Monday, July 22, 2019

Bearer of Calamities - Variant Human Hexblade, Pact of the Tome

Anime: Gate of Memories is an third person fighting game with a lot of roleplaying game elements. It is based on a French tabletop RPG called Anima about which I don't have much knowledge more than that the art is full of inhumanly slender, long-limbed, and impossibly proportioned people and bizarre monsters and that the books are quite expensive.

I've been curious so I decided to pick this game up a while back to see if I could get some sense for the setting. However, it is a highly focused scenario and you don't get to build your own character. That gives a moderately limited idea of what is happening, but the character you are given made me think of a D&D warlock for obvious reasons. Eventually, I pondered that she seemed to most resemble a Hexblade who had taken the Pact of the Tome.

As a note, she finds and equips weapons, but the weapons just sort of increase her stats. They don't change her fighting style at all, so I tend to assume that regardless of what item she equips, it is subsumed into the flashes of energy that she uses when she fights. Also, she can switch places with her Patron, Ergo, they share a magic pool but have different health levels. However, I'm not sure how the different health levels would be represented, so I would have Ergo appear mostly as a fluff.

I'm going with a Faction Agent for background due to her associations with the Order of Nathanial and Variant Human for race.

For this I am using my typical theoretical 30 pt array of 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10.

1st Level Variant Human Hexblade
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 14 
Int: 11
Wis: 12
Cha: 16

HP: 10
AC: 15
Save DC: 13
Speed: 30 ft

Proficiency Bonus: +2

Armor Proficiencies: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Herbalist Kit
Saving Throws:Wisdom, Charisma
Languages: Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Primordial

Proficient Skills
Acrobatics (Prodigy) +4
Arcana (Faction Agent) +2
Athletics (Variant Human, Prodigy Boost) +4
History (Warlock) +2
Insight (Faction Agent) +3
Investigation (Warlock) +2

Background: Faction Agent (Nathaniel)

Feat: Prodigy

Pact Magic
Otherworldly Patron
Hexblade's Curse
Hex Warrior

Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Thunderclap

Spell Slots: 1 (1st)

Spells: Expeditious Retreat, Hex

Equipment
Mace
Hand Axe
2 Daggers
Leather Armor
Shield
Arcane Focus
Scholar's Pack

Reasoning: For this build, Eldritch Blast is pretty much a natural choice. The Bearer casts about a lot of Energy Blasts. She didn't strike me as a very talkative or communicative person, so I didn't get any Charisma skills, though I may pick up Intimidation down the line. Thunderclap was chosen based on the fact that when Ergo comes out, one of his powers is a point blank area of effect ability. Expeditious Retreat was chosen based on the fact that the character comes from an action fighting game and moving fast is part of the deal. I also took a shield as the Faction Agent gear had enough money to buy one. It's a bit off what the inspiring character used, but okay.

2nd to 5th Level


2nd Level - Eldritch Invocations: Beguiling Influence, Eldritch Sight, +7 HP (19)
Spell: Wrathful Smite

3rd Level - Pact of the Tome, +7 HP (26)
Cantrips: Primal Savagery, Vicious Mockery, Guidance
Spell: Shatter

4th Level - Ability Score Improvement: War Caster, +7 HP (33)
Cantrip: Prestidigitation
Spell: Blur

5th Level - Proficiency Bonus: +3, Eldritch Invocation: Agonizing Blast, +7 HP (40)
Spell: Thunder Step 

Reasoning: I took Primal Savagery for melee damage as, without the benefit of Pact of the Blade, her damage with weapons will be limited and this gives her more melee damage. War Caster is a good Feat for a melee warlock. I might actually build this with a lot of Blast Invocations as that makes sense with the character being based on a character that uses a lot of different variations of "blast it". Vicious Mockery I chose on a whim. The character lost their name as part of their pact. Everyone she has ever known, herself included, has forgotten her name, as if it never existed. So I wondered at the image of if she were to speak her name, would it be a brief moment of audible nothing that screws with those that hear it? Also, while The Bearer isn't that communicative, Ergo loves to talk and he has a history of gathering followers even if he's abrasive, so that's why I picked Beguiling Influence. Eldritch Sight is based on how she can see power ups and how Ergo lets her see wards and such.I'm also assuming that within 4 levels she's picked up breastplate. I know the video game character isn't shown wearing that, and I could do that but it doesn't really matter too much. I'm taking some liberties already. Guidance I've seen to be very useful in making skill rolls for yourself or others.

5th Level Statistics


5th Level Variant Human Hexblade Pact of the Tome
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 14 
Int: 11
Wis: 12
Cha: 16

HP: 40
AC: 18
Save DC: 14
Speed: 30 ft

Proficiency Bonus: +3

Armor Proficiencies: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Herbalist Kit
Saving Throws:Wisdom, Charisma
Languages: Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Primordial

Proficient Skills
Acrobatics (Prodigy) +5
Arcana (Faction Agent) +3
Athletics (Variant Human, Prodigy Boost) +6
Deception (Beguiling Influence) +6
History (Warlock) +3
Insight (Faction Agent) +4
Investigation (Warlock) +3
Persuasion (Beguiling Influence) +6

Background: Faction Agent (Nathaniel)

Feat: Prodigy, War Caster

Pact Magic
Otherworldly Patron
Hexblade's Curse
Hex Warrior
Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast, Beguiling Influence, Eldritch Sight

Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Guidance, Prestidigitation, Primal Savagery, Thunderclap, Vicious Mockery

Spell Slots: 2 (3rd)

Spells: Blur, Expeditious Retreat, Hex, Shatter, Thunder Step, Wrathful Smite

Equipment
Mace
Hand Axe
2 Daggers
Leather Armor
Shield
Arcane Focus
Scholar's Pack

6th to 10th Level


6th Level - Accursed Spector, +7 HP (47)
Spell: Vampiric Touch

7th Level - Invocations: Repelling Blast, +7 HP (54)
Spell: Shadow of Moil

8th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +2 Cha, +7 HP (61)
Spell: Staggering Smite

9th Level - Proficiency Bonus +4, Invocation: Otherworldly Leap, +7 HP (68)
Spell: Far Step

10th Level - Armor of Hexes, +7 HP (75)
Cantrip: Mage Hand

Reasoning: I took Otherworldly Leap due to the height of her jumps she attains in the game. Vampiric Touch sort of replicates the idea of how defeating an enemy regains you hit points (though the Hexblade's Curse also does this a bit). The character's blasts and attacks in the video game do significant knockback, hence Repelling Blast. Staggering Step represents the heavy melee abilities and Shadow of Moil looks like something that might work as fluffing the temporary transformation into Ergo. Far Step is just a really good movement spell.

 

10th Level Statistics


10th Level Variant Human Hexblade Pact of the Tome
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 14 
Int: 11
Wis: 12
Cha: 18

HP: 75
AC: 18
Save DC: 16
Speed: 30 ft

Proficiency Bonus: +4

Armor Proficiencies: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Herbalist Kit
Saving Throws:Wisdom, Charisma
Languages: Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Primordial

Proficient Skills
Acrobatics (Prodigy) +6
Arcana (Faction Agent) +4
Athletics (Variant Human, Prodigy Boost) +8
Deception (Beguiling Influence) +8
History (Warlock) +4
Insight (Faction Agent) +5
Investigation (Warlock) +4
Persuasion (Beguiling Influence) +8

Background: Faction Agent (Nathaniel)

Feat: Prodigy, War Caster

Pact Magic
Otherworldly Patron
Hexblade's Curse
Hex Warrior
Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast, Beguiling Influence, Eldritch Sight, Otherworldly Leap Repelling Blast 
Accursed Specter
Hexblade's Curse

Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Guidance, Mage Hand, Prestidigitation, Primal Savagery, Thunderclap, Vicious Mockery

Spell Slots: 2 (5th)

Spells: Blur, Expeditious Retreat, Far Step, Hex, Shadow of Moil, Shatter, Staggering Smite, Thunder Step, Vampiric Touch, Wrathful Smite

Equipment
Mace
Hand Axe
2 Daggers
Leather Armor
Shield
Arcane Focus
Scholar's Pack

11th to 15th Level


11th Level - Mystic Arcanum: Investiture of the Wind, +7 HP (82)
Spell:  Hellish Rebuke

12th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +2 Cha, Invocation: Relentless Hex, +7 HP (89)

13th Level - Proficiency Bonus +5, Mystic Arcanum: Crown of Stars +7 HP (96)
Spell: Armor of Agathys

14th Level - Master of Hexes, +7 HP (103)

15th Level - Mystic Arcanum: Maddening Darkness, Invocation: Shroud of Shadow, +7 HP (110)
Spell: Banishing Smite

Reasoning: I mostly went more with improvements to mobility and damage. Maddening Darkness felt like a good Arcanum choice because...well, just look at the image above. Crown of Stars sounds like one of the attack modes from the first boss, who apparently used to be The Bearer's teacher. Armor of Agathys is good for survivability.

15th Level Statistics



15th Level Variant Human Hexblade Pact of the Tome
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 14 
Int: 11
Wis: 12
Cha: 20

HP: 110
AC: 18
Save DC: 18
Speed: 30 ft

Proficiency Bonus: +5

Armor Proficiencies: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Herbalist Kit
Saving Throws:Wisdom, Charisma
Languages: Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Primordial

Proficient Skills
Acrobatics (Prodigy) +7
Arcana (Faction Agent) +5
Athletics (Variant Human, Prodigy Boost) +10
Deception (Beguiling Influence) +10
History (Warlock) +5
Insight (Faction Agent) +6
Investigation (Warlock) +5
Persuasion (Beguiling Influence) +10

Background: Faction Agent (Nathaniel)

Feat: Prodigy, War Caster

Pact Magic
Otherworldly Patron
Hexblade's Curse
Hex Warrior
Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast, Beguiling Influence, Eldritch Sight, Otherworldly Leap, Relentless Hex, Shroud of Shadow
Accursed Specter
Hexblade's Curse
Mystic Arcanum: Investiture of the Wind
Mystic Arcanum: Crown of Stars
Mystic Arcanum: Maddening Darkness
Master of Hexes

Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Guidance, Mage Hand, Prestidigitation, Primal Savagery, Thunderclap, Vicious Mockery

Spell Slots: 3 (5th)

Spells: Armor of Agathys, Banishing Smite, Blur, Expeditious Retreat, Far Step, Hellish Rebuke, Hex, Shadow of Moil, Shatter, Staggering Smite, Thunder Step, Vampiric Touch, Wrathful Smite

Equipment
Mace
Hand Axe
2 Daggers
Leather Armor
Shield
Arcane Focus
Scholar's Pack

16th to 20th Level


16th Level - Ability Score Improvement +2 Con, +23 HP (133)

17th Level - Proficiency Bonus +6, Mystic Arcanum: Foresight, +8 HP (141)
Spell: Scrying

18th Level - Invocation: Trickster's Escape, +8 HP (149)

19th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +2 Con, +27 HP (176)
Spell: Wall of Light

20th Level - Eldritch Master, +9 HP (185)

Reasoning: I haven't really played the game enough to know what powers you get at upper levels, and haven't investigated the skill tree much yet. So I took a little bit of information gathering and then Wall of Light. Such a wall is sort of similar to these barriers with seals that shoot at you (Wall of Force would probably be more accurate though). Trickster's Escape allows the casting of Freedom of Movement, and Foresight sort of feels like a good way to represent save-scumming. Lastly, I improved Constitution for better Concentration and more HP

20th Level Statistics


20th Level Variant Human Hexblade Pact of the Tome
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 18 
Int: 11
Wis: 12
Cha: 20

HP: 185
AC: 18
Save DC: 19
Speed: 30 ft

Proficiency Bonus: +6

Armor Proficiencies: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Herbalist Kit
Saving Throws:Wisdom, Charisma
Languages: Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Primordial

Proficient Skills
Acrobatics (Prodigy) +8
Arcana (Faction Agent) +6
Athletics (Variant Human, Prodigy Boost) +12
Deception (Beguiling Influence) +11
History (Warlock) +6
Insight (Faction Agent) +7
Investigation (Warlock) +6
Persuasion (Beguiling Influence) +11

Background: Faction Agent (Nathaniel)

Feat: Prodigy, War Caster

Pact Magic
Otherworldly Patron
Hexblade's Curse
Hex Warrior
Eldritch Invocations: Agonizing Blast, Beguiling Influence, Eldritch Sight, Otherworldly Leap, Relentless Hex, Shroud of Shadow, Trickster's Escape
Accursed Specter
Hexblade's Curse
Mystic Arcanum: Investiture of the Wind
Mystic Arcanum: Crown of Stars
Mystic Arcanum: Maddening Darkness
Mystic Arcanum: Foresight
Master of Hexes
Eldritch Master

Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Guidance, Mage Hand, Prestidigitation, Primal Savagery, Thunderclap, Vicious Mockery

Spell Slots: 4 (5th)

Spells: Armor of Agathys, Banishing Smite, Blur, Expeditious Retreat, Far Step, Hellish Rebuke, Hex, Scrying, Shadow of Moil, Shatter, Staggering Smite, Thunder Step, Vampiric Touch, Wall of Light, Wrathful Smite

Equipment
Mace
Hand Axe
2 Daggers
Leather Armor
Shield
Arcane Focus
Scholar's Pack

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