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Precision Strike Master
"I'm sorry! Was that your hamstring?"
Some warriors wield their swords and axes to crush their opponents flat. Some wield their weapons to disarm their foes. Still others attempt to find openings where there were none before.
The Precision Strike Master is none of those however. He has extensive knowledge of anatomy and critical areas on the bodies of many different foes. He knows exactly where and when to strike to cripple his opponents, and inflict as much damage as possible in a single strike. He knows his weapon inside and out, and knows the exact pressure to apply with his hands to make it sink into flesh in just the right way.

Requirements

To become a Precision Strike Master, characters must fulfill all the following criteria:

Base Attack Bonus: +8
Feats: Weapon Focus (chosen weapon), Weapon Specialization (chosen weapon), Improved Critical (chosen weapon)
Skills: Craft (Weapon Smith) – 10 ranks, Knowledge (Anatomy) – 8 ranks
Special: Must choose one weapon with which to be come a Precision Strike Master.

Class Skills: ???

Hit Die: d10

Class Features:

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Precision Strike Master gains no new proficiencies.

Power Critical: At first level, the Precision Strike Master gains Power Critical (from the Complete Warrior) as a bonus feat.

Augmented Critical: At 2nd level, and then again at 5th level, the Precision Strike Master raises his critical multiplier by one. For example, a long sword normally has a critical multiplier of x2. A 2nd level Precision Strike Master with the long sword as his chosen weapon would have a x3 multiplier instead, which would go up to x4 at his 5th level.

Hamstring: At 3rd level, a Precision Strike Master gains Hamstring (from the Complete Warrior) as a bonus feat.

Wounding Strike (Ex): A 4th level Precision Strike Master adds the Wounding special property to his chosen weapon as an extraordinary ability. This causes a target of his critical hits bleed out one point of Constitution damage each critical hit.

Keen Strike (Ex): At 5th level, the Precision Strike Master augments his critical range once again as if adding the Keen magical property to his chosen weapon. This is an extraordinary ability, and stacks with Improved Critical and the Keen magical property, quadrupling a weapon’s critical range. For example; a long sword has a 19-20 critical range. Since the Precision Strike Master class requires the Improved Critical feat, the new range with the Keen Strike ability would be 15-20. If the sword had the Keen magical property, then the new critical range would be 13-20.


Table: Precision Strike Master
Base
AttackFortRefWill
LevelBonusSaveSaveSaveSpecial
1st +1 +2+0 +0 Power Critical
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Augmented Critical
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Hamstring
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Wounding Strike
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Augmented Critical, Keen Strike


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Contributor: Jacob McDonald