This 7-page Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible supplement introduces a new Ranger archetype, The Scourger. The scourger exchanges the ranger's favored enemy for a favored weapon. In so doing, he becomes a class that controls the battlefield by using one or more whip-based weapons with impressive reach, disarm and trip capabilities.
Inside this fully linked, ink friendly PDF you'll find all the crunchy goodness you'll need to run a whip wielding hero including:
6 New Features – Deadly Lash, Whip Combat Style, Brachiating Whip, Silencing Grapple, Sonic Stun and Master Scourger.
3 New Feats – Alpha Dominance, Threats of Torture and Slave Driver.
7 New Profession Skills – Animal Trainer, Charioteer, Livestock Drover, Slaver, Taskmaster, Thresher and Torturer.
2 New Magic Items – Fettering Cat (whip) and Lash of the Adder (whip).
3 New Whips - Bullock Whip, Cat 'o Nine Tails and Blacksnake Whip.
So if you ever wanted to play a character that uses a whip, but found the existing rules just didn't allow you to do so effectively, then get this supplement and bring a unique new archetype to your gaming table.
Just a point of minor correction to your review Endzeitgeist. Technically, the author is correct to call an alternate class an archetype, as Jason explains in this post. Still, good review Endzeitgeist.
Yes, it's technically correct, though the de facto standard in PFRPG is to call the summary of changes presented à la "This is an archetype for the ranger, ability x replaces y, z replaces w etc." an archetype, while fully detailed classes like this one are called Variant or Alternate Classes.
It may not be official, but it's the established convention. And since some archetypes can be applied to multiple classes (via e.g. SGG's ability suites), calling this an archetype might lead to people expecting something different. The same holds true for people looking for a variant class who may actually overlook this pdf due to a potentially misleading title.
I know it's nitpicky and that's also why I didn't rate the pdf down for it. :) Still, thanks for the kind words, Caedwyr! ^^
To be honest, we wrestled with describing this as an "Alternate Class" rather than an "Archetype", as it falls somewhere in the middle. In the end we went with archetype since an alternate class requires the class to stand on it's own. But, with the scourger, you still need to look up some of the base ranger abilities as you level up.
This was a classic case of, "err on the side of caution". The last thing we wanted was someone to print this out and realize too late that they needed to bring along the PFRPG Core Book with them too.
Hopefully this discussion makes it clear to potential scourgers that they have something fun and usable, regardless of what we/they choose to call it.