This month’s issue of Arcane Emporium explores new martial options for player characters: the Gunslinger and the Vanguard.
The Gunslinger is perhaps the most famous of all non-standard D&D player classes. With a focus on medieval warfare, Wizards of the Coast has never officially endorsed a gunslinger class, leaving the door open for homebrewers of all levels of ingenuity to try their hand at creating one.
This imagining of the class is firmly rooted in the transitional period of warfare (late 15th through early 16th centuries), well before automatic weapons, percussion caps, and even flintlocks. During this period, men still carried rapiers for duelling and plate armour became thicker in order to be pistol proof. It was still impractical for large armies to be equipped with imperfect, highly expensive firearms, and so the hallmarks of medieval warfare still prevailed. The decision to set the technological level at this point was primarily so that Dungeon Masters don’t have to drastically alter the fabric of society in their campaign in order for players to be able to use this class.
The Gunslinger has two main subclasses: the Fulminator and the Sniper. The Fulminator is a Gunslinger who has dabbled in the arcane and learns to imbue their weapons and ammunition with magic. The Sniper is a Gunslinger who focuses on eliminating threats from a distance.
The Vanguard is
the leading section of an army a fighter subclass submitted by guest contributor Christian Cole. This class uses fearsome shouts called Battle Cries to maintain battlefield supremacy by buffing allies and de-buffing enemies. With a Vanguard on your side, you are sure to stand resolute against the toughest foes.
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