Stalwart Warden - Epic Prestige Class
This Prestige class uses elements that may not be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
The stalwart warden personifies the mettle and endurance of the dwarven race. Despite his short stature, this mighty dwarf stands tall in the defense of his charge, whether that be an individual, a town of innocents, or an entire race. More than one orc warlord has made the mistake of urging his troops on with the statement, "It's only a single dwarf, how can he hope to stop us?"
Fighters, paladins, monks, rangers, and even ex-barbarians all make fine stalwart wardens. Some clerics choose to follow this path, although this is rare since they must forsake improving their spellcasting abilities. Dwarven defenders most often become stalwart wardens and are readily prepared for this class since they've already pledged some level of service or loyalty to the dwarven people. Similarly, the devoted defender (from Sword and Fist) can aspire to become a stalwart warden. Arcane spellcasters have little to gain from this class.
A stalwart warden puts the needs of others before his own, although this can take many forms. Some live spartan lifestyles, preferring to avoid personal involvement. Others live as their fellows, reveling in all that life has to offer. Regardless of personality, however, the stalwart warden remains ever vigilant for danger.
Hit Die: d12
To qualify to become a Stalwart Warden, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Race: Dwarf
- Alignment: Lawful good or lawful neutral
- Skills: Listen 10 ranks, Sense Motive 5 ranks, Spot 10 ranks.
- Feats: Alertness, Endurance, Iron Will, and Toughness.
Epic Feats: Epic Toughness.
- Base Attack Bonus: +21.
- Special: Must have damage reduction from a feat or class feature.
Epic Level Handbook
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