Cancer Mage - Evil/Dead Prestige Class
This Prestige class uses elements that may not be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Scurrying about in sewers, back alleys, and abandoned buildings, the cancer mage feeds upon the corpse of society. The cancer mage hides in the darkness where no one wants to look, digging through trash long forgotten. Cancer mages are some of the most disgusting individuals a character is ever likely to meet, for they revel in filth, disease, and decay. They usually have their own foul goals, sometimes venerating deities of disease or corruption and other times spreading disease for its own sake.
Cancer mages use their power to equip themselves with a deadly array of weapons, but these are not the weapons of a warrior. The cancer mage strikes from darkness. He makes quick, poisonous attacks and then retreats, allowing his contaminated wounds to fester and hopefully kill his victims slowly.
Rogues, rangers, druids, and clerics are most likely to become cancer mages. Rats, insects, worms, and diseases are the cancer mage's allies. Cancer mages sometimes work in horrible, hidden societies of the disease-ridden underclass, such as beggars and thieves. Sometimes they enjoy the company of assassins or vermin lords. They hate good-aligned clerics and paladins - particularly paladins - with a burning passion. Occasionally, an intelligent monster such as a troglodyte or a medusa will become a cancer mage, but these creatures are ostracized even by their own kind. One might imagine, however, that an otyugh or vermin such as giant maggots and cockroaches would not mind the company of a cancer mage. The most obvious allies of the cancer mage are undead creatures.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a Cancer Mage, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any evil
- Skills: Heal 3 ranks, Hide 6 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 2 ranks, Move Silently 6 ranks.
- Feats: Great Fortitude, Poison Immunity, Toughness,
- Base Save Bonus: Fort +5.
- Special: The cancer mage must have fallen victim to the ravages of a disease and must have taken damage from a poison.
Book of Vile Darkness
Older Prestige class adapted to 3.5
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