The Shadowsfall: Shadow Plane Player’s Companion details the Plane of Shadows in a player friendly way. It provides you with short descriptions of the whole area plus it provides with a number of character options that help you to get a feel for the setting through a number of class options. Below are two such class options found in this Player’s Companion, one for a cleric, the other for a cavalier. We hope it enhances your world and your game.
Order of the Blackened Heart (Cavalier Order)
Cavaliers who join the order of the blackened heart dedicate themselves to purity of mind and body through the use of pain and torture, much like their kyton masters. Members of this order tend to be cruel and ruthless towards those who cannot defend themselves. Most of this order’s members dwell within the stronghold of Bloodchain, but they can be found in the Outlands as well as all other strongholds – even Bastion is home to a few members of this order.
Edicts: The cavalier must at all times seek self-perfection through pain and suffering, looking to cut away the parts of her life that cause weakness. She must be honest to the point of cruelty, able to make hard choices, and ready at all times to enforce those choices. She chooses to inflict pain upon those she cares about the most, cutting away their weaknesses and making them stronger.
Challenge: Whenever an order of the blackened heart cavalier issues a challenge, she inflicts 1 point of non-lethal damage to the target of her challenge in addition to the normal damage she deals. This non-lethal damage increases by +1 for every four levels the cavalier possesses.
Skills: An order of the blackened heart cavalier adds Heal (Wis) and Knowledge (planes) (Int) to her list of class skills. In addition, an order of the blackened heart cavalier adds her Strength modifier to her Intimidate skill when attempting to demoralize a creature. This bonus does not stack with the Intimidating Prowess feat.
Order Abilities: A cavalier belonging to the order of the blackened heart gains the following abilities as she increases in level.
Pain Giver (Ex): At 2nd level, the cavalier excels at inflicting pain upon her foes. She can inflict non-lethal damage with a weapon that normally deals lethal damage without taking the normal -4 penalty to her attack rolls.
Fear Monger (Ex): At 8th level, the cavalier is a master at making the weak fear her. Anytime a cavalier inflicts nonlethal damage upon her target, the cavalier may attempt to demoralize that target as a free action. Also, she gains the amount of non-lethal damage she inflicted upon her target as a bonus to the demoralize attempt.
Deadly Strike (Ex): At 15th level, the cavalier brings death to the weak. As long as the cavalier’s attack inflicts non-lethal damage, she may choose to inflict 1d4 points of Constitution damage on the same attack. She can use this ability once per round
Associated Domains: Darkness.
Replacement Power: The following granted power replaces the eyes of darkness power of the Darkness domain.
Overwhelmed by Shadow (Su): At 8th level you can cause a creature to become overwhelmed with darkness, costing the creature its darkvision. If a creature within 30 foot fails its Will save, it loses its darkvision ability for a number of rounds equal to 1/2 your cleric level. You can use this ability once per day at 8th level, and an additional time per day for every four levels beyond 8th.
Replacement Domain Spells: 1st—shadow weapon (favored weapon only) UM, 3rd—shadow step UM, 5th—shadow projection