Sentinel Blade (3.5e Prestige Class)

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A initiator class of elves who refined their skills with the blade, and eventually become true masters.

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Martial Maneuvers Full

Sentinel Blade[edit]

I have perfected my ways, I have practiced my bladework. I am ready.
—Epsilon, Half-Elf Sentinel Blade

It is spoken that a group of elven initiator were capable of striking so fast that none could see their blade moving. The Sentinel Blades were originally a group of elven initiator who used their temple training to form an elite force, capable of protecting the elven homelands and fight off any would be invaders. They perfected their martial art, while remaining less famous or well spread than bladesingers, became respected pillars of the elven communities. At some point the Order was disbanded, and it teaching almost lost.

While originally intended for the purpose of protecting the elven land, the Sentinel Blades techniques eventually spread to unaffiliated elves, half-elves and even drows, who uses them for their own purpose. While some seek to uphold the ancient Order's purpose, others simply learn the martial arts and go on their ways.

Becoming a Sentinel Blade[edit]

A Sentinel Blade is an elf who place a razor edge focus on her fighting skills and sublime maneuvers, gaining several powerful martial abilities in the process. It a class ideal for an elven initiator who seek to advance it maneuvers and gain several new abilities, increasing their versatility without harming their viability.

Elven Weapon
An elven weapon is any weapon with elf or elven in it name (such as an elven courblade), a weapon covered by the elf weapon proficiency racial feature or a drow weapon. Other weapons at the GM's discretion may also qualify as such.

The Sentinel Blade class is difficult to qualify for, but provide several powerful class features, such as advancing initiating, improving trance, allowing for safe sheathing and it signature move, Flash Swipe, which can strike a foe so quick they cannot even see the blade.

Entry Requirements  
Base Attack Bonus: +5. 
Race: Elf. 
Skills: Martial LoreToB 8 Ranks, any Knowledge Skill 8 Ranks. 
Feats: Adaptive StyleToB, Quick Draw, Weapon Focus (any elven melee weapon*). 
Maneuvers: Must be able to initiate maneuvers of 2nd level or higher. 
Special: A Sentinel Blade must learn the way of the Sentinel, either by training with a Sentinel Blade, studying their ancient texts or communicating with a deceased Sentinel Blade from beyond the grave.

Table: The Sentinel Blade

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special ManeuversToB
Fort Ref Will Maneuvers
Known
Maneuvers
Readied
Stances
Known
1st +1 +0 +2 +2 Blademaster's Trance, Elven Determination, Flawless Parry 0 1 0
2nd +2 +0 +3 +3 Defensive Sheathing, Flash Swipe 1/Encounter 1 0 0
3rd +3 +1 +3 +3 Forest Cutting Blade 0 0 1
4th +4 +1 +4 +4 Flash Swipe 2/Encounter 1 1 0
5th +5 +1 +4 +4 Legendary Force 0 0 0

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Control Shape (Wis), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Forgery (Int), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Int), Listen (Wis), Martial Lore (Int), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Speak Language (None), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex).

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Sentinel Blade

Maneuvers: At 1st level and every odd level beyond (3rd, 5th, etc), you gain a new maneuver known from the Devoted Spirit, Diamond Mind disciplines and one discipline of her choice. You must meet a maneuver’s prerequisite to learn it. You add your full sentinel blade levels to your initiator level to determine your total initiator level and your highest-level maneuvers known. At 1st level and every 3 levels beyond level, you gain an additional maneuver readied.

Stance Known: At 3rd you learn a new martial stance from the Devoted Spirit, Diamond Mind disciplines and one discipline of her choice.. You must meet a stance’s prerequisite to learn it.

Blademaster's Trance (Ex): A sentinel blade improve her elven ability to trance, being able to simulate battlefields and fights in her dreamworld and possessing incredible vigilance. While trancing, if a creature attack her, she automatically wake up and gain a surprise round over her attacking foe. If the sentinel blade was a half-elf she gain the ability to trance as an elf, but keep her ability to sleep normally.

Elven Determination (Ex): A Sentinel Blade draw incredible concentration through meditation and endless practices, decades of training with a blade will allow her to stay determined even in the face of failure. If a Sentinel Blade miss all attacks which are part of a strike, the strike is not considered expended.

Flawless Parry (Ex): While not flat-footed and wielding a elven weapon you have Weapon Focus in, you gain a shield bonus to AC equal to your class level. This ability only function while wearing light or no armor.

Defensive Sheathing (Ex): A 2nd level Sentinel Blade is an expert on sheathing her weapon, and may do so as a swift or move action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If a Sentinel Blade bring a foe down with a strike maneuver, she may sheath her weapon immediately as a free action.

Flash Swipe (Ex): A 2nd level Sentinel Blade is capable of striking faster than the eye can see. Once per encounter, when she has a sheathed elven weapon which she has Weapon Focus in, she may draw it as part of making an attacking (including a strike maneuver). If she does she catch her opponent flat-footed for that attack unless your opponent possess Uncanny Dodge or the Blind-Fight feat. She may use this ability twice per encounter at 4th level.

Forest Cutting Blade (Ex): A 3rd level Sentinel Blade is capable of cutting waves upon waves of foes, gaining Tome Cleave as a bonus feat. If she slay an opponent with a strike maneuver which required a standard action or less to initiate, her cleave attack replicate the effect of the strike.

Legendary Force (Ex): A 5th level Sentinel Blade is a legendary fighter beyond her peers, any elven weapon she has Weapon Focus in she wield count as two-handed weapon for the purpose of calculating damage and power attack, but keep their normal handedness. If the weapon is wielded two-handed, she add twice her relevant ability score to damage.

Additionally she can use her initiator level as effective fighter levels for the purpose of qualifying for feats for elven weapon (such as Weapon Specialization).

Finally she may use her Adaptive StyleToB feat as a standard action rather than a full-round action.



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Article BalanceVery High +
AuthorLeziad +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionGood +
Class AbilityMartial Maneuvers +
Class Ability ProgressionFull +
Fortitude Save ProgressionPoor +
Identifier3.5e Prestige Class +
Length5 +
Minimum Level6 +
Racial RestrictionsElf +
RatingUndiscussed +
Reflex Save ProgressionGood +
SkillAppraise +, Balance +, Bluff +, Climb +, Concentration +, Control Shape +, Craft +, Decipher Script +, Diplomacy +, Escape Artist +, Forgery +, Heal +, Hide +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Martial Lore +, Move Silently +, Perform +, Profession +, Search +, Sense Motive +, Sleight of Hand +, Speak Language +, Spot +, Survival +, Swim + and Tumble +
Skill Points4 +
SummaryA initiator class of elves who refined their skills with the blade, and eventually become true masters. +
TitleSentinel Blade +
Will Save ProgressionGood +