Faithful Sword (3.5e Class)
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Faithful Swords are born with the innate ability to use divine magic, similar to Favored Souls. A Faithful Sword's connection to divine magic comes from a deity choosing her to be a physical representation of an idea or belief without knowing which deity chose her. This makes it so they do not worship a specific deity. They focus on swords, but learn a fair amount of spells along the way and most often use medium armor and a shield to defend themselves. They tend to be good front line fighters as well as spellcasters. How they act in a group depends on the idea they worship, so they could act in almost any way possible.
Hit Die: d8
Starting Gold: 3d8 (12gp)
Making a Faithful Sword
Alignment: Any chaotic.
Starting Age: Any.
|Saving Throws||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+2||+2||+2||Fast Pace 5ft, Returning Swords 50ft||5||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5th||+3||+4||+4||+4||Energy Resistance first type||6||6||4||-||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|8th||+6/+1||+6||+6||+6||Returning Swords 100ft||6||6||6||5||3||—||—||—||—||—|
|10th||+7/+2||+7||+7||+7||Damage Reduction 5, Energy Resistance second type||6||6||6||6||5||3||—||—||—||—|
|11th||+8/+3||+7||+7||+7||Fast Pace 10ft||6||6||6||6||6||4||-||—||—||—|
|12th||+9/+4||+8||+8||+8||Fighter Bonus Feat||6||6||6||6||6||5||3||—||—||—|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+9||+9||+9||Greater Returning Swords, Energy Resistance third type||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||4||-||—|
|20th||+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+12||Damage Reduction 10||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6|
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the Faithful Sword.
Spells: A Faithful Sword casts divine spells (the same type of spells available to clerics), which are drawn from the Cleric spell list.
To cast a spell, a Faithful Sword must have a Charisma score of 10 + the spell's level (Cha 10 for 0-level spells, Cha 11 for 1st-level spells, and so forth). The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a Faithful Sword's spell is 10 + the spell's level + the Faithful Sword's Charisma modifier. Like other spellcasters, a Faithful Sword can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on the table above. In addition, she receives bonus spells for a high Charisma.
Unlike a cleric, a Faithful Sword's selection of spells is limited. A Faithful Sword begins play knowing four 0-level spells and three 1st-level spells of your choice. At each new Faithful Sword level, she gains one or more new spells, as indicated on the table below. (Unlike spells per day, her Charisma score does not affect the number of spells a Faithful Sword knows; the numbers on the table below are fixed.
Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even-numbered Faithful Sword level after that (6th, 8th, and so on), a Faithful Sword can choose to learn a new spell in place of one she already knows. In effect, the Faithful Sword "loses" the old spell in exchange for the new one. The new spell's level must be the same as that of the spell being exchanged, and it must be at least two levels lower than the highest-level favored soul spell the Faithful Sword can cast. A Faithful Sword may swap only a single spell at any given level, and must choose whether or not to swap the spell at the same time that she gains new spells known for the level.
Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A Faithful Sword can’t cast spells of an alignment opposed to her own. Spells associated with particular alignments are indicated by the chaos, evil, good, and law descriptors in their spell descriptions.
Spells per day: Unlike a cleric, a Faithful Sword need not prepare her spells in advance. She can cast any spell She knows at any time, assuming she has not yet used up her spells per day for that spell level. She does not have to decide ahead of time which spells she’ll cast.
Deity: A Faithful Sword, much like the opposite of a Favored Soul, cannot worship a deity and instead must worship an idea or belief such as truth or fairness.
Returning Swords: A Faithful Sword can make a ranged attack with her swords at a -2 penalty. Damage dealt by this attack subtracts any damage added by a high strength score. She can do this from 50ft away at 1st level, 100ft at 8th, and at 15th level, she can ignore the -2 penalty. Swords thrown by a Faithful Sword cannot be intercepted by any physical means when they are returning to her.
Fast Pace: At 1st level, and again at 11th level, a Faithful Sword adds 5ft to her base movement speed as long as she is wearing light or medium armor.
Bonus Feat: At 3rd level, and at every 6 levels after, a Faithful Sword gains one feat from the general feat list. At 12th level, a Faithful Sword may instead choose a feat from the fighter bonus feat list.
Energy Resistance: At 5th level, and at every 5 levels after, a Faithful Sword chooses an energy type and gains resistance 10 against that type. She cannot choose the same energy type twice.
Damage Reduction: At 10th level and again at 20th level, a Faithful Sword gets damage reduction to all physical attacks.
Bonus Languages: A Faithful Sword’s bonus language options include Celestial, Abyssal, and Infernal (the languages of good, chaotic evil, and lawful evil outsiders, respectively). These choices are in addition to the bonus languages available to the character because of her race.
A Faithful Sword who goes against her alignment or what she worships loses all Faithful Sword abilities and spells. She may not progress any farther in levels as a Faithful Sword. She regains her abilities and advancement potential if she atones for her violations by acting as her alignment dictates and/or following her ideals again.
Epic Faithful Swords
|21st||Returning Swords 150ft|
|25th||Damage Reduction 15, Greater Energy Resistance first type|
|28th||Superior Returning Swords|
|30th||Damage Reduction 20, Greater Energy Resistance second type|
5 + Int modifier skill points per level.
Spells: The Faithful Sword’s caster level is equal to his class level. The Faithful Sword’s number of spells per day does not increase after 20th level. Each time the Faithful Sword achieves a new level, she learns one new spells of any spell levels that he or she can cast (according to her new level).
Bonus Feat: An epic Faithful Sword gets a bonus feat from any feat list at 23rd, 26th, and 29th level.
Greater Energy Resistance: An epic Faithful Sword can double her energy resistance for any type she has once at 25th level, and a second time at 30th level.
Superior Returning Swords: An epic Faithful Sword can now add her strength bonus to the damage of her returning swords.
Faithful Sword Starting Package
Weapon: Bastard Sword.
Armor: Scale Mail, Light Steel Shield.
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 2 + Int modifier.
Gear: Bedroll, 5 Torches, 5 days Food, 2 potions of Cure Light Wounds.
Gold: 12 gp.
Playing a Faithful Sword
Religion: Faithful Swords worship the idea that they were chosen to embody. They always make decisions based on these ideas. They do not partake in any type of standard worship like a cleric or a paladin would.
Other Classes: Faithful Swords work well with most chaotic classes and most fighters. Since they differ so much from clerics and paladins, they tend not to get along with them.
Combat: Faithful Swords mainly fight in the front lines, but can do well using their abilities from a distance. They can be good spellcasters if a group is missing a wizard, druid, or cleric.