Pious Templar - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Sworn to the defense of a temple site, the templar is a holy warrior blessed by her deity with combat prowess and great endurance. She bears her deity's favored weapon into battle and fights her deity's enemies without question or hesitation. In addition to defending the temple itself, a templar may be charged with additional duties, including a campaign to attack foes on their own home ground.
Faithful people of all professions can enter the ranks of the templars; clerics and paladins are especially likely to do so. Some temples (such as those of Boccob or Wee Jas) welcome wizards and sorcerers to become templars, valuing those characters' ability to use arcane magic combined with the martial training of the templar. Likewise, Olidammara's temples are often guarded by rogue/templars, who combine combat training with sneak attack tactics. Ranger/templars serve in temples of Ehlonna and Obad-Hai, while barbarian/templars are not unknown in temples of Kord or Erythnul. Only monks, with their own specialized combat training, are unlikely to adopt the templar class.
NPC templars usually live cloistered in temple buildings or attached quarters.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become a Pious Templar, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Knowledge (religion) 4 ranks.
- Feats: True Believer, Weapon Focus (with her deity's favored weapon).
- Base Attack Bonus: +5.
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