These paladins are adept at battling constructed foes and guarding those threatened by such creations.
Requirements: A Forgefather seeker must follow a god of forges or crafting as their patron deity.
Detect Construct (Sp)
A Forgefather seeker can detect the presence of constructs at will. This functions as the spell aura sight, except the duration is 1 round and a Forgefather seeker learns the locations and power of all auras of all constructs, similar to detect undead.
This replaces detect evil.
Smite Construct (Su)
This ability functions as the paladin’s smite evil ability, but it functions only against constructs. Smiting a construct automatically bypasses any DR or hardness a construct might have. A Forgefather seeker can still smite evil, but she adds only half her Charisma bonus on attack rolls, adds only half of her level on damage rolls, and doesn’t increase her bonus damage against outsiders with the evil subtype, evil-aligned dragons, or undead. This otherwise functions as smite evil for the purposes of feats, prerequisites, and other effects.
This alters smite evil.
Aura of Destruction (Su)
At 11th level, a Forgefather seeker grants her allies smite construct with her aura of justice ability instead of smite evil.
This alters aura of justice.
Aura of Unmaking (Su)
At 14th level, a Forgefather seeker’s weapons are treated as adamantine for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. Any attack made against an enemy within 10 feet of her is treated as adamantine for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. This ability functions only while a Forgefather seeker is conscious, not if she is unconscious or dead.
This replaces aura of faith.
Forgefather’s Champion (Su)
Whenever she uses smite construct and hits a construct, she can immediately attempt to destroy the construct. The construct is reduced to 0 hit points and destroyed unless it succeeds at a Will save (DC = 10 + half the Forgefather seeker’s level + the Forgefather seeker’s Charisma modifier). After this destruction effect and the damage from the attack is resolved, the smite immediately ends.
In addition, whenever a Forgefather seeker channels positive energy or uses lay on hands to heal a creature, she heals the maximum possible amount.
This replaces holy champion.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Construct Handbook © 2018, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Brian Duckwitz, Andrew Hoskins, Nathan King, Kris Leonard, Luis Loza, Adrian Ng, Tom Phillips, Alex Riggs, and Nicholas Wasko.