Posted by : Shazbot June 15, 2009

The inspiration for this character came as I was reviewing the "Playing Revenants" article from Dragon Magazine on D&Di for Antioch's blog.

The basic concept is a Battlerager Fighter (formerly a Dwarf) who was killed while defending a sorcerous ally to whom he was tirelessly devoted, and crawled his way out of the grave in order to continue doing so. I envision this character as an implacable wall of destruction with an unwavering, single-minded determination, wearing a black executioner's hood to hide his ashen, sunken features, and wielding a huge ax.

Unfortunately as the Revenant is not yet available in the D&Di character builder, I had to build this guy the old fashioned way. Will revisit this post when the CB updates.

Executioner
Level 1 Revenant (nee' Dwarf) Fighter
Fighter Talent: Battlerage Vigor

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 16, Dex 12, Int 8, Wis 14, Cha 13

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con, 14, Dex 10, Int 8, Wis 14, Cha 13

AC: 16; Fort: 15; Ref: 11; Will: 12
HP: 31; Surges: 12; Surge Value: 7

TRAINED SKILLS
Athletics +7; Endurance +9; Intimidate +10 (Executioner background)

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics 0; Arcana -1; Bluff +1; Diplomacy +1; Dungeoneering +2; Heal +2; History -1; Insight +2; Nature +2; Perception +2; Religion -1; Stealth 0; Thievery 0

FEATS
Level 1: Dwarf Soul

POWERS
Fighter At-Will: Crushing Surge
Fighter At-Will: Cleave
Fighter Encounter: Bell Ringer
Fighter Daily: Villain's Menace

ITEMS
Adventurer's Kit
Great Ax
Chainmail

This character is built for one thing...sheer durability. The Unnatural Vitality racial features for the Revenant and Battlerage Vigor class features synergize nicely toward this end, as does the Dwarven Soul feat, which will grant the executioner access to the Dwarven Resilience and allow him to use his Second Wind as a minor action. In other words, this guy can take a licking and keep on ticking.

The Executioner's damage output is okay, with the high strength and constitution scores and the great ax (eventually he will take Dwarven Weapon Training to give him +2 to damge roles with axes, and Weapon Proficiency Executioner's Ax, because it's just plain perfect for him)

Defenses are pretty abysmal, which is okay since this character isn't about avoiding hits as much as he is about ignoring them. However, I would take feats down the line to bolster his Will Defense as I see this guy as not being one to be easily dominated.

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  1. I would also recommend Toughness, since its useful now. Iron Will is good for an opener, and you can retrain it later for Epic Will or whatever one gives you +2 to all defenses.

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