Hellwalker (3.5e Prestige Class)

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What terrors do you think I have not already seen?

Life in the Lower Planes is generally nasty, brutish, and short, and it is only the strongest survive long enough to learn the mysteries and unique properties of these locales. The Hellwalker is one such individual. Trained in the Lower Planes and weaned on the taint of evil, these solitary hunters roam the Lower Planes, traveling along planar byways and through networks of portals too dangerous or erratic for regular use.

Becoming a Hellwalker

Entry Requirements
Skills: Knowledge (Planes) 4 ranks, Survival 8 ranks.
Feats: Track.
Special: Must have visited every Lower Plane, and lived at least one year in the Lower Planes.

Table: The Hellwalker

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spellcasting
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Members Only +1 spellcaster level
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Craft of the Lower Planes
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Free Traveler's Checks +1 spellcaster level
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 Craft of the Lower Planes
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Membership has Privileges, Skill of War +1 spellcaster level

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Hide (Dex), Knowledge (Geography) (Int), Knowledge (The Planes) (Int), Listen (Wis) Move Silently (Dex), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Speak Language, Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis).

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Hellwalkers gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Spellcasting: At levels 1, 3, and 5, the Hellwalker casts spells (including gaining any new spell slots and spell knowledge) as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class he had previous to gaining that level. If the character does not have any levels in any spellcasting classes when he takes his first level of Hellwalker, this class feature gives him levels in Sorcerer spellcasting.

Members Only (Ex): At 1st level, a Hellwalker attunes himself to energies of the Lower Planes. While on the Lower Planes, he counts as if under the effect of a Attune Form spell. If not currently on a Lower Plane, he may cast plane shift at will, with his target destination being a location on a Lower Plane.

Craft of the Lower Planes: At 2nd and 4th level, the Hellwalker learns the martial or mystical arts of the Lower Planes. He can choose to gain a +1 to spellcasting level, or a +1d6 to sneak attack dice(but only if he has sneak attack dice from another class), or a fighter bonus feat(which is must meet the prerequisites). Once chosen, this ability cannot be changed.

Free Traveller's Checks (Sp): At 3rd level, the Hellwalker has so attuned himself to the energies of the Lower Planes that he can call this energy to himself, ferrying himself with it when the energy is strong and drawing it to him when it does not exist. While on a Lower Plane, the Hellwalker can cast teleport without error at will as a spell-like ability, with a limit of 50 pounds over his own weight. While not on a Lower Plane, a Hellwalker can cast planar bubble on himself, at will, and he can choose to be a native of any one Lower Plane(chosen each time this effect is used) for the purposes of this spell.

Membership has Privileges (Sp): A Hellwalker of 5th level has tapped into a rarely used and poorly maintained network of portals dotting the Lower Planes, and he can manipulate those portals for his own purposes. The Hellwalker may cast gate (travel version only) as a spell-like ability once per day. Unlike a normal gate, only living creatures and attended objects may pass through this gate. This ability can only be used if at least one side of the gate is on a Lower Plane.

Skill of War: At 5th level, the Hellwalker's Base Attack Bonus increases by 1 permanently.

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Allowed AlignmentsLawful Good +, Lawful Neutral +, Lawful Evil +, Neutral Good +, Neutral +, Neutral Evil +, Chaotic Good +, Chaotic Neutral + and Chaotic Evil +
Article BalanceHigh +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionOther +
Class AbilityArcane Spellcasting + and Divine Spellcasting +
Class Ability ProgressionPartial +
Fortitude Save ProgressionGood +
Identifier3.5e Prestige Class +
Length5 +
Minimum Level5 +
RatingUndiscussed +
Reflex Save ProgressionPoor +
SkillBalance +, Climb +, Concentration +, Diplomacy +, Handle Animal +, Hide +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Move Silently +, Profession +, Ride +, Speak Language +, Spellcraft +, Spot + and Survival +
Skill Points4 +
SummaryA wanderer of the lower planes. +
TitleHellwalker +
Will Save ProgressionGood +