Dragon Soldier (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||Synchronized, a Dragon and its Rider act as one. A strong bond forms between the two, and each gives the other the strength and will to succeed.||”|
There are many iconic figures in fantasy stories, but nothing as iconic as the fabled Dragon. They can fill many different roles in such tales; a wise elder who gives cryptic messages to heroes, or a tyrannical antagonist who devastates cities and villages. Some stories though recount the tale of a Dragon forming a bond with an unsuspecting hero. This prestige class is dedicated to such a hero; the Dragon Soldier.
Becoming a Dragon Soldier
|Alignment:||Dragon Soldiers must be lawful good (Bahamut), chaotic evil (Tiamat), or chaotic neutral (Freelance); however, there are not that many freelance Dragon Soldiers.|
|Skills:||Diplomacy 10 ranks, Ride 13 Ranks, Speak Language (Draconic).|
|Special:||Must have made friendly contact with a dragon.|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+2||Dragon Mount, Dragon Skills, Dragon Resistances|
|2nd||+2||+3||+2||+2||Immunity to Fear, Dragon Empathy|
|3rd||+3||+3||+3||+3||Dragon Armor, Bonus Feat|
|4th||+4||+4||+3||+3||Dragon Immunity, Flight Training|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+4||Bahamut's Will/Tiamat's Will, Dragon Senses|
|6th||+6/+1||+5||+4||+4||Dragon Fighting, Bonus Feat|
|7th||+7/+2||+5||+5||+5||Keen Dragon Strike|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (all skills individually) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str)).
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Dragon Soldier is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor (light, medium, and heavy), and with shields (except tower shields).
Dragon Mount: A Dragon Soldier always has a level appropriate Dragon to ride around on, and should be 1 size category larger than the Soldier. A level appropriate Dragon is 2 levels lower than the Dragon Soldier's character level.
Dragon Skills: Whatever a Dragon Soldier does with his life, the special skills of the Dragon Mount's race become class skills for him, and he gains a +3 bonus on them.
Dragon Resistances (Ex): A Dragon Soldier is naturally resistant to whatever it is that his dragon breathes. He gains Energy Resistance equal to his Base Attack Bonus to that energy type.
Immunity to Fear (Ex): By training with such ferocious creatures, Dragon Soldiers have developed a superior sense of bravery, and are immune to all types of Fear.
Dragon Empathy (Su): The Dragon Soldier can speak telepathically to any Dragonkind creature within 30 ft. The Dragonkind will understand whatever the Dragon Soldier says to it. The Dragon Soldier has a +5 to all checks involving Dragonkind.
Dragon Armor: A Dragon Soldier can fashion armor and shield for himself from the discarded scales of his mount. This is appropriate Dragonscale equipment that does not require the skinning of a live Dragon. While the Dragon Soldier is using it, this Dragonscale equipment has an armour bonus equal to one third of his character level. This is not a magical enhancement, nor does the armour bonus grow as the character levels up; another suit of armour would need to be crafted. As this armor was created from discarded Dragon scales, the –4 circumstance penalty on Diplomacy checks with Dragons does not apply.
Dragon Immunity (Ex): At 4th level, a Dragon Soldier gains immunity to whatever energy type his Dragon Mount breathes. Also, he has immunity to Paralysis and Aging; the immunities granted by being a Dragon.
Flight Training (Ex): At 4th level, the Dragon Soldier learns to better handle himself on the back of a Dragon. He gains a +5 to trying to Ride his Dragon while it is in flight.
Bahamut's Will/Tiamat's Will (Su): At 5th level, a Dragon Soldier gains a bonus equal to his Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws, but only if they worship either Bahamut or Tiamat. This means freelance Dragon Soldiers do not get this class ability. This ability stacks with the Divine Grace class ability.
Dragon Senses (Ex): At 5th level, a Dragon Soldier has Blindsight out to 30', as well as Darkvision out to 60' as well as Low-light Vision.
Dragon Fighting (Ex): A 6th level Dragon Soldier knows the tricks of fighting with and against Dragons. Both the Dragon Soldier and his mount have the Edge for any attack they make against any Dragon. Also, any attack he makes against a Dragon inflicts an extra 2d6 of damage.
Keen Dragon Strike (Ex): At 7th level, Dragon Soldiers harness their Draconic spirit to bolster their own combat abilities, and can strike their foes down with more force. Dragon Soldiers add +1 to their threat range (max 15-20) and critical multiplier for all proficient weapons. This may stack with Improved Critical or other things of the same effect; but only after those effects are applied.
Destroy Property (Ex): At 8th level, a Dragon Soldier may ride his mount straight through objects that obstruct his path. While flying at full speed, his mount may crash through objects even as structurally sound as Force effects without slowing down.
Synchronicity (Ex): At 10th level, a Dragon Soldier has become one with his mount, and is no longer made to take Ride checks outside of combat. In combat, the Dragon Soldier gets an additional +5 to Ride checks.
Bonus Feat: At 3rd, 6th and 9th level, a Dragon Soldier may take a bonus Fighter feat as long as they meet the appropriate pre-requisites.
(These feats may use Dragon Soldier levels along with Fighter levels for prerequisites.)
If a Dragon Soldier makes a huge decision that his Dragon objects to (ex. the decision is incompatible with the Dragon Soldier's or mounts alignment), offends his mount majorly, or decides to stop revering Dragonkind, the mount will leave the Dragon Soldier. At that time, the Dragon Soldier loses all Dragon Soldier Class features, and must contact the Dragon to apologize. If the Dragon accepts the apology, it will re-join with the Dragon Soldier, and they will regain all pre-existing Dragon Soldier Class features.
Note: A Dragon Soldier that has a mount, but is not riding it does not lose their Dragon Soldier class features.
If a Dragon Soldier's mount dies, the Dragon Soldier may spend 4 hours in a ritual to revive the Dragon. The Dragon will be fully revived in its original body, which means a part of the body is required for the ritual. The Dragon Soldier must also relinquish some of his own blood onto the Dragon in order to revive it.
Dragon Soldier Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Arcana) can research Dragon Soldiers to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|10||Dragon Soldiers worship one of the Dragon Gods; Bahamut or Tiamat.|
|15||By spending so much time with their Dragon partner, Dragon Soldiers eventually become immune to the energy type their Dragon breathes.|
|20||Dragon Soldiers can communicate telepathically with Dragonkind.|
|25||Long ago, there was a great disagreement between the Dragon Gods, Bahamut and Tiamat. Large armies of Dragon Soldiers went to war for their respectful Gods. Many soldiers lost their lives over the course of the war. Eventually, the great war dwindled away; however, the grudges between the two factions still remain. Dragon Soldiers that meet another Soldier of the opposite faction vow to slay one another, until one of the two are dead.|