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Servant of the Shadowlord

Servant of the Shadowlord

"I have been here for quite some time ..."

Among the clergy of Mask there are spellcasters who value the art of stealth almost as much as thieves and assassins do. While other clerics of Mask chose to lead thieves' guilds and trading companies, Servants of the Shadowlord tend to be much more active. Working alone or in small groups, they use their divine magic to penetrate the most guarded fortresses, trap-strewn dungeons, and ancient crypts. They seek out long-forgotten ruins and temples as often as rich townsfolk and would-be kings, always looking for items, treasure, or rewards worthy the effort.

This prestige class pairs the skills of a rogue with those of a cleric, turning them into divine assassins, infiltrators, and spies as well as perfect leaders for a roguish raiding party. Clerics in combination with the rogue or the monk make good candidates to become a Servant of the Shadowlord, though the rare ranger may be found among them as well.

The class is an attempted conversion of the Demarch specialty priest class as presented in Faiths & Avatars.


Hit Die: d6.



Alignment: Any evil.

Skills: Hide 8 ranks, Move Silently 6 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 8 ranks.

Feats: Dodge, Mobility, Silent Spell.

Spells: Ability to cast 4th-level divine spells.

Domains: Darkness and Trickery.

Patron: Mask.


Class Skills:

Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Decipher Script (Int, exclusive), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Pick Pocket (Dex), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Scry (Int, exclusive), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Tumble (Dex), and Use Rope (Dex).

Skill Points per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Level GAB Fort Ref Will Special Spells per Day
1 +0 +0 +2 +2 Shadowcloak, Shadowsight +1 level of existing class
2 +1 +0 +3 +3 Evasion +1 level of existing class
3 +2 +1 +3 +3   +1 level of existing class
4 +3 +1 +4 +4 Shadow jump +1 level of existing class
5 +3 +1 +4 +4 Shadow conjuration  
6 +4 +2 +5 +5   +1 level of existing class
7 +5 +2 +5 +5 Greater shadow conjuration +1 level of existing class
8 +6 +2 +6 +6 Hide in plain sight +1 level of existing class
9 +6 +3 +6 +6   +1 level of existing class
10 +7 +3 +7 +7 Improved evasion  

Class Features:

All of the following are class features of the Servant of the Shadowlord prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency:

Servants of the Shadowlord are proficient with the same armor and weapons as clerics and rogues are. They suffer skill penalties while wearing armor as usual.


A Servant continues training in divine magic while practising her rogue skills. At each Servant level except 5th and 10th, the character gains new spells per day as if she had also gained a level in a divine spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (such as improved chance of turning or rebuking undead). If the character had more than one divine spellcasting class before becoming a Servant of the Shadowlord, the player must decide to which class to add each Servant level for the purpose of determining spells per day. The caster level of spell-like abilities is equal to the Servant’s total divine spellcaster levels.

Shadowsight (Ex):

Gifted with a mythical connection to shadow and darkness, the Servant gains a superior form of darkvision with a 60 foot range. She can see through any form of normal or magical darkness without hindrance.

Cloak of Shadows (Su):

A Servant of the Shadowlord can create a cloak seemingly woven out of mundane shadows. The cloak provides half cover (+4 AC & +2 to Ref saves) and a divine bonus on Move Silently checks equal to +4. The cloak lasts 1 round per class level of the prestige class and can be created once per day.


At 2nd level, a Servant gains evasion. If exposed to any effect that normally allows her to attempt a Reflex saving throw for half damage (such as a fireball), she takes no damage with a successful saving throw. The evasion ability can only be used if light armor or no armor is worn. At 10th level, the Servant gains the Improved Evasion ability.

Shadow Jump (Su):

The Servant can travel between shadows by the means of a Dimension Door spell for up to a total of 20 feet per PrC level per day. The amount can be split up among each jump.

Shadow Conjuration (Sp):

Once per day, a Servant of the Shadowlord can use the Shadow conjuration spell.

Greater Shadow Conjuration (Sp):

Once per day, a Servant can use the Greater shadow conjuration spell.

Hide in Plain Sight (Su):

Servants of the Shadowlord can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as they are within 10 feet of some sort of shadows, Servants can hide themselves from view in the open without anything to actually hide behind. They cannot, however, hide in their own shadows.


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