Faerûnian Prestige Class : Scourge Maiden
Scourge maidens are warrior-priestesses of Loviatar dedicated to pain and anguish. They have perfected the art of torture, both physical and mental, and they find their own spiritual satisfaction by tormenting anyone they can. The scourge, Loviatar's favored weapon, is an implement of war and persecution for all scourge maidens.
Clerics and cleric/fighters who are initiated into inner circle of Loviatar's followers are eligible to become scourge maidens. Few others have the demeanor and talents to serve in such a fashion.
Scourge maidens are the frontline combatants within temples dedicated to Loviatar. They are responsible for fetching prisoners, defending high-ranking priestesses, and inflicting painful punishment on offenders. Though scourge maidens typically work in groups with one another, they can and do undertake solitary quests. These servants of Loviatar can be found in the company of adventurers - so long as those adventurers are not squeamish and have the moral latitude to accept a sadist in their midst.
To qualify to become a Scourge Maiden, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Gender: Female
- Alignment: Lawful evil, lawful neutral, or neutral evil
- Skills: Heal 4 ranks, Intimidate 8 ranks, Use Rope 4 ranks
- Feats: Initiate of Loviatar, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (scourge),
- Base Attack Bonus: +4
- Patron Deity: Loviatar.
Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
All of the following are Class Features of the scourge maiden prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Scourge maidens gain no weapon or armor proficiencies.
Spells Per Day/Spells Known: At each odd-numbered level, a scourge maiden gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in a divine spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class level. She does, not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chance of turning or destroying undead, metamagic or item creation feats, and so on). If she had more than one divine spellcasting class before becoming a scourge maiden, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day and spells known.
Weapon Focus: A scourge maiden receives Weapon Focus (scourge) as a bonus feat.
Bane (Sp): At 2nd level and above, a scourge maiden can fill her enemies with fear and doubt. This ability, usable three times per day, duplicates the effects of the bane spell, with a save DC equal to 11+ the scourge maiden's Cha modifier. The caster level is equal to her divine spellcaster level.
Crushing Despair (Sp): A 3rd-level scourge maiden can evoke great sadness. Three times per day, the scourge maiden can use crushing despair, with a save DC equal to 14+ the scourge maiden's Cha modifier. The caster level is equal to her divine spellcaster level.
Stunning Strike (Ex): Beginning at 4th level, a scourge maiden can stun an opponent with a blow from her scourge. She must declare that she is using this ability before she makes her attack roll (thus, a failed attack roll ruins the attempt). This ability forces a foe damaged by the scourge maiden's attack to make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10+ 1/2 the scourge maiden's character level + the maiden's Wis modifier), in addition to dealing damage normally. An opponent who fails this saving throw is stunned for 1 round (until just before the scourged maiden's next action). A stunned character can't act, loses any Dexterity bonus to AC, and takes a -2 penalty to AC. A scourge maiden can attempt a stunning attack once per day for every scourge maiden level she has attained, and no more than once per round. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to critical hits cannot be stunned.
Painful Strike (Ex): At 5th level, the scourge maiden can cause great pain with her scourge attacks. She can spend one of her stunning strike daily uses to subject the target of her scourge to such debilitating pain that he is nauseated for 2 rounds. A successful Fortitude save (DC as stunning strike) negates the effect. Creatures immune to stunning attacks are also immune to this ability.
Agonizing Strike (Ex): At 6th level, the scourge maiden can cause crippling pain with her scourge attacks. She can spend one of her stunning strike daily uses to subject the target to such punishing pain that he immediately drops prone and is dazed by the agony for 1d4 rounds. Being prone means the victim gains a +4 bonus to Armor Class against ranged attacks, but takes a -4 penalty to Armor Class against melee attacks. A successful Fortitude save (DC as stunning strike) negates the effect. Creatures immune to stunning attacks are also immune to this ability.
|Scourge Maiden||Hit Die: d8|
|CL||BAB||Fort||Ref||Will||Special||Spells per day/Known|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+2||Weapon Focus (scourge)||+1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+3||Crushing despair 3/day||+1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+4||Painful strike||+1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
Source: Shining South