Lightning Blitzer

"I will be where my honor requires me to be—in the front of the fight."

Prerequisite: Half-orc, cleric or paladin

You grew up in a tribe that valued speed in battle, to the point that none would wear any armor heavier than a leather vest, or perhaps a hide cuirass. When you came of age, you saw the downsides of this strategy. Swift warriors found that their enemies’ blades were just a little swifter. You challenged the orthodoxy of the tribe, favoring heavier and heavier armor. Your tribe mocked you, for with your protection, you found you could no longer keep up with the rest of the tribe in battle and would inevitably fall behind your comrades as they claimed glory. Some murmured that you wore the armor so that you would not have to fight and risk your life.

You would not be known as a coward, so you went on a pilgrimage in honor of your deity. You wanted to prove your bravery and seek an answer to your problem—the balance of defense and agility. When you reached your goal, tired and worn, you did not ask the gods for answers: You demanded them. You had shown your strength and proven your courage. A blessing from the gods was the only just reward for your exploits. A storm raged about you, and as you finished your demands, lightning struck you. Many gods would have killed you for your effrontery, but perhaps you pleased your patron with your attitude. You awoke later, unharmed, and you knew your prayers were answered.

Many of your tribe had already written you off as dead when you began your pilgrimage, and they were astounded to see you return. You would not tell them what happened, preferring once again to prove yourself through your deeds. When next the tribe went into battle, they were surprised as you kept speed with the other warriors, and amazed when you fell upon your enemies, your every blow ringing out with the power of the storm.

LIGHTNING BLITZER PATH FEATURES

    Armored Swiftness (11th level): You take no penalty to speed and gain a +1 bonus to your Reflex when wearing heavy armor.
    Repositioning Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to make an attack, you can shift half your speed before or after the attack.
    Thunder God's Blessing (16th level): When you use your furious assault racial power to add damage to a divine weapon attack, you also deal thunder damage equal to your Wisdom modifier to each enemy adjacent to the target.

Lightning Blitzer Attack 11Prophecy of Reprisal

The power of your deity arcs through your weapon and into your foe, giving it pause. Any grievous wounds you have sustained focus the strength your heritage provides once again.

Encounter        Divine, Lightning, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee weapon

Target: One creature

Attack: Strength vs. AC

Hit: 2[W] + Strength modifier lightning damage, and the target is dazed until the end of your next turn.

Effect: If you are bloodied, you regain the use of your furious assault racial power if you have already expended it.


Lightning Blitzer Utility 12Charging Rebuke

You drive back those that would attack you as you make your way across the battlefield.

Encounter        Divine
Free Action      Melee 1

Trigger: An enemy hits you with an opportunity attack

Target: The triggering enemy

Effect: The target takes a -2 penalty to the triggering attack roll. After the attack is resolved, you push the target 2 squares.


Lightning Blitzer Attack 20Catastrophic Impact

You raise your weapon high, and it crackles with the power of the storm as you charge.

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

Target: One creature

Special: You can use this attack in place of a melee basic attack when you charge.

Attack: Strength vs. AC

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

Miss: Half damage and the target is blinded and deafened until the end of your next turn.

Effect: If you are bloodied, you regain the use of your furious assault racial power if you have already expended it.


Published in Dragon Magazine 386, page(s) 61.