Jesse Heinig wrote:
Dark Blade: Over all, this is not just a prestige class, it's an uber class. Plus you can take it at 6th level. My first thought is to reduce the BAB to rogue standard, and maybe slow down the sneak attack.
The Shur: The likely solution here is to raise the LA to +4, similar to the regular half-fiend template. (Also needs a new favored class, since having a prestige class as a favored class is redundant because prestige classes never cause a multiclassing XP hit, per the DMG.)
Jesse (and others),
Sorry for the delayed post (been on forced hiatus for a few months). Let me get to these errors:
Dark Blade -
When I first created the Dark Blade it had some pretty steep requirements. To make it more appealing and available to players I lowered the requirements but forgot to slow down some of the abilities. The BAB progression should be rogue standard and the sneak attack could be reduced to +1d6 at 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th. Also, slow down the combat mastery to 5th and 10th levels only.
Let's break down the shur's level adjustment of +3. he has standard elven abilities that cause no adjustments (+2 Dex; -2 Con; Medium-sized; speed 30; Will save bonus vs. spells; sleep and enchantment magic save bonuses; a +2 skill bonus to Listen, Search, and Spot; and elven secret door detection). He also has a few drowic abilities for a +1 level adjustment (+2 Int; spell resistance; spell-like abilities; +2 skill bonus to Bluff and Hide; darkvision; and the light blindness penalty). Now for his demonic abilities which gives him a additional +2 level adjustment (+2 Cha; fly speed 60 (improved flight); resistances; and telepathy). So breaking down his level adjustments he gets +0 (elven standard) +1 (drow) +2 (demonic parent) = +3.
Shur and the Blackguard Favored Class -
Yes, it is not typical for a race to take a prestige class as a favored class. However, the blackguard can also be used as a base character class if you use the "Fallen Paladin" rules on pg 183 of the 3.5e DMG
. I should have included this information with the shur (or elsewhere in the book), but it got cut to add some other things before I turned in my final manuscript (my fault, not Goodman Games'). The blackguard line should read more like this:
"Shur, like many of the dark and evil denizens of demonic world, have their champions of evil as the mortals have their paladins and holy champions of good. These demonic champions are considered to be a special type of fallen paladin with the ability to convert their paladin levels to blackguard levels as a fallen paladin who takes the blackguard as a prestige class. The shur does not first need to be a paladin, however, choosing to instead become a blackguard at 1st level. A blackguard base character class has all of the abilities of the blackguard and of the paladin (as described under the "Fallen Paladin" entry in the blackguard prestige class)."
I hope this clears things up a bit. Any additional questions are welcome.