Enlightened Word

"My calling could not be more sacred. I am the Word that lights the Path."

Prerequisite: Runepriest, any nonevil alignment

All across Kara-Tur, runepriests go from village to village teaching not only literacy, but also the lessons found in the Path of Enlightenment. Such selfless acts, in turn, bring these runepriests closer to their own enlightenment. Recognizing this truth, a few shan zi learn how to share their blessings with their comrades and allies, further pushing back the darkness so that the light of the Celestial Emperor can purge the world of ignorance and evil. The following paragon path is available to any honorable runepriest who strives to become the consummate leader, acting through his or her allies to vanquish the opposition.


    Cloud Step (11th level): Whenever you enter a new rune state, you can enter the rune state of the cloud step instead. While you are in this rune state, allies adjacent to you can shift up to 2 squares as a free action the first time they hit an enemy each turn. You can end this rune state as a minor action to fly up to a number of squares equal to your speed.
    Shared Enlightenment Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to use a runepriest attack power, you can choose for that attack to originate from the space of an ally within 5 squares of you, instead of originating from your space. If you do so, that ally gains temporary hit points equal to 5 + your Strength modifier.
    Radiant Cloud Step (16th level): During the flight granted by the rune state of the cloud step, you are insubstantial and phasing.

Enlightened Word Attack 11Celestial Lightning

You call upon the red lightning that carved the will of the Celestial Heaven upon the cliffs of Tanghai to punish those who threaten your comrade.

Encounter        Divine, Lightning, Radiant, Runic, Weapon
Standard Action      Area burst 2 centered on an ally within 5 squares

Target: Each enemy in the burst

Attack: Strength vs. Fortitude

Hit: 2[W] + Strength modifier lightning and radiant damage.

Effect: Until the end of your next turn, the attacks of the ally on whom the burst was centered deal lightning and radiant damage, in addition to their normal types.

  Rune of Destruction: Until the end of your next turn, the ally also gains a power bonus to damage rolls equal to your Strength modifier.

  Rune of Protection: Until the end of your next turn, the ally also gains a power bonus to his or her healing surge value equal to your Strength modifier.

Enlightened Word Utility 12Touch of Hope

With a quick gesture, you trace the sign for “hope,” removing all afflictions from your ally.

Daily        Divine, Healing
Standard Action      Melee touch

Target: You or one ally

Effect: The target makes a saving throw against each effect on him or her that a save can end. The target also regains hit points equal to his or her healing surge value and can stand up as a free action.

Enlightened Word Attack 20Words of Celestial Heaven

Your attack leaves your foe transfixed, as its life flashes before its eyes. When your enemy shakes off this effect, it tries to repent by turning on its former ally.

Daily        Divine, Lightning, Radiant, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee weapon

Target: One creature

Attack: Strength vs. AC

Hit: 3[W] + Strength modifier lightning and radiant damage, and the target is stunned (save ends).

  Aftereffect: The target makes a basic attack as a free action against one of its allies.

Miss: Half damage.

Effect: Until the end of the encounter, your runepriest at-will attacks deal 5 extra lightning and radiant damage.

Published in Dragon Magazine 404.