Friday, April 20, 2012

Shadow's Apex: The Twylar Prestige Class

THE TWYLAR
When the Great Upheaval left the gods of light dead or missing, Araleth Latheranil filled their role as protector of the elven people. Araleth teaches moderation in all things but hunting down and ridding the world of evil. The Twylar have taken this teaching one step further. They have dedicated their lives to the eradication of evil wherever it is found, and they know where evil can be found in its purest form: the lightless caverns of the Underdark where the drow reside.

Requirements
To qualify to become a Twylar, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
Race: Elf or Half-Elf
Skills: Knowledge (Religion) 9 ranks
Spells: Able to cast 2nd level divine spells
Patron: Araleth Latheranil

Class Features
All of the following are class features of the Twylar prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Twylar gain Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for the longsword, rapier, longbow, and shortbow if they were not proficient already.
Spells per Day/Spells Known: At every odd numbered level, a Twylar gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if he had also gained a level in a divine class to which he belonged before adding the prestige class level. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If he had more than one divine spellcasting class before becoming a Twylar, he must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day and spells known.
Twylar Spellcasting: Though not as versatile as other clerics, the Twylar are just as adept when casting traditional elven spells and those that affect light. The Twylar may add the spells from the Sun, Moon*, and Elf* domains to his spell list. When casting spells from these domains, the Twylar may use his character level as his caster level.
Twylar Tactics: Araleth teaches that one must always be ready to take the fight to the drow whenever necessary. To this end, the Twylar train rigorously in tactics that give them an edge against their traditional drow foes. At each even level, the Twylar selects a bonus feat from the following list: Alertness, Blind-Fight, Combat Casting, Improved Counterspell, Spell Penetration, Greater Spell Penetration.

*These domains can be found in both the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting and the Player's Guide to Faerun.


Note: This prestige class is based on the work of Chris Perry's "The Seldarine Revisited" in Dragon Magazine #236.
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