Holy Rager (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||I will execute terrible vengeance against them to punish them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, they will know that I am the LORD GOD!||”|
|—-Ezekiel 25:17, The Bible|
Soldiers of the divine each fill a specific roll. Favor souls are the chosen sent out to bear the word of their patron; Clerics are the mercy, healing the sick & laying the dead to rest, & Paladins are the will of the gods sent to enact justice in their names; however, when the word is ignore, mercy is rebuked, and justice denied the Holy Rager is sent to reap the vengeance of the heavens teaching those who would defy the will of the gods that doing so carries a heavy toll. In exchange for divine protection The Holy Rager Pledges his life to the service of his deity's wrath. The Rager loses any semblance of fear or hesitation & the deity gains a powerful weapon to unleash on his enemies.
Becoming a Holy Rager
Holy Ragers do not take this class by choice but rather are chosen by the gods from the stock of great warriors who roam the world. Most Holy Ragers start out in life as barbarians though some are Clerics, Bards & even a few select fighters who have learned either through multi-classing, a racial ability or another prestige class to harness the ferocity of the barbarian's rage. The selective nature of Holy Ragers make them a very exclusive group & DMs are encouraged to make it difficult for characters to join the class.
|Alignment:||True Neutral, Neutral Good, or Chaotic Good. As an agent of good those of evil alignment are excluded & the chaos of the Holy Rager is distasteful to those of a Lawful nature.|
|Skills:||Knowledge Religion 10 ranks, Intimidation 10 ranks|
|Feats:||Power attack, Toughness, Righteous Wrath (BoED)|
|Special:||Must have the ability to enter a Rage as per the Barbarian class ability. Must worship a non-evil god & be chosen by that god to join the Holy Rager prestige class.|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+0||Divine protection +2, Fear Immunity, Righteous Fury 1 / day|
|2nd||+2||+3||+0||+0||Heavenly Wrath 1d6|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+1||Righteous Fury 2 / day|
|4th||+4||+4||+1||+1||Divine protection +3|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+1||Righteous Fury 3 / a day, The Grace of Gods|
|6th||+6||+5||+2||+2||Heavenly Wrath 2d6, rage +1 / day|
|7th||+7||+5||+2||+2||Divine protection +4, Greater Righteous Fury 4 / day|
|9th||+9||+6||+3||+3||Greater Righteous Fury 5 / day|
|10th||+10||+7||+3||+3||Divine protection +5, Heavenly Wrath 3d6, Improved Grace of Gods|
All of the following are class features of the Holy Rager.
Divine Protection (Su): Holy Ragers are more cavalier than the most stalwart of warriors, eagerly charging in with reckless abandon where even other barbarians hesitate; and with good reason. They know that they go in the name of their god & so long as they hold to their faith no harm will come to them. Attacks that would seem to deal a death knell instead glance off harmlessly or miss all together much to the bewilderment & dismay of would be attackers. Starting at 1st level Holy Ragers receive a +2 divine bonus to armor class. Every three levels there after (4th, 7th, 10th) this bonus increase by one to a maximum of +5 at 10th level.
Playing a Holy Rager
Holy Rager are good for parties that are heavy with divine characters or for campaigns that will be seeing lots of daemons, devils or undead. This is a front line DPS class bot don't let that fool you, being the vessel of a deity's holy wrath is rife with roll play opportunity.
Combat: Holy Ragers are living weapons, forged by battle & empowers by the gods to destroy anything foolish enough to stand before it. It's right at home on the front line in any battle no mater the scope or scale.
Advancement: This class is almost always built on a base of barbarian although some clerics or bards who picked up rage from another prestige class may venture down this path.
Resources: Holy Ragers are elite soldiers in a gods army. The strongest (highest level) among them takes command and all others fall in rank & file. They tend to work alone, but when they do get together in even moderate size groups for a common goal nations fall at their feet.
Holy Rager's in the World
As mentioned above one does not chose to be come a Holy Rager; one is chosen. This makes it a very exclusive group. They are the best of the best cherry picked by gods who can scour the world for talent in seconds. While some Ragers tend to carry out their gods will alone taking orders from a Cleric or Favored Soul who can directly commune with their god, others find them selves leaders of elite groups of soldiers with in armies or as commanders of suicidal expeditions in to foreign lands deep in enemy territory or through arcane gates that lead to other terrible planes of reality. No mater what, Ragers take the jobs other fear to try.
Holy Rager Lore
Holy Ragers are known to those in the church. Paladins, Clerics & Favored souls of good or neutral deities would respect & possibly even admire the Holy Rogers absolute dedication & self sacrifice in the name of their god. Those who serve evil deities would run in fear at the mere mention of them.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge Religion can research the Holy Rager to learn more about their renown. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
Holy Rager's in the Game
Adaptation: This class can serve either as a PC fighting with the party or as an NPC sent by a god to either guide the party... or rain vengeance upon them for their transgressions. Additionally, non-good variants serving non-good gods can exist, simply adjust alignment and damage type of Heavenly Wrath accordingly.
Sample Encounter: temple guardian, woodland protector, executioner of infidels