Assorted Eclipse Builds by Christopher West

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No, not these characters

Christopher West has been putting up a fair number of Eclipse character designs over on his RPG Blog over the past month or two – and I thought I’d set up some links here. His notions of how to build things tend to be very different from mine – and that’s a very good thing; original approaches and differing interpretations create interesting characters.

Ergo, here we have some links…

  • The Battle Sage (Basic Concept, Build, and an Adventure Log). I really like this one; I’ve always been rather partial to the notion of including a scholar in a group as something other than a primary spellcaster – and this character (a scholar so knowledgable that he can call forth a weapon designed to work against a particular opponent) works in that role very nicely.
  • The Planer Mage-Assassin: Some notions for a magical assassin specializing in destroying extra-planar beings. The things certainly make enough trouble to justify a small society of such people after all.
  • Building Warlocks in Eclipse: Basic Thoughts and Greygin the Render – a Warlock-style build using Spirit Weapon. Both definite contrasts with the way I was building a Warlock and (in Greygin’s case) an EXCEPTIONALLY nasty specialization
  • The Jester: A basic layout for creating that old second-edition April-Fools favorite class.
  • Star Wars Eclipse – thoughts on converting the Saga Edition.
  • Dark Era Priests – a partial design for priests as a medieval player might have viewed them. Most suited for a low-magic world.
  • Burnt Meat – an (extremely) troubled young woman with flame powers.
  • The Anti-Magus. A few possible designs for a character who’s very presence negates magic – a powerful, but not-especially advantageous ability.
  • The Shifting Mind – a character who has the classic day/night split personality problem – although, in this case, the “monster” only comes out during the day…
  • The Healer: A dedicated healer – and an exceptionally good one.
  • The Dagger Master: A roguish specialist in Daggers in a second-edition style – back when daggers were faster, and got more attacks, than other weapons did.
  • The Arch Mage: A youthful mage who is being consumed by her own, terrible, powers.
  • The Blood-Fueled Mage: A notion for creating a mage who draws power from blood and slaughter. Sadly, I have some serious doubts about the first option on this one; a requirement for killing other creatures doesn’t really effectively substitute for a personal cost. Most of the others look good if you can get the speciality spells past your game master.
  • Creating A Monster: This one is a massively deadly barbarian-type, mostly revolving around using Augmented Bonus to get massive numbers of hit points. I’d – as usual – want a good explanation for why you got to add your strength modifier to your constitution modifier for calculating your hit points – but there are certainly more atrocious builds out there, even in standard d20.
  • The Elder Scrolls Hero: Here we have a generalist adventurer – some skills, some combat, and some magic – but not too much of anything.
  • A Healer’s Nightmare: A healer with a severe flaw – the life she grants must be taken from elsewhere…
  • Wasting Time with 3.5: More or less a short review of Eclipse (and why Mr West is enjoying it more than 3.5).
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9 Responses

  1. Hey Thoth! Thanks for that, that’s awesome. “Wasting Time” refers to time spent on normal d20… Eclipse rocks.

  2. Oh and also note some new ones will appear under Character Builds – here- http://www.buygameshobbies.com/category/roleplaying-2/character-builds/

  3. Heh, Elder Scrolls hero. They don’t get any more generic than that, do they? And yet, so very accurate to the series.

  4. […] friend and gaming-buddy was linked to by the author of Eclipse, whose net-handle is Thoth. It’s a good thing to get some recognition […]

  5. Are any of these builds still around? I’m quite interested in the Saga Edition article. The links don’t work or show up in the wayback machine.

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