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Class Acts
by Greg Bilsland

This month's Class Acts features new powers for the swordmage. Fresh from the pages of the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, this new defender class wields arcane power to defend his allies and defeat his foes. Enjoy these additional powers with your new swordmage character.

A swordmage wields an arsenal of elemental attacks. Brandishing a blade infused with arcane energy, a swordmage is a force to be reckoned with. A character can unleash an inferno upon enemies one round and launch a frosty assault the next. Although this gamut of powers can be a boon when faced with enemies resistant to a particular element, it also hinders one's ability to specialize with a particular element. If, for example, a player wanted to fashion a swordmage as a pyromancer, he or she would find no choices conducive to this path at 3rd, 5th, or 9th levels. This article provides elemental-based powers across the Heroic tier to fill in the gaps and offers a path for feats and attack powers to maximize one's elemental potential.

About the Author

Greg Bilsland is a game editor and contract writer at Wizards of the Coast. His writing credits include the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide and several D&D Insider articles. When he's not working, he spends much of his free time writing speculative fiction in one of Seattle’s many coffee shops.

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