“There is a cycle to all things. I serve as both a reminder and an enforcer of that edict.”
The obitu comes from death. Its bones were laid to rest once by loved ones in hopes their owner would find peace. Instead, some cruel twist of fate has stolen that right. It is not fair, it is not natural, and the grim reaper is outraged. To honor the bones he walks in, he feels a duty to hunt and destroy the undead. While he did not rob the peace from the bones that he now walk in, the grim reaper can at least set them in motion to atone for those that did.
A grim reaper draws on the powers of life and death to destroy supernatural evil. Bestowing the obitu infection to the undead is only half the battle. If the beast cannot be turned, it must be destroyed. The grim reaper hunts vampires, stalks ghouls, and haunts the haunts. He is to them what they are to the living. His hooded visage and shining blade will strike fear in those that deal in terror. He is the reaper of the grim, and sower of life.
Role: Grim Reapers have diverse backgrounds. Some started out as clerics, other rangers, while still others were fighters or rogues. Most eventually take up the role of a multiclassed cleric/ranger, as these classes work best with a hunter and destroyer of undead foes.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a grim reaper, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Alignment: Grim reapers are never evil, but can be of any other alignment. Their alignment reflects the lengths to which they will aspire to destroy undead.
- Base Attack Bonus: +5.
- Feats: Deathbane Touch, Death Drain.
- Races: Obitu.
- Spells: Ability to cast 1st level divine spells.
- Special: Favored Enemy (undead) class feature or Turn Undead feat.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+1||+0||+0||+1||Bonus feat, expanded spell list, superior turning||—|
|2nd||+2||+1||+1||+1||Favored enemy (undead) +2||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|3rd||+3||+1||+1||+2||Potent carrier||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|4th||+4||+1||+1||+2||Legendary hunter||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|5th||+5||+2||+2||+3||Bonus feat||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|6th||+6||+2||+2||+3||Favored enemy (undead) +4||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|7th||+7||+2||+2||+4||Life over death||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|8th||+8||+3||+3||+4||Life from death||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|9th||+9||+3||+3||+5||Bonus feat||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
|10th||+10||+3||+3||+5||Life strike||+1 of existing divine spellcasting class|
The following are class features of the grim reaper prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
Grim reapers are proficient with all simple and martial weapons. They are proficient with light armor.
Spells per Day: When a new grim reaper level is obtained beyond 1st level, a grim reaper gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in a divine spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If a character had more than one divine spellcasting class before becoming a grim reaper, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.
Starting at 1st level, and every 4 levels thereafter (5th and 9th level) a grim reaper gains a bonus feat that must be chosen from the following list: Blind-Fight, Boon of Bones, Death Spawn, Iron Will, Great Fortitude, Plague Born, or Turn Undead.
A grim reaper can add the following spells to any of his divine spell lists if he does not already have them:
1st — detect undead, hide from undead
2nd — command undead
3rd — halt undead
At 2nd level, the grim reaper gains undead as a favored enemy, much like the ranger class feature of the same name. These bonuses stack with other classes that have a favored enemy class feature. At 6th level, this bonus increases to +4.
At 3rd level, every melee attack that the grim reaper makes and successfully deals damage with can also inflict the vivification virus on a corporeal undead creature. The DC to avoid this disease becomes 12 + the grim reaper level.
At 7th level, the grim reaper becomes immune to energy drain and any negative energy effects, including channeled negative energy.
At 8th level, once per day, upon completing a successful melee attack that deals damage to an undead opponent, the grim reaper, or an ally in a square adjacent to the grim reaper, heals an amount of damage equal to the same amount of damage that was just dealt. The grim reaper initiates this ability as a swift action after damage is dealt from the attack.
At 10th level, once per day, upon completing a successful melee attack against an undead opponent, the opponent immediately loses all undead trait immunities until the end of the grim reaper’s next turn. The grim reaper initiates this ability as a swift action after confirming a successful hit against the target.
Remarkable Races: Compendium of Unusual PC Races, Pathway to Adventure Edition. Copyright 2009, Alluria Publishing; Author: J. Matthew Kubisz