Freedom Fighter

"Every slave is a knife held close to the master’s neck. All you need is the courage to press your advantage. He thinks that your chains deprive you of your strength when in fact, they are the weapons with which you fight. Use those shackles to serve freedom!"

Prerequisite: Escaped slave theme or warlord

Power alone is not reason to rule. One should earn obedience and loyalty, not force or buy it. The people need to understand that slavery serves no one. It is merely the strong stealing from the weak, and while that might suit the odious scavengers that sup on dusty carrion in the deserts, it’s no way for people to live. They need someone to pull the veil from their eyes and break the bonds that restrict their thinking. Even the slaves need someone to show them they can be free. They need inspiration. They need an example—someone like an escaped slave.
    You are a rarity in Athas: You believe in freedom. You fight not just for yourself but for others. Anyone who seeks to escape the master’s whip deserves your help—as long as they don’t wish to turn the lash upon others. The slave masters, the corrupt nobles, the rich merchants, and the sorcerer-kings—they have the power, but slaves outnumber free people ten to one, and that means the odds are in freedom’s favor.


    Comrade's Help (11th level): You can use the aid another action as a move action when aiding a skill or ability check. If you are aiding an escape attempt or a skill or ability check to break bonds or find escape (Thievery to open a lock on chains, Strength to break down a door, Perception to find a way out, and so on), the bonus you grant for a successful DC 10 ability or skill check equals 4 instead of 2.
    Fight For Your Freedom (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, all allies within 10 squares of you that are marked or grabbed by enemies can make a basic attack as a free action. If an ally’s basic attack hits a target that is marking or grabbing that ally, the mark or grab ends. If no ally within range is marked or grabbed, you can instead choose one ally within 5 squares of you to make a basic attack as a free action.
    Freedom Requires Vigilance (16th level): You and any allies within 3 squares of you gain a +2 bonus to initiative, Perception, and Insight checks.

Freedom Fighter Attack 11Self-Sacrificing Strike

You dive to your friend’s rescue and then rise up in revenge.

Encounter        Martial, Weapon
Immediate Interrupt      Melee or Ranged weapon

Trigger: An ally within 6 squares of you is the target of a ranged or melee attack.

Effect: You shift up to 5 squares to end adjacent to the triggering ally, slide the ally 1 square, and shift into the square the ally left. You make the following attack.

Target: The creature that made the triggering attack

Attack: Primary ability vs. AC

Hit: 3[W] + ability modifier damage, and you gain a +2 power bonus to all defenses against the triggering attack.

Aftereffect: You become the target of the triggering attack.

Freedom Fighter Utility 12Inspiring Example

You’re not giving up, and your fortitude renews your friends’ hope.

Encounter        Martial
Minor Action      Personal

Effect: Make a saving throw against an effect a save can end. If you succeed, allies you can see can make a saving throw as a free action against any single effect that a save can end.

Freedom Fighter Attack 20Vicious Guardian

You strike a vicious blow against your foe to let it know that you are the only enemy worth facing.

Daily        Martial, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee or Ranged weapon

Target: One or two creatures

Attack: Primary ability vs. AC

Hit: 4[W] + ability modifier damage, and the target is marked (save ends). While the target is marked by you, you can make a basic attack against the target as a free action each time it makes an attack that does not include you.

Miss: Half damage, and the target is marked by you until the end of its next turn.

Published in Dragon Magazine 390.