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[COURT OF SWORDS // E74 Q&A] Hell Lives in the Lower City


(Twitch: eyearcana) #21

Monster Slayer makes more sense.

(Monstercloud1) #22

If he was a Monster Slayer, he could of been using his bonus action for “Slayer’s Prey” and be getting 1d6 on the first attack hit. Horizon Walker… maybe? It’s thematically appropriate, and a utility boon to the party, but I’m not sure that JP would be against doing an additional 1d8 every round just to keep a mystery going.

If he is a Ranger, my best guess would be Gloom Stalker, as that does give Darkvision, and that’s always been a bit of a thorn in his (and the viewers) side. There’s also the benefit to effectively being invisible in darkness vs enemies (and allies?) that rely on darkvision. On top of all that, he has proficiency in Wisdom saving throws too, one of the worst saves to fail.

A rule to go by - failed Dexterity (Reflex) hurts you, failed Constitution kills you, failed Wisdom (Will) kills everyone else.

(apepi) #23

Some things are really making me think. What would happen if they let Ramus’ soul reincarnate. His older physical body is still alive, yet his soul would go into a new person? How would this work? What would happen if they let it?

(Possibly Batman) #24

Hmm, JP has a fighting style (he mentions he should have been rolling a +9 instead of a +7). So Archer Fighting style for +2 with his longbow. This means it is probably a Ranger or Fighter archetype. Narrowed it down by 1 :itmejplol:

(Woadwise) #25

What playable races, if any, don’t exist in the CoS universe? I am beginning to work on some basics for a campaign. Would you think that Golaiths may be out there somewhere?

(Monstercloud1) #26

I probably should of pointed this out/thought of this too - Arcane Archer works off of Int for his arrows’ DCs. That means his DC’s would be 13 (8+3+2). All but one of the arrows has a DC roll in some form, which while the arrows have different saves across the arrows, is still very low.

While he has the same ability score for wisdom, there’s plenty of spell options for Rangers that don’y rely on DCs to be useful (Pass Without Trace for example). I also think this frees up his ASIs for maxing dex/feats instead of increasing an arcane arrow DC by 1.

(profnesbitt) #27

@AdamKoebel @itmeJP
Watching the post show video made me think is there any chance in the future of you doing a short Q and A with the whole cast in place of the post show one episode? It could be done the way you do Q and As now where the questions are submitted earlier in the week and you just record you guys answering some of them. I know there wouldn’t be able to be questions from the most recent episode but it would still be nice to be able to have Dan and Max to answer some character questions. Anyway love the show real excited to see the venture into the darker parts of the city.

(corran1189) #28

Well we figured out what the hermit was from the reading. Sali’s demise.

(TheDesec) #29

:itmejpgmleft::adamgm::itmejpgmright: 1:36:04 be like what?

Kali: Hello there! […]
Dwarf: Not even a HELLO?


(TwilightBorealis) #30

He just used the wrong dwarven greeting. They both translate to “hello” in common, but dwarves have many words of greeting, as they do swears, descriptions of craftwork, and requests for booze. So Kali used the wrong one, and then corrected himself.

…or something like that.

(Olf_Himself) #31

I’m starting to think that if he was a Ranger he would have pumped up his wisdom more so my belief that he’s some kind of Fighter has increased.

(Monstercloud1) #32

Like I said, high wisdom isn’t absolutely required for rangers as they have quite a few spells that aren’t reliant on DCs, and have great utility. In the PHB, the only other thing besides spells that use their wisdom mod, even across the two archetypes, is their capstone. Gloom Stalker only used wisdom modifier to add to initiative, and the Monster Slayer uses it to determine how many times it can use it’s Hunter’s Sense ability per day.

I already covered the Arcane archer, but I might as well go over the other archetpyes

  • Champion - No way. The archetype is totally underwhelming even if you were to focus on crits. I think JP’s time as a crossbow fighter, he might of picked up on that theorycrafting doesn’t carry over into actual gameplay outcome. He may of gotten into melee too, but I don’t see the second fighting style a big pull.

  • Battle Master - Most likely if he was a fighter. Maneuvers are certainly both ranged/melee friendly, and the DC on them is based on STR or DEX. I think the only real major thing going against it is, again, the fact that his crossbow fighter was a Battle Master, and I think JP would rather play something new.

  • Eldritch Knight - Same problem with Arcane Archer, but worse. More suited for a melee build due to the ability to wear heavy armor, and the cantrips from SCAG. That and if he was a Knight, he could of summoned his weapon as a bonus action

  • Purple Dragon Knight - Doesn’t seem to fit the theme of the character, and like EK, more suited for melee.

  • Cavalier - while functional off a mount, it’s probably the most suited for melee as it’s abilities fulfill a traditional “tank” role, AND it’s Unwavering Mark keys off of STR for number of times you can use it per long rest.

  • Samurai - …maybe? Again it’s functional as a ranged character, and it even gets proficiency with WIS saving throws. The problem I see is the temp HP gained from Fighting Spirit is mostly wasted, and I don’t see advantage on all attack rolls as enough of a selling point.Tireless Spirit and Rapid Strikes would be cool things to look forward to, but I think with the exception of Berg, and ESPECIALLY JP, their exceptions of any character they plan on getting even 3 levels further from where they start, should be heavily tempered.

(profnesbitt) #33

With the episode today I’m going to put in my final guess for Yoji. I’m still thinking Gloomstalker but I’m leaning more towards Monster Slayer now.

Gloomstalker for the same reasons as before. It’s the only new ranger subclass that doesn’t have a “free” ability to use in combat and since he didn’t attack his first turn we don’t know and he was either conserving spells or didn’t choose hunters mark as a spell.

Monster Slayer because the way Adam described the enemies resistance to non magical weapons lined up perfectly with Hunters sense. And JP either chose not to use Slayers Prey for free damage to keep up the mystery or like me misread the wording on it and thought it was a once a short rest ability. Side tangent I’ve really wanted to play a senial old Big Game Hunter type that flavored his Hunters Sense as taking a minute to remember he’s killed something like this before.

Final guess. I’ve talked myself into Monster Slayer Ranger. Excited for the new episode. I’m a big fan of a change up in characters or two every so often and this new format seems to be striking a nice balance between the meat grinder it was and actually getting to care about the characters.