Fallen Paladin (3.5e Class)

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Fallen Paladin
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Fallen Paladin[edit]

The fallen paladin is one who has fallen into disgrace in the eyes of other men, but refuses to believe that their actions are unjust or do not serve the greater good. They suspect that other paladins (who obviously disapprove of their actions to the point of hostility) are in league with demons/evil clerics and/or are blackguards in disguise. They are utterly convinced that their actions are the pure embodiment of good and that they are in line with the paladin's code of conduct, regardless of how evil and cruel their actions are. As such, fallen paladins often believe they are the only true paladin in the world, while the rest are false pretenders. Obviously, the opposite is true.

Making a Fallen Paladin[edit]

The fallen paladin's role is very similar to that of the paladin. High base attack bonus and hit die will likely have them placed on the front lines with the fighters and barbarians. They do not get any divine spells however, though they do get a few spell-like abilities based off some paladin spells at later levels. A fallen paladin must follow the paladin code of conduct as well, however, they are free to interpret it in any twisted way they wish, create double-standards, and allow exceptions provided it's for what they believe is a good cause. As such, a fallen paladin can do whatever they like, however, they must be able to justify their actions to themselves and be convinced that they are doing the right thing. Anybody who questions their alignment (they always think they are lawful good) is viewed with suspicion by the fallen paladin and so it is recommended that the other party members do not do so. Fallen paladins and paladins will not be able to exist in the same party, and it is unlikely that a good cleric will accept the presence of a fallen paladin. A fallen paladin is likely to cause the party to be attacked by paladins later in the game if the fallen paladin becomes too well-known, But the Paladin won't randomly attack the paladin, unless given reason.

Unlike a paladin, a fallen paladin isn't as restrictive in dictating the actions of the party due to their malleable moral code. They have no issue looting the dead and "requisitioning" items for "the greater good". Most NPCs will think a fallen paladin is an actual paladin at first, and this can be used to your advantage when playing one. Even Paladin's Who come Across the fallen paladin will still think he is good till they are detected.

Abilities: High strength and constitution are necessary for a fallen paladin to dish out and receive large amounts of damage. High Charisma is also necessary to make effective use of the fallen paladin's special abilities. Some level of dexterity is required, however the fallen paladin is likely to be using heavy armour so this does not need to be high. Likewise, intelligence is not entirely necessary, though it is helpful to some degree. Wisdom is almost completely unnecessary for a paladin, and it is recommended to use your lowest score here.

Races: Most likely human, just like the original paladin, although any race is technically possible.

Alignment: Lawful Neutral/Evil.

Starting Gold: <-starting gold; YdZ->×10 gp (<-average starting gold. This calculated by multiplying the number of die rolls by the die size plus one and multiplying the result by 5 [Y × (Z + 1) × 5].-> gp).

Starting Age: Moderate.

Special Class Traits: Immune to Fear, +1 Str, +1 Cha

Table: The Fallen Paladin

Hit Die: d12

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Aura of Evil, Detect 'Evil', Smite 'Evil' 1/day
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Divine Grace, Lay on Hands
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Aura of Despair, Divine Health
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Turn Undead
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Smite 'Evil' 2/day, Special Mount
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +2 Remove Disease 1/week
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +2
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +2
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +3 Remove Disease 2/week
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +3 Smite 'Evil' 3/day
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +3 +3
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +4 +4 Remove Disease 3/week
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +4 +4
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +4 +4
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +5 +5 Remove Disease 4/week, Smite 'Evil' 4/day
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +5 +5
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +5
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +6 Remove Disease 5/week
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +6
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +6 Smite 'Evil' 5/day

Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Knowledge (nobility and royalty) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Bluff (Cha).

Class Features[edit]

The class features of the Fallen Paladin are identical to the Paladin's, with the exception of those noted below, and those not present in the above table (such as spells and aura of courage).

Aura of Evil (Ex): The power of a fallen paladin’s aura of evil (see the detect evil spell) is equal to her fallen paladin level.

Detect 'Evil' (Sp): At will, a fallen paladin can use detect evil, as the spell, with the following modifications: The fallen paladin cannot detect her own aura with this ability, anyone whom she believes is not evil prior to using the ability, nor anyone whom she is friends with or appreciates the company of. Likewise, anybody who she is suspicious of or dislikes prior to using this ability is considered evil for the purposes of this spell.

Smite 'Evil' (Su): Same as the paladin's smite evil, except with the same changes in who is an applicable target as the fallen paladin's detect 'evil' ability. So those the fallen paladin believes are not evil cannot be smited, and those she dislikes can. This does make it more powerful than the regular smite, as it is most likely that the fallen paladin will believe all her foes are evil.

Aura of Despair (Su): Beginning at 3rd level,

This ability functions while the paladin is conscious, but not if she is unconscious or dead.

Code of Conduct: A paladin must be of lawful good alignment and loses all class abilities if she ever willingly commits an evil act.

Additionally, a paladin’s code requires that she respect legitimate authority, act with honor (not lying, not cheating, not using poison, and so forth), help those in need (provided they do not use the help for evil or chaotic ends), and punish those who harm or threaten innocents.

Associates: While she may adventure with characters of any good or neutral alignment, a paladin will never knowingly associate with evil characters, nor will she continue an association with someone who consistently offends her moral code. A paladin may accept only henchmen, followers, or cohorts who are lawful good.


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