Acolyte of the Skin - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
The temptation of power drives some people to extreme lengths, regardless of the consequences. Replacing your own skin with that of a living demon is a goal that most couldn't even conceive of, let alone consider. But this ghastly fate is exactly what some spellcasters seek in their desperate quest.
The Ritual of Bonding is a blasphemy that was long ago eradicated from most arcane libraries, but a few barely legible copies survive - or at least references thereto - along with promises of great power. Spellcasters who happen upon such documents can choose to destroy or ignore the find, but the temptation has already occurred. Those who give in can eventually stumble upon the complete ritual, usually through extended contact with one or more summoned fiends who are all too eager to share their terrible knowledge.
Acolytes of the skin are ill-suited to any position other than one that wields temporal power. Although NPC acolytes may sometimes serve more powerful evil characters as sinister captains, they would rather be calling the shots. They prefer to remain safely ensconced in well-defended fortresses of evil, though sometimes an acolyte may lead an expedition to retrieve a rumored tome of evil arcane magic or other artifact of malign power.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become an Acolyte of the Skin, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any non-good.
- Skills: Knowledge (the planes) 6 ranks.
- Spells or Spell-like Abilities: Caster level 5th.
- Special: Must have made peaceful contact with a summoned evil outsider.
Special: Must undergo the Ritual of Bonding.
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