Aglarondan Griffonrider - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
Soaring above the Yuirwood and the coasts of Aglarond, the famed Aglarondan griffonriders are an elite force of aerial knights who serve the Simbul and defend their homeland against attack. Griffonriders study aerial combat and develop special skills for fighting from the sky. Fighters, paladins, and rangers are most common among their ranks, but a small number of clerics and wizards also have become griffonriders.
All griffonriders hold the rank of velskoon (a mid-ranking officer) in Aglarond's army and possess broad powers to commandeer Aglarondan soldiers, enforce the Simbul's laws, and keep the peace in their homeland. While many griffonriders are palace guards, scouts, messengers, or company commanders, in practice, they have a great deal of latitude in the pursuit of their duties. Griffonrider scouts range far over the plains of Thesk and the plateau of Thay, watching the armies of the Red Wizards. Because of their loyalty and skill, many griffonriders undertake dangerous tasks of spying and infiltration, leaving their feathered mounts behind and relying on wits and stealth instead. Some griffonriders are trustworthy enough to operate completely on their own, advancing Aglarond's cause in whatever manner they deem appropriate.
The typical NPC griffonrider is a 4th-level human or half-elf fighter who selects feats and skills suitable for aerial combat, rather than taking levels in the Aglarondan griffonrider class. In general, NPC griffonrider commanders are responsible for leading the Simbul's forces and supervising her palace guard. Player character griffonriders are detached for special service or the recipients of an honorary title. A character's level in this prestige class is irrelevant to her rank in Aglarond's military, although higher-ranked griffonriders tend to be of higher level.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become an Aglarondan Griffonrider, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any nonevil
- Skills: Diplomacy 5 ranks, Ride 10 ranks, Spot 5 ranks
- Feats: Mounted Combat, Ride-by Attack,
- Base Attack Bonus: +3
- Special: The character must qualify to select regional feats from Aglarond (Aglarond is her home region, or she has 2 ranks in Knowledge [local - Aglarond]).
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