Rakish Swashbuckler

"With a face like that, it’s no wonder your mother loves me best!"

Prerequisite: Rogue

Life is too short to take seriously. Danger lurks in every shadow, and an enemy waits behind every door. Those who spend every waking moment thinking about all the bad things that could happen never leave the house.
    Instead of wringing your hands, you throw away all your worries and take a devil-may-care attitude. Sure, some say you will end up raking the coals of the Nine Hells because of your decadent living. In the end, though, who’s the happier: you and your adventurous, libertine ways or the hidebound drudge shuddering under his covers?
    On one hand, you’re a charmer. Others find your infectious wit and bravado winsome. But you’re also irreverent, irresponsible, and reckless. What’s worst is that sometimes you have the hardest time keeping your mouth shut. Whether cracking a joke in the middle of a solemn funeral or shouting a barrage of insults at a demon, you can’t help but stir up trouble. Deep down, you know life might be easier if you straightened up, but where’s the fun in that?
    When you face a serious challenge, your skill with weapons comes to the fore. Your tongue and your body language become secondary instruments of derision. You seed your exploits with cutting insults and disdain, goading your enemies into overextending or making other mistakes. When an enemy gives you an opening, you press the advantage. In the end, you stand triumphantly over a fallen foe, showing once again who the greater fool is.

RAKISH SWASHBUCKLER PATH FEATURES

    Incorrigible Action (11th level): Whenever you spend an action point to take an extra action, enemies take a -2 penalty to attack rolls against you until the start of your next turn.
    Vexing Foe (11th level): Enemies marked by anyone other than you take a -2 penalty to attack rolls against you (this is in addition to the penalty from being marked). Enemies marked by you grant combat advantage to your allies.
    Dastardly Opportunist (16th level): Whenever an ally scores a critical hit against an enemy adjacent to you, you can make a melee basic attack against that enemy as an immediate reaction.

Rakish Swashbuckler Attack 11Abashing Stab

With words or body language, you mock your foe as you deliver a cutting attack.

Encounter        Martial, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee weapon

Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.

Target: One creature

Attack: Dexterity vs. AC

Hit: 3[W] + Strength modifier damage, and the target is marked until the start of your next turn. Until the start of your next turn, the target takes a –2 penalty to attack rolls against you but gains a +5 bonus to damage rolls against you.


Rakish Swashbuckler Utility 12Mocking Footwork

A derisive combat style keeps foes off balance.

Daily        Martial, Stance
Minor Action      Personal

Effect: Until the stance ends, each time you hit an enemy that you have combat advantage against, you can either shift 1 square or slide the enemy 1 square.


Rakish Swashbuckler Attack 20Cutting Assault

Your scornful manner puts your foe on the defensive, allowing you to make a sharp follow-up.

Daily        Martial, Weapon
Standard Action      Melee 1

Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.

Target: One creature

Primary Attack: Charisma vs. Will

Hit: The target is weakened and slowed (save ends both).

Miss: The target is slowed until the end of its next turn.

Effect: Make a secondary attack against the target. The target is then marked until the end of the encounter, until you are knocked unconscious, or until another mark supersedes this one.

  Secondary Attack: Dexterity vs. Reflex. If the primary attack hit, you have combat advantage against the target.

  Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage.


Published in Martial Power, page(s) 96.