If you want to be that one special guy that every group looks for (besides a medic) then the pikeman is for you. The pikeman is the master of crowd control, as most of his attacks deal with doing relatively average damage to as many enemies as are around him. Back the pikeman up with a good medic and you have something that can be a winning combination.
Once you venture out onto the road of the novice pikeman you will receive the polearm hit 2, as well as vibro lance certification. You will also receive +5 bonuses to melee defense and block, as well as +10 bonuses to polearm accuracy, polearm speed, and polearm toughness.
By studying polearm stances you will gain several new ways to strike your opponents, as well as increase the speed at which you are able to strike opponents.
Polearm Offensive Techniques
Polearm offensive techniques will teach you to be able to target the legs of an opponent, or to hit multiple targets.
Polearm Defensive Techniques
If you are having issues with enemies using status-changing effects on you, you will need to put some time into Polearm defensive techniques. Not only will you learn to defend yourself against your enemies, but you will also pick up a few attacks that can knock down multiple enemies.
Polearm Support Abilities
Studying polearm support abilities will teach you to improve your accuracy and wound the action pools of other creatures.
If you have reached the point of being a master pikeman then you will receive bonuses to your accuracy, speed, and defenses. You will now easily outstrip the other classes in crowd control as well.
Pistoleers are marksmen who have seen the benefits of being able to fight at close range, and have chosen to master that art. Pistoleers are skilled at attacking enemies from the closest range of any of the marksman-related professions, and have learned defensive techniques to keep them alive long enough to win the fight.
A novice pistoleer learns a devastating special attack, gains a bonus to speed and accuracy when fighting with a pistol, and gains the certification to use a DX2 pistol.
A pistoleer studying the discipline of pistol tactics will learn to dodge attacks, as well as several special attacks designed to attack opponents close up and leave them bleeding on the ground.
This discipline deals with accurately firing a pistol, aiming a pistol for an especially precise shot, and firing a pistol accurately while moving.
Pistol Stances and Grips
By studying the discipline of stances and grips, a pistoleer learns to defend against a number of types of disabling attacks that would leave him especially vulnerable against close-up opponents. He also learns a number of unique special attacks with useful effects.
Pistol Special Abilities
This discipline teaches defensive techniques and improves speed with a pistol. Learning pistol special abilities will also teach you to fire more accurately from a standing position, and to use the pistol to survive a melee encounter.
A master pistoleer will gain bonuses to all of the skills vital to a pistoleer, as well as a couple of advanced special attacks.