Lycan Hunter (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||Sacred silver to the heart of the beast will end their tragic life.||”|
|—Annabell Red, Elven Lycan Hunter, A Hunter's Guide to Slaying Lycanthropes|
Lycan Hunters are the nemesis of their chosen enemy. Many of their abilities help not only with hunting Lycans, but also with hunting other creatures as well.
Becoming a Lycan Hunter
Lycan Hunters are usually self-taught warriors with a vendetta against Lycanthropes. Most have one or more levels of Ranger, but nearly any class can benefit from it.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+3|
|Skills:||Survival 7 ranks, .|
|Special:||Must have fought and killed a Lycanthrope opponent.|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+0||Favored Enemy (Shapechanger), Silver Blade, Lycanthropy Immunity, Disease Resistance +2|
|2nd||+2||+3||+3||+0||Expert Tracker, Bonus Feat|
|3rd||+2||+3||+3||+1||Fast Movement, Disease Resistance +4|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+1||Straight to the Heart 1/day, Polymorph Immunity, Disease Resistance +6|
Class Skills (6+ Int modifier per level)
All of the following are class features of the Lycan Hunter.
Favored Enemy(Shapechanger) (Ex): At 1st level, a Lycan Hunter can hunt shapechangers much more effectively. This class ability works the same as the Ranger ability of the same name, but only against Shapechangers.
Silver Blade (Su): At 1st level, 3/day, a Lycan Hunter gains a spell-like ability, Silver Blade, which he can cast as a swift action. This ability can coat any weapon he wields or 15 ammunition in alchemical silver for a duration of 24 hours.
- At level 3, weapons under the effects of this ability deal an extra 2d6 points of damage against any creature with the shapechanger subtype.
- At level 5, whenever weapons under the effects of this ability strike a shapechanger or a creature in an alternate form (such as a druid using wild shape), it must make a Will save (DC 15 + Intelligence modifier) or return to its natural form.
Lycanthropy Immunity (Ex): At 1st level, a Lycan Hunter becomes immune to all forms of lycanthropy disease.
Disease Resistance (Ex): At 1st level, a Lycan Hunter gains a bonus to saves versus Disease.
Expert Tracker (Ex): At 2nd level, a Lycan Hunter can add his Intelligence modifier to his Survival skill if he is tracking.
Bonus Feat: At level 2 and 4, a Lycan Hunter gains a bonus feat which he can take any feat which he has meets the prerequisites for.
Fast Movement (Ex): At 3rd level, a Lycan Hunter’s land speed is faster than the norm for his race by +10 feet. This benefit applies only when he is wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying the lycan hunter’s speed because of any load carried or armor worn.
Straight to the Heart (Ex): At 5th level, 1/day a Lycan Hunter can strike a creature's vital spot for a death blow. This ability allows a Lycan Hunter to take a Full-round action to make a single attack that forces a creature that has discernable anatomy and is not immune to critical hits, to make a Fortitude save or Die. DC=10 + 1/2 Base Attack Bonus + Intelligence modifier. Creatures that make their save instead take force damage equal to 1d6/2 character levels, shapechangers take double damage instead. This attack does not work against creatures with more than twice the Lycan Hunter's HD.
Polymorph Immunity (Ex): At 5th level, a Lycan Hunter is immune to all forms of shapechanging.
Playing a Lycan Hunter
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Combat: As previous class, with extra staying power.
Advancement: As previous.
Resources: Nearly any Lycan Hunter will help another if it is to slay a particularly tough Lycan.
Lycan Hunters in the World
|“||You are blinded by your curse. I shall set you free!||”|
Lycan Hunters are found in nearly any game. They are the lone warrior who travels to the distant village plagued by odd disappearances. They appear out of the night carrying weapons that gleam with silver and the head of a human-like wolf. They are the ones who drive the wererats from the sewer into the wild. They are one of the most iconic fantasy symbols there has or ever will be.
NPC Reactions: Most NPCs are grateful to the Lycan Hunters, but many evil creatures that wish to use Lycans for their own ends despise them and attempt to eradicate them.
Lycan Hunter Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge(Local) can research Lycan Hunters to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||Lycan Hunters gain resistance to the Curse of Lycanthropy and other diseases.|
|16||Many Lycan Hunters were victims of wrongs done by Lycanthropes.|
|21||Lycan Hunters are sometimes Lycans themselves.|
|26||Learn about a specific Lycan Hunter.|
Lycan Hunters in the Game
Lycan Hunters are a specialized form of fighter, but give the feel of the fantasy scene. Without these iconic warriors there could not have been many great fantasy movies.
Adaptation: The Lycan Hunter can be adapted to nearly any campaign simply by adding it to any NPC or PC. You could even change it to be against Vampires, Demons, Angels, or anything else.
Sample Encounter: Anywhere there is a lycanthrope.