(Following up on part 1 here)
So, with the goal of re-organizing the Thief, I’d begin by breaking the Thief skills down into circles, or levels, by the Magic User spell they imitate (or close enough, and with some additions to play up an alchemical angle):
- Intoxicating Draught (Charm Person)
- Read Languages
- Sap (Person) (Sleep)
- Sleeping Draught (Sleep)
- Sleight of Hand (Ventriloquism)
- Climb Walls (Levitate)
- Find and Remove Traps (Locate Object and Knock)
- Hallucinatory Draught (Phantasmal Force)
- Hide in Shadows and Move Silently (Invisibility)
- Pick Locks (Knock)
Third Circle (Just go with it)
- Elixir (Cure Light Wounds)
- Paralytic Draught (Hold Person)
- Sap (Structure) (Fireball)
- Serpentine Powder (Fireball)
Hear noise I’d treat somewhat differently, awarding an escalating bonus with level. I’d match this with a bonus to missile weapon damage, with the idea that the steady hand and anatomical knowledge required for the draughts (not to mention the sapping) makes the character a deadlier shot. It may be too much, but these numbers are all hypothetical. Speaking of numbers:
Two notes: First, any character should be able to attempt non-alchemical first and second circle skills. I’d recommend a target number of 10, with mishaps on 2-4: This is effectively the same as success on 6 and mishap on 1 on a d6, but puts the targets in the same framework as the proposed mechanics.
Second, the preparation of draughts, elixirs and powders should require a facility not dissimilar to a Magic User’s laboratory for research. Moreover, these alchemical efforts should be expensive- 5g and a day of work at first circle, 25g and a week at second circle, and 100g and a month at third circle.
I’d stick with the same hit dice (d4) and combat progressions (Cleric/Thief). I think a class like this- well, frankly, it sucks less that the Thief, so I’d bump the experience progression up. This post is already getting unwieldy, so I’ll leave notes about the skills and mishaps for another post. What do you think? Does thinking of the Thiefly bits as an outgrowth of tinkering and alchemy work?