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Master Assassin (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Summary: A Master of assassination, they travel the world in search for new and exotic ways to commit murder and get paid for it.

Length: 5 levels; minimum level: 6.


Master AssassinEdit

I can take your life in a second.
—Tarik Molsa, Human Master Assassin

Master Assassins are extremely good at killing people -- that's kind of the point. They sacrifice some Rogue abilities like Trap Sense, the Special Ability, and the massive skill points in order to become more laterally-expanded killers.

Becoming a Master AssassinEdit

Entry Requirements
Base Attack Bonus: +5.
Skills: Hide 6 Ranks, Move Silently 6 Ranks.
Feats: Weapon Finesse or Stealthy.
Class Feature: Sneak Attack 3d6.
Special: Must have traveled the world and gathered knowledge of assassination.

Table: The Master Assassin

Hit Die: d6

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +0 +2 +0 Assassin Style, Assassin Trick, Sneak Attack +1d6
2nd +1 +0 +3 +0 Assassin Trick
3rd +2 +1 +3 +1 Advanced Assassin Trick, Sneak Attack +2d6
4th +3 +1 +4 +1 Advanced Assassin Trick
5th +3 +1 +4 +1 Sneak Attack +3d6, Unique Assassin Trick

Class Skills (8 + Int modifier per level)
Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Forgery (Int), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (local) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Open Lock (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex), Use Magic Device (Cha), Use Rope (Dex).

Class FeaturesEdit

Master Assassin gain powerful abilities named assassin tricks, things they learned during their worldly travel. Since all culture produce assassins they may learn exotic tricks or simply become keener thank to their years of practice. All of the following are class features of the Master Assassin.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Master Assassins gain proficiency with Assassin Needles.

Assassin Style: At first level, the Master Assassin may choose his style. He must choose one of the style below.

  • Magical Assassin: The Master Assassin gains progression in any spellcasting class he was part of before.
  • Stealthy Extraordinaire: The Master Assassin gain one half his level on a bonus to Move Silently and Hide skill check.
  • Sublime Murderer: Each time the Master Assassin level his maneuvers, initiator level and etc. progress as if he took a level in a martial class he was part of before.
  • Poisonous Traitor: Pick 4 poisons. You may manufacture one dose of these these poisons per day per Master Assassin level by expending a healer's kit (making them in this manner takes 1 hour per dose). The save DCs of these poisons change to 10 + (0.5 ½ character level) + your Int modifier. You also gain immunity to poison. Poisons made in this fashion decay to uselessness in a week.

Assassin Tricks: At first and second level, the Assassin may choose one Assassin Trick. All Assassin Tricks are extraordinary abilities unless noted otherwise.

  • Bloodless Killer: The Master Assassin with this trick may, without penalty, inflict non-lethal damage whenever he would inflict lethal damage.
  • Bonus Feat: The Master Assassin may select a bonus feat, he must met all prerequisite of the said feat.
  • Bonus Languages: The Master Assassin may take 1 additional languages per master assassin level.
  • Critical Strike: When the master assassin score a critical hit, he may automatically add Sneak Attack Damages.
  • Death Attack: As the Assassin ability.
  • Exotic Weapons: The Master Assassin may select 3 exotic weapons he have no proficiency in, he immediately gain proficiency with all said weapons.
  • Immolating Strike: With specials oil or a perfect technique, a Master Assassin may inflict extra fire damage with Sneak Attack. The target is dealt 2 extra fire damage per sneak attack die. Additionally the target must make a reflex save (DC 10 + 0.5 ½ character level + the Assassin's Dex modifier) or catch on fire.
  • Mix Poison: You may Mix Poison, fusing both poison in one single dose. The new poison take the highest DC of the 2. The poison inflict the primary and secondary effect of both poison. Poisons of the same kind cannot be mixed.
  • Natural Weapon Killing: When sneak attacking, the master assassin natural weapon are considered one category bigger. This effect stack with any other effect (such as Improved Natural Attack).
  • Penetrate: The assassin may ignore any fortification or resistance to critical hit and sneak attack other than complete immunity.

Improved Assassin Trick: At 3rd and 4th level the Master Assassin may choose one Improved Assassin Trick or, at their option, two Assassin Tricks.

  • Critical Penetration: Choose one type: Ooze, Elemental, Construct or Undead. The Master Assassin may ignore critical hit and sneak attack immunity of any creature of the chosen type.
  • Extra Sneak Attack Damage: You gain +1d6 Sneak Attack Damage.
  • Intelligent Assassination: When a Master Assassin sneak attacks someone, he may add his Intelligence modifier to the damage.
  • Masked Mind: The Master Assassin is particularly proficient at masking his real alignment. He may at will disguise his alignment. Any detection spells will detect the Masked Master Assassin alignment as an alignment of his choice.
  • Poison Mastery: The Master Assassin may, in 10 minutes, make two doses of poison out of one. He cannot use this effect on a poison that was already divided with this ability. The Save DC of both poison doses decreases by one.

Unique Assassin Trick: At 5th level, the Master Assassin develops a unique trick, his tool of trade.

  • Swift Strike: Once every 1d4 round the Master Assassin may make a single attack with his highest base attack bonus as a swift action. The target is considered flat-footed for this attack.
  • Mask Existence: The Master Assassin is now immune to every divination spells. He cannot be scryed, detected, or affected by any other divination related effect. He may suppress or resume this ability as a free action.
  • Master Dagger: The master assassin may craft himself a very special Masterwork Short Sword, Dagger or any other simple blade. The weapon deals damage as if it was one size category larger, doubles its critical threat range, and increases its critical multiplier by one step (these effects stack with any other effects). The weapon also gains magical abilities based on the master assassin's character level. He does not need to spend any XP or gold to craft this special weapon, but he can only create one per year and own two at a time.
Master Weapon Enhancement Bonus
Character Level Enhancement Bonus
10-11 +3
12-13 +4
14-15 +6
16-17 +7
18-19 +8
20 +10

Campaign InformationEdit

Playing a Master AssassinEdit

Combat: Master Assassins do the same thing in combat that Rogues do.

Advancement: Typically, Master Assassins will continue taking levels in Rogue or Rogue-related prestige classes when they run out of Master Assassin levels.

Resources: Typically, Master Assassins are loners. However, depending on the campaign, they might be part of an assassin's guild. If so, they can expect assistance from their guild.

Master Assassination in the WorldEdit

Assassins are a standard part of any fantasy setting, and the Master Assassin can fill that role with ease.

NPC Reactions: If an NPC realizes that a Master Assassin is, in fact, a Master Assassin, they will probably react with fear. They first have to realize it, though. It's not like they wear nametags.

Master Assassin LoreEdit

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

Knowledge (Dungeoneering)
DC Result
11 Master assassins are experienced killers.
16 Master assassins travel the world in search of new assassination technique.
21 Master assassins give up the more broad skills of the rogue for combat-related abilities.
26 Each master assassin has a unique tool of the trade.

Master Assassin in the GameEdit

The idea with the Master Assassin PrC is that any Rogue who wanted to specialize a little bit could become one.

Adaptation: Master Assassin can be adapted very easily. Maybe there is an assassin's guild, maybe they're just guys who are good at killing. Whatever; it's not campaign specific.



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