Epic Prestige Class : Warlord of Utterdark
The warlord of utterdark is the personification of evil. He may be cold and calculating or savage and brutal, but one fact remains crystal clear: He is evil incarnate and the sworn foe of all who hold good and mercy dear to their hearts.
The path of utterdark attracts fighters, barbarians, rangers, monks, and even fallen paladins. However, most warlords of utterdark come from the ranks of blackguards or warriors of darkness. A warlord of utterdark can rule an army of like-minded individuals, or he may serve an even more powerful master of evil, whether mortal or divine. They care nothing for rank or personal honor-only the performance of vile deeds upon innocents interests them.
To qualify to become a Warlord of Utterdark, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any evil
- Skills: Craft (alchemy) 12 ranks, Hide 15 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 9 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 9 ranks, Speak Language (Abyssal and Infernal), Spellcraft 6 ranks
- Feats: Cleave, Evil Brand, Great Cleave, Improved Sunder, Iron Will, Power Attack, Vile Martial Strike (or Vile Ki Strike or Vile Natural Attack).
- Base Attack Bonus: +21.
- Special: The character must endure a month-long ritual of black magic performed by an evil spellcaster of at least 21st level or an evil outsider of at least 21 HD.
The warlord of utterdark's class skills are Bluff, Climb, Concentration, Craft, Diplomacy, Handle Animal, Heal, Intimidate, Jump, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), Knowledge (the planes), Move Silently, Profession, Ride, and Spellcraft.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A warlord of utterdark gains proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and with shields.
Darkvision (Ex): At 1st level, the warlord of utterdark gains darkvision 120 feet. This overlaps (but does not stack with) any darkvision the character may already possess.
Bulwark of Evil (Su): The warlord of utterdark gains a +1 profane bonus to saves against good spells. All evil allies within 30 feet of the warlord share this save bonus. The profane bonus increases by +1 every four levels thereafter (+2 at 5th level, +3 at 9th level, and so on).
The warlord of utterdark radiates evil as if he were an evil outsider.
Vile Strike (Ex): Beginning at 2nd level, the warlord of utterdark deals 1 additional point of vile damage with any weapon or natural weapon attack. This additional vile damage increases by 1 additional point for every four levels gained thereafter (6th, 10th, and so on).
Dark God's Blessing (Su): At 3rd level, the warlord of utterdark can apply a +5 luck bonus to a single attack roll, skill check, ability check, or saving throw once per day. Using this ability is a free action but must be declared before the roll is made.
At 7th level, and every four levels thereafter, the warlord of utterdark can call upon this blessing one additional time per day (twice at 7th level, three times at 11th, four times at 15th, and so on).
Bonus Feats: The warlord of utterdark gains a bonus feat at 4th level and an additional bonus feat every four levels thereafter (8th, 12th, 16th, and so on). These bonus feats must be selected from the following list: Armor Skin, Damage Reduction, Devastating Critical, Epic Leadership, Epic Poison Crafter (see New Epic Feats), Epic Prowess, Epic Reputation, Epic Toughness, Epic Weapon Focus, Epic Will, Improved Darkvision, Legendary Commander, Overwhelming Critical, Perfect Health.
|Warlord of Utterdark||Hit Die: d10|
|1st||Darkvision, bulwark of evil +1|
|2nd||Vile strike +1|
|3rd||Dark god's blessing 1/day|
|5th||Bulwark of evil +2|
|6th||Vile strike +2|
|7th||Dark god's blessing 2/day|
|9th||Bulwark of evil +3|
|10th||Vile strike +3|
Source: Epic Level Handbook