Dervish of the Dark Blade (3.5e Prestige Class)
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Dervish of the Dark Blade
|“||The Dance of the Dark Blade is a forbidden art. One that requires the complete dedication of the student.||”|
|—Vashim Alzabar, Human Dervish of the Dark Blade|
Nestled high in the Northern Mountains is a small village known only to the most experienced cartographers of the outside world. The freezing temperatures and harsh climate has raised a hardy and rugged people. It was here that the Dervish Dances were born to the world. There is some debate as to whether the Dervish Dance, or the Dance of the Dark Blade came first. What IS known is that Men of this small village were taught the Dance of the Dark Blade, and the Women were taught the Dervish Dance for times of war.
Near the end of the second age, a rather brutal Dark Blade Dancer named Hassim Uagida was appointed as the warchief of the area. It wasn't long before he declared war on several of the other tribes in the area. After conquering every settlement in the mountainous area, he decided that he wished to travel south and lay claim to the lands of other tribes, as well.
The results were catastrophic, the armies of orcs and goblinoids were unlike anything the small (but skilled) corps of Dervishes had ever seen before. Within three days, half of Hassim's forces (Including his son) had been destroyed. Barely making it back to his home village alive, he set out at once to devise a plan for revenge. Hassim's wife, Anya, however, had had enough. The loss of one son had been too much to bear. In a fit of anger, Anya challenged Hassim to a Dervish Duel, and killed him, taking control of his small empire.
Immediately, she banned the practice of the Dark Blade and withdrew all of her forces from outlying territories, wishing to live in peace in her small village. She became the first Grandmother of Dervishes, and lived out her remaining years mourning the loss of her husband and son.
Becoming a Dervish of the Dark Blade
Most Dervishes of the Dark Dance are Fighters, due to the heavy feat requirements, but a select few are Barbarians, and even Paladins.
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+0||Dance of the Dark Blades 1/day, Movement Mastery|
|2nd||+2||+3||+3||+0||DR 1/-, Improved Power Attack|
|3rd||+3||+3||+3||+1||Dance of the Dark Blades 2/Day, Greater Weapon Focus (Greatsword)|
|4th||+4||+4||+4||+1||Sword and Fist|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+1||Dance of the Dark Blades 3/day, DR 2/-|
|7th||+7||+5||+5||+2||Dance of Dark Blades 4/day, Weapon Specialization (Greatsword)|
|8th||+8||+6||+6||+2||DR 3/-, Supreme Power Attack|
|9th||+9||+6||+6||+3||Dance of Dark Blades 5/day, Tireless Dance|
|10th||+10||+7||+7||+3||Dance of Destruction|
Class Skills 2 + Int modifier per level)
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Dance of the Dark Blade: A Dervish of the Dark Blade may use this ability whenever they are wielding a greatsword. It functions exactly like a Normal Dervish Dance, only that instead of getting a +1 to attack and damage rolls, the Dervish of the Dark Blade recieves +2 to damage rolls.
Damage Reduction: At 2nd Level, a Dervish of the Dark Blade gains damage reduction 1/-. This DR stacks with other untyped damage reduction bonuses, such as that gained from Barbarian Levels. This increases to 2/- at 5th Level, and to 3/- at 8th Level.
Improved Power Attack: When wielding a Greatsword, a Dervish of the Dark Blade gains a +3 on melee damage rolls for every -1 penalty he takes when using the Power Attack feat. This benefit does not stack with the normal effects of Power Attack.
Greater Weapon Focus (Greatsword): At 3rd Level, a Dervish gains Greater Weapon Focus as a bonus feat even if he does not meet the requirements. If the Dervish already has this ability, they may choose another feat that they qualify for.
Sword and Fist: At 4th Level, a Dervish is treated as having the Improved Unarmed Attack feat. While using their dance, they may make an unarmed attack against a creature they strike with a Greatsword attack. This ability does not function with Cleave or Great Cleave. Any creature struck with a Cleave Feat is not subject to the bonus unarmed attack
Whirlwind Attack: At 6th Level, a Dervish is treated as having the Whirlwind Attack feat, even if he doesn't meet the prerequisites.
Weapon Specialization (Greatsword): At 4th Level, a Dervish is treated as having the Weapon Specialization (Greatsword) feat, even if they don't meet the requirements. If the Dervish already has Weapon Specialization (Greatsword) as a feat, they gain Greater Weapon Specialization (Greatsword). If they already have this ability, then they may choose another feat that they qualify for.
Supreme Power Attack: When wielding a Greatsword, a Dervish of the Dark Blade gains a +4 on melee damage rolls for every -1 penalty he takes when using the Power Attack feat. This benefit does not stack with the normal effects of Power Attack.
Tireless Dance: At 9th Level, a Dervish is no longer fatigued when using his Dance of Dark Blades.
Dance of Destruction: At 10th Level, a Dervish masters the art of his Forbidden Dance. When using his Dance of Dark Blades, he may enter spaces he had just exited, and the final attack he performs is treated as a Whirlwind Attack.
Playing a Dervish of the Dark Blade
Combat: The Dervish is a front line fighter in light armor, cleaving through his opponents with Skill and Precision.
Advancement: Most Dervishes of the Dark Blade are fighters due to the heavy feat requirements, but some Dervishes will take levels in Rogue to include stealth into their repetoire, or Bard to add bonuses using Bardic Music.
Resources: Dervishes of the Dark Dance do not reveal themselves to others unless ordered to by their teachers. Sometimes they are assigned to protect Dervishes who have been sent on missions for the Grandmother Dervish.
Dervishes of the Dark Dance in the World
|“||The Dark Gift has been bestowed upon my blade. My brothers and I thirst for vengeance!||”|
Any game that allows Dervishes would be well advised to add their Greatsword Wielding Counterparts. Whether as servants or temple guardians, The Dervishes of the Dark Blade are subserviant to the female members of their tribes.
NPC Reactions: As Dervishes carry themselves as fighters or rangers, Most NPC reactions are as normal. When dealing with Female members of their tribe, however, they take a -2 penalty to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate checks. Attitude also starts at unfriendly.
Dervish of the Dark Dance Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (History) can research Dervish to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||Dervishes of the Dark Blade are Male Sword-Dancers who died out ages ago.|
|16||Dervishes of the Dark Blade are similar to normal Dervishes, only their style is based around a Greatsword rather than twin Scimitars.|
|21||Dervishes of the Dark Blade are in fact, not extinct, but practice in secret.|
|26||Dervishses of the Dark Blade are all under the control of a being called the Dervish Grandmother.|