The “Rebel Rabble Rouser”

After listening to the latest episode of the Order 66 podcast in which they discussed the Charlatan Prestige Class, I was struck with a build option using the Charlatan and Officer Prestige classes, which I have affectionately entitled, the “Rebel Rabble Rouser.”

Camaasi Noble 1/Soldier 6/Charlatan 3/Officer 10
Background Enslaved; Force 8
Init +16; Senses Perception +14
Defenses Ref 33 (flat-footed 32), Fort 35, Will 40
hp 164; Thresh 35
Speed 6 squares
Ranged +19 bothan blaster rifle (2d8+10) or
Ranged +19 bothan blaster rifle (4d8+10 stun)
Ranged +19 stun grenade (4d6+10 stun)
Base Atk +18; Grp +18
Atk Options autofire (blaster rifle)
Special Actions Blaster Barrage, Castigate, Commanding Presence, Coordinated Attack, Coordinated Barrage, Cunning Distraction, Damaging Deception, Indomitable, Memory Sharing, Pacifism, Recall, Recruit Enemy
Str 11, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 12, Wis 18, Cha 18
Special Qualities Command Cover +5, Score, Share Talent (Indomitable)
Talents Armored Defense, Bolstered Numbers, Castigate, Cunning Distraction, Damaging Deception, Heroic Sacrifice, Indomitable, Recruit Enemy, Stay in the Fight, Team Recruiting
Feats Armor Proficiency (light, medium), Blaster Barrage, Brink of Death, Coordinated Attack, Coordinated Barrage, Grand Army of the Republic Training, Recall, Skill Focus (Deception, Persuasion), Weapon Proficiency (pistols, rifles, simple weapons)
Skills Deception +24, Gather Information +19, Initiative +16, Knowledge (galactic lore) +16, Knowledge (tactics) +16, Persuasion +24, Treat Injury +19
Equipment battle armor (+8 armor, +2 equipment), bothan blaster rifle, 3 stun grenades

The basic idea behind this build is to take full advantage of the other skill the Charlatan must be trained in, but doesn’t have as much use for mechanically in his abilities: Persuasion. I chose Camaasi because of that species’ ability to reroll keeping the better result. Castigate and Commanding Presence are a great start for this build in order to lower enemies’ Will Defenses and make your Deceptions and Persuasions all the more likely to happen. Damaging Deception is a wonderful precursor to the Team Recruiting ability, making it all the more likely that your ally is going to drop that guy and you’ll be able to bring him over to your side. The rest of the Rebel Recruiter talent tree is just too much fun to pass up for this character, so that fills out the rest of his Officer talents. As for feat choices, Brink of Death seems like it’s written for the Camaasi player. Coordinated Attack, Coordinated Barrage, and Blaster Barrage all allow him to take a leader role in the party, and allow the other characters to hit better (and with Damaging Deception, harder as well). Grand Army of the Republic Training makes sure he won’t fall victim to the same tricks he uses himself, and Recall is just an underused feat. Skill Focus Deception, and Skill Focus: Persuasion should be fairly self explanatory. He also has the option of using his Pacifism ability during the encounter to further reduce enemies’ Defenses.

Now you have a build that can talk their way out of encounters multiple ways, and make sure that if they do get into trouble, they can quickly turn the odds against their enemies through aiding allies and recruiting fallen foes.

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