Melee-Magthere Champion

Prerequisite: Drow, any martial class or defender role.

You are a warrior born and bred. The pounding of blood in your veins, the thrill of battle, the knife edge between life and death—all these things are precious to you. You call yourself a champion; though the title might weigh heavy at the beginning of your career, your chosen destiny is to seize that honor. You will not rest until you are the undisputed master of warfare as only drow can conduct it: with skill, flair, and deceit.
    You chose a martial path to escape from your lowly birth, hoping to follow a road to higher station and greater power. Your training has toughened you against the rigors of drow society and, as your career progresses, you demand respect at the edge of your blades. You have performed well in the Grand Melee—a test of strategy, cunning, and skill—besting most if not all your rivals. You long for the day when you will triumph over all the other students.
    At the academy, you also found a kind of nobility you had never encountered in your youth. Grace and beauty live in battle and in the wary camaraderie that warriors develop. In the company of other males, your gender meant little; you were allowed a certain degree of self-determination. Your skills have even earned something like respect from the few female students and instructors at Melee-Magthere.
    What will you do after leaving the school? You owe your training to the orders of your odious matron mother, but you feel no sense of loyalty to her. Just as your house uses you to earn esteem—hoping to boast of an infamous warrior or weapon master—so should you in turn exploit that relationship to earn glory and advance your own ends.

    Melee-Magthere Champion Starting Feature (1st level): You gain the lurking spider power.
    Melee-Magthere Champion Level 5 Feature (5th level): When you hit any enemy with an opportunity attack, that enemy is slowed until the end of its turn.
    Melee-Magthere Champion Level 10 Feature (10th level): When you use your lurking spider power, you can use a free action to make a melee basic attack against the triggering creature as part of the power.

Melee-Magthere Champion Utility Lurking Spider

Your unexpected counter knocks your foe off balance.

Encounter        Martial
Immediate Reaction      Personal

Trigger: A creature within your reach hits you with an attack.

Effect: The triggering creature is slowed until the end of its next turn, and you gain a +2 power bonus to all defenses until the end of your next turn.

Melee-Magthere Champion Utility 2Blade Spider's Lunge

Your deadly strikes leave your foes reeling.

At-Will        Martial, Stance
Minor Action      Personal

Effect: You assume the blade spider’s lunge stance. Until the stance ends, any creature you hit grants combat advantage to the next creature that attacks it before the end of your next turn.

Melee-Magthere Champion Utility 6Dance of the Phase Spider

You fight in constant motion, always on the move around a foe and rolling with blows.

At-Will        Martial, Stance
Minor Action      Personal

Effect: You assume the dance of the phase spider stance. Until the stance ends, when an adjacent enemy shifts, you can shift 1 square as an immediate reaction. In addition, whenever you are subjected to forced movement, you can shift up to 2 squares as a free action after the forced movement is resolved.

Melee-Magthere Champion Utility 10Black Widow's Bite

You strike a particular pressure point with a well-aimed blow, twisting your foe with agony

Daily        Martial
No Action      Melee 1

Trigger: You hit an enemy with a melee attack.

Effect: That enemy is also immobilized and takes ongoing 10 damage (save ends both).

Published in Council of Spiders, Dragon Magazine 413.