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Prestige Paladin

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After training in the arts of combat and the mysteries of the divine, a paladin is anointed as a holy warrior dedicated to the protection of law and goodness. Paladins are exceptionally rare due to their strict code and requirements of the highest moral virtues.

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Through a select, worthy few shines the power of the divine. Called paladins, these noble souls dedicate their swords and lives to the battle against evil. Paladins seek not just to spread divine justice but to embody the teachings of the virtuous deities they serve. In pursuit of their lofty goals, they adhere to ironclad laws of morality and discipline. As reward for their righteousness, these holy champions are blessed with boons to aid them in their quests: powers to banish evil, heal the innocent, and inspire the faithful. Although their convictions might lead them into conflict with the very souls they would save, paladins weather endless challenges of faith and dark temptations, risking their lives to do right and fighting to bring about a brighter future.

Role: Paladins serve as beacons of good and justice for their allies within the chaos of battle. While deadly opponents of evil, they can also empower goodly souls to aid in their crusades. Their faith and martial skills make them well suited to defending others and blessing the fallen with the strength to continue fighting.

Hit Die d10.

Requirements

To qualify to become a prestige paladin, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:

  • Base Attack Bonus +3
  • Alignment Lawful good.
  • Skills Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) 2 ranks, Ride 4 ranks.
  • Spellcasting Ability to cast protection from evil as a divine spell.
The stated requirements can minimally be met with the following class combinations:
  • two levels of fighter plus two levels of cleric for a balanced prestige paladin.
  • three levels of fighter and one level of cleric for a more martial oriented prestige paladin.
  • three levels of cleric and one level of fighter for a more spellcasting oriented prestige paladin.

Class Skills

The paladin's class skills are Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (nobility) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).

Skill Ranks per Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Table: Prestige Paladin

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells

1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Aura of Good, Detect Evil, Smite Evil 1/day, divine bond +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Divine Grace, Lay On Hands, paladins steed
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Aura of Courage, Divine Health, Mercy +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Channel Positive Energy, Smite Evil 2/day
5th +5 +4 +1 +4
+1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +5 Mercy
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +5 Smite Evil 3/day +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +6 Aura of Resolve
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +6 Mercy +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +7 Smite Evil 4/day
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +3 +7 Aura of Justice +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +4 +8 Mercy
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +4 +8 Smite Evil 5/day +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +4 +9 Aura of Faith
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +5 +9 Mercy +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class