Follower of the Skyserpent - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
A flash of bright color across the sky, a sweep of feathered wings, and a cry of reptilian fury herald the coming of justice. Evildoers glance over their shoulders at the sound, and their palms begin to sweat, for they know that the couatl has come at last to smite them. The few humanoids who venerate the couatl, or skyserpent, as it is sometimes called, share its drive to purge evil from the land.
Almost as fearsome and beautiful as the creatures they venerate, the followers of the skyserpent usually wear garments made from or decorated with brightly colored feathers. They regard all beings with good souls as allies and brethren. Perhaps more so than the members of any other mystery cult, they believe in proactive tactics designed to stop evil before it happens.
Driven by their hatred of evil and their desire to eradicate it, followers of the skyserpent frequently join forces to purge the world of spite and malice. Such groups, often called featherbands, are not unlike paladin orders in structure. Featherband members usually keep tallies of the villains they have defeated, scratching marks into their weapons, armor, or shields. The individual with the highest tally usually assumes leadership of the group.
Wizards and sorcerers often become followers of the skyserpent because they can retain some spellcasting advancement while gaining good saves and natural weapons. Clerics and paladins of the more militant good-aligned deities might also be drawn to the service of the couatl because the creature's goals and methods are so like their own.
Followers of the skyserpent can become powerful allies for PCs, although they tend to be overzealous. Should even one PC in an adventuring party fall short of the follower's high expectations, cooperation might terminate abruptly.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Follower of the Skyserpent, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Lawful good
- Skills: Concentration 8 ranks, Sense Motive 8 ranks, Spellcraft 8 ranks
- Spellcasting: Ability to (last 2nd-level arcane or divine spells.
- Special: The candidate must have caught a villain red - handed and defeated (though not necessarily killed) him unaided. The character must then receive the blessing of a couatl for performing the deed.
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