High Warden (3.5e Class)

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Spirit Warden[edit]

The Spirit Warden is both a guardian and Jailer of spirits. He has the power to both contain and control them, and is a powerful warrior when he has them called to his side. These silent, invisible entities are his constant companions and opponents, never giving him rest. Spirit Wardens adventure for a multitude of reasons, almost as assorted as the spirits they associate with. They may hunger for vengeance against wicked spirits, seek the wisdom of those passed or venture forth to right the wrongs their compatriots failed to. A Spirit Warden is usually recognized early. Even when young they find ways to communicate with spirits and can approach without (major) harm, as well as the commanding presence they have when they have Spirits under their control. The exception to this is when someone actively seeks out to become a Spirit Warden after a significant life event, usually concerning death and spirits (and not always in that order).

Making a Spirit Warden[edit]

Spirit wardens are the protectors of nature, and the spirits they revere. They are hardy fighters and front-line warriors. The spirit warden maintains a balance between his physical self, and his spiritual body, always communing with his spirit guide for direction and guidance.

The spirit warden is a class that encourages role play through the use of the spirit guide. Much like the monk, a spirit warden uses reflection time and meditation to sift through his interactions, and daily occurrences. The spirit warden will also take on specific qualities or traits of an animal that he is currently bound with. Perhaps the spirit warden acts more cunning because he is influenced by the serpent, or maybe he is short tempered if influenced by a badger.

Abilities: Wisdom, Strength, Charisma.

Alignment: Any.

Races: Any race can be a Spirit Warden, but those with particular connections with shamanic cultures are more likely. Half Orcs and Goliaths are the most common, with a large amount of elves and halflings as well.

Starting Gold: <-1d6*3.-> gp).

Starting Age: Moderate.

Table: Spirit Warden

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spells per Day
Fort Ref Will 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Spirit Calling 1
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Spirit Strike 1
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Spirit Defense I 1
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Bonus Feat 2 1
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Spirits Within (+2) 2 1
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +2 Spirit Step 2 2
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +2 Spirit Defense II 3 2 1
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +2 Bonus Feat 3 3 1
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +3 Spirits Within (+4) 3 3 2
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +3 Spirit Ward 4 4 2 1
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +3 +3 Spirit Defense III 4 4 3 1
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +4 +4 Bonus Feat 4 4 3 2
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +4 +4 Spirits Within (+6) 4 4 4 2 1
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +4 +4 Improved Spirit Step 4 4 4 3 1
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +5 +5 Spirit Defense IV 4 4 4 3 2
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +5 +5 Bonus Feat 4 4 4 4 2
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +5 Spirits Within (+8) 4 4 4 4 3
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +6 Spirit Mind 4 4 4 4 3
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +6 Spirit Possession 4 4 4 4 4
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +6 One Among Many 4 4 4 4 4

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Climb (Str),Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Knowledge (the planes) (Int), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis) Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str).

Class Features[edit]

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: All Simple & Martial weapons, Light and Medium armor, all shields except tower shields.

Spells: A Spirit Warden learns to cast a limited number of divine spells from the spirits he is constantly in contact with. He draws spells from the druid list and uses wisdom to cast spells and determine extra spells per day.

Spirit Calling (Su): At level 1, the Spirit Wardens first and most important ability is his ability to control and summon spirits. Controlling spirits is treated as rebuking Undead with effective level = Spirit Warden level, calculated when the Spirit Warden activates his spirit calling (only affects a spirit once). Controlled spirits are destroyed and are added to the Spirit Wardens' summoned spirits, granting him 1d4 rounds worth of Spirit Calling at no cost to his rounds/day. Spirits can be dispersed (released) by any effect that would banish a summoned creature or destroy spirits. This ability is usable a number of rounds equal to 2x Spirit Warden level + his Con modifier per day. Activating this ability is a standard action, deactivating it is a free action. At level 5 activating this ability becomes a Move Action, at level 9 a Swift Action, at level 13 a free action and at level 17 an immediate action.

Spirit Strike (Su): A Spirit Warden is skilled at dealing with spirits of all kinds, and knows how to make contact. Beginning at level 2 all your attacks can affect incorporeal targets normally as the Ghost Strike weapon ability. When you have spirits called you can also bestow the Ghost Strike weapon effect onto one ally per 5 Spirit Warden levels you have.

Spirit Defense 1(Ex): The Spirits that encase the Spirit Warden when called whisper and teach, constantly striving to improve the Spirit Warden. At level 3, while the Spirit Warden has spirits called, he gains a +2 to all saves, touch AC and energy resistance 10

Bonus Feat: At levels 4, 8, 12 and 16 the Spirit Warden gains a Fighter Bonus Feat

Spirits Within (Ex): A Spirit Warden is attuned with the spirit (or spirits) that reside within his body, and they grant him knowledge and leverage when dealing with external Spirits. Beginning at level 5, a Spirit Warden gains a +2 bonus on all skill checks regarding Spirits. This improves by +2 every four levels, to a total of +4 at level 9, +6 at level 13 ad +8 at level 17.

Spirit Step (Su): A Spirit Warden has learned that to truly interact with Spirits, it is not enough to treat them as material, you must also become immaterial as they are. A level 6 Spirit Warden can turn ethereal for a number of rounds equal to 1/2 Spirit Warden Level + Wis Mod per day, resumed and ended as a swift action.

Spirit Defense 2 (Ex): The continued whispered secrets of the spirits bolster your health and make you more resistant to attacks. At 7th level, while the Spirit Warden has spirits called, he gains DR/- equal to 1/4 Spirit Warden Level.

Spirit Ward (Su): A Spirit Warden knows that any Spirit could be an ally or a threat, and has learned from the spirits themselves how to shield himself from some of their influences. At level 10, while the Spirit Warden has spirits called, the Spirit Warden is under the effects of a continuous death ward spell.

Spirit Defense 3 (Ex): As the Spirits spend more time encircling the Spirit Warden, they entrust him with deeper secrets, keeping the Spirit Warden from more harm then before. At 11th level, while the Spirit Warden has spirits called, the Spirit wardens bonus to saves, touch AC and energy resistance are doubled

Improved Spirit Step (Su): A Spirit Warden must be ready for any attack at any time, and knows that Spirits are always ready. He learns more of their abilities and can use his knowledge to become partially immaterial at a moments notice. A level 14 Spirit Warden can become 50% concealed as immediate action for number of rounds equal to 1/2 Spirit Warden Level + Wis Mod per day. Ending is a swift action.

Spirit Defense 4 (Ex): The spirits have been alongside him for so long, their voices in his head, and now their presence bolsters him in ways he did not think possible. At level 15, while the Spirit Warden has spirits called, he gains 50% fortification.

Spirit Mind (Su): Approaching the peak of his power, a Spirit Warden links his mind with the Spirits he calls, and together they master his thoughts. A level 18 Spirit Warden has spirits called is Immune to mind effecting spells and effects when he has Spirits Called.

Spirit Possession (Su): A mighty or trusted Spirit Warden can relinquish control of his called Spirits temporarily to possess an enemy, forcing him to obey his faithful companions or let them tear his mind asunder. At level 19, as a standard action, a Spirit Warden can disperse all his currently called spirits to control a single target as standard action. The target is entitled to a Will save with DC equal to 10+ 1/2 Spirit Warden level + Wis Mod. Failure of this save results in the target either Dying (death effect) or being dominated under the control of the Spirit Warden (Mind Affecting Effect). The intended result is chosen when the Spirit Warden uses this ability.

One Among Many (Su): The Spirit Warden is now never alone, his spirits as much part of him as his limbs. He is now as much spirit as they are beings. A Spirit Warden that reached level 20 has become a master of all spirits, benign and Malignant. His body no longer suffers the decay of time, but he still departs the living world when his time is up. As part of the union between himself and his spirits he can choose to be effected as either a spirit or as his normal self by any magical or supernatural effect. As a standard action he can transfer all beneficial effects he gains while Spirits are bound to him from class abilities only to a willing target within 60ft. This lasts for a 2d4 + Wis Modifier rounds. Also, when threatened outside of combat (and when combat begins with him unaware) there is a 20% chance the Spirit Warden automatically spirit calls (no cost to your rounds/day) as an immediate action. This reactional Spirit Call lasts 1d4 + Con Modifier rounds.

Epic Spirit Warden[edit]

Table: The Epic Spirit Warden

Hit Die: d10

Level Special
21st Spirits Within (+9)
23rd Bonus Feat
25th Spirits Within (+10)
26th Bonus Feat
29th Bonus Feat, Spirits Within (+11)

4 + Int modifier skill points per level.

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Weapons: <-Weapon selection for starting at 1st level with this class.->.

Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Skill Ranks Ability Armor
<-Skill name-> <-4 for class skills and 2 for cross-class skills-> <-Abbreviated key ability-> <-armor check penalty based on starting armor. If inapplicable put "—"->
<-Skill name-> <-4 for class skills and 2 for cross-class skills-> <-Abbreviated key ability-> <-armor check penalty based on starting armor. If inapplicable put "—"->

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Gear: <-Starting armor and other equipment outside of weapons.->.

Gold: <-Starting gold using this package.->.

Campaign Information[edit]

Playing a Spirit Warden[edit]

Religion: Spirit Wardens are not universal in their worship, but one common belief among them is the fate of those in the afterlife. They may worship deities and/or the spirits they call, but they know for a fact that there is life after death and they interact with it daily, and know full well they will at some time or other join them. Spirit Wardens do not go to the outer planes when they die to join a god, they join the community of the spirits they dealt with during life. .

Other Classes: Spirit Wardens get along well with most classes, but are usually bewildered by clerics for their devotion to a deity. Many do not see eye to eye with druids that see spirits as unnatural, while others may have issues with arcanists who look down upon their 'use of others to do the magic for them'.

Combat: The Spirit Warden is a front line combatant, using his Spirits to bolster his ability to stay in the fight longer. His spells are useful but he is not a support character, and he is at his most useful when granting flanks to precision damage characters and providing a roadblock between opponents and the supporting party members.

Spirit Wardens in the World[edit]

<-I was informed of your coming by spirits, dont believe me? Here, i´ll let you meet them.->
—<-Gerrold->, <-human-> <-High Warden->

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Daily Life: <-day in the life of a character of this class->.

Notables: <-notable NPCs of this class->.

Organizations: <-info on what, where, when, and how characters of this class congregate and assemble->.

NPC Reactions: <-How NPCs react to PCs of this class->.

Spirit Wardens Lore[edit]

Characters with ranks in <-the appropriate skills-> can research <-pluralized class name-> to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.

<-the appropriate skills->
DC Result
5 <-common knowledge->.
10 <-not so common knowledge->.
15 <-rare information->.
20 <-very rare information->.

Spirit Wardens in the Game[edit]

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Adaptation: <-Possible variant conceptions of this class.->.

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EL : <-Encounter scenario and character info on sample NPC including stat block. The CR of the NPC is typically the same as the EL for the encounter.->.

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