Lion Warrior (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||"Just as I thought we had outran them, I turned and there they were. The beasties were terrifying! All I saw was tall grass at first, and then I saw their eyes in the fields, but that was all. They were like ghosts! You'll never catch me on one'a them islands again!"||”|
|—A old sailor recounting his trip to the Southern Isles.|
The Lion Warriors of the Southern Isles are master hunters. They stalk like the mightiest lion, and track even better then the most skilled ranger. Many Lion Warriors are scattered throughout the Southern Isles that they call home. They protect nature from poachers, wild fires, and other threats. There is no alignment restriction to becoming a Lion Warrior, however, if a possible candidate is evil it makes it all that less likely that he'll be able to pass the test required to become a Lion Warrior.
Becoming a Lion Warrior
Most Lion Warriors come from a ranger background. There a some very few exceptions, sometimes a druid or barbarian will some how be trained in the ways of the Lion Warrior.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+4|
|Skills:||Hide +6, Survival +6, Knowledge(Nature) +8, Knowledge(Geography) +6|
|Special:||Characters wishing to become a Lion Warrior must learn the secrets and stealth from someone that is considered a master (Lion Warrior level 10) of the class already. This usually involves traveling to the Southern Isles. Lion Warriors put possible candidates through a test. The candidate must feed a lion, if the lion deems the candidate as acceptable then it will eat the food and leave, if it doesnt, then it will attack the candidate. The lions are quick to dismiss evil candidates, but this does not mean evil creatures cannot become Lion Warriors, but evil creatures must at least revere nature to become one.|
|1st||+0||+0||+2||+2||Lion's Strength +2, Lion Empathy|
|2nd||+1||+0||+3||+3||Lion's Health +2|
|3rd||+2||+1||+3||+3||Lion's Strength +3, Lion's Stealth|
|4th||+3||+1||+4||+4||Lion's Strength +4|
|5th||+3||+1||+4||+4||Lion's Health +4, Lion's Roar|
|6th||+4||+2||+5||+5||Lion's Strength +5|
|7th||+5||+2||+6||+6||Lion's Strength +6, Call Lions|
|8th||+6/+1||+2||+6||+6||Lion's Health +6|
|9th||+7/+2||+3||+7||+7||Lion's Strength +7, Lion Companion|
|10th||+7/+2||+3||+7||+7||Lion's Strength +8, Lion Master|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Lion's Strength: Lion Warriors gain increases to their Strength score based on their level.
Lion's Health: Lion Warriors gain increases to their Constitution score based on their level.
Lion Empathy: A Lion Warrior can improve the attitude of lions. This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check to improve the attitude of a person. The Lion Warrior rolls 1d20 and adds his Lion Warrior level and his Charisma bonus to determine the lion empathy check result. To use wild empathy, the Lion Warrior and the lion must be able to study each other, which means that they must be within 30 feet of one another under normal visibility conditions. Generally, influencing a lion in this way takes 1 minute, but, as with influencing people, it might take more or less time. The Lion Warrior can also use this ability on other creatures that are similar to lions, but if the creature has an Int of 3 or higher, the Lion Warrior takes a -4 penalty.
Lion's Stealth: Lion Warriors of 3rd level begin practicing the art of stealth. Lion Warriors add (Lion Warrior level) to their hide and move silently checks.
Lion's Roar: Lion Warriors use the Lion's Roar as a war cry to confuse the animal companions of whoever they happen to be hunting. The Lion's Roar mimics the roar of a lion, and the direction of the Lion Warrior cannot be pinpointed when it is used. Using the Lion's Warrior is a standard action, and affects all creatures with Lion Warrior levels within 100 ft. Creatures within the radius must roll a will save DC(10+Lion Warrior level+Cha modifier) or become shaken for 1d6 rounds. Lions are unaffected by the Lion's Roar. Animals with an Int score of 1 or 2 become panicked for 1d6 rounds instead.
Call Lions: A Lion Warrior of 7th level has earned the trust of lions from all nations. He may call any lions with 400 ft. of him by letting out a loud roar similar to the Lion's Roar. Lions called in this way see the Lion Warrior as another Lion, and will aid him faithfully but will not follow his commands unless he uses his Lion Empathy ability. A Lion Warrior that uses this ability reveals his general location to all those within 200 ft.
Lion Companion: At 9th level a Lion Warrior may take a lion as a faithful animal companion. Unlike other animal companions, a Lion Warrior's lion companion does not advance in hit die, and does not gain special abilities. A Lion Warrior can only take on a lion if the lion's hit dice is lower then his own hit dice. Significantly powerful Lion Warriors have been known to take on Dire Lions, or even Legendary Lions, as their lion companion once they reach a high enough level. If a Lion Warrior's lion dies, or if he releases it from his command, the Lion Warrior can gain a new lion companion after 24 hours.
Lion Master: Lion Warriors of 10th level can train other creatures to become Lion Warriors. Also, Lion Warriors of this level gains a scent and rake ability. If a Lion Warrior charges a foe, he may make two rake attacks with whatever weapon he is holding (Rake, +4 to hit, +1d8 damage).
Playing a Lion Warrior
Lion Warriors make good replacements for Rangers or Barbarians.
Combat: Lion Warriors are the hunter. They track down the enemy, and rely on stealth to set up an ambush.
Advancement: Many Lion Warriors, if they havnt already, go into druid or ranger if they havnt already.
Resources: Lion Warriors are always welcome among the Lion Warrior tribes of the Southern Isles. Identification isnt necessary, Lion Warriors have a knack for identifying others of their kind.
Lion Warriors in the World
|“||We all have our different reasons for being here, little cub. Many come to learn how to survive on these islands, others come to honor nature. There are even a few here that learn the way of the lion to take advantage of the innocent. I did it because I love the lions, and now I am their eternal ally.||”|
The Lion Warriors of the Souther Isles are feared by the common people. Theyre seen as barbarians, but usually all they do is scare people off their island.
NPC Reactions: Druids and rangers understand the Lion Warriors, but other classes, mostly npc classes, will feel slightly uneasy around lion warriors.
Lion Warrior Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge(Nature) can research Lion Warriors to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||You have heard of the Lion Warriors. While they are known as a terrifying tribe, they only do what they can to defend the island the live on.|
|16||While Lion Warriors raise their own to become members of the tribe, they also take outsiders to join their ranks, provided they can pass a test.|
|21||Not only do you know of the test to become a Lion Warrior, but you know where you need to go to take it.|
|26||You know about specific, higher up members of the Lion Warriors, and you know how to get around the test to become a lion warrior. A high level "hide from animals" and a "undetectable alignment" spell can mask you enough to pass the test and not be caught by the other Lion Warriors.|
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