Watch Detective - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
When thieves and murderers strike in the night, citizens always wonder whether anyone can track down the perpetrators and set things straight. When the watch detective is on the case, they can rest easy
The watch detective specializes in solving mysteries. Using a battery of clue-ferreting skills and abilities, he evaluates and discards possibilities until only one remains - the truth. The Rule of Evidence to which he ascribes (see sidebar) restrains him from using his gifts to gain the truth through unfair means, demanding that he focus only on tangible facts as proof. Of course, once the watch detective solves the mystery, it's likely that the guilty party won't want to be brought to justice. Thus, it's also important for the watch detective to know the techniques of combat.
Fighters and warriors make up the bulk of any city watch force, but watch detectives often begin their careers as rangers or rogues. The vast majority of the rangers who opt for this prestige class are urban rangers. Wizards, sorcerers, clerics, and bards make especially good watch detectives when they can qualify for the class, though they may find that the Rule of Evidence hampers their ability to get at the truth. Elves find this lifestyle especially gratifying because it celebrates the mind in a not-too-subtle show of intellectual superiority. Gnomes and halflings have the inquisitive streak necessary for this career, and they have established many an effective city watch force in lands where their size would otherwise be a detriment.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Watch Detective, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any nonevil.
- Skills: Gather Information 4 ranks, Knowledge (any) 4 ranks, Search 8 ranks.
- Feats: Track.
- Special: The watch detective must honor the Rule of Evidence. If he abandons this code, he loses all special abilities of the prestige class until he retrains for six months under a local authority.
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