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07-07-2004, 05:50 PM #1
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It`s very rare that I find anything in Drgaon magazine
I can use for Birthright games `cause everything has
such a weird "flavor" to it, but this one I felt had
kind of a Birthrighty feel to it. I thought I`d point
it out. This prestige class is a good way of showing
one aspect of Neserie`s faithful.
Mourners use their musical gifts to honor the dead and
ease the suffering of the living. Travelling from
city to city and trained in all manner of funeral
customs, mourners assist, and, when necessary, replace
priests in the performance of last rites.
Mourners believe in the sanctity of burial and are
sworn enemies of grave robbers and, especially,
necromancers. They view non-intelligent undead as
victims and use special bardic music abilities to
restore their eternal slumber, but they mercilessly
hunt and destroy intelligent undead.
All mourners have bardic backgrounds, with multiclass
bards/clerics almost as common as single class bards.
To qualify to become a Mourner, a character must
fulfill all the following criteria:
Diplomacy: 8 ranks
Knowledge (religion): 5 ranks
Perform: 8 ranks
Special: The character must have the bardic music
All the following are features of the Mourner prestige
The Mourner prestige class has a five-level
progression with good fortitude, reflex, and will
saves and a medium base attack progression. Each
level adds 1 to their effective bard level for
purposes of spellcasting (spells per day and spells
Special Abilities are as follows:
1st Bardic knowledge, bardic music
2nd Bright soul
3rd Peaceful slumber
5th Go gently
Hit Die: d6
Dex: Hide, Move Silently
Int: Craft, Decipher Script, Knowledge (any),
Wis: Listen, Profession, Sense Motive
Cha: Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Perform
Skill points at each level: 6 + int modifier
Weapon and Armor proficiency: A character becoming a
mourner gains no additional proficiency in weapons or
armor for taking levels of this class.
Bardic knowledge: If the character already has the
bardic knowledge ability, her mourner levels stack
with levels of any other classes that grant her that
ability for the purpose of determining the bonus, but
only when making a bardic knowledge check that deals
with funeral rites, undead, necromancy, or items
associated with those topics.
Bardic Music: If the character already has the bardic
music ability, her mourner levels stack with the
levels of any other classes that grant her that
ability for the pupose of determining abilities,
duration, and so on.
Spells per Day/Spells Known: At each mourner level,
the character gains new bard spells per day and spells
known as if she had also gained a level in the bard
Bright soul (Su): The mourner adds her Charisma bonus
to all saves against necromancy spells and effects and
all supernatural and spell-like abilities of undead.
Peaceful Slumber (Su): A 3rd-level mourner can use
peaceful slumber to grant a corpose protection against
reanimation. Peaceful slumber requires 1 use of the
mourner`s daily uses of bardic music and a Perform
check. The mourner cannot take 20 on this check. The
corpose then gains permanent spell resistance equal to
the mourner`s Perform skill check, but only against
spells and spell-like abilities that speak with the
dead, create undead, or raise or resurrect the dead.
A mourner may grant a corpse spell resistance as many
times as he wishes, but each use resets the spell
resistance granted to the corpse, regardless of
whether the perform check has a higher or lower
Lament (Su): A 4th-level mourner can stir and undead
creature`s soul with a lament to lost life laced with
the magic of necromancy. Peaceful slumber requires a
standard action and two uses of the mourner`s daily
uses of bardic music. All undead within a 30-foot
radius centered on the mourner who fail a Will save
(DC 10 + mourner`s level + bard level + Cha bonus)
fall prone and are held immobile as by the spell Halt
Undead cast be a cleric of the mourner`s class level.
This is a sonic effect.
Go gently (Su): A 5th-level mourner can, in the round
immediately following the lament ability, sever the
cords of negative energy that bind undead to the
material plane. Go gently requires a perform check
and 1 use of the mourner`s daily uses of bardic music.
Any undead within 30 feet that failed to save against
the lament are required to make a second Will save
against the same DC. Non-intelligent undead that fail
are desroyed, and intelligent undead take damage equal
to the Perform skill check. Use of Go Gently
constitutes an attack against the undead and frees
them from the effects of lament.
"Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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07-07-2004, 07:01 PM #2
"It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion -- and usually easier."
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07-08-2004, 05:02 AM #3
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I agree that it is a very interesting prestige class. The only problem I see is that it is very theme dependent. If the DM decide to use lots of undead it is a very powerfull class, otherwise it is very bad choice. I'm not sure I like the fact that only bards can choose the class, as I think most prestige classes are better if suitable to a broad base of classes.
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