To qualify to become a Shadow Slayer, a character must fulfill the following criteria.
The following information pertains to the Shadow Slayer advanced class
The Shadow Slayer gains 1d8 hit points
per level. The character's Constitution modifier applies.
The Shadow Slayer gains a number of action points
equal to 6 + one-half his character level, rounded down, every time he attains a new level in this class.
(Dex), Climb (Str)
, Concentration (Con)
, Gather Information (Cha)
, Intimidate (Cha)
, Jump (Str)
, Knowledge (current events, popular culture, streetwise) (Int), Listen (Wis)
, Profession (Wis)
, Read/Write Language (none)
, Sense Motive (Wis)
, Speak Language (none)
, Spot (Wis)
, Tumble (Dex)
Skill Points at Each Level:
3 + Int modifier.
A Shadow Slayer is uncannily aware of the denizens of Shadow and the true nature of reality. Once per day per the Slayer's level in this advanced class
, the Shadow Slayer can sense the presence of a denizen of Shadow. In most campaigns any creatures other than humans, animals, and vermin are considered denizens of Shadow. Using this talent is an attack action
that requires concentration. It has a range of 30 feet and lasts as long as the Slayer concentrates, up to a number of rounds equal to the Slayer's level in this advanced class
The amount of information gleaned by this uncanny awareness depends on how long the Slayer focuses his attention.
Presence or absence of Shadow creatures.
Number of Shadow auras (creatures or objects of Shadow) in the area and the power of the strongest Shadow aura present. If the power of the strongest Shadow aura is "overwhelming," and has a rating of at least twice the Shadow Slayer's character level, the Slayer is stunned for 1 round and the use of this ability ends. While stunned, the Slayer can't act, he loses any Dexterity bonus to Defense
, and attackers gain a +2 bonus on attacks made against him.
The power of each Shadow aura in the area becomes clear. If an aura is outside the Slayer's line of sight, then he discerns its direction but not its exact location.
Shadow Aura: A creature of Shadow emanates an aura that links it to the supernatural dimension. The power of a Shadow aura depends on the type of creature or object emitting the aura and its Hit Dice or caster level.
|Magic item or spell
||Caster level x 1/2
|Aberration, construct, dragon, elemental, undead creature
||HD x 1/2
|All other denizens of Shadow
||HD x 1/5
|1 or lower
|11 or higher
If an aura falls into more than one strength category (for instance, if a creature and a magic item are in the same place and each emits an aura), the ability indicates the stronger of the two.
Length Aura Lingers:
How long a Shadow aura lingers after the creature or object has vacated the location depends on the aura's original strength.
Original Aura Power
||1d6 x 10 minutes
Each round, a Shadow Slayer can turn to detect the presence of Shadow in a new area. The ability can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of metal, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it.
At 2nd level, a Shadow Slayer gains damage
reduction against the natural weapons of the denizens of Shadow (claws, bite, and so on). Shadow immunity
doesn't reduce the damage
dealt by firearms
, melee weapons, or hazardous effects. The damage
reduction is equal to one-half of the Slayer's level in this advanced class
, rounded down.
At 3rd, 6th, and 9th level, the Shadow Slayer gets a bonus feat
. The bonus feat
must be selected from the following list, and the Shadow Slayer must meet all the prerequisites of the feat to select it.
, Advanced Combat Martial Arts
, Combat Reflexes
, Defensive Martial Arts
, Elusive Target
, Exotic Melee Weapon Proficiency
, Great Cleave
, Power Attack
, Unbalance Opponent
At 4th level, a Shadow Slayer gains the ability to empower any melee weapon he wields. An empowered weapon behaves like a magic weapon in the hands of the Shadow Slayer, providing an enhancement bonus equal to one-half of the Slayer's level in this advanced class
, rounded down. (At 4th level, the enhancement bonus is +2.) This bonus allows the weapon to deal extra damage
and to hurt creatures with damage
Any melee weapon can be empowered by the Shadow Slayer, including the Shadow Slayer's unarmed strikes. It takes a full-round action
to empower a weapon. An empowered weapon only acts as an empowered weapon in the hands of the Shadow Slayer who empowered it. The enhancement bonus lasts for a number of rounds equal to the Shadow Slayer's level in this advanced class
At 5th and 7th level, a Shadow Slayer selects a type of Shadow creature as a favored enemy. Due to his extensive study of these foes and training in the proper techniques for combating them, the Shadow Slayer gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Listen, Search, Sense Motive, and Spot checks when using these skills
against creatures of this type. He also gets a +1 bonus on weapon damage
rolls against creatures of this type.
At each level after 5th, the Shadow Slayer may add +1 to the value of the bonus against each of his favored enemy types.
Shadow Enemy Type
Starting at 8th level, a Shadow Slayer gains the ability of fast healing
. Every round, the Shadow Slayer recovers a number of hit points
equal to one-half his level in this advanced class
. So, as an 8th-level Shadow Slayer, he recovers 4 hit points
At 10th level, a Shadow Slayer comes into his full power. By spending 1 action point
and using an attack action
, the Shadow Slayer can utter a word of power that can devastate creatures of Shadow. The word of slaying
affects any denizens of Shadow within 15 feet of the Slayer. The ill effects depend on the Hit Dice of the creatures, as shown below.
|12 or more
|3 or less
A dazed creature can't act for 1d4 rounds. A stunned creature is stunned for 2d4 rounds. A paralyzed creature can't move or act for 1d10 minutes. A killed creature dies (if it is living) or is destroyed (if it is a construct or an undead).
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