So we’re looking at playing Skulls & Shackles at some point and we were throwing around ideas for characters and the DM has approved me playing a Monkey.
It’s be a reincarnated human with;
Spd 30, Climb 30
-8 Str, +4 dex (including size modifiers)
on top of standard human traits.
However I’m not sure where to go for class. We know we’ll start off with minimal to no equipment and that morally dubious is the order of the day. The DM has said that I can’t speak but my vocalisations are sufficient for spellcasting if I choose to go that route.
Background will involve being force reincarnated by a powerful witch.
I’m leaning towards sorcerer but I’m open to suggestions. The character will have a STR of 3 and the carrying capacity of a tiny creature which is going to scupper many martial ideas, as does 0ft reach – and miniature bows don’t seem to really ‘fit’. Whilst this character is always going to be concept heavy I don’t want to be entirely ineffective.
Rogue seems like another good concept fit but damage output is going to be poor and reach is an issue. Monk does too, I'm just not sure what the character would do in combat.
So class ideas other than sorcerer? Or if I go sorcerer any suggestions for bloodline/spells/feats/etc?
More Info: Starting at 1st, 20 point buy.
Pirate monkey with a brace of pistols. How is that not brilliant?
High dex offsets the damage loss from weapon size, light or no armor preferred, and if you've got a prehensile tail you could maybe talk your DM into letting you use it to reload so you can go TWF with them. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
|Son of the Veterinarian|
I'd play a Druid that rides your animal companion and focusses on summoning? Your size will help you're defense and wont hurt your summons or companion, plus you can get mounted combat and negate an attack each round.
Mix between MacGurcules and Son of the Veterinarian:
Sniper rogue monkey. Lots of stealth and such with being tiny. Sniping gets you sneak attacks still. Just build up the range with levels. I am sure the DM would allow you to use guns with it too. You use tiny weapons but you won't lose damage for low STR.
All those skill ranks can go towards disguising and funny outfits and dancing for coins while a party member plays some music. Imaging the cash flow! Then you rob 'em blind with all that sleight of hand! Mwahahahaha
|RainyDayNinja RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16|
Don't bother with Monk. You literally won't be able to do anything. With your backstory? Be a Witch, with a Monkey familiar! The curse left its mark in more ways than one. You want some of the following:
1. Ranged-Based Combat. -AND/OR- Spellcasting
2. Damage not impacted by your -8 STR / Tiny Size too much.
3. Lots of fun, adorable, monkey-based antics.
Ask your GM if you can pick up sign language.
So that leaves:
1. Any full caster (Witch, Sorcerer, Wizard, Druid, Cleric, Oracle)
2. Sneak Attack Based (Vivisectionist, Rogue, Ninja)
3. Non-STR/Size-based Damage (Gunslinger, Bomber Alchemist, Crossbow Inquisitor, Crossbow Fighter, Crossbow Paladin)
4. A Summoner/Synthesist.
From those options I'd pick which flavor fits you best. Each class tells a very different story.
|Black Powder Chocobo|
As an alternative, have you seen the Vanara? Maybe ask the GM to be Small instead of Med if that's a concern for you, but actually allows some other class possibilities (would make a fun rogue).
@Andrea1: Partial ninja... and flaming poo attack!