General Prestige Class : Consecrated Harrier
The consecrated harrier acts as a bounty hunter for her religion or organization. Where church inquisitors hunt evil and corruption within a church and other champions of good fight external forces of evil in general, a consecrated harrier hunts blasphemers, heretics, and those who betray or attack the church directly. For instance, a consecrated harrier might accept a mission to track down and kill an ogre that defiled a shrine, or to bring a heretic before the heads of her church. The mission is always related to either a single, specific offense of blasphemy or defilement, or to the source of a heresy The church assigns missions or targets as needed.
Hunting specific enemies of a church requires many of the skills possessed by bounty hunters. While the consecrated harrier deals with her targets capably once she finds them, she must find them first. The consecrated harrier must be subtle and clever, as well as strong in her faith. Because her foes may have spells and magical abilities of their own, she must be strong-willed and prepared to properly deal with such. Paladins and clerics often make good consecrated harriers because of their high Charisma scores. Rangers are equally desirable because of their superior tracking abilities. Rogues often possess the subtlety and conversational skills to locate their targets.
A consecrated harrier can be difficult for others to spot. She uses her skills, spells, and abilities to mask her nature until she can confront her target. Most consecrated harriers appear to be genial, pleasant people who always have a joke or a story to tell. This facade masks their true, implacable nature, allowing them to gather clues without arousing interest or suspicion. Particularly powerful or well-protected foes attract small groups of consecrated harriers who work with other classes to reach and confront their targets.
To qualify to become a Consecrated Harrier, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any lawful.
- Skills: Disguise 5 ranks, Gather Information 5 ranks
- Feats: Track.
- Base Attack Bonus: +5.
- Special: The candidate must accept an assignment from her church to locate and destroy some specific individual enemy of the church. A character who fails must wait a year and a day before applying again. If she succeeds, the church accepts her as a consecrated harrier and she may gain levels in the class.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
All of the following are class features of the consecrated harrier prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Consecrated harriers are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and with shields.
Spells per Day: Beginning at 1st level, a consecrated harrier gains the ability to cast a small number of divine spells. To cast a spell, the consecrated harrier must have a Wisdom score of at least 10 + the spell's level, so a consecrated harrier with a Wisdom of 10 or lower cannot cast spells. Consecrated harrier bonus spells are based on Wisdom, and saving throws against these spells have a DC of 10 + spell level + Wisdom modifier. When the consecrated harrier gets "-" spells of a given level, the character cannot cast any spells of that level. When the consecrated harrier gets 0 spells of a given level, such as 0 1st-level spells at 1st level, the harrier gets only bonus spells. A consecrated harrier without a bonus spell for that level cannot yet cast a spell of that level. The consecrated harrier's spell list appears below; she has access to any spell on the list and can freely choose which to prepare. A consecrated harrier prepares and casts spells just as a cleric does (though the consecrated harrier cannot lose a spell to cast a cure spell in its place).
Blessing of Scripture (Su): All consecrated harriers receive a +2 sacred bonus on Bluff, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when tracking their church-assigned target. If the assigned target is a group, this bonus applies to the group's leader. They receive the same bonus on melee attack rolls and melee weapon damage rolls against their targets. A consecrated harrier does not receive this bonus with ranged weapons. This bonus increases to +4 at 3rd level, +6 at 5th level, +8 at 7th level and +10 at 9th level.
Detect Chaos (Sp): The consecrated harrier can detect chaos at will as a cleric of equal level.
Sanctified Sight (Su): Beginning at 2nd level, a consecrated harrier receives a +4 bonus on all saves against illusions.
Dispel Magic (Sp): A consecrated harrier can use dispel magic as a cleric of the same level. Starting at 3rd level, the consecrated harrier can use this spell-like ability once per day, plus one additional time per point of Wisdom bonus.
Emotion (Sp): Starting at 4th level, a consecrated harrier can arouse an emotion in all living creatures in a 15-foot radius, as the spell emotion. She uses this spell-like ability as a wizard of one level lower, so a 4th-level consecrated harrier uses it like a 3rd-level wizard. She can do this a number of times each day equal to her Wisdom bonus, minimum one.
False Vision (Su): Starting at 6th level, a consecrated harrier can hide herself from the scrying attempts of her target, her target's allies, or anyone in the target's employ, as the spell false vision. She uses this supernatural ability as a wizard of one level lower, so a 6th-level consecrated harrier uses it like a 5th-level wizard. She can do this a number of times each day equal to her Wisdom bonus, minimum one.
Implacable Hunt (Su): Beginning at 8th level, if the consecrated harrier wounds a target and the target escapes, the consecrated harrier always knows the direction in which her target lies and the approximate distance between her and her target. This ability only works if the consecrated harrier and her target are on the same plane of existence. Implacable hunt can be used simultaneously against different targets, as long as each of those individual targets is part of a group that is, in total, the harrier's target for her current mission.
Faultless Hunt (Su): At 10th level, a consecrated harrier who establishes an implacable hunt can intensify this to a faultless hunt, enabling her to locate her quarry even across planar boundaries. Unlike an implacable hunt, which can affect several individuals at the same time, only one faultless hunt against a single individual can be pursued at one time. For the consecrated harrier to begin a faultless hunt, she must abandon any faultless hunt that she is already conducting.
Code of Conduct: A consecrated harrier must make it known to her target who she is and why she is there at the time of the confrontation. She cannot sneak attack her target. She cannot slay her target on a battlefield without the target knowing who she is and why she is there. Consecrated harriers purposely word the requirements for conducting themselves vaguely, so that an individual consecrated harrier in the field has some flexibility. Harriers who fail to act according to their code of conduct must undertake an act of atonement before they can add any further levels of this class (see the atonement spell ).
Multiclass Note: A paladin who becomes a consecrated harrier may continue advancing as a paladin.
|Consecrated Harrier||Hit Die: d10|
|CL||BAB||Fort||Ref||Will||Special||Spells per day|
|1st||+1||+0||+0||+2||Blessing of scripture +2, detect chaos||0||-||-||-||-|
|3rd||+3||+1||+1||+3||Blessing of scripture +4, dispel magic||1||0||-||-||-|
|5th||+5||+1||+1||+4||Blessing of scripture +6||1||1||0||-||-|
|7th||+7||+2||+2||+5||Blessing of scripture +8||2||1||1||0||-|
|9th||+9||+3||+3||+6||Blessing of scripture +10||2||2||1||1||1|
Consecrated Harrier Spell List
Consecrated harriers choose their spells from the following list:
- 1st - alter self, animate rope, calm emotions, command, doom.
- 2nd - charm person, daylight, detect thoughts, hold person.
- 3rd - death ward, discern lies, dismissal, legend lore.
- 4th - dominate person, mark of justice.
- 5th - antimagic field, banishment.