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Who ninja'd who here? lol
(And is the ninja psionic!? ;))
Me ninja'd you. :P
Awesome, I approve of this flavor decision. . .
Actually my thread says 12:01 and yours is 12:02. You are getting more traffic though. lol
It seems weird in light of "Ki", but it's probably for the best, given the intense debates folks were having about wtf Ki should be.
The monk ended up where it did because the ki power source proved untenable and psionics is the next best fit.
The Design & Development article also discusses why Shugenja, Ninjas, Wu Jen, and Samurais aren't "Ki" classes, and confirms that Samurai (probably) won't ever be a class, but will probably see the same treatment "Gladiator" and "Assassin" did in Dragon Magazine.
need basic info...like what role, the gist of class features and powers. I dont need specifics, just the gist...
Focused Expertise feat....that is just ridiculous. Every swordmage is going to take that AND Weapon Expertise or Implement Expertise. That is just dumb.
Special: You can take this feat more than once.
Each time you take this feat, choose a different
weapon that you can wield as an implement. This
bonus is not cumulative with the one provided by
Implement Expertise or Weapon Expertise.
Well that certainly came out of left FAIL.
I can't say that I disagree that Ki isn't enough of a power source on its own, but it would have been much cooler to see the monk become a martial class instead. I have never been a fan of psionics, never will be. It would have been much cooler to fuse psionics to ki so we can kill psionics dead (FINALLY).
Perhaps many of our other power sources will be lumped into the others, since elemental kinda is superceded by arcane, as is shadow. That kinda leave a rather bleak looking PHB3 though.
We'd better still get a Soulknife then, I don't care if it is also a psionic striker, but I still want a soulknife .
I'm thinking that the soulknife will be a paragon path for monks.
You must have missed the part where it says it doesn't stack with either of those. :P
(It's at the top of the next column.)
It could be an as-yet-unrevealed Monk build, too, or it could be the Psionic Defender. (Imagine the Soulknife concept killing the Psychic Warrior and taking its stuff; besides, "Psychic Warrior" is a terrible name for a class.)
So whats a Soulknife if not an Avenger or Swordmage who's sword is their mind?
This also solves the name problem for the soulknife. People were saying that it would need a new name if the ki power source used soul and the soulknife was psionic. Now the name is free of the baggage.
In fact, not so long ago I suggested to a fellow looking to homebrew a Soulknife that he crib from a combination of the Rogue and Swordmage classes. (It was prior to the Avenger, though I may not have picked it anyway.)
Well said docotorhook, it is really just an issue of semantics. It appears that psionics and ki are the same thing, so what does it really matter what name they decide to give it. Though I prefer calling it psionic, I wouldn't care (and would also approve) if they said psions were now ki powered. . .
Edit: Oh and angelus_obscura, I see a lot of love for the psi-blades aspect of the soul knife. I could see it showing up in a striker and a defender. Although it is pure speculation, I could see it as a monk paragon path and a also a feature of a psionic defender if one gets made, maybe both.