Mostly the question is...what do you do with all those feats?
Haha, Byrd...I figured your nodachi build would come up.
Ranger makes it nice to get TWF without the 15 dex requirement. Another build (without nodachi, I mean) could also stay unarmed, ala Captain Andoran. Going this route allows a Dragon Style/Crane Style build, assuming your monk levels are MoMS.
Its called a challenge for a reason. If I wanted another build that "wins at Pathfinder," I'd have searched the threads for the uber leet haxors builds that I'm sure you contribute to.
But that's not what I wanted. I had an assumption, and I guess maybe a misguided one at that, that Pathfinder forum users had an imagination.
Its called a challenge for a reason. Right there in the title.
So, minoritarian and the rest of the forum users, I challenge you to build a holy vindicator with those requirements. If you choose not to, fine, move along.
Enjoy the insane amount of feats and build a crazy HV!!
The Dim feats are not Combat feats. But I do like this concept as most "Nightcrawler" like.
Dip a level of Unarmed Fighter and 2 levels of Master of Many Styles Monk. Cleric the rest.
He fights using a 9 section whip and the Crane Style feat chain. Flavor as mortification of the flesh (self torture).
Maybe a neutral version of Zon Kuthon.
Also, Byrd...if Torvald is a HV, is he doing greatsword and buckler at the same time?
Varian Jeggare is the character from Dave Gross' Pathfinder Tales. Riffle scrolls also appear in Queen of Thorns and Master of Devils.
Im a big fan of the Eastern Weapons. The Nodachi can be argued for the best the weapon in the game. What's not to like about the Katana and Wakizashi? Naginata with its x4 crit. Sansetsukon and nine section whip if fighting defensively.
Will he TWF with a Nodachi and Unarmed Strikes too? Cuz that seems kinda weak too...
My opinion is...(meaning...feel free to disagree)...
If you're gonna run a solo campaign, run a SOLO campaign. Ditch the permanent GM-PC. Now, maybe 5 or 6 different GM-PC's spent a little of their time helping out, every once in a while, but I feel you run the risk of your perma-GM PC stealing the show.
I'm a big fan of "going with what you know." The monk knows Stunning Fist at level 1, so let's focus on that.
Here's the chassis...
The Stunning Disciple:
Fighter 1- Improved Unarmed Strike, Weapon Finesse OR Power Attack, Mantis Style
Monk 1- Improved Unarmed Strike, Stunning Fist, Fuse Style (2), Mantis Wisdom
Sorcerer 1- Eschew Materials, Dragon Style
DD 1- Blood of Dragons, NA +1
The build allows for either a STR build or a DEX build. I plan on using him as a BBEG in my own adventure path. Any tweaks either thematically or optimally appreciated.
LN Human Holy Vindicator, 8th Level
Monk1-Improved Unarmed Strike, Stunning Fist, Fuse Style (2), Dodge, Crane Style
This is a BBEG remember, his tactics are to fight with only shield in hand, starting with channeling negative then using Stunning Fists.
I'll also be giving the PC's a good chance to find this guy unarmored.
Any thoughts on tweeking him for effectiveness?
At the beginning of your next session, introduce "making camp for the night." Have the party set watches, ask everyone if they'll be sleeping in their armor, ask the spellcasters when they'll be recharging their spells, etc.
Then hit them with a random encounter. Simply...25% of nothing, 25% for a pack of wolves, 25% for wandering undead, 25% whatever. You get the point.
Half Orc, toothy
Toothy states "This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d4 points of piercing damage."
And, darnit...forgot about not taking FCT twice.
PS I'm the DM. This is a BBEG.
Weapon Focus Bite, Weapon Focus Claw, Feral Combat Bite, Feral Combat Claw, Boar Style, Dragon Style, Dragon Ferocity.
The bite gets 1 1/2 times STR bonus due to Dragon Style and 1/2 STR bonus due to Ferocity. The claws get 1/2 STR bonus due to Ferocity.
So a full attack is...
Also, to clarify, Boar Style with Feral Combat Training makes a bite both bludgeoning and piercing, and claws would be bludgeoning, piercing and slashing?
This build does require a Headband of Inspired Wisdom and a specific order to take the monk and cleric levels.
It allows for some AoO's and 7 uses of channeling negative energy. A worthy NPC, I think.
I didn't say anything about Crane Style. Yes, I know it exists, and could be part of a certain build.
Actually, I guess the 3 levels of Monk comes from the fact that the feat Monastic Legacy requires the monk ability Still Mind.
I forgot to mention this. I assume a multiclass unarmed build like this would center around Monastic Legacy, but its not a requirement.
Also, if you'd like to throw in a level of Unarmed Fighter, be my guest.
The build is a 8th level Holy Vindicator.
Requirements: Lawful Evil, fight unarmed, able to wear a shield, and channel negative energy.
Point buy: 20. Books available: CRB, APG, UM, UC.
Optimized build, or thematic build; whatever suits your style!!