Death Scythe Variant (3.5e Prestige Class)
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"People and Gods alike possess weaknesses. In order to bury those failings, they seek strength and power. Fear and desire are two sides of the same coin." -- Lord Death
Death Scythes are those who, in going above and beyond the call of their fellow demon weapons, can do amazing things. For all intents and purposes, Death Scythe Levels stack with Demon Weapon Levels for Demon Weapon Form, for example From Demon to Devil, or The Damage Modifier
Becoming a Death Scythe
- Alignment Any non-evil
- Class Demon Weapon
- Special: Must Have Consumed 99 Evil Souls and 1 Witch Soul
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+2||Form Manipulation, Witch Soul Bonus, Characteristics of Death|
Note: The Witches Soul One does not necessarily need to kill a witch, a hag, or even a magical being in order to become a Death Scythe. For all Intents and Purposes, a Creature with a CR of either 12 or 5 Higher than your level will qualify as a Witch Soul. It can also be a creature with levels instead of CR, for example, a Minotaur (CR of 4) with 4 levels of Fighter against a 3rd level Demon Weapon would qualify as a Witch Soul.
By consuming the final witch's soul a Death Scythe is granted numerous powerful abilities. This is achieved by the advanced wavelength control gained from the witch's soul that has been obtained, which can give rise to magical abilities, manifesting further special abilities.
Form Manipulation:Among these abilities, form manipulation is noted as not only a standard trait but also one of the most basic. This allows a Death Scythe to change the shape of their Weapon form. However, it can give rise to powerful and useful techniques such as sprouting blades from ones back when grappled, forming climbing claws, changing a blade to serrated, however most of the possibilities are aesthetic.
Death Scythes can now change their Damage Type from Slashing/Piercing to Blunt, and Vice Versa. They can change their Size up or down by one. In Addition, a Death Scythes Previous Partial Form counts as using Death Scythe form for damage purposes, and can be used in a grapple.
Witch Soul Bonus: Death Scythes gain abilities depending on what type of creature their 'Witch' was. Please consult your DM for this.
Characteristics of Death: The previously selected Weapon Characteristic evolves to new heights, it's physical appearance morphing to new limits, as noted on the table below.
Bonus Feat: Death Scythes gain feats.
Kishin Hunter: Death Scythe gains the weapon ability Bane: Kishin. The Death scythe only has this ability in weapon form or when using a weapon form. They also become immune to all madness abilities of a Kishin except the Frightful Presence.
|Elemental Acid||Acid lowers the enemies AC by 1d4 per 2 levels of Death Scythe, rounded up, for 1d6 turns per 2 levels of Death Scythe after a successful strike|
|Elemental Cold||Cold slows enemies speed by half for 1d6 turns per 2 levels of Death scythe, rounded up, after a successful strike|
|Elemental Fire||Fire burns enemies for 1d6 damage per 2 levels of Death Scythe for 1d3 turns per 2 levels of Death Scythe after a successful strike (Reflex save negates)|
|Elemental Lightning||Lightning has a chance to paralyze enemies for an amount of turns equal to the Death Scythes level, if the player rolls a 30 or lower on a d100, with another 10 added every level of Death Scythe (Fort save negates)|
|Elemental Poison||Poison stops all healing for 1d6 per 2 levels of Death Scythe rounded up (Fort save negates.) The DC for all of them is 1/2 Demon Weapon Levels + Death Scythe Levels + Wisdom Modifier + 10.|
|Polymorphosis||Demon Weapons can only be One Weapon at a Time. Death Scythes have no such limitations, and can form multiple weapons at once using Partial form. For all intents and purposes, it does not need to be strictly speaking a weapon, simply approved by ones DM before hand. Death Scythes can Transform into up to Half their Wisdom Modifier in Weapons, rounded up, simultaneously.|
|Pin Point Shifter||Death Scythes that used to be Pin Point shifting Demon Weapons are masters of the transformation, using a mixture of both to create the perfect balance of human and weapon. The Death Scythes critical multiplier goes up by one, and critical range expands by one. This kind of Death Scythe can also form armor around their Miester, or themselves, if they were a shield. This grants a Natural Armor Bonus equal to their Death Scythe Level, to a maximum of 5th level. Light Weapons are now considered Masterwork Tools if used to pick locks.|
Class Skills (8 + Int modifier per level) Climb, Concentration, Disguise, Hide, Intimidate, Jump, Knowledge (pick 3), Move Silently, Search, Spot, Survival, Swim, Use Rope.
Playing a Death Scythe
Death Scythes in the World
Death Scythe Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Arcana) can research Demon Weapons to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|10||Death Scythe's power comes from their soul, and their relationship with their partners.|
|15||The Grim Reaper can wield a Death Scythe himself, however if he tries wielding a normal Demon Weapon, there's a high chance to kill or even drive them into madness when they try to resonate souls.|
|20||While they are called Death Scythes they can take the form of any kind of weapon, the name just comes from the fact that the Grim Reaper's favored weapon is a scythe.|
|25||Reapers Follow the Grim Reaper, the master of death.|
|35||The Grim Reaper's favored weapon is a Death Scythe, while he can create his own, he prefers to use this variety as, they are much stronger than anything he can create.|
Death Scythes in the Game