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Bigass Swords 
17th-Dec-2006 02:01 am
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I'm creating a fighter-cleric, and I'd love to make his signature weapon a gigantic rune-etched sword that looks like it should be wielding the character instead of the other way around. Any suggestions on feats/materials/weapons that would help with this?

Right now I have him designed with a Large greatsword and Monkey Grip(CW), which makes it a -2 3d8 weapon using one feat. My runner-up was Monkey Grip with a Huge bastard sword and Exotic Wpn Proficiency, which made it a -4 3d8 weapon using two feats. I just couldn't justify losing one feat AND 2 points of AB for an extra foot's length.
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17th-Dec-2006 10:42 am (UTC)
I would lean towards Combat Expertise. You're hurting for attack bonus already, but if you're not making a melee attack that round, can't hurt to have some AC. Now, I don't know if you can take advantage of expertise without both hands on the weapon, so many the feat Somatic Weaponry from Complete Mage would be helpful. Lets you use somatic spell components even while holding a weapon, but check the text and make sure it doesn't specify arcane spells.
17th-Dec-2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Huge mercurial Full-blade, with monkey grip and these epic gloves that treat your weapon weilding as if you were a large creature. Or just a large one, but definately a full-blade. I think it's in complete warrior maybe?
17th-Dec-2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
The Fullblade is in Sword and Fist, but the stats are only listed in the AEG. There seems to be a lot of discussion over whether the fullblade should exist, though. According to WotC's Larger Weapon Damage tables, the Medium Greatsword listed in the PHB should be doing 2d8 damage already, if the Small damage is 1d10. I couldn't find an errata for it, though, so maybe it's just one of WotC's little quirks.

I couldn't find those epic-level gloves you were talking about - we'll be hitting Epic in about 5 levels, and I'd probably want to nab those then.

Doing searches for all this info made me realize how many kids seem to want to play Cloud Strife. I just thought a battle cleric would want a huge iconic weapon. xD
17th-Dec-2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
We've got one in my game. I'll check what he used.
17th-Dec-2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
If you make him a dwarf, then the sword will be that much bigger compared to the character (and he'll still be medium, so you can use all your same tricks).
17th-Dec-2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
I really like this idea, but I already wrapped up four levels making him an Illumian Half-Dragon.
17th-Dec-2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Don't forget teh magic of the Sun Blade for any of these builds.

The sun Blade is treated as a Bastard sword for terms of size, but a short sword for terms of use. Either WEapon Prof/spec/etc apply.

So, a Sun Blade for a Huge character is Large weapon, and can be monkey gripped in one hand.

(Insert debate about whather monkey grip allows you to only use a LArge weapon in one hand, or if it will let you use a Huge weapon in two... If you can do the later, a Gargantuan Sun Blade could be weilded in two hands).
17th-Dec-2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. It's too bad that you can't enchant unique weapons further. I was planning on spending most of his starting wealth adding neat little bonuses to this, and the DM's running a house rule that you can add bonuses later on by paying the difference between enhancement costs.
17th-Dec-2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Actually you can already do that without a house rule. See Adding New Abilities in the SRD

http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/creatingMagicItems.htm
18th-Dec-2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Sun Blade isn't a unique weapon, just a specific one. I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to enhance it further.

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