Knight of the Scale - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Bolstered by the divine power of their god and driven by the force of their sacred duty, knights of the scale travel throughout the world raising sword and shield against the threat of dragonkind. Undaunted by the primal fury of formidable breath weapons and razor-edged claws, these stalwart heroes do battle wherever the taint of draconic evil gains a foothold.
Unlike their more traditional noble counterparts, knights of the scale (also referred to as scale knights) are called from every social rank and caste, causing some hidebound folk to cast a disdainful glance whenever they make an appearance. Despite the vagaries of their breeding, these fierce warriors embody a nobility of spirit and purity of purpose that shines forth when confronted by a draconic adversary. Knights of the scale do not throw caution to the wind and foolishly charge into battle with a dragon, preferring instead to plan as carefully as possible. However, bravery, courage and strength are paramount for these characters. Scale knights seek to face and defeat dragons through force of arms, faith, and intellect while remaining true to the strict dictates of their honor and sense of duty. Sneaking in to a black dragon's cavern and dropping the ceiling upon its head would be anathema to them for example.
Paladins, fighters and clerics make excellent knights of the scale. Some barbarians also find themselves called to this pursuit while rogues and arcane spellcasters rarely don the armor and shield of a scale knight.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Knight of the Scale, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any good
- Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 4 ranks, Ride 9 ranks
- Feats: Mounted Combat, Weapon Focus (Lance, heavy),
- Base Attack Bonus: +6
- Special: A character seeking to become a knight of the scale must have killed a dragon (either singly or as part of a group) of young adult age or older and commissioned a suit of armor constructed from its scales.
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