Justiciar - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Where there are laws, there are those who defy them, and where citizens live in fear of these lawbreakers, brave souls hunt them down These are the justiciars. They don't do it for money, they don't do it for glory. They do it because it's a thankless job that needs to be done. It also happens to be a satisfying vocation to make a living by kicking the daylights out of a criminal who desperately needs it.
Justiciars are generally solitary, relying on their own wits and skill. They are fearless and single-minded in pursuing their prey and ruthlessly effective in combat. Innocence and alibi can be argued in front o a court but pretty words don't change the facts of the case or absolve a criminal of guilt.
Justiciars are not necessarily judge, jury, or executioner; often they simply see to it that those people get the chance to do their jobs. In cases where it is impractical to bring the miscreant to the hands of the law, or if the criminal resists, justiciars never hesitate to bring final justice to those who deserve it, Evil justiciars, on the other hand, are notorious for torturing their prisoners for confessions before turning them in.
When faced with difficult challenges, justiciars team up with each other or a posse of mixed characters to hunt those wanted by the law. This might come as a rude surprise to a group of characters who have been robbing from the rich to give to the poor.
Most justiciars begin as rangers. Some monks and paladins also find being a justiciar well in line with their ideology and some lawful gods allow their paladins to multiclass as a justiciar without penalty (DM's discretion). Fighters often find enough reward in killing bringing people back alive is typically more effort than they consider worthwhile. Conversely, many clerics are too forgiving to be justiciars; obvious exceptions include clerics of St. Cuthbert, as well as Hextor and certain other lawful evil gods. Rogues and bards, with their stealth-oriented skills, can be very effective in this class. Even the occasional druid, sorcerer, or wizard (especially diviners) enter the field, wielding spells as their weapons instead of steel.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Justiciar, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any lawful
- Skills: Gather Information 5 ranks, Search 5 ranks, Survival 5 ranks
- Feats: Skill Focus (Gather Information), Track,
- Base Attack Bonus: +6
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