In today’s update I bring you an early draft of the Scholar class. I have tinkered with the class off and on for months now – nearly as long as I’ve been working on the Pugilist! During that time the Pugilist class took the majority of my focus, not to mention keeping up with all the other blog content, so the Scholar hasn’t gotten my full attention. With the completion of the Pugilist and its additional archetypes I am ready to sink my teeth into my next big project and the Scholar just might be it!
In an attempt to take what I learned with the Pugilist and apply it to a new project I am only presenting the first 5 levels of the Scholar. If I get enough usable feedback and there are enough major revisions of these first 5 levels I will continue to focus on just these first 5 levels and these 2 archetypes until I feel certain the “ground level” of the class is complete. So much of the balance of the Pugilist revolved around the first 5 levels that I realized only on the 3rd or 4th round of revision how much time I would have saved if I had just kept my work focused to the first 5 levels for longer!
Thematically, the Scholar is a class for heroes who apply critical thinking, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills to their careers as adventurers. Mechanically, the Scholar is an Intelligence based character class that borrows from bits of the Bard and the Rogue but remains firmly non-magical.