Variant Rules (Herregor Supplement)
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The following changes are made to the base classes described in the Pathfinder rules set:
- Fighters gain a base of 4 skills instead of 2.
- Paladins have no alignment restrictions.
- Smite Evil may be used with both melee and ranged attacks.
- All paladins are holy warriors and soldiers in service to the church. They are not restricted by a special code past the basic tenets of the Church of Man. They must defer to higher ranking members of the church and are honor bound to defend the faithful from attacks.
- During times of strife a paladin must defer to the highest ranking voice of Dusk within the area he is assigned to, during times of peace he defers to the voice of Dawn.
- Sorcerers gain a d8 for HD and an average base attack bonus (use the cleric progression) as opposed to poor.
- Sorcerers may select 1 spell per spell level known from the cleric spell list as their magic is drawn from the pacts forged with semi-divine beings. Divine focus components are replaced with a suitable arcane focus that costs 5gp per spell level.
- Sorcerers reduce their spells per day for each spell level known by 2.
- Sorcerers are proficient in light and medium armor, but not shields.
- Wizards gain a base of 6 skill choices at 1st level, and 6 base skill ranks per level. Add Intimidate and Heal to the Wizard's list of class favored skills.
Alignment deserves its own section, as I have changed quite a bit concerning it. Most characters in the world are unaligned. The law and chaos axis has been dropped. While things may be ordered or chaotic, there is no great extraplanar philosophy tied to them. Many of the concepts of Law and Chaos can be folded into the base premise of Good and Evil instead. For example, seeking to unmake all of existence and return the world to its primordial components can be said to be "evil" instead of "chaotic". Good and evil are the two remaining alignments.
Choosing Good is a vow to uphold the beatific ideal in all things and a rejection of taint and corruption. Saints, martyrs, and crusaders for the light are all "Good". You can be a hero without being aligned but to be Good is an exalted state that marks a hero as larger than life.
Very few ever "choose" evil. Instead it is a willful rejection of morality and a conscious decision to embrace the base emotions and impulses. Evil corrupts. It makes false promises and seduces the weak. Corrupted priests, dark cultists, and irredeemable assassins are all "Evil". Villains can be bad without being Evil, to be evil is to be both a slave to and master of corruption.
Choosing to be aligned grants abilities and weaknesses. They are summarized below:
- Your alignment becomes a sort of subtype. Detect evil and other similar alignment divinations only detect individuals with the "Evil" subtype, characters and items carrying active taint, and spells and magic with the "Evil" descriptor. Normal folks are ignored by it even if they are doing something "bad" at the time.
- You may not make use of spells that have the Good descriptor if you are Evil. If you are Good you may cast Evil spells but suffer consequences for doing so including possibly gaining taint or even losing you Good status.
- You are vulnerable to spells and abilities that target individuals with your alignment. Unholy word has little effect on a normal hero, but it's devastating on a Good hero.
The Specifics of Good
- A Good Character has a particularly powerful aura of "Good" (see the detect evil spell for details).
- A Good character is resistant to the effects of Taint. He takes a penalty to his ability scores equal to half his total taint score and may make a save every 24 hours after leaving behind a tainted object or leaving a tainted area to "shed" a point of taint. He loses this ability if he performs an act to gain taint (and it is not simply gained by being in proximity to a tainted object / area). To regain this ability they must receive an atonement spell.
- Good characters gain access to the feats and abilities in the Book of Exalted Deeds.
The Specifics of Evil
- An Evil Character has a particularly powerful aura of "Evil" (see the detect evil spell for details).
- An Evil character is immune to the ability score penalties of taint.
- Evil characters gain access to the feats and abilities in the Book of Vile Darkness