The Lifedrinker I posted back in mid-July was one of the last classes I designed before the latest phase of class development. It has an uneven number of class features, and it has at least one of the defunct “utility features.”

The Lifedrinker (Jul 19, 2013)

This afternoon I revisited the Hellraiser and finished converting it to be a Shadow class — I also moved around and changed some things, which you’ll see when I post the updated version — and that led me to revisit the Lifedrinker class.

I like the Lifedrinker in concept, but it’s a mess. The features are scattered all over the field and it doesn’t fit either of its roles (controller and defender) particularly well. I started moving features around and realized I didn’t want to delete anything from the class, despite it being badly in need of revision.

Finally I settled on breaking it into three separate classes.

I started by moving all of its more iconic defender powers to a blank class template and then started writing new features and powers — and found that I couldn’t stop. By the time I had finished, I tried to figure out which of the three classes I came up with that it should be, but it didn’t fit any of them. I had made a fourth class.

If you follow me on Patreon, you can get a sneak peek at the Bloodknight class, which I will likely finish either today or tomorrow. In addition to carrying over several of the Lifedrinker’s better defender powers, it has the “Burning Blood” at-will:

Burning Blood [Shadow, Acid, Fire]
Free action * At-will * Melee 1
Trigger: An enemy hits you with a melee attack.
Effect: The triggering enemy takes acid and fire damage equal to 2 + your Constitution modifier.
Level 21: 5 + Constitution modifier acid and fire damage.
Special: You can use this power only once per turn.

The Bloodknight is a Shadow-powered defender-striker that utilizes Constitution as its primary ability — similar to a number of Shadow classes I’ve built before.

In the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see a new version of the Lifedrinker class, plus the new Heartseeker and Deathdealer classes. All of them promise to be macabre Shadow classes. Look forward to them!