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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #340 on: February 16, 2011, 03:22:43 AM »
I just found an fun feat in Dungeonscape for Factotums.  It's Undermountain Tactics, requiring that you're a Dwarf or Gnome (or BAB +6 and Knowledge Dungeoneering 2), so it's extremely easy to get as a Whispergnome anyway.  It's the first maneuver that's so great, called Stair King.  Any time you have high ground over your opponent (Greater Floating Disk?) and hit your opponent twice in a round, they have to make a Balance check (DC 10+Str modifier) or fall prone.  They can forgo a move action next round to auto succeed... but that's irrelevant, because just like Grease they're balancing and thus flat footed.  Thus, at higher levels, as long as you can hit twice, your opponents are always flat footed against the third and subsequent attacks.  Combo with Blurstrike to flat foot them on the first hit as well.  Great for any TWF Factotum who can generate lots of hits.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #341 on: February 16, 2011, 05:55:53 AM »
IIRC, there's a trick from Rules compendium you can play with Sleight of hand on a dagger to make a dude flatfooted 1/encounter.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #342 on: February 16, 2011, 02:30:40 PM »
IIRC, there's a trick from Rules compendium you can play with Sleight of hand on a dagger to make a dude flatfooted 1/encounter.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #343 on: March 02, 2011, 03:21:19 PM »
Just found another amazing feat in Fiendish Codex II (god this book has some gems!).  Mark of Avernus lets you use a spell like ability (or attack) as an Immediate action once per encounter.  The hard part is that it requires Brand of the Nine Hells as a prerequisite, which is no easy feat to get.  Still, if you can swing it the ability to cast any of your spells as an immediate action is pretty freakin' nice... and this way you don't need to spend 3 IPs for rapid casting.

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« Reply #344 on: March 02, 2011, 04:06:36 PM »
Immediate Action Geas, what?
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #345 on: March 02, 2011, 04:42:12 PM »
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #346 on: March 02, 2011, 08:23:31 PM »
Just found another amazing feat in Fiendish Codex II (god this book has some gems!).  Mark of Avernus lets you use a spell like ability (or attack) as an Immediate action once per encounter.  The hard part is that it requires Brand of the Nine Hells as a prerequisite, which is no easy feat to get.  Still, if you can swing it the ability to cast any of your spells as an immediate action is pretty freakin' nice... and this way you don't need to spend 3 IPs for rapid casting.

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Biggest problem is, IIRC, that it can only be obtained via DM fiat or being a devil.  The Mark of X feats are all pretty good because of that.
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« Reply #347 on: March 02, 2011, 08:40:06 PM »
Biggest problem is, IIRC, that it can only be obtained via DM fiat or being a devil.  The Mark of X feats are all pretty good because of that.

Exactly, hence my comment about how the prerequisite feat was really hard to get.  You've got to perform a major service for the Lord the First of hell, and what counts as a major service is up to the DM.

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« Reply #348 on: March 04, 2011, 06:33:57 AM »
...so I was looking through Fiend Folio.  And I happened on Quicken Spell Like Ability, on page 11.  And you know what it says?  For no prerequisites, this feat lets you quicken each of your spell like abilities once per day.  Since Arcane Talent gives you a bunch of different spell like abilities, this is the Factotum version of Battle Blessing.

So, this feat: overpowered, or absolutely amazing?

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #349 on: March 04, 2011, 06:38:28 AM »
Neither, it's updated 3.0.

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« Reply #350 on: March 04, 2011, 06:45:03 AM »
Drat.  On the bright side, Arcane Dillitant is noted as being (Sp), so the 3.5 version (just found it in MM) would indeed apply to three spells per day... though not your highest level spells.  By level 16 it can only quicken 4th level spells, which is not so hot, but by level 20 it applies to 6th level spells (which is nearly your maximum).  So, obviously not nearly as good, but might be worth taking at high levels.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #351 on: March 07, 2011, 11:54:52 AM »
I'm not sure if this has been suggested already but the Nymph's Kiss feat from BoED nets you +1 sp per level. Obviously nice for a Factotum.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #352 on: March 10, 2011, 07:56:23 PM »
What would be a good +1 or +2 LA template for a half-orc Factotum that boosts Int, and possibly Dex as well (but not necessary)?

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #353 on: March 10, 2011, 08:40:26 PM »
Drat.  On the bright side, Arcane Dillitant is noted as being (Sp), so the 3.5 version (just found it in MM) would indeed apply to three spells per day... though not your highest level spells.  By level 16 it can only quicken 4th level spells, which is not so hot, but by level 20 it applies to 6th level spells (which is nearly your maximum).  So, obviously not nearly as good, but might be worth taking at high levels.

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Pretty sure you have to select the Sp when you pick the feat too,making it not a great idea.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #354 on: March 11, 2011, 12:29:04 AM »
What would be a good +1 or +2 LA template for a half-orc Factotum that boosts Int?

Something that isn't Half-Orc.


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« Reply #355 on: March 11, 2011, 12:42:33 AM »
Cute. Mechanics-wise a half-orc Factotum isn't a good idea, but the back story gives it some nice flavor. That's why I'm looking for a low LA template to help offset the Int penalty. We aren't playing heavily optimized characters; we're going more for a story driven game.

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« Reply #356 on: March 11, 2011, 12:43:57 AM »
Them templating would be irrelevant.

Also, anything that boosts int, like Phrenic.
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They don't/haven't, was the point. 3.5 is as dead as people not liking nice tits.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #357 on: March 11, 2011, 12:55:05 AM »
Intelligence paragon, probably.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #358 on: March 11, 2011, 12:55:58 AM »
Cute. Mechanics-wise a half-orc Factotum isn't a good idea, but the back story gives it some nice flavor. That's why I'm looking for a low LA template to help offset the Int penalty. We aren't playing heavily optimized characters; we're going more for a story driven game.

As McPoyo stated, stuff like Phrenic works. I still say don't be a half-orc (Full Orc would be a better choice for the higher stats, but non-Orc would be best for a Factotum). Try being a Goblin, as they are decent races for non-Tank classes.


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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #359 on: March 11, 2011, 12:56:55 AM »
Half-Ogre from Dragon 313 and Primordial Giant from SoX.