Shade Hunter - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
The shade hunter is a breed of adventurer who lives for the thrill of finding lost treasure, defeating ancient traps, and surviving deadly curses laid by the priests of dead gods. Part historian, part loremaster, and part graverobber, these artifact hunters will go anywhere and risk anything to acquire the next big score to add to their hoards. Netherese artifacts have always held a particular fascination for anyone interested in history and ancient arcana, and the return of the Shadovar and the floating City of Shade above Anauroch has created a frenzy of related activity all across Faerûn. The recent damage dealt to Shade's mythal by five of Faerûn's most powerful mages has caused the city's leaders to seek out ancient stores of Netherese magic in hopes that something will be able to repair it - and opportunistic treasure hunters have not been far behind them.
Shade hunters come from all backgrounds, but a love of adventure and history as well as a total disregard for personal safety are traits common to them all. Most hail from the northern regions - the Dalelands, the Western Heartlands, the North, and the Moonsea being most common - around which the ancient empire of Netheril had the most contact and influence. The freewheeling style of the class, as well as the need for stealth and "technical expertise," best suits rogues and rangers, but occasionally a curious bard will find the lure of undiscovered caches of magic and lore irresistible; other classes find the wide range of skills and knowledge a shade hunter needs to be too demanding. Intelligence (for skill acquisition and spells), Dexterity (for evading traps), and Wisdom (for following tracks) are key abilities for a shade hunter.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Shade Hunter, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any evil.
- Skills: Climb 4 ranks, Decipher Script 4 ranks, Disable Device 5 ranks, Jump 4 ranks, Knowledge (dungeoneering) 6 ranks, Knowledge (history) 2 ranks, Search 8 ranks, Speak Language (Netherese), Survival 6 ranks, Use Magic Device 5 ranks.
- Feats: Track.
- Special: Shades as a favored enemy, trapfinding class feature.
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