Chapter Thirteen: Prestige Classes
Blood, Darkness, Come unto Me!
-A Knight Possessed by his demonic blade.
Many know about the power a Binder has over souls. These can result in placing the soul of a creature in the body of another. This imparts gifts upon the vessel. This causes the link between his soul and his body slightly weaker.
Nomadic Souls are those who use this to their advantage. They empower the souls within them, force souls out of themselves, even remove themselves from a mortal shell and possess others.
GAME RULE INFORMATION
Nomadic Souls have the following game statistics.
The most important ability for a Nomadic Soul is either Wisdom or Charisma. Each Nomadic Soul selects one path upon entering this prestige class. This choice reflects whether it is will power or force of personality which grants their abilities. After that constitution is rather important, giving the Nomadic Soul more chance for survival.
: 6 ranks in concentration, 6 ranks in Knowledge (Arcana), and 6 ranks in Use Magic Device.
: Must be able to cast arcane spells of 1st level.
: Must have had the soul of another creature within your body via the invocation receptacle.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Binding/Spellcasting|
|Soul Attunement, Soul Vessel|| |
|Empowered Soul Merge, Warper of Taint||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Tainted Weapons|| |
|Astral Form, Possess Object||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class |
|Echoing Soul, Hide Presence|| |
|Twin Tainted Weapons, Wandering Spirit||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Charitable Soul|| |
|Tainted Form||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Astral Merge|| |
|Assuming Control, Soul Pact||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Strong Soul|| |
|Essence Release, Empowered Tainted Weapons||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Possess Dynamic Object|| |
|Soul Tear||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Thrall’s Blade||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
| || |
|Thrall’s Armory||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|Soul Rend|| |
|Nomadic Soul||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
The Nomadic Souls class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff, Concentration, Diplomacy, Disguise, Hide, Listen, Knowledge (Arcana), Search, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, Spot, and Use Magic Device.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level:
4 + Int modifier
All of the following are class features of the Nomadic Soul.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
: Gain no proficiency with any weapons, armor, or shields.
: When a new nomadic soul level is gained, the character gains Effective Binder Level as if he had also gained a level in a geotia spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained, except for an increased effective level of binding. If a character had more than one geotia spellcasting class before becoming a nomadic soul, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining EBL.
: When a new nomadic soul level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained, except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. If a character had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming a nomadic soul, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.
: At 1st level, you must choose how you manipulate your soul. This choice can be either Wisdom (Using your willpower to control you soul), or Charisma (Using your force of personality to control your soul).
This determines the power of several effects and your choice is referred to as your selected ability score throughout this text.
: A Nomadic Soul can store more souls within his physical form than most. A Nomadic can can add his selected ability score's modifer to the number of souls he can hold in his body via the Invocation Receptacle.
Empowered Soul Merge (Ex)
: A Nomadic Soul of 2nd level or above soul resonates with others within his body. Whenever a Binder would use Invocation to place a soul within the body of the Nomadic Soul, the Binder's Effective Binder Level is increased by one level per four Nomadic Soul Levels (minimum +1).
Warper of Taint (Su)
: As of 2nd level a Nomadic Soul can control the taint within his body, allowing him to choose what taint manifests.
As a move action the Nomadic Soul can choose to suppress which ever taints he would currently be effected by from Soul Merging. As a free action he can return his body to being affected by all taints again or a few specific taints (choosen by the Nomadic Soul).
Tainted Weapons (Su)
Once a Nomadic Soul reaches 3rd level he can use the taint within his body to manifest weapons. As a move action he can grow a natural weapon. The options for this weapon is the natural weapons the creatures bound into you possess. This function as the creatures weapon except for the following:
The Nomadic Soul can only have one natural weapon grown at a single time via use of this ability. This ability can be dismissed as a free action.
This ability can be used in your normal form in addition to whatever form you are possessing while possessing a creature.
At 6th level you can grow up to two natural weapons at a time.
At 12th level, as a standard action you can select one soul within your body via invocation. For 1d4 hours afterward, your natural weapons are effected by an enchantment of your choice with a gp cost equal to or below 500 * the Soul's Hit Dice. While this ability is in use, you are counted as not having that soul within you.
Astral Form (Su)
: At will, a Nomadic Soul can leave his body and become ethereal, as though using the etherealness spell as cast by a sorcerer of the Nomad's total Hit Dice plus your Selected Ability Score Modifier. The creature’s new form is ethereal and thus immune to even the most potent physical attacks and most magical attacks (except, for example, force attacks) by non-ethereal creatures.
When a Nomadic Soul possesses a creature or object, even force effects no longer affect the Nomad. Only spells such as dismissal can affect the possessing Nomad when cast by non-ethereal creatures. Any sort of attack, magical or otherwise, directed against the Nomadic Soul affects the possessed creature or object, however.
Possessing an object or creature effectively ends a use of this ability, so time spent in another body or object does not count against the duration of this ability. While in ethereal form the body of the Nomadic Soul is left behind. It temporarily becomes an NPC and gains the Sunken Soul Template (see Chapter 3
). This template is lost if he returns to it and possesses his own body (This can be done without any difficulty as long as you are within 5ft) or if another Nomadic Soul possesses it (as normal possession rules)
The Nomadic Soul retains all the bounds bound to it in its astral form and when it is possessing. When possessing an object the soul merged with you lie dormant. When possessing a creature, you can choose to affect the creature the effects of one of the Soul Merges which you are affected by. This choice can be changed as a full round action.
If the duration of this effect ends the Nomadic Soul must make a Will Save (DC 15). If they succeed then Astral Form is used again. If they fail they are killed. They can be resurrected as normal if their natural body is killed. If their natural body is still alive, then if a resurrection spell is cast upon the body the soul will return as if the Nomadic Soul was killed.
Possess Object (Su)
: A Nomadic Soul in astral form can possess an object on the Material Plane or whatever physical object found on any other plane such as rocks in the Earth Elemental plane. The object can be no larger than Huge. Magic items and attended items receive Will saving throws. Unattended nonmagical items are automatically possessed.
A Nomadic Soul takes up residency inside of the object it possesses, much like a parasite to a creature so it is no longer ethereal. The Nomad is aware of what is going on around the object: It can see and hear up to 60 feet away as if using its normal sense (it does not gain blind sight). In any round in which it takes no other actions (such as using a spell-like ability), it extends its senses to twice its normal range (120 feet). It can't communicate physically though, but gains telepathy with anyone in contact with the object.
The nomad is vulnerable to spells that specifically affect outsiders or creatures of the nomad's alignment (such as holy word and holy smite, as well as chaos hammer or order's wrath) and mind-affecting spells or effects, but it is unaffected by physical attacks or standard magical effects (such as fireball) unless it specifically affects objects (such as shatter).
If harming the object causes it to be destroyed; the nomad is forced back into its astral form for however long the duration remains of the last use of Astral Form ability.
While possessing an object, a Nomadic Soul can use any ability it has that requires no physical action, such as using Astral Form (which ends Object Possession), a spell-like ability or telepathy. It cannot cast spells that require movement or speech, attack physically or perform any other physical action, until it reaches a high enough level to make the possessed object perform these tasks for it.
Echoing Soul (Su):
Upon reaching 5th level, when a Nomadic Soul is possessing an object he can speak through it as if it was his body.
Hide Presence (Ex)
: A Nomad which is possessing an object or creature can attempt to hide its presence by making a special Hide check.
This "mental" Hide check uses the nomad's Int modifier instead of its Dex modifier, and modifiers such as being invisible, a size modifier from being Small or smaller, Large or bigger, cover, etc aren’t added to the check as mental hiding isn’t affected by physical hiding modifiers.
A successful check allows a Nomadic Soul to avoid virtually anything that would betray its presence in the possessed creature or object: it can pass through a magic circle against evil, enter a temple warded by forbiddance, escape detection via detect evil or elude mind reading effects like detect thoughts. The DC for this Hide check is the same as the saving throw DC for the spell the nomadis trying to avoid. The nomad gains a +4 circumstance bonus on this check if it is not controlling the possessed creature or object at the time of the check.
When possessing a creature, a Nomadic Soul can make this Hide check to protect the possessed creature from the full effects of alignment-based spells such as holy smite
. If the Nomad makes a successful Hide check (against the save DC of the spell), the possessed creature takes damage appropriate to its actual alignment, but if the nomad fails the Hide check, the possessed creature is affected as if it were the nomad.
Making this check is not an action; the nomad can do it in response to another creature's action (such as casting detect evil
Wandering Spirit (Su)
: As of 6th level, while a Nomadic Soul is possessing an object you can force the object to move.
The Nomad can cause a vehicle or similar object he is possessing to move at a speed up to the Nomad's own land speed in its corporeal form. If it lacks a proper means of movement then its base land speed is 5ft.
In addition the Nomad can manipulate other moving parts of a possessed object - such as a clock's hands or a crossbow's firing mechanism. Thus, a nomad could make a wagon steer toward a pedestrian, or roll out of a stable without a horse to pull it. Cocking a crossbow and firing it is more then within its power, but it can't aim or load itself using this ability. Exerting control is itself a free action, though actually moving an object requires a move action.
Charitable Soul (Ex)
Once a Nomadic Soul attains level 7, he can empower the objects possesses.
The nomad can bestow powers on the item with a value as an enhancement bonus of up to half its Nomadic Soul class level, so a 6th level Nomadic Soul could make a sword a +3 weapon, a +2 keen weapon, or a +1 wounding weapon, for example.
If the possessed object is already magical, the nomad can increase the powers on the item by the same amount - so a 10th level Nomadic Soul could turn a +1 sword into a +1 vorpal sword, for example. The enchantment bonus on items possessed is limited to a maximum of +10.
Despite the nomad's duplication of magic item abilities, a nonmagical possessed item doesn’t become actually magical. Detect magic will not sense an aura; detect evil or other detect ‘alignment’ corresponding to the nomad's alignment will, however. Smart characters might notice that the possessed item behaves strangely or has an unusual appearance (a magic weapon that isn’t masterwork quality, for example, is a tipoff that something is awry). A character who succeeds at a Search check (DC 25) notes that there is “something strange” about the item.
Tainted Form (Su):
At 8th level and above, a Nomadic Soul taints whatever it is possessing as if it was used in Invocation or Enchantment Receptacles.
The Nomadic Soul can choose the effects of its taint but they all must be relating to a single theme.
Note: The effects of binding are only cosmetic and have no effect on the actual object or creature.
Example Themes for Tainted Form
Astral Merge (Su)
: At 9th level, a Nomadic Soul gains the ability to possess a creature as well as objects. The nomad must be in ethereal form and adjacent to its target, and must use a standard action to attempt possession. A protection from evil spell or similar magic wards a creature against being possessed in this manner. An unprotected target must make a Will saving throw.
The possessing nomad gets a bonus on attempts to possess creatures that carry, hold, or wear an item they are currently possessing. For each day the possessed item was worn, held, or carried by the target prior to the possession attempt, the DC for the target’s Will save increases by +1, up to a maximum of +10. If the saving throw is successful, that creature is immune to that nomad's possession attempts for one day. If the saving throw is failed, the creature is possessed, through it is not necessarily aware of this fact.
A nomad possessing a creature takes up residency inside of the victim much like a parasite, so it is no longer ethereal. It cannot be targeted by spells or attacks separately from the victim, including attacks from ethereal creatures. Damage taken by the possessed creature has no effect on the nomad. If the victim dies, the nomad is forced back into its ethereal form.
Only one Nomadic Soul or other creatures with the possession ability can possess a target at a time. If another tries to possess an already possessed target the two possessing forces make a check similar to an Ego check (DC= HD+selected ability score vs opposing total). If the already possessing force wins they get to stay in possession, if the opposing nomad to possess wins they wrestle control away and possesses the target forcing the old possessor back into ethereal form.
The nomad can sense anything the victim can, even including the benefits of blind sight or other exceptional senses the victim may have. At any time, the Nomadic Soul can communicate with the victim telepathically, projecting words in any language the victim understands directly into the victim's thoughts. The nomad is constantly aware of the victim's thoughts. It can also choose to probe the creature's memories as well, but the victim is allowed a Will save. If this saving throw is successful, the nomad cannot probe that creature's thoughts for one day.
A persons soul slowly builds up a defense against the Nomadic Soul. After residing within a specific individual's body for 1 Year - x months, where x is equal to the hosts wisdom modifier (minimum 1 week), the host can take a swift action and instead force the Nomad out from his body and into astral form as if the body was killed. If you try and possess the specific individual again they retain their ability to reject you.
Assume Control (Su)
: At 10th level, a Nomadic Soul gains the ability to exert direct control over a creature it is possessing. Attempting to establish control is a standard action for the Nomad. The victim must make a Will saving throw each round until the Nomad abandons the attempt, or the victim fails a saving throw and the Nomad gains control, or the victim makes three consecutive successful saves, indicating that the Nomad cannot control the victim that day (though it remains in possession of the victim).
Each round of struggle, the victim can take only a single move or attack action. Once the Nomad gains control, it automatically maintains it for a number of rounds equal to its class level + selected ability score modifier, +1 for each previous occasion on which it has controlled this host. When this time elapses, the nomad can attempt to reassert control, as it chooses.
While in control of a victim, the Nomadic Soul has access to all the creature's abilities, skill ranks, and extraordinary abilities. The Nomad now acts as though it is the creature in all respects, until it loses or relinquishes control. The Nomad uses its own Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores for actions such as casting spells and their effects, but adopts all of the possessed creature's physical ability scores. The physical scores of a possessed creature are reduced while being possessed getting a -4 penalty to Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution. After a days worth possessing the body of the species, the penalty lowers by one. If this would cause the penalty to go to zero then the penalty disappears. Note that the penalty is reduced for each day in a body of the possessed species overall, not just in this exact body.
The Nomad retains the use of all his class abilities. This includes spells, assuming the victim’s body allows it, such as a nomad with a spell that depends on his original body to speak wouldn’t be able to use such spell while in a victim’s body that doesn’t have a humanoid mouth. The nomad retains the creature's type, and is affected by spells and other effects as if it were the possessed creature except in regard to its alignment.
For instance, a cornugon possessing the body of a wolf is subject to spells that affect animals, even though it is far more intelligent than a normal wolf.
A balor possessing the body of a paladin is not subject to unholy blight, however, but is fully affected by holy smite and gains a negative level due to the paladin wielding a Holy sword.
A imp possessing a animated table is not subject to spells that don’t affect objects, but is subject to spells like shatter that does affect objects.
The Nomad can choose whether the possessed creature retains awareness of its body's senses and actions, in which case it can mentally communicate with the nomad, or simply blacks out for the duration of the control.
While this is in effect you can use class abilities as though it was your body.
: Upon reaching tenth level a Nomadic Soul starts to become less stable. This will cause his soul to be destroyed in 10d10 years. After that time the Nomadic Soul cannot be resurrected, except by a miracle or wish spell.
This can be stopped by making a deal with a powerful outsider (at least 5 + Nomadic Soul Level).
The details of the deal are up to the DM but the result is that the Nomad's soul is stablised.
In addition in order to level up further in this class you must make this deal, as your ability cannot increase while your soul is damaged.
Strong Soul (Ex)
: As of eleventh level any attempts to bind the Nomadic Soul are fought as if his soul was more powerful. When a Binder tries to make a binder's pact with the Nomad against their will, the DC increases equal to his Nomadic Soul level.
Essence Release (Su):
At 12th level, a Nomadic release the souls within himself. To do this he must complete an hour long ritual which costs 50 gp, at the end of which the binder must make a will check (DC 20). If this check fails the hour and gold pieces are wasted.
To complete this ritual a suitable vessel must be within 30 feet. A "Suitable Vessel" is a creature of the same species that is mindless or a Phylactery of that creature type.
This causes the binding to be removed. Also the soul enters the Vessel, unless the target creature is an elemental or outsider in which case he can physically create a new body within 30 feet.
Possess Dynamic Object (Su)
: At 13th level, a nomad can also possess a substance that has no fixed shape (such as a pool of water or a dust cloud) or is part of a larger object (such as a section of a wall). When it does so, a nomad cannot possess an area or a volume larger than 10ft square per class level.
Soul Tear (Su)
: As of fourteenth level, a Nomadic Soul's touch can tear at the souls of others.
This ability can be activated in one of two ways, firstly he can activate it when he does a natural or unarmed attack, and secondly he can take a standard action to make a touch attack.
If this attack hits, in addition to the damage dealt normally it deals an extra 2d10 untyped damage. If this would cause the target to be unconscious or dying they gain the Sunken Soul template.
: Once a Nomadic Soul attains 15th level, using a burst of taint he can turn the body of the possessed into a hybrid of yours and his temporarily.
As a move action while possessing a creature he can enter Avatar State. This grants the creature:
- The use of your extraordinary abilities.
- The use of all your Supernatural abilities.
- All your natural attacks (Scaled to fit the possessed creatures size) (This includes any that would be gained from the Warped Weapons ability)
- All your movement modes (If you share a movement mode use whichever one is higher)
- Your damage reduction (if you both have Damage reduction then it uses the one with higher DR)
- All your vulnerabilities
- The possessed creatures caster level is increased by +5.
- you gain immunity to being forced out of the possessed creatures body, except by death of the creature.
This effect lasts for a number of rounds equal to your Nomadic Soul Level + Selected ability modifier. This ability can only be activated when the two of you are willing to use it. This ability can be used once per day.
Thrall's Blade (Su)
: Upon reaching level sixteen, while you possess a creature, if it wields a weapon it is affected as though you were possessing it. Thus it can be affected by Charitable Soul, Taint, Wandering Spirit, and increasing the DC of Assume Control.
In addition, if the creature your possessing dies and you would normally be forced into Astral Form, you can choose to instead continue to possess the weapon wielded by the creature.
Thrall's Armory (Su)
: Upon reaching level eighteen, while you possess a creature, if it wields a weapon, wearing armor, or clothing all are affected as though you were possessing them. Thus it can be affected by Charitable Soul, Taint, Wandering Spirit, and increasing the DC of Assume Control.
In addition, if the creature your possessing dies and you would normally be forced into Astral Form, you can choose to instead continue to possess the weapon or armor that was being used by the creature.
Soul Rend (Su)
: As of nineteenth level, a Nomadic Soul's touch can rend the souls of others.
This ability can be activated in one of two ways, firstly he can activate it when he does a natural or unarmed attack, and secondly he can take a standard action to make a touch attack. These attacks gain a +3 distortion bonus on hitting.
If this attack hits, in addition to the damage dealt normally it deals an extra 3d8 untyped damage. If this would cause the target to be unconsious or dying they gain the Sunken Soul template.
If this kills the creature it can never be resurrected, except by the gods themselves.
Soul Rend cannot be used in the same round as Soul Tear.
Nomadic Soul (Ex):
Upon reaching the pinnacle of its power, a Nomadic Soul truly masters his control over manipulating his soul. Upon reaching 20th level his type changes to Outsider (Native).
Also the duration of his Astral Form ability turns to permanent, and the nomad can use Avatar three times per day.
: Spells such as dismissal and banishment are among the only effects that can target a Nomadic Soul separately from the object or creature it inhabits. When these spells are directed against a Nomadic Soul, the spell effect is resolved as if the nomad were in its normal, corporeal form, using its own Hit Dice, saving throws, ability scores, and so on. If successful, these spells drive the nomad out of the victim and back to its home plane. Holy word and similar spells can also drive out a possessing nomad and send it back to its home plane, but a nomad can hide its presence to escape the effects of such spells. Certain other special abilities (such as the Exorcism granted power of the Sacred Exorcist prestige class described in Complete Divine) can force a Nomadic Soul out of a victim and back into its astral form.