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After our second TPK in Mummy's Mask, my group brought in replacement characters on the fly so we could finish our session. Because of the semi-rushed circumstance, the GM is allowing us to make tweaks to our builds before the next session.
Not knowing what to make, I reached for nostalgia: my first RPG character, the character for which I bought my first mini, translated from a 4E swordmage to a Pathfinder magus.
His name is Khaved, and he's a tiefling who highly values magic and intellect, preferring them over things he would call brutish. Please keep this in mind when making suggestions.
So here's what I originally cobbled together:
DEX 18 (16+2)
INT 16 (14+2)
CHA 06 (8-2)
Stats use a 20pt buy, and I went with my personal default of 16/14/14/12/10/8 because it's as close as a 20pt array can get to the Heroic NPC stat array of 15/14/13/12/10/8 (since that represents a "real" person in the game world). However, I'm open to the possibility of tweaking these numbers slightly.
I'm not interested in any of the magus archetypes, so no worries there.
Alternate racial traits include Prehensile Tail (because I'm not a sorcerer) and Scaled Skin (traded out non-fire resistances for +1 natural armor).
Character traits include Sphinx Riddler (campaign trait, don't even remember what it does, but it's related to intellectualism) and Clever Wordplay (to use INT for Diplomacy; very on-theme).
He's at 2nd level (where he started), with his first and only feat being Weapon Finesse. Currently uses a shortsword and a chain shirt.
Seems like the conventional wisdom assumes that 3rd level brings Dervish Dance; are there any other schools of thought for a DEX magus? (Partly because he's more of a Nethys guy than a Sarenrae guy, and the GM hasn't decided yet whether he'd let me apply it to a longsword instead.)
Should I tweak STR up to 13 so I can take Power Attack later? Should I go non-Dervish so I can use an actual light weapon and take Piranha Strike? What should I be building toward in the future?
All guidance appreciated, thanks!