Blade of the Heavens (3.5e Prestige Class)

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A remake of the Fist of Raziel, make paladin really good at smiting.

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Blade of the Heavens[edit]

Die you monster!
—Sir Belrod, Human Blade of the Heavens

A blade of the heavens is a warrior chosen by the upper plane to take the fight against the forces of evil. The overwhelming majority stern from the ranks of paladin, with very few blades from other classes.

Becoming a Blade of the Heavens[edit]

Entry Requirements  
Alignment: Any Good. 
Base Attack Bonus: +6. 
Skills: Knowledge (Religion) 4 ranks. 
Feats: Power Attack
Spellcasting: Must be able to cast divine favor
Class Features: Aura of Courage/Resolve, Smite Evil 2/day. 
Special: Must have slain an evil outsider of at least your CR-2 in a one-to-one duel.

Table: The Blade of the Heavens

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spellcasting
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Paladin Abilities, Smite Evil (Good-aligned) +1 level of existing spellcasting class
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Exalted Zeal +1 level of existing spellcasting class
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Evils' Bane, Smite Evil (Blessed) +1 level of existing spellcasting class
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Bonus Feat +1 level of existing spellcasting class
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Chosen of the Heavens, Smite Evil (Ghost Touch) +1 level of existing spellcasting class
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +5 Bonus Feat +1 level of existing spellcasting class
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +5 Smite Evil (Repelling), Timeless Body +1 level of existing spellcasting class
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +6 Bonus Feat, Grace of the Heavens +1 level of existing spellcasting class
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +6 Smite Evil (Chain) +1 level of existing spellcasting class
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +7 Paragon of the Heavens

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Religion) (Int), Knowledge (The Planes) (Int), Listen (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Speak Language (None), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str).

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Blade of the Heavens.

Spellcasting: At each level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a Blade of the Heavens, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.

Paladin Abilities: If a blade of the heavens had levels in paladin she may add her level of blade of the heavens of her paladin level to determine the strength of any of her paladin class features and the number of time per day/encounter she may use those class features. She does not receive any new class features however. This do mot apply to the smite evil class feature (since it get a better progression below).

Smite Evil (Su): At 1st level a blade of heavens receive smite evil as a paladin of her character level. If she had level in paladins, she had her class level+4 to that class to determine the power and the amount of time her smite evil class feature can be used.

Additionally a blade of the Heavens augment the basic function of smiting evil, a blade of the Heavens gains special abilities that operate whenever she smites.

Good-Aligned: At 1st level when a blade of the Heavens smite, her weapon count as good-aligned and for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. If her weapon was already good-aligned her smite instead ignore any damage reduction of any evil creatures.

Blessed: Whenever a 3rd level blade of the Heavens smite her weapon gain all the benefits of the bless weapon spell, unlike the spell this ability works even if the weapon has a magical effect related to critical hits.

Ghost Touch: A 5th level blade of the Heavens count any weapon she wield as ghost touch when smiting.

Repelling: A 7th level blade of the Heavens may force any evil outsider or evil undead creature she smite to make a will save (DC 10 +1/2 HD + her Charisma bonus) or flee from her as if it was frightened for 1 round per class level. A creature who succeed it save is immune to this effect for 24 hours.

Chain: When a 9th level blade of the Heaven successfully smite a creature, she may spend an additional smite attempt to fire a chain solar bolt from the tip of her weapon, with a caster level equal to her character level. The target of the smite must be the primary target.

Exalted Zeal (Ex): A 2nd level blade of the heavens receive Exalted Zeal as a bonus feat. If she already possessed the feat she gain an additional use of smite evil instead.

Evil's Bane (Su): A 3rd level blade of the Heavens is constantly under a magic circle against evil spell with a caster level equal to her character level. She may suppress or resume this ability as a swift action.

Bonus Feat (Ex): At 4th level and each even level thereafter a blade of the Heavens receive a single [Exalted] or [Fighter] feat as a bonus feat that she meet the prerequisites.

Chosen of the Heavens (Ex): A 5th level blade of the Heavens gain the favor of the inhabitants of one of the good-aligned outer plane, she may plane shift (self and willing creature only) at will to that plane and from that plane to the material plane. Whiel in any good-aligned plane the natural denizen of the plane are one step friendlier than normal (to a maximum of friendly), while in her chosen plane however the denizen are two step friendlier (to a maximum of helpful).

Timeless Body (Ex): After attaining 7th level, a blade of the heavens no longer takes ability score penalties for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any penalties she may have already incurred, however, remain in place.

Bonuses still accrue, and the blade of the heavens still dies of old age when her time is up.

Grace of the Heavens (Ex): At 8th level a blade of the Heavens may once per hour succeed any saving throw as if she rolled a natural 20.

Paragon of the Heavens: A 10th level blade of the Heavens become an outsider, she count as native to her chosen plane but is resurrected as a creature of her former type. If you die, you are resurrected on your chosen plane 24 hours later at no level loss or cost, this effect does not apply if your soul is somehow trapped or prevented from resurrecting. Additionally she gain a special ability based on the chosen plane:

Arcadia: You can smite chaotic creature with your smite evil class feature. You can smite evil creature with your smite chaos class feature.

Celestia: You radiate light as daylight spell, as long as you do all evil creatures within 30 ft. of you are dazzled.

Bytopia: You gain a fly speed of 60 ft. (perfect) and you are immune to any spell that change gravity.

Elysium: You are immune to [compulsion] effect.

Beastlands: Animals and magical beast are never hostile to you, unless you provoke or attack them. Magical beasts with a Intelligence of 3 or higher are not affected by this ability.

Arborea: By spending one smite attempt you may replicate the effect of call lightning with a caster level equal to your character level, if you spend 3 you replicate call lightning storm instead.

Ysgard: You gain one Creature Killer feat as a bonus feat.



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Class Ability ProgressionOther +
Fortitude Save ProgressionGood +
Identifier3.5e Prestige Class +
Length10 +
Minimum Level6 +
RatingUnrated +
Reflex Save ProgressionPoor +
SkillBalance +, Climb +, Concentration +, Craft +, Diplomacy +, Gather Information +, Handle Animal +, Heal +, Hide +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Perform +, Profession +, Ride +, Search +, Sense Motive +, Sleight of Hand +, Speak Language +, Spellcraft +, Spot + and Swim +
Skill Points4 +
SummaryA remake of the Fist of Raziel, make paladin really good at smiting. +
TitleBlade of the Heavens +
Will Save ProgressionGood +