Holy Slayer - Al-Qadim Prestige Class
This Prestige class uses elements that may not be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Holy slayers are feared throughout the lands of AL-QADIM. These fanatical assassins band together in various brotherhoods, each with its own symbols and purposes based on religious zealotry. Each cult of holy slayers professes to wage war for its own particular faith through the assassination of its enemies. Holy slayer brotherhoods cultivate a mystique of fear to ensure that the masses take no action against their members, as well as to enforce obedience in their own ranks.
These highly trained and disciplined killers are absolutely fearless, and they accept orders from superiors without hesitation. Duty to their cause and belief in their faith override all other concerns, including concern for their own lives. Each brotherhood embraces a particular one-handed weapon as its weapon of choice, which acts as a symbol for the order.
At the head of each holy slayer brotherhood is a Grandfather of Assassins, who commands his order of trained killers with ruthless efficiency. Grandfathers are accorded enormous respect, having earned their positions through the blood of both enemies and comrades.
Because of the secretive nature of their work, holy slayers become masters of disguise. Such forms of trickery allow them to come close to an assigned target without rousing suspicion, and also to meld into a crowd once they accomplish a mission.
Rogues and bards are the most common candidates for this prestige class, since the required skills come easily to them. Fighters are also common in the brotherhoods, and the occasional paladin or monk finds the prestige class to her liking, since it emphasizes unquestioning faith, discipline, and loyalty.
NPC holy slayers are most often encountered in the performance of their duties. Occasionally, a disguised holy slayer might join a group of adventurers in order to gain access to an area his target frequents. The fruit vendor who suddenly kills a beloved emir and then disappears into the city is probably a holy slayer.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Holy Slayer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any lawful
- Skills: Disguise 2 ranks, Hide 2 ranks, Intimidate 8 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks, Move Silently 2 ranks.
- Feats: Weapon Focus (weapon of choice for the slayer brotherhood, which is always a one-handed weapon).
- Base Attack Bonus: +4.
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