THE NECROMANCER

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

The Necromancer: digging up old acquaintances and making new friends!

This class is for players who like things a little darker, and can handle a bit more complexity and decision-making than is found in most other classes. The necromancer has aspects of battlefield control (by deploying undead servants to engage enemies, and hindering enemies via spells), healer (via things like channel life and deathknell), and part buffer (via the various turn-into-undead spells). More than other classes, the necromancer helps to define the shape and terms of a battle.

DEATH GRIP NECROMANCER

 

Download the Death-Grip Necromancer character sheets here.

 

This necromancer build is all about maximizing the number and potency of your undead followers. I’ve called this build ‘death-grip’ because leader-of-undead-multitude is a bit of a mouthful.

The spells you have tend to focus around improving the abilities of your undead followers, or summoning even more of them. You’ll even end up with powers that kill enemies and bring them back as undead under your command. Meanwhile your feats focus on improving your loyal skeletal minion, and getting the most out of a negative constitution modifier via the wasting away class feature.

You can cast your spells as rituals, so look forward to ritually raising graveyards full of workers to build a tower for you. Like a wizard you can pick new spells at the start of each day (so this build has only ‘suggested’ spells, rather than an inviolable list). You also gain a benefit from the wasting away feature, giving you FIVE death saves to fail before you die, and an identical number of last gasp saves.

Necromancers aren’t known for being tough (quite the opposite), so avoid getting into situations where you are a target. Hang back, and flood the battlefield with undead. Your skeletal minion isn’t the most impressive of your array of undead friends, so use it more as a disposable bodyguard than as your main offensive ploy.

 

Talents

 

Death Priest

Perform seances to commune with the spirits of the dead, gaining useful information.

Redeemer

When your followers die, you release them to their afterlife—as a result they fight for you with greater potency.

Skeletal Minion

You have a loyal servant/bodyguard, and when it inevitably falls apart you just go dig up a new servant.

 

Race

Dragonics get a handy breath weapon, useful if an enemy gets too close. Our dragon will be bone-white, naturally.

 

Attributes

For necromancers Constitution is a dump stat—in fact it is beneficial for necromancers to have as low a constitution as possible. What we do want is lots of Intelligence and a touch of Charisma: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 18 (+4).

1st level

Attributes: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 18 (+4)

Racial Power: breath weapon

Talents: death priest, redeemer, skeletal minion

Feats: wasting away

Skeletal Minion Level: 1

Spells: summon undead, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life

2nd level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (2), spells (1st level: summon undead, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, unholy blast).

3rd level

New feat (skeletal minion (2nd adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (3), spells (1st level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 3rd level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion (3rd adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (4), spells (3rd level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life).

5th level

New feat (wasting away), skeletal minion level (5), spells (3rd level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 5th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith).

6th level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st champion feat)), skeletal minion level (6), spells (5th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion, (2nd champion feat)), skeletal minion level (7), spells (5th level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 7th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, death’s call).

8th level

New feat (wasting away), skeletal minion level (8), spells (7th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, death’s call).

9th level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st epic feat)), skeletal minion level (9), spells (7th level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 9th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, finger of death, death’s call).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion (2nd epic feat)), skeletal minion level (10), spells (9th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, finger of death, death’s call).

 

THE CLERIC

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

This time, we look at two different takes on the Cleric.

The Cleric is the core of most adventuring groups, able to heal and buff their fellow adventurers, while laying the hurt on enemies.

The 13TH AGE Cleric has some interesting wrinkles to the class—things like spells that can be cast for power or for broad effect, invoking domains, and a resurrection spell with an increasing cost. The cleric has only two class features. Firstly, you get to cast the spell heal twice per battle as a quick action. You can take extra healing spells, but all clerics can heal as a class feature. Secondly, just like the wizard class, you get ritual casting, letting you cast spells as more powerful and unusual versions of themselves if you take an hour or so and make some skill checks.

 

RADIANT CLERIC

 

Download the Radiant Cleric character sheets here.

This cleric build is focused on dealing ranged holy damage, commonly known as a “laser cleric.” Javelin of faith is our primary attack, with spells like spirits of the righteous and judgement being reserved for big dramatic moments. This cleric probably serves a god or goddess of light, or a chaotic yet good trickster deity.

Talents

Justice Domain

When an enemy crits you or an ally or drops somebody you gain an attack reroll blessing to hand to an ally. Invoke to add extra damage to your misses and the misses of your allies.

Sun Domain

All attacks deal holy damage, unless you choose otherwise. Invoke the domain to get a chance to regain uses of daily spells.

Illusion Domain

Invoke to cause enemies to miss you, and once-per-battle if an enemy does get too close to you then you get a special trick die.

Race

Dwarves have a great self-healing racial power called “Is That Your Best Shot?” which lets them instantly recover from getting hit, shrugging off the damage. Together with a racial bonus to Constitution or Wisdom this makes for a very survivable cleric.

Attributes

Wisdom is the most important attribute for this character, with high HP being important too: Str 8 (-1) Con 17 (+3) Dex 15 (+2) Int 10 (0) Wis 17 (+3) Cha 10 (0).

1st level

Attributes: Str 8 (-1) Con 17 (+3) Dex 15 (+2) Int 10 (0) Wis 17 (+3) Cha 10 (0).

Racial Power: Is that your best shot?

Talents: justice domain, sun domain, illusion domain

Spells: bless, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous

Feat: javelin of faith

2nd level

New spells (1st level: bless, cure wounds, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous), new feat (sun domain).

3rd level

New spells (1st level: cure wounds, shield of faith / 3rd level: bless, javelin of faith, spirits of the righteous), new feat (justice domain).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Dexterity, Wisdom), new spells (1st level: cure wounds / 3rd level: bless, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement), new feat (precise shot).

5th level

New spells (3rd level: cure wounds, shield of faith / 5th level: bless, javelin of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement), new feat (javelin of faith).

6th level

New spells (3rd level: cure wounds / 5th level: bless, crisis of faith, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement), new feat (judgement).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom), new spells (5th level: cure wounds, shield of faith / 7th level: bless, crisis of faith, javelin of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement) new feat (toughness).

8th level

New spells (5th level: cure wounds / 7th level: bless, crisis of faith, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement, resurrection), new feat (javelin of faith).

9th level

New spells (7th level: cure wounds, resurrection / 9th level: bless, crisis of faith, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement), new feat (judgement).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom), new spells (7th level: resurrection, / 9th level: bless, cure wounds, crisis of faith, javelin of faith, shield of faith, spirits of the righteous, judgement, overworld travel), new feat (justice domain).

THE CLERIC

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

This time, we look at two different takes on the Cleric.

The Cleric is the core of most adventuring groups, able to heal and buff their fellow adventurers, while laying the hurt on enemies.

The 13TH AGE Cleric has some interesting wrinkles to the class—things like spells that can be cast for power or for broad effect, invoking domains, and a resurrection spell with an increasing cost.
The cleric has only two class features. Firstly, you get to cast the spell heal twice per battle as a quick action. You can take extra healing spells, but all clerics can heal as a class feature.
Secondly just like the wizard class you get ritual casting, letting you cast spells as more powerful and unusual versions of themselves if you take an hour or so and make some skill checks.

 

HEALING TANK CLERIC

 

Download the Healing Tank Cleric character sheets here.

This cleric build is focused on healing and buffing party members, and on devastating melee combat. Hammer of faith and the Strength Domain are used to bolster attacks, with buff spells cast for wide effect so the cleric can benefit from them too. This cleric probably serves a god or goddess of battle, or the chief deity of a pantheon.

Talents

Healing Domain

All your healing is more powerful, and when you use your daily invocation you get an extra use of heal.

Strength Domain

Wield big weapons without penalty, and invoke to give you and your allies x3 damage with crits. The feats give you extra damage once per battle on a hit.

War Domain

Allies get a bonus to attack enemies that you make melee attacks against, invoke to increase the escalation die.

Race

Aasimar get a halo which helps protect them in battle, useful for a melee-focused cleric. Aasimar also play thematically into a touched-by-the-divine origin.

Attributes

Wisdom and Strength are paramount, so including bonuses from race and class we get: Str 18 (+4) Con 14 (+2) Dex 10 (0) Int 8 (-1) Wis 18 (+4) Cha 8 (-1).

1st level

Attributes: Str 18 (+4) Con 14 (+2) Dex 10 (0) Int 8 (-1) Wis 18 (+4) Cha 8 (-1).

Racial Power: Halo

Talents: healing domain, strength domain, war domain

Spells: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, shield of faith

Feat: heal

2nd level

New spells (1st level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, shield of faith, turn undead), new feat (healing domain).

3rd level

New spells (1st level: shield of faith, turn undead / 3rd level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith), new feat (strength domain).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Wisdom), new spells (1st level: turn undead / 3rd level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, shield of faith, mighty healing), new feat (war domain).

5th level

New spells (3rd level: shield of faith, turn undead / 5th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing), new feat (strength domain).

6th level

New spells (3rd level: turn undead / 5th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing, shield of faith, sphere of radiance), new feat (healing domain).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Wisdom), new spells (5th level: turn undead, shield of faith / 7th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing, sphere of radiance) new feat (halo).

8th level

New spells (5th level: turn undead / 7th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing, sphere of radiance, shield of faith, resurrection), new feat (strength domain).

9th level

New spells (7th level: resurrection, turn undead / 9th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing, sphere of radiance, shield of faith), new feat (healing domain).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Dexterity, Intelligence, Charisma), new spells (7th level: resurrection / 9th level: bless, cure wounds, hammer of faith, mighty healing, sphere of radiance, shield of faith, turn undead, prayer for readiness), new feat (mighty healing).

THE FIGHTER

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

This time, we look at two different takes on the Fighter.

Fighters are far more complicated than barbarians to play, but if you like lots of mid-battle decisions and tricks to pull out of nowhere to astound your friends and terrify your enemies they are the class for you.

Fighters use flexible attacks and manoeuvres, and a large part of playing a fighter is choosing what flexible attack outcome works best for you at any given moment.

 

WINNER FIGHTER

 

Download the Winner Fighter character sheets here.

This build is called the winner, because it matters little if you miss as every roll is a winner hit or miss. Focusing on turning every miss into a win, this fighter build also uses talents and manoeuvres that get you extra attacks. This fighter uses a longsword in one hand and a warhammer in the off-hand.

Your tactics are simple—get into melee combat and stay there. You are tough enough to stick it out when the going gets rough, and when you miss you use your manoeuvres to get second chances at attacks or expand your crit range. You don’t have any way to heal yourself (invest in some healing potions) but you shouldn’t need it, especially if you remind the party healers that you are taking the brunt for them.

Look out for counter-attack, it’s tricky as it requires you to keep escalation die values and enemy attack rolls in mind, but if you pay attention you’ll get some free attacks outside the normal turn order.

For the rest of your talents and manoeuvres just make your attack roll and see where it takes you. If you hit, great… and it matters little if you miss because every roll is a winner.

Talents

Cleave

Once per battle after you drop an enemy make a second melee attack as a free action.

Comeback Strike

Once per battle make a second attack after your first misses.

Counter-Attack

When the escalation die is even, and an enemy misses you with an odd melee attack roll you get to make a basic melee attack against them.

Race

The half-elf’s surprising power lets you drop your natural attack roll down by 1, a once per battle trick useful for turning an odd miss into an even miss or vise-versa.

Attributes

Strength is key for your attacks, and Constitution for your hit points: Str 17 (+3) Con 17 (+3) Dex 15 (+2) Int 10 (0) Wis 10 (0) Cha 8 (-1).

1st level

Attributes: Str 17 (+3) Con 17 (+3) Dex 15 (+2) Int 10 (0) Wis 10 (0) Cha 8 (-1)

Racial Power: Surprising

Talents: comeback strike, skilled intercept, counter-attack

Manoeuvres: brace for it, grim intent, heavy blows

Feat: Cleave

2nd level

New manoeuvre (two-weapon pressure), new feat (comeback strike).

3rd level

New feat (brace for it).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new manoeuvre (carve an opening), new feat (toughness).

5th level

New feat (two-weapon pressure).

6th level

New talent (tough as iron), new manoeuvre (hero’s skill), new feat (carve an opening).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new feat (cleave).

8th level

New manoeuvre (steady now), new feat (steady now).

9th level

New feat (strong recovery).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new manoeuvres (hack & slash)

THE FIGHTER

By ASH LAW
 
In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

This time, we look at two different takes on the Fighter.

Fighters are far more complicated than barbarians to play, but if you like lots of mid-battle decisions and tricks to pull out of nowhere to astound your friends and terrify your enemies they are the class for you.

Fighters use flexible attacks and manoeuvres, and a large part of playing a fighter is choosing what flexible attack outcome works best for you at any given moment.
 

IRON-ARCHER FIGHTER

 

Download the Iron-Archer Fighter character sheets here.

The point of this build is to be as tough as possible: high hp, high AC, and as many ways to avoid damage as possible. As the build name suggests, you are a ranged tank: a big stack of hit points in a fancy metal can, with a bow.

Our maneuvers are all going to be selected based on how well they increase our survivability in battle. Your melee weapon is a warhammer, and you carry a shield to boost the AC from your already impressive heavy armor. However, you’ll be fighting with a longbow most of the time (so no shield)—being at range means you’ll hopefully avoid most damage while still dishing it out.

Tactically this build is selfish—all about survival rather than killing enemies or aiding allies. However, that means that if everything does go wrong, you’ll likely still be standing to either avenge the fallen or haul your allies off the battlefield. Don’t discount this build’s effectiveness though—staying power is an enviable quality in a fighter.

Talents

Deadeye Archer

Ranged damage dice go up one step (d8 to d10), and your miss damage with ranged weapons increases.

Heavy Warrior

Once per battle, rally using a quick action, a self-healing second-wind.

Tough as Iron

Tell a story to reroll icon dice.

Race

Halflings fare surprisingly well as fighters, with their small racial power giving a bonus to AC against opportunity attacks and their evasive power forcing enemies to reroll their attacks.

Attributes

Constitution is vital for hit points, and Dexterity for AC and PD (strength is needed to hit and damage, but that is a secondary concern with this build): Str 10 (0) Con 20 (+5) Dex 18 (+4) Int 8 (-1) Wis 8 (-1) Cha 8 (-1).

1st level

Attributes: Str 10 (0) Con 20 (+5) Dex 18 (+4) Int 8 (-1) Wis 8 (-1) Cha 8 (-1)

Racial Power: small, evasive

Talents: deadeye archer, heavy warrior, tough as iron

 

2nd level

New maneuver (brace for it), new feat (deadeye archer).

3rd level

New feat (heavy warrior).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new maneuver (make ‘em flinch), new feat (tough as iron).

5th level

New feat (heavy warrior).

6th level

New talent (power attack), new maneuver (steady now), new feat (tough as iron).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new feat (deadeye archer).

8th level

New maneuver (hero’s skill), new feat (tough as iron).

9th level

New feat (deadeye archer).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Constitution, Dexterity), new maneuver (sword of destiny), new feat (hero’s skill).