Reaping Mauler - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Truly wise gladiators are always wary of unarmed opponents, for such adversaries are almost always more than they seem. Such an opponent might even be a reaping mauler - the worst nightmare of a gladiator who depends on weapon skills to win. Anyone who dares to wield a weapon against a reaping mauler had better make use of it quickly, because the opportunity won't last long.
Reaping maulers are the back-breakers, the limb-twisters, and the neck-snappers among pit fighters. Grapplers of the highest order, they wear nothing heavier than light armor in combat to maximize their flexibility, and they use no weapons to achieve their gruesome victories, for they prefer the intimacy of a barehanded kill. Reaping maulers want to be close enough to taunt their opponents in whispers while crushing the life out of them, to smell their fear, and to watch the despair creep over their faces when they realize just how useless their weapons are during a grapple.
Fighters are most often attracted to the reaping mauler prestige class, but it is not uncommon for barbarians or rangers to embrace this path. Paladins and clerics have also been known to dabble in this prestige class, treating the combat style as both good, hearty sport and a means to render their opponents unconscious without killing them. Druids sometimes become reaping maulers to enhance their ability to tame animals by hand, and even rogues and monks occasionally adopt the class. Bards, sorcerers, and wizards usually lack the physical strength to be good candidates for the class, but they respect reaping maulers for their obvious spell-disrupting abilities.
NPC reaping maulers are burly, rowdy individuals who carry themselves with an air of invulnerability. When it comes to the simple pleasures of life - drink and food - they believe the world exists for their convenience. In the reaping mauler's mind, there is no problem that can't be solved with brawn. If something can be taken by force, he feels that it must naturally belong to him, and rarely does anyone openly oppose this concept.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Reaping Mauler, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Escape Artist 8 ranks, Tumble 5 ranks
- Feats: Clever Wrestling, Improved Unarmed Strike,
- Base Attack Bonus: +5
- Special: The candidate must have defeated at least three opponents one size category larger than himself with his bare hands.
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