As the brief story in my previous post suggest, I have now TR’d my Bladeforged Warlock into a human Warlock. I thought about doing either a Drow or maybe say a morninglord or any of the other Iconic (Shadarkai looks…yum) but I don’t want to waste any more lesser reincarnations to blow away the first level to remain pure.
Plus I like human. Sure – it won’t get the best Charisma but it has a balanced ability sheet and 2 starting feats. Now that being feat starved is the greatest issue, but it helps to diverse.
I’m going to be honest to you – as most people suggest Warlocks are good (if not REALLY good) in heroic. It’s true that doing up to level 7 quests isn’t all that special – currently rounding off level 8 after finishing Deleras – but it’s already a remarkably resource free experience. I barely have to shrine at all. And that’s true with the level 15-28 experience as well, but moreso in the early levels.
Had this been my sorc or wiz it would be a completely different story.
An interesting way of playing the early level where the eldricht blast and pact damage is weak is to supplement with a eternal wand. I used the free one you get in the very first quest – put it in the main hand and impulse item in the secondary – that way you can actually use the wand now and then without switching off eldricht blast.
I’m doing the same now but with cacaphonic verge or whatever – the sonic blast based want that drops somewhere. It’s excellent for breaking of stuff and fire ahead of you to discover stuff you can’t spot. In all honesty you don’t need that many other items.
I get the pact damage from the rock boots. Cannith challenge item. I have all the related one for level 3, 6, 10 and 14 (normally it’s 3, 7, 11 and 15 but I have unlocked tier 3 and crafted in masterful for a drop in level).
Random impulse sticks are plentiful and if need be you can always find a good alignment stick to boost possible ‘evil’ damage from say stricken and consume.
The reason why I did this is simple; It’s not that bladeforged is bad, but it does cost you lots of enhancement points get the SLA reconstruct. And in Epic levels it’s almost more efficient to twist in cocoon instead. It’s sad that race based enhancements is not a separate expenditure from the class based because as of now I seldom invest in it, even if there are some nifty features there. And that’s truly a pity since the race based ones add great flavor.
To me at least Warlocking is a fleshy thing. Less alignment based restrictions, more flexibility even if it means starting from level 1 again. But given how ‘comfortable’ it seems to rise in levels using Warlock I don’t think that’s going to be the main issue.