Occasionally, those born with the cursed aspect of the Malefactor successfully repress their unfortunate nature by giving full release to their violent proclivities. These raiders, pit-fighters, and criminal enforcers most frequently develop the skillset of the Barbarian. However, the Yla spirits that haunt a malefactor-born cannot be sated merely witnessing chaos, and eventually redouble their destructive mischief. When these engines of chaos meet, a Black Cat Rager is created.
Role: The Black Cat Rager is a powerful combatant who combines rage-fueled melee dominance with debilitating curses, leaving destruction in her wake.
To qualify to become a Black Cat Rager, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
- Alignment: Black Cat Ragers are invariably dedicated to lunacy and excess, and cannot be lawful in alignment.
- Skills: Acrobatics 5 ranks; Climb 5 ranks.
- Maledictions: Must know Cross the Path.
- Rage Powers: Must be able to rage, know Beast Totem, lesser.
- Other: Must be able to make a Harrowing strike (attack rolls).
The Black Cat Rager’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Intimidate (Cha), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|1st||+1||+0||+2||+0||Black cat rage, Black claw strike (maledictive rend) Malediction|
|2nd||+2||+0||+3||+0||Rage, rage power|
|3rd||+3||+1||+3||+1||Improved harrowing strike|
|4th||+4||+1||+4||+1||Malediction, raging strife surge|
|5th||+5||+1||+4||+1||Bonus feat, rage, rage power|
|6th||+6/+1||+2||+5||+2||Black claw strike (improved damage) Malediction, damage reduction 1/-|
|7th||+7/+2||+2||+5||+2||Malediction (40 ft.), discord|
|8th||+8/+3||+2||+6||+2||Improved aura of misfortune, rage, rage power|
|9th||+9/+4||+3||+6||+3||Black claw strike (harrowing), improved harrowing strike|
|10th||+10/+5||+3||+7||+3||Cat’s choice, rage|
All of the following are features of the Black Cat Rager prestige class.
Black Cat Ragers gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.
At first level, any time a Black Cat Rager successfully hits a target with both of her claw attacks, she may enact any malediction that she knows, as long as it normally requires a standard action (or less) to enact, and targets the creature struck. Maledictions that normally affect more than one target may be used with Black Claw Strike, but only the struck creature is affected.
At sixth level, the damage dealt by a Black Cat Rager’s claws increase their damage one step, as if they had increased in size one category.
At ninth level, a Black Cat Rager may make a Harrowing strike with each of her claw attacks (when making a full attack), expending only a single point of strife in order to do so.
A Black Cat Rager gains a bonus feat at 5th level, which may be chosen from the following list:
Baleful Aura, Cursed Weapon, Extended Strife Surge, Extra Strife, Extra Rage, Extra Rage Power, Extra Malediction, Focused Malediction, Improved Strife Surge, Quick Malediction, Tenacious Malediction.
At tenth level, the Black Cat Rager must choose between two possible capstone abilities for her progression, choosing either Greater Rage (as an 11th-level Barbarian) or Dread Escalations (as a 10th-level Malefactor). Once this choice is made, it can never be changed, although an applicable progression in the appropriate class can qualify the Black Cat Rager for the other ability.
If the Black Cat Rager already has DR 1/- or better, it instead improves by 1.
Creatures that team up to attack a Black Cat Rager find that they impede each other more than they help.
Characters using the aid another action against a Black Cat Rager need to successfully attack AC 15, rather than AC 10, in order to have an effect, and creatures that flank the Malefactor suffer a -2 profane penalty on their attack rolls against her instead of enjoying any flanking bonus.
The Black Cat Rager increases the penalty of her Aura of misfortune ability by one.
A Black Cat Rager’s Harrowing strike improves as if she had gained the next level as a Malefactor that grants an improvement to that ability. If Harrowing strike has improved to its maximum extent, this ability provides no benefit.
More Malcontent, Copyright, April 10, 2013, Total Party Kill Games. Author(s): Brian Berg, James Olchak. Additional content by Chris Bayes, Rick Cox, Bernie McCormick.