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    |                          TABLE OF CONTENTS                             |
     [1] Version History
     [2] Definitions
     [3] Weapon Master Class Description
         [3.1] Description
         [3.2] Stats
         [3.3] Bonus feats
               [3.3.1] Weapon of Choice (WM level 1)
               [3.3.2] Ki Damage (WM level 1)
               [3.3.3] Increased Multiplier (WM level 5)
               [3.3.4] Superior Weapon Focus (WM level 5)
               [3.3.5] Ki Critical (WM level 7)
               [3.3.6] Epic Superior Weapon Focus (WM level 13)
               [3.3.7] Epic Bonus Feats (WM level 11+)
     [4] Requirements
     [5] Class Combinations
         [5.1] Arcane Archer
         [5.2] Assassin
         [5.3] Barbarian
         [5.4] Bard
         [5.5] Blackguard
         [5.6] Champion of Torm
         [5.7] Cleric
         [5.8] Druid
         [5.9] Dwarven Defender
         [5.10] Fighter
         [5.11] Harper Scout
         [5.12] Monk
         [5.13] Paladin
         [5.14] Pale Master
         [5.15] Ranger
         [5.16] Red Dragon Disciple
         [5.17] Rogue
         [5.18] Shadowdancer
         [5.19] Shifter
         [5.20] Sorcerer
         [5.21] Wizard
     [6] Race Choices
         [6.1] Dwarf
         [6.2] Elf
         [6.3] Gnome
         [6.4] Half-elf
         [6.5] Half-orc
         [6.6] Halfling
         [6.7] Human
     [7] Ability Scores
     [8] Weapon Choices
         [8.1] Weapon Comparison Table
         [8.2] Two-handed Weapons
         [8.3] One-handed Weapons (single-wield)
         [8.4] Two Weapon Fighting
         [8.5] Weapons for Small Races
     [9] Skills and Feats
         [9.1] Skills
         [9.2] Feats
    [10] Sample Characters
    [11] Credits
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    |                         [1] VERSION HISTORY                            |
    1.00 (2004-08-06)
         - First Release
    1.10 (2004-09-11)
         - Corrected information regarding feats
           .Added Epic Superior Weapon Focus
           .Added information about taking additional Weapons of Choice
         - Re-wrote Section [8] Weapon Choices with a new weapons table
         - Clarified information throughout the document
         - Added sample character at Section [10.2] 
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    |                           [2] DEFINITIONS                              |
    If you don't understand these terms, you should probably read the d20 core 
    rules and/or the NWN/HotU manuals first; but, I'll try to cover some of the 
    basics here.
    [2.1] Weapon master or WM
    A prestige class available in Neverwinter Nights (NWN) when the Hordes of 
    the Underdark (HotU) expansion set is also installed.
    [2.2] Prestige class
    A special class that cannot be selected until a player character has met 
    certain requirements.
    [2.3] Attack bonus or AB
    The amount added to an attacker's roll of a 20-sided die (d20) to determine 
    if a hit is made.
    [2.4] Base attack bonus or BAB
    The attack bonus of a character when only class levels are considered 
    without counting ability score bonuses or magic enhancements.
    [2.4] Armor class or AC
    A score that represents how hard it is to hit a character. An attacker must 
    equal or exceed a defender's AC with the attack roll in order to score a 
    [2.5] Critical hit or strike
    A hit that does more damage than normal; also referred to as a "crit". In 
    order to score a crit, a character must first "threaten" by rolling a 
    natural roll on a 20-sided die (d20) that falls within the critical threat 
    range of the weapon and is also a hit. A second roll is then made. If the 
    second roll is a hit, a crit is scored and damage is multiplied by the 
    weapon's critical multiplier. If the second roll is a miss, normal damage 
    is still rolled.
    Example: Barney is fighting Fred. Barney is using a dagger, which has a 
    crit range of 19-20 and a multiplier of x2. Barney's AB is +5 and Fred's AC 
    is 22. On his first attack, Barney rolls a natural 19. This is good enough 
    for a hit (19 + 5 = 24, which is greater than Fred's AC of 22) and the roll 
    falls within the dagger's threat range. Barney makes a second roll. If his 
    second roll is 17 or higher, which would be good for a hit, Barney rolls 
    twice for damage instead of once. If the second roll is 16 or lower, Barney 
    rolls once for damage as normal.
    [2.6] Critical threat range
    The range in which a natural roll on a d20 must fall in order to threaten a 
    critical hit. Expressed both as a range of numbers found on a d20 (such as 
    20 or 19-20 or 15-20) or as a whole number representing how many chances 
    out of 20 a character has of threatening. For example, a crit range of 19-
    20 might be referred to as 2. A crit range of 12-20 might be referred to as 
    9. In some documentation, a critical threat range of 20 is not specifically 
    listed; instead, the weapon is merely listed with the multiplier. E.g. if 
    you see a weapon with crit information listed as x2, it means the weapon 
    has a threat range of 20 and a multiplier of 2.
    [2.7] Critical damage multiplier
    The number of times to roll for damage if a critical hit is scored. 
    Normally, damage is only rolled once. A critical hit means damage is rolled 
    two or more times. For example, Fred scores a critical hit against Barney 
    using a spear (crit multiplier x3). Fred rolls an eight-sided die (d8) 
    *three* times instead of once to determine how much damage is inflicted 
    upon Barney. Note the damage is rolled separately three times, not rolled 
    once and multiplied by three.
    Magic enhancements, ability score bonuses and other damage bonuses are 
    added to each extra roll. So, in the preceding example, if Fred's Strength 
    modifier is +2 he would score 3d8 + 9 (STR modifier x 1.5 for using two-
    handed weapon x 3) damage against Barney. If the spear also had a 1d4 fire 
    damage bonus, the final tally would be 3d8 + 3d4 + 9. You can see how 
    critical hits stack up to big damage very quickly.
    The game engine handles all these calculations for you. You can see a log 
    of what is happening in the feedback window in the lower left of your 
    screen; however, all you really need to concern yourself with is 
    understanding how crits work--you don't have to actually execute all these 
    [2.8] Improved Critical
    A feat that doubles the base critical threat range of the chosen weapon. A 
    longsword normally has a crit range of 2 (19-20). In the hands of a 
    character with Imp Crit: Longsword, the threat range would be 4 (17-20).
    [2.9] Keen
    A magic property added to a weapon that doubles the base critical threat 
    range of the weapon. A longsword normally has a crit range of 2 (19-20). A 
    Keen longsword has a crit range of 4 (17-20).
    Note that Imp Crit and Keen can work together, but they do not double each 
    other. A Keen longsword in the hands of a character with Imp Crit: 
    Longsword would have a crit range of 6 (15-20)--not 8. Imp Crit doubles the 
    base 2 and adds it to make the crit range 4. Keen doubles the base 2 and 
    adds it to the 4 range to give the final range of 6. Or, another way of 
    calculating the enhanced range is to know that Imp Crit and Keen together 
    triple the base crit range.
    [2.10] Weapon Finesse
    Normally, all melee attacks use the Strength bonus as a modifier for 
    attack. With Weapon Finesse, a character can apply his Dexterity bonus 
    instead (if it is higher). In order to do this, the weapon must qualify as 
    "light". See the NWN manual description of this feat for a list of weapons 
    that qualify. In general, if the weapon is one size or more smaller than 
    the character (i.e. a small or tiny weapon in the hand of a medium 
    character), it will work with Weapon Finesse. 
    [2.11] Fighter-class
    Any of the melee-oriented core classes: barbarian, fighter, monk, paladin 
    and ranger.
    [2.12] Tank
    Generic term for a character that is a high-AC, high-damage melee fighter.
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    |                 [3] WEAPON MASTER CLASS DESCRIPTION                    |
    [3.1] Description
    The weapon master is one of the prestige classes introduced in the 
    Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark (HotU) expansion set. The 
    manual describes the class:
    "For a weapon master, perfection is found in the mastery of a single melee 
    weapon. A weapon master seeks to unite this weapon of choice with the body, 
    to make them one and to use the weapon as naturally and without thought as 
    any other limb."
    In practice, in the game, taking levels as a weapon master gives you some 
    attack and damage (mostly damage) bonuses with a melee weapon. (I.e. you 
    can't be a weapon master with a longbow or throwing axe.) You can also 
    choose more than one weapon to master (though you must take epic weapon 
    master levels to do so). Weapon masters are really all about critical hits 
    and critical damage. They have extremely stringent requirements, and 
    limited usefulness past seven levels.
    Creating a weapon master requires planning from the start, even though you 
    might be 16th level before you can take your first level of WM. If you 
    don't plan your WM character from the beginning, you're likely to never be 
    able to qualify.
    [3.2] Stats
    Hit die: d10
    Skill points: 2 + Intelligence modifier/level
    Class skills: Discipline, Heal, Intimidate, Listen, Lore, Spot
    Base Attack Bonus: uses Fighter table
    Saving throws: Reflex high, Fortitude and Will low
    Additional proficiencies: None
    [3.3] Bonus feats
    [3.3.1] Weapon of Choice (WM level 1)
    This feat defines your weapon (or weapons) for all the other WM feats. Only 
    melee weapons qualify; i.e. no ranged or throwing weapons. Also, unarmed 
    attack is not considered a melee weapon for this choice. You must have the 
    Weapon Focus feat for the weapon before you may choose it as a WoC. Weapon 
    masters receive one WoC at first level and may choose additional weapons 
    once epic levels are achieved (provided you first have Weapon Focus in the 
    [3.3.2] Ki Damage (WM level 1)
    Once per day, you may make an attack with a WoC that, if it hits, does 
    maximum damage. This feat is most useful for a high-Strength, two-handed 
    weapon fighter.
    [3.3.3] Increased Multiplier (WM level 5)
    When using a WoC, the critical damage is increased by one multiplier. E.g. 
    if your weapon's critical damage is x2, it will be x3 once you have 5 
    levels of WM.
    [3.3.4] Superior Weapon Focus (WM level 5)
    This feat adds +1 to your attack bonus when using a WoC.
    [3.3.5] Ki Critical (WM level 7)
    This feat increases the critical threat range of a WoC by +2. E.g. if you 
    have a longsword as a WoC, your normal critical threat range is 19-20. At 
    WM level 7, your critical threat range will be 17-20. If your WoC is a 
    greataxe, your normal crit range is 20; after you obtain this feat it will 
    be 18-20. This is a hard +2 to the threat range and not a multiplier of the 
    threat range (as the Improved Critical feat and Keen magic property are).
    [3.3.6] Epic Superior Weapon Focus (WM level 13)
    Beginning at WM level 13, weapon masters receive +1 attack bonus for each 
    weapon of choice. This bonus increases by +1 every three WM levels (16, 19, 
    22, 25, 28).
    [3.3.7] Epic Bonus Feats (WM level 11+)
    Once you have achieved epic level, your weapon master receives a bonus feat 
    every three WM levels. You may choose from Armor Skin, Devastating 
    Critical, Epic Prowess, Epic Weapon Focus, Overwhelming Critical and Weapon 
    of Choice.
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    |                          [4] REQUIREMENTS                              |
    The requirements for becoming a weapon master are:
    [4.1] Dexterity 13+, Intelligence 13+
    While not listed with the official requirements, the feats you must take to 
    become a weapon master require these minimum ability scores. The 
    stereotypical stupid or clumsy fighter cannot become a weapon master. Note 
    that these must be your actual, base ability scores. Magic enhancements 
    don't count.
    [4.2] Base attack bonus +5
    You don't even need to worry about this one. No matter how you start, by 
    the time you get all the necessary feats, you'll have a high enough BAB.
    [4.3] Dodge feat
    This will probably be the first feat you take; it grants a +1 armor class 
    (AC) bonus against most attacks. It requires a Dexterity of 13 or higher.
    [4.4] Weapon Focus in a melee weapon
    Unless you start as a fighter-type character, you won't be able to take 
    this feat at character creation, since it requires a BAB of +1. Weapon 
    selection is "critical" to building a WM, and is covered in section [8]. 
    Also note that even though unarmed attack is considered melee, it is not a 
    melee *weapon*; so, you cannot use Weapon Focus: Unarmed Attack as a pre-
    requisite for WM. (You also cannot choose Unarmed Attack as your Weapon of 
    [4.5] Mobility feat
    This feat grants a +4 AC bonus against attacks of opportunity; requires 
    Dodge be taken first.
    [4.6] Spring Attack feat
    Nullifies attacks of opportunity as long as you keep moving during combat. 
    Requires Dodge and Mobility be taken first.
    [4.7] Expertise feat
    When used, you gain +5 to AC at the expense of -5 to attack. Requires an 
    Intelligence of 13 or higher.
    [4.8] Whirlwind Attack feat
    Allows you to make one attack against every enemy within five feet. 
    Requires Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack and Expertise be taken first.
    [4.9] Intimidate skill: 4 ranks
    You must have 4 base points (i.e. purchased at level-up) in Intimidate. 
    Bonuses from Charisma or magic are not counted. This is actually one of the 
    harder requirements, since most classes do not have Intimidate as a class 
    skill; thus, you will most likely find yourself spending eight skill points 
    to get your 4 ranks in Intimidate.
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    |                       [5] CLASS COMBINATIONS                           |
    Since weapon master is a prestige class, you will have at least one other 
    class. Any class, or two-class combination, that emphasizes melee combat 
    can gain additional usefulness from weapon master levels. Here I present an 
    alphabetical list of all 21 other classes in the game, and how weapon 
    master levels might fit with that class. Multiclass combinations are 
    covered where appropriate.
    Some important assumptions to keep in mind. First, these class comments 
    assume the class mentioned is the only other major class (besides WM). If 
    you build a fighter (10)/rogue (5), you should consider yourself a fighter 
    and take those comments under consideration. However, if you are a pure 
    rogue (15), you will want to consider the comments under rogue.
    Second, these comments assume the character is meant to be playable from 
    first level. Under cleric, I mention you need a positive Charisma in order 
    to turn undead effectively. Obviously, if you are only interested in 
    building a 40th level super-character for PvP servers, you don't need to 
    worry about this. On the other hand, if you are going to actually play this 
    character from first level, you will want your cleric to be effective until 
    you start taking weapon master levels.
    Third, all comments assume you will take only seven or so levels of weapon 
    master. If you prefer weapon master be your primary class (e.g. you want to 
    take the maximum of 30 levels in WM), you should strongly consider starting 
    as a fighter for the bonus feats and quick progression to WM qualification.
    [5.1] Arcane Archer
    The only way to make this combination would be to take all your pre-AA 
    levels in an arcane class. I suppose a bard/AA/WM would be viable; but, it 
    really doesn't make any sense. The AA is the "weapon master" class for 
    ranged fighters; so, why combine it with the melee-oriented WM?
    [5.2] Assassin
    Like the rogue and blackguard, the assassin gets bonus damage from sneak 
    attacks (although they are "death attacks" for an assassin). This damage is 
    actually superior to the extra damage from WM levels. Seven levels of WM 
    (to fully take advantage of the bonus feats) will cost you 4d6 of bonus 
    death attack damage. That is more than the bonuses you can get from being a 
    weapon master. I say take the death attack damage and don't mix WM with 
    [5.3] Barbarian
    Like the weapon master, the barbarian's special abilities are designed to 
    dispense devastation. Weapon master and barbarian make an excellent match. 
    It will take some time to start getting WM levels, since barbarians have no 
    bonus feat slots like the fighter. You'll want to build a high-STR 
    character and use a large weapon to take full advantage of both the 
    barbarian and WM special abilities.
    [5.4] Bard
    Bards are arcane spellcasters; yet, they are more suited to melee combat 
    than sorcerers and wizards. Weapon master levels can be a great benefit to 
    a melee-oriented bard, especially if you combine your bard/WM with fighter 
    or red dragon disciple levels. One nice feature of a bard/WM is the third-
    level spell Keen Edge (also available to sorcerers and wizards). In a low-
    magic module, this spell will be very handy to the weapon master.
    [5.5] Blackguard
    While the blackguard has sneak attack damage, it is not as great as a rogue 
    or assassin. Taking seven levels of WM instead of blackguard will only cost 
    you 2d6 sneak attack damage. The bonuses from WM will more than compensate; 
    you will have a much better chance of landing crits than sneak attacks.
    [5.6] Champion of Torm
    This is an excellent match. Not only does CoT receive bonus feats like the 
    fighter--making it easier to meet the requirements of WM--there are special 
    abilities that are designed to increase damage. Combine paladin, champion 
    of Torm and weapon master and you can dish out unbelievable amounts of 
    [5.7] Cleric
    Cleric and weapon master match up in much the same way as bard and weapon 
    master. Clerics are more melee-oriented than bards; and they have the 
    ability to cast spells in full armor. WM levels added to a cleric will 
    start bringing them up to the level of a fighter-class in combat; but, it 
    won't make them a substitute for a pure tank. The big problem with 
    combining cleric and weapon master is the cleric's requirement for high 
    wisdom. Combine that with the DEX and INT requirement for WM and the need 
    for decent STR and CON to be an effective melee fighter (not to mention 
    clerics need at least a positive CHA to turn undead effectively) and you've 
    got a character that has to be above normal in all *six* ability scores. 
    Not an easy task.
    One possibility is to use only a few levels of cleric for the buffing 
    spells and take the remaining levels in Champion of Torm and weapon master. 
    You will need ten levels in cleric to qualify for CoT, and you will have up 
    to fifth level spells. Give your cleric the Strength (Divine Strength, 
    Divine Power, Stoneskin) domain to emphasize the combat-oriented nature of 
    your character.
    [5.8] Druid
    Druids have a very limited default weapon selection, and only the scimitar 
    is decent for weapon masters. (See the Weapons section below.) There's not 
    a lot of point in taking WM levels; you would be better served by taking 
    ranger, fighter or barbarian levels if you want more melee ability.
    [5.9] Dwarven Defender
    Combine the defensive abilities of a DD with the offensive abilities of a 
    WM and you have created an extremely scary character. Like CoT, this is a 
    great combo. You will probably want to use fighter as your base class due 
    to the large number of feats you will need to qualify for both prestige 
    [5.10] Fighter
    The fighter is the basic tank. He gets plenty of bonus feats; but, there's 
    nothing special to make him stand out. Give him some levels in WM and give 
    him a little personality. With all the bonus feats, fighters can get the WM 
    bonuses earlier than any other class; a fighter/WM combo will be very 
    deadly in the early teens while other combinations will have to wait until 
    epic levels before achieving true weapon mastery.
    [5.11] Harper Scout
    The Harper Scout is a pure role-playing class. There's certainly nothing to 
    prevent you adding HS to a WM build. There's no particular advantage in 
    doing so either.
    [5.12] Monk
    You might have a WM build in which you take a few levels of monk for some 
    of their early special abilities (Evasion, for example); however, since you 
    cannot be a weapon master of unarmed strikes and monks are all about 
    unarmed strikes, this is not a good combination if monk is the primary 
    class. You could make a kama-using monk/WM, but kamas are very weak.
    [5.13] Paladin
    A paladin/WM combination is much like a fighter/WM, though it will take 
    much longer to get the requirements for WM. The one big difference is 
    Divine Might. Being able to add your Charisma bonus to damage on top of the 
    improved damage meted by a weapon master is a deadly combination. Combine 
    this with Champion of Torm to get Divine Wrath and also get some bonus 
    feats for filling out that req list. A great multiclass character.
    [5.14] Pale Master
    Pale master is an enhancement for arcane spellcasters; but not a melee-
    oriented one. There's little sense in adding WM to a pale master character.
    [5.15] Ranger
    Ranger/weapon master is just like fighter/weapon master except it will take 
    longer to get there (no bonus feats). The advantage to using ranger as your 
    base class is the free dual-wield feat. If you are planning on dual-
    wielding, you save three feat slots you would have to spend with any other 
    class (on Ambidexterity, Two-Weapon Fighting and Improved Two-Weapon 
    [5.16] Red Dragon Disciple
    Red dragon disciple is a melee-enhancement for sorcerers and bards; as 
    such, it is a good candidate for WM levels. A bard/RDD/WM combo can be a 
    fearsome fighter. The permanent STR increases of an RDD can be devastating 
    when combined with a WM's increased chances of a critical and increased 
    damage from every crit.
    [5.17] Rogue
    Taking seven levels of WM instead of seven levels of rogue costs you 4d6 in 
    sneak attack damage. Is the trade-off worth it? Maybe, but I doubt it.
    [5.18] Shadowdancer
    Adding WM to a shadowdancer build really depends on your core class. A 
    fighter/shadowdancer could probably benefit from WM bonuses. A 
    rogue/shadowdancer is depending on sneak attacks and would do better to 
    take seven more levels of rogue than seven levels of WM.
    [5.19] Shifter
    The shifter is all about changing form (and weapon) as needed. The weapon 
    master is all about focusing on a single form/weapon. No point to it and no 
    usefulness from such a combo.
    [5.20] Sorcerer
    Unless you're building a sorcerer/red dragon disciple or sorcerer is just a 
    few levels added on to a fighting-class, don't bother with WM.
    [5.21] Wizard
    See [5.20] Sorcerer above, but you can't make a wizard/RDD.
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    |                          [6] RACE CHOICES                              |
    There really isn't a race that won't benefit from additional melee 
    [6.1] Dwarf
    There's nothing bad here. Dwarves excel at fighting and their special 
    prestige class--the dwarven defender--is a great match for weapon master. 
    Their Constitution bonus (+2) is good for a melee fighter, and their 
    Charisma penalty (-2) is a non-issue as far as the weapon master class is 
    [6.2] Elf
    If you intend to make a finesse (high-Dexterity) fighter, elf is a pretty 
    good race. The Dexterity bonus (+2) is helpful to push your attack and AC 
    up in the early levels. The Constitution penalty (-2) hurts a bit for a 
    melee fighter, unless you can get your AC so high nothing can hit you.
    [6.3] Gnome
    The gnome suffers from two setbacks: small stature prevents the use of 
    large weapons and medium weapons have to be wielded two-handed; and, they 
    begin with a -2 penalty to Strength. Both can be overcome, but you're going 
    to work for it. The Constitution bonus (+2) is almost a non-issue as you 
    will quickly spend the ability buy points you save on Strength.
    [6.4] Half-elf
    There are no racial ability adjustments for the half-elf, and the special 
    abilities are not particularly useful for a melee combatant. Overall, the 
    half-elf is just a slightly weaker human (no bonus feat, no bonus skill 
    [6.5] Half-orc
    The Intelligence penalty (-2) hurts, because you have to get that score up 
    to 13 to qualify for weapon master levels. However, you can leave your 
    Charisma low (also -2 penalty) and concentrate on maximizing your Strength 
    bonus (+2) and start with STR of 18 and still have enough buy points to 
    push INT to 12 (buy another point at fourth level) and get DEX to 13 and 
    CON to 14. Forget about WIS and CHA.
    [6.6] Halfling
    The halfling is actually a bit better as a small-race weapon master than 
    the gnome. The STR penalty (-2) is still hurtful; but, you can utilize the 
    DEX bonus (+2) to build a finesse fighter for whom STR is not such an 
    issue. You'll still want to get STR to at least 10 to avoid any penalties 
    on damage.
    [6.7] Human
    Considering the human-centric nature of D&D, it is no surprise human is the 
    best race for building a weapon master. The bonus feat at first level will 
    help you fill your WM req list faster. The bonus skill point every level 
    will help you buy those Intimidate ranks while not neglecting other 
    important skills (such as Discipline and Heal). There are no racial bonuses 
    or penalties, allowing more flexibility in building the character.
    In order of preference, I would list the races like so:
    1) Human
    2) Dwarf
    3) Half-elf
    4) Half-orc
    5) Elf
    6) Halfling
    7) Gnome
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    |                         [7] ABILITY SCORES                             |
    For a pure melee specialist that is designed to do as much damage as 
    possible, I recommend concentrating on Strength and Constitution. You'll 
    also need the required 13 or higher in both Dexterity and Intelligence. If 
    you are going to dual-wield and you aren't using ranger as one of your 
    classes, you'll need a Dexterity of *15* to qualify for Ambidexterity (a 
    very important feat for dual-wielders). That doesn't leave much for Wisdom 
    or Charisma at character creation, making certain class combinations 
    difficult. Still, you can go "average" (all scores in about the 13 to 14 
    range) and work on increasing key stats with magic.
    Here are some sample initial ability scores based on certain class and race 
    combinations. All these builds are designed to eventually add weapon master 
    [7.1] Human fighter
    STR 16, DEX 13, CON 16, INT 13, WIS 8, CHA 8
    High-STR, high-CON (for hit points) fighter. Wisdom and Charisma have been 
    left alone (as they are not important) and DEX and INT are upped only to 
    the minimums needed for WM. Level-up ability points can be thrown into STR 
    for a monster-damage dealing tank. If you want to dual-wield, start with a 
    CON of 14 and DEX of 15.
    [7.2] Human paladin
    STR 14, DEX 13, CON 12, INT 13, WIS 12, CHA 14
    This character will take a lot of champion of Torm levels as well as weapon 
    master levels, so WIS is left at 12 (for 2nd-level paladin spells). If 
    third or fourth-level spells are needed, use level-up ability points to 
    increase WIS. STR and CON are lower than the pure fighter in order to boost 
    both WIS and CHA; however, paladin and CoT abilities allow the CHA bonus to 
    be used for damage (covering up for the lower STR) and AC (preventing more 
    hits and thus negating the need for a high CON).
    [7.3] Elf ranger
    STR 10, DEX 17 (15 + 2 race bonus), CON 10 (12 - 2 race penalty), INT 13, 
    WIS 14, CHA 10
    Classic dual-wielder using Weapon Finesse, which you will want to take 
    early to offset the low STR. You'll be relying exclusively on crits and the 
    extra attacks from dual wielding. Add some of your level-up points to STR 
    to help beef up your damage a bit.
    [7.4] Dwarf fighter
    STR 16, DEX 13, CON 18 (16 + 2 race bonus), INT 13, WIS 8, CHA 6 (8 - 2 
    race penalty)
    This is the same as the human fighter, but you'll get more hit points from 
    the dwarf racial bonus. This character can multiclass to a dwarven defender 
    in addition to weapon master.
    [7.5] Half-orc barbarian
    STR 18 (16 + 2 race bonus), DEX 15, CON 14, INT 12 (14 - 2 race penalty), 
    WIS 8, CHA 6 (8 - 2 race penalty)
    I've set this up to allow for dual-wielding (DEX of 15 is required for the 
    Ambidexterity feat). If you're not interested in dual-wielding, take DEX 
    down to 13 and start with another point in STR (19 total). You'll need to 
    spend a level-up ability point on INT before you can take Expertise, one of 
    the requirements for WM.
    [7.6] Halfling bard
    STR 10 (12 - 2 race penalty), DEX 18 (16 + 2 race bonus), CON 10, INT 14, 
    WIS 10, CHA 14
    This character is meant to eventually multiclass to red dragon disciple, 
    which will make up for the starting low STR and CON. I've spent an extra 
    point on INT at the start as bards have a lot of useful skills and that 
    will get you one extra skill point per level. You don't necessarily need to 
    raise CHA--bard spells only go to 6th level and you'll get +2 CHA at 10th 
    RDD level, which will qualify you for the higher level bard spells.
    |                                                                        |
    |                         [8] WEAPON CHOICES                             |
    The weapon master is all about visiting maximum carnage upon her enemies. 
    For that reason, weapon selection is very important. First, let's look at a 
    statistical comparison of all the base weapons in the game.
    [8.1] Weapon Comparison Table
    |                 |     |Crit |       | Dmg w | Dmg w | Dmg w | Dmg w |
    |                 |     |Range|  Avg  | IC or | IC &  | STR   | STR   |
    |Weapon-Size      | Dmg |&Mult|  Dmg* | Keen  | Keen  | of 20 | of 30 |
    |Greatsword-L     | 2d6 | 2| 3| 11.2  | 13.3  | 15.4  | 26.5  | 39.0  |
    |Greataxe-L       | 1d12| 1| 4| 10.4  | 11.7  | 13.0  | 24.25 | 35.5  |
    |Bastard sword-M  | 1d10| 2| 3|  8.8  | 10.45 | 12.1  | 18.0  | 25.0  |
    |Dwarven waraxe-M | 1d10| 1| 4|  8.8  |  9.9  | 11.0  | 17.25 | 23.5  |
    |Halberd-L        | 1d10| 1| 4|  8.8  |  9.9  | 11.0  | 22.25 | 33.5  |
    |Heavy flail-M    | 1d10| 2| 3|  8.8  | 10.45 | 12.1  | 18.0  | 25.0  |
    |Katana-M         | 1d10| 2| 3|  8.8  | 10.45 | 12.1  | 18.0  | 25.0  |
    |Scythe-L         | 2d4 | 1| 5|  8.75 | 10.0  | 11.25 | 21.875| 33.75 |
    |Battleaxe-M      | 1d8 | 1| 4|  7.2  |  8.1  |  9.0  | 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Double axe-L*    | 1d8 | 1| 4|  7.2  |  8.1  |  9.0  | 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Longsword-M      | 1d8 | 2| 3|  7.2  |  8.55 |  9.9  | 16.0  | 23.0  |
    |Spear-L          | 1d8 | 1| 4|  7.2  |  8.1  |  9.0  | 20.25 | 31.5  |
    |2-bladed sword-L*| 1d8 | 2| 3|  7.2  |  8.55 |  9.9  | 16.0  | 23.0  |
    |Warhammer-M      | 1d8 | 1| 4|  7.2  |  8.1  |  9.0  | 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Dire mace-L*     | 1d8 | 1| 3|  6.525|  7.2  |  7.875| 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Light flail-M    | 1d8 | 1| 3|  6.525|  7.2  |  7.875| 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Morningstar-M    | 1d8 | 1| 3|  6.525|  7.2  |  7.875| 15.25 | 21.5  |
    |Rapier-M         | 1d6 | 3| 3|  6.125|  7.7  |  9.275| 14.75 | 22.5  |
    |Scimitar-M       | 1d6 | 3| 3|  6.125|  7.7  |  9.275| 14.75 | 22.5  |
    |Hand axe-S       | 1d6 | 1| 4|  5.6  |  6.3  |  7.0  | 13.25 | 19.5  |
    |Short sword-S    | 1d6 | 2| 3|  5.6  |  6.65 |  7.7  | 14.0  | 21.0  |
    |Club-M           | 1d6 | 1| 3|  5.075|  5.6  |  6.125| 13.25 | 19.5  |
    |Kama-S           | 1d6 | 1| 3|  5.075|  5.6  |  6.125| 13.25 | 19.5  |
    |Mace-S           | 1d6 | 1| 3|  5.075|  5.6  |  6.125| 13.25 | 19.5  |
    |Quarterstaff-L   | 1d6 | 1| 3|  5.075|  5.6  |  6.125| 17.625| 28.25 |
    |Sickle-S         | 1d6 | 1| 3|  5.075|  5.6  |  6.125| 13.25 | 19.5  |
    |Kukri-T          | 1d4 | 3| 3|  4.375|  5.5  |  6.625| 12.75 | 20.5  |
    |Dagger-T         | 1d4 | 2| 3|  4.0  |  4.75 |  5.5  | 12.0  | 19.0  |
    |Light hammer-S   | 1d4 | 1| 3|  3.625|  4.0  |  4.375| 11.25 | 17.5  |
    |Whip-S           | 1d2 | 1| 3|  2.175|  2.4  |  2.625|  9.25 | 15.5  |
    Weapon-Size: Each base melee weapon type is listed, along with its size. L 
    for large, M for medium, S for small and T for tiny. The asterisk (*) 
    indicates a double weapon. A double weapon is size large (must be wielded 
    two-handed by a medium race); but, it is used as though the wielder is 
    using two weapons and it requires the dual wielding feats to use 
    Dmg: This is the base die (or dice) used to determine damage when a 
    character hits with this weapon.
    Crit Range & Mult: This is the critical threat range of the weapon and the 
    critical damage multiplier using the Increased Critical feat granted weapon 
    masters at fifth level; i.e. +1 more than normal for the weapon.
    Avg Dmg: This is the average amount of damage done by this weapon per hit 
    by a weapon master who has the Ki Critical feat (i.e. has reached seventh 
    level). No Strength bonuses or other enhancements (such as Weapon 
    Specialization) are taken into account. The percentage chance of scoring a 
    critical and the extra damage of a crit is part of this figure. *The table 
    is sorted by this column.
    Dmg w IC or Keen: This is the average damage of a seventh or higher level 
    WM with either the Improved Critical feat or a Keen weapon.
    Dmg w IC & Keen: This is the average damage of a seventh or higher level WM 
    who has both the Improved Critical feat and a Keen weapon.
    Dmg w STR of 20: This is the average damage of a seventh or higher level WM 
    who has both the Improved Critical feat, a Keen weapon and a Strength of 20 
    (STR bonus of +5).
    Dmg w STR of 30: This is the average damage of a seventh or higher level WM 
    who has both the Improved Critical feat, a Keen weapon and a Strength of 30 
    (STR bonus of +10).
    The "average damage" numbers in these columns are just methods of 
    comparison. I make no claim that these are actual average damages you will 
    inflict during the course of an encounter. These are just numbers that help 
    represent the differences between weapons.
    This table leads to two conclusions. First, a higher threat range is better 
    than a high critical, especially if Keen weapons are available. E.g., the 
    scimitar and rapier, with both Imp Crit and Keen, outperform many other 
    weapons that have a higher base damage. Second, the Strength bonus is a 
    great equalizer. At higher STR levels, many weapons close the gap on 
    weapons higher in the chart.
    [8.2] Two-handed Weapons
    All large weapons must be wielded two-handed by medium race characters 
    (i.e. humans, half-elves, half-orcs, elves and dwarves). When wielding a 
    weapon with both hands, a character receives an additional 50% of the 
    Strength modifier as a bonus to damage (with the exception of the three 
    double weapons, which provide extra attacks, see Section [8.4]). In other 
    words, instead of receiving 1 x STR modifier as a damage bonus, the 
    character receives 1.5 x STR modifier as a damage bonus.
    (Small characters, halflings and gnomes, wield medium weapons two-handed 
    and receive the same 1.5 x STR modifier bonus when using medium weapons. 
    See Section [8.5] below.)
    Looking at the chart above, we see the greatsword and greataxe are the 
    class of this field. We can also see, as STR increases, the percentage 
    falloff in using one of the other two-handed weapons decreases. Without 
    taking STR into account, the quarterstaff does 40% of the damage of a 
    greatsword. At a STR of 30, the quarterstaff does 72% of the damage of a 
    The upshot is, only high-STR characters should consider using a two-handed 
    weapon other than, possibly, the greatsword or greataxe, which outpace all 
    weapons, regardless of STR.
    The tradeoff for all this damage is a large reduction in armor class as the 
    character cannot use a shield. Typically, a WM that relies primarily on a 
    two-handed weapon will want a backup one-handed weapon and shield in case 
    he is being hit unmercifully by an opponent. Most of the time, the WM will 
    defeat his foe before receiving much damage.
    For a weapon master, any of the large weapons are a viable option.
    [8.3] One-handed Weapons (single-wield)
    A weapon master who primarily fights with a single one-handed weapon is 
    trading the potential to do great damage for the increased protection of a 
    shield. At epic levels, some of the tower shields provide as much as an 
    additional nine points of AC (3 base for the shield +6 magic enhancement).
    In this class, the 1d10 weapons (bastard sword, katana, dwarven waraxe and 
    heavy flail) are the most damaging through all categories. The downside is 
    these weapons are none too common in most campaigns (even the official 
    ones). More common weapons that one should consider seriously here are the 
    longsword, scimitar and rapier.
    The battle axe, light flail, morning star and war hammer trail just behind. 
    For a finesse fighter, the rapier and short sword are the top of the line 
    in light weapons; but, you probably won't have high Strength, so compare 
    weapons using the 20 STR column.
    The weapons you probably don't want to be using by themselves are the 
    really low-damage weapons, such as a dagger or kukri. These weapons can be 
    far more devastating when fighting with two weapons.
    [8.4] Two Weapon Fighting
    Dual-wielding is very popular among gamers, mainly from the "coolness" 
    aspect. It is debatable whether the additional attack (or two) from dual 
    wielding makes up for the extra damage done by a large weapon. In both 
    cases, you give up the protection of a shield to gain the extra damage 
    In order to dual-wield effectively, you must have three additional feats: 
    Ambidexterity, Two-Weapon Fighting and Improved Two-Weapon Fighting. Also, 
    using any weapon in your off hand that is the same size class as the 
    character results in additional penalties. I.e. a medium character using a 
    medium weapon in the off hand. (In this case, a rapier is considered as a 
    medium weapon and causes the penalty, even though it is considered "light" 
    when using Weapon Finesse.) You can wield a same-size weapon in the main 
    hand without penalty. A small character (halfling or gnome), must use a 
    tiny weapon in the off hand to avoid penalty.
    This means that: 1) you must either take WM to epic levels and have two 
    weapons of choice; or 2) you must use two small or tiny weapons (limiting 
    damage potential); or 3) you should use a double weapon, which gives the 
    effect of dual-wielding two medium weapons while avoiding the penalty.
    If you want to dual wield and are only going to have one Weapon of Choice, 
    your best bet is a double weapon. Another possibility is a high-STR 
    character dual-wielding kukris, which are very dangerous due to their high 
    threat range. If you take two (or more) Weapons of Choice, see section 
    [8.3] above for a discussion on the best one-handed weapons.
    [8.5] Weapons for Small Races
    By far the best weapon for your average gnome or halfling is the kukri. 
    It's high threat range gives it a lot of extra punch; and, it can be dual-
    wielding properly (since it is a tiny weapon). It does require the Exotic 
    Weapon feat, however, so characters that do not want to use up that extra 
    feat slot should stick with a basic short sword + shield, or move up to on 
    of the medium weapons, which will be used two-handed and have the 
    additional 50% STR bonus applied to damage.
    |                                                                        |
    |                        [9] SKILLS AND FEATS                            |
    [9.1] Skills
    [9.1.1] Discipline
    The most important skill for a weapon master is Discipline. This skill 
    helps resist combat feats such as Knockdown, Disarm and Called Shot. Since, 
    as a WM, you will frequently find yourself in the midst of a fracas, you 
    definitely need this skill.
    [9.1.2] Heal
    Heal is also a good skill, as it increases the effectiveness of healing 
    kits. If the world in which you are playing has a generous supply of these 
    handy items, you should definitely take some ranks in Heal. If you are 
    playing on a low magic world with a dearth (or complete absence) of healing 
    kits, ignore this skill.
    [9.1.3] Intimidate
    Intimidate is an iffy skill. You need at least four ranks just to become a 
    WM; but, whether or not you continue taking ranks in that skill is 
    dependent on the world designer. Intimidate is really only useful if 
    conversation options have been built around it (like Persuade). I would 
    suggest getting the four ranks you need, and then waiting to see if it 
    shows as an option in dialogue before taking any more ranks.
    [9.1.4] Listen
    Listen is another skill that depends largely on the author of the adventure 
    you are playing. If the hostile NPCs in the adventure have been modified to 
    make use of stealth skills (Hide and Move Silently), then the counter 
    skills (Spot and Listen, respectively) are very useful. They are also 
    useful on PvP (player vs. player) servers. Take ranks in this only if you 
    know you are going to need it to detect stealthy creatures.
    [9.1.5] Lore
    Lore can save you money getting items identified, and allow you to use 
    newfound items immediately (a big boon on a low magic world). In a high 
    magic world or world where money is readily available, you may not want to 
    put much into this skill.
    [9.1.6] Spot
    See [9.1.4] Listen above.
    [9.1.7] Cross-class skills
    Whether you take any of the other skills available depends on your other 
    classes and the design of your player. There are no other skills that 
    specifically help a WM. A ranger/WM might want Hide, Move Silently and Set 
    Trap skills. A paladin/WM might want some ranks in Persuade. A rogue/WM 
    would probably want Tumble, Use Magic Device, Search, Disarm Trap, etc.
    [9.2] Feats
    Six of your feat slots are already taken, just filling the requirements for 
    weapon master. In the first twenty levels, a player character receives only 
    seven feat slots. That does not allow for a lot of other choices. Of 
    course, you can augment that by playing human (bonus feat at character 
    creation) or taking levels in fighter or Champion of Torm (bonus combat 
    feat every even-numbered level). So, what else should you be looking for to 
    augment your WM abilities?
    [9.2.1] Improved Critical
    If you haven't seen the need for this by examining the weapons table in 
    Section [8.1], go back and look at it again. The WM depends on getting lots 
    of criticals, and doubling the range of your weapon is a big help. This 
    feat is especially useful on low magic worlds where you may never be able 
    to obtain a Keen weapon.
    [9.2.2] Toughness
    One extra hit point per level is nothing to sneeze at for any character 
    that makes her living in hand-to-hand combat.
    [9.2.3] Weapon Proficiency: Exotic
    Some of the nicer weapons are only useable by a character with this feat. 
    None of the character classes grant this feat automatically, so you will 
    have to spend a feat slot on it if you want to wield a scythe, katana, 
    double axe, two-bladed sword or kukri.
    [9.2.4] Weapon Finesse
    When using a dagger, handaxe, kama, kukri, light hammer, mace, rapier, 
    short sword, sickle or unarmed strike, the character's DEX bonus, if higher 
    than the STR bonus, is applied to the attack roll. (The STR bonus is still 
    used for damage.) High-DEX fighters should take this feat and use one of 
    the melee weapons listed here.
    [9.2.5] Ambidexterity, TWF, Improved TWF
    The necessary group of three feats for any character that wants to dual-
    wield (including using a double weapon). You can take one level of ranger 
    and wear no or only light armor (padded, leather, studded leather or hide) 
    to get the Dual-Wield feat, which duplicates Ambidexterity and Two-Weapon 
    Fighting, free. Take nine levels of ranger and wear no or only light armor 
    to get Improved TWF free.
    [9.2.6] Blind Fight
    Very useful to any character that has to melee in the same area as casters. 
    After getting blinded several times in the original NWN campaign, I make 
    sure to always take this feat for my tanks (if I can afford it).
    [9.2.7] Power Attack/Improved Power Attack
    In-and-of itself, PA is not that useful. It can be handy for overcoming the 
    damage reduction of doors, etc.; but, generally speaking, the -5 penalty to 
    your attack rolls far outweighs the benefit of +5 damage. However, PA is a 
    requisite for Cleave, which is a good feat. There is no reason in the world 
    to take Imp PA on top of all the other feats you must have.
    [9.2.8] Cleave/Great Cleave
    If you've got the necessary feat slot available, take Cleave (remember, it 
    requires Power Attack). Great Cleave is not quite as handy unless you will 
    be fighting hordes of low-level enemies; however, it is a prerequisite for 
    Overwhelming Critical, which you might want to get.
    [9.2.9] Divine Might
    Requires Power Attack and the ability to Turn Undead. This feat is only 
    available to paladins of third level or higher or clerics. Since this 
    represents two feat slots (one for PA and one for DM) on top of the six 
    needed for WM, you will probably want to throw in some Champion of Torm or 
    fighter levels for the bonus feat slots. If you do build a paladin or 
    cleric/CoT/WM combo, this is a must-have feat as it adds your CHA bonus to 
    attack damage.
    [9.2.10] Divine Shield
    Like Divine Might, above, DS requires Power Attack and the ability to turn 
    Undead. It adds your CHA bonus to armor class, which is very nice but not 
    quite as useful as Divine Might. If you're building a paladin or 
    cleric/CoT/WM that specializes in a two-handed weapon, get this to make up 
    for the lack of a shield.
    [9.2.11] Combat Casting
    If one of your classes is a spellcaster *and* you feel you might find 
    yourself casting spells while in combat, this can be a useful feat. 
    However, spellcaster/WM combinations should probably concentrate on buffing 
    spells used before battle and stick to straight hand-to-hand once the enemy 
    is engaged.
    [9.2.12] Knockdown/Improved Knockdown
    If you've got the available feat slots, these two feats are especially 
    useful against spellcasters. They can't unload on you when they're flat on 
    their back.
    [9.2.13] Weapon Specialization/Epic Weap Spec
    Weapon Specialization adds +2 to damage for the chosen weapon. Epic Weapon 
    Specialization adds +4 damage. Only fighters have access to Weapon 
    Specialization; and only fighters and champions of Torm have access to Epic 
    Weapon Specialization. They are very useful for a weapon master, especially 
    one that is lower in STR.
    [9.2.13] Armor Skin (epic feat)
    This feat adds +2 to your natural AC. Very useful to any melee fighter, 
    especially if you use a two-handed weapon.
    [9.2.14] Damage Reduction (epic feat)
    This feat gives the character the ability to ignore the first three points 
    of damage taken (3/- damage reduction). It can be taken multiple times, 
    increasing the damage ignored by three each time to 6/- and then 9/-. The 
    more you get hit (i.e. the lower your AC), the more you need something to 
    ameliorate the damage.
    [9.2.15] Overwhelming Critical (epic feat)
    This feat adds an additional 1d6 damage to critical hits by weapons with an 
    x2 critical multiplier. The extra damage is 2d6 for x3 weapons and 3d6 for 
    x4 weapons. A great feat for weapon masters--if you can afford all the 
    [9.2.16] Devastating Critical (epic feat)
    If you score a critical hit against a foe, the foe must make a saving throw 
    or die instantly. This feat may not be quite as useful as it seems, 
    especially considering the prerequisites (essentially Overwhelming Critical 
    and a natural Strength of 25). If you score a crit against any creature 
    that is likely to fail the saving throw, the creature is probably dead 
    anyway from the massive damage you've just done. Higher-level creatures are 
    either immune to crits (thus, immune to Dev Crit) or can more easily make 
    the saving throw. This is especially true for the tough boss creatures you 
    typically find, who are almost always immune to crits.
    If you've been able to acquire all the feats needed for weapon master and 
    gone through the above list and you *still* have unused feat slots...Knock 
    yourself out. Get whatever feats tickle your fancy. Just avoid those feats 
    that do you no good: such as Point Blank Shot, Rapid Shot, Improved Unarmed 
    Strike, Zen Archery, etc.
    |                                                                        |
    |                        [10] SAMPLE CHARACTERS                          |
    [10.1] Grim Reaper
    Grim is an implacable sort of guy. He began his adult life in service to a 
    just deity; but...Well, you know, sometimes justice can be taken too far. 
    Now well into middle age, Grim has forgotten about things such as mercy and 
    compassion. He stalks the land, seeking out any who break the law and 
    dispensing quick "justice" with his massive scythe.
    [10.1.1] Classes
    Lawful neutral human cleric (12)/champion of Torm (21)/weapon master (7)
    [10.1.2] Ability Scores
    First level: STR 14, DEX 13, CON 10, INT 13, WIS 15, CHA 12
    Fortieth level: STR 24, DEX 13, CON 10, INT 13, WIS 16, CHA 12
    [10.1.3] Build Chart
    | Character |        |                    | Ability |                     |
    | Level(s)  | Class  |       Feats        | Scores  |        Skills       |
    |           |cleric  | Dodge, Mobility    |         |                     |
    |           |domains | Weap Prof (exotic) |         | Intimidate +4       |
    |           |Strength| Weap Focus (scythe)|         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 1 - 10    |Death   | Expertise          | STR +2  | Save points for CoT |
    |           |        | Spring Attack      |         |                     |
    |           |        | Whirlwind Attack   |         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 11 - 14   | CoT    | Power Attack       | WIS +1  | Max Discipline      |
    | 15        | cleric | Divine Might       |         | Heal, Lore          |
    |           |        |                    |         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 16, 17    | CoT    | Cleave             | STR +1  | Discipline          |
    | 18        | cleric | Divine Shield      |         | Heal, Lore          |
    |           |        | Weap of Choice     |         |                     |
    |           |        | Imp Crit (scythe)  |         |                     |
    |           |        | Epic Weap Focus    |         | Intimidate          |
    |           |        | Epic Prowess       |         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 19 - 25   | WM     | Great Cleave       | STR +2  | Discipline          |
    |           |        | Great Strength I   |         |                     |
    |           |        | Overwhelming Crit  |         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 26 - 40   | CoT    | Toughness*         | STR +4  | Discipline          |
    *Plus whatever else floats your boat.
    [10.1.4] Notes
    Grim is a combat specialist who also happens to know a few spells. Since 
    he's a divine spellcaster, he can cast in full armor and should wear heavy 
    armor and whatever other protective equipment he can find. He'll need CHA-
    boosting items, as well as the second-level cleric spell Eagle's Splendor, 
    to get the most use from Divine Might, Divine Shield and Divine Wrath. I've 
    emphasized STR in this build in order to get the Overwhelming Critical feat 
    (requires STR 23+). You'll have up to sixth level cleric spells, choose the 
    kind that offer buffs or defensive capabilities: Bull's Strength, 
    Stoneskin, etc.; and, can be cast before combat as you won't be much for 
    casting while in the fray.
    [10.1.5] Alternatives
    For a spellcaster who happens to be OK in combat, give up ten levels of CoT 
    for ten levels of cleric. You'll have to boost your WIS to 19 to get full 
    access to your spell list; which means you won't be able to get STR to 23 
    and get Overwhelming Critical. In fact, you'll get a lot less feats 
    overall. You'll also need to buy ranks in Concentration and probably take 
    the Combat Casting feat.
    [10.2] Pippin Dragonstocking
    Everyone always knew there was something different about Pip. It wasn't 
    just that he liked singing and decided to become a traveling minstrel, it 
    was that reddish skin and...are those wings under his shirt?
    [10.2.1] Classes
    Chaotic good halfling bard (20)/red dragon disciple (10)/weapon master (10)
    [10.2.2] Ability Scores
    First level: STR 10, DEX 18, CON 12, INT 14, WIS 8, CHA 14
    Fortieth level: STR 18, DEX 28, CON 14, INT 16, WIS 8, CHA 16
    [10.2.3] Build Chart
    | Character |        |                    | Ability |                     |
    | Level(s)  | Class  |       Feats        | Scores  |        Skills       |
    |           |        |                    |         | UMD, Tumble, Lore   |
    | 1 - 5     | bard   | Dodge, Mobility    | DEX +1  | Intimidate, Perform |
    |           |        | Expertise          |         |                     |
    |           |        | Spring Attack      |         |                     |
    |           |        | Whirlwind Attack   |         |                     |
    | 6 - 15    | RDD    | Weapon Focus       | DEX +2  | Discipline, Lore    |
    |           |        |                    |         | Tumble, Perform     |
    | 16 - 20   | bard   | Any                | DEX +2  | Discipline, UMD     |
    |           |        | Weap of Choice     |         |                     |
    |           |        | Imp Crit           |         |                     |
    |           |        | Armor Skin         |         | Heal, Lore          |
    | 21 - 30   | WM     | Any                | DEX +2  | Discipline          |
    |           |        |                    |         | UMD, Tumble         |
    | 31 - 40   | bard   | Any                | DEX +3  | Discipline, Perform |
    [10.2.4] Notes
    A lot of your ability bonuses come from RDD levels (+8 STR, +2 CON, +2 INT, 
    +2 CHA). Maximize DEX for AC, and possibly attack bonuses if you go with a 
    finesse fighter. I would go either with a dual-wield character, or take 
    Martial Weapon Proficiency and use a medium weapon (two-handed). I built 
    this character with the battleaxe as the weapon of choice.
    Ten levels of weapon master are taken for the extra hit points, since an 
    additional three levels of bard don't provide any special bonus. You'll 
    probably want to take some bard-specific feats such as Curse Song, Extend 
    Song, etc. Concentrate on buffing/protection spells. The high UMD will 
    allow you to wear nice mage or monk robes and use other class-specific 
    [10.2.5] Alternatives
    If you want to go more melee, give up some bard levels for more WM levels 
    and take one or more additional Weapons of Choice.
    [10.3] Additional Sample Characters
    Bioware, the developers of Neverwinter Nights, have posted a number of epic 
    characters on their Web site at:
    At least four of these epic characters (as of this writing) rely on weapon 
    master levels, including:
    - Versatile Kensai
    - Kukri Master
    - Damage Adept
    - Whirling Death
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