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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #420 on: February 10, 2011, 02:22:31 AM »
Wait, is there a feat that lets you subtract some... no wait it just redirects your power attack to armor class. Damn it.

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« Reply #421 on: February 10, 2011, 03:19:55 AM »
Uh huh. And a 30% fail rate means you literally drop dead every other fight. Maybe every third fight. Wonder how long it will take to run out of levels and loot, or just make the Cleric say screw this, we keep the rest of his stuff and get a not gimp.

Don't be an idiot.
A 30% fail rate means you drop dead 30% of the time. Minus the times you were just turned to stone, dominated, stunned, dazed, paralyzed, knocked unconscious, turned into a rabbit, got knocked off a cliff.

Edit I might be miss judging the context, I need sleep.
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« Reply #422 on: February 10, 2011, 03:31:34 AM »
Uh huh. And a 30% fail rate means you literally drop dead every other fight. Maybe every third fight. Wonder how long it will take to run out of levels and loot, or just make the Cleric say screw this, we keep the rest of his stuff and get a not gimp.

Don't be an idiot.
A 30% fail rate means you drop dead 30% of the time. Minus the times you were just turned to stone, dominated, stunned, dazed, paralyzed, knocked unconscious, turned into a rabbit, got knocked off a cliff.

Edit I might be miss judging the context, I need sleep.
Actually, a 30% failure rate is a small inconvenience, since it's rare that one roll of a die will really kill you, even when SoDs start getting thrown around, since it's relatively easy to immunize yourself against them before or shortly after they show up.

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« Reply #423 on: February 10, 2011, 07:26:38 AM »
More to the point, that 30% thing is a completely arbitrary number.  I certainly never got spotted 30% of the time, and that was with below standard wealth against normal CR (but otherwise unmodified) enemies.  And really, it's quite easy to be reasonably safe from one single hit, especially if you have a decent method of escaping the scenario (while your party mops up the guy who just fired at you).  Shadow Jaunt worked for me.

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« Reply #424 on: February 10, 2011, 07:30:51 AM »

okay ... just off the top of my head ....
... yeah, sorry -- I'm capping-out at around +26. :shrug  (well, I'm pretty sure I can push it to 30+, but then that's the only thing that he'll be doing; meaning he'll be worthless at everything else ....)

Hmm... without excessive cheese:
Dragonborn Water Orc Barb 1/Crus. 1/Warbl8
Str 24 (16 base +4 rac +2 levels, +2 item), with Rage 28 = +9, 10 BAB, = 19;
 +1 and + two initiator school weapon = +7 to hit, +1 to damage; so +26, for a fair portion of the WBL, but who cares.
5 damage in steely resolve +1; +27
Flanking: +29
Emerald Razor: Single attack vs. touch every other round.
So if I were to blow my entire wealth on offensive items (+4 Str, too), I could actually reach +30 for one fight a day, since taking extra Rage sucks.

Now compare that to a neutral cleric 7:
10 Str, because I don't give a shit.

DMM persist Consumptive Field, and crushing a few bugs: Now my Str is NI. I have NI to hit and NI temp HP. (I forget, much rather, it's OVER 9000!)
My CL is about... let's say 15+, since I can buy/borrow/rob a few items to increase it.
My BAB is only 7, with persistent Divine Power, but I'm sure I can smack around some wizard to cast haste on me or even get puny items, so I can do 3x NI damage per round vs NI AC.

And since I can beat up trashmobs of far higher level, I have a lot more cash. So I can buy some armour spikes and a spiked shield (because, let's face it, I don't care about THF, I have NI damage, anyway, OR I simply have four or more arms and take daggers) to get immunity to the most common forms of dispelling, at least the targetted dispels.

But then what happens is that some idiot tried this before me, and once he learns about me, he comes to smack me dead with the dismembered arm of the other guy who tried that before me. And then I run home crying, because that encounter wasn't level appropriate.

So, Great Master of the Inferiority Complex, who loves to smite imbeciles, and can masturbate to the internet without even watching porn, please be so kind as to enlighten us how a beatstick EASILY and consistently gets +30 to hit vs touch, without shenanigans, and without completely sacrificing his defences. We REALLY DO want to know.

(And there is also still my question of how you scout all day with divinations.)
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« Reply #425 on: February 10, 2011, 07:32:56 AM »
(And there is also still my question of how you scout all day with divinations.)
Well, you cast commune, and ask your god

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #426 on: February 10, 2011, 07:38:12 AM »
And here I was going to go with "very carefully."

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #427 on: February 10, 2011, 09:55:14 AM »
And here I was going to go with "very carefully."

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #428 on: February 10, 2011, 09:58:11 AM »
Here's your damn bare minimum to-hit at level 10:

Assuming a 30 point buy, we go with the following stats (and note this will be suboptimal way of doing it):

STR: 08 (00)
DEX: 10 (02)
CON: 14 (08)
INT: 12 (04)
WIS: 08 (00)
CHA: 18 (16)

Let's go with an LA race for even more suboptimals, and just for shits and giggles, do it with a Sorcerer, so people don't get hung up on Tier 1 gameplay.

Aasimar Sorcerer 4/Eldritch Knight 3/Abjurant Champion 3
Because he's not an IDIOT, his LA was bought off at level 3, and he's caught up to the party by now.

Casts as 9th level Sorcerer, BAB of +8. He pumps Charisma twice during leveling up. He chooses Polymorph as a 4th level spell, and can cast it 5 times per day (+2 Charisma from a Cloak) - once per daily encounter the DMG Jaron is so fond of wanking off to states (he replaces it with Draconic Polymorph when he reaches Sor10, and just owns harder). His feat selection looks like so, and we'll skip flaws:

1st: Versatile Spellcaster, 3rd: Combat Casting, 6th: Power Attack, 9th: Improved Bullrush (he takes Shock Trooper at 12th; he could have it already if we added flaws).

Start of combat: He casts Polymorph to turn into anything up to 8HD he wants. Since he is an Outsider, that is a valid type for Polymorph. He turns into a Warden Archon (Str 27). So even bare-assed, he has an attack bonus of +16. Let's start adding equipment and buffs;
+2 enhancement weapon: +18 (+1 bought, +1 GMW)
+2 from Belt of Giant Strength +4: +20

And he can probably cast Wraithstrike every round. Oh look, +20 to hit touch pretty much at will. With a minimal investment, too (28,000 total out of 49,000 - 4,000 for a Cloak of Charisma +2, 16,000 for a Belt of Giant Strength +4, 8000 for a +1 weapon).

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #429 on: February 10, 2011, 10:20:53 AM »
@Relentless Imp
I thought the goal was +30, not +20?

Also, you're using Sorcerer (Tier 2) and Abjurant Champion (+1 Tier PrC according to this thread), while Sunic claimed this is possible with Tier 3s.
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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #430 on: February 10, 2011, 10:26:50 AM »
So, umm... you've proven, wait, let me check, NOTHING! We all KNOW that you can that with Polymorph. That's not the fucking point. And the claim was that even +30 vs touch was mere minimum.

Except that build is illegal, too. EK requires third level spells. As a Sorc 4 you might be able CAST 3rd level spells with Versatile, but you don't know any, and you didn't take Heighten Spell, either, to make this legal.

So, FAIL No.1 for Sunic's bootlickers.

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #431 on: February 10, 2011, 10:28:38 AM »
I'll just put this simply: I've played scouts before.  I've never had problems.  In fact, I've never had a character die while scouting, not once, but I have made a lot of encounters far easier with decent scouting.  I've seen one scout character die to a trap, but that was level 2 in World's Largest Dungeon and that trap would have killed anyone else in the party except the Crusader had she not taken that hit, so that's hardly an argument against scouting.  So, maybe others can't do it, but I can, and have, and this whole argument has boiled down to a bunch of people saying "I can't do it, therefor it's impossible."  So instead of going back and forth on specific scenarios from a DM who clearly has no experience with this, I'll just post how to scout, because that's actually useful.  Here's the main things you need to keep in mind, and I'll phrase them for all kinds of games (high optimization and low).

1)  Be invisible to as many things as possible.  

A)  The most basic part of this is Hide and Move Silently, because everything has Spot and Listen, even if they have no ranks.  As a rule, you're only truly safe if your Hide and Move Silently, after modifiers, are 11 higher than the enemy's Spot and Listen.  That way, if you take 10 while sneaking around the enemy cannot possibly find you.  This is trivially easy... a Halfling straight out of the box gets +5 Hide, and +3 Move Silently, while a Whispergnome gets +9 Hide and +5 Move Silently.  Through in max ranks in both skills and a 14 base thrown into dex and you're looking at +11/+9 or +15/+11 even at level 1, when the vast majority of enemies don't even have spot ranks.  Note also that distracted people have a -5 to their spot and listen, and there's an additional -1 to spot and listen for every 10 feet between the observer and what they're spotting.  With these kinds of penalties, you don't even need items to avoid any chance of detection.  As you go up in levels you'll want to invest a bit of money into keeping Hide and Move Silently up, an amount determined by how much it comes up.  The Collar of Umbral Metamorphosis (22k continuous, 10k for 10 minutes per day) is great for this, providing the Dark template cheap (which gives +8 hide, +6 move silently, Darkvision and Superior Low Light Vision, and (Ex) hide in plain sight along with a few other nice abilities).  Shadowsilk Leather Armor is just 1,750gp and provides +2 to hide and move silently while also being extremely light weight (an issue for low strength stealth types), and it's not even magical so crafting it for 1/3 price is a possibility in games where that works.  There's also basic mundane gear like Silent Shoes and Darkweave Clothing that can increase both skills.  And if you're a Factotum, you even get to add your Int to it.  In the end, you should have little to no trouble keeping your Hide and Move Silently up so high that nothing can possibly detect you via Spot or Listen.

B)  Scent, Tremorsense, Blindsense, and Blindsight are all relatively common abilities that autodetect you, and you just can't have that.  Luckily, these are easily countered by taking the Darkstalker feat, which requires them to follow the Spot-Hide/Listen-Move Silently mechanic.  Since you needed those to be up anyway, this handles the problem nicely, but the feat is basically required if you want to be a stealthy character.  Without it, you're hosed... which is part of why Wizards and such actually aren't very good at this sort of thing.  No spell protects you from these things (at least not in a useful way).

C)  Lifesense.  This feat from Libris Mortis is only available to undead and causes all living creatures to glow brightly in your vision (a medium or smaller creature gives off 60 feet of light, while larger creatures double the light given off for every size category they are above medium).  Note that even invisible light sources give off light, so this sense completely trumps invisibility and no amount of hiding will save you (the enemy won't see you, but they'll know exactly where you are anyway.  They'll even see you coming from around corners).  On the bright side (heh) Necropolitans are found in this same book.  Basically, if Libris Mortis is in play, you absolutely want to be a Necropolitan (which is very useful for stealthers anyway for a variety of reasons).  If it's not in play, Lifesense isn't an issue anyway so there's nothing to worry about.  And if you do become a Necropolitan, take this feat!

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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #432 on: February 10, 2011, 10:30:30 AM »
btw... basing an argument on polymorph and wraithstrike (and la buyoff) to prove something is easily done, normally means "sarcasm involved!"

i just ask myself why any party would want to have a gish-inspired sorcerer with 8 str, 10 dex and 14 con, who could only cast second level spells when they were already character level 6, as a member. this smells as much of corpse as a stealther does.

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« Reply #433 on: February 10, 2011, 10:35:04 AM »
Translation: Sunic has been proved to be ignorant in this area and is too proud to admit it.

Translation: Snakeman is rapidly devolving from a worthwhile person to a mouth breathing fuckwit.

I mean seriously. This isn't the goddamned Paizil boards. It isn't the GitP boards. It's a fucking CO board. And it's supposed to be a good one.

And yet, not a one of you fuckers, other than me can imagine how some Tier 3 beatstick can trivially exceed +20 to hit? Especially given that the assumed baseline for beatsticks around here is a fucking Lolth Touched Dragonborn Water Orc or whatthefuckever for +10 Str and +10 Con at +1 LA?

But fine. Since apparently the entire board has came down with a fucking plague of fuckwititis, I will demonstrate my superiority to all of you fuckers at once.

First of all. The victory conditions, aka the actual words I actually said was that +20 to hit was a gimpy number, unless you are at like level 7, or attacking as touch attacks. Exceeding +20 to hit is trivial.

Since apparently, everyone around here is so fucking stupid now they cannot imagine how a Tier 3 party could possibly have a half decent to hit, here it is spelled on in very painful detail.

The party is Bard, Beguiler, Crusader, Warblade. The Warblade is a human, and not some sort of freak of nature that people around here regularly assume. Because he's remotely competent, he has an 18 Str. He also has 12 Dex, 14 Con, and 14 Int. Which, by the way is 32 PB. Standard for relevant beatsticks. He also has a +1 Martial Discipline weapon. Select whatever discipline his stance belongs to. As Stances are Maneuvers, and you get +3 to hit when performing maneuvers of that time, you get +3 to hit all the fucking time. Add level up points, and a +4 Str item and that's +21 to hit. But then the Bard starts singing. He has a base song of +2, Song of the Heart, a MW horn, Inspirational Boost, and a Badge of Valor, along with Words of Creation.

End result? Beatstick has +31 to hit on round 1, +33 to hit on every round after. No other buffs, no weird templates or races, just a goddamned human beatstick.

Jesus H Fucking Christ you people are mouth breathing fuckwits for missing the very painfully obvious.

Now, such a beatstick would still fail against the Ice Devil, because it has high AC, and therefore either the Warblade would auto attack, maybe hit once for minor damage (2d6+21), or use Emerald Razor, auto hit or close, but still only do minor damage (2d6+41). And that's before DR.
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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #434 on: February 10, 2011, 10:43:11 AM »
So, umm... you've proven, wait, let me check, NOTHING! We all KNOW that you can that with Polymorph. That's not the fucking point. And the claim was that even +30 vs touch was mere minimum.

Except that build is illegal, too. EK requires third level spells. As a Sorc 4 you might be able CAST 3rd level spells with Versatile, but you don't know any, and you didn't take Heighten Spell, either, to make this legal.

So, FAIL No.1 for Sunic's bootlickers.

Oh boohoo hoo, I forgot a prereq. Fine, it requires a single flaw to take Heighten Spell. Not that big a deal. And the claim was +20 vs touch was bare bones minimum; check your reading comprehension.
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« Reply #435 on: February 10, 2011, 10:48:48 AM »
As for Jaron, and his massive wall of text, his words might have some merit had he not honestly claimed, on many occasions that playing enemies remotely intelligently or competently is worth large CR boosts. Since he has, all he's proven is that he can beat other mouth breathing fuckwits.

I've never claimed this.  I have had that the encounter level of an encounter (which, in the case of monsters, is effectively the same as CR) is altered by giving the creature significant abilities above and beyond what the stock creature has (like Mindsight) and by giving the creature information it shouldn't have (like enough to create an ambush).  I have consistently said that creatures should behave intelligently within the bounds of what they know.  This is why I said the CR goes up when you customize the feats to be much stronger and let the creature know more than it should, but then criticized you for playing that creature so stupidly once you had given it that info.  Read the DMG for more information on this.

Because creatures that can speak never talk to each other? No, it's information it should have, both because level 10 PCs are literal living legends, and because someone can fucking talk to them and tell them things, and they can understand those things. These aren't dumb mobs.

Yes, in Jaron land where enemies do not ever speak to each other, mostly because that'd involve leaving their 10x10 room and treasure chest having some actual information about the players makes them a lot harder.

But in actual games, intelligent enemies in fact being intelligent is the default assumption. And that means if someone fucking tells them something, they fucking know it.

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Remember, the normal CR guidelines assume a standard encounter start (you and the monster somehow get within range of each other and spot each other) and standard feats/HD/skills.  The more you give to the monster, the higher the overall Encounter Level.  But once the EL is set, you should play the monster appropriately... an Int 22 monster who can see through walls but knows enough about the party to know about the Cleric having Lifesense should obvious bury himself in the snow so he's hidden from that sense but can still see.  So yes, the encounter you've set up as proof of how scouts suck was one where A) scouts would actually be very useful and B) the scout is defeating a level +5 (at least) encounter.

More of Jaron's wank strawmen, where he assumes enemies that are remotely intelligent raise the encounter level, that the encounter was set up just to pwn his special snowflake class, when it fact it was designed for a real party, without any regard to scouting and merely used as an example because one of the favorite pro Monk... I mean, pro scout arguments is that it prevents ambushes, so I brought up actual ambushes from an actual game to prove that no, no it fucking doesn't. He also assumes that enemies either know everything or nothing, and that therefore if the enemy knows someone is undead, that they have Lifesight.

Skipping past more lies and fail, and flailing from the guy who honestly keeps claiming that enemies cannot speak to and learn from each other.
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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #436 on: February 10, 2011, 10:50:07 AM »
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Watch that Paizil Fallacy. And you're missing the point. The point is +20 to hit is low, and something you should have had at 7 or 8, and that's if you attack via touch attack. Similarly, 12 Con is low. For anyone. 14+ just to show up.

This implies, at least to me, that the +30 at level 10 is meant to be against touch AC. This is also confirmed by the example Sunic brings up.

By the way, thanks for the build ideas. I'm not very familiar with melee/gish types because I usually focus on casters, so this is useful for me, no matter its merit for the discussion.
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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #437 on: February 10, 2011, 10:58:17 AM »
Translation: Sunic has been proved to be ignorant in this area and is too proud to admit it.

Translation: Snakeman is rapidly devolving from a worthwhile person to a mouth breathing fuckwit.

I mean seriously. This isn't the goddamned Paizil boards. It isn't the GitP boards. It's a fucking CO board. And it's supposed to be a good one.

And yet, not a one of you fuckers, other than me can imagine how some Tier 3 beatstick can trivially exceed +20 to hit? Especially given that the assumed baseline for beatsticks around here is a fucking Lolth Touched Dragonborn Water Orc or whatthefuckever for +10 Str and +10 Con at +1 LA?

But fine. Since apparently the entire board has came down with a fucking plague of fuckwititis, I will demonstrate my superiority to all of you fuckers at once.

Seriously, get a therapist, before they come to get you.

Again, anyone can do it WITH A SECOND CHARACTER, let alone a Bard, or external buff spells cast by someone else! Hell, a competent Bard could probably do it by himself. What's the fucking point?

+20 or so is the normal to-hit for a level 10 beatstick, and is in fact not hard to reach, and if you'll check my suggestion above you'll find that gets to over +20 even without Rage. In fact, my suggestion above with a fucking +10 WoC Bard can hit +40, for one battle a day. But it's a hopeless one-trick pony, too.

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« Reply #438 on: February 10, 2011, 11:03:38 AM »
The goal is "trivially exceed +20 to hit with a level 10, Tier 3 party".

As this is in fact a level 10 party, and everything, particularly the Bard is in fact a Tier 3 class, Flawless Victory. The rest is you whining, flailing, and moving the goalposts.

The Bard, by the way has 10 songs. 3 Badge of Valor uses (and it's a cheap item, so if you wanted to be a dick you could just get more than one). Plenty of Inspirational Boosts, especially since it makes good wand bait.

So this can literally go on all day.
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Re: Is the role of Stealthy Dude a viable role in a party of non-stealthers?
« Reply #439 on: February 10, 2011, 11:04:04 AM »
I'll just put this simply: I've played scouts before.  I've never had problems.  In fact, I've never had a character die while scouting, not once, but I have made a lot of encounters far easier with decent scouting.  I've seen one scout character die to a trap, but that was level 2 in World's Largest Dungeon and that trap would have killed anyone else in the party except the Crusader had she not taken that hit, so that's hardly an argument against scouting.  So, maybe others can't do it, but I can, and have, and this whole argument has boiled down to a bunch of people saying "I can't do it, therefor it's impossible."  So instead of going back and forth on specific scenarios from a DM who clearly has no experience with this, I'll just post how to scout, because that's actually useful.  Here's the main things you need to keep in mind, and I'll phrase them for all kinds of games (high optimization and low).

1)  Be invisible to as many things as possible.  

A)  The most basic part of this is Hide and Move Silently, because everything has Spot and Listen, even if they have no ranks.  As a rule, you're only truly safe if your Hide and Move Silently, after modifiers, are 11 higher than the enemy's Spot and Listen.  That way, if you take 10 while sneaking around the enemy cannot possibly find you.  This is trivially easy... a Halfling straight out of the box gets +5 Hide, and +3 Move Silently, while a Whispergnome gets +9 Hide and +5 Move Silently.  Through in max ranks in both skills and a 14 base thrown into dex and you're looking at +11/+9 or +15/+11 even at level 1, when the vast majority of enemies don't even have spot ranks.  Note also that distracted people have a -5 to their spot and listen, and there's an additional -1 to spot and listen for every 10 feet between the observer and what they're spotting.  With these kinds of penalties, you don't even need items to avoid any chance of detection.  As you go up in levels you'll want to invest a bit of money into keeping Hide and Move Silently up, an amount determined by how much it comes up.  The Collar of Umbral Metamorphosis (22k continuous, 10k for 10 minutes per day) is great for this, providing the Dark template cheap (which gives +8 hide, +6 move silently, Darkvision and Superior Low Light Vision, and (Ex) hide in plain sight along with a few other nice abilities).  Shadowsilk Leather Armor is just 1,750gp and provides +2 to hide and move silently while also being extremely light weight (an issue for low strength stealth types), and it's not even magical so crafting it for 1/3 price is a possibility in games where that works.  There's also basic mundane gear like Silent Shoes and Darkweave Clothing that can increase both skills.  And if you're a Factotum, you even get to add your Int to it.  In the end, you should have little to no trouble keeping your Hide and Move Silently up so high that nothing can possibly detect you via Spot or Listen.

B)  Scent, Tremorsense, Blindsense, and Blindsight are all relatively common abilities that autodetect you, and you just can't have that.  Luckily, these are easily countered by taking the Darkstalker feat, which requires them to follow the Spot-Hide/Listen-Move Silently mechanic.  Since you needed those to be up anyway, this handles the problem nicely, but the feat is basically required if you want to be a stealthy character.  Without it, you're hosed... which is part of why Wizards and such actually aren't very good at this sort of thing.  No spell protects you from these things (at least not in a useful way).

C)  Lifesense.  This feat from Libris Mortis is only available to undead and causes all living creatures to glow brightly in your vision (a medium or smaller creature gives off 60 feet of light, while larger creatures double the light given off for every size category they are above medium).  Note that even invisible light sources give off light, so this sense completely trumps invisibility and no amount of hiding will save you (the enemy won't see you, but they'll know exactly where you are anyway.  They'll even see you coming from around corners).  On the bright side (heh) Necropolitans are found in this same book.  Basically, if Libris Mortis is in play, you absolutely want to be a Necropolitan (which is very useful for stealthers anyway for a variety of reasons).  If it's not in play, Lifesense isn't an issue anyway so there's nothing to worry about.  And if you do become a Necropolitan, take this feat!

D)  Touchsight.
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