Lawbringer type of character.


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Alright, so I've been playing in a home pathfinder group for about a year now, we've done a couple pfs one shots, we b4 goblins as the inimitable Poog, and the cost of enlightenment as Lirianne.

I was wanting to make a hard-bitten law-bringer type character for pfs, but reading through what everyone says about Gunslinger has kinda put me off it, though Bolt Ace still looks neat.

Personality wise I was thinking something lawful neutral Roughs/Frontier style justice kinda guy. Harsh but fair.

So yeah, any aid would be great. Character builds, class suggestions, deity recommendations. Pitch them here and hopefully I'll be able to make something I would enjoy.


I played a brawler as a bounty hunter (decent nonlethal) probably the most LN (law above morality) character i've ever played. Very judge dredd like.


I highly recommend the Inquisitor class.


My Grappling feature will make for an effective lawman. Take Greater Grapple and 2 levels in Cavalier, Order of the Penitent. The OotP Order Ability lets you Tie Up someone you have Grappled--not Pinned--and you don't take the -10 you normally do.

With Greater Grapple, you can Grapple as a Move Action. So if your begin your round adjacent to your outlaw, you can Initiate a Grapple as a Standard Action, and hogtie him as a Move Action. There is even a Constable Cavalier Archetype.

Hellknight and Inquisitor are classic choices for lawman characters.

A Sneak Attack build could be very effective. If you take Shatter Defenses and Cornudgeon Smash you can make your opponent Flatfooted and lock in your Sneak Attack Damage. If you take Sap Adept, Sap Master, and Knockout Artist, you will more than double your Sneak Attack Damage. What would normally be a disadvantage of this--your Sneak Attack Damage would be all nonlethal damage, would fit right in with the lawman who is apprehending criminals to stand trial and not just killing them.

At least a dip in the Bounty Hunter Archetype of the Slayer Class is worth a look: they have a thing with Dirty Tricks, which you can use to Blind your opponents, locking in your Sneak Attack Damage that way.


I had a pretty fun concept for this kind of character.

You start with a level of Inspired Blade Swashbuckler. This gives you DEX to damage at first level, which will carry you for the first couple of levels. This also lets grit/panache be intelligence based which is nice for the skills.

After first level, you go into Musket Master Gunslinger. You have dex to damage as a strong melee opportunity, so don't worry too much about the gun being suboptimal. Then when the guns gets good, you are an epic switch hitter. You can vital strike (with a high damage die), and with the use of weapon cords instantly switch to melee without point blank master or anything like that.

After your standard five levels of Gunslinger (DEX to damage), I would recommend the Alkenstar Shield Marshal Prestige Class. It is really right up the alley for flavor, and certainly strong. Firstly, this really boosts your Perception and Sense Motive (Crucial for a lawbringer, maybe even grab Bruising Intellect too). Plus, you get neat initiative boosts, judgments, and even some more gunslinger deeds.


MageHunter wrote:

I had a pretty fun concept for this kind of character.

You start with a level of Inspired Blade Swashbuckler. This gives you DEX to damage at first level, which will carry you for the first couple of levels. This also lets grit/panache be intelligence based which is nice for the skills.

After first level, you go into Musket Master Gunslinger. You have dex to damage as a strong melee opportunity, so don't worry too much about the gun being suboptimal. Then when the guns gets good, you are an epic switch hitter. You can vital strike (with a high damage die), and with the use of weapon cords instantly switch to melee without point blank master or anything like that.

After your standard five levels of Gunslinger (DEX to damage), I would recommend the Alkenstar Shield Marshal Prestige Class. It is really right up the alley for flavor, and certainly strong. Firstly, this really boosts your Perception and Sense Motive (Crucial for a lawbringer, maybe even grab Bruising Intellect too). Plus, you get neat initiative boosts, judgments, and even some more gunslinger deeds.

That sounds like a great plan. Only problem is I need to get the book that has the prestige class. What books would I need to build this or something similar?


Avenger Vigilante. Its like fighter but with cool social skills and abilities.


I believe the Alkenstar Shield Marshal is from paths of prestige. If double check that it's PFS legal.

Edit: it is!

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