P.E.A.C.H Gladius, "the sword that conquered the world"

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I've got that character that I spoke of, the Roman-esque one. (Actually, Nemedian, from the lands of Conan, we are in that campaign world, but same thing). I feel that the "Sword that conquered the world" should be just a bit more than a mere shortsword, but only enough so that an officer would still use a gladius as well as his legionnaires, though the spatha, or longsword did exist as a cavalry weapon. That said, I'm fleshing this out. Have I missed anything?




Gladius: Martial, Light melee















15 gp



1d4



1d6



19-20/×2





3 lbs.



P or S shared focus: shortsword




The gladius is a shortsword, but it is somewhat heavier and wasp-waisted, or leaf-bladed in shape, putting more mass towards the point. This design makes for a weapon that slashes as well as it thrusts, and also the following unique quality:



You can use the Power Attack feat with a gladius sized for you, even though it isn't a one-handed weapon for you. The benefit applies only to a gladius wielded as a primary weapon; A gladius in the secondary hand (or off-hand) is treated normally as a light weapon.*


You can’t wield a gladius in two hands in order to apply 1½ times your Strength bonus to damage, nor gain the 2:1 Power Attack bonus as per a one-handed weapon wielded in two hands.



A gladius is a light weapon in all other normal effects, such as disarm and sunder modifiers, except where Power Attack damage is applicable.



*Special: The feat Oversized Two-Weapon Fighting allows a gladius in the secondary hand the same benefit of Power Attack as a one-handed weapon, even though it is a light weapon already (rather than create some new feat).


 
That works. I'd also give it the base damage of a short sword +1 (so a Medium gladius would deal 1d6+1 damage as its base).
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I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
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I don't want to over-power it Draco. Oma said that I can use monkey grip to wield 2 gladii in each hand, that would be a total of 4 x 1d6+1, or 1d8+1 if I were a large creature using dagger-sized gladii betwixt my fingers on the second Tuesday of the month, if Nymph-kissed on the oversized shield between my toes.

I think I'll stick with the normal shortsword 1d6, else there's no niche for the longsword spatha, or the german/viking/celtic longswords that came later with better metalurgy.

Thanks for the imput as always, my friend.  

Neue 
Only reason I brought it up is that I think that's what they did in 2E. I know that there was a gladiolus in one of the A&E guides for that edition.
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I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
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Gladius was designed to Slsh and Pierce.

How about allowing allow Weapon Finese to include the gladius so Dex instead of strength could be used for the attack, this also reflects that some weapons like the rapier might be out of place with your theme so keeps the feat for high dex characters.


As for making it a superior weapon in general, you shoudl also consier equiping a good many enemies with Bronze weapons, to reflect the roman empire having superior technology to many others.
   
MrC, because it's a light weapon (and counted as a short sword for everything but PA), it works with both Weapon Finesse and Shadow Blade - if Neue used the ToB.
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I do, however, have one last lesson on this subject. That last one? The only build in this post that can one-shot average opponents[by dealing twice as much damage as they have HP? I would argue that it is not optimized. Why isn't it optimized? Because it's overkill. Overkill is NOT optimizing. This means that there are portions of this build dedicated to damage which can safely be removed and thrown elsewhere. For example, you probably don't need both Leap Attack AND Headlong Rush at the same time. You could pick up Extra Rage feats for stamina, feats to support AoO effects, feats that work towards potential prestige classes, and so on. However, you could also shift our ability scores around somewhat. I mean, if you're getting results like that with 16 starting Strength, maybe you can lower it to 14, and free up four points to spend somewhere else - perhaps back into Charisma, giving you some oomph for Intimidating Rage or Imperious Command if you want. You can continue to tune this until it deals "enough" damage - and that "enough" does not need to be "100%". It could easily be, say, 80% (leaving the rest to the team), if your DM is the sort who would ban one-hit killers.
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The best way to capture the essence of the gladius would be do have them be simple masterwork shortswords, and have all non-Romans use primitive weapons(Or whatever they're called, from Frostburn).
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All trains of thought are in my post, I just suck at writing.

It is a basic martial weapon, cheap to produce for the masses.

It can benefit from common array stats, no str, no dex.

But it can excel with either. Str or Dex, or BOTH

Meant to be used in formation with shield and comrade, but can be an officer's mainstay or even a gladiator's, or the rare two-weaponed fighter's thing, but with enough feats either way to not make it a super-weapon without investing in TWF, Finesse, Power Attack, Oversized, whatever directions. (thus a cheap weapon to mass-produce but yet one that a level-ed up officer can use just as well for his/her feats)

No common soldier is going to have more than "phalanx fighting".  But morale says that the captain should brandish the same weapon!

I wrote half of that bass-ackwards, but I've worked 3 12-hour shifts in a row, just read it RAI please, I'm not fixing it. 
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