Elemental Archon - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
Ask a follower of Kossuth which is the dominant of the four elements, and she'll tell you that fire burns away all in its path. Akadians scoff at such pretension, seating that fire requires wind to spread and air to burn at all. Devotees to Istishia dismiss both claims, pointing out that water extinguishes fire and when mixed with wind becomes a powerful force of destruction. With quaking, rough laughter, priests of Grumbar boast that the earth can open at any moment, swallowing all into an airless chasm from which none can escape. There is no solution to this age-old argument, nor has there been since the dawn of time. The conflict of element against element has, however, engaged some individuals so deeply that they believe they are manifestations of their chosen element - the servants of powerful, seemingly uncaring elemental forces who want to once and for all tip the balance in favor of their chosen element.
Upon attaining this class, each elemental archon chooses one of the four elements (air, earth, fire, or water), and henceforth dedicates her life to proving that this element is the most important in the multiverse, and that all others are subservient to it (once an element is chosen, it cannot be changed). Such elemental champions often are considered insufferably arrogant, and there can be little argument that their single-mindedness brooks few challenges. The meeting of two elemental archons usually leads to bombastic displays of spell-casting, elemental summoning, and out-and-out destruction, with the "winner" of the combat seeing her victory as a moral win in an ageless philosophical contest. When not combating each other, elemental archons aid churches dedicated to their element, such as those of Akadi, Grumbar, Istishia, and Kossuth. Elemental archons generally are not a part of the hierarchies of these churches, but nearly all such clergies view them as important prophets worthy of respect and admiration. Traveling archons preach to the people about the dominance of their chosen element, and arc generally seen as somewhat insane by the general populace.
Most elemental archons come from the ranks of the cleric class, usually worshiping one of the elemental lords. Some druids with a skewed view of the balance of nature become elemental archons, for most druids believe that existence itself is based upon an equal balance of all four elements, making elemental archons outcasts within most druidic circles. Occasionally, rangers become elemental archons, but this more often is the result of an encounter with a powerful elemental or the survival of some near-death ordeal related to one of the elements. Genasi, whose blood thrums with the stuff of the elements, frequently become elemental archons, and are seen by their fellows as the most blessed among an already ideal congregation.
Elemental archons never associate with archons of a different element. They are willing to work with their own kind and, those that do not profess supremacy of another element, but often an elemental archon is a loner, never fully understood by others. Often they set up refuges in places thrumming with the power of their chosen clement, such as an active volcano, an underwater grotto, a rocky desert, or a windswept cliff.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become an Elemental Archon, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any neutral
- Skills: Knowledge (nature) 8 ranks, Speak Language (see Special).
- Spells: Ability to cast protection from elements as a divine spell.
- Patron: Akadi, Grumbar, Istishi, or Kossuth.
- Special: Must speak the language associated with her chosen element (air - Auran, earth - Terran, fire - Ignan, water - Aquan).
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