Knight of the Scale (3.5e Prestige Class)
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Knight of the Scale
Bolstered by the divine power of their god and driven by the force of their sacred duty, knights of the scale travel throughout the world raising sword and shield against the threat of dragonkind.Undaunted by the primal fury of formidable breath weapons and razor-edged claws, these stalwart heroes do battle wherever the taint of draconic evil gains a foothold.
Unlike their more traditional noble counterparts, knights of the scale are called from every social rank and caste, causing some hidebound folk to cast a disdainful glance whenever they make an appearance. Despite the vagaries of their breeding, these fierce warriors embody a nobility of spirit and purity if purpose that shines forth when confronted by a draconic adversary. Knights of the scale do not throw caution to the wind and foolishly charge into battle with a dragon, preferring instead to plan as carefully as possible. However, bravery, courage, and strength are paramount for these characters. Scale knights seek to face and defeat dragons through force of arms, faith, and intellect while remaining true to the strict dictates of their honor and sense of duty. Sneaking in to a black dragon's cavern and dropping the ceiling upon its head would be anathema to them, for example.
Becoming a Knight of the Scale
Paladin, fighters, and clerics make excellent knights of the scale. Some barbarians also find themselves called to this pursuit, while rogues and arcane spellcasters rarely don the armor and shield of a scale knight.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+6.|
|Skills:||Knowledge (Arcana) 4 Ranks, Ride 9 Ranks|
|Feats:||Mounted Combat, Weapon Focus (Lance, Heavy)|
|Special:||A character seeking to become a knight of the scale must have killed a dragon (either singularly or as part of a group) of young adult age or older and commissioned a suit of of armor constructed from its scales|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+0||Blood of Heroes, Detect Dragon|
|2nd||+2||+2||+0||+0||Sacred Shield +2, Mount|
|7th||+7||+5||+2||+2||Sacred Shield +4|
All of the following are class features of the Knight of the Scale.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Knights of the Scale gain proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and all shields.
Blood of Heroes (Su): Bathed in the radiance of their deity's power, Knights of the Scale are immune to a dragon's frightful presence. In addition all allies within 15ft radius of the knight receive a +4 morale bonus to their Will saves versus this fear-generating effect.
Detect Dragons (Sp): At will, the knight of the scale can detect the presence of dragons as a spell-like ability. This ability is identical to the detect evil spell except it detects only creatures with the dragon type (regardless of alignment), and there is no chance for the knight to become stunned.
Dragonslaying (Su): At level 2, the knight's attacks become guided by the might of her deity. When combating dragons, a scale knight receives a +1 morale bonus to her attack rolls and on damage rolls he inflicts an additional 1d6 points of holy damage. At the 8th level, the bonus increases to +2 and +2d6.
Mount (Su): At 2nd level the knight of the scale can call a special winged mount to carry her into the air. The knight of the scale can chose either a celestial griffon, a celestial pegasus (advanced to 6HD), or a celestial giant owl (advanced to 6HD). Should the knight of the scale's mount fall, she can call for another one month later. A knight of the scale with paladin levels replaces any mount she had before with this mount. Instead, her knight of the scale levels stack with her paladin levels to determine the power of her new special mount.
Sacred Shield (Su):Knights of the scale receive a +2 sacred bonus to all saves against dragon's spells and supernatural abilities, as the hand of their god protects them from harm. The bonus increase to +4 at 7th level.
Shatter Scale (Su): 2/day, a scale knight can summon the wrath of her deity and focus it in a melee attack against a creature with a dragon type. Declare that you are using the Shatter Scale ability, your melee attack is treated as a touch attack and deals bonus damage equal to her knight of the scale class level + paladin levels.
Ride-By Attack: At 6th level, the knight of the scale gains the Ride-By Attack feat.
Righteous Charge (Su): At level 10, 1/day, a knight of the scale can open her being to the pure power of her deity and use the divine energy to make a devastating charge attack. When mounted and using the charge attack against a creature with the dragon type, a knight of the scale deals double damage with a melee weapon (or triple damage with a lance). If the knight already has the Spirited Charge feat the damage from charge attacks is tripled against draconic foes (or quadrupled when using a lance).