Forsaker (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||You think magic is all just fairies and rainbows. Only I seem to realize the truth of this perversion of nature.||”|
|—Fixda Fernback, Human Forsaker|
Magic is evil. Magic tempts. Magic perverts. Magic corrupts. Anyone who cannot embrace these truths has no business considering the path of the Forsaker. The Forsaker rebels against the magic of the fantastic world around her. It's not that she doesn't believe in it; she knows full well that magic is real. She has felt its all too tangible power burn over her skin or wrest control of her mind from her. While others may ignore the dangers of magic and succumb to its siren call of power, the Forsaker knows better. To her, sorcery is nothing but a crutch that coddles and weakens its users. By depending upon her own resources alone, the Forsaker becomes stronger, nimbler, tougher, smarter, wiser, and more charismatic than any of her companions. To that end, she treads a lonely path, deliberately depriving herself of magic's benefits and destroying any magic items and magic users she finds.
Becoming a Forsaker
Only those who have the determination and skill to fight without any aid form of magical benefit should consider pursuing the Forsaker's path. Typically Dwarves, Half-Orcs, and Humans of Barbarian and Fighter (rarely Paladin or Ranger) origin are the most likely devotees to this life style.
|Feats:||Great Fortitude, Lightning Reflexes, and Iron Will|
|Special:||The character, or someone very close to her, must once have been the victim of a life-threatening magical attack or mishap. She must also sell, give away, or destroy all her magic items (including magic weapons, armor, and potions) and renounce the use of any spell-casting and spell-like abilities she previously used.|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+2||Ability bonus +1, fast healing 1, forsake magic, SR 10 + CL, magic destruction points, damage reduction 1/-, fast movement +5 (1.5)|
|2nd||+2||+3||+3||+3||Ability bonus +1, recuperating coma, endurance|
|3rd||+3||+3||+3||+3||Ability bonus +1, tough defense, DR 2/-, fast movement +10 (3), puncture DR|
|4th||+4||+4||+4||+4||Ability bonus +1, energy resistance 10|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+4||Ability bonus +1, fast healing 2, DR 3/-|
|6th||+6||+5||+5||+5||Ability bonus +1, fast movement +15 (4.5), slippery mind|
|7th||+7||+5||+5||+5||Ability bonus +1, DR 4/-, improved tough defense, mettle|
|8th||+8||+6||+6||+6||Ability bonus +1, evasion|
|9th||+9||+6||+6||+6||Ability bonus +1, fast healing 3, DR 5/-, fast movement +20 (6)|
|10th||+10||+7||+7||+7||Ability bonus +1, energy resistance 20|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
|11th||Ability bonus +1, DR 6/-|
|12th||Ability bonus +1, fast movement +25 (7.5)|
|13th||Ability bonus +1, fast healing 4, DR 7/-|
|14th||Ability bonus +1, unreachable mind, improved mettle|
|15th||Ability bonus +1, DR 8/-, fast movement +30 (9)|
|16th||Ability bonus +1, improved evasion, energy resistance 30|
|17th||Ability bonus +1, fast healing 5, DR 9/-|
Weapons and Armor Proficiency: A Forsaker gains no proficiency with weapons or armor.
Ability Bonus (Ex): Beginning at 1st level, the character gains a +1 inherent bonus to any desired ability score for each Forsaker level to a maximum inherent bonus of +5.
Fast Healing (Ex): Forsakers regain hit points at an exceptionally fast rate. At 1st level, the character regains 1 hit point per round. The number of hit points regained per round increases by +1 at the 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th Forsaker levels. This ability works like the fast healing described in the Monster Manual.
Fast Healing Pool (Ex): A Forsaker can only restore a number of hit points from fast healing per day equal to 10 times her HD.
Forsake Magic: In addition to avoiding the use of spell-casting, spell-like abilities, and magic items, the Forsaker must also refuse any benefits from others' magic, including magical healing. Thus, she must attempt a saving throw against any spell that allows one. For most beneficial spells, such as displacement or neutralize poison, a successful save negates the spell's effects; for a cure spell, it halves the benefit. Any Forsaker who unwittingly uses a magicitem or casts a spell (while under the influence of a charm monster or dominate person spell, for example) loses all the special abilities of the prestige class for one week. A Forsaker may step through a magic portal without penalty, and a Forsaker may be de-petrified and raised from the dead without penalty as well.
Spell Resistance (Ex): At 1st level, the Forsaker gains spell resistance (SR or SPR) 10 + character level. This value increases by +1 for every level gained thereafter in any class, Forsaker or otherwise, as long as she forsakes magic (see above). This ability remains in effect as long as the Forsaker pays an appropriate amount of magic destruction points (MDP; see below). A Forsaker can never forego spell resistance. This value stacks with any other applicable spell resistance she has.
Magic Destruction Points (Ex): The Forsaker gains access to her spell resistance through the destruction of magic-using creatures and magic items. A Forsaker gains MDP equal to the market value of any magical item she destroys and equal to her share of experience when they help slay a magic-using creature. If a Forsaker dies, they lose all of their MDP. When a character becomes a Forsaker, she may choose the method of how she wishes to have her MDP drained. Forsakers cannot use their spell resistance if they do not possess enough MDP.
|Activated||100 x total SR for only 24 hours (activating is a free action)|
|Passive||100 x total DR (/-) for every 24 hours|
A Forsaker can change her payment method by spending 5000 MDP.
Damage Reduction (Ex): Beginning at 1st level, the Forsaker gains damage reduction 1/-. This damage resistance rises by 1/- for every two Forsaker level she gains thereafter. This stacks with any other damage reduction she already has.
Fast Movement (Ex): A Forsaker has the land speed faster than the norm for her race. She adds +5 feet (1.5 meters) to her speed at 1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th and 15th level when wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor, and not carrying a heavy load. This ability stacks with any other fast movement from other classes. It does not add to the speed of any other types of movement like burrow, fly, swim etc.
Recuperating Coma (Ex): Since a Forsaker is unable to accept magical healing, she has developed her own way to keep herself healthy. Starting at 2nd level, a Forsaker can put herself into the coma which allows her to heal various negative conditions. When entering the coma, she must determine if she wants to rest until she is fully recovered, or for a specified few hours, and cannot do that in combat or immediate danger. While in the coma, the Forsaker is helpless and cannot wake up (or be waken up) until the determined time has passed. A Forsaker in the coma does not take damage from diseases and poisons she already has in her system, and stops losing any ability or hit points from other ongoing effects (be them extraordinary, spell-like, or supernatural). A Forsaker in the coma does not need to consume water or food (but needs to breathe) and is immune to all but most extreme elements and temperatures (treat as being under the influence of endure elements spell). Time spent in the coma is considered an equivalent of normal sleeping for the same period (a full night's of rest if 8 hours or more, a complete bed rest for an entire day and night if 24 hours) that gives usual benefits of sleeping and combines with benefits of coma if applicable. The amount of time required to heal a condition depends on its severity.
|Immediately||Bleeding, self-stabilization (coma must be executed consciously for this to work and no fast healing remained for the day)|
|30 minutes||Confused, cowering, dazed, dazzled, disabled/staggered (if no fast healing remained for the day), fascinated, sickened, stunned|
|1 hour||1 point of any ability damage (1 hour per each), frightened, nauseated, panicked, shaken|
|2.5 hours||1 point of any ability burn or drain, deafened|
|4 hours||Fatigued/exhausted, blinded|
|6 hours||1 negative level (6 hours per each), paralysis|
|12 hours||Another save against a mundane disease|
|1 day||Another save against a magical or supernatural disease (including polymorphing)|
|2 days||1 curse|
|3 days||1 persistent curse or poison, all special "incurable" wounds (like cursed or infernal)|
|1 week||Every condition above plus other applicable (if curable by anyone else than a deity), another (final) save against petrification (treat this condition as a "forced coma")|
Endurance: At 2nd level, a Forsaker gets the feat Endurance to reflect on the stamina-enhancing aspect of her rigorous training.
Puncture Damage Reduction (Ex): Beginning at 3rd level, Forsaker can fight as though she and her weapon were one to bypass damage reduction. Whenever they hit an enemy with damage reduction, they can make a check to try and ignore the DR entirely; with a roll of d20 + current damage bonus for the weapon (including Power Attack and all current damage bonuses). The DC for this check depends on the type of damage reduction.
|5 + DR||/chaotic, /evil, /good, /lawful, /magic|
|10 + DR||/adamantine, /cold iron, /silver (or any other type of material)|
|15 + DR||/-, /epic|
|N/A||/bludgeoning, /piercing, /slashing|
If a foe has damage reduction in two of the above categories, use the higher DC. For example, to puncture DR 10/cold iron and good with a normal weapon, the check's DC is 10 + 10 = 20. To puncture DR 5/magic and slashing with a non-magical slashing weapon, the DC is 5 + 5 = 10; in this case, using a bludgeoning weapon would automatically fail the check and DR would be applied as normal.
Tough Defense (Ex): At 3rd level, a Forsaker gains a natural armor bonus equal to her Constitution bonus (if any). This bonus is doubled when the Forsaker reaches 7th level.
Energy Resistance (Ex): At 4th level, a Forsaker gains 10 points of resistance to acid, cold, fire, shock, and sonic damage. This bonus increases to 20 at 10th level and to 30 at 16th level (which is a conclusive value for any Forsaker's form that starts without any resistances). If the Forsaker already has a certain energy resistance from other class/racial features, she uses energy resistance gained from this class ability or the mentioned, whichever is higher. This ability does not interfere with any innate or gained energy immunities, from other class/racial features, which apply normally.
Slippery Mind (Ex): At 6th level, the Forsaker can wriggle free from magical effects that would otherwise control or compel her. If she fails her saving throw against an enchantment effect, she can attempt another saving throw again 1 round later. She gets only one extra chance to succeed at this saving throw.
Mettle (Ex): At 7th level, a Forsaker can resist magical and unusual attacks with great fortitude or willpower. If she makes a successful Fortitude or Will save against an attack that normally would have a lesser effect on a successful save (such as any spell with a saving throw entry of "Will half" or "Fortitude partial"), she instead completely negates the effect. An unconscious or sleeping Forsaker does not gain the benefit of mettle. This ability gains in power and becomes improved mettle at 14th level.
Evasion (Ex): At 8th level, a Forsaker can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If she makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the Forsaker is wearing medium or lighter armor and is not carrying a heavy load. A helpless Forsaker does not gain the benefit of evasion. This ability upgrades to improved evasion at 16th level.
Unreachable Mind (Ex): At 14th level, a Forsaker gains immunity to mind-affecting abilities.
Forsakers can multiclass normally, as long as they continue to abide by the strictures of the prestige class. Any Forsaker who willingly violates those strictures by using magic items or casting spells loses all special abilities of this prestige class and can progress no further as a Forsaker. If she thereafter remains pure (uses no magic) for a period of a year and a day, her abilities are reinstated at their previous levels and she may once again progress in the prestige class. An ex-Forsaker does not lose spent ability points.
Playing a Forsaker
Combat: A Forsaker is always on the front lines of the fight, getting up close and smashing his enemies (and their magical equipment) to dust. Because they cannot use spells, Forsakers should always carry a ranged weapon for whenever a target is out of reach. The feat Power Attack is highly recommended to increase damage output and improve the success of puncture DR. Improved Sunder and Combat Brute are also recommended to increase their destructive capabilities. Shield Ward and/or Parrying Shield feats are recommended to somewhat cover the touch AC which is a Forsaker's weak spot, though this will translate into cessation of use of two-handed weaponry, which might be alleviated to some extent by taking Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat with a one-handed weapon (like great scimitar, khopesh, or warmace, for example); the first feat also boosts (in a minor way) various combat capabilities like disarm or grapple. Investing in feats that depend on positively significant results of saving throws might be wise as those are excellent with Forsakers (Critically Lucky or Font of Life comes to mind). Blind-Fight and Clever Wrestling are also worthwhile choices to partially cover usual deficiencies of a Forsaker.
Advancement: A Forsaker may wish do branch back into Fighter for more feats. The Occult Slayer prestige class is also good for its defensive and offensive abilities for fighting spell-casters.
Forsakers in the world
Forsakers can take up any standard or philosophy. While they tend more toward chaos than law, some may see their choice as a code of honor. Evil Forsakers hunt down and kill the most powerful users of magic that they can find, as if to demonstrate the ultimate weakness of the sorcerers, and wizards. Good Forsakers commit themselves to expunging evil sorcery from their world, but they too see themselves as examples of how mundane strength can conquer foul enchantments.
NPC Reactions: While weaker NPCs may not be able to see an immediate difference between a Forsaker and a more standard adventurer, stronger NPCs and spell-casters may be confused as to why anyone would deny themselves the benefits of magic. Some may look down on him, seeing him as nothing more than a buff commoner. Regardless, Forsakers and magic dependent NPCs typically do not become best of friends.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Local) can research Forsakers to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|10||Forsakers do not use magic.|
|15||Through training and determination, Forsakers can push their bodies to the thresholds of human potential.|
|20||Forsakers are very fast and tough, and seem to heal much faster than normal.|
|25||Their hatred of magic and sheer willpower can allow them to ignore spells completely.|
Forsakers in the game
Though Forsakers do their best to resist all spells, even beneficial ones cast upon them, some eventually learn to tolerate their companions' magic. A few claim that they are leading by example; others rationalize that only by consorting with lesser villains they can defeat greater ones. Whatever justification they use, the alliance between Forsaker and spell-caster, no matter how temporary or how necessary, is seldom a peaceful one. Regardless of how they get along, the Forsakers ability to take and deal damage make him a powerful addition to any team.
Adaptation: While Forsakers are powerful at the low/medium levels, at higher levels (especially if playing with power-gamers) the Forsaker can become somewhat eclipsed. The inability to accept teleportation spells will result in them becoming a transportation drag for the team. It is up to DMs if they will allow Forsakers in low magic games, where they certainly would become battlefield terrors. Most of the abilities can be altered to better fit any game, depending on the amount and strength of magic and magical items in the world.
Source Notes: This class was originally in the 3.0 book "Masters of the Wild" but was never updated to 3.5 version. I used a modified version of the class in a game and found a few more things that could use some tweaking. Some lines were taken directly from their sources. http://unicorn.us.com/alex/dnd/forsaker.html