) is good for the Gander (PCs). And there SHOULDN'T be. you're creating a baseline for a shared story; do what the story needs.

With that said: there is no reason not to make NPC-only classes. Failing that, give the NPCs special abilities or feats or similar that aren't available to PCs (there are plenty of those, already). Just be careful to balance encounter levels, and everything is fine.

Alternatively, you can let a PC use it, but let them know their abilities are subject to revision for play balance.

As for PrCs: there are hundreds available from a web seach. plus more in published books. I pick and choose what makes sense.
11th-Mar-2005 01:17 am (UTC)
11th-Mar-2005 02:37 am (UTC)
My favorite question to ask myself is "What role does this NPC fill in the campaign?" (In the first Star Wars prequel, Darth Maul was just a henchman. Darth Sidious was a much more complex character, because the story demanded it.) If there's an organization that meets the NPC's goals, that would shelter, support, and train her, then make her the "face" for that organization, and give her levels in an appropriate prestige class.

If not, keep her simple. A Niomus wizard/fighter/wilder is already pretty complex. Anything more, and it'll be hard for the players to comprehend the character, what makes her tick, how she fits into their story.
11th-Mar-2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Mostly books...I think I tried one online prestige and HATED it. I liked some of the ones in the Mongoose Quintisensal series.
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