Branch Dancer - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Elves, fey creatures, and others who spend a great deal of time in the verdant depths of ancient forests develop a kinship with the forests main resident: trees. They learn to listen to trees, befriend them, and fight alongside them in their defense. These supple arboreal warriors are known as branch dancers, and they fight allied with trees as much as they fight to defend them.
Elves pioneered this discipline, but they are not stingy with its secrets. Anyone who qualifies for the class, and acts in a forests defense can learn to be a branch dancer. Rangers' commonly become branch dancers, and rogues make excellent branch dancers with appropriate multiclassing, as do druids and bards. Monks sometimes walk this path, as the solitude in the forest suits their discipline. Other classes do not fare as well.
Branch dancers dress for stealth and comfort, adorning their clothes with bark and twigs from their home forests. NPC branch dancers are usually committed to the protection of a particular forest or grove. They live their lives in the canopy layer, and some have not touched the ground in years. Given their ability to duck behind trees and even disappear within them, branch dancers are often mistaken for fey creatures.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Branch Dancer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: any non-evil
- Skills: Balance 5 ranks, Climb 5 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 5 ranks
- Feats: Track,
- Special: Must receive the blessing of a treant for heroism in defense of a forest; must receive 3 months training under another branch dancer.
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