Tired of the same old DnD experience night in and night out? Twin-striking over and over until your fingers bleed just isn't doing it for you anymore? Writing down 6 temporary hit points on your Battle Rager's character sheet every time you get hit has become mundane?
It's time to give something new a try. It's time to play a class that requires quick thinking and careful strategic planning; a class whose success or failure decides whether your friend's Bugbear Tempest Fighter lives or dies.
Oh yes, it's time to play a Bear Shaman.
(A quick aside: This is my first attempt at writing a Handbook. Please do not go easy on me. Tear me as many new ones as you can; in the end it will produce a higher quality guide. Also, I am aware that Seifalmasy has started a wonderful guide here: http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1165608&highlight=shaman+handbook However, it is a more general undertaking. This guide is focused solely on the Protecting Spirit class feature.)
http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1080296 -- Lordduskblade's fighter's handbook for layout and insight. Very talented guide writer.
http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1165608&highlight=shaman+handbook -- Seifalmasy's Guide to the Shaman for inspiration and ideas.
Special Thanks To
All of those who took the time to read the guide and post in this thread. I appreciate it. I'm going to try to implement as many of your valuable suggestions as possible.
This guide will use the standard handbook rating system:
Poor: A very low-quality option. Stay away from this rating unless there is absolutely no other choice, or RP factors force the issue.
Fair: A substandard but not totally worthless choice. There will almost always be a better option available. A purple rating might denote situational usefulness, though.
Average: Not a bad choice at all. Taking this will certainly not handicap you, but there is probably something better to consider.
Good: A powerful or efficient choice. You can safely take this and not look back.
Excellent: You had better have a very good reason for not taking this.