General Prestige Class : Fey Courtier
The Seelie and Unseelie courts form the nexus of fey society. To succeed in such a competitive political and social environment, a character needs persuasive skills and the ability to find out information. No one succeeds alone. A cadre of devoted followers provide essential contacts and support. A character with these assets who wishes to further his or her court career often pursues the path of the courtier prestige class.
Members of almost any class can meet the requirements. However, few pure clerics, sorcerers, or wizards will choose to sacrifice their magic studies to gain status at court. Sometimes a bard pursues advancement as a courtier. Rogues with a focus on social skills most easily transition to the prestige class.
NPC courtiers are more common than player character ones. They populate the fey courts, vying with each other for prestige, prominence, and the queens' favor.
To qualify to become a Fey Courtier, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Race: Fey
- Skills: Diplomacy, 8 ranks; Gather Information, 4 ranks
- Feats: Leadership, plus any one of the following: Seelie Court Member, Unseelie Court Member, Seelie Court Noble Kelir, Unseelie Court Noble Kelir,
The fey courtier's class skills are Appraise, Bluff, Concentration, Craft (any), Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, Knowledge (local), Knowledge (nobility and royalty), Listen, Move Silently, Search, Sense Motive, and Spot.
Skill Points at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.
All of the following are class features of the courtier prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The courtier gains no new weapon, armor or shield proficiencies.
Spells per Day/Spells Known: At 1st and 4th level, the courtier gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved undead turning, metamagic or item creation feats, or the like). If the character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a courtier, the player much decide to which class to add each courtier level for determining spells per day, spells known, and overall caster level.
Bonus Feat: At 1st level and at 4th level, a courtier may select Investigator, Leadership, Negotiator, Persuasive, Skill Focus (any class skill) as a bonus feat. The courtier needs to meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat.
Enhanced Leadership (Ex): The courtier receives a +2 bonus to her Leadership score.
Court Connections (Ex): At 3rd level, the courtier gains a +4 bonus on Gather Information and Knowledge (nobility and royalty) checks pertaining to fey.
|Courtier||Hit Die: d6|
|CL||BAB||Fort||Ref||Will||Special||Spells Per Day/|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+2||Bonus Feat||+1 level of existing class|
|4th||+3||+1||+1||+4||Bonus Feat||+1 level of existing class|