Someone brought a copy of the 4e PHBII to game the other night. I immediately turned to check out the Avenger. Why?
One of the PCs I’ve most enjoyed playing is Tarbold – a priest of Tritherion in a heavily-houseruled 2nd edition game with very generous multiclassing. In 3.5 terms, he would have been something like a gestalt cleric/rogue. Unfortunately, outside of the game I played him in, I haven’t been able to model him well. Why?
Well, most fantasy games don’t do divine/rogue types well. Tarbold was a priest, but he was also extremely stealthy and could backstab with the best of them.
Also, Tarbold was very gimmicky. I played him like a Holy Batman. He had a Rod of Lordly Might that he’d use as a tool as much as a weapon… and a Belt of Many Pouches in which he kept a huge variety of things (from jars of paint to changes of clothing to extra weapons to paste gems) so that he’d be prepared for any contingency.
I’ve tried 4e, and I wasn’t impressed, but the Avenger class in 4e feels a lot like how I played Tarbold… in particular, it looks like it preserves a lot of the flavor I was going for with the character: someone empowered by his god to strike out at enemies from the darkness. That sort of character was a ton of fun for me to play… and it is tempting.