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Sword saints are warriors who walk the path already taken by another, looking to achieve such legendary skill that they, too, will be remembered by history. The true sword saints of the past were figures who achieved a level of skill beyond mastery in their craft. Though modern practitioners call themselves sword saints, this is only to draw a parallel between themselves and these heroes.

In practice, they would usually only call themselves warriors, fighters, samurai, or otherwise. It is unbecoming for them to address themselves as sword saints unless they are arrogant, but this does not always stop them. ‘Phantom saint’ is a term they commonly use, describing their emulation of an ancient swordmaster’s lifestyle, combat skills and practices until they come truly into their own.

As a class the sword saint relies heavilyon their resource, focus points, to perform a variety of techniques that help them to adapt to any situation. They rely on focus techniques, which each path of devotion features unique version and variants of. 

The subclasses for the sword saint are based upon legendary mythological fighters who were the prolific swordsman or warriors of their time. There are a total of seven subclasses based on figures like Miamoto Musashi, Tomoe Gozen, Honda Tadakatsu and more. 

If you're a player who values versatility and is looking for a samurai-lite flavor to your character this class is absolutely for you. It will recieve support in the future, with more subclasses, items, NPCs, etc being developed for future releases to work with the class.

(The sword saint class was made for the Nat19: Vestige of Ophiuchus D&d 5E stream on Twitch, streamed every Saturday at 1 PM PST on the Nat19Official channel. Come join us if you'd like to see it in action!)

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Robert B February 21, 2021 11:55 am UTC
You may want to change the sword saint's saving throw profiencies. 5e's design philosiphy regarding saving throws is that every class starts out with profiency in 1 of the 3 common saves (dex, con, and wis) and 1 of the 3 uncommon saves (str, int, and cha), which is why monks and rangers are both profiecent in str and dex saves when dex and wis makes the most sense for both classes. I suggest str and wis saves it makes just as much sense for the class and is the only legal combo of saving throws that has never been used.
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Dario B November 24, 2020 7:33 pm UTC
I love most of the class but I feel that the way it regains resources on short rest at 10th level being scarce resource is a bit too late for the feature to come up
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Logan L December 01, 2020 6:01 am UTC
I don't believe the class would be made any stronger or weaker by moving that to be earlier. That will always be a relevant milestone, and it's intended to reflect the shift from 2nd to 3rd tier play. This class focuses on mostly opening up its options in mid-tier gameplay. I considered having it show up earlier, but it goes against my philosophy regarding how this class should act and the rate at which it grows. I've seen it in motion in play-testing and it does what it needs to do efficiently.

It also prevents it from entirely stepping on the toes of the monk, who functions similarly except they regain points more quickly until then. If focus points were regained too quickly too early it would outpace and out-perform fighters and monks before they got a chance to properly find their feet via class features. One class can't and shouldn't be expected to do all things.
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