Oriental Prestige Class : Eunuch Warlock
In some lands of Oriental Adventures eunuchs are the power behind the throne of a decadent, corrupt emperor. Eunuchs serve as spies, couriers, and informants, while eunuch warlocks are the elite leaders of this group of the emperor's most loyal minions. In some cases, provincial governors even report directly to one or more eunuchs, not to the emperor himself.
Eunuch warlocks must be arcane spellcasters of significant ability, and they are often sorcerers rather than wu jen. Many eunuch warlocks are multiclass rogue/sorcerers or fighter/sorcerers, though they generally have no more than a few levels of a non-spellcasting class. Eunuch warlocks are not found in Rokugan.
NPC eunuch warlocks are feared and respected, commanding significant power in the emperor's court. The highest-ranking members issue commands with the voice and authority of the emperor himself.
To qualify to become an Eunuch Warlock, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Gender: Male
- Alignment: Any evil
- Feats: Spell Focus.
- Spells: Able to cast 5th-level arcane spells.
- Special: The character must be a eunuch member in the emperor's service. While this service is often inflicted as a punishment, many volunteer for the procedure because of the power eunuchs hold in some societies.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
The following are class features of the eunuch warlock.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Eunuch warlocks are proficient with all simple weapons. They are not proficient with any type of armor or shields. Armor of any type interferes with a eunuch warlock's arcane gestures, which can cause his spells to fail (if those spells have somatic components).
Bonus Spells: Similar to bonus spells for high ability scores, for each level of eunuch warlock that a spellcasting character attains, he gains bonus spells to the number of arcane spells per day he normally casts. These bonus spells can be added to whatever levels of spells the eunuch warlock can currently cast, but no more than one can be added to the character's highest current spell level. Example: Wieh Wan is a 9th-level wu jen who takes one level in eunuch warlock. He can give himself one bonus 5th-level spell (his highest as a 9th-level wu jen), and one bonus spell in one other level, o through 4th. If a eunuch warlock has two arcane spellcasting classes already, he must choose which previous spellcasting class gains the bonus. For example, Tuangi is a 10th-level sorcerer/9th-level wu jen, with one level of eunuch warlock. Conceivably, Tuangi could have a bonus 5th-level wu jen spell and a bonus 5th-level sorcerer spell, or he could put both bonus spells in either sorcerer or wu jen, but then only one of them could be 5th level. Bonus spells cannot be added to a divine spellcasting class. Once a eunuch warlock has chosen how to apply his bonus spells, they cannot be shifted.
Greater Spell Focus (Ex): A eunuch warlock adds +4 to the DC for saving throws against spells in all schools for which he has the Spell Focus feat, instead of the normal +2 bonus granted by that feat. In addition, the eunuch warlock gains a +2 bonus an caster level checks to beat a creature's spell resistance with spells from those schools. This additional bonus stacks with the Spell Penetration feat.
This benefit applies even to schools for which the character gains the Spell Focus feat after becoming a eunuch warlock. For example, if Wieh Wan has Spell Focus (Evocation) when he becomes a eunuch warlock, the save DC for his evocation spells increases by +4 instead of by +2. if he learns Spell Focus (Illusion) when he reaches 12th level, the save DC for his illusion spells also increases by +4.
Mighty Spells (Ex): At 2nd level, and at every even level thereafter, a eunuch warlock can designate one spell he knows that becomes modified as though affected by the Empower Spell feat. The spell's level does not change, and once the spell is chosen it cannot be changed.
At 8th level, when he chooses his fourth mighty spell, the eunuch warlock can also designate one previously chosen mighty spell that becomes permanently affected by the Maximize Spell feat. This replaces the Empower Spell effect, rather than stacking with it. Ac 10th level, in addition to choosing his fifth mighty spell, the eunuch warlock can choose a second maximized spell. Thus, a 10th-level eunuch warlock knows three spells that are permanently empowered, and two that are permanently maximized.
Leadership: At 3rd level, a eunuch warlock gains the Leadership feat for free. Eunuch warlocks typically have units of soldiers at their command. If the eunuch warlock already has the Leadership feat, he gain a permanent +2 bonus on his Leadership score for purposes of determining followers, but not cohorts. (Typically, this bonus only negates the -2 penalty the character suffers for a reputation of cruelty)
New Spell level: When a eunuch warlock reaches 5th level, and again when he reaches 10th level, he gains the ability to cast spells of one level higher than he was previously able to cast. Initially, he can cast 0 spells of this level, but bonus spells (from a high ability score or his eunuch warlock bonus spells) can increase this number. Example: Wieh Wan is a 9th-level wu jen/4th-level eunuch warlock. When he reaches 5th level as a eunuch warlock, he gains the ability to cast 6th-level wu jen spells. He must allocate one of his bonus spells to 6th level in order to cast any 6th-level spells, unless his Intelligence is high enough (22 or higher) to give him a bonus 6th-level spell.
|Eunuch Warlock||Hit Die: d6|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+2||Greater spell focus||2|
|2nd||+1||+0||+0||+3||1st mighty spell||3|
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+4||2nd mighty spell||3|
|5th||+2||+1||+1||+4||New spell level||2|
|6th||+3||+2||+2||+5||3rd mighty spell||3|
|8th||+4||+2||+2||+6||4th mighty spell||3|
|10th||+5||+3||+3||+7||5th mighty spell, new spell level||3|
Source: Oriental Adventures
Older Prestige class adapted to 3.5