• Justin Handlin

Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Fighter Archetype

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Main Topic: Gunslinger

Crit Academy discusses the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Fighter Archetype created by the Critical Role's Matt Mercer, the Gunslinger! Some weapon masters couldn’t stop with the innovation of the crossbow. Experimentation with alchemic components and rare metals has unlocked the secrets of controlled explosive force. The few who have survived these trials of ingenuity may become the first to create and deftly wield the first firearms, Powerful yet dangerous ranged weapons. However, not being a perfect science, firearms carry an inherent instability that can occasionally leave the user without a functional means of attack. But when fully functional, the wielder of these weapons can become a distant force of death on the battlefield.

What really makes this class work well is the special Firearms properties combined with the dozen or so trick shot options to give your gunslinger a fun and unique feel. Check it out below and watch as we give our thoughts on the mechanics, lore, and theme.

Firearm Properties:

Firearms are a new and volatile technology, and as such bring their own unique set of weapon properties. These properties are outlined in the firearms table given by in the supplement. These replace the optional ones that are present in the DMG.

Reload. The weapon can be fired a number of times equal to its reload score before you must spend 1 attack or 1 action to reload. You must have one free hand to do so.

Misfire. Whenever you make an attack roll with a firearm, and the dice roll is equal to or lower than the weapons misfire score, the weapons misfires. The attack misses, and cannot be used again until it's repaired

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Character Concept:

Narissa the Silent

Narissa was abandoned as a child in a small town far from civilization. She was found and raised by an Elven Bard who took pity on her. He decided he would show her a better world with music and song. Narissa was raised with another girl who was the elven bard's favorite student. They would often compete and became rivals and sisters. Narissa would sacrifice anything to help her sister and father figures. Unfortunately, she took up some bad habits as she never got the same praise as her sister. As she grew up she grew distant and left on her own. The Elven bard wished her the best and she went on her way. It wasn't until years later that she was called back to his home. He was getting older and wanted to pass on the knowledge he had obtained over his long life. Unknown to Narissa, her sister/rival was extremely jealous of her pure honest relationship with her master and plotted to eliminate her. This backfired and the old elf died as a result. This forced Narissa to kill her own sister and leave behind her life. She now trusts no one and depends on only herself as she does not want to make close connections. Though her master's teachings still stick with her and she will often show a kind soft side for those who earn it.