Snake Servant - Evil/Dead Prestige Class
This Prestige class uses elements that may not be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Snake servants are the chosen of various cults that revere medusas and their power. Unlike most other monster cultists, snake servants are not completely blind to their situation. Medusas demand servitude but they hate obsequious behavior. As a result, snake servants must walk a fine line, following their master's command, but doing so in a way that will not anger her.
Snake servants do most of the dirty work for a medusa, infiltrating organizations, scouting locations, and acting as the first line of defense against attack. Medusas that set up criminal rings use snake servants as proxies and middlemen, negotiating on their behalf and setting up jobs for other cultists. In a city with medusas running these rackets, snake servants are often the "face" that is presented.
Snake servant are very active in setting up "churches" in big cities dedicated to the worship of Shekenster. They actively recruit impressionable, misguided, and deluded individuals into the cult, making them into pawns for the snake servant's use. Snake servants enjoy corrupting officials, nobles, and religious leaders, brining them into the sight of Shekenster's never-ending gaze.
Rogues are the most likely candidates to be chosen as a snake servant, followed by clerics. Fighters, rangers, and monks who understand subtlety are also likely to take this class, followed by wizards and sorcerers. Classes with a chaotic bent, like barbarians and bards, are never found as snake servants.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Snake Servant, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Race: Any humanoid or monstrous humanoid
- Alignment: Lawful evil
- Skills: Bluff 5 ranks, Disguise 5 ranks
- Base Attack Bonus: +5
- Patron: Shekenster
- Special: The potential snake servant must go through a special ceremony with a medusa allowing her to poison him until his Strength score is brought completely down to 0.
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