Scarey Chick


Advice


I have been playing a fun 'Scarey Chick' character. An Aasimar Inquisitor level 3/Monk level 1.

I am at a crossroad and need some advice. The character currently has the following feats:

Improved Unarmed Strike (Monk-1)
Combat Reflexes (Monk-1)
Stunning Fist (Monk-1)
Enforcer (level 1)
Power Attack (level 3)
Shake it Off (Inquisitor-3)
Flurry of Blows (Monk-1, but not really a feat)

Pretty nice list for a level 4 character. The character has halo and lots of intimidate for a 11(13 vs. evil). She uses a reach weapon (just a spear, but I prefer it since she is from fisherman stock). With the IUS that gives her a nice threat region and I almost always get a Few AoO out of her.

Anyway there are a lot of nice things she can do come level 5:
- Blistering Invective to demoralize
- Doom to cause make shaken
- Non-lethal punch/enforcer to demoralize, twice with flurry of blows
- Explain to them why they should be afraid
- (straight intimidate to demoralize)

So, on to the question. I can go the Weapon Focus/Dazzling display route or the Dragon Style path which eventually gives some intimidation potential with the stunning fist plus lots of fun charging around the battlefield.

Which do you think would be more fun? Can you think of an alternate branch to take?

Also, I'm toying with eventually taking a second level in Monk after picking up bane just for the evasion, an extra stunning fist, and, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, yet another bonus feat! Is this a bad idea? I know that dipping is supposed to weaken a character, but DANG! Those first couple of levels of Monk have SoooOOoo many benefits.


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Well I guess that just depends on what your ability scores and ultimate plan for your character is like.

Dragon Style doesn't rely so much on intimidate, and it would take focus away from your spear. You also need Str 15 and ranks in Acrobatics (which you might likely have)

The Dazzling Display has a few possible feats that could go well with intimidation (Intimidating bane works for the inquisitor, gory finish and shatter defenses also might work). Unfortunately, you won't be able to get the maximum use out of this feat chain in that you can't sneak attack and you won't be able to take the Deadly Stroke feat (it requires the Greater Weapon Focus feat, a fighter only feat.)

Cornugon Smash (Cheliax: Empire of Devils) allows you to make a free intimidate check to demoralize whenever you hit with a power attack.

The (in)famous Antagonize feat can work with Intimidate, if you have the defenses to last against somebody focusing entirely upon you.

You can see a feat tree of all the feats dazzling display (and other feats) can lead to here: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/feats/feat-tree

A second level of monk could work if you want to focus more on character defense and less on casting. Remember that a monk's evasion doesn't work with armor.


The char has 16 str and 16 wisdom (plus will be pumping stat bonuses from levels into it). The acrobatics is an easy accomplishment so there is no barrier to the dragon style tree. Also I find that the character uses the unarmed strike as much as the spear, so that is not an issue.

Cornugon Smash is a bit redundant with the Enforcer feat so I'm not interested in that. Antagonize seems a waste to me. To easy to get around and yet another language dependent intimidate.

Shatter defenses was one of the big draws in going the Dazzling Display route. It sure fits the theme better than the Dragon Style tree. And assuming a style takes a swift action which I'd rather be using to start a judgement.

I have always planned on getting her some nice bracers and allowing the character to get out of her armor. Both evasion AND the Monk AC bonus rely on that. Besides, it sucks to crawl around at speed 20 in her current breastplate. She should be able to afford bracers of armor by level 7.


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miteke wrote:

The char has 16 str and 16 wisdom (plus will be pumping stat bonuses from levels into it). The acrobatics is an easy accomplishment so there is no barrier to the dragon style tree. Also I find that the character uses the unarmed strike as much as the spear, so that is not an issue.

Cornugon Smash is a bit redundant with the Enforcer feat so I'm not interested in that. Antagonize seems a waste to me. To easy to get around and yet another language dependent intimidate.

Shatter defenses was one of the big draws in going the Dazzling Display route. It sure fits the theme better than the Dragon Style tree. And assuming a style takes a swift action which I'd rather be using to start a judgement.

I have always planned on getting her some nice bracers and allowing the character to get out of her armor. Both evasion AND the Monk AC bonus rely on that. Besides, it sucks to crawl around at speed 20 in her current breastplate. She should be able to afford bracers of armor by level 7.

Regarding the armor issue, there are always wands of mage armor (via UMD or by a caster ally using it on you) for when you need a supercharge of AC bonus but aren't wearing armor.


I know. But unless you are breaking open a door and know that you will be in combat right away, the wand solution costs an action. Believe me, I've considered it since no armor means 50% better movement, a big bonus to CMD, and not getting caught flat-footed. If I didn't think it would look downright silly, I would have my character strip before entering every door and use the wand. Not to mention what fun a GM could have with that nice piece of armor lying back there.

I can just see it...
Where did my armor go?

later...
Hey, the armor that Orc is wearing sure looks familiar!

Still, I have on occasion (such as when boarding a ship in order to avoid drowning potential) done just that.

The bracers are not all that expensive as long as you don't go high end. I can wait a couple of sessions to exhibit my full monkliness.

Speaking of which, can you enchant Monk Robes to add AC? Do Monk robes give anything except an added point of damage and an added +1 AC?

Is there an item built off the shield spell that boosts AC through deflection?

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