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    Default [3.5 Base Class]The Judicar- The Paladin's Morally Grey Cousin

    Background- For some reason, people have been talking about ethics where I am lately. Part of the discussion is about what is right and what is wrong. This got me thinking about the Paladin. Nobody, and I mean, NOBODY is as uptight and rigid as the stereotypical member of that class. I got to thinking about what if there was a class for people who judged others for their sins(like Paladins), but weren't necessarily proponents of law, making decisions based on what is necessary and just, also taking in the balance of the universal forces? And so this class was born.

    The Judicar

    "You think you can get away with doing whatever you want until Justice's Hammer comes down upon you. Literally. Nothing personal, but I'm going to have to beat you unconscious with it so you can face punishment for your deeds."
    -Tel Azod, Judicar who just came across a criminal

    Judicars are of a complicated sort. They all try to maintain the balance of the forces in the universe, but do so differently.While one may go after evil beings for crimes against good beings, it is equally likely that the same one will go after a good being for crimes against evil ones. After all, just because someone is a monster does not mean that one should not pay the price for murdering such a being. Judicars find out wrongs committed against beings, and then seek to deliver retribution to transgressors.

    A History:
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    Judicars were originally formed around the same time Asmodeus and his followers truly became devils. Originally good-aligned outsiders with a more neutral bent, they initially joined Asmodeus and his kind, thinking to fittingly punish rightfully those who disturbed the balance between good and evil and that between law and chaos, as they realized that neither should gain an advantage, as should one force prevail, without an opposite it should be destroyed. However, once they realized Asmodeus and his followers restricted their focus mainly to mortals, and tempted them to commit such acts themselves, most of them left, disgusted with this perversion of Justice and Balance, although a few stayed, fully converted to the devils' points of view, although they did not leave without converts of their own. Upon this escape, they attempted to administer Justice themselves, as they could not go back to the deities they strayed from, for they had initially sided with the devils. However, no matter how powerful they were, the facts were that they were too few in numbers to manage to make any serious dent in the administration of Justice.

    As such, they taught a sizable number of mortals who, while not being too righteous, knew how to correctly administer Justice. Through such tutoring, these mortals learned how to draw upon their strong sense of Justice in order to gain powers that helped administrate it. However, once the deities, good and bad, got wind of such actions, they all, even lawful deities, teamed up to seek out these Judicars and stamp them out, for even the lawful deities did not agree with their judgement on sins. As such, celestial armies and clerics hunted down most of the Judicars, slaying them by numbers if they could not with power. If the Judicar was too powerful, then they tried to capture him or her and bring them before their deity to be punished. The gods of Law passed this judgement upon them: Either the Judicars agreed to administer punishment as they saw fit, or perish. The Judicars were mostly won over to the gods' side. However, these Judicars lost most of their powers as, by agreeing to such a deal, their sense of Justice had been corrupted. The deities agreed to supply some of their own power to these former Judicars, but even then they could not equal the Judicars or completely regained their powers, becoming a mere shadow of what they had been, now calling themselves Paladins.

    At this point, there were few Judicars left, the precise number of which most accounts agree was 21, 11 standing before the gods, and 10 having concealed themselves from the search for them. As the gods were about to have the existing Judicars executed, gathering their power for a divine blow that would even destroy their very souls, thus not allowing them to pass on their techniques even from the grave, or come back as Undead, the outsiders who taught the Judicars in the first place, now called Grey Angels or Grey Devils(collectively known as the Grey), broke through a barrier that had been meant to block them out in the first place, the barrier weakening as the gods took power from it to gather their divine blow. The Grey swooped in and got the Judicars away from the attack. Some of the Grey were annihilated by the attack, being reduced to only the barest scraps of their being. In order to preserve their kin, the Grey gathered power to create a place between the planes where they could go to keep on living in only the barest of senses, becoming the first, and most ancient, vestiges. After the Grey escaped with the Judicars, many deities were eager to hunt them down as before. However, their clerics and many other deities, even Erythnul, it is said, were tired of the bloodshed. After a while, the rest of the deities agreed, seeing the rapid growth of their paladins upon the Material Plane, while the Judicars that survived only continued to have a few disciples at best. As such, they felt confident in their numbers, and agreed to leave them alone. As of recently, at least so it would seem to the gods, Judicars have become more commonplace than before. However, still confident in their numbers and power, the deities remain uninvolved in such matters, trusting that the Judicars have learned their lesson and not to grow too numerous once again.


    Adventures: Judicars often adventure in order to deliver punishment to those who deserve it, as was their original purpose. While some Judicars serve as judges for disputes in some rural districts, such positions do not lead to much chance to punish major wrongdoers, and thus adventure in order to find wrongs to right.

    Characteristics: Judicars, unlike their Paladin cousins, are not very similar. Judicars can be of any alignment, including evil, or surprisingly, chaos. However, Judicars share in common a good deal of their powers, although those vary too, and a few personality characteristics. The prevalent one is a strong sense of Justice. Another is a tendency to be informal, even amongst lawful Judicars, as they tend to see Paladins as a lot with a you-know-what up their you-know-where.

    Alignment: Many shy away from being Lawful, although there is a sizable number of Lawful Judicars, and a very small few are even Chaotic. On the Good vs. Evil axis, Judicars are almost as equally likely to be good as they are evil, with good Judicars having a slight advantage. However, the most prevalent alignment is True Neutral, and most Judicars have at least one Neutral component to their alignment. However, it should be cautioned that Judicars do not always act corresponding to their alignment, with sometimes Good Judicars commiting evil acts(no matter how small), and the inverse applying to evil Judicars, as many still follow the principle of Balance, and seek to balance out their normal acts with acts of the opposite nature, in order to disturb the balance of forces in the universe, although a sizable minority act as they please, figuring that someone somewhere, probably a Judicar, is doing the same and committing acts of the opposite nature.

    Religion: Most Judicars tend to shy away from deity worship. However, some worship or pay homage impartial judges like Chronepsis, or uncaring gods like Boccob either because they agree with the god's dogma or else to at least show the deities that they respect them in order to not incur divine wrath. Many also worship the concepts of Balance and Justice.

    Background: Judicars can come from any social or economic class. However, most have received training from an older Judicar, who, after watching them for a while, select them as their apprentice. However, some manifest their powers from an innately strong sense of Justice, or manifest them due to being descended from one of the Grey.

    Races: Members of most races have equal probability of being a Judicar, but races that tend towards neutrality tend to be selected most. Also prominent amongst the ranks of the Judicar are humans, being numerous, some elves and half-elves, as many elves were Judicar in ancient times, and surprisingly, some Aasimar or Tieflings, having been descended from one of the Grey in their original incarnations.

    Other Classes: Judicars tend to get along with members of most classes, tending to serve as mediators in conflicts between members of the party, although Judicars and Paladins tend to often get into conflict, even should they be friends, due to their history, and any classes that excessively focus on one alignment or aspect of alignment tend to receive quite a bit of lecturing on Balance, sometimes intentionally causing enmity.

    Role: Judicars primarily serve as front-line fighters, and sometimes as tanks. Judicars also are good for healing and some divination ability, and the occasional AoE as they get more powerful, although these are not their prime specialties.

    Adaptation: This can easily just be formatted to simply pander to people who wanted a better paladin, saying that the paladins today are the mere shadows of what they were in the past, and that Judicars in the day of your campaign are the disciples of the true Paladin's Path.

    GAME RULE INFORMATION
    Judicars have the following game statistics.
    Abilities: Many Judicars tend to have high Wisdom scores for their abilities, and also tend to have high Constitution Scores, followed by Strength as an important score.
    Alignment: Any
    Hit Die: d10
    Starting Gold: 4d4 x 10 gp

    Class Skills:Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (nobility and royalty) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), and Sense Motive (Wis). Also, as Judicars are encouraged to make use of whatever skills their background provides, Judicars also add any 3 skills of their to this list.


    Skill Points at First Level: (4 + Int modifier) x 4
    Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier

    The Combatant
    [{table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special

    1st|
    +1
    |
    +2
    |
    +0
    |
    +1
    |Warhammer of Justice 1d8, Healing Power of Justice, Justice Detection

    2nd|
    +2
    |
    +3
    |
    +0
    |
    +1
    |Power of Justice

    3rd|
    +3
    |
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +2
    |Ally of Justice(Personal), Warhammer of Justice 2d8

    4th|
    +4
    |
    +4
    |
    +1
    |
    +2
    |Power of Justice

    5th|
    +5
    |
    +4
    |
    +1
    |
    +3
    |Healing Power of Justice(Ability Points), Warhammer of Justice 3d8

    6th|
    +6
    |
    +5
    |
    +2
    |
    +3
    |Power of Justice

    7th|
    +7
    |
    +5
    |
    +2
    |
    +3
    |Grand Warhammer of Justice, Warhammer of Justice 4d8

    8th|
    +8
    |
    +6
    |
    +2
    |
    +4
    |Power of Justice

    9th|
    +9
    |
    +6
    |
    +3
    |
    +4
    |Ally of Justice(Other), Warhammer of Justice 5d8

    10th|
    +10
    |
    +7
    |
    +3
    |
    +5
    |Power of Justice, Healing Power of Justice(Conditions)

    11th|
    +11
    |
    +7
    |
    +3
    |
    +5
    |Enhanced Ally of Justice(Self), Warhammer of Justice 6d8

    12th|
    +12
    |
    +8
    |
    +4
    |
    +6
    |Power of Justice

    13th|
    +13
    |
    +8
    |
    +4
    |
    +6
    |Healing Power of Justice(Negative Levels), Warhammer of Justice 7d8

    14th|
    +14
    |
    +9
    |
    +4
    |
    +6
    |Power of Justice

    15th|
    +15
    |
    +9
    |
    +5
    |
    +7
    |Enhanced Ally of Justice(Other), Warhammer of Justice 8d8

    16th|
    +16
    |
    +10
    |
    +5
    |
    +7
    |Power of Justice

    17th|
    +17
    |
    +10
    |
    +5
    |
    +8
    |Impact of Justice, Warhammer of Justice 9d8

    18th|
    +18
    |
    +11
    |
    +6
    |
    +8
    |Power of Justice

    19th|
    +19
    |
    +11
    |
    +6
    |
    +9
    |Mjolner's Strike, Warhammer of Justice 10d8

    20th|
    +20
    |
    +12
    |
    +6
    |
    +9
    |Power of Justice, Eternal Judge[/table]

    Class Features

    Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Judicars are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, armors, and shields(except tower shields)

    Warhammer of Justice:
    At 1st level, you may manifest your strong sense of Justice in material form. This forms as a Warhammer, and may be formed at any time as a move action. It deals 1d8 damage, regardless of size, and this damage increases by 1 die at every odd level.Should it lose contact with you for more than one round, it disappears, but may be remade with another move action.

    Healing Power of Justice: All Judicars knows the healing power Justice has on the body and soul. They gain the ability to heal others as a standard action by touching them. They learn to heal their level x their Wisdom modifier + 1 hit points per day, being able to split them amongst multiple uses.

    At 5th level, by expending 5 hit points, you may remove 1 damage of ability point damage or remove the dazed, fatigued, or sickened condition from an individual.

    At 10th level, by expending 10 hit points, you may remove the exhausted, nauseated, poisoned, or stunned condition from one individual.

    At 13th, you may expend 15 hit points to remove a negative level or the blinded, deafened, or diseased condition of an individual.

    Justice Detection: As a standard action, you may choose to try and detect the wrongdoing in the area around you. This acts as Detect Evil, except that you choose to try to detect wrong acts around you. By concentrating for 1 round, you may determine the magnitude of an act(treat act as having an HD equal to the absolute difference between the perpetrator and the victim, and must qualify by being an act that harms someone in some way). By concentrating for 2 rounds, you may discern whether or not someone is dealing with the act.

    Power of Justice:
    At 2nd level, your sense of Justice starts to see fit that you are equipped with increased power. You gain this class feature again at each even level. When you gain this class feature, select 1 ability from the list below:
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    Enhanced Warhammer: You may add 1 die of damage to your Warhammer of Justice. Upon selecting this Power of Justice, while you may select it again, you may not select it until after the next time you may choose a Power of Justice.

    Detect Crime: You may determine what act is being perpetrated upon using your Justice Detection ability.

    Mark of Justice: Prerequisite: Detect Crime. Upon detecting a crime, you may decide to leave an effect similar to an Arcane Mark upon him. However, this mark also lets you know once per day per two levels what direction the criminal is located in and the distance between you two. In combat, this translates to a +1 per 4 levels to all attack and damage rolls against the target. You may leave a number of marks equal to 1/4 your level + your Wis modifier.

    Remote Justice Dispensal: Prerequisite: Detect Crime. Upon detecting a crime, you may deal damage equal to 1/2 your level as a free action.

    Wound for a Wound: Prerequisites: Eye for an Eye, has selected at least one different Power of Justice since taking Eye for an Eye. Once per day per three Judicar levels, as an immediate action, you may choose to deal 1/2 the damage an attack deals to you to the person who dealt the damage to you. This acts as a ranged touch attack. You may select this ability again in order to gain another use.

    Eye for an Eye:
    Once per day per two Judicar levels, whenever an opponent bestows a condition upon you, you may, as an immediate action, bestow the same condition upon them. This acts as a ranged touch attack. The condition bestowed upon him lasts as long for him as it does for you. You may select this ability again in order to gain an additional use.

    Life for a Life: Prerequisites: Wound for a Wound, Eye for an Eye, 16th level. Should an opponent kill you, you may expend three uses of Wound for a Wound in order to do the same for them. The one who killed you must make a Will save against a DC equal to 15 + your Judicar level + your Wisdom modifier. Should it succeed, then the opponent dies too. This does not apply to Avenge Other.

    Avenge Other: Prerequisite: Eye for an Eye. You may apply the Eye for an Eye ability for an ally.(ex. an ally is nauseated. The Judicar spends a use to inflict the same condition upon the one who bestowed the effect).This applies to Wound for a Wound should you get it. This Power does not count for the qualification for Wound for a Wound.

    In Tune with Justice: Your Justice Detection expands by 20 ft. You may teleport to the scene of any activity detected by Justice Detection as a free action, even if you don't have line of sight to it. You may select this ability again in order to expand it by 10 ft.

    Justice Hammer Throw: You may throw your Warhammer at an opponent within 15 ft, after which it disappears. You may expand the range by 10 feet.

    Crime on the Mind: Prerequisite: Judicar 6th level. You may cast Detect Thoughts at-will, but may only read thoughts that involve some kind of wrongdoing. Initially, you must be in contact with the subject in order to read their thoughts. You may select this ability again in order to expand its radius of effect by 10 ft.

    Crimes Past Done:
    Prerequisite: Crime on the Mind 20 ft. Your Crime on the Mind ability changes in order to include Probe Thoughts. This kind of usage has half the range that the Detect Thoughts ability does. Upon use of the Crime on the Mind, you must choose which ability you are making use of.

    Hindsight: You may look into the past once per day per 3 Judicar levels(minimum 1). This allows you to see everything that happened within 30 ft of where you are standing for the past X minutes, X equaling your Judicar level. You may select this ability again in order to do one of the following: Expand the radius by 20 ft, change minutes to half hours, half hours to hours, hours to days, days to weeks and so on, or gain an additional use of this ability.

    Foresight:
    Prerequisite: Able to use Hindsight in order to look into the past for X hours. You may see what people will do wrong in the future. You may look into the future for X rounds, X equaling 1/2 your Judicar level. For those rounds, you gain the benefits of the Precognition power, and also upon use, you know what will happen for those rounds as seen through your future self's eyes. You may use this ability once per day per 4 Judicar levels. You may select this ability again in order to either gain another use of the ability or increase the effect to increase it to (your Judicar level) rounds, after that to (1.5 x your level) rounds, after that to (2 x your Judicar level) rounds, and so on.

    Look to the Past: Prerequisite: Hindsight. You may share the effects of your Hindsight ability with a number of individuals equal to 1.5 x your Wisdom modifier.

    Witnesses to the Past Wrong: Prerequisite: Hindsight, Look to the Past, Crimes Past Done. You may use Hindsight on a wrong you see a person has done in the past, allowing others to witness the crime for themselves.

    Vengeance: Sometimes, what is Just is getting Revenge. You gain a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls against enemies who have dealt at least your Judicar level in damage to you. You may select this ability again after the next Power of Justice choice you make, increasing the bonus to attack and damage rolls by 1.

    Disabling Thump:
    Prerequisites: Enhanced Warhammer. You may subsitute 2 dice of damage for 1 point of damage to any one physical ability score. You may select this ability again in order to apply its benefits to mental ability scores, or to allow you to sacrifice an additional 2 dice of damage for an additional 1 point of damage to physical ability scores, or, if you have access to it, mental ability scores, choosing one type of ability score for this purpose.



    Ally of Justice: At 3rd level, you learn how to assume a form to dispense Justice in that not only disguises you to your enemies, but also enhances your abilities. You may assume the form of an Ally of Justice for a number of rounds per day equal to your level. These rounds need not be spent consecutively. When in this form, your armor and such change. So long as they did not see you transform, nobody recognizes you or connects the fact that you and you in the form of an ally of Justice are the same person. Also, all physical ability scores are increased by 2. Also, your speed is enhanced by 5 ft in this form.

    At 9th level, you gain the ability to turn others into Allies of Justice. This can be done once per day per 5 class levels. You grant a target ally within 20 ft the same benefit as the Ally of Justice ability for a number of rounds equal up to 1/2 your Judicar level. Additionally, they gain one Power of Justice ability you have for the duration, but such effect only may be used once during the time they are transformed, or should the benefit be constant, benefits them with 1/2 the normal strength.

    Grand Warhammer of Justice:
    At 7th level, you learn how to hinder your foes with it. You may, as a standard action, transform your Warhammer into a greater version of a Warhammer for a number of rounds per day equal to 1/2 your level + 1. This doubles all weapons statistics for the Warhammer, except damage, to which one die is added.

    Enhanced Ally of Justice:
    At 11th level, the power of your Ally of Justice form is enhanced. While in it, you gain immunity to one type of effect that is not death effects(ex. mind-affecting, feat, etc.), and all physical ability scores are enhanced by 4. Also, your speed is enhanced by 10 ft in this form.

    At 15th, your Ally of Justice enhancement also applies to your Ally of Justice as applied to others. Also, the one Power of Justice ability granted works at full effect, instead of limited uses per day or halving the effect.

    Impact of Justice: At 17th level, you learn how to give more impact to a blow by your Warhammer. You may increase your Warhammer's damage by 2 dice for a number of rounds per day equal to 1/2 your level.

    Mjolner's Strike:
    At 19th level, you learn how to make use of a fragment of the power a rare deity of Justice once used. You gain a number of uses of this ability equal to 1/3 your level. By expending one use, you may double the damage one attack with a Warhammer against an enemy, and gain a +2 bonus to the attack. By expending two uses, you may create an effect that is similar to Earthquake, except that it is an Extraordinary effect, and all within the area are dealt damage equal to 1/2 your Warhammer's damage, in addition to any dealt by the Earthquake effect.

    Eternal Judge:
    At 20th level, your very being is made out of Justice. Your type changes to Outsider, and you gain the ability to enter the Form of the Eternal Judge. While affected by this, your size increases by one size, and your Warhammer deals twice as much damage upon impact. You may enter this Form for a number of rounds equal to your Judicar level, which need not be spent consecutively. Also, once per day per 10 levels of Judicar you have, you may call down the ultimate divine punishment. This acts as an Instant Death effect, that can even bypass immunity. Before you do so, you must first accuse a being of a crime worthy of death(such as murder or treason), and if they truly did so, they are affected by the ability. However, if it turns out they are innocent of such a crime, you are instead dealt 1d6 damage per Judicar level.

    Later on, I may make a Grey template and/or a few Grey Heritage feats, if there's enough interest in them, but that's all for now.

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    Default Re: [3.5 Base Class]The Judicar- The Paladin's Morally Grey Cousin

    Thematically I like it.

    So they heal at first.
    Mark of Justice: Prerequisite: Detect Crime. Upon detecting a crime, you may decide to leave an effect similar to an Arcane Mark upon him. However, this mark also lets you know once per day per two levels what direction the criminal is located in and the distance between you two. In combat, this translates to a +1 per 4 levels to all attack and damage rolls against the target. You may leave a number of marks equal to 1/4 your level + your Wis modifier.
    Upon him =yourself or criminal? Just checking

    I like the ability to see past crimes.

    So Ally of Justice transforms you, but what exactly does this look like: is it He-Man like?

    Not sure on power level but seems not overpowered.

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    Default Re: [3.5 Base Class]The Judicar- The Paladin's Morally Grey Cousin

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck_II View Post

    Upon him =yourself or criminal? Just checking
    On the criminal.
    So Ally of Justice transforms you, but what exactly does this look like: is it He-Man like?
    It pretty much looks like how you want. Your Ally of Justice form could look He-Man like, like Spiderman, Thor, or whatever kind of superhero you can think of. When I had it playtested, one of my players decided to have his male character's Ally of Justice form look like a magical girl. Just because he could. Kind of interesting, though.
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    Anyone else want to comment/PEACH this?
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