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Heroic Paragon Epic: Martial Prowess


What is Heroic Paragon Epic?

Back in 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, there was a system that allowed you to gain racial or class-type specific abilities at 5th, 10th, and 15th level. These were the Heroic, Paragon, and Epic levels which are commonly used today to delineate the “Tiers” of adventure and gameplay in 5th Edition D&D: Heroic is 5th level, Paragon is 10th level, and Epic is 15th level.

Being that 4e was my introduction to Dungeons & Dragons, I wanted to find a way to bring this fun system back to life, so I decided to create a gestalt tree for each different bundle of classes - Martial, Divine, Arcane, and Primal - to give them some more roleplay flavor. In this book, you will find the three trees built for martial characters - fighters, rangers, monks, and rogues - which will grant them unique and powerful abilities.

Please note that this book DOES INCREASE the power levels and player potential for martial classes, so keep this in mind when designing encounters as a Dungeon Master. As a player however, make sure to incorporate these trees into your character in an in-depth way; from backstory to development.

The Martial HPES System

The HPES trees for Martial-based classes are split into three separate gestalt trees: Riddle of Steel, Named Blade, and Ancient Order. They keep true to the concepts at the core of a fighter, monk, rogue or ranger, but add a little power boost and more roleplay flavor.

Riddle of Steel. The Riddle of Steel HPES tree shows a Martial character who has studied the art of weapon-making and fighting styles, allowing you to pinpoint how to not only outwit your opponents, but also outwit the weapon they carry.

Named Blade. The Named Blade HPES tree creates an intrinsic connection between a Martial character and their weapon, showing just how powerful names can truly be. Your weapon becomes almost as much of an individual as you do and can aid you or even hinder you.

Ancient Order. The Ancient Order HPES tree showcases a Martial character who has trained and fought alongside fellows in a lost organization or current military body and has come to hone their skills as a team player with a common goal.


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