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Lord of Darkness


Warning! This archetype was created with evil PCs in mind. However, you can easily use it for evil NPCs as well. This archetype is typically only used by characters that worship Asmodeus, but some have taken root in the blasphemous service of other devil princes and demon lords.

Antipaladins are known as the hand of evil, but those among their dark ranks who swear fealty to Asmodeus take on an even darker purpose, to bring the people under his unholy yoke. These lords of darkness are feared across the realms, where even the barest whisper of their name inspires dread.

Aura of Obedience (Su)

At 3rd level, a lord of darkness radiates an aura that cows the weak into following his commands. He receives a +4 morale bonus on Intimidate checks made against living creatures within 10 feet.

In addition, if he demoralizes a living creature within 10 feet, and exceeds the DC by 10 or more, he may issue one command to the target, as per the spell. The target can resist this effect with successful Will save, with a DC of 10 + 1/2 the lord of darkness’ level + the lord of darkness’ Charisma modifier. A creature cannot be commanded in this way more than once per day. This ability replaces aura of cowardice.

Cruelty (Su)

At 3rd level, a lord of darkness gains the cruelty class feature of the antipaladin. This functions just like that class feature with the following exception.

At 3rd level, he can select the following cruelty in place of the sickened cruelty.

Commanded: The target must obey one order from the lord of darkness, as per the command spell.

At 9th level, he can select the following cruelty in place of the nauseated cruelty.

Charmed: The target is charmed by the lord of darkness, as per the charm monster spell. This effect lasts 1 round per three levels of the lord of darkness. The lord of darkness must have the commanded cruelty before selecting this cruelty.

Domination (Su)

At 11th level, a lord of darkness can expend two uses of his smite good to make one living humanoid creature within 30 feet into his thrall, as dominate person. The target receives a Will save to negate this effect, with a DC of 10 + 1/2 the lord of darkness’ level + the lord of darkness’ Charisma modifier. If the creature fails its save, it obeys whatever commands the lord of darkness makes. The duration of this effect is permanent, but the target receives a new saving throw each day to end the effect.

A lord of darkness cannot have more than one thrall in this way at a time. If he ever dominates another creature, the previous thrall is immediately freed from this effect. This ability replaces aura of vengeance.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Way of the Wicked Book Five — The Devil My Only Master. Copyright 2012, Fire Mountain Games LLC; Author: Gary McBride.


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