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It's said that music has a special magic. It's also said that magic is the highest art- sometimes called the Art. From the frozen wastes of the north, disciplined fighters, great sneakers-in-darkness, and others come to prove these points, and others as potent, true. There are those, however, who would much rather chase skirts, no matter how bad they happen to be at it at any given time. These last are Lovelorn Lotharios.

Abilities: Depending on their philosophy as regards their dubious abilities, Lotharios can boost their Charisma, playing to their strengths, or boost Wisdom, to countermand some of their weaknesses, and turn the cruel jest of failure into success.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Die:d6

Class Features

Lovelorn Lotharios have the following game statistics.

Class Skills: The Lothario's class skills (and the key ability for each) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft-Flower Arrangment,Delicious Taste Treat,Last-minute Present (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Knowledge (Obscure Perversions), Perform (Cha), Listen (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Bachelor), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), and Use Rope (Dex).

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Lotharios are proficient with the club, greatclub, sap, quarterstaff, and whip, but with no armor, nor with shields.

Reckless Passion: A Lothario oftimes sets aside their better nature in an effort to win the affections of anyone they choose to pursue; in so doing, they gain phenomenal force of personality at the expense of their judgment and perception. A Lothario can choose to enter a fit of Reckless Passion 1/day at first level; they gain one additional use of their Reckless Passion ability every three levels thereafter, at fourth, seventh, tenth, thirteenth, sixteenth, and nineteenth level. Entering a fit is a free action. While in a fit, a Lothario gains a +4 enhancement bonus to Charisma and a +2 enhancement bonus to Dexterity; however, they also gain a -4 penalty to Wisdom and a -2 penalty to Constitution for the duration of the fit. A Lothario attempts all Sense Motive checks during a fit of passion at a penalty of -10; however, they gain a +4 bonus to bluff and diplomacy checks for the duration of the fit. If a Lothario fails a bluff or diplomacy check by an amount sufficient to make the target's attitude one step lower, they automatically fail any such check against the same target for the duration of the fit. Opponents of the Lothario gain a +4 bonus on Sense Motive checks for the duration of the fit. A Lothario can remain in a fit for a number of rounds equal to twice their Charisma modifier; after this time has elapsed, they can attempt a concentration check to retain their Reckless Passion against DC20. The DC rises by one each round they remain in a fit beyond their natural limit. A Lothario may voluntarily end their fit at any time with a DC15 concentration check. After a fit has elapsed, the Lothario is fatigued.

Extravagant Passion: At ninth level, a Lothario's Passion bonuses to Charisma and Dexterity increase by +2; their penalties to Constitution and Wisdom increase by the same amount. Their bonuses to Bluff and Diplomacy checks increase by +4, and their penalties increase by the same amount, as does the bonus their enemies gain on Sense Motive checks. In addition, a Lothario can now apply their bonus on Bluff and Diplomacy checks while in a fit to Perform checks, as well (for a +8 bonus to Perform).

Romantic Reflection: At third level, a Lothario gains the ability to transmute their amorous failures into insightful new tactics. A Lothario who has previously failed a Charisma-based or Sense Motive check against a given target may spend at least four hours in quiet contemplation of their mistakes. At the completion of this meditative period, they can attempt a check against that target again with increased chances of success. Their changed mien automatically improves the attitude of their target by one step, to a maximum of helpful; in addition, the Lothario gains a bonus on Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks equal to +4 when dealing with the subject of their Romantic Reflection. However, they must contend with an identical penalty to Bluff checks.

Soulful Reflection: At sixth level, the Lothario's bonuses and penalties from their Romantic Reflection ability increase by +2. In addition, they may apply this bonus to Perform (poetics) or Perform (singing) checks, or to another form of Perform check that can be reasonably assumed to have romantic potential.

Gesture:At twelfth level, a Lothario can make a Craft check against DC15 to create a special meal, bunch of flowers, or gift for the object of his affections. For every three points by which he beats the DC, the Lothario can add a +1 bonus to all Bluff and Diplomacy checks against said object for the duration of an encounter.

Our Song: At fifteenth level, a Lothario can add a bonus equal to 1/2 the amount by which they succeed on a given Perform (poetics or singing) check (Opposed by their subject's Sense Motive) as a bonus to Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks.

I Remember: At eighteenth level, a Lothario can choose to automatically succeed on one Charisma-based check per day by calling up a profoundly affecting memory he and his subject share. If the memory is real, this ability applies to Diplomacy checks; if the memory is fabricated or exaggerated, this abilty applies to Bluff checks.

Lovelorn Apoethesis: At twentieth level, a Lothario chooses the path of love or the path of deception, forever after shaping his destiny. The bonuses from either their Reflection abilities and Our Song, or their Passion abilities and Gesture, double (rounding down); the bonuses from the opposite set of abilities are halved (also rounding down). In addition, a Loving Lothario gains bonuses only to Diplomacy and Sense Motive only from Fantastic Mantle, while a Decieving Lothario gains bonuses only to Diplomacy and Bluff.

Fantastic Mantle: A Lovelorn Lothario has the ability to assume certain aspects of archetypal romantic roles, a la the White Knight, the Tragic Hero, etc., gaining a +1 bonus to certain charisma-based checks while assuming their Fantastic Mantle. This bonus increases by +1 at second, fifth, eighth, eleventh, fourteenth, and seventeenth level, to a maximum of +7 at seventeenth level. A Lothario can take on their Fantastic Mantle for a number of rounds equal to twice their Charisma modifier, after which they must succeed on a concentration check against DC10+1 per round above the natural limit to continue doing so. Until twentieth level, the Lothario can designate freely whether their bonus from Fantastic Mantle applies to Bluff and Diplomacy, or Diplomacy and Sense Motive.

Lothario Progression

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +0 +2 +0 +0 Reckless Passion 1/day, Fantastic Mantle +1
2nd +1 +3 +0 +0 Fantastic Mantle +2
3rd +1 +3 +1 +1 Romantic Reflection
4th +2 +4 +1 +1 Reckless Passion 2/day
5th +2 +4 +1 +1 Fantastic Mantle +3
6th +3 +5 +2 +2 Soulful Reflection
7th +3 +5 +2 +2 Reckless Passion 3/day
8th +4 +6 +2 +2 Fantastic Mantle +4
9th +4 +6 +3 +3 Extravagant Passion
10th +5 +7 +3 +3 Reckless Passion 4/day
11th +5 +7 +3 +3 Fantastic Mantle +5
12th +6/+1 +8 +4 +4 Gesture
13th +6/+1 +8 +4 +4 Reckless Passion 5/day
14th +7/+2 +9 +4 +4 Fantastic Mantle +6
15th +7/+2 +9 +5 +5 Our Song
16th +8/+3 +10 +5 +5 Reckless Passion 6/day
17th +8/+3 +10 +5 +5 Fantastic Mantle +7
18th +9/+4 +11 +6 +6 I Remember
19th +9/+4 +11 +6 +6 Reckless Passion 7/day
20th +10/+5 +12 +6 +6 Lovelorn Apothesis
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