Legate of Agon

The Celestial Judge personifies ideals central to the Aureshan world view—that the rule of law and the greatness of the Empire are one and the same, that criminality is impiety and that unchecked social disorder inevitably leads to the breakdown of civilization. The Emperor is the anointed spokesman of the gods and ancestors, and his officials interpret and enforce edicts which are simultaneously mortal law and quasi-divine mandate.

In practice, the Emperor’s light blinds him to abuses carried out in his name, far from court and his direct oversight. Corruption and heresy are one and the same in the eyes of the Blind, however, and Legates of Agon intervene when corruption and abuse of power are suspected but not proven, acting within a religious and secular mandates as clergy of Agon and magistrates serving at the Emperor’s direct appointment. They comprise the Imperial Order of Agon, working as judge and executioner combined. They are able to try and punish traitors on the spot if it would be too dangerous to drag them into a court for a formal, public trial.

Legates of Agon can be of any lawful alignment. Lawful good legates often pursue an agenda of reform, offering penance instead of death for those who can convince them of true repentance. Lawful neutral legates are merciless but even-handed agents of the law, enforcing Imperial edicts to the letter without fear or favor. Lawful evil legates are use intimidation and bloody exemplary punishment to deter wrongdoers who manage to elude detection.

Most Legates of Agon are clerics or paladins. A few rangers make their way into the prestige class, but they find it difficult to acquire the requisite grounding in religious and legal study. Monastic study is another uncommon but possible road to service, as is the path of the fighter or rogue. Barbarians and bards lack the strict discipline and legalistic outlook needed for the work of a Legate and are never of lawful alignment. Druids, even lawful ones, seldom find their vows and obligations to nature compatible with Imperial service or ecclesiastical training as priests of Agon. Sorcerers and wizards find it difficult to master the martial training required to qualify for commission in this branch of Imperial service.

Hit Die: d8

Requirements:

To qualify to become a legate of Agon, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.

Alignment: Any lawful.

Base Attack Bonus: +5.

Skills: Knowledge (local) 4 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 5 ranks.

Feats: Barrister Training, proficiency with the longsword.

Special: The character must be an orthodox worshipper of Agon, and must demonstrate outstanding dedication to the enforcement of Imperial edict leading to a direct appointment to the Imperial Order of Agon.

Class Skills:

The legate of Agon’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Diplomacy (Cha), Forgery (Int), Gather Information (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (local), Knowledge (nobility and royalty), Knowledge (religion), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis) and Spellcraft (Int).

Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier

Class Features:

All of the following are features of the legate of Agon prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Legates of Agon gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Spells per Day/Spells Known: At 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th levels the character gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in a divine spellcasting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. This essentially means that she adds the level of legate of Agon to the level of some other divine spellcasting class the character has, then determines spells per day, spells known, and caster level accordingly.

Detect Chaos (Sp): At first level, the legate of Agon gains the ability to use detect chaos at will as a spell-like ability. The caster level is equivalent to the legate’s character level.

Smite Chaos (Su): Once a day, a legate of Agon gains the ability to smite chaos with one normal melee attack. He adds his Charisma bonus (if any) to his attack bonus and deals 1 point of extra damage per class level. If the legate of Agon accidentally smites a creature that is not chaotic, the smite has no effect, but the ability is still used up for the day.

At 4th level, the legate of Agon can smite chaos one additional time per day. At 8th level, the legate of Agon gains an additional use of the smite chaos ability.

A legate of Agon with levels in the paladin class counts his paladin levels as legate of Agon levels for the purpose of determining extra smite damage.

A legate of Agon with levels in the cleric class and access to the smite power of the Destruction domain counts his cleric levels as legate of Agon levels for the purpose of determining extra smite damage.

Inquisitor (Ex): At 2nd level, the legate of Agon’s experience lends him insight into the best procedures and techniques for an investigation. He gains a competence bonus on Sense Motive checks equal to his class level. This bonus also applies to one other skill, depending on the character’s alignment, improving Diplomacy (if lawful good), Intimidate (if lawful evil), or Search (if lawful neutral) checks. Once this ability is gained, subsequent alignment changes do not modify the skills to which it applies.

Immunity to Charm (Ex): At 3rd level, the legate of Agon is able to resist casual attempts to tamper with his mind. He gains immunity from Enchantment (Charm) spells and effects.

Bonus Feat: At 5th and 9th levels, the legate of Agon’s martial, legal, and religious training grants him a bonus feat. He must choose from the following list: Alertness, Cleave, Extra Turning, Investigator, Negotiator, Persuasive, Power Attack or Weapon Focus.

Immunity to Fear (Ex): At 6th level, the legate of Agon’s dedication to Imperial law becomes so vast that it renders him immune to fear effects.

Order’s Fury (Ex): At 10th level, the legate of Agon becomes a pillar of order and truth in a shifty world. Once per day, he can express his suppressed disgust with the corruption and self-indulgence of the secular world into an outburst of channeled rage. During the duration of this ability, he gains a +2 bonus to Strength, a +2 bonus to Constitution, and damage reduction 5/chaos. Additionally, any melee weapon he wields during the duration of his fury is considered lawful-aligned for purposes of bypassing damage reduction. The ability lasts for a number of rounds equal to 3 plus the legate of Agon’s (newly-increased) Constitution modifier.

Table: Legate of Agon

Level

BAB

Fort Save

Reflex Save

Will Save

Special

Spellcasting

1

+0

+2

+0

+2

Detect chaos, smite chaos 1/day

+1 level of existing divine class

2

+1

+3

+0

+3

Inquisitor

3

+2

+3

+1

+3

Immunity to charm

+1 level of existing divine class

4

+3

+4

+1

+4

Smite chaos 2/day

5

+3

+4

+1

+4

Bonus feat

+1 level of existing divine class

6

+4

+5

+2

+5

Immunity to fear

7

+5

+5

+2

+5

+1 level of existing divine class

8

+6

+6

+2

+6

Smite chaos 3/day

9

+6

+6

+3

+6

Bonus feat

+1 level of existing divine class

10

+7

+7

+3

+7

Order’s fury

 

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