Black Knight (3.5e Class)

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Black Knight[edit]

A Black Knight is a leader of the forces of evil. Often found amongst the ranks of a High litch as they are highly praised, they learn how to raise the undead to aid in their conquest of the light. Much like a paladin, they are an order of knights who fight for a purpose. Yet unlike paladins, they utilize the dark lusts of using those who have passed to forward their goals. Rarely are they found off of the battle field, even more rarely are they found amongst a party of adventurers. When they are found in small groups of adventurers though, they are almost always at the head of the group making sure that their knight's code is being upheld by the entire party.

Making a Black Knight[edit]

Abilities: The class's primary abilities are Str, Dex and Cha.

Races: Any race.

Alignment: Lawful evil/Neutral evil

Starting Gold: 6d4× 10 gp (120 gp)

Starting Item(s): The Black knight starts with a single jet stone. (The rest of the starting equipment is done as normal)

Starting Age: Moderate

Table: The Black Knight

Hit Die: d12

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +2 +2 Negative Strike
2nd +2 +3 +3 +3 Killing Intent
3rd +3 +3 +3 +3 Bonus Feat
4th +4 +4 +4 +4 Negative Aura, Raise Undead 1/day
5th +5 +4 +4 +4 Negative Burst
6th +6/+1 +5 +5 +5 Bonus Feat
7th +7/+2 +5 +5 +5
8th +8/+3 +6 +6 +6 Raise Undead 2/day
9th +9/+4 +6 +6 +6 Bonus Feat
10th +10/+5 +7 +7 +7 Negative Blast, Negative Resistance
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +7
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +8 Bonus Feat, Raise Undead 4/day
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +8
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +9
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +9 Negative Wave, Bonus Feat, Negative Resistance
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +10 +10 Raise Undead 8/day
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +10
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +11 Bonus Feat
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +11
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +12 Neganover, Negative Resistance, Raise Undead 16/day

Class Skills 8 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level) Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), (Int), Listen (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis)

Class Features[edit]

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Black Knight is proficient with all armor (heavy, medium, and light) and shields (including tower shields). He is also proficient with all simple and martial weapons.

Bonus feat When the Black Knight reaches his 3rd level, he gains a single combat-oriented feat. He gains an additional feat every third level thereafter (6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 18th, and so fourth). These feats are gained as a fighter, and must be taken from the feats noted as fighter bonus feats. The Black Knight must still meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including ability score and base attack bonus minimums. Also can not get Weapon Specialization, Greater Weapon Focus, Greater Weapon Specialization, with these feats.

Negative Strike (Sp) Any melee weapon or improvised weapon that is wielded by a Black Knight may be charged with negative energy. The total bonus damage caused is increased every 5 levels (noted in the following list). If a weapon that would normally cause non-lethal damage is used, the corresponding bonus damage is also counted as non-lethal.(EG, gaining Negative Burst makes the Dark Knight lose Negative Strike).

  • Negative Strike Additional 1d6 of negative energy damage
  • Negative Burst Additional 1d10 of negative energy damage
  • Negative Blast Additional 2d8 of negative energy damage
  • Negative Wave Additional 2d12 of negative energy damage
  • Neganover Additional 5d8 of negative energy damage

Killing Intent (Sp) when the Black knight is in combat it's killing intent is made manifest. This causes the black knight's soul to form an outline around the Black knight (Black Knight's souls are corrupt and demonic, always frightning). All things within a 10ft radius of the black knight must make a (DC 10 + Wis mod + the Black knights level) will save. If an enemy fails it gets a (-2) to all rolls made against the black knight. If an ally fails he/she gains a (+2) to all attacks within this radius. At level 5 the killing intent also provides a (+2) to the Black knights AC.

Negative Aura (Su) When the Black Knight reaches his 4th level, he gains the ability to maintain a 5ft radius aura of negative energy. All creatures in this area must make a fortitude save (DC 10 + Con mod + Half Black Knight level) to resist taking 1d8 + Half Black Knight's level of damage. Undead are healed instead of damaged by this aura. The Black Knight may turn this aura either on or off as a free action. The area affected by this aura is increased by 5ft every 4th level (8th, 12th, 16th and 20th).

Negative Resistance (Ex) Upon reaching level 10, the Black Knight gains resistance against the effects of negative energy. At level 10, the negative energy resistance is 5, increasing by 5 every 5th (15th and 20th). The resistance protects the Black Knight against damage received from Inflict wounds and other spells of similar effects.

Raise Undead (Sp) Starting at level 4, a Black Knight may raise 1 + Con mod number of medium sized creature as a zombie, ghoul or a skeleton. At level 15 the black knight becomes capable of raising a large sized creature as a devourer, there can only be one devourer under the black knights control at any one time. The amount of undead that he may raise per day is doubled every 4th level. To raise an undead, he must have the proper materials (which are detailed below). The materials used may be restored if the Black knight wishes to absorb one of the summoned undead (this also restores 1d8 HP). Also, to raise a larger creature, more castings must be used up. For example, a level 20 Black Knight may only raise one Colossal undead per day, as to raise one he must use up 16 castings (all of his castings for that day) as it takes more energy to raise one Colossal undead than it does to raise one medium undead. To maintain an undead creature, he must cast Raise Undead on each undead again once per week.

  • Body of a creature, raised in an area strong in negative energy (EG, a graveyard)
  • A jet stone (100 gp, Rare)
    • Medium or smaller, 1 jet stone
    • Large, 2 jet stones
    • Huge, 4 jet stones
    • Gargantuan, 8 jet stones
    • Colossal, 16 jet stones

Note on control

  • A Black Knight may only control (10 + Con mod + double the level of Black Knight) of undead at one time. If the number of undead exceeds this amount, the oldest serving undead will break free from the Black Knight's control and wander freely. Said undead may be reabsorbed into the Black Knight's ranks if the total count does not exceed that which the Black Knight may control. If it does, the required amount of undead break free from the Black Knight's control in order for the initial undead to be reabsorbed.

Playing a Black Knight[edit]

Religion: Any evil deity

Undead: Undead creatures will not attack a Black Knight unless provoked

Knighthood: A Black Knight must be knighted

Black Knight's Code

  1. A Black Knight must not attack the undead unless provoked.
  2. A Black Knight must show no mercy in combat and must strike to kill.
  3. A Black Knight must exact revenge for slights against them and return favors for previous kindness.
  4. A Black Knight must be true to his word in the presence of a superior undead.
  5. A Black Knight must not attack or lie to a teammate unless for reasons against their honor

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