Sacred Vindicator (Apath)
Some clerics demand more sacrifice of themselves, they want to literally bleed for their beleifs. Gods that appreciate such devotion grant these clerics a special closeness to the divine, a direct link between blood and faith.
This is a prestige archetype, a cleric focused on channeling energy.
Prestige Class: Holy vindicator from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Player's Guide.
Build Class: Cleric.
Role: The sacred vindicator is a miracle worker and a master of channeling energy. Those whose religious views align well with the vindicator will find a ready ally.
Alignment: While good sacred vindicators are somewhat more common, vindicators may be of any alignment. They mostly worship gods of sacrifice, renewal, or war. A sacred vindicator's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis.
Hit Die: d8.
The vindicator’s class skills are Climb (Str), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks per Level: 2 + Int modifier
Sacred vindicators have all class features of the cleric, except as noted.
The sacred vindicator lacks domains and domain spell slots.
Vindicator’s Shield (Su)
A 2nd level vindicator can channel energy into her shield as a standard action; when worn, the shield gives the vindicator a sacred bonus (if positive energy) or profane bonus (if negative energy) to her Armor Class equal to the number of dice of the vindicator’s channel energy. This bonus lasts for 24 hours or until the vindicator is struck in combat, whichever comes first. The shield does not provide this bonus to any other wielder, but the vindicator does not need to be holding the shield for it to retain this power.
A vindicator willingly gives her blood in service to her faith, and is marked by scarified wounds appropriate to her deity. At 4th level, she may stop, start, or change the effect of the flow of blood by force of will as a standard action; at 8th level it becomes a move action, at 12th level it becomes a swift action, and at level 16 a free action. Activating stigmata causes bleed damage equal to one-quarter the vindicator’s class level, and this bleed damage is not halted by curative magic. While the stigmata are bleeding, the vindicator gains a sacred bonus (if she channels positive energy) or profane bonus (if she channels negative energy) equal to one-quarter her class level. Each time she activates her stigmata, the vindicator decides if the bonus applies to attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, Armor Class, caster level checks, or saving throws; to change what the bonus applies to requires the same kind of action she uses to control the flow of blood.
While her stigmata are bleeding, the vindicator ignores blood drain and bleed damage from any other source and can use the spell-like abilities bleed or stabilize at will, using the same type of action she uses to control the flow of blood.
At 5th level, the sacrted vindicator gains Channel Smite as a bonus feat. If she already knows this feat, she can select another channeling feat she fulfills the prerequisites for instead.
Faith Healing (Su)
At 6th level, any cure wounds spells the vindicator casts on herself are automatically empowered as if by the Empower Spell feat, except they do not use higher spell level slots. If the vindicator targets herself with a cure spell that affects multiple creatures, this ability only applies to herself. At 16th level, these healing spells are Maximized rather than empowered.
Flexible Channel (Su)
At 6th level, when the sacred vindicator channels energy, she can choose to heal undead, harm undead, heal the living, or harm the living, regardless of if she channels positive or negative energy.
Divine Wrath (Sp)
At 8th level, when a vindicator confirms a critical hit, she may sacrifice a prepared 1st-level spell to invoke doom upon the target as an immediate action (using the vindicator’s caster level). The save DC is the same as for channel energy, and increases by +2 if her weapon has a ×3 damage multiplier, or by +4 if it is ×4. The vindicator can also use this ability in response to being critically hit, even if the attack incapacitates or kills the vindicator.
At 10th level, while a vindicator’s stigmata are bleeding, her blood runs down her weapons like sacred or profane liquid energy; when she uses Channel Smite, the damage increases by 1d6, and if the target fails its save, it is sickened and takes 1d6 points of bleed damage each round on its turn. The target can attempt a new save every round to end the sickened and bleed effects.
Versatile Channel (Su)
At 12th level, a vindicator’s channel energy can instead affect a 30-foot cone or a 120-foot line.
Divine Judgment (Sp)
At 14th level, when a vindicator’s melee attack reduces a creature to –1 or fewer hit points, she may sacrifice a prepared 2nd-level spell to invoke death knell upon the target as an immediate action (using the vindicator’s caster level). As vindicators mete out divine judgment, this is not an evil act. The save DC is the same as for channel energy, and increases by +2 if her weapon has a ×3 critical multiplier, or by +4 if it is ×4.
Blood Rain (Su)
At 18th level, while her stigmata are bleeding, the vindicator’s harmful channeled energy is accompanied by a burst of sacred or profane liquid, increasing the damage by 1d6. Creatures failing their saves against the channeled energy become sickened and take 1d6 points of bleed damage each round. Affected creatures can attempt a new save every round to end the sickened and bleed effects. This does not stack with the effects of bloodfire, above.
Universal Channel (Su)
At 18th level, when the sacred vindicator channels energy, she can choose to heal or harm all types of creatures, regardless of what type of energy she channels. This is in addition to her previous options.
Divine Retribution (Sp)
At 20th level, when a vindicator confirms a critical hit, she may sacrifice a prepared 3rd level spell to invoke bestow curse upon the target as an immediate action (using the vindicator’s caster level). The save DC is the same as for channel energy, and increases by +2 if her weapon has a ×3 critical multiplier, or by +4 if it is ×4. The vindicator can also use this ability in response to being critically hit, even if the attack incapacitates or kills the vindicator.
A vindicator who changes alignment or grossly violates the code of conduct required by her god loses all spells and class features, except for weapon, armor and shield proficiencies. She cannot thereafter gain levels as a vindicator of that god until she atones for her deeds (see the atonement spell description).
Table: Sacred Vindicator
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Aura, channel energy 1d6, orisons, spontaneous casting||3||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3rd||+2||+3||+1||+3||Channel energy 2d6||4||1||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Channel energy 3d6, Channel Smite||4||1||1||1||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6th||+4||+5||+2||+5||Faith healing (empower), flexible channel||4||1||1||1||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7th||+5||+5||+2||+5||Channel energy 4d6||4||1||1||1||1||—||—||—||—||—|
|9th||+6/+1||+6||+3||+6||Channel energy 5d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||—||—||—||—|
|11th||+8/+3||+7||+3||+7||Channel energy 6d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||—||—||—|
|12th||+9/+4||+8||+4||+8||Bloodfire, versatile channel||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||—||—||—|
|13th||+9/+4||+8||+4||+8||Channel energy 7d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+9||+5||+9||Channel energy 8d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||—|
|16th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+5||+10||Faith healing (maximize)||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||—|
|17th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+5||+10||Channel energy 9d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|18th||+13/+8/+3||+11||+6||+11||Blood rain, universal channel||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|19th||+14/+9/+4||+11||+6||+11||Channel energy 10d6||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
Summary of Changed Class Abilities
These abilities of the original class are lost or modified in this archetype:
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