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The theme of moral ambiguity is continued regarding weapons at 5th level and the inability to detect his alignment. Duality of Discipline Focus and different augments gained via mission, instead pertaining the two disciplines, as well as a dual-stance activation as a swift action complement this one. Pretty cool: He has an alternate means of recovery, as he can add unwilling targets to his collective and debuff creatures affected thus.
Beyond this, higher levels allow this fellow to reduce insight and morale bonuses and power-point-based, relegate countered attacks to collective members, with higher levels allowing the unwilling addition to the collective via strikes. Very interesting twist on the base frame!
Beyond the archetypes for the new classes, this also offers material for the classes introduced in Path of War: When this guy uses a full-round action, he recovers initiation modifier minimum 2 maneuvers and gains 2 x level temporary hit points as well as DR equal to his initiation modifier, while also adding his initiation modifier as bleed damage to the next strike.
The benefits last 1 round and temporary hit points stack with already existing ones. Using ki to get brutal strike benefits versus targets, applying them to flat-footed targets, increased Str-bonus and the option to reduce damage to sicken the foe can be found. He can also move up to his speed and the next attack adds sneak attack damage. Alternatively, he can recover one maneuver as a standard action.
For two points, this can be applied to atk and saves and applying it to saves is an immediate action. These guys also get trapfinding and full sneak attack progression instead of deadly strikes.
It may sound odd, but this may actually be the first time I liked something as a private person about the crit-fishing stalker class…I pretty much enjoy this one on a personal level. They add the cursed condition to those marked and generally can be pictured as pretty adapt grappling specialists.
The ordained defender gets either Eternal Guardian, Black Seraph or Silver Crane, depending on alignment and uses Wisdom as initiation modifier. They have an aura and gain limited access to inquisitions or war-priest blessings at level -2, with minor powers unlocked at 3rd, major powers at 13th level.
Warlords may elect to become Desperados, who, bingo, would be gunslinging warlords: With Tempest Gale added and a gun as starting equipment, 2nd, 5th and 9th level for quicker reloads as well as access to grit and deeds and, at 5th level, scaling bonus damage when using guns with Solar Wind or Tempest Gale. Okay take on the subject matter, though personally, I consider the mystic archetype to be a bit more interesting. There are also a lot of archetypes for non Path of War-classes.
These begin play with 3 maneuvers known, 3 readied and 1 stance, scaling up to 15 known, 7 readied and 5 stances and unlocking up to 6th level maneuvers. From aegis customizations for maneuver access to barbarian primal disciples yes, skills for maneuvers can be used in rage to rubato bards that utilize a tempo pool to nightmare dreads, deadlier marksmen and myrmidon fighters that have a very wide array of disciplines available!
Because it offers means to make the non-Path of War classes still valid in a game that utilizes the increased potency of the Path of War-system. Two thumbs up for this! Beyond the massive selection of archetypes, the pdf also offers so-called class templates — these would basically be archetypes that can be applied to multiple classes, much like the general archetypes pioneered back in the day by Rogue Genius Games, with individual replacements for the eligible classes.
The pdf also sports three prestige classes, the first of which would be the 5-level animus adept, who needs to have animus healing as well as at least 5th level. The third prestige class herein would be the phoenix champion, whose chassis is similar to that of the landsknecht, but, as you may have guessed, these guys would be the ranged combat specialists.
The book also contains pages upon pages of feats and going into the details for each would bloat this review even further. OKAY, so next up would be the disciplines. Now you are, of course, interested in the two new disciplines herein, right? Well, the first would be Cursed Razor. This discipline is associated with heavy and light blades and spears, with Spellcraft being the key skill. Spreading curses inside your aura, using brands to disrupt abilities — the discipline as such provides an intriguing array of options.
The maneuvers also allow for paralysis — which is problematic since the maneuver in question ignores immunity to the save-or-suck effect. That being said, long-range teleporting foes into adjacent non-difficult terrain, attack with bonus damage? It gets the descriptor-thingy right! High-level stealing of abilities is also evil and fun.
This is, no hyperbole, my favorite discipline so far -strategic, bereft of legacy-rules and logic bugs and focused on nasty debuffs and unique tricks, it is powerful — at low levels, perhaps a bit too much. Elemental Flux, associated with Spellcraft and available for monk, thrown weapons and light blades.
Elemental Flux requires elemental damage of some maneuvers to be determined in advance, but may choose this as a standard action.
Furthermore, quite a few of the maneuvers in the discipline can be augmented via the expenditure of animus points. For future-proofing purposes, this bears mention.
As provided, though, the discipline is also highly interesting, with more than one maneuver offering wildly diverging in effects beyond just switching the respective energy damage types — and ultimately, I found myself enjoying this component most about elemental flux: While thematically, I did not consider the discipline too captivating, its flexibility is what ultimately makes me enjoy it.
It should also be noted that the respective elemental benefits are pretty well-balanced among themselves. So yes, I was positively surprised here! Eternal Guardian, a previously unreleased discipline in this book, is associated with Intimidate and represents the total conviction to an oath or task; favored by bodyguards around the world, its weapon groups are hammers, heavy blades and polearms.
Cursing targets that strike you to save or become unable to move, allowing allies to not provoke AoOs while moving in your threatened spaces…concept-wise, I found myself enjoying this one. Similarly, intimidating an opponent to fail with an attack as a fear-based counter does make sense in a way. Teleporting between strikes, retributive tricks…all in all, I found myself enjoying this discipline as one of the better ones in the overall balancing.
Mithral Current, associated with Perform dance and the weapon-groups light blades, heavy blades and polearms, is up next. The discipline also has a unique flair and mechanical component: Being pretty much about Iaijutsu-style quick drawing, the discipline codifies a type of requirement for certain maneuvers that requires the wielder to properly draw a weapon immediately prior to utilizing the respective maneuver.
The concise definition here is pretty much glorious and it should be noted that it does make basically for an optional component that can add additional effects to the respective maneuvers. It should also be noted that some maneuvers and stances here do allow for free sheathing of weapons as part of their usual effects.
The discipline also does sport numerous rather interesting defensive tricks — alas, unlike some other more recent Path of War-installments, we once again have a more pronounced emphasis on skill-checks as substitutes for more valuable numeric options like AC etc.
On the plus-side, the actual gaming flow of calm turning to brutal counter-assault and visuals of mithral current are fun. The Piercing Thunder discipline, based on Acrobatics and with polearms and spears as weapon groups, is all about charging and defending against such assaults as well as reach-trickery.
It should be noted that the Twin Thunder Stance lets you dual-wield weapons that would otherwise not be eligible. The strikes, counters and boosts also obviously had some dragoon-inspiration, with repositioning leaps and the capstone allowing for a massive, devastating line-AoE-charge.
The third discipline covered herein would be the Riven Hourglass, with the associated skill being Autohypnosis and the weapons being light blades, flails and hammers. It is this discipline I dreaded most…you may recall my indignation at some of these strikes right?
Well guess what: That being said, granting an ally your move, standard or full-round action, to be taken immediately as though they had readied it, is still horribly broken in my book. It allows you to break any semblance of action economy and is chock-full with abuse the system to smithereens combos. Shattered Mirror, the second discipline, focuses on heavy and light blades and close weapons and uses Craft glassmaking, painting, sculpture or sketching.
Shattered Mirror offers stances to curse temporarily foes hit by you and strikes that add nasty spell failure chances also to divine casters! Oh, and it helps that the effect is not one that vastly benefits from maxing the hell out of the skill. The Shattered Mirror lets you do something interesting — utilize, for example, the atk of the last attack of the foe, dealing nasty damage to the target.
Know another thing? Now that a makes sense to me and b is elegant and avoids the easy stacking of bonuses on skills — kudos! A very powerful maneuver would be Equivocate — choose a target: When said target is subject to a power, psi-like ability, spell or spell-like ability, you also receive the benefits — and vice versa.
While VERY powerful, this also allows for a vast array of exciting tactics. Doubling strikes and setting the range at close is powerful — as is a strike that curses a target to receive damage equal to what it inflicts — thankfully of the same type. Still — nasty and also open for abuse, though to a lesser extent.
Imho, such a maneuver should have a caveat that precludes AoE-damage from being reflected multiple times. Cool imagery, though. This does not need to be an issue, but it could be one since that type of foresight usually is not required — and yes, I can see a GM walk face first into a brick wall here.
Sleeping Goddess associated skill is Autohypnosis, the weapon groups being flails, heavy flails, monk and spears as well as any mind blades or similar abilities. You also gain the psionic subtype.
The way in which these are used in pretty unique and also interacts with psionic focus — more often than not, the augmentation options offer varying, scaling means of increasing the potency, also using psionic focus as one of the resources you can use: A basic strike that debuffs, for example, can be divested of its save by psionic focus expenditure. While, in many cases, these seem to be justified, a strike that locks Sus, SPs, spells and powers is nasty when divested of the save…and there I am, getting ready to write a rambling diatribe…and there we have it: Duration reduced to 1 round.
While this is still, nasty…I kinda like it, actually. At least in the ridiculously high-powered Path fo War context, it certainly makes sense! Blending false sensory input with strikes is also cool.
This discipline also features a unique option, namely the fact that you may execute ranged combat maneuvers, which are treated much like melee combat maneuvers, with the exception that they do not provoke attacks of opportunity and that they apply range penalties, if applicable. From the classic disarming shot to negating cover to using Sleight of Hand as a ranged Disarm-attempt to negate attacks, the discipline feels very much like the classic wild-west-trick shooting option.
In fact, the rules utilized in this one may rank as some of the more easily scavenging materials for games that do not utilize Path of War. As a whole, I enjoyed this discipline and its flavor. Kidding aside, we have one more section to go: Martial Traditions. An oath is required and depicted!
Editing and formatting are very good — while I noticed minor hiccups like missing italicizations or bolding instead of italicization, for the most part, this book excels in these disciplines. Layout adheres to a nice, two-column full-color standard and the artwork within is a mixture of unique, new artworks and stock art. The book comes with a second, more printer-friendly version and the pdfs are fully bookmarked with nested bookmarks for your convenience. The question burning on your lips may well be: Should I get this?
Well, that kinda depends. What you may find, though, is more material to scavenge that in the first book: There are quite a few bits of content herein, more so than in the first Path of War, that make for great scavenging material.
That being said, this still represents a higher powerlevel than I usually use for my base-line of comparisons and, much like the first book, this is not for everyone. The integration of now Path of War classes via a rich array of archetypes that sport the power-level of the system help making the content feel less like an intrusion.
Similarly, the new classes are unanimously better than those in the base book. The harbinger is inspired and my favorite Path of War class — a great skirmisher, that, with some nerfs of the disciplines, may even work in less powerful games. The fact that the designers have listened and further improved this fellow is simply great, making this the star of the book, at least for me.
As such, I consider it to be pretty much the most crucial class a Path of War group can have on its side. It feels like a crusader-like chaotic maneuver-specialists that constantly apologizes to its player via options to exert control, when the unique selling point, to a degree, is the lack thereof. That being said, the animus-system here and the knight-chandler archetype in particular do unique, fun things with their complex rules — and, in direct comparison to the classes in Path of War 1, I still consider this one to be more interesting.
To cut a long ramble short: This is, as a book, better in every way than the first one. The classes are more creative, the adaptation of non-martial classes to the system goes a long way; heck, I consider the disciplines herein unanimously more interesting than those featured in the first book. And yes, I still grit my teeth whenever I read skill-checks versus X…but, and this may well be a subjective impression, I do have the impression that, via descriptors and counter-options, the totality in that regard is a bit more sound.
Then again, with Veiled Moon already being the prime example of skill-abuse, there simply were not many possibilities to exceed that.
On a more positive side, the fluffy traditions in the back, while perhaps the least flashy of the bits of content herein, definitely rank among my favorites — they ground these rules in the reality of a given world. Before I ramble on even longer: If you play with path of War and like the system, then this will blow your mind. If you like Path of War, then you absolutely need to get this book.
Right now. If your trepidations regarding the system sprang from a lack of support for regular classes, then this book also remedies that.
Both disciplines can be extremely powerful. Similarly, this book pretty much plays loose with action economy, providing multiple means of trading actions among characters and getting more — which, as a comparison base-line, is usually capstone-levels of power.
So that definitely warrants some careful probing for some games using the rules. How to rate this, then? Well, I rated the original book according to my standard balance-base-line. I stand by that. Compared to most crunch, its power-level is off the charts. Same here…but this is the expansion. If you want to play a superhero level anime-like game with plenty of unique attacks and defenses, then this is just what the doctor ordered. Damn, this is hard…you see, as a person, I love a lot in this book in style, flavor and execution.
Similarly, as a person, I absolutely loathe a bunch of the design-decisions, needlessly failed kitten-tests, infinite healing as a base feature and similar gripes…but. And here comes the big BUT: As a reviewer, these already were present in the base book.
They are established components of the exceedingly high power-level of the Path of War system. I can advise caution regarding the action-economy-switcheroos, but in the frame of the system, particularly with its already significant powerlevel, they are less jarring and broken then they would be in vanilla pathfinder.
If you were torn on the previous book and considered it, like I did, a 3-star-book, then this should be considered between 0. As a reviewer, my official verdict, ultimately, will be smack in the middle — at 4. I also have a policy of in dubio pro reo. Which means my official verdict rounds up to 5. You can get this massive book here on OBS! If you wnat to support the Dreamscarred press crew, you can do so directly here on their patreon! Path of War Expanded By Endzeitgeist.
More articles you may enjoy: At its basic roots, the Path of War allows for martially-inclined characters to harness new abilities to aid them in combat. These new abilities are known as maneuvers, a specific technique that allows a martial disciple to enact a powerful attack, erect a defense against an attack, or improve his overall fighting ability or the abilities of others.
By initiating these in combat, the martial disciple has a powerful edge that can even rival the powers of the spellcasters of the world. Path of War Class Descriptions Harbinger : The harbinger is a mobile combatant that specializes in inflicting curses and manipulating their foes on the battlefield through use of maneuvers.
They are specialists in channeling negative emotions as well as focusing on a singular discipline above and beyond the norm of other initiators. Mystic : The mystic is a warrior filled with barely controlled arcane power. Through the use of unique glyphs and powerful animus, they channel this potent arcane energy to aid their allies both on and off the battlefield. Stalker : A combination of combatant and stealthy scout, the stalker uses maneuvers that focus on close-quarters combat or thrown weapons, as well as those that channel supernatural energies.
Warder : The protector and strategist, the warder most often uses maneuvers that rely on shields and protecting others. Warlord : Often fond of big, sweeping attacks, the warlord is a combat leader skilled at landing devastating strikes.
Zealot : The zealot is a leader and motivator on the battlefield. By binding their allies into a single collective, they can share the might of conviction and zeal to lead their allies to victory and ensure that they do not fall against even the toughest of foes. Path of War Prestige Class Descriptions Animus Adept : The animus adept takes the new animus system with its use of martial glyphs to a new level of party support.
Awakened Blade : Awakened blades, as they are called, learn to use their precognitive mastery as both offense and defense in pursuit of greater psionic knowledge and personal glory or power. Battle Templar : Battle templars serve the role of both divine agent and warrior in times when the state of their religion or church is in danger. Bladecaster : By fortifying the body with arcane might, the bladecaster can force his magic to augment his physical abilities and increase his martial capabilities to supernatural levels.
Mage Hunter : The path of the mage hunter is a dangerous one, combining skill at arms and stealth with a brand of sorcery that serves a singular purpose: slaying mages. Landskneckt : The landskneckt brings a powerful boost to einhander combat styles and defensive abilities. Phoenix Champion : The phoenix champion brings the fires of purity by way of Solar Wind and Silver Crane to ranged combat.
Umbral Blade : Every moon has a dark side, and in that darkness there is something waiting for those who are daring enough to tread upon that perilous path. By entering the shadow of the Veiled Moon , the so-called Umbral Blades find that this darkness possesses power at a price, and by making a deal with it, that power can be bought.
Also, check out Martial Options for Other Classes. Psionics The innate power of the mind is present within all creatures. But it is those who choose to take levels in psionic classes who can unlock and develop this immense power contained within. This mental energy exists in many forms: Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma are direct links to the conscious mind, but the physical abilities: Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution, are also factors.