Horned Harbinger - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
At the end of the Time of Troubles, Myrkul, the Lord of Bones, former god of the dead, was destroyed off the coast of Waterdeep by Midnight, the mortal wizard who became the new Mystra. What little remained of Myrkul's sentience was trapped inside the shattered remnants of an ancient Netherese artifact stored in nearby Blackstaff Tower. Over the course of the next decade, the last vestiges of Myrkul's energy slowly restored the unholy artifact, imbuing it with the fallen deity's personality and memories. Once the Crown of Horns was completely reconstituted, Myrkul teleported to many places across Faerûn, briefly settling on the brows of many living and undead former servants just long enough to create hordes of a undead in each location. The most recent known bearer of the Crown of Horns, who bore it for at least a year, is believed to have been Nhyris D'Hothek, a male pureblood yuan-ti who disappeared from his haunts in the subterranean port of Skullport in 1370 DR after being transformed into a lich by the Crown of Horns. More detail on the Crown of Horns can be found in Magic of Faerûn.
The horned harbingers are agents of the fallen Lord of Bones. Some claim their creation heralds the restoration of Myrkul's mantle of godhood, while others view their continued existence as the last remnants of Myrkul's dwindling power. Each horned harbinger has touched the Crown of Horns at some point since the Time of Troubles, although not all creatures who have done so have become members of this class.
Most horned harbingers are clerics, wizards, or necromancers, and many are undead. Almost all once venerated the Lord of Bones but later turned to deities such as Cyric, Jergal, Kelemvor, or Velsharoon after the Time of Troubles and the death of their deity. Upon adopting this prestige class, the faith of a horned harbinger must revert to that of the Lord of Bones, although it is unclear which god grants his divine spells. Clerics turning to the worship of Myrkul maintain the domain spells of their previous deity. Failure to venerate Myrkul results in the loss of all abilities stemming from this class, with the exception of Hit Die, base attack bonus, and save bonuses. Horned harbingers often live in large crypts or necropolises and haunt old battlefields. They rarely, if ever, interact with living creatures except to more corpses. Such beings acquire are often found in the company of large numbers of servitor undead. If not already undead, most are actively pursuing lichdom.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Horned Harbinger, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any evil.
- Skills: Knowledge (the planes) 8 ranks.
- Patron: Myrkul.
- Special: The character must have touched the Crown of Horns, a Netherese artifact that now contains the remnants of Myrkul's sentience, at least once since the Time of Troubles.
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