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Blackguard spells... 
21st-May-2006 08:29 am
Okies, my player with the Blackguard actually qualifies for the PrC "Acolyte of the Skin", so she has decided to take levels in it... I am fine with this, as it fits into her story and character perfectly... The Green Dragon is more of an aesthetic touch than anything and she rarely gets to use him for more than getting around... My only problem is the spell progression... Do I allow her more spells/day, it would only be about 1 extra spell per day every 3 levels or so... Would I be better off giving her bonus feats instead...? Restricted to a certain list of course, maybe Vile feats or Metamagic feats or Divine feats... Something else altogether perhaps...?
21st-May-2006 04:31 am (UTC)
The Acolyte grants +1 level spellcasting at alternate levels right? Then that's how you do it. I'm not sure what the problem is--do you just not think that's worth it?
21st-May-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Just not sure if the Blackguards LIMITED spellcasting ability SHOULD progress after all 10 levels of Blackguard are taken... Like maybe they shouldn't until epic at least... Meh, she'll only get about 3 more spells per day anyways... Nevermind, duder...
21st-May-2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't realize you already had 10 levels of Blackguard.

From SRD:
The blackguard’s caster level is equal to his or her class level. The blackguard’s number of spells per day does not increase after 10th level. "

This would suggest that, by the book, you're just out of luck. The spellcasting gains don't do anything for you because your class can't gain anymore spells (it'd be kind of the same if you had a low Int or something, so couldn' t gain any higher level spells as a wizard).

Now, if your DM allows it, you could probably houserule a difference--maybe you do just gain an extra spell per day at each level. Or you could think of some other ability to give in exchange. Another option would be to have the character grab a level in something with spellcasting really fast (take cleric 1 or something) and then take the acolyte and gain the bonus levels in that spellcasting class (you could even think of it as an 11-level PrC if it makes you feel better). Or perhaps make of a special "Acolyte" spell-list similar to the blackguard or the assassin's spellgaining and have that increase.
21st-May-2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've got an idea that might work for you. It doesn't go by the standard rules, but I think it might work well for you.

The blackguard spell progression is like a compressed version of the paladin's. Well, there are three lines on the paladin progression the blackguard doesn't use. Why not give him those, at the "+1 spellcasting level" levels of the acolyte of the skin? They are:
3 2 2 1
3 3 3 2
3 3 3 3
Then, for his last two levels, just increase his caster level as normal.

Hope this helps.
22nd-May-2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Well, that progression is exactly what I was going to give her, but I wasn't sure if it was good enough... I have reviewed the PrC a few times now and note the awesome combat enhancing abilities and what not (+2 dex AND con not among the least)... I think I'll go with that spell progression since I don't intend on letting the game go past 20th level or so...
21st-May-2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Since Blackguards have a very slow spell progression to begin with, I don't see anything wrong with giving her a spellcaster level every level instead of every other level. However, you may want to include the caveat that if she takes a different spellcasting class (e.g. sorcerer) it drops back to every-other-level.

Then again, Acolyte of the Skin has a crap-ton of special abilities associated with it, and many of them are directly useful to a combat-oriented character such as a blackguard. So it's possible that it's the class is balanced anyway.

I love the character concept, by the way!
23rd-May-2006 08:28 am (UTC)
She could take one level of cleric first... by that point I'm sure more than a few evil deities have their eyes on her...
23rd-May-2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Or even Favored Soul, if said deities really decide to be proactive about taking an interest in her.

"The good news: You're now proficient and badass with a scythe. The bad news: Nerull wants you to become a lich."
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