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Assassin Techniques: The Integration Cold Tech Tree (PFRPG) PDF

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Blend into society with the Integration cold technique tree!

Interjection Games' assassin (nominated for Endzeitgeist's top 10 products of 2016) is a hybrid "momentum" class. A momentum class builds up something akin to combo points by performing various small techniques, which it can then spend as currency to power medium and large abilities. This offers significantly more granularity than similar systems, as some techniques spend 1 point, others up to 4, and still others have addons or other sliding scale mechanisms that makes their point cost a conscious choice of the player. As a hybrid, the assassin's techniques are split into hot and cold categories. Hot techniques use the aforementioned combo point system, cold techniques draw from a ki-style technique pool, and some lukewarm techniques can draw from combo points or the technique pool.

This expansion introduces the integration cold technique tree, which focuses on blending into society, establishing an inner circle of friends and allies, and mental conditioning that helps you live with the fact that you kill people for a living.

Techniques

Civilian Contacts - Create one of 11 types of NPC in a town. This NPC is your ally and will help you with jobs in that town. For every four integration techniques you know, gain another NPC.

Contact Shuffle - One of your ally NPCs can move to a new town every 3 months.

Cover Story - Learn a little magic to help conceal your identity.

Crazy Eyes - Demoralize creatures with the Intimidate skill as a swift action.

Deadened Nerves - You've seen it all. Fear is nothing.

Investigate Mark - Declare a creature to be your mark, gaining temporary technique points that can only be used against it. At high level, you gain more temporary technique points that can only be used against a close companion of the mark, such as a hound, bodyguard, or spouse.

Killer's Ritual - Protect yourself from a single alignment.

Memento - Take souvenirs from your kills, making resurrection difficult and notifying you immediately if resurrection is successful.

Paladin Proofing - Hide your alignment, and set up a false alignment that fools divination magic, as well as spells that affect certain alignments differently.

Plan B - If your forgeries are detected, they explode as explosive runes.

Silver-tongued Rogue - Gain a sizable luck bonus to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate.

Sweep the Room - Take 20 on a Perception check made to search a room as a full-round action.

The Watson - One of your civilian contacts is actually an assassin with an opposing build. For example, if you are an acupressure/execution/integration/intuition assassin, then your contact is an initiation/magehunting/infiltration/poison assassin. Your "Watson" will adventure with you in his home town.

Unfazed by Death - Immunity to sickening from scents and gory sights

Unfazed by Foulness - Immunity to inhaled poisons and SR 10 + level against death spells

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

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The expansion for the glorious Assassin-class clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

This pdf features a new cold technique category for the momentum-based assassin, namely the integration category, which can be summed up as deep cover, social engineering, etc. The techniques within this category include having civilian contacts: Basically, you have friends that can provide a variety of benefits and for every four integration techniques you know, you’ll get an additional contact. The contacts themselves, beyond offering obvious roleplaying potential, are codified in 11 basic roles: Alchemist nets you a discount with less expensive alchemical items and firearms and allows for low-cost renting of the lab; aristocrats net you access to proper social events, beggars can discreetly keep tabs on your targets, fences can get rid of problematic items, guards keep you in touch with the watch’s notes…you get the idea. The technique is certainly fun and makes for great RPing – and if you’re inclined to run solo-campaigns/adventures, it helps there as well. One further technique allows you to relocate contacts once every 3 months, which is pretty cool as well!

Having a good cover story is represented by skill bonuses and limited SPs to cast (scaling at 9th level included). Swift action -1 presence change intimidation is nice. 8th level assassins may become immune to fear. Investigate mark deserves mention: Upon researching a target, you gain temporary techniques, but only versus the target. You may only have one target at any given time and the effects last 1 week or until the target’s vanquished. At 5th level, you get to choose an additional target, against whom you gain 1 technique. As a -2 presence change technique, killer’s ritual lets you choose an alignment and nets you protection against the chosen alignment for a pretty long time. Memento lets you take a memento of the target slain, hampering magics that seek to return the target to life, with 12th and 18th level yielding further mementos. Paladin proofing rocks – it permanently conceals you with undetectable alignment and 6th level lets you simulate a selected alignment and at 12th level, you may even be treated as the alignment you mimic for spell and ability interaction purposes.

Silver-tongued rogue nets you a scaling social skill bonus when not in combat and Sweep the Room, at -1 presence change, lets you, as a full-round action, be treated as though you had taken 20 on a Perception check – amazing when hunting trap-master style characters that can litter traps behind themselves. Unfazed by Death mitigates being nauseated by gore etc. to being sickened instead and unfazed by foulness provides immunity to inhaled poisons and SR 10 + class level versus spells with the death descriptor. Finally, there would be the 10th level technique The Watson, which nets you an assassin contact, whose technique loadout is exactly opposite to yours. The Wtason has 2 character levels less than you do and is treated as a kind of cool complementary cohort. Watson may be a cross-specialization technique and is not replaced upon dying – the guy must be resurrected. And no, does not stack with pre-existing cohorts. Minor complaint: “Special:” is not bolded.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no serious hiccups. Layout adheres to Interjection games’ two-column b/w-standard and is as elegant and nice as we’ve come to expect. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

Bradley Crouch’s assassin expansion is pretty damn cool – it provides some of the social components that we really wanted to see for the class. The base class was phenomenal, but more than that, this very much made me want to play a solo-campaign with an assassin-PC…though I should mention that the contacts work just as well with a group, mind you, particularly in an intrigue-heavy game. And we get all of that for a single buck. This is a great expansion, very well worth the fair asking price. My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


The 4th Cold Technique tree for the assassin is here!

*****

I just wrote a review for The Assassin by IG. This cheap, short expansion is just 3 pages long, but it contains a 4th cold technique tree that, while not undispensable from the original, expands the character concepts you can build.

A couple of techniques come from the "contacts" mini-tree, starting with a choice from alchemist, blacksmith, beggar, that sort of things. The more Integration techniques you learn, the more contacts you get. (maximum of 4). With a follow-up you can make your contacts move to another part of the city, and with the highest ability you make it a kind of cohort that is also an assassin with exactly the opposite technique trees you have (the 2 cold and the 2 hot you didn't choose at 1st level).

Another mini tree is the Mark. The first technique give you extra Technique points against the target of your mark, and the follow-up lets you keep a memento of the victim that prevents them to be raisen as undead or from the dead, giving IG assassins the one cool ability of the core PrC.

Other abilities get you accostumed to gore, fear and even poison.

All in all an interesting technique tree (weren't this categories? I prefer tree by the way) for just a meager dollar. If you already bought the assassin and read it, you will know how cool it is and you will want this book, so shell out that dollar already!


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