Hit Die: d8.
To qualify to become a Dissident of dawn, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
A Dissident of dawn’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (local) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), and Stealth (Dex).
Skill Ranks at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
The following are class features of the Dissident of dawn prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Dissident of dawn gains no additional weapon or armor proficiencies.
Divine Deception (Ex)
A Dissident of dawn adds a sacred bonus equal to 1/2 his level on Bluff or Sense Motive checks to send, interpret, or intercept coded messages, and increases the DC of Spellcraft checks made to identify his spells by the same amount. He also adds the following spells to his spell list:
In addition, the duration of these spells doubles when they target worshipers of the same faith (including the caster). This does not affect the level of the spell or its casting time, and does not stack with feats or effects such as Extend Spell.
Secret Caster (Ex)
At 2nd level, a Dissident of dawn can disguise his spellcasting with a Bluff check (for spells with verbal components), opposed by the observer’s Sense Motive check, and/or a Sleight of Hand check (for spells with somatic components), opposed by the observer’s Perception check. Depending on the situation, the Dissident of dawn’s Bluff and/or Sleight of Hand check is modified according to the following table.
Casting a spell in this fashion increases its casting time to a full-round action (if normally a standard action or less), or doubles the casting time of spells with a casting time longer than a full-round action. A spell cast in this way does not provoke attacks of opportunity from observers that fail to recognize it for what it is. For spells with both verbal and somatic components, the spell still provokes attacks of opportunity from observers unless they fail both their Sense Motive and Perception checks.
Schismatic Apostle (Ex)
At 3rd level, a Dissident of dawn adds a +1 bonus to the DC of mind-affecting effects used against followers of the same faith, and an opposing faith. If he is an inquisitor, any bonuses he gains from his judgment increase by 1 when used against followers of the same faith or an opposing faith.
At 4th level, a Dissident of dawn can expend one use of channel energy as a swift action to grant a scimitar he touches the flaming weapon special ability for 1 round per 1d6 points of damage the channeled energy would normally heal. If a worshiper of the same faith wields the scimitar and strikes another worshiper of the same faith, as a free action the wielder may choose to make all damage from the attack nonlethal, as if wielding a weapon with the merciful weapon special ability. An inquisitor may instead choose to expend one use of his judgment ability to imbue the scimitar with the flaming weapon special ability for a number of rounds equal to his caster level, or may use this ability in place of his bane ability.
At 6th level, when a Dissident of dawn provokes an attack of opportunity, he can attempt to deceive the creature making the attack of opportunity into believing the provoking action was performed by another creature as long as it is adjacent to the Dissident of dawn and also threatened by the attacker. Doing so requires a Bluff check opposed by the attacker’s Sense Motive check. The attacker gains a bonus equal to its base attack bonus on this Sense Motive check. If the Bluff check is successful, the attack of opportunity instead targets an adjacent creature chosen by the Dissident of dawn, and the attacker must reroll her attack roll to see whether she hits this new target.
At 9th level, a Dissident of dawn can spend a full-round action reciting the litany of wisdom while expending two uses of channel energy or one use of his judgment ability. This grants each ally within 15 feet of him a new saving throw against any one ongoing condition or effect that allows a save. This does not affect instantaneous or permanent effects or effects that do not allow a saving throw. Allies that worship the same god (including the Dissident of dawn) can instead attempt a new saving throw against every ongoing condition or effect that allows a save.
At 10th level, when a Dissident of dawn is killed his body is engulfed in a column of holy fire equivalent to a flame strike at his caster level. At the beginning of his next turn, his spirit returns in the form of a phoenix that fights as he directs for up to 1 minute and then disappears. This phoenix is not considered called or summoned. The Dissident of dawn is reborn (as resurrection) 1d4 rounds after it disappears in a random location within 1 mile, with his gear intact but with two permanent negative levels. If the phoenix is killed before it disappears, the Dissident of dawn cannot be reborn via this ability, though other methods of raising him still work.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Paths of Prestige © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Matt Goodall, and Jason Nelson.