Battleguard of Tempus - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
Battleguards are formidable soldier-priests of Tempus who specialize in every aspect of military affairs. Strategists and tacticians, their knowledge and guile can sway the tide of battles before they are even fought. Battle smiths and logisticians, they devotedly craft the arms of the faithful and speed even the most grueling marches. Harsh drill sergeants and exacting taskmasters, they understand the strength of recognizing and rewarding heroism and easily win their troops' unwavering loyalty. Battle rousers and holy champions, they inspire their followers to epic feats of courage and daring, all to glorify Tempus's name.
Whenever possible, battleguards take steps to prepare their companions for forthcoming battles and make use of healing magic to assist those who fall in valiant combat. These holy warriors are often organized into a military hierarchy. Common ranks in ascending order include: Warpriest, Swung Sword, Terrible Sword, Lance of the Lord, Shield of the God, Swordmistress/Swordmaster, Battlelady/Battlelord, and Lady/Lord of the Field - but these are often superseded by titles that go with a position, such as Battle Chaplain of a shrine or Trusted Sword (seneschal) of a temple. Church authorities assign ranks in light of service, needs, and situation. Brevet (or temporary) commands are common in desperate situations.
Most battleguards are clerics of Tempus, although many are multiclassed as barbarians, divine champions, or fighters. They regularly serve in fighting forces across the Realms, notably among the Flaming Fists of Baldur's Gate.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Battleguard of Tempus, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any nonlawful.
- Skills: Craft (armorsmithing) 5 ranks, Craft (weaponsmithing) 5 ranks, Handle Animal 3 ranks, Ride 3 ranks.
- Feats: Combat Casting, Leadership, Weapon Focus (any).
- Base Attack Bonus: +4
- Spells: Ability to cast 2nd-level divine spells. Clerics must have access to the War domain.
- Patron: Tempus
- Special: Must have been in at least five battles, and on the winning side of at least three battles involving fifty or more combatants.
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