Order of the Bow Initiate - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
The Way of the Bow is used by some for spiritual self-improvement, by others a philosophical art. Others practice it as a way of life, and yet others employ it as a religious ceremony. Of course, many find the art of killing with the bow to be an important skill in a dangerous world. The Way of the Bow is always what you make of it. The Way of the Bow embraces the following concepts:
Through one's archery, one's true character can be determined.
The Way of the Bow is a spiritual art. By learning it, the archer learns about himself. By improving in the Way of the Bow, the archer improves himself.
The Way of the Bow is a highly meditative martial art whose ultimate goals are Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
When asked, "What is Truth?", a Master Archer picks up his bow, fires an arrow and, without saying a word, lets his mastery of the bow serve as the gauge of the archer's progress along the "way," thereby showing the archer's knowledge of reality, or "truth" itself.
The Way of the Bow is a matter of precision and discipline: the relationship you have with your bow, the arrow, your body, and your mind. The Way of the Bow is standing meditation. When you shoot, you can see the reflection of your mind, as in a mirror. The target is the mirror. When you release, you also let go of your ego. You can see your own mind.
Fighters are the most common initiates of the Order of the Bow. Powerful rangers, paladins, and even barbarians utilize these skills and philosophies as well.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become an Order of the Bow Initiate, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Craft (bowmaking) 5 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks
- Feats: Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Weapon Focus (longbow or shortbow or the composite version of either),
- Base Attack Bonus: +5.
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