Yin-Yang Warlock (3.5e Prestige Class)
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This prestige class has a focus on harmony and something on the power of the blast features.
Becoming a Yin-Yang Warlock
This prestige class is for those Warlocks that seek a balance of good and evil within themselves and around them. It is uncommon to almost rare for someone to manage to maintain harmony between the two forms of Warlock. But for those that do, they are rewarded greatly so long as they maintain that balance.
|Skills:||Knowledge(Arcana) 8 ranks, Knowledge(Religion) 8 ranks, Knowledge(Religion) 8 ranks, Concentration 8 ranks.|
|Special:||Must have at least 5 levels in Enlightened Warlock and Warlock Variant each|
|1st||+1||+1||+1||+1||Domain and Sphere, Balance of Power|
|4th||+3||+2||+2||+2||Domain and Sphere|
|5th||+4||+2||+3||+3||Blasts of Balance|
|7th||+6/+1||+3||+4||+4||Domain and Sphere, Additional Smiting|
|10th||+8/+3||+4||+5||+5||Domain and Sphere, Yin-Yang Blast|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
The class features here presents a sort of balance to the two warlock classes. This class is more an emphasis on balance between good and evil. All of the following are class features of the Yin-Yang Warlock.
Balance of Power:This class stacks the levels in Enlightened Warlock, Warlock Variant, and Yin-Yang Warlock for determining the damage dealt by Eldrich blast or Seraphic blast.
Domain and Sphere (Su): At 1st level and every 3 levels therafter, gain both a Sphere AND a Domain Access as described in the class feature of the respective base classes, refer to the feature described in each base class for more information.
Additional Smiting (Ex): At 3rd and 7th level, the Yin-Yang Warlock gains additional smiting per day added to their Divine Smite feature.
Blasts of Balance (Su): At 5th level, gain access to both Dark Blast and Smiting Blast
Yin-Yang Blast (Su): At 10th level, the Warlock is in such harmony with their energies that even their unique blasts are merged as one. The 2 base classes and this prestige class in levels all stack for damage calculation AND use the better of range given in the description of the Eldrich and Seraphic Blast features. Also this blast can use the features of the two base classes that would modify their respective original blasts without penalties on damage done. This includes being able to make it half and half. For example: Yin-Yang blast can be used with both Dark Blast and Smiting Blast imbued into the blast with it being half Holy, half Negative Energies.
The epic Yin-Yang Warlock gains a bonus feat every 3 levels after 10.
The only real way this class is completely lost is the same way that the Enlightened Warlock class levels are lost. That being an alignment shift to evil. When that does happen the levels in this prestige class AND Enlightened Warlock, along with the features from both, are instead replaced with levels in the Warlock, Alternative class. If the level totals exceed 15, the additional levels are replaced with some other class/prestige class of the player's choice. Prestige class determination can be made after factoring in the initial 15 levels.
Playing a Yin-Yang Warlock
Combat: This class tends to focus on being the ranged caster and/or the crowd control wielder.
Advancement: The usual layout for this class is that the prestige class is taken after reaching Warlock, Variant level 5 and Enlightened Warlock level 5. As such, this prestige class ties the base classes together to finish off the final 10 base levels.
Resources: These warlocks more provide assistance in conflicts where their presence would balance some universal battle of good vs evil. Typically this being the side of good is at a disadvantage due to sheer numbers (IE: Some Necromancer got too powerful and disrupts the balance with legions of evil undead all over the place).
Yin-Yang Warlocks in the World
Yin-Yang Warlocks tend to be where certain clerical organizations live, and even cases of
NPC Reactions: Most see this as a religious sort of Warlock.
Yin-Yang Warlock Lore
Characters with ranks in Knowledge(Arcana) or Knowledge(Religion) can research Yin-Yang Warlock to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||These Warlocks' means of using their blasts eventually entwine.|
|16||Yin-Yang Warlocks cannot act in the service of some supreme evil for it breaks the balance.|
|21||A particular Yin-Yang Warlock or a place where any may congregate or regular.|
|26||Due to their efforts in the philosophy of balance, their demonic taint is actually purged from them and their eldrich blast becomes purified and empowered. The effects of enegative energy is merely a reminder of their past.|
Yin-Yang Warlocks in the Game
These warlocks would be a good kind of battle cleric type or even oriental styled warlock prestige class.
Adaptation: This would work well for a powerful spellcaster, maybe even one of legend that the temples know of but don't let on too much about. Those in one or the other base class may have at least heard of such a warlock. There could also be some hidden location in the DM's campaign where the secrets of balance exists.