We here at Lost Spheres love shapeshifters. Conceptually, the group of characters that encompases the ability to take on another form is pretty broad particularly including third-party options. With so many choices out there we thought some of you wouldn’t mind a few suggestions for your next morphic champion. Taskshaper is one of the earlier third-party shapeshifters, brought to us by Rite Publishing, is an example of resilient design that has kept pace with our form-flowing pack despite being out for over 4 years. Over the next week or so we’d like to showcase a few different ‘shifter character concepts from third party companies for those looking for a little change before the new year. Welcome to the 12 days of Shift-mas!
Shapeshifting: The Taskshaper
The taskshaper is a form-shifting master that outstrips druid in overall versatility if not always staying power (for most applications but hang-on there are exceptions!). It is a complex class and make certain that “one trick” of shapeshifting is anything but! Sizing up as we did druid:
Under the Tree – One big box… with a couple other boxes inside it! Shapeshifting IS what taskshaper does. Period. But it just keeps learning new ways to do it. One of the things we love about it is that taskshapers don’t just change their forms, they can change their minds too! From first level, feats and skills are playthings in ways that most classes don’t touch at all. Later it gets shaped capacity (new tweaks for your change shape fuel source, moments of change) and ability shifts (a narrower pool of more dramatic changes).
Battery Life – Music-box except when it isn’t. How long does our shift last? That depends. While our change shape usually is a 1 minute per level effect when it mimics spells. But the class plays on the idea that some changes are easier than others. Particularly once you get your shaped capacities going. Some of the durations listed from the forums on Paizo:
“Impersonate: is for the duration of the impersonation
Imprint Class Ability: “that could be performed as a single action “.
Improved Imprint Feat: “For one round” .
Improved Imprint Skill: “for one skill check”.
Improved Modified Advantage: “to any single d20 roll”
Instant Armor: “for one minute per class level,”
Mimic Defense: until you select a different condition to defend against.
Shaped attack: until you select a different natural attack
Shaped Resistance: until you select a different energy type”
As you can see some of these abilities become persistent buffs rivaling a druid’s best moments. Need a body double for the Queen? Your PC could maintain the ruse indefinitely. Roleplaying options and combat quirks you do not get in shapershifters easily explode in this class. And in addition? You can get class abilities from friends and enemies. Sure they aren’t as strong but a little smite evil in your back pocket never hurts!
And at 10th level? Advanced shapes gives us monstrous adaptation. Among the shapeshifter “grail” abilities your taskshaper can gain supernatural attacks from monsters; something relatively rare among pathfinder classes and amazingly fun to play.
Wrapping Fees – Toys and toys for miles. Rivaling alchemist for feat usage the one thing you might want to know going in for taskshaper is that side products like 101 Renegade Feats, 10 Taskshaper feats or getting going big and getting Secrets of Adventuring. These feats are enormous value adds to the class and worth the extra investment in advancement (and cash).
Under the Mistletoe – Gold Band. Taskshaper definitely rewards a lifelong commitment from a character but is also relatively friendly to dips in to classes that have stack-able abilities like rogue (sneak attack) and cleric (channeling) as that even an imprinted class feature should stack to for the action it is used for. Unform is a decent 20th level reward but may be worth sacrificing if your campaign is going to favor low-level play longer.
Comeback tomorrow for the next Present of Shift-mas! Day 7 – the Skin-Changer! Don’t forget ANY shapeshifter can benefit in Mythic games from the Master-of-Shapes path from Mythic Paths of the Lost Spheres and you can get it on: RPGNow or Paizo or d20.pfsrd.com!