Betraying others before they have the chance to betray you can be a necessary survival technique. While not all adventurers have the heart for such underhanded dealings, others have developed a knack for it. The turncoat’s natural talents for deception and treachery are fitting when negotiating with untrustworthy and notoriously unscrupulous areas, and his ability to adapt allows him to preempt opponents’ schemes. Not all party members may be comfortable with having someone so adept at backstabbing among their ranks, but most tend to be grateful that he uses his skills to their benefit.
Dubious Recognition (Ex)
A turncoat adds half his level (minimum 1) to Sense Motive checks to recognize when a creature is lying or attempting to take advantage of the turncoat and his allies.
This replaces track.
Double Speak (Ex)
This ability replaces stalker.
Sudden Betrayal (Ex)
At 14th level, as a standard action a turncoat can choose a single creature within 30 feet. He gains a +4 circumstance bonus on Diplomacy checks against this target. If the target has an attitude of indifferent or better toward him, the first attack roll the turncoat makes against that target is automatically treated as threatening a critical hit. If the target’s attitude is friendly or better, a successful attack is treated as a confirmed critical hit. This ability can be used only once per day.
At 19th level, the bonus increases to +6, and the attack is treated as a confirmed critical hit if the target is at least indifferent to the turncoat.
This ability replaces quarry and improved quarry.
Pathfinder Player Companion: Heroes of the Darklands © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Robert Brookes, Eleanor Ferron, Michelle Jones, Alex Riggs, and Nicholas Wasko.