Ben wrote:I read it.
I think that Varyan may be better at higher levels as their skill priorities are Martial, Academic, Stealth whereas Larkant are Martial, Stealth, Academic. It may just be me but I don't think most characters buy a lot from both Martial and Stealth. However buying multiple Martial and Academic might be more likely.
It depends, if you're seriously going to dig into a separate skill pool (In this case Stealth/Academic) you might as well MC. Other than buying the Elemental/Absolute DR's, there's not much I'd buy in Academic as a Warrior. By the time you're in a position to make those kinda skill choices you are usually 100+ Skill, at which point the system balance kinda falls off a cliff and you can go separate ways with Uniques etc.
Firstly, awaiting stevie to redo his anaylsis of Telefret vs Varyan.
I mentioned there wasn't much point. You can't really compare a Martial leaning race with a Academic leaning race, they serve different ends. At that point you're not really addressing which Race is stronger, but whether Martial is stronger than Academic, which in itself is a bad question to ask as again, they serve different ends.
My general feel on the Varyan situation is, I don't consider them OP. Perhaps at late if you were looking to buy into the Magical DR's they would pull ahead slightly, but I don't think it warrants a massive dis-benefit.
Personally, the change I would implement would be.
- Restrict non-spellcasting Varyians from being a specialist. (Being able to buy Imm. Death is too strong a factor for a Warrior to pick up.)
- If engaged in combat with an Undead creature the Varyian must always be the last to leave (Except when there's multiple Varyians - They can leave at the same time or whatever order they feel like.)
Then basically dock skill/remove benefits for the day if that isn't adhered to. It isn't suicidal, as it doesn't state you have to attack them, it gives an opportunity to flee, but it reinforces the notion that the Varyian will protect others against the forces of Undeath.