Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Leadership Feats (Pathfinder/3.5)

Why the Birthright logo on this post? Easy...
because in what other campaign setting is
every hero a leader?
I probably like the Leadership feat a little too much... so much that I don't think I'd ever play a 3.5 character without it. Alongside a decent charisma bonus, the cohort that comes along with Leadership is exponentially more powerful than the static (and often situational) bonuses provided by other feats. And that's before you count the actual followers...

You probably already knew that, though, and the Leadership feat clearly doesn't need a push in power level to be a great choice for almost any character. But for anyone out there who loves the Leadership feat and wants some new options, this post is for you.

Elite Followers
You keep a smaller retinue of elite followers.
Prerequisite: Leadership
Benefit: You have a pool of levels to distribute among your followers rather than a set number of followers at each level. You may distribute the levels in any manner, but no single follower can exceed the maximum follower level. You use the following table for followers rather than the standard Leadership table.

Leadership Score
Cohort Level
Level Pool
Max Follower Level
1
-
-
-
2
1st
-
-
3
2nd
-
-
4
3rd
-
-
5
3rd
-
-
6
4th
-
-
7
5th
-
-
8
5th
-
-
9
6th
-
-
10
7th
5
1st
11
7th
6
1st
12
8th
8
1st
13
9th
12
2nd
14
10th
17
2nd
15
10th
27
3rd
16
11th
32
3rd
17
12th
43
4th
18
12th
48
4th
19
13th
63
5th
20
14th
82
5th
21
15th
100
6th
22
15th
125
6th
23
16th
151
6th
24
17th
178
6th
25+
17th
220
6th

Improved Leadership
You are an exceptionally effective leader.
Prerequisite: Leadership
Benefit: Your base leadership score increases by two.
Normal: The base leadership score is based on character level and charisma bonus.
Special: This feat may be taken multiple times. Its effects stack.

Intellectual Leader
Your followers are attracted to your intellect.
Prerequisite: Int 13, Leadership
Benefit: Use your intelligence modifier instead of your charisma modifier to determine your base leadership score.
Normal: The base leadership score is always based on character level and charisma bonus.

Wise Leader
Your followers are attracted to your reputation as a wise leader.
Prerequisite: Wis 13, Leadership
Benefit: Use your wisdom modifier instead of your charisma modifier to determine your base leadership score.
Normal: The base leadership score is always based on character level and charisma bonus.

Edit: The original wording, "Your base leadership score is now character level plus intelligence bonus," was poorly worded and didn't make it clear enough that the bonus was being replaced by that of a different stat. 
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