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Sword Saint in Really Wild West (Solarian Alternate Class for Starfinder)

While the Really Wild West is specifically designed to be 100% compatible with the Starfinder RPG rules, that doesn’t mean every concept in Starfinder is a good fit for the reallY Wild West’s setting. Most classes in the core rulebook work fine (soldiers and envoys and operatives, in particular, but as long as they take a wild west/steampunk turn, mechanics, mystics, and technomancers are also good fits). the one really odd-idea-out is the solarian.

Certainly you CAN play a solarian in a RWW game, but the idea is so anchored in modern sci-fi concepts it feels a bit out of place. However, the basic framework of the solarian can be used to build a more in-genre class, such as the sword saint presented below.

SWORD SAINT
The sword saint is a supernaturally-fueled weapon expert alternate class for the solarian, designed specifically for the Really Wild West, but functional in any Starfinder-compatible campaign. Despite the name the sword saint can focus on any weapon, ranged or melee, and may view their supernatural abilities as arcane magic, theosophic metaphysics, or (especially in a GammaFinder campaign) mutant power or psionic ability.

RWW Sword Saint

(art by 9’63 Creation)

Key Ability Score
Str, Dex, Wis, or Cha (select one)

Proficiency
You are proficient with longarms.

Bonded Weapon
Select a basic or advanced melee weapon, small arm, or longarm with which you are proficient to be your bonded weapon. You can change your bonded weapon with 30 days of meditation, or whenever you gain a new sword saint level.

You add your key ability score to your AC against disarm and sunder combat maneuvers directed at your bonded weapon.

You can always spend credits to upgrade your bonded weapon. Pay the difference between your current bonded weapon and a higher-level weapon that becomes your bonded weapon. The new bonded weapon has a maximum item level of your class level +2 or your total character level whichever is higher). (If using this in a Really Wild West campaign, any cost for a 4th level or higher bonded weapon must be paid with renown.)

This replaces solar manifestation.

Battle Stance
At the beginning of each round, weather in or out of combat, you can select a stance – mobile stance or attack stance.

Mobile Stance When you enter a mobile stance, you are considered to be attuned for purposes of mobile stance revelations. While in a mobile stance, you gain a +1 insight bonus to Reflex saves. This bonus increases by 1 for every 9 sword saint levels you have.

Attack Stance When you enter an attack stance, you are considered to be attuned for purposes of attack stance revelations. While in a mobile stance, you gain a +1 insight bonus to damage rolls (including damage rolls for your stellar powers). This bonus increases by 1 for every 6 solarian levels you have.

This replaces stellar mode.

SWORD SAINT REVELATIONS
You learn your first sword saint revelations (crashing wave strike and death blossom) at 1st level, and learn an additional Revelation at 2nd level and every 2 levels thereafter. Sword saint revelations require you to have a minimum level, and are organized accordingly. Additionally, each is marked as either a mobile stance or an attack stance.

1ST LEVEL
Every sword saint gains the following stellar revelations at 1st level.

CRASHING WAVE STRIKE (SU) [MOBILE STANCE]
When you are in mobile stance, you can expend 1 Resolve Point as a standard action to move up to three times your land speed, and attack any 1 creature with your bonded weapon at any point along that movement. You ignore difficult terrain, and can fly and swim for any part of this movement, though if you are not standing in a space that can support you at the end of the movement, you fall or sink normally. At 9th level you can make two attacks at any two points along this path (though you must select different targets), and at 17th level this becomes three attacks. After you use this Revelation, you cannot expend Resolve Points to fuel revelations until after you expend a Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points following a 10-minute rest.

DEATH BLOSSOM (SU) [ATTACK STANCE]
When you are in attack stance, you can expend 1 Resolve Point as a standard action to deal 1d6 damage plus 1d6 additional damage per solarian level, to all creatures within 10 feet of you. A creature that succeeds at a Reflex save takes half damage. This damage is of the same type as your bonded weapon. At 9th level, you can increase the radius to 15 feet, and at 17th level, you can increase the radius to 20 feet. After you use this Revelation, you cannot expend Resolve Points to fuel revelations until after you expend a Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points following a 10-minute rest.

You have access to the following revelations as sword saint mobile stance revelations, with the same requirements (including level requirements) as a solarian: [2nd Level] blade in the night, dark matter, gravitic reinforcement, gravity anchor, gravity boost; [6th Level] blazing orbit*, defy gravity, reflection, roiling cloud****,  serpent’s coil, water flowing step****; [10th Level] soul furnace*, stealth warp; [14th Level] gravity shield; [16th Level] superlative nebula.

You have access to the following revelations as sword saint attack stance revelations, with the same requirements (including level requirements) as a solarian: [2nd Level] distracting glare, flare, plasma sheath, stellar rush, ultraviolet pulse’ [6th level] astrologic sense, corona, crush**, crushing force***, draining agony***, glow of life*, luminescent inquisition; [10th Level] gravity well***, solar inferno; [14th Level] sunbolt; [16th Level] superlative constellation.

*This is a mobile stance revelation, despite normally being a photon revelation.

** This is an attack stance revelation, despite normally being a graviton revelation. If your bonded weapon is a melee weapon, you can only use this on targets within reach.

*** This is an attack stance revelation, despite normally being a graviton revelation.

****New revelation, presented below.

Roiling Cloud [6th] You gain a +1 bonus to Reflex saves against area attacks. If you are in mobile stance, and you can get out of an area by moving no farther than your land speed, as a reaction if you succeed at a Reflex save against an area effect you can move to the nearest space that would place you outside the area.

Serpent’s Coil [6th] You gain a +1 bonus to your AC against grapples and attacks with the attach, grab, or swallow whole universal creature rule. If you are in mobile stance, this increases to +1 per 3 sword saint levels.

Water Flowing Step [6th] You do not provoke attacks of opportunity by leaving the first space you move from each round. If you are in mobile stance, none of your movement provokes attacks of opportunity.

Zenith Revelation
Rather than using zenith revelations when fully attuned, you can use a zenith revelation as long as you are in the correct stance. However, this requires the expenditure of a Resolve Point, and once you do so you cannot use another Zenith Revelation until after you have expended a Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points following a 10-minute rest. Crashing Wave Strike and Death Blossom are Zenith Revelations for this purpose.

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Dark Solarian Revelations, 1

Yesterday we introduced the concept of Dark Solarians. Oft called lunarians, these offshoots focus on the power of gravitation without light, epitomized by the concept of Dark Matter.

The response was positive.

So, here are a few revelations to make them even more different from their more balanced brethren.

Lunarian Revelations

Dark Solarian 2

2nd Level

Dark Path (Su)

You can create a path of dark matter which bends and twists as you command, sending you sensory data and allowing your small arms attacks to travel from you to a target not in your line of sight. You can add the guided weapon special property to small arms attacks you make, and as a standard action you can make a Perception check from any point within 60 feet to which you can trace a path (even if it is not a straight line of effect).

Gravitational Weapon (Su)

You can add the gravitation weapon special property to your lunar weapon, treating your class level as its item level. It allows you to move a target 5 feet, +5 feet for every 5 levels of solarian. If you are fully attuned, the save DC increase by +2, and you can move the target 5 more feet.

If you are 5th level or higher you can also add this special property to a small arm you are using, though the save DC is 2 lower and you move the target 5 fewer feet when used in this way.

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Dark Solarians: The Lunarians

Solarians are empowered by a balance of gravity and photons, dark and light. But there are other traditions that eschew this balance. That seek to focus on the dark mass of the universe, and the power of lightless bodies and black holes.

Among these are the lunarians, those who believe the power of moons to block light, as represented by eclipse and penumbra, is a greater force than the few sparkling nuclear torches in the universe, and that to seek balance between the vast, untapped dark matter and the scant mass of stars is foolishness.

Lunarians’ powers are focused less on pure damage, and more on binding and slowing their foes, and augmenting common weapons with their gravitational powers.

Solarian Alternate Class: Lunarian

At 1st level a solarian character can choose to instead be a lunarian. Solarians that do this do not gain any photon powers or revelations, and do not suffer any penalty for having unbalanced revelations. Lunarians make choose Charisma or Dexterity as their key ability score. A lunarian does not gain a solar manifestation, instead developing a lunar weapon.

Lunarian

Lunar Weapon

At 1st level, you gain a physical manifestation of your gravitational power. The base form of your lunar weapon, when not actively in use, is a mote of lightless dark matter slightly smaller than your fist that hovers near your head. Beyond the dark mote, your manifestation can take one additional form: a lunar weapon. Only you can interact with your lunar weapon, whether in mote or weapon form. No other creature or effect can affect your lunar weapon in any way, including disarming or sundering it.

Your lunar weapon functions as an advanced melee weapon with reach. It does only 1 point of bludgeoning damage, though this is increased by weapon specialization normally, and it can benefit from solarian weapon crystals as a solar weapon does.

A lunar weapon targets EAC, and has the knockdown critical hit effect. When you strike a foe with a lunar weapon it binds them with gravitational waves, causing them to be entangled for 1 round. If you exceed their EAC by 5 or more, they are entangled for 2 rounds. At 5th level, your lunar weapon gains the block weapon special property.  At 10th level, targets struck must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 +1/2 class level +key ability modifier) or be staggered for 1 round. At 15th level, they must make the save or be staggered for 1d4+1 rounds. At 20th level, your lunar weapon scores a critical hit on a 19-20, if the attack roll hits the target’s EAC.

You can also use your lunar weapon to increase the damage of small arm and operative weapon attacks you make that target KAC. You add your solarian level to such attacks. This is in addition to normal damage benefits from Weapon Specialization, once you gain it. You can wield a small arm or operative melee weapon in the same hand as your lunar weapon. The attack does not gain any other advantages of your lunar weapon.

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Starforce Knights (Starfinder Roleplaying Game)

Don’t ask me what movie I am going to see, just enjoy my thoughts on an alternate set of class features to turn solarians into Starforce Knights!

Starforce Knight
A Starforce Knight must select solar weapon as his solar manifestation. This weapon always appears as a sword.

Stellar Revelations
A Starforce Knight does not receive the black hole or supernova stellar revelations at first level. Instead, the Starforce Knight gains the following revelations at 1st level

Force Block (Su)(Graviton)
When you are graviton attuned or fully attuned, and you are wielding your stellar weapon, are wearing light armor or no armor, and able to take actions, you constantly block attacks made against you. You add your Charisma bonus to your AC against ranged attacks against you if they target only you (this does not apply to lines, blasts, or other attacks that affect multiple creatures), and gain a +1 bonus to AC against any other attacks.

Starsaber (Su)(Photon)
When you are photon attuned or fully attuned, you add your charisma bonus to damage done with your stellar weapon in addition to your Strength bonus. Additionally, you may choose to use your Charisma bonus in place of your Strength bonus for attack rolls with your stellar weapon.

Knightly Code
A Starforce Knight does not take penalties for having disproportionate revelations. However, they must follow the code of their knightly order. If a Starforce Knight violates this code, they take the penalties normal solarians take for having disproportionate revelations until the beginning of their next character level. Each order is normally represented by having stellar weapons of a unified color (such as blue, green, red, or white). Two sample codes are presented below.

Knights of the Blue Star: Knights of the Blue Star are defenders of the downtrodden and respect life in all forms. They do not use their stellar revelations other than Starsaber to make attacks against or harm living creatures.

Knights of the Red Star: Knights of the Red Star are dedicated to looking after themselves and establishing their power over others. If a Knight of the Red Star is attacked by a creature, it must attack, harm, or cause penalties for that attacker within 24 hours.

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