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{{#set:Summary=There is evil and then there is Evil, there are Paladins of Evil and then there are the Dread Knights. }}

Dread KnightEdit

A Dread Knight is a warrior who gains power over hellfire through ancient pacts with archfiends, granting him the ability to smite his foes with eldritch power.

Making a Dread KnightEdit

Abilities: Charisma is probably the most important with Strength as a close second and Constitution coming in third.

Races: Any race capable of evil can spawn Dread Knights although they are most common among the Tieflings.

Alignment: Any Evil

Starting Gold: As Paladin.

Starting Age: Simple, You are not trained to be Dread Knight you simply are one.

Table: The Dread Knight

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Invocation Points
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Claws of the Fiend +0
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 +1
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Hellfire Smite +1d6 +1
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Hellfire Commander +2
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Hellfire Smite +2d6 +2
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +5 +3
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +5 Hellfire Smite +3d6 +3
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +6 Hellfire Aura +4
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +6 Hellfire Smite +4d6 +4
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +7 +5
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +3 +7 Hellfire Smite +5d6 +5
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +4 +8 Infernal Resistance +6
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +4 +8 Hellfire Smite +6d6 +6
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +4 +9 +7
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +5 +9 Hellfire Smite +7d6 +7
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +5 +10 Improved Hellfire Aura +8
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Hellfire Smite +8d6 +8
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 +9
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Hellfire Smite +9d6 +9
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 Infernal Form +10

Class Skills (Skill Points::4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Bluff, Concentration, Craft (Poison), Diplomacy, Intimidate, Knowledge (The Planes), Sense Motive, and Spellcraft.


Class FeaturesEdit

All of the following are class features of the dread knight.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Dread Knights are proficient with all armors and shields as well as all simple and martial weapons, war maces and bastard swords.

Invocation Points/Day: Invocation Points are the fuel that a Dread Knight's powers run on. A least invocation costs one point, a lesser invocation costs two and a greater invocation costs three. If a Dread Knight has no invocation points, he cannot use any of his invocations or any powers that drain them. A Dread Knight regains all lost invocation points at the end of the day; however, the Dread Knight has one final way to restore invocation points: he may convert his constitution into invocation points, gaining two invocation points per Con point burned.

Invocations Known: The Dread Knight selects his invocations from the same list as the Warlock Any invocations that alter Eldritch Blasts apply to a Dread Knights Hellfire Smite as well.

Least

Frightful Blast (2): Will save or shaken. (eldritch essence)

Sickening Blast (2): Fortitude save or sickened. (eldritch essence)

Eldritch Spear (2): Eldritch Blast range increases to 250 ft. (blast shape)

Hideous Blow (1): Melee attack channels eldritch blast. (blast shape)

Baleful Utterance (2): Speak word of the Dark Speech and shatter objects as the shatter spell.

Beguiling Influence (2): Gain bonus on Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate checks.

Dark One's Own Luck (2): Gain a luck bonus on one type of saving throw.

Darkness (2): Use darkness as the spell.

Devil's Sight (2): See normally in darkness and magical darkness.

Leaps and Bounds (2): Gain bonus on Balance, Jump and Tumble checks.

Miasmic Cloud (1): Create a cloud of mist that grants concealment and fatigues those who enter.

See the Unseen (2): Gain see invisibility as the spell and darkvision.

Spiderwalk (2): Gain spider climb as the spell and you are immune to webs.


Lesser

Beshadowed Blast (4): Fortitude save or blind for 1 round. (eldritch essence)

Brimstone Blast (3): Fire damage, reflex save or catch on fire. (eldritch essence)

Hellrime Blast (4): Cold damage, Fortitude save or -2 penalty to Dexterity. (eldritch essence)

Eldritch Chain (4): Blast jumps from initial target to secondary targets. (blast shape)

Curse of Despair (4): Curse one creature as the bestow curse spell, or hinder their attacks.

The Dead Walk (4): Create undead as the animate dead spell.

Fell Flight (3): Gain a fly speed with good maneuverability.

Hungry Darkness (3): Create shadows filled with a swarm of bats.

Voidsense (4): Gain blindsense 30 ft.

Voracious Dispelling (4): Use dispel magic as the spell, causing damage to creatures whose effects are dispelled.

Walk Unseen (2): Use invisibility (self only) as the spell.

Greater

Bewitching Blast (4): Will save or confused for one round. (eldritch essence)

Eldritch Cone (5): Blast takes shape of a cone. (blast shape)

Enervating Shadow (5): Gain total concealment in dark areas and impose a Strength penalty on adjacent living creatures.

Warlock's Call (5): Use sending as the spell, but risk damage from the recipient.

Dark

Utterdark blast(5):target must make a fortitude save or gain 2 negative levels.(essence invocation)

Dark Discorporation: Become a swarm of batlike shadows, gaining many benefi ts of the swarm subtype.(invocation)

Dark Foresight: Use foresight as the spell, and communicate telepathically with a close target of the effect.(invocation)

Path of Shadow: Use shadow walk as the spell and speed up natural healing.(invocation)

Retributive Invisibility: Use greater invisibility as the spell (self only) that deals damage in a burst if dispelled.(invocation)

Word of Changing: Use baleful polymorph as the spell, but the effect could become permanent(invocation)

Claws of the Fiend (Ex): At 1st level a Dread Knight's hands morph into fiendish claws, granting him two 1d6 damage claw attacks. This ability does not restrict his ability to wear items in the hands and rings magic item slots.

Hellfire Smite (Su): At 3rd level, the Dread Knight gains the ability to smite his foes with eldritch hellfire once per round causing the next blow dealt with his claws to deal +1d6 damage. A Dread Knight can use this ability for free a number of times per day equal to his Charisma modifier +1, after which it drains one invocation point per use. The extra damage dealt with this blow increases every two levels after 3rd.

Hellfire Commander (Su): At 4th level, the Dread Knight gains the ability to command fiends through shear willpower, this works exactly like the cleric ability Rebuke/Command undead except that it effects Evil Outsiders instead of undead. A Dread Knight's effective cleric level is equal to his Dread Knight level -3. Using this ability costs one invocation point per 4 Hit Dice of the strongest fiend that the Dread Knight is attempting to Rebuke/Command.

Hellfire Aura(Su): At 8th level, the Dread Knight gains the ability to surround himself with a aura of hellfire dealing 2d6 damage per round to all enemies within 10 ft., at 16th level this aura intensifies dealing 4d6 damage instead of 2d6. This ability drains 1 Invocation point every round it is active.

Infernal Resistance(Su): At 12th level, the Dread Knight gains resistance to harmful energy, gaining resistance to Electricity, Fire and Acid 5.

True Fiend (Su): At 20th level, the Dread Knight undergoes or foul transformation, this transformation requires a week-long ritual that, once completed, transforms the Dread Knight into a Half-Fiend, gaining all the attributes of one except the level adjustment and making the Dread Knight immortal and removing any age-based ability score modifiers. However, this transformation comes at a grave price: once completed the Dread Knight may never be raised again as his soul is traded to a Fiendish Lord to complete the bargain. Because of this, some Dread Knights never undertake the ritual.

Ex-Dread KnightsEdit

A Dread Knight who ever commits a good act without personal gain immediately loses all supernatural class features of the Dread Knight until he receives a atonement spell sealed with the blood of a innocent, however, a Dread Knights alignment can never become good no matter what, for once a Dread Knight always a Dread Knight.

Epic Dread KnightsEdit

You don't want to know.................

Playing a Dread KnightEdit

Religion: No god not even an evil one would allow a Dread Knight to worship them and only the foulest of fiendish lords accept them.

Other Classes: No-one is comfortable in the presence of a Dread Knight even when they seem to be on their side, for as the say gos "Being on your side is just a step away from stabbing you in the back". Dread Knight for their part consider any "ally" to be merely disposable tools.

Combat: A Dread Knight belongs on the front lines not only because his abilities are focused on melee, but also because no one in their right minds would let him stand behind them.

Advancement: Multi-class? There is no other class that offers the Dread Knights sheer melee ability or awesome defensive power, in short Dread Knights do not multi-class.

Dread Knights in the WorldEdit

You wish for me to speak to you, you pathetic worm? Then here is what I say: Die.
—Darag Thul, Orc Dread Knight

Dread Knights do not truly fit in anywhere and with good reason, where a Dread Knight goes destruction follows.

Organizations: Dread Knights belong to no organization as the only common trait they share is that they all despise taking orders.

NPC Reactions: Fear. Terror. Death.

Dread Knight LoreEdit

Characters with ranks in Knowledge (History) can research Dread Knights to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.

Dread Knight Lore
DC Result
5 Dread Knights are warriors who have gained dark powers through a fell pact.
10 Dread Knights can smite their foes with eldritch energy and shield themselves with hellfire.
15 Dread Knights can command fiends with a thought and slowly transform into fiends themselves.
20 At this level the PC discovers the names and locations of prominent Dread Knight NPCs in the game.

Dread Knights in the GameEdit

A Dread Knight is a boon to any party (at least till they betray them) and is good in almost any situation as not only are they expert warriors but also good negotiators due to their high charisma.

Adaptation: A good aligned variation of this class could be possible, most likely gaining minor healing ability but with a alignment restriction on who they could smite.


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