Uh. I don't remember exactly, but I'll try. That was pretty fun but I don't remember hope I land in the same ballpark of what it was xD Hopefully not too offmark to keep Drunkenboastor happy with the original concepts presented.
Phoelarch: needs to decide what it wants to do, melee or caster. Even midway options are fine: but having both Empower, Maximize, low cha, fairly high STR is weird.
My suggestion was Empower/Maximize replaced with combat style feats [2 for 2 trade] from list of: - Epic Prowess, Armor Skin, some such universal combat feats that help with Epic level feat selection opening up - Mounted Combat if you wanna drive this in as the PDK RDD race (much superior Cha to Dracotaur, solid incentive) - OCDC enabler feats: Power Attack Cleave, Great Cleave. - Strong Soul as lvl 1 save feat enabler to help with Saves, in case you don't get to splash Paladin (say you were to splash PDK... Hmm..) - also fits Phoenixblooded lorewise, seems like a strong soul.
If you REALLY want to keep it as the "Hey, if you kiiiinda wanna do a BFM tank with this race..." for some weird split like 15sorc/25rdd, then at least put one of the caster feats as Extend instead, so at least the frontline portion of keeping buffs intact stays. There are many subraces you can do as caster BFM/DSM, not so many tank BFM/DSM/xDD races, in fact Dracotaur is the only one, and as such I'd prefer the combat treatment. If they really wanna be mages, they can take those feats themselves.
Assassins: Xeph is strong with +8 dex +2 +2 weird offstats and +6 feats +2 epic skill focuses, 5 if you don't go PDK. Half-Dogai really bad feat selection, +8 str +4 int good. All STR XR assa subs should imo have Snakeblooded built in, so it is present in all 3 feat rework options:
Semi-TLDR Explanation of why Half-Dogai feats suck so bad: going way overboard on Disc for a [STR!!] Assassin. Even one feat was potentially unnecessary, two was . ESF:Parry but no Parry enabler feat on a ... STR sub? It's all backwards. Then theres the armor feats which aren't exactly great (aka, make no sense). Exotic weapon proficiency is also utterly unnecessary - assassins can use assa daggers without the proficiency, and there are plenty other options for 18-20 range that doesn't need exotic wpn prof. That simply depends on whether you go rog/ftr/whatever as base class, what do you want! If you wanted to use double scimi, then cleave is wasted because only way to pull that build off is with Monk splash else you're just dead all the time. All in all a clusterpuck.
Option 1, WM Style, thematically fitting for an Assassin devil: Snakeblooded, Dodge, Mobility, Power Attack, +1 feat from list of: [Save feat, GSTR+1, Armor Skin] + [ESF:Hide]. I forgot what I deemed appropriate earlier, but something like this. Idea: enable WM, get Parry, get a similar bit lesser amount of stuff as Xeph does, but more fitting for a STR assassin.
Option 2, the Xeph copycat, basically really telling you to go PDK/BG/Monk/Rogue something something, screw the WM anyways, let some crap Urdunnir do WM assa with his inferior DC and let STR assas wanting to max MS odds cry in a corner. Snakeblooded, Great Strength x2, Epic Prowess, ESF:Hide, ESF:Parry, something like that.
Option 3, the easiest to implement without bricking anything: Just assume armor feats and the bullheaded + ESF:Disc stacking as a bad nightmare that never happened and the character randomly knows things he doesn't need, and doesn't add any Power Zots to the subrace. Add in Snakeblooded for Parry and enable doing WM - by adding in Dodge. This enables WM splash but not for a cheap cost as it is only 1 precursor feat, but still makes WM splash an option. Feats: WP: Exotic, Armor proficiency Heavy/Medium, ESF: Discipline/Parry, Cleave, Great Cleave, Bullheaded - add in Snakeblooded and Dodge.
+ something at the end about being satisfied with other recently buffed classes' subraces for the most part. I think that was the gist of it. Not sure how far off these assassin build options are from original thoughts, but the base idea behind all of them is the same.
Baneknights would be balanced if they could splash paladin. -Caeha Everyone should stop using the same portrait so I can GR them better, damnit. -Caeha