Anchorites of Dawn hope to receive enlightenment in their retreat to the wilds so that they can, some day, return to civilization and use their newfound grace to help heal the church’s wounds.
Hit Die: d8.
To qualify to become an anchorite of dawn, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
- Alignment: Neutral good.
- Skills: Knowledge (nature) 5 ranks or Knowledge (religion) 5 ranks.
- Spells:Able to cast 2nd-level spells.
The anchorite of dawn’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Str), Fly (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (geography) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Perception (Wis), Ride (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks per Level: 4 + Int modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+0||+1||+1||Solar invocation +1||—|
|2nd||+1||+1||+1||+1||Credence||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|3rd||+2||+1||+2||+2||Bask in radiance||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|4th||+3||+1||+2||+2||Credence||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|5th||+3||+2||+3||+3||Solar invocation +2 (move action)||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|6th||+4||+2||+3||+3||Credence||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|7th||+5||+2||+4||+4||Sunbeam||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|8th||+6||+3||+4||+4||Credence||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|9th||+6||+3||+5||+5||Solar invocation +3||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
|10th||+7||+3||+5||+5||Credence, invocation of dawn, solar invocation (swift action)||+1 level of existing spellcasting class|
The following are the class features of the anchorite prestige class.
An anchorite of dawn can harness the sun’s life-giving warmth to protect the innocent and smite the wicked. At 1st level, he can invoke the sun as a standard action, granting him a +1 competence bonus on attack rolls and damage rolls against evil creatures and adding 1 to the DC of his spells and domain powers (if any) against evil creatures. The bonus on attack rolls and damage rolls increases to +2 at 5th level and +3 at 9th level. If an anchorite has an animal companion, the companion also gains the competence bonus on attack and damage rolls while this ability is active.
An anchorite of dawn can invoke the sun for a number of rounds per day equal to twice his anchorite of dawn class level + his Charisma modifier. Maintaining this ability on subsequent rounds is a free action. These bonuses apply only when the anchorite of dawn is standing in an outdoor area of dim light, normal light, or bright light, and only while he is clearly presenting his holy symbol or any scimitar.
Each anchorite of dawn develops a personal credence that guides his worship. He gains a credence at 2nd level and again every 2 class levels thereafter. Each credence can be chosen only once unless noted otherwise.
Dervish Dance: The anchorite of dawn gains Dervish Dance as a bonus feat.
Divine Light (Su): The anchorite of dawn can use solar invocation indoors or underground, provided he is in an area of dim light, normal light, or bright light. He can use solar invocation 2 additional rounds per day.
Focused Class Feature: Choose one of the following class features: animal companion, bane, bardic performance, blessings, channel energy, domain, favored enemy, favored terrain, sacred weapon, or wild shape. The character adds his anchorite of dawn class levels to his effective class level in one class of his choice for the purpose of determining the effects of the chosen class feature. This credence can be selected twice, but the anchorite of dawn must select a different class feature each time.
Shining Servants: The anchorite of dawn gains Sunlight Summons as a bonus feat.
Solar Defense (Su): While using solar invocation, the anchorite of dawn adds his competence bonus on attack rolls to his Armor Class as a sacred bonus and to Reflex saving throws as a dodge bonus. The anchorite of dawn can select this credence twice—the second time he does so, the bonus to Armor Class and on Reflex saves also applies to any companions who gain bonuses from the anchorite of dawn’s solar invocation.
Solar Weapons (Su): While using solar invocation, the anchorite of dawn can select one weapon (natural or manufactured) wielded by a creature affected by his solar invocation. That weapon gains the flaming weapon special ability for as long as the anchorite of dawn’s solar invocation persists. An anchorite of dawn can select this credence twice—the second time he does so, the credence grants the flaming burst special ability instead of flaming to the selected weapon. At 5th level, the anchorite of dawn can grant two weapons this ability; at 10th level, he can grant up to three weapons this ability.
Ranged weapons impart this ability to any ammunition fired from the weapon. All weapons wielded by the anchorite of dawn shed light as per a sunrod, unless the anchorite of dawn chooses to suppress this light as a move action (the light activates again automatically the next time the anchorite draws the weapon).
Sun’s Mercy (Su): Any creature that gains a competence bonus on attack rolls from the anchorite of dawn’s solar invocation can deal nonlethal damage with a lethal weapon without taking the usual –4 penalty on attack rolls.
At 3rd level, when an anchorite of dawn uses his solar invocation ability, he can designate any number of allies within 30 feet to gain the bonuses granted by solar invocation for as long as he maintains the ability.
At 7th level, an anchorite of dawn gains the ability to cast sunbeam once per day as a spell-like ability. His caster level is equal to his Hit Dice, and the save DC is Charisma-based. At 10th level, the anchorite of dawn can use this ability twice per day.
At 10th level, an anchorite of dawn is able to, once per day, use his solar invocation ability for 1 minute. The anchorite of dawn can also use this ability indoors or underground. While using invocation of dawn, all bonuses gained from solar invocation increase by 1. Using this ability doesn’t cost rounds per day of solar invocation.
Pathfinder Player Companion: Paths of the Righteous © 2016, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Alexander Augunas, John Compton, Jenny Jarzabski, Isabelle Lee, Stephen Rowe, and Owen K.C. Stephens.