The Mountain

The Mountain is a first-level sample character for Spheres of Power, suitable for use as a PC or as an NPC. Information on its build rules, and how to adjust for different rules, is included below.


The Mountain
Human armorist 1
N Medium humanoid (human)
Init +6; Senses Perception +3

Defense

AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 15 (+5 armor)
hp 13 (1d10+3)
Fort +5, Ref +0, Will +2
Weaknesses magical signs, personal magics

Offense

Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)
Melee mwk greatsword +5 (2d6+4/19-20); Power Attack: +4 (2d6+7/19-20)
. with +2 Str Enhancement: +6 (2d6+6/19-20); Power Attack: +5 (2d6+9/19-20)

Magic

Caster Level 0 (1); MSB +1; MSD 12; Concentration +3
Tradition None (Drawback: Magical Signs); CAM Wis
Spell Points 4
Enhancement Sphere - DC 12; Duration Concentration or 1 minute; Range Self; Talents Dual Enhancement, Physical Enhancement +2; Drawbacks Personal Magics
- Enhance (Dual Enhancement, Enhance Equipment +1, Physical Enhancement +2)

Statistics

Str 16, Dex 10, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 14
Feats Improved Initiative, Power Attack
Traits reactionary
Skills Acrobatics -4 (-8 to jump), Climb +3, Perception +3, Spellcraft +4, Use Magic Device +4
Languages Common
SQ bound equipment, casting, enhance equipment, physical enhancement, summon equipment
Other Gear scale mail, mwk greatsword, 150 gp

Special Abilities

Bound Equipment (masterwork) (Su) Chosen item can be summoned at no cost and is stronger than other summoned gear (Chosen: Greatsword)
Casting (CL 1, MSB +1, MSD 12, Concentration +3, DC 12) You can cast sphere effects.
Enhancement: Dual Enhancement Spend 1 SP to simultaneously enhance a second option with the same ability
Enhancement: Enhance Equipment +1 (DC 12) You can enhance a weapon or piece of armor
Enhancement: Physical Enhancement +2 (DC 12) Give a creature an enhancement bonus to one physical attribute
Magical Signs Your use of magic is obvious to all observers
Personal Magics You cannot enhance other creatures or their equipment
Power Attack -1/+2 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.
Summon Equipment (masterwork) (Su) You can conjure a weapon or shield.


THEME

A tough, gear-summoning warrior who can enhance their own gear.

BUILD RULES

20 point buy. If higher, raise Strength or Wisdom. If lower, reduce Constitution or Wisdom. This character only has one trait, so you can add a non-Combat trait (or Campaign Trait) to fit your game. The Mountain naturally progresses towards heavy armor, so don't worry about your Dexterity.

SUGGESTED GROWTH

The Mountain is all about making themselves stronger with magic. Effects that raise your Caster Level in the Enhancement sphere are valuable (especially if they put you over the edge for Physical Enhancement's growth). As an Armorist, you don't really need to enhance your own equipment, so look for other effects.

You can also take more drawbacks to get a bunch of extra spell points in the future - this will make you more consistent with your buff uptime.

Take Deep Enhancement as soon as you can, especially if your game tends to have several battles in a row. This will drastically improve the efficiency of your self-buffs.

When you have the chance, grab a Headband that boosts your Wisdom score. You're already enhancing your physical stats with magic, so you don't need to buy an item for that.

NOTES

This is a simple, straightforward character designed to hit enemies fast and hard. If this is your first time using Spheres of Power and you've focused on playing martial characters in the past, The Mountain should feel familiar and easy to play. Its more-complicated options only start coming online in a few levels, at which point you'll be much more familiar with this system.

At the start of play, your goal with The Mountain is to cast Physical Enhancement +2 (Strength and Constitution) on yourself right before a battle starts, spending two spell points to improve both ability scores and allow it to linger without concentration. Right now, you can do this twice a day - that'll ease up as you get stronger. What sets you apart from classes like the Barbarian is your ability to summon new kinds of equipment as-needed. As you level up, your list of choices will widen dramatically, and you can frequently call out weapons chosen specifically to hit the weak points of your enemies. Meanwhile, your self-buffs will make you consistently stronger and tougher. Eventually, you'll be able to keep yourself buffed in every battle.

As a Low Caster, you aren't as proficient with spells as most other classes - you don't have as many talents known, nor will they be as powerful. This is why it's good to get whatever Caster Level bonuses you can - they'll come in handy for maximizing the value of your enhancements.

If using Spheres of Might, consider picking up a few talents from the Guardian sphere. This can amp up your ability to survive without significantly impacting your offense.


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