Runemaster Variant lone Wolf Runemaster

Runemasters (described in More Magic & Mayhem) fill many roles. They are adept melee combatants. They possess runes to enhance themselves and their allies, as well as to ward certain areas and otherwise make life difficult for their opponents.

Some runemasters alter these traits a bit. These are the lone wolf runemasters. Many of them travel alone, and have no need of runes that empower others—but extra skill with the fists is always in need. Other lone wolf runemasters join adventuring parties but see no reason to waste their skills on others. Let them take care of themselves! Or, better yet, let the runemaster pound their foes into paste; then her allies won't have to worry.

Among races that produce runemasters (which are few), lone wolf runemasters are common among pandaren, as these creatures often embark on solitary expeditions to explore Azeroth. Tuskarr occasionally become lone wolf runemasters as well, and the occasional male naga runemaster is undoubtedly a lone wolf — they leave most of the spellcasting to the women.

Lone Wolf RunemasteR Alterations

Lone wolf runemasters cannot place or empower runes on any creature or object other than themselves. Thus, they cannot use glyphs at all, and can place sigils only on their own bodies. In return, lone wolf runemasters gain the following class features, at the indicated levels.

• lst-Level — Rune of the Flashing Blade (Ex): Lone wolf runemasters are the only runemasters who know the secret of the rune of the flashing blade, though it is merely a simple rune. It is the pattern made in the sand by skilled, dueling fighters. Lone wolf runemasters begin with this simple rune (in addition to their other simple runes), and it changes the runemaster's base attack bonus progression to "good." That is, her runemaster base attack bonus is equal to her runemaster level, just as a warrior's base attack bonus is equal to his warrior level. The lone wolf runemaster gains iterative attacks when her base attack bonus equals +6, +11 and +16, as normal.

• lst-Level — Extended Runes (Su): The durations of all the lone wolf runemaster's runes double, as if she had used the Extend Spell feat to empower them, though they do not take up a higher level rune slot.

• 9th-Level and l4th-Level — Simple Rune (Ex): The lone wolf runemaster gains an additional simple rune at 9th level and at 14th level.

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