Lion Knight (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Jaor Mance (Lion Knight)[edit]

Cold winds may blow,

Dark rain may fall, The dark one's shadow Fall over the land.

The Jaor Mance, Awakened from sleep, United again will stand.

—Nargond, human lion knight, The unwritten legend of the lion knights.


Long ago, a great darkness threatened to consume the world. Then rose the Lion, a great king and a mighty hero, to unite the world against the threatening evil. Of his followers, the closest were the Lion Knights. And though the tales of their valour are long since forgotten by all but the most learned scholars, still there live descendants of the old Lion Knights, and even though the whole world may forget the Lion, these proud descendants secretly maintain the honor of their heritage, and teach their sons. For it is rumored a sage once prophesied that The Lion would again rise to save the world, and from around the world, the Lion Knights will once again come, and fight beside him.


Becoming a Lion Knight[edit]

Fighters are the most likely to become lion knights.


Entry Requirements
Alignment: Lawful Good.
Base Attack Bonus: +6.
Skills: 5 ranks jump.
Feats: Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Power Attack.
Special: Armorless Fighter, must be descended from the lion knights of old.

Table: The Lion Knight

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Lion Speed +1, Lion Courage
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Lion Power 1
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Lion Speed +2
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Lion Power 2
5th +5 +4 +4 +2 Lion Speed +3
6th +6 +5 +5 +2 Lion Power 3
7th +7 +5 +5 +3 Lion Speed +4
8th +8 +6 +6 +3 Lion Power 4
9th +9 +6 +6 +4 Lion Speed +5
10th +10 +7 +7 +4 Lion Power 5

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Balance (Dex), Escape Artist (Dex), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str),

Knowledge (Geography) (Int), Knowledge (History) (Int),

Knowledge (Warfare) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex),

Perform (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis),

Spot (Wis), and Tumble (Dex).

Class Features[edit]

Lion knights follow the example of a lion, speed and power. All of the following are class features of the lion knight.

Lion Speed: At first level, a lion knight gains Lion Speed +1. This bonus increases by 1 at every odd-numbered level. The lion knight adds his Lion Speed bonus to both his Initiative and his AC.

Lion Courage Lion Knights are immune to fear.

Lion Power: At second level, a lion knight gains Lion Power 1. Lion Power increases by one step at every even-numbered level. When a lion knight gains Lion Power 1, his damage with a sword for which he has taken the weapon focus feat is increased by one die. When a he gains Lion Power 2, damage is instead increased by two dice, and so on.

Campaign Information[edit]

Playing a Lion Knight[edit]

Combat: In battle, lion knights are almost always found in the thick of the fighting. If not, he is most likely busy planning strategy against the enemy.

Resources: Lion knights always stand by each other in battle, defending even the dead body of a fellow jaor mance to the death.

Lion Knight Lore[edit]

Characters with ranks in Knowledge (History) can research lion knights to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.

Kowledge (History)
DC Result
11 (Nothing revealed).
16 Jaor mance means "lion knight" in the old tongue.
21 The jaor mance were the elite forces of the legendary hero the Lion. It is rumored that their descendants still train for their captain's return.
26 The first time the Jaor Mance appeared on the field of battle was at Hamlin Orchards, on the 29th of April.

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