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I'm looking at doing some work with an older D&D setting that relies on the Alienist class from the 3E+ rules. Is there an official alternative that would retain the general intent/theme and power set of this class in the 4E rules?

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Not sure about power set, but for theme a Warlock is an Alienist just by a different name. – SevenSidedDie Sep 26 '10 at 1:04
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Psionic Power contains Alienist as a paragon path for Psion from Player's Handbook 3.

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Well if you're looking for the whole Lovecraftian researcher flavor the Alienist had, there's the Master of the Starry Night paragon path, for star-pact Warlocks (from Arcane Power, I think). I doubt it's very similar mechanically, though.

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