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Knife fight between pirates N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of en:Treasure Island

Knife fight between pirates N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of en:Treasure Island

The Quintessential Fighter
Author Matthew Sprange
Series The Quintessential Series
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2001
Pages 130
ISBN 1-903980-09-7
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There are few fighters with as low a reputation as the brawler and their true skills are rarely recognised. Assumed to be nothing more than a bar-room bully, brawlers are noted for picking on the weak for nothing more than fun and sport. However, they are in fact highly-skilled individuals who often possess as much self-discipline as the highest knight, though their origins tend to be much lower. Specialising in unarmed combat, the brawler earns his living by championing his tavern, often engaging in contests with rival establishments every year to retain his title as the best fighter in town. He is also skilled in pacifying entire mobs when common brawls break out in his home tavern and, as such, enjoys the free hospitality of the landlord until he is finally ousted by a more powerful brawler.

Brawler NPCs are usually found in taverns and inns, where they choose worthy opponents against which to test their incredible skill. Of almost any race, an experienced brawler can defeat an entire adventuring party should they choose to start trouble in his tavern.

The Brawler
Level Base Attack Fort Ref Will Special
1 +1 +2 +0 +0 surprise strike +1d6
2 +2 +3 +0 +0 combat awareness
3 +3 +3 +1 +1 powerful punch
4 +4 +4 +1 +1 surprise guard
5 +5 +4 +1 +1 surprise strike +2d6, bar-room fury

Hit Die: d10.


To qualify to become a brawler, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.

Base Attack Bonus: +5 or higher

Ability Scores: Strength 15+

Feats: Alertness, Improved Unarmed Strike

Class Skills

The brawler’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Strength), Intimidate (Charisma), Jump (Strength), and Swim (Strength)

Skill points at each level: 2 + Intelligence modifier

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the brawler prestige class.

Weapon and Armour Proficiency: The brawler gains no proficiency in any weapons or armour.

Surprise Strike: The brawler is adept at laying opponents out in the midst of a brawl, long before they are aware of his presence. The brawler gains the sneak attack class feature of the rogue. This bonus stacks with any sneak attack already attained.

Combat Awareness: At 2nd level, the brawler gains the ability to fend off several opponents at once, a worthy trick when confronting a mob angered over rising bar prices. When confronting unarmed attackers, the brawler cannot be flanked and opponents gain no bonus for attempting to do so.

Powerful Punch: The brawler hones the power of his punches, and gains the reputation of not needing weapons because of his mighty blows. From 3rd level onwards, the brawler deals 1d6 damage with his unarmed attacks.

Surprise Guard: Knowing the value of keeping his eyes open during a fight, the brawler is very difficult to catch unawares. Any successful sneak attack dealt against a brawler of 4th level or higher has its damage reduced by double his class level.

Bar-room Fury: At 5th level, the brawler is able to enter a barbarian rage once per day.


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