To qualify to become a blackguard, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
The character must have made peaceful contact with an evil outsider who was summoned by him or someone else.
Skill Points at Each Level:
2 + Int modifier.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency:
Blackguards are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and with shields.
At will, a blackguard can use detect good
as a spell
-like ability, duplicating the effect of the detect good spell
Blackguards are skilled in the use of poison
and never risk accidentally poisoning themselves when applying poison
to a blade.
Dark Blessing (Su):
A blackguard applies his Charisma modifier (if positive) as a bonus on all saving throws
A blackguard has the ability
to cast a small number of divine spells
. To cast a blackguard spell, a blackguard must have a Wisdom score of at least 10 + the spell's level, so a blackguard with a Wisdom of 10 or lower cannot cast these spells
Blackguard bonus spells
are based on Wisdom, and saving throws
against these spells have a DC of 10 + spell level + the blackguard's Wisdom modifier. When the blackguard gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level he gains only the bonus spells
he would be entitled to based on his Wisdom score for that spell level. The blackguard's spell list appears below. A blackguard has access to any spell on the list and can freely choose which to prepare, just as a cleric
. A blackguard prepares and casts spells just as a cleric
does (though a blackguard cannot spontaneously cast cure
or inflict spells
Smite Good (Su):
Once a day, a blackguard of 2nd level or higher may attempt to smite good
with one normal melee attack.
He adds his Charisma modifier (if positive) to his attack roll
and deals 1 extra point of damage
per class level
. If a blackguard accidentally smites a creature that is not good, the smite has no effect but it is still used up for that day.
At 5th level, and again at 10th level, a blackguard may smite good
one additional time per day.
Aura of Despair (Su):
Beginning at 3rd level, the blackguard radiates a malign aura that causes enemies within 10 feet of him to take a -2 penalty on all saving throws
Command Undead (Su):
When a blackguard reaches 3rd level, he gains the supernatural ability to command and rebuke undead. He commands undead as would a cleric
of two levels lower.
This ability, gained at 4th level, is like the rogue
ability of the same name. The extra damage
increases by +1d6 every third level beyond 4th (7th and 10th). If a blackguard gets a sneak attack
bonus from another source the bonuses on damage
Blackguards choose their spells
from the following list:
1st Level: cause fear, corrupt weapon, cure light wounds, doom, inflict light wounds, magic weapon, summon monster I*.
2nd Level: bull's strength, cure moderate wounds, darkness, death knell, eagle's splendor, inflict moderate wounds, shatter, summon monster II*.
3rd Level: contagion, cure serious wounds, deeper darkness, inflict serious wounds, protection from elements, summon monster III*.
4th Level: cure critical wounds, freedom of movement, inflict critical wounds, poison, summon monster IV*.
* Evil creatures only.
Blackguards who have levels in the paladin
class (that is to say, are now ex-paladins) gain extra abilities the more levels of paladin
A fallen paladin
who becomes a blackguard gains all of the following abilities that apply, according to the number of paladin levels the character has.
3-4: Lay on hands. Once per day, the blackguard can use this supernatural ability to cure himself or his fiendish servant of damage
equal to his Charisma bonus x his level.
7-8: Fiendish summoning. Once per day, the blackguard can use a summon monster I spell
to call forth an evil creature. For this spell
, the caster level is double the blackguard's class level
9-10: Undead companion. In addition to the fiendish servant, the blackguard gains (at 5th level) a Medium-size skeleton or zombie as a companion. This companion cannot be turned or rebuked and gains all special
bonuses as a fiendish servant when the blackguard gains levels. Smite good
11 or more: A fallen paladin
of this stature immediately gains a blackguard level for each level of paladin he trades in.
The Blackguard's Fiendish Servant
Upon or after reaching 5th level, a blackguard can call a fiendish bat, cat, dire rat, horse, pony, raven, or toad to serve him. The blackguard's servant further gains HD and special abilities
based on the blackguard's character level
(see the table below).
A blackguard may have only one fiendish servant at a time.
Should the blackguard's servant die, he may call for another one after a year and a day. The new fiendish servant has all the accumulated abilities due a servant of the blackguard's current level.
Extra eight-sided (d8) Hit Dice
, each of which gains a Constitution modifier, as normal. Extra Hit Dice
improve the servant's base attack and base save bonuses, as normal.
Natural Armor Adj.: This is an improvement to the servant's existing natural armor bonus.
Str Adj.: Add this figure to the servant's Strength score.
Int: The servant's Intelligence score. (A fiendish servant is smarter than normal animals of its kind.)
Empathic Link (Su):
The blackguard has an empathic link
with his servant out to a distance of up to 1 mile. The blackguard cannot see through the servant's eyes, but they can communicate empathically. Because of the limited nature of the link, only general emotional content can be communicated.
Because of the empathic link
between the servant and the blackguard, the blackguard has the same connection to a place or an item that the servant does.
Share Saving Throws:
For each of its saving throws
, the servant uses either its own base save bonus or the blackguard's, whichever is higher. The servant applies its own ability modifiers
to saves, and it doesn't share any other bonuses on saves that the blackguard might have.
At the blackguard's option, he may have any spell (but not any spell-like ability) he casts on himself also affect his servant. The servant must be within 5 feet at the time of casting to receive the benefit. If the spell has a duration other than instantaneous, it stops affecting the servant if it moves farther than 5 feet away and will not affect the servant again even if the servant returns to the blackguard before the duration expires. Additionally, the blackguard may cast a spell with a target of "You" on his servant (as a touch range spell) instead of on himself. A blackguard and his servant can share spells
even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the servant's type (magical beast).
Speak with Blackguard (Ex):
If the blackguard's character level
is 13th or higher, the blackguard and servant can communicate verbally as if they were using a common language. Other creatures do not understand the communication without magical help.
Blood Bond (Ex):
If the blackguard's character level
is 16th or higher, the servant gains a +2 bonus on all attack rolls
, checks, and saves if it witnesses the blackguard being threatened or harmed.
This bonus lasts as long as the threat is immediate and apparent.
Spell Resistance (Ex):
If the blackguard's character level
is 19th or higher, the servant gains spell resistance
equal to the blackguard's level + 5. To affect the servant with a spell, another spellcaster must get a result on a caster level check (1d20 + caster level) that equals or exceeds the servant's spell resistance
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