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Rajah

King. Pharaoh. Empress. Ruler. These are the natural aliases of the Rajah. Rising above their peers on both the battlefield and off, the rajah blends their Akashic might with martial prowess to control the tide of battle. No single mortal can win a war, and the rajah knows this better than anyone. With their unique akashic gifts, they bring out the potential of their allies, turning even the most inexperienced soldier into a dervish of steel and death. These few marked by fate are destined to be remembered by history—either as benevolent kings, or conquering tyrants.

Role: A Rajah’s primary role is that of a support. The Rajah uses Titles to empower her allies by both complimenting their abilities and enabling her own. Her vassalage class feature allows for protection of her allies through counters, or striking down those who would approach her or her allies.

Alignment: Any

Hit Die: d6

Starting Age: Intuitive

Starting Wealth: 3d6 x 10gp (average 105 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

The rajah’s class skills are Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (All) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int) and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks per level: 6 + Intelligence Modifier.

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Maneuvers Akasha
Known Readied Stances Veils Binds Essence
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Maneuvers, veilweaving, royal mandate, vassalage, the crossroads 5 3 1 2 0 1
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 House of servants 6 4 2 3 0 2
3rd +1 +3 +1 +3 Heraldry 7 4 2 3 0 3
4th +2 +4 +1 +4 Empowered titles, Warrior of the court 7 4 2 3 1 4
5th +2 +4 +1 +4 Heraldry 8 5 3 3 1 5
6th +3 +5 +2 +5 Indomitable 8 5 3 4 1 6
7th +3 +5 +2 +5 Heraldry 9 5 3 4 1 7
8th +4 +6 +2 +6 Warrior of the court 9 6 3 4 2 8
9th +4 +6 +3 +6 Heraldry 10 6 4 4 2 9
10th +5 +7 +3 +7 Regality 10 6 4 5 2 10
11th +5 +7 +3 +7 Heraldry 11 7 5 5 2 11
12th +6/+1 +8 +4 +8 Divine mandate (+2), Warrior of the court 11 7 5 5 3 12
13th +6/+1 +8 +4 +8 Heraldry 12 7 5 5 3 13
14th +7/+2 +9 +4 +9 Symbol of Authority 12 8 5 6 3 14
15th +7/+2 +9 +5 +9 Heraldry 13 8 6 6 3 15
16th +8/+3 +10 +5 +10 Warrior of the Court 13 8 6 6 4 16
17th +8/+3 +10 +5 +10 Heraldry 14 9 6 6 4 17
18th +9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Divine mandate (+4) 14 9 7 7 4 18
19th +9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Heraldry 15 9 7 7 4 19
20th +10/+5 +12 +6 +12 Earthbound Immortal 16 10 7 7 5 20

Class Features

The following are the rajah’s class features. Some rajah class features refer to entitled creatures; an entitled creature is one with one or more of the rajah’s Titles shaped onto them. Unless otherwise noted, these class features only refer to creatures the rajah herself has entitled, not those entitled by other veilweavers.

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies

A rajah is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with light armor, and with shields (except tower shields).

Maneuvers

A rajah begins her career with knowledge of five martial maneuvers. The disciplines available to her are Golden Lion, Radiant Dawn, Scarlet Throne, Solar Wind, and one discipline of the initiator’s choice. Once the rajah knows a maneuver, she must ready it before she can use it (see Maneuvers Readied, below). A maneuver usable by rajahs is considered an extraordinary ability unless otherwise noted in it or its discipline’s description. A rajah’s maneuvers are not affected by spell resistance, and she does not provoke attacks of opportunity when she initiates one. The rajah learns additional maneuvers at higher levels, as indicated on Table 1-1: Rajah. A rajah must meet a maneuver’s prerequisite to learn it. See the Systems and Use chapter in Path of War for more details on how maneuvers are used.

Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even numbered initiator level thereafter (6th, 8th, 10th, and so on), the rajah can choose to learn a new maneuver in place of one she already knows. In effect, she loses the old maneuver in exchange for the new one. She can choose a new maneuver of any level she likes, as long as she observes the restriction on the highest-level maneuvers she knows; the rajah need not replace the old maneuver with a maneuver of the same level. She can swap only a single maneuver at any given level. A rajah’s initiation modifier is Charisma.

Maneuvers Readied: A rajah can ready three of her five maneuvers known at 1st level, and as she advances in level and learns more maneuvers, she is able to ready more, but must still choose which maneuvers to ready. A rajah must always ready her maximum number of maneuvers readied. She readies her maneuvers by meditating over her akashic might and her duties as a ruler for ten minutes. The maneuvers she chooses remain readied until she decides to meditate again and change them. The rajah does not need to sleep or rest for any long period of time in order to ready her maneuvers; any time she spends ten minutes in communion with her akashic power, she can change her readied maneuvers.

A rajah begins an encounter with all her readied maneuvers unexpended, regardless of how many times she might have already used them since she chose them. When she initiates a maneuver, she expends it for the current encounter, so each of her readied maneuvers can be used once per encounter (unless she recovers them, as described below).

In order for the rajah to recover maneuvers, she must tap into her akashic power by using her royal mandate class feature. When she does, she recovers a number of expended maneuvers equal to her rajah initiation modifier (minimum 2). Alternately, the rajah may concentrate on the akasha that flows through herself and recover a single maneuver as a standard action.

Stances Known A rajah begins her career with knowledge of one stance from any discipline open to rajahs. At 2nd, 5th, 9th, 11th, 15th, and 18th levels, she can select an additional stance to learn. Unlike maneuvers, stances are not expended and the rajah does not have to ready them. All the stances she knows are available to her at all times, and she can change the stance she is currently maintaining as a swift action. A stance is an extraordinary ability unless otherwise stated in the stance or discipline description. Unlike with maneuvers, a rajah cannot learn a new stance at higher levels in place of one she already knows.

Veilweaving

A rajah’s presence on the battlefield is marked not only by her martial skill, but also by her ability to shape the magical essence known as akasha into powerful veils and bindings. The rajah knows and can shape any veil from the rajah veil list. The DC for a saving throw against a veil’s abilities is 10 + the number of points of essence invested in the veil + the rajah’s initiation modifier. The rajah can only shape a limited number of veils per day, as listed on Table 1-1: Rajah. Veils are constructs of pure magic and, as such are suppressed while in the area of an antimagic field or similar effect. Title veils are described in full detail on page 11. (The Rajah veil list is all veils contained in this document.)

At 1st level, the rajah also gains access to a personal pool of essence, which can be invested into veils to increase their power. The amount of available essence is listed in the table above; the rajah’s character level determines the maximum quantity of essence she can invest in any single veil or other receptacle. As a swift action, the rajah can allocate or reallocate her essence, allowing her to invest it into and reclaim it from her receptacles as she chooses. A rajah who wishes to shape veils must have at least 8 hours of rest or meditation to achieve a clear and focused state, and must meditate for one hour to shape her veils for the day. During this time, she unshapes any previously formed veils and constructs her new selection of veils. At the end of the hour, all effects of unshaped veils end and the veilweaver’s new selection of veils takes effect.

Royal Mandate (Su)

With a word, the rajah spurs on her allies, creating an opportunity to recover her strength. As a standard action, a rajah can issue a command to one of her allies within close range (25 feet plus 5 feet per two rajah levels) that can perceive her. When she does so, she chooses one of the following orders to issue, and the affected ally may obey the command as a free action (even if it isn’t their turn).

  • Attack: The affected ally makes a melee or ranged attack at their highest attack bonus.
  • Bolster: The affected ally gains a morale bonus equal to the rajah’s initiation modifier to their AC or on a saving throw of the rajah’s choice (Fortitude, Reflex, or Will) for one round. If they are suffering from an ongoing effect that allows for multiple saving throws over time to negate, or if the effect has its duration measured in rounds, they may make a save against that effect’s original DC with a morale bonus to that save equal to the rajah’s initiation modifier. A successful saving throw ends or reduces this ongoing effect as if they had passed the original saving throw.
  • Move: The affected ally moves up to their speed, provoking attacks of opportunity as normal.

In addition, when the rajah uses this ability, she may reallocate her essence, and may swap any single readied maneuver with another maneuver that she knows. A maneuver swapped this way is readied and unexpended.

Vassalage (Su)

When the rajah grants a title to one of her allies, her akashic essence lingers on the entitled. As long as the entitled remain under her watchful eye, none may strike them without fear of retaliation. This akashic essence takes many forms, from an akashic aura to a condensed akashic insignia, but the threat and its origin is unmistakable.

A rajah can initiate boosts, counters, and strikes through any ally (other than herself) that she has shaped a veil with the Title descriptor onto. The rajah uses special rules, listed here, when using these maneuvers through this class feature.

When initiating a maneuver that allows for an attack, the rajah may use that ally’s space and reach as if it were her own for this attack, but uses her own weapons. She cannot make more attacks than she normally could, nor does she gain additional actions while using this ability, nor does it allow her to make other sorts of attacks through her allies; it merely allows her to initiate maneuvers using her allies as a medium. She still suffers any penalties for attacking a creature she cannot see.

Attacks made using this ability are treated in all ways as if the rajah had made the attack (for the purposes of attack bonus, weapon used, feats, the effects of boosts or spells, and the like). Ranged attacks made through allies with this ability do not provoke attacks of opportunity. The rajah uses that ally’s space and reach as if it were her own during this attack or maneuver, and uses her own weapons. She may also attack creatures she has entitled.

If the rajah initiates a maneuver through an ally that has additional effects on its initiator (such as allowing movement, teleporting the initiator, or granting bonuses), the rajah is the one who gains such effects. If a maneuver includes a charge attack, the rajah does not charge, and instead may move up to her speed as part of the maneuver. She is not treated as having charged.

Otherwise, when initiating a maneuver, a rajah may treat herself as if she were in the position of the ally she is using her vassalage class feature through, or in a space adjacent to that ally.

When a rajah initiates a counter through an ally, the rajah treats herself as if she were that ally for the purposes of how the counter’s effect resolves (allowing her to stop attacks against that ally, use the counter in place of an ally’s saving throw, and the like). If the counter normally allows the initiator to attack or move, the rajah takes that movement (as noted above), and can either make the attack herself or make it through the ally in question.

Finally, the rajah gains a bonus on attack rolls made when using her vassalage class feature equal to one-half her veilweaving level (rounding up). If the rajah already gains a bonus to attack based off their veilweaver level, or substitutes their veilweaver level for their base attack bonus (such as the Hand Cannon or Loyal Paladin’s Spear of Light veils), the rajah only takes the highest value. She also gains a bonus on the damage rolls of such attacks equal to the number of title veils she has shaped onto other creatures.

The Crossroads (Ex)

With sword in hand, the rajah cuts a path that follows ways only known to her. At 1st level, she chooses one of the following benefits; once this choice is made, it cannot later be changed.

  • Crown of the Sky Sovereign: When making an attack with her vassalage class feature, the rajah can use her initiation modifier instead of her Strength or Dexterity modifiers on her attack and damage rolls. In addition, when making non-vassalage weapon attacks, she can use her initiation modifier instead of her Strength or Dexterity modifier for the attack roll. If she does so, she does not add her Strength modifier (or any ability score substituted for it) to the damage roll, though other abilities that add damage above and beyond the normal modifiers still function normally.
  • Crown of the Sun King: Once per round, when the rajah hits a creature with an attack using her vassalage class feature, she can create a 30-foot line or a 15-foot cone of light and fire through the target. Opponents within the affected area must succeed at a Reflex save or take 1d6+1 points of damage per odd-numbered class level. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the rajah’s class level + her initiation modifier. This damage comes from an akashic pulse of power, and as such is not reduced by damage reduction, hardness, resistances, or immunities. The target of the initial attack does not take this damage, even if they are within affected area. At 8th level and again at 15th level, the area of this line and cone increases by 10 and 5 feet respectively.
  • Crown of the Moon Queen: When the rajah readies her maneuvers, she chooses one counter she knows. Once per round, she can expend a readied rajah maneuver of that counter’s level or higher to initiate that counter through her vassalage class feature. Using a counter this way does not require an action.

In addition, a rajah may use her rajah level in place of her base attack bonus for the purposes of meeting requirements and prerequisites.

House of Servants (Su)

A rajah has no need to personally attend to mundane matters. At 2nd level, once per round as a free action, the rajah can surround herself with a number of nearly-intangible servants equal to her rajah initiation modifier. These servants function as if they were created by the unseen servant spell, except that they have an effective Strength score equal to 4 + the rajah’s initiation modifier and they cannot take the aid another action. These servants have a move speed equal to the rajah’s move speed. A servant who strays farther than close range (25 feet + 5 feet per two rajah levels) winks out, but can be recreated as a free action; these servants otherwise last indefinitely so long as they remain within that range and within the rajah’s line of effect. The rajah can also dismiss her servants as a free action. Unlike normal unseen servants, a rajah’s servants have a unique appearance determined by the rajah, and can talk (although being mindless, they only say what they’re told to say). They remember orders and their appearances, even if dismissed and re-summoned at a later time. The details vary from rajah to rajah, but the servants are always partially transparent and obviously not creatures. These unseen servants can cast prestidigitation an unlimited number of times per day as a spell-like ability, when directed to do so by the rajah. A rajah can also make her servants invisible (or return them to visibility) as a free action. Veils cannot be shaped onto unseen servants. Finally, unseen servants created through this class feature gain any additional movement modes that the rajah may have (such as a fly speed or swim speed) at the same speed as the rajah. Should the rajah lose or acquire new movement modes, her unseen servants lose or gain these movement modes respectively.

Sidebar: Vassalage and Reach

When determining where a Rajah can reach with her vassalage class feature, the Rajah can use either her own reach or her ally’s reach, whichever she prefers. Thus, if she has reach and her ally doesn’t, she may attack using her own reach from the ally’s square, and if the ally has reach, the Rajah may attack anything in that reach even if she does not have reach herself. If both the rajah and her ally have different reach, she must choose which one to use. Reach for these purposes is defined as the total combination of natural reach and weapon reach, i.e. the spaces around a creature into which they can make melee attacks. The exception is that the rajah may always choose to attack creatures she has entitled while the titles are active, regardless of reach.

Heraldry

Not all wars can be won on the battlefield, a lesson that many rajahs fail to learn. At 3rd level and every two levels thereafter, the rajah gains a heraldry from the following list. Unless otherwise noted, a rajah can only select an individual heraldry once. Heraldries that grant the rajah or her unseen servants spell-like abilities use the rajah’s class level as their caster level, and use the rajah’s initiation modifier to determine their saving throw DCs and the bonus the rajah and her servants use on concentration checks. Heraldries share their daily uses across all unseen servants, even if they are all dismissed and re-summoned.

Empowered Titles (Su)

At 4th level, a rajah’s mastery over akasha enables her to bind Titles for greater effects. The rajah can bind Title veils she has shaped onto her allies to the Belt, Body, Chest, Feet, Hands, Head, Headband, Neck, Shoulders, and Wrists slots, even if she cannot normally bind veils to those slots. The rajah, however, is limited in how many titles she can have bound at once, as noted by Table 1-1: Rajah. This limit only applies to veils gained from the rajah’s Veilweaving class feature; veils gained through feats or through another class follow their own rules. More information about titles can be found on page 11.

Warrior of the Court (Ex)

A rajah is a warrior of both steel and words. At 4th level, the rajah selects two of her class skills, gaining a +2 bonus to these skills. These chosen skills become the rajah’s courtly skills.

At 8th level, twice per day as an immediate action, after seeing the result of a check with one of her courtly skills, she may choose to change the result of that die roll to ‘11’.

At 12th level, the rajah may select another class skill to add to her list of courtly skills, and increase the bonus granted to her courtly skills to +3.

At 16th level, once per day as an immediate action, after seeing the result of a check with one of her courtly skills, she may choose to change the result of that die roll to ‘15’.

Indomitable (Ex)

At 6th level, a rajah’s mind is an iron fortress. Whenever she makes a Will save against a mindaffecting effect, she may roll two d20s and take the higher result (even if she isn’t aware of the effect in question).

Regality (Su)

At 10th level, a rajah rises above the concerns of the mortal body and mind. She becomes immune to fear effects, and the essence capacity of all of her veils and class feature essence receptacles increases by one (This does not affect akashic items, maneuvers, or other non-listed receptacles). The rajah may invest essence in this ability as if it were a veil, gaining an insight bonus on saving throws equal to the amount of essence invested into this ability.

At this point, the rajah’s akashic essence and her martial might begin to meld into one. If the rajah does not know any maneuvers from the Radiant Dawn discipline, she gains bonus essence equal to the total number of her maneuvers known divided by 3. Maneuvers from other classes or feats do not count towards this total. If the rajah ever learns any maneuvers from the Radiant Dawn discipline, she loses this bonus essence.

Divine Mandate (Su)

At 12th level, a rajah can invoke the latent akasha in other beings, bolstering their natural abilities. By spending one hour blessing an ally other than herself, she can grant them a +2 inherent bonus to one of their ability scores. Unlike other inherent bonuses, this stacks with any other inherent bonus they may already have, up to a maximum bonus of +5. She may have a maximum number of allies blessed in this way equal to her rajah initiation modifier, and may rescind her blessing as a free action, regardless of the distance separating her and the blessed ally. She treats any creature she has blessed as if she had cast the status spell on them. At 18th level, the bonus granted by this ability increases to +4, though it may still only stack with other inherent bonuses up to a maximum of +5. A creature can only benefit from a single divine mandate at any one time; a rajah cannot place a blessing onto an ally who already is benefiting from a divine mandate.

Symbol of Authority (Su)

With a grand gesture, the rajah extends her indomitable will to her allies. Starting at 14th level, a rajah can grant one of her allies the effect of her indomitable class feature for a single Will save against a mind-affecting effect. She can only do so once per round, and activating this ability is a free action that can be taken even if it isn’t her turn.

Earthbound Immortal (Su)

At 20th level, the essence that flows through the rajah fills her with immortal power. She no longer takes penalties to her physical ability scores due to aging, and does not die of old age when she normally would. If she is already taking such penalties, they are removed at at this time. When she would die or would be destroyed, her soul instead escapes its mortal limits, becoming for a brief moment a near-infinite source of akasha. During this time, her soul cannot be attacked or targeted by spells or similar effects, and any penalties that she had while she was alive do not carry over. Otherwise, she may continue to move and act normally. After a number of rounds equal to the rajah’s initiation modifier have passed, this effect ends, and she passes on as normal for when she is killed or destroyed. Additionally, during this time, each point of essence invested in her receptacles grants twice its usual benefit.

Every dawn, if she is dead, the rajah may return to to life as if provided a true resurrection spell, so long as her body has a clear, unobstructed view of the morning sun.

Finally, the rajah’s veils and class features are always considered to have 1 more point of essence invested into them than they have, even if that would put the amount over her normal maximum.

Sidebar: Rajah Leaders

The rajah is naturally inclined to leading troops and citizens alike; making the Leadership feat fit neatly into the rajah’s role both to mechanics and flavor. However, each table is different when it comes to the Leadership feat due to its polarizing mechanics, and as such, this heraldry is being printed in a sidebar for tables who wish to use the Leadership feat.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Divergent Paths: Rajah, © 2018, Dreamscarred Press. Authors: Anthony Cappel