Purple Dragon Knight - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
The famous Purple Dragons of Cormyr are regarded across Faerûn as exemplars of disciplined, skilled, loyal soldiers. Their reputation is deserved partly because of the heroic actions of their leaders, the Purple Dragon knights.
Purple Dragon knights develop uncanny skills related to coordinating and leading soldiers. Most are fighters, rangers, or paladins, but a few bards, clerics, and rogues have been known to become Purple Dragon knights. Sorcerers and wizards tend to join the War Wizards, Cormyr's elite brigade of fighting spellcasters, while barbarians are too undisciplined, and druids and monks too "uncivilized" in Cormyr to enter this career.
In general, NPC knight commanders are responsible for leading the troops of the nation of Cormyr. Player character knights either are retirees, special liaisons to the army, or recipients of honorary titles. A character's level in this prestige class is irrelevant to his rank in the military, although higher-ranked knights tend to be of higher level. It is not necessary to have this prestige class to serve in the Purple Dragons at large.
This prestige class can be used as a model for officers in other countries, members of knightly orders, and so on. It is not necessary to have this prestige class to be an officer of the Purple Dragons, but most high-ranking officers do.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Purple Dragon Knight, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Lawful good, neutral good, lawful neutral, or neutral
- Skills: Diplomacy or Intimidate 1 rank, Listen 2 ranks, Ride 2 ranks, Spot 2 ranks.
- Feats: Mounted Combat, Negotiator.
- Base Attack Bonus: +5
- Special: Membership in the Purple Dragons.
- Region: For the Realms: The candidate must have Cormyr as his home region or have 8 ranks in Knowledge (Cormyr local).
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