Okay, so I need a main villain to challenge my players. The rules:
- Level 20
- PB 32
- LA +1 for free
- All books allowed
- Up to two flaws
- Alignment Restrictions are mostly out
- Not using early entry into SCM via Heighten Spell
- Instead using Cloistered Cleric with Initiate of Cyric to get Skull of Secrets for SCM
Most of the stuff up to now is shamelessly stolen from PhaedrusXY's build compilation, here
to me more precise.
The idea behind is the following:
Right now I'm trying to DM a especially challenging campaign for two of my players, the ones who actually enjoy optimization and agreed to try a more high powered campaign. They are infiltrators and assassins of their church (right now it looks like one is going for the actual assassin PrC and the other one for a summoning druid, both fairly optimized - though, not surprisingly, the druid looks way tougher atm) and I decided a good BBEG would be the Chosen of Cyric. And what would be better suited than a Shadowcraft Mage?
So, this is what I have:
Dark Whisper Gnome Cloistered Cleric 5/Shadowcrafter 2/Shadowcraft Mage 5/Prestige Paladin of Tyranny 3/Divine Oracle 2/Contemplative 2/Shadow Adept 1
Domains: Trickery, Illusion, dunno (Contemplative); Knowledge Devotion
ACF: Domain Spontaneity (Illusion)
1 Spell Focus (Illusion), Heighten Spell, DMM: Heighten
3 Greater Spell Focus (Illusion)
6 Initiate of Cyric
9 Earth Sense
12 Earth Spell
15 (Skill Focus(Knowledge: Religion) if I want to go Divine Oracle for Evasion)
18 Shadow Weave Magic
(20: 3 Shadow Adept Bonus Feats)
Starting Stats (middle aged): Str 5(8-2-1), Dex 14 (13+2-1), Con 16 (15+2-1), Int 10 (9+1), Wis 17 (16+1), Cha 14 (15+1-2)
Increases into Cha (2) and Wis (3).
Reliquary Holy Symbol 1.000
Mithral Full Plate of Heavy Fortification and Soulfire +1 101.500
Animated Tower Shield +3 25.000
Eager Warning Dagger +1 18.000
Belt of Magnificence +6 200.000
Gloves of Resistance +5 (like Cloak of Resistance) 37.500
Amulet of Second Chances 40.000
Starmantle Cloak 130.000
Headband of Conscious Effort 2.000
Horizon Googles 5.000
Tome of Understanding +5 137.500
Ring of Nine Lives 45.000
Item of Battle (like Belt of Battle) 24.000
Ring of Greater Counterspells (Greater Dispel Magic) 16.000
Item of Darkhidden 4.000
Boccob's Blessed Book 12.500
Tooth of Savnok 2.000
Ion Stone (Orange) 30.000
Heward's Fortifying Bedroll 3.000
Metamagic Rod of Extend, Lesser 4.000
Boots of Shadow (like Shadow Cloak) 7.750
He has a total of 860k to spend because being the main villain must be good for something, after all. Btw, is there any cheaper way than heavy fortification to become immun to sneak attack? I?ll need it.
There's quite a lot undecided, though and everything here can yet be changed.
The game started on level 10 and this guy is the one the players are supposed to encounter in a final fight at level 20, so we have some time to approach the higher levels cautiously, as we don't have much experience with playing beyond level 15. Therefore I'd greatly appreciate any help with spell selection and equipment.
So please, help me build a strong (as in: optimized, not as in: utterly reality crushing; even though a lot of cheese will be allowed due to the nature of this special campaign) and thematically fitting Chosen of Cyric.
Thanks in advance!