Some Knights seek glory, some seek redemption, and some live long enough to see themselves become the villain. The fallen knight is a holy knight who has given into his anger and darkness within corrupting him irrevocably.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a fallen knight, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
Alignment: When entering this prestige class, holy knights are no longer restricted to non-evil alignments.
Skills: Intimidate 5 ranks.
Special: Must have the Oath Stance, Lay on Hands, and Cover class features.
The fallen knight’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Intimidate(Cha), Heal (Wis), Ride (Dex), Perception (Wis), and Sense Motive (Wis)
Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + int modifier.
Table: Fallen Knight
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|1st||+1||+1||+0||+1||Oathbreaker, Darklight, Lay on Hands, Limit Break|
|2nd||+2||+1||+1||+1||Abyssal Arts, +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|3rd||+3||+2||+1||+2||Coordinated Vengeance, Underhanded Tactics (+1d6), +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|4th||+4||+2||+1||+2||Wrathful Hands, +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|5th||+5||+3||+2||+3||Abyssal Arts, Underhanded Tactics (+2d6), +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|6th||+6||+3||+2||+3||Any Means Necessary, +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|7th||+7||+4||+2||+4||Underhanded Tactics (+3d6), +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|8th||+8||+4||+3||+4||The Abyss Stares Back, Abyssal Arts, +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|9th||+9||+5||+3||+5||Master of Fear, Blessings, Underhanded Tactics (+4d6), +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
|10th||+10||+5||+3||+5||Knight Transformed, +1 level to existing spell-casting class|
All of the following are class features of the fallen knight prestige class.
Fallen knights are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, knight swords, all types of armor (light, medium, and heavy), and shields.
At each level except 1st, a fallen knight gains MP per day and spells known as if he had also gained a level in a spell-casting class to which he belonged before adding the prestige class level and an increased effective level of spellcasting. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of this class would have gained. If he had more than one spell-casting class before becoming a redeemed knight, he must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining MP per day and spells known.
Limit Break (Su)
At 1st level, the fallen knight receives the Limit Break (Unholy Crusade).
Unholy Crusade (Su): This Limit Break allows the fallen knight to unleash all his rage against the foes who have wronged him. As a full-round action the fallen knight may make a single attack at his full base attack bonus, after this attack he may designate an additional creature to make an attack against. He may designate one additional target plus an additional target per two fallen knight levels after first, the fallen knight may not ever designate the same foe more than once as part of this ability. Any foe the fallen knight attacks with this ability grants the fallen knight’s attack a bonus as if he was flanking the target. The fallen knight may move as part of this ability to put each of his targets within reach, but his total movement this turn may not exceed 3x his movement speed. This movement may provoke attacks of opportunity as normal but creatures the fallen knight designates as part of this ability get a -4 on any attacks of opportunity they make against the fallen knight as part of this movement.
At 1st level the fallen knight changes his holy knight oath stances. Additionally, the fallen knight counts his levels as levels in holy knight to determine the power of his oath stances.
- Unholy Shield (Su): While under the shield oath stance the fallen knight learns to retaliate against his foes. Anytime the fallen knight is hit by an enemy within his reach, he may make an attack of opportunity against the enemy before that they roll damage; if he successfully hits them, he does not deal damage, instead he reduces the incoming damage of that attack by an amount equal to the fallen knight’s Charisma modifier. At 5th level, the attack of opportunity deals damage equal to the fallen knight’s Charisma modifier as well as reducing damage.
- Wrathful Sword (Su): While under his sword oath stance, the fallen knight learns to throw even more of his might behind his attacks. As part of an attack before he rolls, he may choose to spend two uses of his lay on hands ability, that foe is denied its Dexterity bonus against all of the fallen knight’s attacks until the start of his next turn. At 5th level, this lasts until the end of the fallen knight’s next turn instead.
Any abilities from the fallen knight’s levels in holy knight that deal holy damage have half of his damage converted to shadow, meaning abilities such as Spirits within will deal half holy and half shadow damage. If a creature would absorb the fallen knight’s holy or shadow damage but not both elements at once, the creature does not receive healing from that damage type, but also takes no damage from it.
Lay on Hands (Su)
At 1st level, a fallen knight continues to gain improvements from his holy knight ability, using his fallen knight as his holy knight level.
Abyssal Arts (Su)
At 2nd level and every three fallen knight levels thereafter, the fallen knight gains an abyssal art as a dark knight of his fallen knight level. The fallen knight can use abyssal art abilities a number of times per day equal to his Charisma modifier. A fallen knight does not need to be in darkside to utilize these abyssal arts.
If the fallen knight has levels in a holy knight with the Divine Arts class feature, they instead use their Divine Art uses per day to utilize Abyssal Arts. In addition, the fallen knight may treat his levels in holy knight as dark knight levels to determine the power of any Abyssal Arts.
Underhanded Tactics (Su)
At 3rd level, the fallen knight gains the sneak attack class feature as a thief, dealing shadow damage instead of additional precision damage. This ability still counts as the sneak attack class feature for any feats or abilities relating to sneak attack. The fallen knight gains an additional sneak attack die every two fallen knight levels after 3rd.
Coordinated Vengeance (Su)
At 3nd level, the fallen knight has learned that self-sacrifice is not always the answer, and sometimes he must let others experience the same cruelty he has to truly flourish; allowing the fallen knight may use his cover ability from holy knight in a new way. Anytime any ally within range of his cover ability is hit by an attack from an enemy also within range of his cover ability, and the fallen knight has chosen not to use his cover ability on the attack, he may spend an immediate action to move adjacent to the foe, provided his total movement before his next turn does not exceed his speed (his movement provokes attacks of opportunity as normal). After doing so, both the fallen knight and his ally may make a single attack against the foe at their highest base attack bonus, they are both considered to have flanked against the target for this attack. The fallen knight may add his levels in fallen knight to his levels in holy knight to determine the range of his cover ability.
Wrathful Hands (Su)
At 4th level, a fallen knight has forgotten how to soothe the wounds of his allies. The fallen knight can no longer use his lay on hands ability to heal anyone except himself. Instead, as a standard action, he may spend a use of his lay on hands ability to grant them some of his wrath, granting an ally within the fallen knight’s reach 1d6 points of shadow damage on a number of attacks equal to the fallen knight’s Charisma modifier. This additional shadow damage he grants allies increases by an additional 1d6 when his lay on hands ability reaches 3d6, 6d6 and 9d6 healing. The fallen knight may spend 10 hit points as part of activating this ability to instead activate it as a move action.
At 7th level this ability may be used on an ally within reach as a move action; and may spend 10 hit points to reduce it to a swift action.
Any Means Necessary (Su)
At 6th level. the fallen knight learns to dig deep into the darkness within to bring out his true power, even if this power could destroy him. As a swift action. the fallen knight may spend a use of his lay on hands ability, gaining a bonus to his attack and damge rolls equal to his Charisma modifier. Additionally, when he makes a full attack, he makes an additional attack at his highest base attack bonus. (This latter effect is not cumulative with haste or other effects that grant additional attacks.) Upon activating this ability and at the start of each turn thereafter until this ability ends, the fallen knight sacrifices 10 hit points, this hit point loss bypasses temporary hit points and cannot be reduced in any way. This ability lasts a number of rounds equal to the fallen knight’s Charisma modifier and cannot be ended early by the fallen knight. If this ability drops the fallen knight to -1 hit point or below, it deactivates and the fallen knight is stabilized.
The Abyss Stares Back (Su)
At 8th level, the fallen knight learns to don a terrifying visage that can shake any to their very foundations for anyone who would dare cross his path. As a swift action, for a duration of 1 minute, he becomes shrouded in shadow gaining concealment (20% miss chance), a +4 competence bonus on Intimidate checks, and any creature who starts their turn next to the fallen knight must make a Will save (DC 10 + the fallen knight’s level + his Charisma modifier) or take 1d6 points of shadow damage.
Additionally, depending on the fallen knights current stance, he gains an additional effect.
- Shield Oath: Anytime an enemy successfully hits the fallen knight while this ability is active, the creature is subjected to an Intimidate check to demoralize that creature as a free action that may be taken even when it’s not the fallen knight’s turn. Intimidate checks to demoralize a creature in this way bypass any immunities to fear the creature may possess.
- Sword Oath: Anytime the fallen knight successfully hits a creature with a melee attack while this ability is active, the creature is subjected to an Intimidate check to demoralize that creature as a free action that may be taken even when it’s not the fallen knight’s turn. Intimidate checks to demoralize a creature in this way bypass any immunities to fear the creature may possess.
The fallen knight may use this one time per day plus an additional time per day for each level after 8th.
Master of Fear (Su)
At 9th level, the fallen knight gains Skills Focus (Intimidate) and Signature Skill (Intimidate) even if he does not meet the prerequisites for these feats. If he has one of these feats, he gets a +2 circumstance bonus to his Intimidate checks, if he has both of these feats, he may treat his ranks in Intimidate as 2 higher for the purpose of any skill unlocks or saving throws related to the Intimidate skill unlocks.
Knight Transformed (Su)
At 10th level, the fallen knight has learned to become a true juggernaut of darkness. Once per day, as a move action, for a number of rounds equal to the fallen knight’s Charisma modifier, the fallen knight increases his reach and weapon damage as if he was two size categories larger, he does not occupy an additional squares nor does he adjust his statistics in any other way as part of this ability.
If the fallen knight has “The Abyss Stares Back” ability active, the fallen knight gains cover against both melee and ranged attacks in addition to the concealment, the shadow damage dealt to adjacent creates increases to 2d6, and creatures within his reach count as adjacent to him for the purpose of the shadow damage this ability does.
Additionally, this ability provides a different effect depending on which stance the fallen knight is in.
- Shield Oath: Any creature who strikes the fallen knight in melee while this ability is active takes an amount of shadow damage equal to the fallen knight’s class level.
- Sword Oath: Any creature who is under the effects of a fear effect such as from a demoralize grants a flanking bonus to the fallen knight.