My character in G3 has reached a point where he’s more or less maxed out his potential down the combat path. The only way I’ll be able to bump my melee up further is to become Barbarian, which doesn’t really jibe with his character concept, or do something like buying up STR points at double cost. Even if I can buy up my STR, the most I can buy it up by is 4, which will still only put me in +2 territory, so I’ll never be able to increase my melee by more than 1 (it’s already ridiculously high anyway, two shy of max).
So, I’ve decided to use the XP I’ve been banking to do something kind of weird and crazy.
Awhile back, the town was invaded by demons summoned by wolf-cultists during a festival. The demons who were killed left behind these really wicked nasty zweihanders that normies couldn’t touch; if you tried to pick it up, it would deliver a pretty powerful shock. It took a decent amount of bundling to safely carry a few of them back to a safehouse, where they’ve languished ever since.
One of our party members just upgraded from Apprentice Diabolist to full-fledged Diabolist. This meant that I could apprentice under him without having to find an NPC teacher. My Man-At-Arms is actually pretty smart; if he hadn’t randomly started as a watchman with the militia, he would’ve made for a great magic-using character.
So, I sunk 100 XP into picking up the Apprentice Diabolist profession, used 100 XP to buy Low Demonic, used 100 XP to buy Fleshcrafting, and used 100 XP to buy Craftsman: Armorer from a skill book that allows purchase of non-profession skills at normal cost. My character takes what he’s learned to craft a set of plate gauntlets that will let him safely wield a demon sword. With a crafting time of 22 days, I have no idea how long IRL it will take to finish them, but I cannot wait to see this pans out.