Talk:Eldritch Soulsword (3.5e Feat)

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RatedFavor.png Zhenra-Khal favors this article and rated it 4 of 4!
I really love this, as it gives more of an "ancestral power" feel to the Warlock, and I wanna see more.~
RatedLike.png Ghostwheel likes this article and rated it 3 of 4.
An interesting feat that adds a new playstyle to the warlock. Might be nice taken with this feat.

Balance Level[edit]

I mean, it's a soulknife's mindblade so, what's making it High? Is there a combo I'm missing? Just reads Low to me. That's not a bad thing, it's just that the feat doesn't seem to me to do all that much. Surgo (talk) 16:52, 4 September 2017 (MDT)

I would not say that getting a weapon that bypass all DRs and you cannot lose with additional benefit as low. Maybe moderate. --Leziad (talk) 19:12, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
I missed the bypassing of DR. Yeah, moderate I suppose. I don't think that it being unlosable is all that great, but to each their own of course. Surgo (talk) 20:57, 4 September 2017 (MDT)

Essence Soulsword?[edit]

I had wondered if it would be appropriate to allow the Eldritch Blast-user to apply Eldritch Essences to the blade's damage to change damage type/give extra effects? That would bring the feat closer to the High range, since at current I'd say it's a solid Moderate feat. Then again, being able to enchant it is a plus, especially when you can make a pair of Gish Gauntlets that enhance it further, as it's currently written. I dunno, I just think a Flaming Dark Spiral Eldritch Soulsword whose flames are purple/black would be really cool to have. --Zhenra-Khal (talk) 20:23, 4 September 2017 (MDT)

I am open to suggestion and will consider it. I think applying an essence on every strike would make it VH though... hmmm that give me an idea. I will work on it a bit later tomorrow. --Leziad (talk) 20:37, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
You could make the essence application a second feat in and of itself, yeah. --Zhenra-Khal (talk) 20:39, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
I think that's a neat idea, Zhenra-Khal. Some ideas: use a standard action to apply eldritch blast damage and essences with your attack (basically, it's a free hideous blow). If you want to get really crazy or add in a second feat, give the ability to use a second essence (since you aren't using a blast shape). Surgo (talk) 21:00, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
Which raises the question of why this isn't a blast shape, since the damage type is magical, just like Eldritch Blast. I'd likely rule that you can apply an essence, but if you do, you can't use your EB until you stop using an essence. However, applying an essence to every attack is possible with Eldritch Glaive, aaaand that deals full EB damage on each attack, rather than just being limited to shortsword/longsword/greatsword damage.
However. If you choose to let this feat apply essences, I'd rule that the secondary effect of an essence - Negative levels, damage over time, penalties, saves, etc. - Would only be applied once per round, not once per attack. --Zhenra-Khal (talk) 21:05, 4 September 2017 (MDT)
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