Enhancing Your Game – Book of Exalted Deeds

Author’s Notes: This article provides insight on how to incorporate prestige classes from the Book of Exalted Deeds into your Dragonlance campaign. The following feature provides alternate class descriptions and variants for your game.

Game Notes: Any time a Knight of Stars, Favored of the Companions, or Servant of the Heavens has a required feat, change it to “1 exalted feat”. For instance, the Sword of Righteousness requires 2 exalted feats instead of 1 and one of the above feats. Additionally, sanctified spells can only be cast by those who prepare divine magic, and Knowledge (religion) becomes a class skill for all divine spellcasting classes (such as druid and rangers) as well as for monks.

Many of these prestige classes use Dragonlance deities instead of those listed in the Book of Exalted Deeds, and appropriate spells should also be changed accordingly.

Book of Exalted Deeds

The Book of Exalted Deeds

Anointed Knight: Anointed knights are often individuals that start down the path of wizardry, only to find that it is not for them. They sometimes continue to fight for the cause of Solinari, because even though they are themselves only dabblers, they still understand magic better than most other people on Krynn. If not a follower of Solinari, then the anointed knight most often follows Kiri-Jolith or Paladine (in Ages where they are around) or simply further the cause of good. Wizards of High Sorcery are not allowed to become anointed knights, but Solamnic Auxiliary Mages and Knights of Solamnia may do so.

Apostle of Peace: Apostles of Peace are usually followers of Mishakal, furthering the cause of of peace and happiness, or they might be contemplative followers of Majere. An Apostle of Peace variant is shown below.

Mystic Apostle of Peace: Instead of the apostle’s normal spellcasting, the character spontaneously casts divine magic. They can cast additional spells per day as follows, as long as the character can cast a spell of that particular level: +0/+1/+1/+1/+1/+1/+2/+2/+2/+2.

Mystic Apostle of Peace: Spells Known
Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 3 2
2 4 2 1
3 4 3 2 1
4 5 3 2 2 1
5 5 4 3 2 2 1
6 6 4 3 3 2 2 1
7 6 5 4 3 3 2 2 1
8 7 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1
9 7 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1
10 8 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2

Beloved of Valarian: Called the Beloved of Habbakuk in Dragonlance. While Habbakuk is a male deity, some of his greatest followers are unicorns, which will usually only become intimately assosciated with a female humanoid. So, it was inevitable that a female order revolving around the worship of Habbakuk and the friendship of unicorns would appear. They are in all other ways identical to the beloved of Valarian prestige class. The spear of Valarian spell is changed to the scimitar of Habbakuk spell.

Celestial Mystic: Celestial mystics are most often priests of Paladine, Mishakal, Majere, or Kiri-Jolith, who make sacrifices to become closer to their god. Occasionally, celestial mystics arise among the ranks of the Wizards of High Sorcery as some sort of Moon Disciple (although they often take that prestige class as well). They are quite common among the ranks of the Solamnic Auxiliary Mages, as well. The only mechanical difference is that they must be able to prepare and cast 4th-level spells.

Champion of Gwynharwyf: Called the Champion of Rage in Dragonlance. Champions of rage are an organization devoted to Habbakuk that fight with all the fury of nature itself. They don’t belong to any sort of hierarchy, except of course Habbakuk’s church, and are usually found as wanderers.

Defender of Sealtiel: Called stalwart defenders in Dragonlance, they try their best to defend the weak and helpless in the name of good. They are often followers of Paladine, Mishakal, or Kiri-Jolith, although they require no patron deity. Stalwart defenders can be found among the Knights of Solamnia.

Emissary of Barachiel: Called the Emissary of Goodness in Dragonlance, these are individuals who preach the cause of goodness above all else. They officially have no patron deity, although many of them follow Paladine, Mishakal, Majere, and occasionally Kiri-Jolith (see Emissary of Faith). They are found among the Knights of Solamnia, usually as Sword Knights. The only mechanical difference from the Emissary of Barachiel is that they use Charisma instead of Wisdom to cast their spells.

Emissary of Faith: Emissaries of Goodness who worship a deity. They prepare spells as a cleric using their Wisdom score, but cast fewer spells per spell level, as follows: -0/-1/-1/-1.

Exalted Arcanist: In Dragonlance these practitioners are called Moon Disciples of Solinari. Sometimes in the Wizards of High Sorcery, an individual becomes closer to their patron deity than most others in their order. They become almost cleric-like, and that is where the order of the Moon Disciples arose. They are the same as the Exalted Arcanist with the following exceptions:

  • They require a Base Will Save of +6, and must be able to prepare and cast 3rd-level arcane spells.
  • They must be members of the Wizards of High Sorcery.
  • Spell Knowledge grants the Moon Disciple 2 new spells per day of any level that she can cast.
  • The Faster Consecrate ability should be re-worded to read as follows: At 2nd level, a Moon Disciple of Solinari can cast all Consecrated spells as a free action. The Faster Purify ability should be similarly re-worded.
  • The Sanctified Spells ability should be re-worded to read as follows: At 5th level, a Moon Disciple of Solinari can use Sanctified spells as though they were on her spell list, but she still has to scribe the spell into her spellbook, just like any other spell.

Fist of Raziel: Called the Fist of Kiri-Jolith in Dragonlance, they are a knightly order dedicated to holy warfare against evil. They are found among the Knights of the Sword primarily, but do not have to be. As a special requirement for the class, Fists of Kiri-Jolith must also be able to prepare and cast divine favor.

Initiate of Pistis Sophia: Called Initiates of the Mantis in Dragonlance, they are a monastic order devoted to Majere. All members of this prestige class are monks, but some are multiclassed monk/clerics of Majere. The initiates are some of the most respected individuals in the clergy of Majere, expecially after their celestial transformation.

Lion of Talesid: Called Lions of Habbakuk in Dragonlance, they protect nature and further the cause of goodness. They are represented by the different felines, especialy lions, and often work with guardinals.

Prophet of Erathaol: Called Prophets of the Light in Dragonlance, they come in many different forms but are at heart the same: seers and visionaries, mediums of heavenly will, pronouncers of judgement on evil in the world, speakers of words and comfort to the oppressed, and announcing the work of the gods on Krynn. They are usually clerics, and sometimes even druids, but rarely, a Wizard of High Sorcery will become a prophet for Solinari (they also are usually Moon Disciples). They are the same as the Prophet of Erathaol, with the following exception: The character must choose a good-aligned deity as his patron, and his alignment must exactly match that of the deity. They must also be able to prepare and cast 4th-level divine spells (or 4th-level arcane spells if Solinari is the patron).

Risen Martyr: Risen martyrs are those who died to protect someone or something very important (even if only to them) and have been returned to Krynn as a heavenly reward, usually by Mishakal or Paladine. They have no organization except for the ones they were a part of in life.

Sentinel of Bharrai: Called Sentinels of Habbakuk in Dragonlance, these are usually druids or clerics of Habbakuk, or possibly rangers. As the ultimate protectors of nature, sentinels may change the nature of their spells to make sure they do not needlessly harm animals, or even the plants which help feed them. As a special requirement for the class, Sentinels of Habbakuk must have 8 ranks in Knowledge (religion) instead of Knowledge (arcana), and they must prepare and cast divine spells.

Skylords: Skylords are quite common among all of the elves, except of course for the Dimernesti and Dargonesti. Dragonlance skylords can receive a griffon or a celestial hippogriff that has 6 Hit Dice.

Slayer of Domiel: Called Slayers of Branchala in Dragonlance. Assassins are evil for what they do: commiting murder for money. But sometimes, the skills of an assassin are needed for a noble cause, and that’s where the Slayers of Branchala appear. While Branchala is usually a peaceful god, he is also a master of stealth, which is one of the main points of slayers. Elves are often drawn to this order, because of their natural stealth tactics. Slayers of Branchala must be chaotic good instead of lawful good.

Stalker of Kharash: Called Stalkers of Habbakuk in Dragonlance, these are primarily rangers who use stealth to hunt and track down evildoers.

Swanmay: Swanmays are a female order dedicated to Habbakuk, who preserve animals from those who would destroy them. They often work in tandem with the Beloved of Habbakuk.

Sword of Righteousness: A sword of righteousness is a noble warrior who devote themselves to good. They are often found among the Knights of Solamnia and the Legion of Steel.

Troubadour of Stars: Troubadours of stars are bards who develop a deep connection with Branchala, but are not necessarily one of his clerics (although they often are). As a special requirement for the class, troubadours must also possess the bardic music ability.

Vassal of Bahamut: Called Vassals of the Platinum Dragon in Dragonlance, they are a loose order of knights devoted to Paladine. They are often found among the ranks of the Knights of Solamnia, especially the Knights of the Rose. At least, before his becoming mortal. Afterword, Kiri-Jolith gives the vassals their magic in honor of his father, although Valthonis often continues to train new vassals in their way.

Wonderworker: Wonderworkers are spellcasters who devote themselves to good. They are allowed within the Wizards of High Sorcery. They are identical to the Wonderworker except that they must cast magic, not manifest psionics.

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