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1st-Dec-2008 09:45 am
Human Druid 8/SwordSage 2/Cleric 1/Ruby Knight Vindicator 9

Druid with shape shifting variant from PHB II.

Feats
1-Sacred Vow
1 Racial - Vow of Poverty
1 Exalted - Golden Ice
3- Shape Soulmeld Mantle of Fire
6- Shape Soulmeld Sphinx Claws
9- Open Least Chakra Hands

Combo
Sphinx claws at 9th level give pounce like ability, plus Girrilion's Blessing spell(from SpC), plus druid's 8th level shapeshift for pounce with a claw,claw,claw,claw,bite attack every turn I attack (either 5 foot step and full attack or charge and full attack.)
On rounds that I don't attack I can swift shapeshift out, cast a spell, expend a turn attempt for another swift action (from RKV) and swift shapeshift back if I really need the extra HP and AC (though with VOP I'm doubting this will be needed often.)
The reason for VOP is that with the shifting varient for Druid your magic items don't carry over into your new form, and since I will be spending most of my time shifted, I'm finding that magic items are teh suck for me, so VOP it is! Bess option for me anyways.


What do you think? Any additional ideas?


EDIT: Changed Augment summoning to mantle of fire, as I forgot AS needs Spell Focus as a prereq.
Comments 
1st-Dec-2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
You all know I'm pretty quick to say that something's broken, so let's try this a different way: If you're taking VOP, your character will probably be just fine in just about any situation. Taking it will be much more influential than any other feat/stat interaction or what-have-you. :)
1st-Dec-2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
it is a magic heavy campaign, so i will be missing out on all sorts of goodies unfortunately, but I think that would be a cool character point.
2nd-Dec-2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Nope, VoP still wins this one. You're a druid. Druids and monks are the two classes that Vow of Poverty utterly breaks -- druids because of their wild shape/etc stuff, and monks because they can't use real weapons anyway.
1st-Dec-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Is this for an actual game or some theory-crafting exercise?

From the standpoint of a DM, I can't think of many reasons for allowing much of this to happen. The questions I ask are character-based, though.
1st-Dec-2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
actual game. he actually gave us 30 point point-buy and told us to use any wotc 3.5 books we wanted. I decided to make it less broken by going shapeshifting druid instead of wildshape/animal companion druid.

he wants to through mean stuff at us, so here we go.
2nd-Dec-2008 04:42 am (UTC)
So...to be Ruby Knight Vindicator, you have to be Lawful Neutral, right? To be a druid, you have to be any Neutral. And for Vow of Poverty is, Any Good? Unless I'm wrong, the character seems a bit awkward. Most min-maxers might say that you changed your alignment after, blah blah blah.

It also seems funny that you try to make this build sound less broken by taking a variant druid option. It still have Tome of Battle stuff in it. Most of that stuff is just wrong.
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