Most creatures must learn to deal with fear in some fashion. For some, it is confronting and overcoming their fears. For others, it is always running away. For the dread, it is using her fear as a weapon, it is understanding how fear works and manipulating the fears of others in unusual and devastating ways. The dread is the master of fear and terror.
Role: A dread is an opponent on the battlefield who can turn the bravest of enemies into a sniveling coward with but a touch. Combining moderate manifesting ability with destructive melee attacks, the dread is a dangerous opponent to ignore. Out of combat, the dread uses fear and intimidation to manipulate or bully others into the path she deems best.
Hit Die: d8.
Starting Wealth: 3d6 × 10 (average 105 gp). In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.
Starting Age: Intuitive (as rogue).
The dread’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Autohypnosis (Wis), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (psionics) (Int), Perception (Wis), Stealth (Dex), Profession (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), and Swim (Str)
Skill Ranks per Level: 6 + Int modifier.
All the following are class features of the dread.
Dreads are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with light armor but not with shields.
A dread’s ability to manifest powers is limited by the power points she has available. Her base daily allotment of power points is given on Table: The Dread. In addition, she receives bonus power points per day if she has a high Charisma score. Her race may also provide bonus power points per day, as may certain feats and items.
A dread begins play knowing one dread power of your choice. At every class level after 1st, she unlocks the knowledge of a new power.
Choose the powers known from the dread power list. (Exception: The feat Expanded Knowledge does allow a dread to learn powers from the lists of other classes.) A dread can manifest any power that has a power point cost equal to or lower than her manifester level.
The total number of powers a dread can manifest in a day is limited only by her daily power points.
A dread simply knows her powers; they are ingrained in her mind. She does not need to prepare them (in the way that some spellcasters prepare their spells), though she must get a good night’s sleep each day to regain all her spent power points.
A dread begins play with the ability to learn 1st-level powers. As she attains higher levels, she may gain the ability to master more complex powers.
To learn or manifest a power, a dread must have a Charisma score of at least 10 + the power’s level.
The dread’s connection to the fears and the subconscious grows and she gains a greater understanding of the mental faculties which regulate fear. This translates into an insight bonus to Intimidate equal to half her class level (minimum +1).
Devastating Touch (Su)
A dread is able to channel psionic energy from fear and nightmares into a touch that causes pain. To use this ability, a dread must make a melee touch attack on a living target. If the attack hits, it deals 1d6 points of damage plus 1 point per class level.
Dreads learn minor powers they can use at will to aid them in a variety of ways. The dread gains 2 talents from the dread talent list.
Beginning at 2nd level, a dread learns to harness the power of fear in a variety of ways called terrors. Using a terror is a swift action. Some terrors are channelled through her devastating touch class feature. These terrors charge a dread’s touch (and later her weapon) until her next successful attack that round.
Some terrors can be augmented by spending power points, similar to manifesting powers, to increase their effect. When augmenting her terrors with power points, the dread cannot spend more power points than her manifester level on any single use of a terror.
A dread can use her terrors a total number of times per day equal to her dread level + her Charisma modifier.
All terrors may only be chosen once unless otherwise specified.
(Editor’s Note: A complete list of dread terrors can be found here: Dread Terrors)
Aura of Fear (Su)
At 3rd level, a dread radiates a palpably daunting aura that causes all enemies within 10 feet to take a –4 penalty on saving throws against fear effects. Creatures that are normally immune to fear lose that immunity while within 10 feet of a dread with this ability. This ability functions only while the dread remains conscious, not if she is unconscious or dead.
Channel Terror (Su)
At 3rd level, the dread learns how to channel her terrors through any melee weapon she is holding or through her devastating touch class feature, even if using devastating touch as a ranged attack (such as through the mindlock terror). If channeling a terror through a weapon, it does not gain the benefits of the devastating touch ability.
At 5th level, the dread gains a bonus feat from the following list. The dread must still meet all prerequisites for the bonus feat, including ability score and base attack bonus minimums as well as class requirements (like levels in another specific class).
These bonus feats are in addition to the feats that a character of any class gains every two levels. A dread is not limited to the list of feats below when choosing these other feats.
The dread gains an additional bonus feat from the same list every 4 levels thereafter (9th, 13th, and 17th).
Immersed in Fear (Su)
Shadow Twin (Su)
A dread of 11th level is able to draw forth a replica of herself formed from fears and nightmares. The shadow twin appears at a location chosen by the dread that is within 30 ft. and lasts for one round per class level. The dread and this shadow twin are, for all intents and purposes, one person – including only having one round’s worth of actions to use between the two, sharing attacks of opportunity, sharing a single pool of hit points and power points, and having access to all of the same abilities and daily uses of those abilities. If the shadow twin is damaged or healed, the dread takes the damage or healing, and vice versa. If both the dread and the shadow twin are affected by the same area of effect, damage is only counted once.
If the shadow twin attacks, it uses the dread’s attack values. The shadow twin can threaten squares and has all the same equipment as the dread, but charged items or items with limited uses per day have their uses shared between the two. Any permanent magic items are also active on the shadow twin.
Effects, both beneficial and detrimental, that affect the dread also affect the shadow twin, and vice versa. The shadow twin must stay within 30 ft. of the dread or the effect immediately ends.
A dread can use shadow twin a number of times per day equal to his Charisma modifier.
At 15th level, the shadow twin must stay within 100 ft. of the dread before the effect ends.
At 19th level, the shadow twin must stay within 400 ft. of the dread before the effect ends.
Twin Fear (Su)
When a dread of at least 11th level has a shadow twin active, if any creature within 30 ft. of the dread or the shadow twin suffers from the shaken, frightened, or panicked condition at the start of the dread’s turn, the shadow twin uses a separate action pool instead of sharing the round’s actions with the dread for that round. This means that it and the dread could both make attacks in the same round.
At 15th level, if any creature within 30 ft. of the dread or shadow twin suffers from the frightened or panicked condition, the shadow twin is treated as if under the affect of the form of doom power. Unlike other effects, the dread is not also under this effect.
At 20th level the dread no longer acts as a simple conduit between the realm of nightmares and the Material Plane, but becomes the embodiment of nightmares. The dread’s type changes to Outsider (native), she gains DR 10/psionic, and she gains the ability to turn ethereal at will. In addition, the dread can use the Nightmare Form terror at will, even if she does not already have it. Using Nightmare Form no longer consumes a use of her terrors for the day.
Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a Favored Class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have Dread as their Favored Class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed Favored Class reward.
When a character selects a class, he must choose to use the standard class features found or those listed in one of the archetypes presented here. Each alternate class feature replaces a specific class feature from its parent class. For example, the elemental fist class feature of the monk of the four winds replaces the stunning fist class feature of the monk. When an archetype includes multiple class features, a character must take all of them—often blocking the character from ever gaining certain familiar class features, but replacing them with equally powerful options. All of the other class features found in the core class and not mentioned among the alternate class features remain unchanged and are acquired normally when the character reaches the appropriate level (unless noted otherwise). A character who takes an alternate class feature does not count as having the class feature that was replaced when meeting any requirements or prerequisites.
A character can take more than one archetype and garner additional alternate class features, but none of the alternate class features can replace or alter the same class feature from the core class as another alternate class feature. For example, a paladin could not be both a hospitaler and an undead scourge since they both modify the smite evil class feature and both replace the aura of justice class feature. A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature.
Archetypes are a quick and easy way to specialize characters of a given class, adding fun and flavorful new abilities to already established adventurers. Characters may take more than one archetype if they meet the requirements.
Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide. Copyright 2011, Dreamscarred Press; Authors: Jeremy Smith and Andreas Rönnqvist.