Racial Prestige: Noble Aspirant (PFRPG) PDF

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Help your drow reach a new level of prestige with Racial Prestige: Noble Aspirant! Within this product, you will find:

  • The Noble Aspirant, a new prestige class for drow characters that wish to seize the dark powers of their noble kin as their birthright.
  • The noble aspirant prestige class features the aligned class mechanic, which allows drow of virtually any class to take levels in this prestige class regardless of their base class.

Bring a bit of prestige back into your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with Racial Prestige: Noble Aspirants.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

4/5

The first installment of the Racial Prestige-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we?

We begin this short pdf with an observation on Prestige Class-fatigue, one I'm inclined to share - while 3.X went overboard and while archetypes definitely have their role, I do maintain that entering a certain class once you have progressed, an elite-class, if you will, a sound concept -in fact, I use quite a lot PrCs in my games, many home-brewed due to a distinct lack of good ones - it is not without snickering, though, that I noticed this product referring to itself as "Everyman Archetypes: Noble Aspirant", obviously bespeaking a change in design focus during the creation of the product.

Alexander Augunas also introduces a term here - aligned class. What this simple term means is that the levels of the PrC stack with levels of the aligned class for the purpose of level-dependant abilities, effects, etc. Beyond that, certain indicated levels net the benefits, ability-gains, etc. of the aligned class as well, meaning that progression in the original class is not stopped dead in its trek, just slowed down.

Now this obviously needs further definitions, namely, level-dependant abilities, which constitute abilities that improve based on the class level, while incremental abilities improve on SPECIFIC class levels - thus an important distinction is made between the two and we can, the terminology out of the way, dive into the nit and grit of the actual PrC - though it should be noted that yes, we get an aptly-written flavor-text and some observations on the PrC's role. The Noble Aspirant is obviously a drow-PrC and nets d8, 3/4 BAB-progression, 1/2 Ref-save progression and 4+Int skills per level. The Noble Aspirant also receives aligned class progression at every level but 1st, 5th and 9th, with choice of the aligned class being up to the respective player to reflect the diversity of backgrounds from which Noble Aspirants may hail.

First level nets the Noble Aspirant a pool equal to 3+ 1/2 PrC levels, which can be used to regain uses of spend spell-like abilities by spending an amount equal to the SP's level as a swift action, but thankfully only ones that sport the racial requirement of drow. 2nd level and every two levels thereafter net a noble talent, chosen from a list that features additional racial traits, racial feats, an extended noble reservoir and the class may also learn regain uses granted by feats - though not SPs. This particular component makes me a bit weary - if you're like me and allow a lot of rules-supplements, even limited regaining of a limited resource can prove to be rather powerful, especially when compared to the less powerful options provided by some other talents. Better weapon familiarity (including specialization-synergy) and applying a select array of metamagic feats to SPs would also be possible alongside several poison-based tricks.

3rd level nets the character Improved Drow Nobility (or a talent, should she already have that feat), while 5th level and 9th level net a stacking +1 to overcome SR with racial SPs. 7th level nets Noble Spell Resistance (or a talent, if she already has it) and is confusingly, called Greater Noble Heritage. Why confusingly? Because the capstone nets the Greater Drow Nobility feat - this time sans a replacement, should the character already have it and +2 to Dex, Int and Wis. This confused nomenclature is kind of baffling -sure, it doesn't render the PrC bad or anything, but it is a rough edge I'm not used to see from Alexander Augunas' design.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are good, though not as flawless as in most of Alexander Augunas' pdfs. Layout adheres to an easy-to-read, beautiful two-column full-color standard and includes a nice piece of original full-color artwork. The pdf has no bookmarks, but doesn't need them at this length.

On a meta-level, I really, really like what Alexander Augunas has done here - the creation of the aligned class terminology and its effects, the precision used to distinguish between the different abilities - all of this constitutes structuring elements I really, really like - for aspiring designers or homebrewing GMs, this page alone is worth the asking price. I also per se like the idea of racial PrCs that make classes stand out more and the trope of the drow noble fits perfectly. But still, ultimately, I wasn't really blown away by the Noble Aspirant.

With the aligned class-progression as a concept, one obviously has a different balancing metric to go by and, conversely, the abilities granted by this class must still remain valid in combination with different base classes. And the PrC kind of succeeds here - but at the same time, this close adherence to the base-class ability-progression also means that the PrC itself simply doesn't have that much of its own distinct identity - its focus on drow SPs may be kind of nice, but on its own, it is not a particularly distinct basic concept.

At the same time, it does make the idea of a drow noble work in a new way - and one that probably is more compelling than a significant array of takes on the concept I've seen. In the end, this may not be perfect, but it is a nice, inexpensive pdf - well worth a final verdict of 4 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


Become a Drow Noble the Easy Way

5/5

That's basically the whole point of Everyman Games' latest PDF, the Noble Aspirant. It consists of seven pages, of which three are the crunchy parts (with a brief well-done bit of fiction to help establish the mood). It covers a prestige class that enables you to make your drow commoner into a full-fledged noble, meaning they get the feat chain that grants all the nifty noble abilities from the Advanced Race Guide.

The thing is, at the same time it allows you to improve your original class. Think like the Dragon Disciple from the main Pathfinder book, or the Evangelist from the Inner Sea Gods book. You do 'lose' three levels from your original class so there is a price to pay for attaining nobility among the drow.

The class proper is ten levels, and you have to be a full-blooded drow elf to enter it, have the Drow Nobility feat from the ARG, and be roughly fifth level. You can also increase the level-dependent effects of your old class at certain levels. This means things like how long you can rage, use bardic performance, or your caster level. You do NOT get things like more spells per day, extra sneak attack damage dice, or better armor and weapons training for a fighter.

In exchange you get a limited by level pool of energy that allows you to regain some of your racial and feat-gained spell-like abilities. You can also pick talents that allow you to pick extra racial traits and feats, and to use metamagic on your spell-like abilities, to make you a better poisoner (very drow-like!), or to become better with certain drow weapons, including you to stack your noble aspirant levels with fighter to qualify for feats like weapon specialization.

I have to say it seems that this class is better for non-spellcasters than arcane or divine casters.

The would-be noble also gets better with their racial spell-like abilities and at the end, becomes a full noble and gets a few other little benefits besides. Suffice to say that it'll be worth the time it takes to get there.

Well, in the end this PDF promises a way to make any drow character into a noble, and it does just that. Part of me wishes it could have worked as well with spellcasters, but given how many evil drow mages and clerics are out there it's probably for the best that we get a PrC that focuses on the less favored dark elves.

Of course the big problem is that you'll almost certainly have to play a malicious member of a very powerful race to get all of this, but in some campaigns it'll fit in perfectly. Like Fire Mountain Games 'Throne of Night' AP that's being released right now.

Be warned, you'll find the Advanced racial Guide very, VERY helpful in using this PDF, though the feats it talks about are probably all online by now anyway.

It promises what it delivers and does so very well. Five stars and recommended for any any ambitious commoner drow out there.


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Thanks, Madame Ninja!

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@Alex - the cover says "Aspiriant"...

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Sigh. That's what I get for not deleting the typo copy of the cover from my files.

Just submitted this to be fixed. Should go live on Monday.


Just posted a review, I hope it does a good job of getting people to like this PDF.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Just posted a review, I hope it does a good job of getting people to like this PDF.

Wow, already? Thanks, Eric! Both for the review and the speed at which you posted it. :D


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Just posted a review, I hope it does a good job of getting people to like this PDF.
Wow, already? Thanks, Eric! Both for the review and the speed at which you posted it. :D

Yeah, I'm trying to cover all the Everyman Games PDFs I have so far. I do like your work.


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

Thanks, End! I'll see about getting that unpolished thing cleaned up; its been a busy few weeks since your review went live. :D

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